We spend a lot of time with relocation clients. One of the most common questions is, “why live here. Why did you leave the Bay Area (almost 15 years ago)?” We can ignore the CA v. Oregon debate. This is where I live; but why? A partial list:
We can snow and water ski in the same day (not that we ever have)
Snow or ocean is about an hour and a half away (last year it snowed at the ocean).
The food scene is good (I went to Western Culinary in ’97)
The beer scene is good (International Brewfest last week, Brewfest next week, and all those local breweries)
The wine scene is good (Think pinot but we have some pretty other local stuff too)
We walked into the Pearl District and found closed of streets with a craft fair going on
When I attended my 10 year high school reunion, we owned five houses. No one living within 50 miles of my high school owned one.
People will start camping out on Monday for the grand opening of Portland’s newest big box store, Ikea! They open Wednesday; two days off work to buy furniture that comes in a flat box that could have been bought less than three hours away isn’t my cup of tea. Is this another sign that Portland is a major market? We’ve got a Crate and Barrel too. What’s next? An NBA championship?
Why do you live here?