Why not Seattle? We're clearly the superior NW city.
What's your price range/month?
Also: cost of living in Seattle is higher, but it's also probably easier to find a job there.
Yeah, we're heading up this summer to check things out (I've been to Seattle many times and I really like it a lot). Fortunately I still have an airline at my disposal.
Not sure on price range. Our mortgage now is $1100 a month or so if that's helpful. We'd probably want to keep the rent +/- 300 either way.
I'm starting to research companies and keep my eyes on L&D/HR jobs. Intel, Nike, Netflix, the Port Authority, Alaska Air (even though its based in Seattle, they might let me commute), Kaiser, the casinos, major hotels, etc.
I do like drinks or dinner.
My two cents from limited experience..I wanted to fall in love with Seattle, but I just wasn't feeling it. In fact, I left with a fairly bad impression. I'm not sure why, it's been a few years now. On the other hand, I instantly felt at home in Portland.
Part of the problem may have been I was looking at Portland as a potential home and tried to experience it that way, where in Seattle I was a tourist frustrated with the confusing freeway exits and trying to go places filled with other dick tourists.
Driving in both cities is frustrating to the max, although I find Portland's mess of bridges and onramps and offramps and forks and tiny street signs WAY more irritating.
But yeah, I think in general you'll be a Seattle person or a Portland person. They're actually decently different and it's hard to tell which one is homier on just a short visit.
I actually found driving in Portland fairly easy, and of course they have great public transit anyway. In Seattle, I kept getting OFF the freeway, and then was unable to find a way to get back on.
I'm an unentangled almost-40-something, so maybe I will give Seattle another try someday.
I grew up in Portland suburbs and didn't really go into the city very often, but when I did I always seemed to get lost. The one way roads and bridges always left me on the wrong side of the river and no clue how to get back. I always thought it was because I am directionally challenged but I seem to find my way around Phoenix with no problems.
Jen, make sure you guys pack plenty of prozac/xanax cocktails, the 9 months of rain gets very depressing after awhile.
Yeah, I already take prozac, so I'm good. I'm liking the public transit options; Oregon seems to win that advantage.
We still have plenty to do here in AZ on our house and our unsecured debt and whatnot before we make any big moves, but I figure it doesn't hurt to start getting your information together early. Who knows when that big opportunity is going to pop up.
Also do not underrate the spectacular views from most places in Seattle. The two lakes, the Olympics, the Cascades, the Sound, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker...it's SO BEAUTIFUL here. It's unbelievable, sometimes I look around and just think, "Holy shit I'm lucky".
I understand, I can see getting sick of it here after too long. I am just a negative nelly when it comes to the pacific northwest, the weather along with bad memories keep me here. If you want to hear the brightside I am sure Adrienne could give you some great feedback, she loves it in Portland.
Seattle is a great place to visit, but it's too slooooooow
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