Quantcast

Where to live in pacific nw?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by searching7, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. searching7

    searching7 Chimp

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2005
    Messages:
    44
    I'm moving to the pacific NW in the spring. I want to close to better riding than where I am currently at. Bellingham in WA is what I am thinking about. In short, I looking for a place where there is good riding, some dirt jumps and fairly close to BC. I not set specifically set on the pacific northwest though. I also thought about whitefish Montana, which I here is close to Fernie. Ah ... I've thought of Bend OR too. Any suggestions or info on the places I've mentioned would be great. Thanks for your time.
     

    Attached Files:

    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. thegoodword

    thegoodword Chimp

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2003
    Messages:
    32
    Location:
    Walla Walla, WA>Boise, ID
    There are so many cool places in the Pacific NW... I could go on and on...
    Are you so super skilled that you can find a job anywhere you go though? Are you wealthy enough that you don't need to work? Bend, Missoula, Whitefish all have great areas to recreate, but I do not hear good things about job opportunities. Can you handle the rain? Then west of the Cascade Mountains might be fine. My sister lived in Bellingham and talked about it being in the rain shadow; thus not getting the precipitation that Seattle receives. That may be a good choice if you want to be close to B.C. Boise has sweet cross-country trails everywhere and some jumping at Usery. Walla Walla has wine, road riding, some insanely awesome mountain bike riding that nobody knows about and colleges. Eastern Washington and Oregon has bible thumping red necks with some nice folks too. The only thing keeping the radical right-wing politics in check are the voters west of the Cascades. Coeur d' Alene, Idaho is cool too but it definitely rains more there than Southern Idaho.
     
  3. smedford

    smedford Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2004
    Messages:
    400
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    Trust me, it rains plenty in Bellingham. Great biking town though.
     
  4. geargrrl

    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 1
    Joined:
    May 2, 2002
    Messages:
    2,379
    Location:
    pnw -dry side
    Eastern WA chiming in here. Boise close to BC, I'd say that's kind of a stretch...

    Average rainfall for Spokane is 18", 26" for CDA, not what most people think of as rainy.
    There is lot of great XC riding here, and we've got Beacon which some would consider a great place for DH and DJ's. There's some interest in getting a DJ park going in CDA, too.

    Housing costs will be lower here than any resort based community. The climate is very nice 4 season, it's a 2 hour drive to Rossland. I hear it does suck to be single in Spokand, but I have no first hand experiece, being a very married person.

    There are bible thumpers everywhere, I guess people have that impression of the dry side,but it hasn't infringed on my lifestyle any.

    geargrrl.

    spokane riding:
    www.fttrc.org
     
  5. odiwik

    odiwik Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2004
    Messages:
    252
    If you are moving to mountain bike, head over to the west side of the mountains. Bellingham would be ideal if you are skilled enough to guarantee a job, or weathly enough to vacation for a few years...
     
  6. Str8OutaBallard

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2004
    Messages:
    946
    Mt or Id have more opprotunity... you won't like the rain/Cascade Concrete here... it will warp your mind... that's why there are more serial killars per capita here... take it from some body that's lived here since 1969... Switzer is the place to move to... either that or Ut...
     
  7. geargrrl

    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 1
    Joined:
    May 2, 2002
    Messages:
    2,379
    Location:
    pnw -dry side
    You mean Schweitzer (Sandpoint?) Housing has gone through the roof up there, it's been "discovered"....and wages have NOT kept pace. :mad:
     
  8. SuperSlow

    SuperSlow Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    May 18, 2004
    Messages:
    763
    Location:
    Bellingham
    i moved here to bham from texas for that same reason... you can move in with me
     
  9. ride

    ride Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2005
    Messages:
    471
    Bellingham is where I'd reccomend if you can find work. I assume that is not qa factor as it was not stated as one of your requirements for possible locations. I moved here from Seattle a year and a half ago for a 60 day employment stint. I decided after 1about 10 days that I owuld stay here wether I had a permenent job or not. Check it out.
     
  10. kinghami3

    kinghami3 Future Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    6 / 0
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Messages:
    2,241
    Location:
    Ballard 4 life.
    Whatever ride said. I grew up in Bellingham and, though I love Seattle, Bellingham will always be my home.
     
  11. Certified Drunk

    Certified Drunk SVT-Lightning

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Messages:
    841
    Location:
    Zippy's Burgers
    Bellingham, It's close to the MTB capitol of the world. If I lived up there Id be riding the shore every weekend.
     
  12. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2002
    Messages:
    10,190
    Location:
    in a bear cave
    i've heard Hanford stays warm in the winter. :cool:
     
  13. Lux Interior

    Lux Interior Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2005
    Messages:
    159
    Ask me about Bend, I'll give up all the secrets, the more the merrier.
     
  14. pangeist

    pangeist Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2005
    Messages:
    327
    Location:
    Santa Barbara
    As long as we are counting the Sonoran Desert as part of the NW I would say move there, but as long as you are referring to the cold, damp, wet, most northwestern part of the country, my suggestion would be....DONT DO IT!!!!! Winter is SUICIDE. I have lived in western WA for 8 years and cant wait to leave for some place where the sun shines consistently and there isnt constant moisture in the air. Its bad for so many reasons: allergies, joint pains, mold growing everywhere, days that get only 7 hours of light (if you can call it that), days where it looks like dusk all day long.......etc. Yeah, maybe I am just a puss, but I think it sucks up here. Good Luck.
     
