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I have accepted a position working in Portland OR and looks like living in So. Washington is cheaper. Less Taxes. Looks like the riding is good around there. I have to find some acreage for the horses(2) and build a house. Looks like there is land for sale but you have to be careful of getting permits to build on it. Any suggestions about the area will be appreciated. I will be working out of Portland so OR or Southern WA is where I I am looking.
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I live in the hills of SW Wa. about 40 miles from Portland.
The SW. Wa. area has lots of acreage ideal for horses.
I work in Battle Ground and it's a nice small(but growing) town.If you need to be near the I-5 freeway look at Woodland,LaCenter and Ridgefield.
If your work is closer to the I-205 (East Portland) consider Camas/Washougal (Great access to the Columbia Gorge for riding bikes:D )
I'm a bit off the beaten path up in the mountains near the small town of Yacolt and love it up here but it takes about an hour to get to Portland from here.
Here's a couple pics from my area.

From my back deck:D Mt.St.Helens


East Fork, Lewis River two miles from home.





Up the Gorge,Mt.Hood from Wa. hwy 14 accross from Hood River Or.

Mt.Adams just out of the Gorge near Goldendale,Wa.

Mt.Ranier from hwy 12

Oregon coast 50 miles from Portland
 

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Welcome to Stumptown. Yes - there is excellent riding and widely varying terrain depending on what you want to ride though on any particular day. (when it's not raining)

Your income taxes here are based on where you WORK rather than where you live. So if you work in Portland you will still pay the same Oregon State income tax even if you live across the border. If you WORK in Washington AND LIVE there (Vancouver is right across the river) then you will have NO state income tax whatsoever. Oregon has no sales tax so that is cool too. Property taxes and county-specific taxes are dependent upon which county you live in and can vary widely. Multnomah county is liberal-controlled and taxation is typically the highest there.

The city of Portland is divided by natural borders (rivers and hills) and by several distinct traffic arteries. Where you work plays a big role in where you buy your house for sure.

Y2K is right about that southern WA area up there having lots of open land.

You're coming in at the right time of year. Enjoy and good luck.:clap:
 

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Welcome to the area. If you've got good wet weather gear you'll be able to extend your riding season considerably.
 

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Property tax is better, and there is no state income tax... but you will be working in Oregon, so you will have the pleasure of paying their state income taxes.


sorry - I walked away from this post long enough for others to point out what I said... oh well.
 

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Damn, horses and a Harley. Cha Ching. LOL

My wife bought a horse last year. Even though it cost a good deal of money each month, she can no longer dig at me about how much I spend on the Harley.

Good luck with your move.
 

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DJA, let us know what part of town you'll be working in and we'll give you some pointers on where to look for a home. Some areas are a pain for commuting.
 

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BryanL said:
DJA, let us know what part of town you'll be working in and we'll give you some pointers on where to look for a home. Some areas are a pain for commuting.
Be prepared for VERY expensive homes, LOTS OF CROWDED conditions, LOTS OF RAIN, and HORRIBLE TRAFFIC..
 

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DJA said:
I have accepted a position working in Portland OR and looks like living in So. Washington is cheaper. Less Taxes. Looks like the riding is good around there. I have to find some acreage for the horses(2) and build a house. Looks like there is land for sale but you have to be careful of getting permits to build on it. Any suggestions about the area will be appreciated. I will be working out of Portland so OR or Southern WA is where I I am looking.
DJ:thumbsup: I will be close to the grandkids!!!
I would def give a look see in Y2K's area....he is right on with the proximity of Portland thoughts ...you have to go 45 min - hour outside of Portland in the right direction to get a piece of land like you want....with the ability to build...hope you like riding in the rain....
 

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Be prepared for VERY expensive homes, LOTS OF CROWDED conditions, LOTS OF RAIN, and HORRIBLE TRAFFIC..
That's it, I'm moving there. I just hope you are also being over run with illegal aliens as well.

Seriously, I would like to try my luck at some steelhead in those river pics.
 

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I'm one of the lucky ones. Two years ago I bought 7 acres with house, shop, and barn for 250K just a mile off I-205 in the Oregon City area. I was able to move my business into the shop, so now my commute is walking out the door and over to the shop. What I'm saving in rent for a warehouse is more than the house payment.
 

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minivan said:
Be prepared for VERY expensive homes, LOTS OF CROWDED conditions, LOTS OF RAIN, and HORRIBLE TRAFFIC..
you must not be from Southern Ca.

Put it in perspective of other large cities across the U.S., and it is still better than most
 

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That's it, I'm moving there. I just hope you are also being over run with illegal aliens as well.

Seriously, I would like to try my luck at some steelhead in those river pics.

The steelhead to run up that river, and from what I have heard, the salmon are starting to come back up that river too... the have started coming back up and have made it as far as just a couple miles downriver of where those shots were taken
 

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I own two horses and a harley

Talk about CHA CHING...I have two horses and one harley...Those hayburners are expensive but I like to ride. And I am part Cowboy I guess..just not into BrokeButt Mountain. And I like western...being in Colorado this is the West.
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Portland like many other large cities is experienceing considerable urban sprawl. The farther away you get from the center of Portland the more rural Oregon becomes. If you can stand to commute an hour to work in the city, you'll find property plentiful and affordable. The closer in, the more you'll pay for the kind of property you seek. I live an hour from Portland and can tell you, I really live in the boonies.
Anywhere west of the cascades, you'll find the riding and beauty of the area second to none, weather permitting of course! You'll adapt, you already live in a beautiful part of the world and are already use to a shortened riding season.
Welcome to Oregon!
 

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I live an hour from Portland and can tell you, I really live in the boonies.

Hey adlerx where abouts in the boonies are you?
I've been about everwhere in Oregon at one time or another and lived quite a few places in the boonies :)
 

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Y2K said:
Hey adlerx where abouts in the boonies are you?
I've been about everwhere in Oregon at one time or another and lived quite a few places in the boonies :)
I live near Grand Ronde, you know where the Spirit Mtn Casino is? I live about 6 miles from there. Pretty nice out here, awesome riding any road you take off the main hwys. My old riding partner from cali comes up here any time he has a few days just to ride local cuz it's just so nice, awesome roads, scenery and no traffic....

I love it sept the short season, guess there are always tradeoffs. When I lived in cali, I could ride year round but even though there's alot of nice rides there, it simply doesn't compare to what I have here in 8 different directions within 3 minutes of my house....
I only mentioned west of the cascades cuz I haven't ridden in eastern Oregon yet so don't no for sure what's over there.....
 

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Your Gonna like the P.N.W.

Oregon and Washington both have some of the best places and roads to ride. Your gonna need extra batteries for the camera. After while, you'll learn to like the rain. Its very convenient to be 60 miles from the coast and 60 miles or less from the mountains. I can't help you on the property thing, i live about 100 miles south of Portland. Way to far to commute, lol.
Y2K, those E.F.L. pics sure remind me of the Mackenzie in spring. I love chasing those steelhead.
Welcome to Oregon DJA.
 
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