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Hey Mamas,<br>
We are thinking of moving to OR. Right now we live on the East coast and are not looking forward to winter coming as last winter it got to 30-40 BELOW ZERO for several weeks,summers super humid & hot.<br><br>
I lived in Corvallis then a small town called Alsea about 9 years ago while going to OSU(-Didn't like OSU very much as I was kinda a hippie and the school had hardly any back then.)<br>
But from what I remeber Corvalllis had a great co-op,I did meet some other like minded folks.....Now that we have DD and I would like a waldorf community and like minded parents.... Any suggestions on where to check out????<br>
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I live in Seattle but we just spent last weekend in Portland and I was impressed by a particular neighborhood just outside of downtown known as Nob Hill or the NW region (<a href="http://www.nobhillbiz.com/nobhill/)" target="_blank">http://www.nobhillbiz.com/nobhill/)</a>.<br><br>
It's kind of a fun, pedestrian-friendly place with older/historic homes, and there were a lot of crunchy shops and alternative health clinics. It's also near a university so it has a laid/back campus kind of feel to it.<br><br>
They have a pretty decent public transportation system, too, by West Coast standards at least.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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nob hill (or as many portlanders simply call it, northwest, since it is in the northwest quadrant of the city) is pretty spendy to live in and pretty spend to visit, at least by portland standards. overall, there are quite a few waldorf schools in the portland area, as well as a bunch of montessori, language immersion and other schools, too. there is also quite a population of homeschoolers and unschoolers.<br><br>
organic food is quite easy to find, and my family back in the northeast tells me our produce tends to be less expensive since much of it comes from the local area or california and has to travel less. there are some co-ops, there are some great local grocery stores, and tons of farm stores and farmer's markets during the growing season.<br><br>
other places to check out:<br><br>
the whole metro portland area<br>
eugene<br>
klamath falls<br>
newport (on the coast)<br><br>
what type of work will your family be looking for?<br>
other than the waldorf school options, what type of community are you looking to be in? urban, semi-urban, suburban, small town far enough from a city, rural country?<br>
are there any other high on the priority list things you are looking for?<br><br>
and just out of curiosity, where on the east coast are you right now? i moved here from the suburbs of new york city over eight years ago and love it out here more each year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
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Hey Mamas,<br>
Thanks for all the info. Right now were in VT. Just got over a HUGE snow storm.power was out for two days no heat no water...Not fun wihen you have a baby but oh well!<br><br>
We are looking to move in the spring when DD is a bit older. My partner is a musican and will look for a health food store to work at. I'm a certified Herbalist & Certified Yoga instructor but want to work from home most of the time.<br>
Any other info. would be much appreciated! Does Newport have a health food store?<br><br>
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no places in mind, but wanted to say that i was at osu 9 years ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Newport does have a health-food cooperative, Oceana. IMNSHO, it is one of the few good things about Lincoln County.
 

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thanks mamas...anyone else wanna tell me why they love where they live in OR???? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goorganic.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="go organic">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I moved to Beaverton (Portland metro area) from Baltimore six months ago and I *love* it. Brilliant public transportation, very ecologically and natural health friendly, cost of living is better (except the housing market, which is just ... eek). Rain is not my friend but it's a totally fine tradeoff in my opinion!
 

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hi! we moved here from vermont 2.5 years ago [we moved to vermont from here, so we just ended up moving back] and i totally hear you on the ~brrrr~ cold! i only made it 2 winters there because i couldn't handle it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
i live directly in portland and i agree with above posters - it is a great place to live, very natural family friendly. lots of health food stores and communities with like-minded families. i prefer to live in the city, so i don't know too much about outer smaller towns. the price of real estate is fairly high, but comparable to burlington, if that is where you live.<br><br>
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Hey mamas!<br><br>
Poppywise-Nice to hear from fellow Vt'ers! Yep, its allready snowed here twice! Not looking forward to the long cold dark winter! We really want to be in the Pacific NW ASAP! we are also looking into Ashland,outside of Portland etc!<br><br>
Thanks everyone for all the info. keep it coming so we can decide!<br><br><br>
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