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Old 02-05-2007, 04:58 PM
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I am considering a job in Beaverton, OR. I grew up in the Northwest (Idaho), but have not spent much time in Portland or the Beaverton area. What is it like in terms of cost of housing and community? Does it have an individual identity/community separate from Portland, or does it just feel like a suburb? Also, how animal friendly is the town? Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:43 PM
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Think of Beaverton as the Bellevue of Oregon. Very upper-class from what I've seen.
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:06 PM
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I don't think Beaveton's the same class as Bellevue. Bellevue has skyscrapers, lots of fine dining, and its own identity.
Beaverton, as a whole, is pretty bland. The West Side suburbs all kinda flow into each other, with no feeling that you just left or entered a new town.
I do think it is a great place to live and raise a family though. Easy MAX access, houses aren't too expensive, you're just a few minutes out of downtown Portland, and it's growing quickly.
I used to live in the Orenco area, which is between Hillsboro and Beaverton, you should check it out.
All of Portland is very dog friendly. My wife and I have 2 bigger dogs, and are welcomed almost everywhere we go. There are a lot of dog parks (check out www.portlandpooch.com) (broken link), lots of cool boarding places, and even downtown restaurants that have outdoor seating will bring you water dishes if you've got the dogs with you.

Hope this helps
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:46 AM
Location: Scottsdale,AZ
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Default Soft Soil ~ look at the People not the things

Hi, I was born and rasied there! and with that said, I also have been lucky enough to travel many places in this world, and having done so developed the following theory. "If the ground is hard, so will your life be",
Oregon has very soft soil, mossy trees, sandy riverbeds, beautiful roses and green grassy fields. You are only 1 hour from the beaches or 1 hour from the snowy mountains. A river runs down the middle of Portland dividing the city, east and west. Portland also has a wonderful downtown "fare less square area", a well developed arts and theater center and you can shop the farmers markets or uptown Nordstroms.

Beverton with employers such as Intel and Nike, has developed into a very nice caring commuinty, only 12 miles west of Portland. The westside's only downfall is the traffic, the growth from the early 90' has continued. the cost of living is a little higher than one would expect, but thats due to demand. and the job market is tuff, you are lucky to be offered a job there - go for it, there isn't a place I can think of better to rasie a family. Good friendly honest people. Its very much a down to earth place. PS: The Cedar Mills or Hillsdale areas should be checked out!
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:55 PM
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Beaverton is definitely not upperclass or like Bellevue at all. It has it good and bad areas. I spend a lot of time their in the summers and would love to move there but the housing prices are just jumping up for what i am looking for.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:16 PM
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"Think of Beaverton as the Bellevue of Oregon."

That's a good comparison. Has anybody noticed that Bellevue and Beaverton have very similar digits at the last three digits in the zip codes AND similar telephone prefixes?

Only the phone area codes for Beaverton is 971 & 503 and Bellevue is 425 (used to be 206 when that was the area code for all of western WA).

The zip codes in Oregon begin with 97xxx and western Washington is 98xxx
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Old 04-06-2007, 07:03 PM
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I am considering Beaverton, but was told to stay north of 26...I am also looking into lake oswego, heard you can get a nice condo for 200s there, I def want a good school too, and a low crime suburb that does not back up to a slum.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:34 AM
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I moved to Beaverton 3 months ago, and I absolutely love it here. Yes, it is suburbia, but it's the most beautiful suburbia I've ever seen. I bought a very nice 3 bedroom condo in the Sexton Mountain area in the low $200s. I would say you could easily find a place here for around $150-$200.

I did want to get closer in to Portland, but couldn't find anything affordable that had all the amenities I was looking for, first and foremost being a garage. Why, with all the rain and snow, are there so many homes without garages?

I moved from the So Cal, San Fernando Valley area, where even if you were in a fairly decent neighborhood, you wouldn't want to go for a walk at night. The thing I love most about Beaverton is that there are parks or greenspaces within 1/2 mile of every home. I feel completely safe here at all times of the day and night.

Good luck with your search.
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