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Quick question....I believe that Portland was voted one of the best places to raise a family, does anyone have any suggestions as far as good neighborhoods to live around the Portland area?
 

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Portland Monthly magazine a few issues ago did a review of all of the neighborhoods, it's available on the homepage towards the bottom for download. It's www.portland-monthly.com (without the dash is the magazine for Portland, Maine). There's tons of different areas, if you want I can answer any qeustions you've got.


Edit: I just tried to download it and it keeps crashing acrobat, maybe you'll have better luck.
 

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My wife is from Beaverton, about 20-30 minutes from down town. Great area, nice schools lots of shopping. Hope you like rain, expect 5+ days of rain each week during the winter months.
 

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Try the Vancouver/Camas area, it's right across the river from Oregon. Better schools, 15 minutes from PDX, and no income tax. Oregon has an income tax of about 9.1% but no sales tax. Live in Washington- no income tax, shop in Oregon- no sales tax. Best of both worlds.
 

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I remember seeing on an HBO program a few years back that Portland, OR had the most strip clubs of any city in the US.
 

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Thanks for all the info...I have a Dec. class date at Alaska Airlines and I am looking at all options for relocating. I want a nice area with good schools for the kids and a somewhat easy commute to SEA. Am I asking for too much?? I know the west coast is a lot higher as far as cost of living goes. I thought the info I had on Portland was recent but I guess not....
Any other suggestions are appreciated. I'm not crazy about the Seattle area because of weather and the cost of living.....
REALLY excited Alaska though!!
 

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msmb said:
Thanks for all the info...I have a Dec. class date at Alaska Airlines and I am looking at all options for relocating. I want a nice area with good schools for the kids and a somewhat easy commute to SEA. Am I asking for too much?? I know the west coast is a lot higher as far as cost of living goes. I thought the info I had on Portland was recent but I guess not....
Any other suggestions are appreciated. I'm not crazy about the Seattle area because of weather and the cost of living.....
REALLY excited Alaska though!!
Commuting to Seattle should be a piece of cake. Plenty of flights plus it's not a far drive. Amtrak will take you there for 25 bucks too.

As far as the weather and cost of living compared to Seattle it's about the same in Portland. Maybe a little less in Portland. If you want to live outside Portland try the areas west of town. Good towns might be Scappose, Verboort, Banks area, or maybe St Helens. Nice rural areas and most likely less expensive than Portland. Good schools from the gouge of high school friends that live there. Overall you can't miss. I grew up there and miss it. But,... the wife and I will be back in a couple of years.

Congratulations!!:)
 

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I live in Vancouver and lived in Portland and much prefer Vancouver and highly recommend it.
 

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As many a Horizon or Alaska pilot can tell you, the PDX/SEA commute isn't as easy as in might seem. Horizon does have flights every half hour or so, but they can be very hard to get on. Many of them are with the Dash 8-200, and with our recent passenger weight adjustment, we are quite often unable to take a jumpseater.
Also, since we have so many flights a day, the PDX/SEA shuttle seems to have more then its fair share of cancellations.
It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive from PDX to SEA with no traffic.
I live in the Seattle area, and really like it. True, it can be a bit wet in the winter, however when the weathers nice, there are few better places to be!
Just some things to think about as you make your decision.

Congrats on the new job, by the way!
 

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West Linn and Lake Oswego have excellent schools and are very popular communities for families.

Feel free to PM me for further info.
 

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Dave Benjamin said:
West Linn and Lake Oswego have excellent schools and are very popular communities for families.

Feel free to PM me for further info.
West Linn or Lake Oswego on first year pay? Beverly Hills is nice too.
 

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PDX is a very Liberal minded city - full of hippies and dope smoking tree huggers.
 

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coolyokeluke said:
West Linn or Lake Oswego on first year pay? Beverly Hills is nice too.
You don't know the real estate market here that well. You can still find some decent buys. We bought our place when I was a regional FO. It's gone up about 50% since then but you can still find homes in the 200-300K price range. If the gentleman who started this thread uses a mortgage that offers a low fixed rate for the first 3-5 years of the loan he could buy a 300K home and have mortgage payment of around 1200 a month.

Visit www.RMLS.com and select SFR's in Lake O and West Linn for under 300K and see what you come up with.

Like anything else you get what you pay for. Lake O and West Linn are highly desirable and will appreciate nicely in the future. If you buy a place out in the sticks your results may vary.
 

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Buckaroo said:
PDX is a very Liberal minded city - full of hippies and dope smoking tree huggers.
You'll still find a few intolerant rednecks around here so you might feel right at home.
 

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I will agree that the PDX/SEA commute is extremely difficult. The Dash-8-200s seem to be restricted to about 34 pax (which eliminates the jumpseat altogether) and there are A LOT of people competing for these seats, not to mention positive space deadheading QX crewmembers.

