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Hello! My boyfriend and I will be moving to Portland next summer. Im so
excited to move somewhere that is more our lifestyle. My boyfriend is
excited as well, but is convinced that the rumor is true that no one in
Portland likes people from California. He believes people will throw
rocks at us as we drive into town :) Is it really that bad?

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Speaking as a Californian who has lived in Portland for the past 2 years, Portlanders (and Oregonians in general) definitely have their ideas about Californians. It's mostly a healthy rivalry, given that Oregonians are proud of their state and of Portland. The culture in Portland is definitely different than most of California with the exception of San Francisco.

Just be sure to be polite and respect the community. Though Portland is not as big as San Francisco, Portlanders do some things differently, and love their local unique small businesses and cozy bars. We don't hate Californians, but we definitely suspect them of being slightly ignorant to what we think is important.
This is exactly what I wanted to hear. We are tired of Southern California, it seems no one appreciates anything here. We really want to live somewhere with a sense of community, and by people who appreciate the uniqueness of where they live. Thank you Matthew! I do have a question though - we are coming to visit in November, if there any places we should check out to get the sense of culture of Portland?
To me, the essential Portland is all east of the river. Be it SE, or NE. In SE, all the major streets have their little bar/restaurant areas. I live on 28th and Burnside, which is a strip (also not far from the Laurelhurst Park which deserves a visit). Belmont has a strip, Clinton has a strip, Upper Hawthorne (like 48th and Hawthorne) has a strip. Parks are nice. The food carts on 12th and Hawthorne are great, as with the food carts anywhere in the city. Also, outside the city towards the East are the beautiful outdoors like Multinomah Falls and Mount Hood, also incredibly important to the city.
What are great neighborhoods to check out for renting a house?
Totally agree with you here, Matthew. I'm in N/NE and love the village feel of many of the neighborhoods. I would not be happy living in NW (too cramped), or SW (too...far away? a little too suburban). Love all the indie cafes, pubs, movie houses and so on.

Lauren, any of these areas are good for looking for rentals. SE will be ripe with them, no doubt. For prices, SE and NE will be roughly the same, N will be a little lower in most areas.
Thank you everyone for all this information, its really going to help me out!
Also check http://www.housingmaps.com/?c=portland&t=apa&p=1000_1500 for housing rentals, because you can put filters on your search like price range, pets, etc.


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