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Okay, so here's the deal, my boyfriend and I will be moving to Portland sometime in December or a bit later, so he can attend culinary school. We chose Portland cause my Brother and Best friend lives there, so we have family there, and it's close to California (which is where we are now). I've been trying to do tons of research, which definitely get tedious over time. Haha. 

So far I THINK I've decided I'm going to live in central, sw or se Portland. I seem to think we'll fit in more with the hip/trendy part of town. I've been looking up apartments and such and pin pointing some to get more information about. Were looking for a 1bd that's under $800 (under $700 would be even better) We're looking at downtown, goose hollow, irvington, alberta, or hawthorne neighborhoods (atleast i think we are, haha). My ideal would be to live close to downtown (specifically Oregon Culinary Institute) so were looking for short bike rides, up to 20 minute walks to downtown. We will be sharing a car, so mass transit & bikes/walking will be one of our main source of transportation.

Now to me. I am a licensed cosmetologist. I would LOVE to find an assisting job somewhere in Portland to expand my skill! Any leads to this would be great. If not I might jump right into a salon job if possible. Also might be looking for other forms of employment. I'd love to find places i can work where piercings and hair colors are not issues. Any suggestions would be great. Bonus points if it's crafty. I'm a knitter, and occasional sewer who works in a modern fabric store now. 

And one more thing: How much were your utility deposits (if any). I ask cause i like to Budget and I'm trying to see how much we need to save!

 So any advice would be great! Anything to help narrow down my search. Thanks!

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Hey there! If you want to be in the heart of it all and close to school, I would probably suggest Downtown, Goose Hollow, NW Nob Hill (and NW neighborhoods if you can find an affordable rental). Pearl District is trendy and downtown but expensive. Irvington is a stunning neighborhood, but you have to get over the river to be downtown - not at all hard to do , but less convenient that living Downtown if that is where you want to be. It is a short commute though, (I ride my bike over the Broadway bridge from Irvington and can be Downtwon in minutes) but Irvington may be less hip than probably what you are looking for. From an affordability standpoint though, N, NE and E Portland might be good areas to check along the TriMet.org MAX lightrail train lines for super easy commute. I think you would like Hawthorne, Belmont and SE neighborhoods as well, but again that puts you on the east side of the river. I am guessing you would really like Alberta too...(but not on lightrail train, though you can easily get there on the bus).

Piercings, hair color, and tattoos are not a problem in Portland ;-) There are tons of crafty people here so you will fit right in if you love to knit and sew. We have lots of cool little indie knit and sewing shops in town.
Thanks for the reply! You definitely helped narrow my search some. I wishhh i could live downtown/goose hollow but it seems a little out of the budget. Of course that's not gonna keep me from always checking to see if i can snatch something up!

I am definitely gonna look up the light rails! I think that'll give me an idea of what areas to look at closer.

I'm glad to hear the crafting community is active! We get tons of orders from the portland/beaverton/hillsboro area. Haha. everytime I pack or make a label for one i get a little excited cause I know I'll be moving up there one day!

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