  15. HippieKai

    HippieKai Pretty Boy....That's right, BOY!

    Rep/Likes:
    4 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2002
    Messages:
    1,348
    Location:
    hippie-ville
    the PNW sucks big time...you should stay away and not come here ever ever...
     
  16. odiwik

    odiwik Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2004
    Messages:
    252
    You are all insane or have problems... Buy an artificial sunlight lamp and get over it. If you think about it, the PNW is probably the best place to live in the world...
     
  17. Tenchiro

    Tenchiro Attention K Mart Shoppers

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    5,407
    Location:
    New England
    Seattle is nice, if you like being driven to a near murderous rampage every day during rush hour. Seriously though if you like your weather 60° and gray we are second only to London.
     
  18. allsk8sno

    allsk8sno Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    3 / 33
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2002
    Messages:
    1,158
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    shhhh everyone will want to mover here...

    yeah its sucks big time up hear go to utah or something i hear the riding is awesome down there...cause it sucks up here in wa...
     
  19. Projectpat

    Projectpat Chimp

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2004
    Messages:
    26
    Location:
    bellingham


    sounds like some of us up here might need a waamburger and some french-cries! ...and possibly an after meal pacifier.
    :thumb:
     
  20. boostindoubles

    boostindoubles Nacho Libre

    Rep/Likes:
    125 / 1,449
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    4,026
    Location:
    Yakistan
    its been known to have pink snow too! :dead:
     
  21. searching7

    searching7 Chimp

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2005
    Messages:
    44
    Thanks for all the info. Hopefully I'll be able to check out bellingham for a while before I make a decision whether or not I'm going to stay. In general, I'm looking for a place where I can DJ and FR. I know the weather is an issue there, but if you can ride year round it may not be a huge issue for me. Who knows though. I've been trying get to BC for like three years now, and something always comes up, stopping my trip. I would like to be close to there so it's easy to get there and ride. Thanks again for all the info.
     
  22. pangeist

    pangeist Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2005
    Messages:
    327
    Location:
    Santa Barbara
    to each his own. nothing personal.
     
  23. Transfer

    Transfer Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    4 / 0
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2004
    Messages:
    546
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    The only jobs to be had in Bellingham without your own (successful) business are coffee stands and minimum wage retail. And those you have to fight with the 11,000 student college population for. Bellingham is mildly expensive and you won't make much money there.


    Native from 1980-2005.
     
  24. The Amish

    The Amish Dumber than N8

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2005
    Messages:
    645
    Im headed to bellingham. Taking out some serious loans and going to western washington university for the next 4-5 yrs. Its the only way I could think of that I could afford to move there and ride. so Education it is.
     
  25. thesacrifice

    thesacrifice Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2004
    Messages:
    452
    Location:
    360
    bham = small town feel, with a pop of 75000ish. It has a lot to offer. If you snowboard, you're super close to Mt. Baker, biking you have Galbraith..there's a town sponsored dirt jump park (not that great) Vancouver is up the road, and whistler a little beyond that...wtf why not move there?
     
  26. searching7

    searching7 Chimp

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2005
    Messages:
    44
    Thanks for the info. I guess it'll be the weather that will be the deciding factor. Thanks again. Anymore info would be great.
     
  27. krustydude

    krustydude Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    199
    Location:
    Richland, WA
    If you can handle the wet, western wa is cool. I've lived in eastern wa all my life and i think it's a perfect ballance. If you can handle the cold you can ride year round. We have pretty good job opportunities and low housing cost. The local riding is ok, but there is great riding no more than three hours in any direction and whistler is close enough to make a few trips a year.
     
  28. Mut

    Mut Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    4 / 0
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    Messages:
    165
    Location:
    Renton, WA
    Low housing?! have you tried to buy a house lately
     
  29. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,121
    Location:
    Witness relocation housing
    2 words for ya...

    South Sound....

    We got 5 acres and a nice home with garage and barn for under 200, and im only 30 minutes to tacoma....
     
  30. Snacks

    Snacks Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2003
    Messages:
    3,524
    Location:
    GO! SEAHAWKS!
    Krusty's talkin' about low housing in Eastern WA. New houses for under 100K:think:
     
  31. thesacrifice

    thesacrifice Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2004
    Messages:
    452
    Location:
    360
    i bet your property starts going way up in value soon, seen hawks prairie lately? sdflajk!23434
     
  32. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 0
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,121
    Location:
    Witness relocation housing
    yea, but so are my f$#king property taxes....#!@#!@#!@#!@# When the rezone us from 1 per five i'll cash in... i figure i can get 15 homes on my porperty then... haha.

    Also, dont know if you've been over on Yelm hwy betweeen College and Ruddle, but that area is also getting another buisness development put in. I bet there will be 4 starbucks within that area soon... there is already 2.... housing is also going up all over the place... most notably the area by the amtrack/monty jumps in the woods. Ever been in there??