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I'm just popping in to see if anyone can give me the inside scoop about Portland. My sister just moved to Eugene and I went to school in Arcata, so I'm familiar with the Pacific NW. Anyway, I'm living in Hawai'i right now, but the cost of living is so high - we will never be able to afford anything more than a condo and we really want a small piece of land. A yard at the very least. My dd is also autistic and we're coming to find out that the special services she needs are just not going to happen here, much as a love it.<br>
Just recently, my mom, who lives with us, keeps getting job offers in the Portland area. At first we kind of laughed it off, but now we're seriously thinking about it.<br><br>
My questions are:<br><br>
How is real estate there? What would be the price range for an older house on a couple acres? We'd like to have a couple goats and maybe a horse. Would this be crazy expensive and/or would we have to live far outside of the city? I dont' want to have to commute more than 30 minutes. What would be the best areas to look in?<br><br>
What is the school situation like? My oldest son attends a public charter school and I'd like to keep him in some sort of alternative educational system. Do they have quite a few charter schools? Anybody know about special education?<br><br>
Racial relations? My children are half japanese. It seems like Portland would be pretty diverse and accepting? I wouldn't want to move somewhere where race is a big issue. Lots of multicultural activities? (And not just a bunch of white people trying to be multicultural - i mean, would there actually be access to a japanese cultural center or anything similar?)<br><br>
I would also appreciate any other info anyone can give me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> We just moved here from Kailua, Oahu last September. I grew up there, so it was a huge decision and move for us. I miss Hawaii so much, but we love it here. We moved for the same reason that you are thinking about it. We just knew that we would never be able to afford to buy something. And we could never save anything when rent is so high.<br><br>
So, to answer some of your questions...<br><br>
Real estate is getting expensive here, but you will not be shocked after experiencing Hawaii prices. As far as a price range, it really varies neighborhood to neighborhood. The prices tend to be higher the closer in to the city that they are. People here seem to think that houses in the $300-400K range are high. Further from the city, you can buy a house in the $100-200K range. It doesn't seem common that there would be a place with a couple of acres very close to the city. I hear that you can buy that sort of thing in Hillsboro, which is about 20 minutes from the city.<br><br>
Charter schools - Portland has tons of them. People here are very concerned with education, and parents seem to have taken matters into their own hands. The public school system seems to be in some sort of crisis. I don't know because we homeschool, but it's what I hear.<br><br>
Race - There are a lot of Asian people here. There are many different people from different places. I was sort of worried, because I had heard that Portland is the whitest city in the US, but it doesn't seem that white to me. (Although, I am white, so that might matter.) Anyway, there are many different cultural events that take place, many different types of places to eat and visit that we didn't have in Hawaii.<br><br>
Well, hope that helps, and feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.
 

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I can't tell you too much right now, but as I've been looking for a Kindergarten for my daughter I had considered this school. This school gets great reports. I don't know if you are even interested in the language, but I really love the area and still trying to decide.<br><br>
Unfortunately, the deadline has passed to apply as a transfer student to the Portland Public Schools, but if you're lucky, you could find a house you like in the neighborhood and then you're automatically "in." You won't get all that horsey land though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
RICHMOND:<br><a href="http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools-c/pages/richmond/" target="_blank">http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools-c/pages/richmond/</a>
 
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