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Old 10-18-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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In the past 12 years, my husband and I have lived in 4 states. We're originally from NYC - Brooklyn specifically. When we were young and adventurous, we left NYC and moved to California (outside of SF) Lovely place, but way too expensive. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision before the real responsibility of life kicked in. 6 months later, we were back home. NY was draining and didn't fit out personality, so once again we found ourselves all packed up a few years later. Besides, it's way too expensive for a home or to raise a family. We decided to move down to Florida, and had our first daughter there, but after 3 years we knew for certain it was not for us. Extremely boring and the slow pace of life was just not for us! Today we live in Georgia (about 45 mins north of Atlanta) Although we've been here for 4 years, I know we don't want to be here long term. I feel like we are complete outsiders in Georgia. A bit too much of the bible belt going on here, although some of the areas are beautiful.
Unfortunately, our indecisiveness in where we want to live has prevented any type of commitment purchasing a home - which I think we are now ready for. I am finally getting around to doing some research and have read some real nice things about Portland.

Ideally, we would like to find the following and are hoping for some feedback and recs of cities to check out.

- Family oriented, lively and neighborly areas with a community like feel
- Close to downtown areas (shops, restaurants, activities/fair for kids) Doesn't have to be a major city.
- Close to outdoor activities (and by close can be up to 45 mins) We love to bike ride and go on walks.
- Safe areas with great schools.
- Open mindedness towards outsiders.
- Down to earth and friendly areas.
- Affordable homes and cost of living

Ideally, being from NYC we would like something that is sort of lively and fun, while having a safe community like feel. Does it exist? And how's the weather? I don't mind the cold, but the extreme cold is not something I adore... but I know I can't be too picky!

Thanks!!
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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Depends on your budget but my friend from NY moved his small family to Sellwood and seems to be content.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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We have lived in multiple cities across the U.S., Portland is our favorite so far. We just relocated to Portland over the summer so I can't speak to the winter temps but from my conversations with people I don't think it gets extremely cold. It will be wet and grey and cold for a long time but it won't be super cold like you would get in parts of the norther east coast and Midwest.

There are plenty of places in Portland that have what you described (lively, fun, safe) the only issue will be cost. It's not cheap here. Way more expensive than GA, but probably similar to NY.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Housing will be cheaper than NYC, but be prepared that most jobs also will pay (a lot) less than NYC.

'Affordable' is relative, and while Portland ranks higher than L.A. on affordability, it's not affordable now in the way it was circa 2000.

Schools are mixed - there are some strong districts, some average and some that are not so much, largely but not entirely a function of how much housing in the district costs.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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You might really like Eugene, Oregon! It's a much smaller town than Portland but a cheaper and a great place to raise a family.
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