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Old 03-18-2007, 02:12 PM
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My husband and I will be moving to Vancouver in May and would like to know the best area to live. We will be renting an apt at first and would welcome any suggestions. Anyone heard of an area in Vancouver called Orchards and is it any good?
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:50 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Orchards is a really nice place. It's got beautiful scenery and the plants oh my gosh, it's so green. i love it there, plus the people are really really nice and everyone stops and says hi
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:14 PM
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Unhappy Just don't move next to Tonya Harding's trailer park

My sister moved to Vancouver and her first apartment was a few blocks from her trailer park. She would frequently be woken up by the police breaking up a domestic disturbance call (she was arrested again a few days ago).

Vancouver has also gotten a lot more expensive, but is still pretty cheap compared to the rest of washington.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:31 AM
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Default Vancouver / Orchards..

Orchards like many places has its good spots and not so good spots. There are a few really nice sub-divisions that are great for raising a family. Try to stay away from the older neighborhoods. East Vancouver in general is a great place. Close to the freeways, shopping and a few nice places to eat.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:30 AM
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Thanks for your replies everyone they were helpful I'll beware of Tanya H. and my kneecaps!!
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:06 AM
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Thanks for your replies everyone they were helpful I'll beware of Tanya H. and my kneecaps!!
She lives in Yacolt now, so unless you're going for the rural thing, I think your kneecaps should be pretty safe.

Personally, I like the east side of Vancouver. The Fisher's Landing area is pretty nice. Also, check out Camas. It butts up against Fisher's Landing and is a good area, too, especially for families. The schools in both Fisher's Landing and Camas are absolutely fantastic and the neighborhoods are usually very well kept. Close to lots of shopping, too.

I'd avoid most areas near Vancouver Mall (or Westfield Shopping Town, as it's now called), and the area known as "Alphabet City" (any streets with letters instead of names, usually closer to downtown). LOTS of crime in those areas. Also, lots of crime in several of the downtown neighborhoods, too. I really like downtown Vancouver, but it isn't nearly as family friendly as many other parts of town. (Love the Farmer's Market, though! Great place to pick up farm fresh food or really unique stuff directly from the artists.)

Here's a pretty helpful link for crime stats in Clark County: >>>http://www.columbian.com/news/crime/crimestatistics2006.cfm<<< Click on the link that says "Click here to see numbers for all neighborhoods." Gives you a pretty good idea of the crime levels in most Vancouver areas.

Good luck with the move and I hope you enjoy the area as much as I do!
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:59 PM
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You might want to check out Ridgefield. It's about 15 minutes north of Vancouver. When we moved here we looked at all of the different places surrounding Vancouver and decided it was better out here. Shopping is close (Salmon Creek or Woodland or Vancouver) and it has everything you need. Jantzen Beach in Portland is only about 25 minutes if you need big ticket items without the sales tax. Depends on your situation...if a person is retired, with kids, where the job is, etc. Also depends on price range and what your lifestyle is. Lots of things to consider.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:12 PM
Location: WA
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It is all relative but I found more good places than bad in Vancouver. Compared to many places in other states there is nothing that is really bad. I bought a home in Salmon Creek after looking for a few months.
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:23 AM
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Where to live in Vancouver depends on a bunch of things, including - commute, school districts and whether you'd prefer urban/rural/suburban/small town atmosphere.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:40 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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renting a suite on Officers Row would be kinda nice

I'm not keen on Orchards (i.e. 'dogpatch') but it has some decent spots. Do a search, there have been some suggestions on Vanc Locations.

less desirable is area on east 4th plain between I-5 and I-205
also east 18th is not great.
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