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Old 08-13-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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City in Washington/Oregon that doesn't snow much/cheap to live:
Me and my husband want to move closer to the beach, don't wan't too far maybe not over 2hours from beach, doesn't snow much, I know it may be cold, we have 3 little ones 4, 1 1/2, and 7months, and are looking for a place that is pretty cheap we can only afford $650-$700 maximum rent 2-3bedroom, Ihave a job that I can work from home but would like ther to be good job market for husband, please any suggestions would be deeply appreciated originally from california perfect weather, then moved to texas,now in vegas but can't stand heat, thanks, Andrea
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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Suburban Portland.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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Thanks so much I'm gonna look the rentals up out there,
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Even the Suburbs of Portland is going to be hard at that price range. You're going to end up in higher crime areas (domestic calls, car prowlings, drug busts, nothing like murders though.) Decent job market doesn't describe anywhere in Washington or Oregon in my opinion, although they're saying Portland is getting a bit better, and the timber industry saw a 30% growth in the first four months of this year.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Decent job market + cheap housing is a combination that is hard to find in the Northwest.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Thanks for tips
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Originally Posted by casperslilsister View Post
City in Washington/Oregon that doesn't snow much/cheap to live:
Me and my husband want to move closer to the beach, don't wan't too far maybe not over 2hours from beach, doesn't snow much, I know it may be cold, we have 3 little ones 4, 1 1/2, and 7months, and are looking for a place that is pretty cheap we can only afford $650-$700 maximum rent 2-3bedroom, Ihave a job that I can work from home but would like ther to be good job market for husband, please any suggestions would be deeply appreciated originally from california perfect weather, then moved to texas,now in vegas but can't stand heat, thanks, Andrea
Let me phrase this another way so you can perhaps see a blind spot here. You want to live close to the water, in one of the most expensive regions in the country, for very little money, yet which has a great job market in the midst of a monster nationwide recession. I'm all for shooting for the moon, but you won't find this. The people who said Portland are completely ignoring the "job market" part of your request.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:46 AM
 
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You can find a few older apartments in that price range in Olympia and its outskirts.

Vancouver WA and the towns just east of there are probably cheaper than most Oregon suburbs of Portland. Portland is not in a good place on employment compared to its recent past but at least it is a huge market. Two sides to that of course, more jobs and more competition.

Kent and Auburn are pretty good locations for looking for work, in those towns or in the larger Seattle or Tacoma markets. At least some moderate priced housing options, probably some cheaps one too, though with lower prices you often get less desirable on one or more criteria. With a lot of hunting you might find a good enough place and a good enough price.


"The beach" in this part of the country of course will be pretty different than So-Cal if that is your background. Not that many days with highs in the 70s and very few in the 80s. Only about 6 months where the highs peak over 60 degrees in mid to late afternoon after climbing up from the 40s to at most the low 50s in the morning, and only about 4-5 months with a good amount of dry days. Cooler water here all the time, especially outside the heart of summer. The beaches are quite nice, just different than So-Cal in terms of weather, general vibe, crowd levels and amount of nearby amenities (outside of a few developed spots).

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Old 08-20-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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Tri-Cities, (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco), in the South central part of the state. Not much snow, low cost of living. Also one of the fastest growing areas of WA state.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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Oh, you want a beach. Well, Tri-Cities does offer "some" beach...along the Columbia. Not the same as the ocean, but it is there.
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