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Old 10-13-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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What is your neighborhood, please?
Buckman/Sunnyside along a couple blocks from Hawthorne Blvd.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: PNW native currently residing in the SoCal high desert
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Personally, I love the look of unkempt lawns. I live in a very old neighborhood in Portland. For a while it was a trend for people to plant wildflowers in their front lawns back in the 70's and 80's. It was great. We still have a few of those. For the most part though, it's anything goes. Some people plant vegetable gardens, some rock gardens, some have a variety of plants. Some even have little kiosks with poetry sharing windows all in their front lawns. People don't really have uptight landscaping here on the whole. And you will find a small amount of homeless in just about every neighborhood. They are not as visible as in downtown but they are there.

$1350 may get you a two bedroom apartment in some areas, it will definitely get you a one bedroom. But you might have to put up with all the rest.
Same here, I prefer the "wild" look. Leaving things "unkempt" also provides much more habitat for birds and small wildlife

I certainly don't fit in down here, my husband is always trimming/keeping things up more than I like, but we would be the odd ones out otherwise. Plus, here, nothing grows unless you make it, so the flip side is your always maintaining it. In the PNW, everything grows on it's own and is lush and full of life, some of it needs abatement, lol (remembering the black berry bushes that would take over everything if you let them).
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Oregon, Pacific Northwest
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I've always loved Happy Valley, Oregon. Homes are not too expensive, some range from $250,000 to 450,000 dollars per home. And the city always looks so nice and well-kept. From our home, for example, we can see Mt. Hood above our street.

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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I've always loved Happy Valley, Oregon. Homes are not too expensive, some range from $250,000 to 450,000 dollars per home. And the city always looks so nice and well-kept. From our home, for example, we can see Mt. Hood above our street.

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I live out in Hillsboro and bought a nice home 3 years ago. I am starting a new job in Tigard. If the job does turn out to be a good fit I may sell my house and move.

I have been doing a little research in the southern part of the metro area. It seems quite diverse. You can find some nice neighborhoods with well kept groomed lawns, the wild let nature take its course areas, and even parcels with some bit of land (3/4+ acreage). I would love to get a little property to grow some fruit trees and have a huge vegetable garden. Plus, it might be nice to have a little buffer between neighbors
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Oregon, Pacific Northwest
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You can find some nice neighborhoods with well kept groomed lawns, the wild let nature take its course areas, and even parcels with some bit of land (3/4+ acreage). I would love to get a little property to grow some fruit trees and have a huge vegetable garden. Plus, it might be nice to have a little buffer between neighbors
Yeah, no large buffer between houses is really the only problem with Happy Valley, I think. My neighborhood is beautiful, since it's only five years old, but our backyards are very small. The plus side is that everyone is encouraged to keep up their landscaping in tip top shape, as in pruning trees and bushes, and keeping the grass edged and green. Trees though are still fairly young, but grew old enough to obstruct our view of Mt. Hood from our backyard... but at least there's more of a buffer now.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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I like the unkempt,wild look too. Makes it sound so much more appealing than ficus-hedged Palm Beach County.

Maybe the PNW is more my speed.
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