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A friend of mine will be moving up to the area and is not sure where to begin looking. They will be renting for a year or so before buying. They really loved McMinneville, but DH works for big corporations and realistically will probably need to be near Hillsboro. They want a house, and are a 1 car family, and want to be able to walk to grocery store, MAX, etc. and/or possibly commute to Hillsboro. Below is a clip of her email to me. She also has a son with Downs Syndrome and want to be in an area where he can get the services he needs.<br><br>
Can you think of a place where we could rent a house and still be a 1-car<br>
family? We are looking for a place where it would we could potentially walk to get groceries and walk to go out for coffee & the NY Times on Sunday mornings. Can you think of a place like that which wouldn't have a horrendous commute to Hillsboro? Oh, and would be safe to live with 2 small ones? We were looking at living across the river in Vancouver, but now we<br>
think that the colder weather they can have plus the bridge commute<br>
isn't worth the lower rent.<br><br>
So mamas, my thought was Hillsboro itsself might be good. Near the MAX, or Orenco Station? But I really don't know that area well at all.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A friend of mine will be moving up to the area and is not sure where to begin looking. They will be renting for a year or so before buying. They really loved McMinneville, but DH works for big corporations and realistically will probably need to be near Hillsboro. They want a house, and are a 1 car family, and want to be able to walk to grocery store, MAX, etc. and/or possibly commute to Hillsboro. Below is a clip of her email to me. She also has a son with Downs Syndrome and want to be in an area where he can get the services he needs.<br><br>
Can you think of a place where we could rent a house and still be a 1-car<br>
family? We are looking for a place where it would we could potentially walk to get groceries and walk to go out for coffee & the NY Times on Sunday mornings. Can you think of a place like that which wouldn't have a horrendous commute to Hillsboro? Oh, and would be safe to live with 2 small ones? We were looking at living across the river in Vancouver, but now we<br>
think that the colder weather they can have plus the bridge commute<br>
isn't worth the lower rent.<br><br>
So mamas, my thought was Hillsboro itsself might be good. Near the MAX, or Orenco Station? But I really don't know that area well at all.</div>
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I think Orenco or Tanasbourne would be good bets but honestly, I think it would be hard to get out and do stuff without a car around here. Maybe a little more doable with only one kiddo though. But all the good parks and the big library are driving distance from Orenco and Tanasbourne. Maybe the dh could bus to work though and then the wife would be okay during the day.<br><br>
And she is right about Vancouver! Looooong commute. Sean did that for a few months and it sucked.
 

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orenco or downtown hillsboro could work for a 1 car family. but it will be challenging because of the reasons kate said. the library is on the bus route, though, and downtown is getting spruced up and nicer shops and things are coming in. what kind of services is she looking for for her son? pt/ot/medical/school situations? downtown hillsboro likely has all those things. renting in that area os a street by street thing, as there are many lower income families in apartments. there are also lots of latinos living there, fyi. orenco has a more white bread population.
 

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It seems like another good option would be Portland, then DH could commute on MAX if he needed...<br><br>
Not surea bout specific services they need. He's preschool age... hey, does anyone know about the cool school that Breana's Kylin went to that was a mixed typically developed/special needs preschool? It sounded like a great program. I think it was in SE PDX, though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think Orenco or Tanasbourne would be good bets but honestly, I think it would be hard to get out and do stuff without a car around here. Maybe a little more doable with only one kiddo though. But all the good parks and the big library are driving distance from Orenco and Tanasbourne.</div>
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Where are these good parks and the big library??? The library is more of a thing for me, because neither the 2.5yo (son w/T21) or the 7mo is good with books that aren't board books yet. Heck, she's so drooly that there are only some board books I will give her.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">what kind of services is she looking for for her son? pt/ot/medical/school situations? downtown hillsboro likely has all those things.</div>
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Right now he only gets speech therapy outside the home, the OT and teacher come to the house. But that all changes in June when he turns 3 (no more home visits). I have put feelers out to the local Down syndrome parenting group to find out about that stuff.<br><br><br>
Thanks for the ideas, ladies! (And thanks Ellie for putting the question out there. I haven't been on here in ages and didn't even think of asking here.)
 

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most of the stuff that is close enough to tanasbourne to walk to is apartment living, though. high density housing because of the retail designations. and 185th ave, evergreen pkwy and cornell rd are busy busy roads that i would only dare cross with our 3 year old in a stroller. if you are open to apartment living, there are some nice and affordable places (as well as some more expensive luxury style places that cater to the young tech-y crowd courtesy of intel and support industries).<br><br>
the big hillsboro library is near the corner of butler rd and brookwood pkwy.<br>
washington county libraries website <a href="http://www.wccls.org/index.html" target="_blank">here.</a><br><br>
the parks we like are:<br>
griffin oaks park<br>
rood bridge park<br>
hillsboro parks and rec website <a href="http://www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/ParksRec/" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br>
let us know if you have more questions or need more info!<br><br>
~claudia
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">let us know if you have more questions or need more info!</div>
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Oh, I will! I've forwarded this stuff on to my hubby so we can co-ordinate. Right now I'm thinking that it would be nice to be close to any park (the boy just looooooves swings) so I'm taking a look at that angle next.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">hey, does anyone know about the cool school that Breana's Kylin went to that was a mixed typically developed/special needs preschool? It sounded like a great program. I think it was in SE PDX, though.</div>
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I definitely would like to more know about that preschool! I'll gladly search through old messages/threads. Is the mama's login name Breana or something else?
 
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