I don't think so. I mean, you'll find jerks everywhere, right? But I think for the most part Oregon is open and accepting. I guess it would also depend on where you were planning on going? Of course I may also be clueless.
When my Mom was a real estate agent about 4 years ago there where alot of Oregonians and Washingtonians (sp?) moving to Idaho because of all the Californians moving to the above mentioned states.
Idaho had alot of Californians moving in which does make some Idahoians upset. Which is really the Idahoians fault as they put property up for sale that costs and arm and leg which only the Californians can afford to pay.
I'm a native Portlander and I don't know anyone who gets worked up about Californians anymore. There are so few people here now who are actually from here it doesn't make a difference. When the anti-Californian sentiment was really bad, about 15 years ago, it was because our property taxes were going up and up. Now they've completey messed up the tax system and everyone has forgotten how it all started anyway!
It's beautiful and wonderful and easy to live here, and still much cheaper than California. Come on up!!
I am so glad to hear this! My husband works as a Concierge at a hotel and everyone he meets from Oregon is so nice. It is rare that he says that about any other state,
We are looking at Corvallis mainly but will probably check out Eugene and Ashland as well. Anything you would like to share about these places would be great
I am pretty sure we are coming, just waiting for a flux of money. We will probably try to come up late November and check it out and make a final decision. Im really ready to relax, get out of the city, and raise my babes with some down to earth people.
I'm a Californian that moved to Oregon 8 years ago. I got some trash talk from fellow students and co-workers, but nothing crazy or really mean. My in-laws just moved here and they haven't heard anything negative (we live near Portland). I always thought it was funny when people went off on Californians... when I felt that everybody I met that was a recent immigrant to the state was from the midwest! (chicago, wisconsin, etc). Pretty funny. They all said that people in the midwest and back east come to Oregon because they think it is a bastion of liberal environmentalism...
Can't say much about your potential move sites... I spent an afternoon in Corvallis and it seemed cool, I've heard great things about Ashland, and Eugene is pretty nice. Not very helpful, I know.
Eugene, Corvallis, and Ashland are all very different places, so I guess it just depends on what you're looking for! I have visited Ashland and lived in Eugene and Corvallis, so if you have any questions, feel free to PM me!
I am taking you up on your offer! I am an acupuncturist and hubby works as a Concierge in a hotel. We are looking for somewhere we can enjoy nature fairly easily, have a sense of community, buy a decent house for under 200K. My husband would like to go back to school. I would like a place open to acupuncture and alternative medicine/lifestyle. Somewhere Im not a freak nursing a 2 year old in public, lol. Somewhere where there is some sun, doen't have to be all year, but at least not rainy all the time. We want a place that is fun, open, and SAFE for our kids to grow up. Possibly alternative schools or supportive of homeschooling. Somewhere that is green, mountains a plus but not necessary. Treesy will do.
We live in San Diego and the majority of this isn't possible. So any help you can give me would be SOOOO appreciated!
If you want sun, Eugene is not for you...we have sun pretty consistently from July to September, but it's hit and miss the rest of the year at the southern end of the Willamette Valley. Right now I'm loving the mist and grey Fall days, but I'll be ready to go to the coast and visit family down in SD by March for a bit of sun.
I'm from San Diego, and "married" into the state of Oregon (Eugene). I get a bit tired of the California slamming, but then I have to admit much of it is true. Ashland has more sun and is a sweet community. Corvallis only gets a bit more sun, but it was a nice place to ccommute to for grad school. Good luck with your choices.
The last two nights (around midnight) we have had search helicopters over our apartment. We decided until we leave CA maybe we should get a smaller apartment in a better neighborhood - lol silly me! I checked out apartments - one bedrooms go for more than our two bedroom which is incredibly small and in a bad area. Even if we both start making more money we will never afford to live here. So thats it we are definately moving to Oregon. We decided at the beginning of the year when we get our tax refund we will move. It's risky, but we don't have much to loose and I am seriously craving nature, quiet, community and safety.
So look out Corvallis here we come
Ashland sounds wonderful and probably where we would really like to go, but too expensive. Im tired of living to pay the bills. I just want to live a simple debt free existance and not stress to pay a high mortgage, you know?
Aren't Corvallis and Eugene only like half an hour from each other? Why the difference in rain? And really its not the rain I worry about its the gloom. But people think SD is always sunny and its definately not! We get alot of overcast and coastal fog too.
So any Corvallis mamas needing a pediatric acupuncturist for their babes?! Okay this isn't really spam, just curious if you think I would do okay business wise? I wan't to just work part-time, but with such a small population I am worried about getting patients, big or small, lol.
It usually takes me 50 minutes to get to Corvallis, which is further North and not at the base of the Willamette Valley. That's why they have a few less cloudy winter days, but they still have many grey days.
Dh and I met when students at Berkeley (exactly 525 miles from his folks in Eugene and my sister in San Diego!) and decided to live in Eugene over San Diego, partly because of the money thing. We couldn't see ourselves being able to have a stay-at-home parent for our children living in SD. Then of course there's the problem that all the wild areas I enjoyed when I was younger (except Torrey Pines) are gone thanks to Pete Wilson and his willingness to take bribes from developers to fill the hills with mini-mansions. Good luck with your move and enjoy Corvallis.
cariadanam, you might also want to visit Hood River. Sounds like it might meet your criteria. It's in a beautiful location on the Columbia River gorge, and is further East so it gets more sun. Has open-minded folk plus a tourist industry (since you mentioned your husband working in a hotel). Might be worth a look-see. Olympia, Washington, is also a wonderful town that is somewhat larger than Hood River, but more affordable than Portland/Eugene and Seattle.
Best wishes. I think you will love the Pacific NW!
I wanted to thank you for the response. I have been offline the last couple of weeks, sorry it is late. I checked out Hood River - it looks gorgeous! Im starting to think there aren't any ugly places in the PNW! However I think it is too small for us. I read the population is only 4500, while I'd like to live that small, I think its too small to sustain an acupuncture practice, much less finding my husband a job. So far it still looks like Corvallis is in the running. Thanks for the ideas!
I used to live in Oly, back in the early 90s when dh was going to school there. One of my best friends still lives there and loves it. It's bigger than Hood River, but still a small town. I don't know what the competition is among accupuncturists, but if I had to venture a guess, I would say there are already a lot of practioners there. I think that you'll find that's true in any town/city in the NW, so you'll have to work on marketing no matter where you move.
Oly is beautiful, on the water, easy to find good fresh food at the stores and co-ops and farmer's markets. Looking at your list of requirements, it may be a good option for you. I think the public schools are in trouble, though, according to my friend who teaches in a neighboring community.
And when it comes to parenting, I think you would not be a freak at all, but rather mainstream!
I am getting so homesick with all this oregon talk. I remember when the big "hate californians" campaign was going on, that was so long ago! I hope Oregonians are more relaxed about it
Have you considered beaverton, West Linn, Lake Oswego? Even rural towns like Oregon City, Redland, Canby?
Don't forget Gladstone and Milwaukie
I attended Gladstone High School and liked it, and then as an adult lived in Gladstone and really like the accessibility to Portland and the fact that buses ran from her to there and everywhere inbetween. I MISS city transit!
My mom lives in Hillsboro and really likes it as well. I think they are cutting back on building apartments though since it brings down property value.
I say run to Oregon, it's a great place to live and grow up..I envy you that you're so darn close!