Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thanks again for all of the (mostly) constructive debate on the topic of our Northwest relocation quandary. The many comments on previous posts and the hefty number of private emails that have been sent my way are most appreciated.
For those of you just joining in, see:
11/06 - One more reason to leave California
01/12 - Vancouver, Washington?
Since so much is being learned about Oregon and southern Washington during this process, it seemed like a good idea to, at this point, flesh out the differences between the greater Portland area and the greater Eugene area (those red circles on the map should probably be a little bigger than they are shown - don't let that distract you).
For a number of reasons, we're pretty much set on the Pacific Northwest, but don't feel compelled to go as far north as Seattle or to leave the Willamette Valley for the California-like weather of Southern Oregon.
As we've quickly tired of having to drive an hour-and-a-half to get to a Costco and refuse to live that way again (yes, restaurants, bookstores, and other retailers are important, but it's mostly about the nation's largest warehouse club), this pretty much leaves the greater Portland area and the greater Euguene area from which to choose.
Come to think of it, either those circles should be made much bigger or a third one should be added - for some reason we've never even thought much about Salem.
Anyway, we're willing to have a go at the winter gloom and doom to see if we can handle it. We've become sufficiently scared of the gray, colder months that the chances of us buying something without a trial run first have dropped precipitously - plus home prices will surely be lower in 2010 than 2009.
So, it boils down to the Portland area, the Eugene area, or, maybe, somewhere around Salem.