I will also agree that the cost of living in Seattle is high, but as far as the weather goes...it's pretty much the same in Portland as it is here, except the ice storms seem MUCH worse there along the Columbia River basin.

One other consideration. If you are in the Dec class at Alaska, you will not be based in Seattle...so you will initially be commuting to either ANC or LAX, if that weighs into your decision.
 

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I don't do the PDX-SEA commute but I occasionally non-rev to spend a day in SEA. It can be a tough commute but if you allow yourself extra time to drive if the flights don't work out then it's not too bad. Last time I did it QX started cancelling flights and an AS FO that was also trying to get up to SEA offered me a ride in his car. Not sure if I would have made it up there otherwise. Still a 3 hour driving commute is better than practically any commute that involves non-revving.

If I was offered a job at AS I'd probably move up to SEA. Some of the outlying areas aren't too much more than real estate down here and you only have to drive to the airport once a week typically. Plus the sailing in SEA rocks compared to messing around on the Columbia.
 

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Welcome to HeII

MSMB,
I offer you a bit of advice before you make a costly mistake. Do you love your family? Do you want to be home with them more than 11 days a month? Do you like the idea of driving several hours per work day at todays fuel prices and on your New Hire pay? There is really only one answer to the above questions - Live in (or darn near) your base!

I have many friends in PDX who fly for Alaska and commute to SEA. Some of them are senior and get pretty good schedules. They still have to drive to SEA most of the time which sucks up time, money and vehicle wear and tear. QX is just to much of an unknown now - they have found that it is usually not worth the effort, just get in the car and drive.

The other batch of friends are living in PDX and on reserve in SEA. These guys are "livin the dream"! They are converted from R (4 hour call) to A (2 hour call) about 99% of the time because we are very short staffed in SEA. This has been going on for about 6 to 7 years, so don't count on it getting better any time soon. So these guys get to "position" themselves so they are two hours away from the jet on their reserve days. That means getting up at 0400 (start of a zone), kissing the wife goodbye, getting in the car and driving about an hour north to some little town where you will spend the next 12 hours sitting in your car, walking through the park, drinking coffee till you pee blood, find all the "wy-fy" hot spots in town to waste time on the web, and so on, until it is about 1600, 3 hours till the end of your zone - then you can drive home.

But wait, there's more! What if you get the vampire zone as a new hire? On call from 1500 to 0600. That means you get to kiss the wife and kids goodbye at about 2 in the afternoon each day, mount your trusty commuter car and burn some gas as you drive your way to the above mentioned town. Of course now you get to spend the night sitting in your car, (there is no way you can afford a MOTEL on what you will earn your first year here) until about 0400 - at which time it is safe to drive back home without fear of a getting called out. How long can you do that schedule before you loose your mind due to lack of sleep? How long till the wife and kids get tired of Dad being gone 20 nights a month?

I am not kidding you here. There are guys on reserve in PDX who do this every day. They actually want a trip, they want to fly as much as possible so they don't have to do this game. The real sad thing is that they put themselves through this by their own choosing. Granted, our reserve system stinks (in SEA) but if you lived in your base a two hour call is really nothing to get worked up about - unless you happen to get called out right in the middle of SEA rush hour.

I have no idea what LAX reserve is like. ANC reserve is WONDERFUL and can actually go "senior" some months. We fly 10 to 20 hours a month, we do not get "converted" from R to A (maybe once a month). It is a completely different airline up here. Commuting from PDX or SEA to ANC is not a good idea though - way to much of your time wasted flying up and down the coast, cost of ANC crash pad, car, the list goes on... Live in your base!

Good luck to you, I wish you the best, and "welcome aboard"
AK737FO
 

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That is most excellent advice from someone who knows (and I will echo all of it, from someone who has done both the commute and seen how much of a toll it takes on your life, and who has lived in base and experienced how great life can be because of it. You cannot put a dollar figure on that...)
 
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I moved almost two years ago and have been wondering why it took us so long to figure this out. Living in base is wonderful...provided you are not in Newark.

You may want to wait until you finish training before you contemplate any more stress like moving. Also, we should be entering a period of growth or at least some movement due to retirements. You should be able to get SEA within the year.

I can say that commuting sucks. The planes are full. Factor in WX, cancellations and next thing you know, you are driving, calling in sick (risky on probation) or driving. Get through training, give it sometime. Talk to the guys on the line, than make your decision.

What is the Amtrak Act? I have never heard of this.
 

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Dave Benjamin said:
You'll still find a few intolerant rednecks around here so you might feel right at home.
There's also a lot of Bedwetting Liberal A$$holes, so you must feel right at home.
 
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