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Hello! :)

I came across this site today and had to join! I've been looking for a place where I could ask a few questions to some folks who already live there!

My wife and I are hoping to move up to Portland as soon as we can. I'm currently applying for jobs in the area and hoping to get something soon. Once I get an offer, I'll be up there in 2 weeks!

I wanted to ask about some of the neighborhoods...
Are there some that aren't worth researching? (crime, etc etc type stuff)
Which ones have the highest rent?
How is public transportation in Portland? If you live and work in the city, how feasible is it to not own a car or not really need to drive often?
Basically any information that you want to type would be greatly appreciated!

A little info about me....
Currently live in Fresno California, I like to call it Satan s*** hole. :P
I Work in the IT field, mainly systems and network administration. My wife is a bartender and student.
A friend of my wife moved up to Portland a year or so ago, and has been trying to get us to do the same. I'm tired of the summer heat, the bad air quality, and my allergies acting up all the time, so we're going to get the heck outta here.
We live in an area of Fresno called the Tower District. It's full of restaurant, bars, hippies, stoners, bicycles, and progressive people. It's definitly a community in its own. I'd love to find another type of place in Portland to live.

Thank you in advance for any information you can share, its very appreciated!

Thanks!


Chris

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Good luck, we'll think happy thoughts! :-)
Whatever happened with your job searching process? I kind of have lost track of keeping in touch with you?
Rene
Well nothing came from that last job situation.
My wife and I decided to put the move on hold till June of '09 so she can finish up her degree.

But then... the job search goes back in full effect!
I just recently moved to portland from Tucson, arizona. I live in the West MOreland-SEllwood area and love it. We're close to the Oaks Bottom refuge and river access. It feels like a small town but we're an easy bike/bus/car ride into down town/hawthorne-belmont neighborhood or other points of interests. We aren't on a max line which is probably the only bummer. I love the restaurants/shops that make this place feel like a small community within a big city. We rent, but from the looks of the houses for sale, they are quite spendy.

good luck!
Well I'm sorry to hear that. However, June is such a pretty time of the year. It will be a good time to come and get settled in.

Well it's almost been 4 years now since I first made this thread! 

Since then I've moved twice, and my wife and I have expanded our family.  Our son just turned 1yrs old this past December!  The dream of moving north is now stronger than before. 

Waiting it out till June when our house lease is up.  In May I'm going to start looking for jobs again and hopefully this time it happens quick! 

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