We are, along with my inlaws, California implants here in Or.
We love Bend and Sisters/Redmond. A very nice crunchy vibe from all of those places. In sisters think cowboy meets upscale crunchy. Sisters has excellent schools with a wonderful small town vibe. Everyone is very friendly. My inlaws retired there.
We live in the Monmouth/Independence area and it's just okay. Salem is okay. My husband commutes. I work from home. We love the small town feel. We wish people were friendlier and crunchier! The public schools need work also... they seem crammed.
Keizer seems nicer. I hear Tigard and Beaverton areas are nice near Portland.
Last edited by MintJulep; 01-19-2013 at 05:35 PM.