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    Best part of Portland to live in?

    I am considering a move to Portland. I'm hoping to get a good idea of where the best place to live in Portland is. I plan on commuting to work on bike so it would have to be close to the busy part of the city but I'd also like somewhere that is close to trails.

    I'll be looking to work at a auto service shop or at a car dealership so a location to a part of the city where those would be located at would be best.

    I ride Mountain Bikes and I'm planning on buying a Touring bike.

    I'd also like to get some snowboarding in this winter, what are the closest ski resorts?

    Thanks for any ideas!

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    As far as snowboarding go, you need to go to Mt. Hood, and Meadows (skihood.com) is by far the best place, great night riding too, and much cheaper than during the day, it is best if you live on the East side so you avoid traffic on the way out. Renting is still fairly cheap around here but buying has become way expensive and it is slowing down so don't buy. There is not much Mountain biking in town, as far as I know, most good stuff in the parks is closed off, again if you drive to Mt. Hood in the summer it is fairly good and a bit further is Bend, great mtbiking there.
    Good luck and hope you like it as much as I do.
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    Yeah, the east side would be your best bet to look at. Plus, we have the I205 bike trail that follows the I205 freeway quite well.

    And Hood is an hour away, for skiing in the winter and biking in the summer.

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    Thanks guys! That definitely narrows down my search.

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    I'd look into Sellwood and Milwaulkie. Both are close to the Springwater Corridor. The Springwater will take you to Downtown Portland if needed.
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    I lived in the Portland/Vancouver area 10 yrs back in the 80s, worked downtown & had an easy bike commute downtown from my house on NE 70th between Glisan & Burnside. Later, I lived in Orchards, WA(East of Vancouver & I205) and found there was a bus that ran from Vancouver Mall to Downtown Portland with an added bonus that the Vancouver monthly bus pass cost much less than the Portland pass but tri-met honored the Washington pass all over town. It worked on the Max light rail system also. My oldest son enjoyed life in the Reed College neighborhood but it was spendy! This info is old but still applies to the bike commute as that has only gotten better. Don

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    Best part of Portland to live in? Bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
    Best part of Portland to live in? Bend.
    Ffffpptt... it's Vancouver!

    IMO, anything access to the east side would be OK. The I-205 path splits 82nd Ave. (independent shops) and 122nd (larger dealerships). Plenty of bike lanes coming from the I-205 path, too.

    Robert: please find a job here before you move. The job market is really, really tough, and you can expect to take a serious pay cut. Especially if you're used to Southern Orange County wages.
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    Look at date of OP, maybe he is settled by now
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    Look at date of OP, maybe he is settled by now
    Oh, geez... zombies in Portland. It figures.
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    We should ask him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Oh, geez... zombies in Portland. It figures.
    Well, why not? After all, they have Voodoo Doughnuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogester View Post
    We should ask him!
    His last activity was Feb 2010 and he had his location listed as Laguna Hills California. So he must of hated Portland, moved away and gave up cycling
    Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PomPilot View Post
    Well, why not? After all, they have Voodoo Doughnuts.
    I know- I was there Saturday. Nom nom nom nom...
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    Oooo, doughnuts... gonna be in Stumptown for a few days in January, must find Voodoo. Hope they're open late so I can stop by on the bike after work.

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    If you're into mountain biking Portland's not for you, there isn't any decent legal single track within 60 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_khad1 View Post
    I'd look into Sellwood and Milwaulkie. Both are close to the Springwater Corridor. The Springwater will take you to Downtown Portland if needed.
    no car dealerships on that route, or for the most part in downtown, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    His last activity was Feb 2010 and he had his location listed as Laguna Hills California. So he must of hated Portland, moved away and gave up cycling
    aha! who revived this old dog?

    I guess all my advice is in vain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnorris View Post
    Oooo, doughnuts... gonna be in Stumptown for a few days in January, must find Voodoo. Hope they're open late so I can stop by on the bike after work.
    Just follow the magic link, and you will find that the magic is in the hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnorris View Post
    Oooo, doughnuts... gonna be in Stumptown for a few days in January, must find Voodoo. Hope they're open late so I can stop by on the bike after work.
    Open 24 hours a day for your artery-clogging pleasure: http://www.voodoodoughnut.com/locations.php .
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    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    If you're into mountain biking Portland's not for you, there isn't any decent legal single track within 60 miles.

    Not sure how familiar you are with Portland and or the local single track options but off the top of my head I can come up with at least 5 great places to ride "legal" single track well within 60miles of Portland.

    Scappose Trails, Brown's Camp, the new Sandy River trail system, the Larch Mt trail system and the Longview WA trails.

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    I really enjoy the trail around Hagg Lake on a mt bike as well. Also a good ride to ride the road around the lake on a road bike

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    This really is a zombie thread....


    oops! Sorry...
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    So what's the best part of Portland for zombies to live in? Do I see a new thread coming?

    Watch out for the Zombie Bombers on their little bikes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnorris View Post
    So what's the best part of Portland for zombies to live in? Do I see a new thread coming?

    Watch out for the Zombie Bombers on their little bikes...
    Zombie Bridge Pedal! Take over the streets and then.... take over the streets!
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