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Old 01-16-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I will be retiring in June & I am planning on moving to the Pacific Northwest from Long Island. I would be looking for an over 55 townhouse community. I think that I would like either city, but does anyone have any preferences. Is the weather similiar? The ambiance? The expense & tax ratio ?
Thanks for any help!!!
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I will be retiring in June & I am planning on moving to the Pacific Northwest from Long Island. I would be looking for an over 55 townhouse community. I think that I would like either city, but does anyone have any preferences. Is the weather similiar? The ambiance? The expense & tax ratio ?
Thanks for any help!!!
try Charbonneau in wilsonville or. good luck
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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It looks like your post got lost yesterday Nancy thereader. Well Eugene is smaller but still it seems like a big city to me. Springfield adjoins it so there's over 200,000 population in that area. I haven't not looked up any stats for how much sun there is but it always seemed to be a bit more sunny in Eugene as compared to Portland.

I believe that prices for homes are less in Eugene. Sorry I don't know about townhomes for over 55. There's plenty of shopping centers and it's a busy place.I had some relatives that lived there for years. Oh but the city is larger now. Much of the area was connected socialy to the colleges. Go Ducks!
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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It looks like your post got lost yesterday Nancy thereader. Well Eugene is smaller but still it seems like a big city to me. Springfield adjoins it so there's over 200,000 population in that area. I haven't not looked up any stats for how much sun there is but it always seemed to be a bit more sunny in Eugene as compared to Portland.

I believe that prices for homes are less in Eugene. Sorry I don't know about townhomes for over 55. There's plenty of shopping centers and it's a busy place.I had some relatives that lived there for years. Oh but the city is larger now. Much of the area was connected socialy to the colleges. Go Ducks!
That would be a "Quack Attack" Also King City in Tigard is a 55 and older community. good luck
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:02 PM
 
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thanks again, you two ( my old "pals" from the Portland site)
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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So have you retired and made the move yet??? We are absolutely LOVING the Portland area!!
Haven't really been to Eugene, though, so can't give you an accurate comparison. But either way you are going to love it!!!
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:30 PM
 
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I have lived in Eugene for about 25 years and find it a very boring town unless you live and breathe University of Oregon Sports, which I do not. It is a town that just shuts down after 5 p.m. unless you are in the under 30 crowd. There are some decent restaurants, but if you are a single person, I would not recommend Eugene. Portland is a relatively exciting city with many more things to do. Art museams, theater venues and nice restaurants. Real estate in both towns is ridiculous. The last time I looked about 6 months ago there was not a single listing in Portland for under $300,000. So that means that you have to live in the other cities which surround Portland. However the bus transportation system is good so you can get around fairly easily.. I think it would be much easier to make friends in Portland than in Eugene. Portland is supposedly the most expensive city in Oregon, but I am not sure that the difference is all that significant from the other nice towns.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Which town is the best for you is a matter of life style. If you love team sports or the theater Eugene offers the best value. Portland has an active mature adult social circle.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:55 PM
 
Location: near Portland, Oregon
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I think Portland has a more extensive public transportation system, such as the MAX. You might find a townhome or condo somewhere near the MAX line, and do without a car. There are also car share companies-- you pay a small fixed fee and can use any of the share cars in the system. People seem to love it-- no payments, insurance, etc. There has been an implosion in the condo market in Portland, as well, there should be some excellent prices in the next year or two.

And if you're used to Long Island, which has lots of shopping, cultural activities, etc. you might find Portland suits you better. In fact, the south and west sides of Portland can be a bit like the Hamptons, especially Lake Oswego and West Linn.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:03 AM
 
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I agree that Portland, Lake Oswego and especially West Linn are your bet bests. No offense to anyone, but stay away from Charbonneau...it's a weird little isolated community, no community interaction, and you sure as heck will need a car. Oh, and you can listen to the lovely din of I-5 throughout the entire community.

You'll find many communities to your liking here. You will love Portland. (PS: I think you can manage some thing in PDX area under $300K, if you don't mind small - don't expect a two or three bedroom for under that price though.).

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