Moving to Oregon. Could we be happy in Tigard, or surrounding areas? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 06-10-2011, 03:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
LuLosmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My family is moving back to Oregon for my husband's job in McMinnville. Trouble is: My part-time job (hopefully, maybe someday, full time job) will be in Beaverton/Hillsboro. My daughter's soccer team will be in Tigard/Beaverton.

And we have oodles of friends/family in Portland.  Having just come off a year of having no friends around and living in suburban hell, (one hour and miles of strip malls away from Vancouver, BC) I'm worried about feeling isolated in McMinnville and wishing I just lived in Portland.  My husband could commute by bus,  there is a frequent bus to McM that picks up at the Tigard Transit center.  But I'm nervous about living any deeper in Portland than Tigard because I don't want his commute to be too long. 


Tigard?

I'm familiar with the Portland area so it would be fair to say that we are solidly Eastside folk.  (The Alberta neighborhood feels like home.)  We are vegetarians, never eat at chain restaurants, love our canine mutt, loath strip malls and "cookie-cutter" houses/subdivisions, walk and bike whenever possible, frequent New Seasons and farmers markets, use cloth diapers, breastfeed in public, love the Goodwill, despise Sarah Palin, and don't wash our car very often. (Read: Never.)

So even though Tigard or Tualatin seem like reasonable geographical middle ground, I'm a little worried about feeling like an alien there.

But maybe I'm wrong? I'm only vaguely familiar with these weird suburbs as I haven't lived in Portland for eight years. Are there crunchy neighborhoods for weirdos like us? Are cool young families moving there in exodus for the affordable housing? (Is housing affordable?)

Am I right to feel like living in McMinnville would feel a little isolating and the driving to work/soccer would be horrendous?

 

Any thoughts on Newberg?

We'd like to live in a neighborhood where people grow their own veggies, raise their own chickens, and their babies play naked in the front yard.

Please tell me what to do.

LuLosmama is offline  
#2 of 3 Old 06-11-2011, 10:28 PM
 
philomom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 9,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Tigard, Tualitin and Sherwood are more mainstream than Portland. More churches, more "vote for the Republicans" signs in the yards and less crunchy, hand craft and green-y stuff in general. Gardens will pass. Chickens may pass depending on the neighborhood... less okay if you live in a planned subdivision. But the schools are pretty good and its close to the slow Tualitin river for quiet water kayaking. There's also a nature preserve out that way and decent library system.
philomom is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 06-12-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Italiamom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 2,439
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

From what you described, I would choose McMinnville or Newberg over the Tigard or Tualatin any day.  I think you would be VERY unhappy in Tigard, or Tualatin.  There are perks (the schools), but...  I don't want to say bad things about anyone's suburb (or city).  From your description, I think that that Tigard would probably be your version of hell.  Tigard is very much like Springfield, if that helps.  Tualatin is a bit nicer, but still very conservative like Philomom described.  McMinnville and Newberg are still both conservative places, but because they're a bit more rural, you'll also find a lot more support for good food and natural living.

 

If I were in your shoes, I would be looking for a house in the country outside of Newberg, McMinnville, or Dundee.  My midwife came from Eugene, and she lives outside of Dundee now.  The countryside around those places is just beautiful.  You can have space, garden, chickens, etc.


Wife to DH geek.gif, mom to DS (4/09), and DD (8/11)fly-by-nursing2.gif, and crafty and hardworking in my own right!  In my parenting journey I've  delayedvax.gif, signcirc1.gif, familybed2.gif, h20homebirth.gif, andcd.gif.  To each family their own!!

 

 

"There are words for people like me, but I don't think there are very many."

Italiamom is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off