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Since: Mar 11

Grants Pass, OR

#180 Jul 7, 2012
OregonMisery wrote:
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Yes. Do not.
If you move from the Bay Area to Portland you will regret it. All the Californians I know who have moved expecting a great, rich,'green', liberal experience have have their expectations demolished.
Californians I know have been made physically sick from the lack of sun and constant rain. The rule of thumb is that it takes 5 years simply to get used to the feeling of claustrophobia and depression but that's simply to 'get used to it.'
Once you get to Oregon though you will find it difficult or impossible to move back. Housing prices do not follow much rhyme or reason and they will not go up fast enough to make it possible to move back at a profit.
Oregon is a hick state. It's almost entirely rural with all of the problems of tolerance, education, civilization and diversity that implies. You can have a bigger house with more trees but your neighbors may vandalize your car with the California plates and you may never see them as they will hole up in their house when not at work.
There is no sense of community in Oregon. There is no sense of shared purpose. It is a very unfriendly place full of people who resent, envy and hate you.
If you buy a house, make sure you have tall fences and thorny plants around you. Vandalism from the explosion of kids is everywhere. Oregonians do not watch their children. They kick them out of the house (cabin fever IMO) and inflict them on everyone else.
It's a throwback to an earlier age where they expect the 'neighborhood' to deal with their kids. There is little sense of responsibility on the part of parents.
Welcome to third generation of Failifornians who transplanted here in the 70s and ruined it for the rest of us natives.
Katie

Anchorage, AK

#181 Aug 28, 2012
Wow...these posts have been a little overwhelming to read. I know the last post was written in 07...so what is the census now? We are getting trasnsferred to Oregon from Alaska, and i'm hoping to find a great town to raise my children in. Southern Oregon is where we will be relocating to. I know no place is perfect.

Thanks!

“Hey, it's just a cartoon!”

Since: Jul 08

He can drink all he wants!

#182 Aug 28, 2012
Katie wrote:
Wow...these posts have been a little overwhelming to read. I know the last post was written in 07...so what is the census now? We are getting trasnsferred to Oregon from Alaska, and i'm hoping to find a great town to raise my children in. Southern Oregon is where we will be relocating to. I know no place is perfect.
Thanks!
If you are into artsy arrogance, move to Ashland. If you are more of a blue collar sort, move to K-Falls.

Avoid Medford like the plague.

Jacksonville is getting to be upscale but is still sort of small and has a ton of interesting history.

If you really want to raise your kids in a great, country environment, move to Lakeview...but that may be a bit far off the beaten trail.

Kerby gives me the creeps in a "Children of the Corn" sort of way.

Glendale is full of good meaning inbreds for the most part and Riddle and Myrtle Creek have more people get shot in the streets by drunken idiots than any other area in Oregon.

Hope that helps.

You'll miss Alaska more and more with each passing day.
Smudge

Medford, OR

#183 Aug 29, 2012
Katie wrote:
Wow...these posts have been a little overwhelming to read. I know the last post was written in 07...so what is the census now? We are getting trasnsferred to Oregon from Alaska, and i'm hoping to find a great town to raise my children in. Southern Oregon is where we will be relocating to. I know no place is perfect.
Thanks!
"Southern Oregon" covers a lot of space, but I assume you'll be relocating to the Medford area, as it's the largest hub.
I also have to agree with the "Doc's" comments.
Medford is currently in its infancy regarding street gangs, and with a progressive approach to dealing with it, it's sure to become worse. Avoid Medford, Talent, and Phoenix. Ashland is the most "bum friendly" town this side of San Francisco.
I would suggest the Shady Cove area. It has a friendly, small town (Mayberry) atmosphere, and is relatively close to Medford.
refugee from Southern Cal

United States

#184 Aug 29, 2012
My wife and I are thinking about Central Point on the west side of interstate 5. Don't worry we are sane people trying to escape from Southern California that is changing for the worst fast. Thank you for all the input. We were first thinking about Grants Pass but wanted to be where there may be more stores, etc.
Smudge

Medford, OR

#185 Aug 29, 2012
refugee from Southern Cal wrote:
My wife and I are thinking about Central Point on the west side of interstate 5. Don't worry we are sane people trying to escape from Southern California that is changing for the worst fast. Thank you for all the input. We were first thinking about Grants Pass but wanted to be where there may be more stores, etc.
"Californians" got a bad rap during the mass migrations to Oregon that began back in the 70's. Most of them were arrogant, rude, and condesending to the locals. We had to endure all of that, including the famous "California Stop," or rolling through stop signs, just during the summer tourist season. Now, we were faced with putting up with that attitude permanently.
BTW, we enjoy Grants Pass, however, that city is in the midst of a financial crisis, and they cut public safety...first! Central Point, Eagle Point, and Jacksonville would probably suit your needs just fine.
Sean B

Medford, OR

#186 Jan 28, 2013
Portland is much better than south Oregon, or Methford. Tweakers galore, Hep C running rampant, the state is broke and you can tell in Methford. Portland is much more condusive to an easier lifestyle.
JPZ

Eugene, OR

#187 Feb 10, 2013
Jonathan Frett wrote:
Ashland is a better place, more things to do and friendlier people. You might want to check Craigslist for housing.
Ashland is great if you're a liberal.
Jill

