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Old 02-28-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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My husband thinks it would be nice to live in an area where we could walk to a restaurant, coffee shop, book store, etc. Are there any areas in Vancouver to live that would fit this description, and where you would want to raise kids?

Thank you for any input.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver WA
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Default Areas that you can walk to restaurants etc.

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My husband thinks it would be nice to live in an area where we could walk to a restaurant, coffee shop, book store, etc. Are there any areas in Vancouver to live that would fit this description, and where you would want to raise kids?

Thank you for any input.
A popular area in Vancouver is the Uptown Village Area. Some areas of Fisher's Landing are walkable to what you are looking for.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:36 AM
 
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If you look on google earth, you can see where the residential is in comparison to the shopping and restaurants.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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I have looked at the nice historic houses downtown and the shops, restaurants, etc. I wonder if it would be okay to raise a family in those neighborhoods of historic houses. Are there other families down there, are there shady people lurking around? Are the schools terrible? It seems cool to be within walking distance from the downtown ammenties, the pool, the festivals and farmer's market. But, it is not fair to the kids? We could live in the suburbs by Fishers' Landing or Salmon Creek, but it seems so boring. I can't get excited about that move. What do you think? Would you move your kids in downtown if you could afford a nice house there?
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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I like the Hough neighborhood in Downtown Vancouver.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:39 PM
 
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Downtown Vancouver has some great older, historic homes. Keep in mind that most of those older homes down there don't have much for a yard for kids to play in, but there are nearby parks, as well as the Marshall center, which has a great outside play area, a pool and a new workout room. The library is fairly close,and officers row as well. You might look on the city of Vancouver website, I think it has a link to pull up the areas (know, level 2 or 3)sex offenders. My husband works at the Dept. of Corrections, and has mentioned that there are many known offenders down there. Most housing is far enough from the farmers market that you might not want to walk. The park there at the market is Esther Short....it is a very nice park, but in the city, fairly near the railroad tracks, and there is a couple of homeless shelters nearby. Sounds a bit negative, I'm just giving you a mom's point a view, maybe I'm a little paranoid, but the suburbs feels a little safer to me....Felida is very nice, a bit pricey, the lake shore area, even Ridgefield if you don't mind being out a little further, La Center, or Battle Ground ( although it is 7 miles east of the freeway, not quickly or readily accessible to things)...I'm not as familiar with the east end of town, it is growing like mad, has many amenities avaliable....good luck!
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:07 AM
 
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The downtown area are full of meth addicts. Theft is rampant. Check out the sheriff's website on convictice sex offenders living in the area. Looks are very deceiving.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:14 PM
 
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My wife and I moved to Vancouver with our 3 year old son in June. We live on the north side of Carter Park neighborhood. We love the fact we can ride our bikes down to the farmer's market or library and walk to the shops on Main Street. Our street seems very safe and we have met with many of our neighbors. There is one house behind ours where some young (early 20s) troublemakers live but one of our neighbors has spoken with them and the police. They know we're watching out for each other. We are the only family on our block with a small child but we have met some great families at the Carter Park neighborhood park. I guess it just depends on the street and the neighbors.
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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You could live near downtown Camas as well, coffee shops, grocery etc.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:57 PM
 
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Default Uptown Vancouver is great for Walkers

Hello-You said you wanted to be able to walk to shopping, restaurants, etc. Well, there is no mall but there are small shops, antique and other stores, the river, dozens of really good restaurants, taverns, a great little used book store, swmming pool, parks, downtown concerts in the park and weekend market etc. etc. in the area known as 'Uptown/Downtown Vancouver, Washington. Older homes. You have to check out the neighborhoods yourself to determine if a particular street is within YOUR walking distance.

Do be warned that there is more than likely a toll bridge going in across I-5 and the 205 bridge will be tolled as well if TAX and Spend and BROKE BACK Portland get there way. If you commute to Oregon you will pay huge income taxes and possibly heavy tolls thereby hurting your financial bottom line. Portland's major has been on the public dole his entire life, drives a gas guzzling pick up truck but he's a greenie who likes to spend other's people green if you know what I mean.

Vancouver is beautiful and the people are exceptionally nice.
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