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Old 02-20-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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Hello,
My in-laws bought a home in Brownsville and are relocating from California's Central valley in April/May. My husband & I have been thinking of moving out of Sacramento for years now, and the in-laws are encouraging us to check out the area they are moving to. We are all California natives, though I had a couple years in the PNW (Spokane, WA) back in the 90's.

We are making the road trip up to check out the area at the end of next month, and I would love some recommendations on which neighborhoods/towns to make a point to visit and/or avoid. We'd like to settle on a town by Summer, so that we can get moved in with time to spare before school starts in the Fall.

A little about us:
We have 4 kids ranging from kindergarten to high school. We are outdoorsy (camping, hiking, fishing) and don't want to be in a hugely populated city. We're totally laid back people. My main must haves are a library & thrift shop.
My husband & I are in our 30's & early 40's, we're atheists, my husband works in IT (but has a certificate in chemical dependency counseling), and is an artist/musician (but we are sober & don't care for the bar scene) and I am a stay at home mom. Our kids love school and are great students. I think they'd do well anywhere, as long as it was bully/violence free (a problem we've had here). None of them play sports.....we're a little nerdy. Gaming (think D&D) is more their speed.

I'd love to hear about what town you all think would suit us.
Thanks a bunch!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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I don't think you will find any work in Brownsville. Your parents -in-law if retired, will love it though. Corvallis maybe.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:08 PM
 
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We were thinking of living in Brownsville but commuting to somewhere like Albany or Corvallis. My husband currently commutes about 20mins. Would this be doable? I have looked into Corvallis, it looks like a nice city, reminds me a bit of Davis, CA.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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There is nothing like it in California. I doubt 20 minutes to Albany, And not Corvallis either.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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Corvallis and Albany are both at least 30 minutes via I-5 from Brownsville. Not bad, but still 25+ miles each way.

Brownsville is a VERY small town. With all the negative connotations that comes with, everyone knows everyone, and your business is everyones. As the newbies from California, you WILL get some attention and not all of it's going to be good. Your kids coming from a much larger city are going to hate it unless they can manage to entertain themselves most of the time.

If you're going to work in Corvallis/Albany, you'd be better of living there and commuting to visit the in-laws.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:14 PM
 
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Corvallis is a lot like Davis. They are about the same size and both have large public universities that are their focal point. I think Corvallis has a lot nicer setting. Housing is a little expensive.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:39 AM
 
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Corvallis is a lot like Davis. They are about the same size and both have large public universities that are their focal point. I think Corvallis has a lot nicer setting. Housing is a little expensive.
We moved to Davis from San Francisco for about 10 years after being offered positions at both UC Davis and OSU. We visited both and chose Davis because the department was in much better shape financially and politically and offered better research opportunities, but we liked Corvallis a lot, and I agree it has a nicer setting. Housing is actually more expensive in Davis, though Corvallis isn't cheap, either. We were coming from San Francisco, though, so it was still better than what we were used to.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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Thank you all for lots of good info! I think we will focus our job & home search on Corvallis. I have noticed housing is quite a bit cheaper there than here, if you're buying. Renting is slightly cheaper but not by much. It looks lovely there.
Any tips on neighborhoods in Corvallis? What should I avoid & what should I not miss?
Thank you all again so much!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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Don't expect a good rental Market. Not a lot available for families.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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Look at Corvallis, Salem, Dallas, Monmouth, perhaps Albany. That will get you close enough to the relatives for an easy visit and closer to jobs. (no jobs in Monmouth, but it is an easy commute to Corvallis, Albany, Salem, where there are jobs.)

Personally, I like Dallas. It's close to Salem for work and shopping, an easy drive to the beach, not a bad drive to Portland for big events.

If you want really small and scenic, Peedee, Kings Valley, Wren, Philomath, are better choices than Brownsville, and still close enouhg to visit the relatives, as long as you don't want to do it daily.
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