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03-09-2014 11:01 PM
AdventureDad Look to Wahington county (west of Portland).. Sell your boat and get anther here - styles are different here depending on the type of fishing you'll do. For the best and latest on hunting/fishing check out ifish.net they have the latest info broken down to blue water, river, and warm water. Great folks, too.

Weather veries greatly by area. Coastal mountains are wet and have the rain forest. The Willamete valley is good farm land, the cascade mountains are drier and east of there gets you into the high desert.

Neighborhoods can vary greatly in a few blocks. Get an apartment and spend a few months checking out the areas before really looking to settle down. Redfin.com is a great, free resource for looking at and for homes/areas
01-13-2014 12:40 PM
thatwranglerfan
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Originally Posted by Dursky View Post
Fellow Jeepers,
I will be finishing up mechanical engineering school in the next 1-2 years (depends on how much class load I want to take) and am entertaining the idea of looking for a job and to relocate my wife and kids (going back to school later in life) to Oregon once school is complete.

Sadly my only knowledge of Oregon (as far as the terrain, physical features) is from watching the Goonies (Which is an awesome movie). I spent most of my life and stationed on the South Eastern US coast and was stationed out in NM for 3 years. I do miss the wide open spaces of out west, BUT I love my beach and ocean (fishing/diving), and greenery (tress, grass, etc.).

From my limited research on the computer, it seems as though Portland and the surrounding area is the business mecca, so to speak, of Oregon and the location of the larger populace.

So my question(s) to y'all are:

-Does it rain as much as "they" say there?
-What are the pros/cons to Oregon.
-What is the saltwater fishing and duck hunting like there?
-How comfortable could a family of four live on $50,000/yr there (renting or buying a house, gas prices, etc...) - don't want to live in the big city, about a 30-40 minute drive to the city would be fine.
-Any areas to avoid living in (bad schools, high crime, etc...)
-Anything else that you think is worth noting.

The possibility of this is still aways out, but I'm just trying to get a feel for it. I'm planning on flying out some time before the end of the year to get an "eyes on" survey of it - pretty stoked about it.

Thanks in advance!
-Summer and Fall here are awesome, and we're always around 75 to 90 degrees. But when it rains, it POURS, and it doesn't stop until you wake up to a small flicker of dry hope, then it comes down again, and in larger quantities. So yes, the rain is bad.

-Pros: -amazing people who are always nice.
-educated people
-great education systems (especially in Lake Oswego)
-Portland was just rated the number one city in the US
-Clean air and green people left and right
-Great summer weather

-Cons: -Rain
-Rain
-Rain
-Rain

-Don't know much about saltwater fishing, but I know Oregon has many great fishing spots.

-Listen to me very closely. If you want your children to be well-educated I suggest you move to Lake Oswego. You won't live as comfortably as in Beaverton or other areas, but sacrificing the extra 500-800 square feet is worth it. The school system is phenomenal, and Lakeridge High school was just rated number one in Oregon, with Lake Oswego High School a couple places behind it. It is full of the nicest people in the world, and though you may run into a few snobby people here and there, it is overall a great town. It has a population of about 39,000, and though it's generally thought of as a "bubble" from the outside world--wait, nevermind, that part's true. It's 20 minutes away from Portland, the largest city in Oregon, and in an ideal location in Oregon, and right in the middle of four major highways and freeways.

