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Those are my choices...what do I need to know? What are good resources for childcare, naturopathic doctors, cheap housing, work...everything!<br>
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Well, coming from Central PA (I grew up there), there is nothing comparable to the housing prices to be found here--not Eugene, not Portland, not Ashland. I adore Portland, but am completely and utterly frustrated to the point of tears almost nightly about the cost of housing here. We moved here because we wanted a better life--more liberal surroundings, great city, lots to do, etc.--for our kids. We planned our move for more than two years, all the while we were looking at the housing market. We thought, "look, one can own a house in Portland for $150K, we could live there pretty nicely." Hah! the 150K of two years ago is over $200 these days. We are quickly being priced out of the market of metro Portland. I hate it. It makes me sick and I hate that I have put my family in this situation. Sorry for the rant, but I want to warn folks coming from places other than California and other ridiculous housing markets, that Western Oregon is NOT reasonable for average-income families any more. Be warned.
 

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That was a pretty fair, honest warning. I'm a native Oregonian and have lived in Eugene and Portland and spent a lot of time in Ashland (and almost moved there). If I had my pick I would absolutely live in Ashland.
 

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OK, so I have been feeling badly about the bleak picture I painted of the city I truly adore. I love it here and have to remind myself that's why we moved. We love Oregon. We love Portland. We can't wait to spend the next 10 years falling even more in love with this beautiful place. I finally feel like I've found my home. Again, however, I feel slightly less than welcomed by the housing situation. That aside, I cannot tell you how much I love this place. It is wonderful in so many ways. I will not move back to PA or Ohio (where we moved from) unless dire circumstances arise. We are making due on much less than before we moved, but are happy to do so in order to be where we want to be--hands down. Now, if only there were some amazing person out there who would just give me their simple, but well-kept, structurally sound, greater than 600 sq. ft., two-bedroom, one bath bungalow, I'd be the happiest woman on the planet. Oh, wait, I'd be willing to pay for it, just not $200K.
 

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I know what you mean! I moved here Jan 2000 and I could have purchased a house in Portland for under 100000, granted it would have been tiny, but they were available. Just recently I was looking again, and there is no longer anything in Porltand around our price range. It is sad. But like you, I am willing to give up some things to keep living here since I love it sooo much. I am from WI originally and would never go back, unless I had to. That being said, Portland is awesome, but so is Eugene and Ashland. I've thought of moving to both Eugene and Ashland at different times, but it has never happened. As far as resources, I could give you the oregonian website, which i'm pretty sure is <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com" target="_blank">www.oregonlive.com</a>, that is the Portland newspaper, where you can find tons of job listings as well as housing. There is also <a href="http://www.wweek.com" target="_blank">www.wweek.com</a>, which is one of our local rags, the Willamette Week, they will also have classified listings for jobs and housing. You can also find other info on the state website, <a href="http://www.oregon.gov" target="_blank">www.oregon.gov</a>, they have a job skill matching program, and other info that may be helpful to you. Hope some of that helps. Good luck in your decision! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have lived in Ashland and Eugene. I believe out of the three Ashland would be by far the most expensive place to live. But toher than that, it really depends on what you are going for. I personally find Portland to be pretty gross and dirty and would never live there. Ashland is nice, but VERY expensive and from what i understand now over run by yuppies. Eugene is where I live and I love it but of course it has its drawbacks. And about the housing market... I grew up in NJ and let me tell you the prices out here are phenominal compared to where i grew up! And we're really paying for the quality of life after all aren't we?
 

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Sell your 500 sq.ft. apartment in San Francisco for $1million, and pay $475,000 cash for a beautiful home here in Portland. Live off the other half million, because there are no jobs in PDX. Enjoy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> :LOL
 

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See...my point, exactly! For those of us coming from average housing markets, moving here was very difficult financially. We were ready and obviously willing to do it, but as another pp said...this quality of life is not cheap. We sold our 1300 sq. ft. house in Columbus and moved here making $15K less than in Ohio. We are now in contract to buy a 650 sq. ft. house (yikes, that's tiny) for almost $50K more than we sold our house for--again, making less $.<br><br>
I do not blame folks who come from outrageously priced housing markets, but it does make me very jealous. I don't like that I feel that way, but I do. I hate covetting someone else's situation. I, too, have been unable to find work in Portland, but have gotten to stay home with the kidlets. I am still glad we moved here, but I do not feel, unlike a year ago, that it was a clear cut choice to be here. Knowing what I know now, I think I'd have taken more things into consideration before taking the leap.<br><br>
I still lay awake at night wondering if we will climb our way up enough to provide basic things like classes at the community center, a vacation now and again, etc. by the time our kids are old enough to realize we've gone without those things. I certainly never envisioned my life being so difficult at 30. Wasn't I supposed to have these things figured out by now?
 

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I just wanted to add that I was joking around (although what I wrote <i>is</i> true for a lot of people) - I'm an Oregonian and have never owned property in California.<br><br>
The housing market here sucks for normal-income people. If it wasn't for the fact that my DH's 92 year-old grandpa gave him his "inheritance" money for our downpayment, and we bought the stinkiest house in our neighborhood, and we bought in 2001, we would be totally screwed right now.<br><br>
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