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my family and i are moving to portland in mid-june, but we're not sure what area we want to look at moving to yet.
we'll most likely start out in an apartment; does anyone know of any nice, child friendly (our son will be 2 & a half when we move), affordable areas that we should look into?

i've only been to portland once, we're coming to visit and meet with schools, and look at apartments, during spring break...if anyone has any good insights on moving to portland with kids, where to go, what to do...etc....or if you think playdates could be arranged in the future...send me a message or responce here :)

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Hi there! Tell us more about you and your family and what you enjoy. That would really help to drum up some ideas to what areas you might enjoy.

Some helpers:

--Neighborhood amenities you would prefer (indie coffee shops, mass transit, local grocery, etc)
--Close to? Any jobs in mind?
--Prefer...urban or suburban?
--Have...car, no car. Is this important?

Thanks and welcome!
okay.
well, it will be me, my 2 year old son, and his dad. he's is presently working in car manufacturing in our suburu plant here. he's willing to work pretty much where ever in order for us to move, and he's worked all kinds of jobs...so as long as there's something near by, i dont think that will be the biggest factor for us.
i'd like to live in a kid friendly neighborhood, for sure. somewhere with a playground and/or parks close by, somewhere safe. i dont mind a more urban area, but i would really like to be able to find a place with a yard for my kiddo, or a park within very short walking distance.
it would be awesome if we were near a library, a coffee shop, and/or some kid friendly stores...it would be great to be not-too-far froma grocery store...
we dont have a car, and im not sure how soon after we're moving that we'll be getting one, so being within walking distance (with a small child in tow, if necissary) of some form of public transportation would be good.

im an artsy person, my fiance & i are pretty down-to-earth. i would feel most comfortable in a neighborhood where i might be able to make friends with other young parents', maybe find some pagan groups around....
we're open minded, and we're moving to portland to broaden our horizons.

is that helpful?

Will be moving to Portland in May, I just visted and did an interview earlier this week.  It was a lovely, and think i will try and move to the affordable Kerns neighborhood because it is walkable, has grocery stores, shops, restaurants, park and recreation center/pool.

we have a 2 1/2 year old and look forward to all the outdoor activities I see in the area.

If not Kerns, i think the only affordable place ins Hillsboro/Beaverton for affordable apartments-and its on the Max Line.

i love NW 23rd area too, but affordable apartments arent to be found i dont think.  I like the older apartment buildings btween NE Glisan and E Burnside area, but most dont have websites or hard to find on line.  I had to collect numbers as i drove by their buildings.

in Kerns neighborhood, 28th and E Burnside is a small wholefoods; and a starbucks and numerous small restaurants.  Esparza is the best mexican .  Buckman recreation also has a community garden

Having no luck with finding housing in the city of Portland, thinking about Tualatin or Hillsboro.  Have found nice housing in Tualatin, near parks, shopping and even schools and can be walked.  I hope to get a cargo bike from Joe Bike and use it for local trips to parks and library adn shopping.  No food co-ops out there though but i new Whole Foods and an REI.

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