-Avoid the following areas: -MLK in NE Portland
-Woodburn
-82nd street
-Medford


-Oregonians are very welcoming and open, so you'll fit-in just fine! Happy home searching!!!
06-01-2011 12:31 PM
squatch-crawler I haven't lived anywhere where the network of forest trails and fire trails are more extensive and far-reaching. If you want to go remote, you can do it in the Northwest. I do a form of wildlife research and I am in seventh heaven here in Oregon. Home is always where the heart is ... my home may not be the Northwest forever, but if you go your whole life without at least seeing and experiencing the widlerness and all that the Northwest has to offer, you will be doing a great injustice to your sightseeing of America.
06-01-2011 08:37 AM
InTheSticks Yeah - sometimes it can rain a lot, but, we rarely get severe weather events, unless you count "vicious drizzle". I live a little east of the Willamette Valley and last year had the top off July 5 thru early October.
The best thing about Oregon is the variety of it's countryside and climates - you can literally drive to the weather/topography of your choice sometimes. Last year, when we were sweltering in 100 degree weather in the valley, the beach was 50 degrees and foggy - folks were huddled around campfires on the beach !!
And, there's not too many states where you can go snow skiing in the morning (in August) and windsurfing/river rafting a few hours later.....
06-01-2011 12:23 AM
Mattstevens East of Portland is great. Very scenic, great hiking, hunting, lots of jeep trails within a reasonable distance (a few local ones), great beer, and as many have pointed out it's about a two hour drive to any type of terrain. I live in the Columbia River Gorge in a rural area and I'm 20-30 minutes to the heart of Portland and 5 minutes from the Columbia River and the Sandy River. Both offer great fishing and lots of area for water sports on the Columbia as well. Oregon is incredible.
05-31-2011 09:45 PM
Dursky
Very gracious

Thank you all very much for the repsonses, tips, advices, and intel. This has helped tremendously!! I totally forgot about Benji The Hunted.
I meant the Western side of Portland Oregon (Left coast has my bearings all messed up, back east everthing is eastern for the beach). The variety of fishing is different, I'm used to the gulf stream - mackeral, mahi mahi, flounder, red drum etc... but i have heard nothing but great things about the fishing out there. It seems very outdoor friendly - perfect for our family, our boys started backpacking with us when they were 4 months old. They did everything with us in the backpacks outside until they could walk on their own.
I think any big cities you get into, the politics are bad, but thanks for the heads up - liberal commies -lol.

Really appreciate all the insight. Thanks to all very much!
05-26-2011 08:15 AM
OregonTJ Just to add a comment or two……I live in the Willamette Valley (Albany, 50K population 10 miles from Corvallis, OSU) half way between Portland and Eugene. As mentioned, I am no more than 2 hours from any outdoor activity from the coast to the mountains, desert NW, lakes, rivers, sand, and snow all at the same time. One hour from Portland or Eugene (U of O) for the city stuff. Fishing and hunting are plentiful. Yes, it rains here, but not like the mid west, just gray and drizzly in the winter. Very little snow in the Valley, but great snow skiing with Mt Hood and many other ski resorts close by. The summer is fantastic. Oregon is an outdoors mans paradise. There may be a couple of better places to live in the country, but not many.

The mid Willamette valley is a great place to live. No DEQ either……..
05-25-2011 12:31 PM
heathman
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Originally Posted by Dursky View Post
Fellow Jeepers,
I will be finishing up mechanical engineering school in the next 1-2 years (depends on how much class load I want to take) and am entertaining the idea of looking for a job and to relocate my wife and kids (going back to school later in life) to Oregon once school is complete.

Sadly my only knowledge of Oregon (as far as the terrain, physical features) is from watching the Goonies (Which is an awesome movie). I spent most of my life and stationed on the South Eastern US coast and was stationed out in NM for 3 years. I do miss the wide open spaces of out west, BUT I love my beach and ocean (fishing/diving), and greenery (tress, grass, etc.).

From my limited research on the computer, it seems as though Portland and the surrounding area is the business mecca, so to speak, of Oregon and the location of the larger populace.

So my question(s) to y'all are:

-Does it rain as much as "they" say there?
About 40 inches a year spread out in about 160 days a year in Portland.
-What are the pros/cons to Oregon.
Portland and Eugene control the voting here and are ultra liberal.
You have to pass Deq tests in most urban areas to get vehicle tags and anything heavily modified (engine or exhaust) is unlikely to pass.
Everything seems like it is only a few hrs away (beach, Mountains, etc).
Lots of good beer and wine to try.
Go to Central/Eastern Oregon if you want drier weather, about half the rainfall and much of that falls as snow in the winter. Most of the cities in that area are about 3000 to 4000 feet in elevation, breathtakingly beautiful country out there.
-What is the saltwater fishing and duck hunting like there?
Both are common pastimes and as far as I can tell are excellent.
-How comfortable could a family of four live on $50,000/yr there (renting or buying a house, gas prices, etc...) - don't want to live in the big city, about a 30-40 minute drive to the city would be fine.
That's higher than the average worker makes in Oregon if that helps. There are lots of semi rural areas south and west of Portland within a 40 minute drive. Oregon City, Molalla, Canby, Auroa, Tualatin, Newberg, Hillsboro.
-Any areas to avoid living in (bad schools, high crime, etc...)
Inner NE and Outer NE and Outer SE are the trouble spots. Beaverton and Lake Oswego school districts seem to be the best.
-Anything else that you think is worth noting.
It's a great place to live, but don't tell anybody else, there are already too many people moving here.

