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Unread 05-18-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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Hi Folks,

New to the forum, looking to learn as much about Portland and Oregon as I can. Hope to make a few friends here, maybe people who can give me some tips on living in stumptown. After years of effort, I've been able to line up a good job and am moving to the area this August!

JD
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Unread 05-18-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Hi JD:

Welcome.

Where, generally speaking, you coming from? East of the Mississippi, South, California, Rockies?

The harder the challenge, the better the tale to be told later.
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Unread 05-18-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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Welcome to Portland! My family and I moved here to a NorthEast neighborhood about six months ago and are really enjoying it here. It's very beautiful now that Spring has arrived. Welcome!
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Unread 05-18-2010, 11:02 PM
 
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Welcome JD,

I hope you like it here as much as I do. Been here for about a year and could not be happier about it. August is a great month to move IMHO. Congrats in advance :-)
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Unread 05-18-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Tualatin, Oregon
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Congratulations and welcome.
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Unread 05-19-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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Thanks folks. I'm moving from the Philadelphia area. I have a few relatives in PDX and always enjoyed visiting (and running the road races). The fact that the state has so much to offer for outdoor recreation, bicycle friendly commuting, and craft beer is a huge plus. I like the fact there is a lot of rural area to Oregon as well.

I really like the north, NE, and SE sections of Portland. If anyone has recommendations for reliable housing brokers, please let me know! Right now I'm torn between signing a lease to an apartment sight unseen, or just trekking out, looking around, and signing a lease when I get there. Any tips or suggestions?
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Unread 05-19-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: SE PDX
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Welcome! If you can crash at a relatives place without it being an issue than that is a real luxury.
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Unread 05-19-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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Welcome! If you can crash at a relatives place without it being an issue than that is a real luxury.
at least until you can find a place on your own.
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Unread 05-19-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Signing a lease sight unseen?

Ahem, AHEM....
As in you don't know how loud the neighbors are, the off street parking at night, how close your bedroom window will be from the trash dumpster (the smell can ruin you sleep during the summer)

This is your choice. But, Mark me down as the third vote for spending a week with your relatives while you apartment hunt.
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Unread 05-20-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Stumptown
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Yes yes yes! It will be sooo much easier to find a place if you have a week to look while you're here. I recommend against sight unseen lease signings...

Moving to a new city and getting stuck in a terrible apartment/house/condo at first can really have a very large negative effect on your impression of the city. I know first hand... You'll also want to make sure there aren't any mold issues with your living space too before you move in. My old apartment had poor (possibly illegally so) ventilation in the bathroom and the entire bathroom got mold infested in the winter.

But welcome to the forum and soon... welcome to Oregon.
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