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    Hi everyone I'm hoping that you guys can help me out. I'm hoping to move from NYC next year and since the members of this board are from all over I'm hoping that you guys can tell me of a great place to move to. I've been looking at Portland Oregon. Anyone from there can tell me what it's like? Is the economy good? Are condo's reasonable? Help

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    haggard's from portland oregon

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    Define reasonable! Coming from New York, it may seem cheap to live here, but Portland is getting more and more expensive each day. Oregon relies on income tax for revenue, as well as property tax which is quite spendy. There is also a Multnomah County tax - that as a resident of Portland, you are required to pay. Condo costs depend on where you want to live. If you want to live downtown - be prepared to pay for it. I saw one condo downtown (431 square feet 1 bed, 1 bath) for $189,000. Riverfront condos I've seen are $325,000. The Pearl District (the artsy area in town) are about $335,000. So it depends on where you are planning on living. Nonetheless, housing prices are rising.

    We have nice public transportation, as we should since we were forced into paying for it. Roads are not expanding, and too many people are moving in. Highways are a joke. The weather is crappy. If you move here - it is nice for 3-4 months out of the year, during the summer. You hear it rains here? It's not rain that goes away after 30 minutes. It is rain that lasts days without stop. Generally, our rainy season lasts Nov-May. If you suffer from SAD, Portland isn't the place to live. In fact, it is still depressing (and there are stats to prove it!)- even if you don't suffer from SAD. Grey skies are constant - we don't see the sun for months sometimes.

    Jobwise - I guess it depends on what you do. We slowly recovered from 2001, and jobs have been increasing (more so it seemed, the last year). Keep in mind that a lot of tech places are not necessarily in Portland.

    Overall, Portland is a beautiful place. It used to be a small big city - but there are too many people coming in, condos (not the pretty kind) are rising, and suburbs are sprawling. As pretty as it is, I forsee a time where I will be leaving for something else.

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    Stay away from Pusan.


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    You can move to Runcorn with me! Its a crappy little chav ridden place near Liverpool. We have cinema with drunken children staggering around outside. We have a nice canal that you can fish in, but watch the bottle tops and upside down shopping carts. We have night clubs, but be warned, the chances of being stabbed / bottled / kicked / punched / attacked in any way are highly likely. Oh and every now and again you will get a sweet but sickiningly toxic whiff of God-knows-what from our local ICI factory that is permanenlty spewing out random chemicals. Hence why the majority of the population are complete retards on the dole!
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    Christ, Tiara, you make it sound like paradise!
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    ^^ Oh no, its a shit hole!
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    ^^ Suddenly Pusan doesn't seem so bad. The ones that seem like
    retards can be dismissed due to poor English.

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    I love San Diego!!! Lived there for about 6 months. Expensive though but the weather! God. LOVELY.

    Lived in Oahu, Hawaii for 1 year as well. Gorgeous but expensive as well. I hear Texas is pretty nice. Down along the gulf. Just need to worry about hurricanes and tornados.

    San Diego, earth quakes and wild fires. Hawaii gets hurricanes as well.

    There was this really cool website they gave the perfect place to live according to what you wanted.

    I think I might look into Georgia next. Housing just so bloody expensive where I am now. Just outside of Washington, DC. It sucks ass.

    Houses that you know are not worth much more than the material they were built with going for a half a million dollars. Just makes you sick.

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    Well, allow me to extend our southern hospitality and invite you to Mississippi! It really is a nice place to live. Depending on what you want...you can have really really rural or you can have big city (on our scale anyway ) People make fun of the south so much, but I honestly think we are some of the nicest, hospitable folks around! Come down for a visit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceQueen
    I saw one condo downtown (431 square feet 1 bed, 1 bath) for $189,000. Riverfront condos I've seen are $325,000. The Pearl District (the artsy area in town) are about $335,000.
    That really is not bad...it's worse in Vancouver and it's still Canada...(lol) . To buy a decent house in Vancouver can cost close to half a million...a decent condo downtown (about 500 sf. one bath) is around $280.000. We used rent a small one like that and the owner sold it for that much so we had to to move.


    Our city is really nice though. We are hosting the next Winter Olympics (2010) so that's one of the reasons why the real estate is soaring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teforde23
    Hi everyone I'm hoping that you guys can help me out. I'm hoping to move from NYC next year and since the members of this board are from all over I'm hoping that you guys can tell me of a great place to move to. I've been looking at Portland Oregon. Anyone from there can tell me what it's like? Is the economy good? Are condo's reasonable? Help
    When I was the title of your thread - I knew I was going to say Portland.

    It's beautiful, clean and their are jobs.

    I would move their in a second but the beau doesn't want to move right now.
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