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Old 02-15-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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I am a mid-twenties east coast single male looking to switch it up and head west. I have a couple friends in and around Portland but I'd like to solicit as much advice as possible on where to live. I'm visiting in the spring and moving in the summer so any information is appreciated...thanks

- I don't want to be in a 'burb
- I want to be near a cafe/pub scene with active nightlife
- I want to be near the action, not in a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood
- I'm not a hipster (I'm not opposed to living anywhere, but I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb)
- I have a dog so a park would be a plus
- I have a car, but I enjoy traveling locally by bicycle
- I'd prefer a newer place over something older
- I don't want to pay Pearl prices (and that's probably not what I'm looking for anyway)

Please let me know what you guys think! Thanks again!
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Google: Moving to Portland.
a couple of hits will provide you with reading material.
Portland is built around neighborhoods. Read up on them.
Lots of options fit your wants... except the Newer Building bit.
Be aware, some neighborhoods are so well liked, there is low turn-over of apartments. NW 23rd area for example.

Be aware, as your friends can confirm, finding a job is tough to do in Portland.

What neighborhoods are your friends living in? Do they recommend SE Belmont? NE Alberta Street?
North Portland? (BTW: if your not a 'hipster' don't pay the extra to live near SE Hawthorne st. it really is too overrated and overpriced for what you get. It just ain't Pearl 'light', it is it's own district.)

Phil
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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(BTW: if your not a 'hipster' don't pay the extra to live near SE Hawthorne st. it really is too overrated and overpriced for what you get. It just ain't Pearl 'light', it is it's own district.)
Although I almost always agree with Phil, this is one time I don't. It may depend upon where you live in the Hawthorne area. I have lived in this neighborhood for nearly 20 years and I see mostly young middle class working people of all types. I see many hipsters visiting the business district but most apartment buildings are like mine; a mix of young and old. That doesn't mean no hipsters live here, it's just that I don't believe they dominate the area. I guess I have been living here for so long (from the time it was a retiree enclave and skin-head headquaters) I don't pay much attention to the hype it may be given. It isn't cheap but most neighborhoods in Portland aren't.

There is nightlife here and on Belmont Street which sort of border the area. Lots of shopping, pubs and restaurants. Sullivan's Gulch on the NE part of town is less expensive and nice. Both areas are near downtown where you will probably find most of the night life. If you want to be in it there is NW Portland which has many rentals and night spots. But parking is difficult.

With the exception of NW Portland, every neighborhood is family oriented. There is a mix of families and singles wherever you go. Talk to your friends and get their opinions but come visit and see for yourself. Remember to walk around the bustling areas to the quieter surrounding neighborhoods. You will see a difference between who visits and who lives there.

A lot will depend upon where your job will be and how long and how far you are willing to commute to it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I'd personally check NE or SE Portland (there's no 'East Portland') somewhere between 15th & 60th to find what you're looking for. NE moreso to avoid hipster crowds.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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I was thinking of moving to either Austin or Portland. After 10 years in Las Vegas, I cannot see myself spending one more year in this hellhole! Plus the economy sucks to the point that I really think it's the end of the road for this mirage!
Portland is my plan A. I love public transportation, I work in the restaurant/hospitality business. Please help me guys by offering some true advice/insight!
Thank you.
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