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Alison Hillm…, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

Pros and Cons to moving to Portland

Asked by Alison Hillman, San Francisco, CA Wed Aug 1, 2012

I am interested in learning what people like and don't like about living in Portland.

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Tom Inglesby’s answer
The low prices for homes we are just turning the corner after most homes dropped 30% commute to work is easy and you can go by bike. Ski and surf in less than 2 hours. Younger population high tech 20-30 year olds. No sales tax. Live close to work safe area greater Portland area. Heathly life style people are in shape weather is great all year not to hot or cold grow your own garden. I love it here. To inglesby
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
Pros: Easy access to a variety of beautiful pristine scenery and activities. If you like being in beautiful country and away from the masses of people, the mountains, oceans, lakes, dessert are all within a short distance of Portland. Portland offers lots of very good live entertainment if you like music or the stage. Finally getting around Portland is easy compared to the large metropolitan areas in California.
Cons: Consistant rainy days in the late fall and early spring can be tedious.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
Can't think of any cons... Even the rainy weather I love! I moved here 10 years ago and hope to stay for the rest of my life :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 25, 2013
I moved from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
Flag Fri Sep 27, 2013
Where did you move from?
Flag Thu Sep 26, 2013
The weather report just came out for the past 6 months and said we normally get 19 inches of rain and this year we have had 15 inches. A great summer, check where you are coming from any where on the east coast will be probably double that for the spring and summer rain but if you are from AZ or CA we can compete with no 100 degree days and nights in the mid 50's most of the time% higher. Much better weather than SF and homes at 1/2 the price of SF. Good luck You will love it. Tom Inglesby, Broker, RE/MAX
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 23, 2013
Depends upon where your looking to move from. Some view the weather as dark and gloomy in the fall and winter. However, we do have all 4 seasons! The traffic is not bad at all and transportation around the city on public transportation is easy. Their is a lot of beauty in the City of Portland from the rivers, mountain views, to the rose garden and Washington Park. Not to much negative to say about Portland.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 23, 2013
NOT a broker lol, Great people, Great places, Traffic is not terrible. Obviously every place has its bad spots. ie the gang neighborhoods. Just don't go there :-)

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 19, 2013
What’s not to love about Portland? Portland lives like a big city without the typical downsides. There are top notch restaurants and bars, infinite shopping opportunities (with no sales tax) and a wonderful and unique arts community. You have access to all of that without the big city cost of living. Thoughtful city planning including the envied public transportation system makes it easy to get around. In fact, biking is the preferred mode of transport.

On top of all that each individual neighborhood has its own personality. You can shop downtown or NW 23rd, enjoy a delicious meal in the Pearl, people watch at last Thursday on Alberta and still not scratch the surface of what Portland has to offer. When you are ready to leave the city choose your adventure and it is just under 2 hours west to the coast or east to the mountains.

The chief complaint about Portland is the weather, specifically the rain. However, spend one summer here and you will understand why it’s all worth it. Summers here are the best!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
Why I moved from there “quality of life” and have never looked back. That is a big pro and would take many many many cons to over come that.

Plus all the things Tom said.

Kevin Sucher
Principal Broker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2012
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