Cave Junction, OR

#188 Feb 11, 2013
Smudge wrote:
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"Southern Oregon" covers a lot of space, but I assume you'll be relocating to the Medford area, as it's the largest hub.
I also have to agree with the "Doc's" comments.
Medford is currently in its infancy regarding street gangs, and with a progressive approach to dealing with it, it's sure to become worse. Avoid Medford, Talent, and Phoenix. Ashland is the most "bum friendly" town this side of San Francisco.
I would suggest the Shady Cove area. It has a friendly, small town (Mayberry) atmosphere, and is relatively close to Medford.
shady cove has. Spam Festival every year!
Surfer

Medford, OR

#189 Feb 14, 2013
Portland is the only place to live in Oregon that won't remind you of the movie Deliverance. Everywhere else, you will be continually amazed at the ignorance and stupidity of people in this state, and then you realize that its furthest away from major populated areas and thats why they believe their own silly horse crap, LMFAO. Watch out for all the ex meth junkies, Hep C, Aids infested oxy and heroin addicts, they are in every town in the state. Don't come here, go to CO, much better place. Just think Oregon as Deliverance, you get the picture.
Surfer

Medford, OR

#190 Feb 14, 2013
Grants Pass even has high school coaches that openly swing the scene with their wives and girlfriends, grow dope for patients, supposedly, and snort cocaine like its goin out of style, right Jeff? LMFAO, who would let this guy coach their kids, thats the mentality of Grants Pass, come if you will, LMFAO
dakota

Chatsworth, CA

#192 Jul 27, 2014
not all Californians are the same....we are educated and green here in cali also. it seems that orgonians hate anything that is not Oregon....open your mind to the positive, not hating on Californians....
RJK48 wrote:
Rob: Great place to live. Only real full service city in Oregon. Has the only major league sports franchise in Oregon (The Ptld Trailblazers). Its university (of which I am an alumni) is a top notch urban university. I prefer the northwest part of town. It's a bit upper-scale, ethnically diverse (it's the only place I've found that you can get kosher food...and European delicacies...and non-fast food pizza in the entire state)...and more trendy. The zoo is fantastic, youth recreation is everywhere and the arts are adequate. The skiing is some of the best in the world and the coast (they call it "coast", not "beach") can be a bit windy and chilly...the water's friggin freezing, so if you want to swim for awhile, get a wet suit.
What you need to know, being a Californian moving north...1)The minute (or as soon as practicle)you hit Oregon, change your license plate and say you're from somewhere other than Cali. 2) People are a bit "greener" in Oregon than Cali., San Francisco and Marin County excepted. They also believe they invented recycling aluminum cans and have the best land-use system in the world. 3) Get used to eating salmon, seeing salmon, talking about salmon and wishing the salmon run would show up. It's the culture's lifes blood. 4) Immediately forget about the Spanish Mission system you learned in school and quickly bone up on Lewis and Clark stuff. 5) Be resigned to the fact that it either rains or is gray for several months. But when the sun comes out, it's beautiful!
Do these things and you'll have a great life in Oregon.
dakota

Chatsworth, CA

#193 Jul 27, 2014
why do people in Oregon assume people from cali don't belong in Oregon? we are green here also....pick up our dog poo, are great neighbors???? Sounds like people in Oregon are the Haters....I see cars all the time with Oregon liscense plates here in Cali....we don't hate you...
Van

Grants Pass, OR

#194 Monday Sep 1
Grants Pass was our choice after we sold our home in So. Cal. 4 years ago and have no regrets in us moving here.
Like many before us the majority of the transplants are from California and retirees.
Jobs are available for people with skills whether in construction, healthcare or IT.
The housing market here is now recovering after the big hit of 08 and construction work has picked up.
Medical facilities are well represented in all specialties. Grants Pass has a large hospital and just opened a brand new building. Grants Pass is growing.
Most people moving here buy a home in the rural part with some acreage (like us) and enjoy the outdoors!
So. Oregon has a climate all of its own, more Mediterranian which changes as you go North.
There are 4 seasons while the winters are mild it can get pretty cold like the last one.
All in all people are very friendly and helpful. Mostly treat people the way you like to be treated!
Some on this threat would like to give the impression that this is a hick town full of rednecks. If that includes us then so be it; We are gun toting rednecks!
We no longer love LA but love GP!

“Hey, it's just a cartoon!”

Since: Jul 08

He can drink all he wants!

#195 Monday Sep 1
dakota wrote:
why do people in Oregon assume people from cali don't belong in Oregon? we are green here also....pick up our dog poo, are great neighbors???? Sounds like people in Oregon are the Haters....I see cars all the time with Oregon liscense plates here in Cali....we don't hate you...
Most long term Oregonians hate everyone and everything that doesn't precisely fit their miniscule world view.
Shawn D

Eugene, OR

#196 Tuesday Sep 2
Portland is the only place to live in the state. Southern Oregon is full of ex meth heads, junkies, Hep C and crime rampant. Grants Pass doesn't have any police to patrol the extensive area. Any of the lil towns around Medford are just like Medford. If you want the liberal, laid back lifestyle, go to Ptown. If you want to worry bout drunks, addicts, crime and stupidity, live in the southern part of state.

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