The possibility of this is still aways out, but I'm just trying to get a feel for it. I'm planning on flying out some time before the end of the year to get an "eyes on" survey of it - pretty stoked about it.

Thanks in advance!
-You're welcome
05-24-2011 05:43 PM
sandman1212 agreed, just most of the Portland metro, they control the vote on state issues, sadly.
05-24-2011 05:40 PM
shewoolf Not the whole state is Liberal! LOL at least not the parts I grew up in LOL
05-24-2011 05:35 PM
sandman1212
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dursky View Post
Fellow Jeepers,
I will be finishing up mechanical engineering school in the next 1-2 years (depends on how much class load I want to take) and am entertaining the idea of looking for a job and to relocate my wife and kids (going back to school later in life) to Oregon once school is complete.

Sadly my only knowledge of Oregon (as far as the terrain, physical features) is from watching the Goonies (Which is an awesome movie). I spent most of my life and stationed on the South Eastern US coast and was stationed out in NM for 3 years. I do miss the wide open spaces of out west, BUT I love my beach and ocean (fishing/diving), and greenery (tress, grass, etc.).

From my limited research on the computer, it seems as though Portland and the surrounding area is the business mecca, so to speak, of Oregon and the location of the larger populace.

So my question(s) to y'all are:

-Does it rain as much as "they" say there?
Like D said...we get rain like Hawaii gets sun...
-What are the pros/cons to Oregon.

There is alot of outdoors around to play in, fishing, hunting, camping and wheeling are great! the politics are not! it is a VERY Liberal part of the country, if you can get past that...

-What is the saltwater fishing and duck hunting like there?

FANTASTIC! Salmon, Sturgeon, Steelhead, Crabbing all excellent, Duck hunting is very prominent here.


-How comfortable could a family of four live on $50,000/yr there (renting or buying a house, gas prices, etc...) - don't want to live in the big city, about a 30-40 minute drive to the city would be fine.

you can live pretty comfortable, many people live on that income!


-Any areas to avoid living in (bad schools, high crime, etc...)

probably the worst areas are inner city Portland, as long as you live a ways out, you should be good.
I have to second the Beaverton schools.

-Anything else that you think is worth noting.

Taxes are different, you pay income taxes instead of purchase tax.

The possibility of this is still aways out, but I'm just trying to get a feel for it. I'm planning on flying out some time before the end of the year to get an "eyes on" survey of it - pretty stoked about it.

Thanks in advance!
I have added answers above...for more scenery watch these movies...short circuit 1, Benji the hunted, Kindergarten cop, The Postman (with Kevin Costner, probably the best for scenery), Twilight was filmed between Oregon and Washington as well.
05-24-2011 04:12 PM
shewoolf When I said east side I meant the east side of the state for the snow ;-) The valley really doesn't get a lot. we are lucky to see 6 inches through out any one winter.

Glad I could help a bit.
05-24-2011 03:19 PM
Dursky
Great Intel...

Thanks for the info thus far! It's always nice to have a first hand account from someone. I think I would lean to living on the out skirts of the Eastern side of Portland. We love the beach too much to be too far away. I'd probably sell my boat and get another once out there.

I DO LIKE the tech schools option you spoke of. That is a huge plus and something that my wife and I do want for our sons.

