"It's An Exciting Place to Live" - Not a Boring Choice

Real Estate Agent with First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area 200001117

Each morning, on a hill above Highway 26 my wife & I begin our day, coffee in hand, with a view of hundreds of people making their way into work or shopping in Gresham or Portland. Within a short time we will be joining that stream into the city. Over the last 8 years we have noticed a steady increase of morning traffic. We are continuously amazed at the number of people who have chosen to live out here in rural Clackamas county. What brings them away from the city - away from the advantages of inner city Portland life or being able to commute by bike? Why would anyone want to live in a place referred to as Boring? I'm sure there are as many reasons or answers as there are people in these hills. If you do live out here, what are your reasons for choosing the lifestyle of Boring?

Over 8 years ago, my wife and I enjoyed the neighborhood life of the Rose City area in NE Portland. Being able to walk pretty much wherever we wanted to go, whether it be to the LLyod Center or to have a beer at the Horse Brass Pub had all but become part of our family culture. As a Realtor, I've always enjoyed all that Portland has to offer and still do to this day.   Having grown up in a rural community,  city life was, and is, fun and convenient. The rural life though never left my blood. Having room for only a few tomato plants, perhaps an eggplant and a small patch of lettuce just never seemed enough. Why could I not have a goat or two - what do you mean I had to close all the curtains or shades in the morning so that the neighbors didn't have to be embarrassed caught looking? Rural life called & we answered.

Today, as the snow falls, we enjoy our Boring view, the soup made from the fresh produce from out large garden,  watching the goats play, wondering where all the rabbits came from, and knowing that if we choose we are only minutes from a snow-trek on the Springwater Trail. Without any curtains to have to hide behind, we enjoy our Boring life.

Not everyone will hear the call to join us in Boring.  Some will wish to just pass through on their way to Mt. Hood, perhaps enjoy a bowl of soup at the Full Moon, get a chuckle out of our name,  and return to their search for a quality of life in Portland or beyond.    Just know that in Boring, "It's an exciting place to live."

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Comments (12)

Craig W. Barrett
RE/MAX 100 - Hughesville, MD
Hughesville MD Real Estate

We gave up life in the big city and came back to our roots too. It's a comfortable place to raise a family. Life is just a little bit slower.

Dec 18, 2008 09:46 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Living in New York City we have so much external stimuli around us everyday.  I arrived home at my parents house for Christmas today in the suburbs of Seattle WA and this morning it was almost too quiet.  It was quite strange at first not hearing car horns blaring!

Dec 18, 2008 10:00 AM
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

Morgan - isn't it nice though to be able to hear yourself think - to listen to the internal stimili - ah the sound of nature :)

Craig -  I agree that rural life is great for raising a family.  Not so sure though about it always being a slower pace of life - with acreage to mow, goats to feed, a large garden to tend to, farther to travel for work, and being a full time Realtor, has not quite allowed me yet to slow down much.  I've been dreaming lately of a nice condo with no yard etc - but in the middle of the forest. :)

Dec 18, 2008 11:01 AM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

We love living just outside Salem - and all the yard work keeps you young!  We love knowing our neighbors well and the rural atmosphere - 3 miles from I-5.  Boring is a lovely community and a quick trip to everything you could want to see or do!  You have the best of both worlds!

Dec 18, 2008 02:30 PM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Boring suits me fine...and I keep yearning to live in it again!  Maybe that's why I enjoy selling land so much. 

Dec 18, 2008 03:06 PM
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

Kent - there is plenty of land or you out here - come on up.  You could escape the heat of Arizona and make this your summer home :)

Dec 18, 2008 03:23 PM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I think there is a growing number of people through out the nation that are willing to trade convenience for a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of living in town.

Dec 19, 2008 02:10 AM
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Norm, my husband and I also chose the rural life. It's never boring (well, except maybe when you've been snowed in for a week or more). I consider myself lucky to not have to deal with a commute though, working here in town. I just don't see us as ever being "city folk".

Dec 21, 2008 08:19 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I grew up in a rural area about 150 miles east of Los Angeles. I never want to go back there. I'm a city boy through and through.

Dec 26, 2008 03:13 AM
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

Hi Jim -  there are definte advantages to city life - can't disagree with you with there - it's nice to have both :)  Within minutes I can be enjoying the city life and yet retreat when I want.  Perhaps when I retire, I'll find myself a condo in downtown Portland :)

Dec 26, 2008 03:26 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

I spent about five years in the city of Boston. Although there is a lot to do and a very fast pace I would never want to live there again. There is something about the country I find much more appealing.

Jan 03, 2009 01:45 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Norm.

It's been almost a month since your last blog post. Hope all is well and you can come back to Play in the Rain regularly.

Jan 11, 2009 10:08 AM