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post #46 of 59
yeah. plus, I believe oregon has pretty high property taxes to make up for their lack of sales tax.
post #47 of 59
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and state tax!
post #48 of 59
No idea how current or accurate this is:

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What's the tax situation? We have no sales tax. State Income tax is progressive up to 9 percent. Car registration is $86/two years (whether you drive a Rolls Royce or a VW) unless you get specialty/vanity plates. Emission testing is $21.00. Property tax varies by county, but is approximately $13-$16 per $1000 of assessed value. Gasoline tax is 24 cents per gallon.
post #49 of 59
i moved here 1 month ago for work from LA.
Its a great change, i would go for it. Dont live in the pearl. Its wanna be yuppy urbanites looking for manufactured urban living. If you want that go to central easide along the river.
East side is where the majority of creative/young/hip people reside. more up and coming sections.
The commute is shitty- i do eastside to beaverton. But it balances out in the end, you get way more for your money rentwise.
NW is fun a good hood but presents challenges-old buildings, no parking, but is a great walking area and close to the fwy. more established.
food, culture, music its all here, and theres always something to do. If your into outdoors, its perfect, if you dont mind being soggy. 1 hr drive into the gorge for epic hikes, mt hood, ect...
post #50 of 59
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Don't dismiss the opportunity cost of that 50-60% down and the fact you can't pick up and leave that building/neighborhood/city without the hassle of a sale. You're going to do what you want to do but renting for a year any time you change cities is a good idea IMO.
This is great advice to the OP. You want to make sure the job and city work out for you before you commit to anything. Rent for 6 months to a year. You should know in your heart if you want to stay long term or not by then. EDIT: I have never been to Portland, but am curious about the city. Keep hearing it's what Austin, TX used to be around 10 or so years ago.
post #51 of 59
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ok so if i want somewhere in a newer building/amenities with parking where should i be looking?
post #52 of 59
use padmapper which aggregates the craigslist postings. Theres a lot of newer buildings on the eastside popping up, some condos for rent, some more planned apt communities. Neighborhoods to scan are alberta, hawthorne, missisippi, belmont, burnside(central eastside in general has a couple old wharehouse conversions that are cheaper than pearl). These are streets, so find em on padmapper and scan around. These are all newer buildings w/ amenities. http://www.2121belmont.com/ http://www.tupeloalley.com/ http://www.mississippiavenuelofts.com/ http://www.belmontdairy.com/ http://www.pathfinderfunds.com/selec...wthorne-lofts/
post #53 of 59
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When I lived in Portland, we'd go up to Seattle for a weekend of "fun" a few times a year.
When I lived in Seattle, we'd go to Vancouver (a legitimately fun city).

Thanks for the invites, DICK.
post #54 of 59
Thank you for that, very enlightening.
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post #55 of 59
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Was I the only person confused by the phrase "offered a job in Portland"?

I didn't think they actually had jobs there.

+1

I've been looking since I lost my job a year and a half ago. No job/no money really takes away from the "liveability" of the city. There are no jobs here.

But it's a great place to live if you are into gray skies and rain for months on end.
post #56 of 59
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anyone know anything about the civic condos near PGE park? i'm trying to find a newer apartment near the pearl that will be under 800, definitely challenging, buying seems to be a much better option since there are some great deals (at least compared to vancouver)

Not going to happen. 800$ bucks will get you a room, at best, in that area. Portland housing is ridiculously overpriced.

Oh, and it's not PGE Park anymore, it's Jeldwen Field. (Got rid of baseball and brought in soccer). Might make a difference when you're googling.

I didn't grow up here...lived places I liked better. But I do enjoy the fact that it's a short drive to mountain or beach.
post #57 of 59
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Was I the only person confused by the phrase "offered a job in Portland"?

I didn't think they actually had jobs there.
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Originally Posted by leftover_salmonView Post
Was I the only person confused by the phrase "offered a job in Portland"?

I didn't think they actually had jobs there.

+1

I've been looking since I lost my job a year and a half ago. No job/no money really takes away from the "liveability" of the city. There are no jobs here.

But it's a great place to live if you are into gray skies and rain for months on end.

Bumping this because a guy I know keeps talking about moving to Portland. He went there recently to visit. Is the job market really that bad? He said that he read it's supposed to be growing above the national average. Never been near the place myself.
post #58 of 59
I think we're inline with detroit if not worse. Job market is terrible. I did move up for a job, but my lady is struggling to find anything while the market is supposedly growing theres no evidence.
I read a good quote though regarding the cities sub30 retirement age

"One of Portlandia’s catchphrases is that it’s “where young people go to retire,” but that doesn’t fully capture it. Rather, think back to the moment when you realized you were grown up enough to buy candy whenever you wanted. Then imagine extending that phase indefinitely, for years."

Article
post #59 of 59
The layers of meta-irony are rich in this.

Also, this is a pretty good description of my experience living in PDX in the late '80s, although it leaves out some of the ugliness, like the thriving racist skinhead scene:
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Without the weirdness, Portland would be little more than a dreary, down-and-out, virtually all-white town in the flyover between San Francisco and Seattle.

I went to college with the NPR reporter mentioned in the article.

Edit: the article also missed a golden opportunity to reflect on the fact that Portland has a Brooklyn neighborhood of its own, which isn't particularly bohemian.
Edited by imatlas - 8/31/11 at 11:07am
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