Thank you again for the info thus far! Tremendous help.
05-24-2011 08:37 AM
shewoolf
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Originally Posted by Dursky View Post
Are there any emissions laws in Oregon (ripped out ECM and all things related to it).
the larger Metro area's you have to go thew DEQ every 2 years, but in the outer area's and in between there are no emissions requirements.
05-24-2011 08:36 AM
shewoolf
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dursky View Post
Fellow Jeepers,
I will be finishing up mechanical engineering school in the next 1-2 years (depends on how much class load I want to take) and am entertaining the idea of looking for a job and to relocate my wife and kids (going back to school later in life) to Oregon once school is complete.

Sadly my only knowledge of Oregon (as far as the terrain, physical features) is from watching the Goonies (Which is an awesome movie). I spent most of my life and stationed on the South Eastern US coast and was stationed out in NM for 3 years. I do miss the wide open spaces of out west, BUT I love my beach and ocean (fishing/diving), and greenery (tress, grass, etc.).

From my limited research on the computer, it seems as though Portland and the surrounding area is the business mecca, so to speak, of Oregon and the location of the larger populace.

So my question(s) to y'all are:

-Does it rain as much as "they" say there?
Sometimes More :-) it really dose rain a lot in the spring, fall and winter. The east side doesn't get much rain, but lots of snow

-What are the pros/cons to Oregon.
I personally love Oregon. But then again I was breed and born here LOL if you live in the valley you have just about every type of environment you could want within a 2 hour drive coast, mountains, desert. I Don't have any cons to Oregon :-) I love living here.
-What is the saltwater fishing and duck hunting like there?
We have lots of charter fishing, and when ever I go to the coast I see tons of boats out there. but I have no experience. I'm not a duck hunter but I know lots of people that do it often

-How comfortable could a family of four live on $50,000/yr there (renting or buying a house, gas prices, etc...) - don't want to live in the big city, about a 30-40 minute drive to the city would be fine.
The further away from the city the lower the prices. Our rents are high and house prices are high compared to lots of other areas ( Portland Metro). But on the bright side we are cheaper then LA, NY and Chicago. I think if you shopped around and live out side the Metro area you would be comfortable on $50,000

-Any areas to avoid living in (bad schools, high crime, etc...) I would never put my kids in the Portland school district it is falling apart, they are always in a budget crisis and closing schools. My kids are in the Beaverton school district and I have loved it! They have a bunch of options programs for kids to choose from. Like, science and tech High school, science and medical high school, arts and communications high school and others. I think any school district is better then Portland public

-Anything else that you think is worth noting.
Hope that helps some.
The possibility of this is still aways out, but I'm just trying to get a feel for it. I'm planning on flying out some time before the end of the year to get an "eyes on" survey of it - pretty stoked about it.

Thanks in advance!
05-23-2011 10:00 PM
Dursky
One more thing....

Are there any emissions laws in Oregon (ripped out ECM and all things related to it).
05-23-2011 09:52 PM
Dursky
Oregon HO! - Maybe...

Fellow Jeepers,
I will be finishing up mechanical engineering school in the next 1-2 years (depends on how much class load I want to take) and am entertaining the idea of looking for a job and to relocate my wife and kids (going back to school later in life) to Oregon once school is complete.

Sadly my only knowledge of Oregon (as far as the terrain, physical features) is from watching the Goonies (Which is an awesome movie). I spent most of my life and stationed on the South Eastern US coast and was stationed out in NM for 3 years. I do miss the wide open spaces of out west, BUT I love my beach and ocean (fishing/diving), and greenery (tress, grass, etc.).

From my limited research on the computer, it seems as though Portland and the surrounding area is the business mecca, so to speak, of Oregon and the location of the larger populace.

So my question(s) to y'all are:

-Does it rain as much as "they" say there?
-What are the pros/cons to Oregon.
-What is the saltwater fishing and duck hunting like there?
-How comfortable could a family of four live on $50,000/yr there (renting or buying a house, gas prices, etc...) - don't want to live in the big city, about a 30-40 minute drive to the city would be fine.
-Any areas to avoid living in (bad schools, high crime, etc...)
-Anything else that you think is worth noting.

The possibility of this is still aways out, but I'm just trying to get a feel for it. I'm planning on flying out some time before the end of the year to get an "eyes on" survey of it - pretty stoked about it.

Thanks in advance!

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