||[Jul. 10th, 2007|06:13 am]
The Happenings of Hillsboro, Oregon
My fiance and I are moving to the Portland area in about two weeks from Washington State. As a result, I am hoping for some information from you kind people. We are looking for a reasonably-priced 2 bedroom apartment in Hillsboro/Beaverton/Aloha as close to the Max Station as possible. Anyone know of some good places? What about bad places we should stay away from?|
I would look on Craigslist but I don't know how to tell if something is close to the Max station. Any tips?
Also, we are really apprehensive about the whole mass transit situation in general. For example, when the Portland transit site lists a route number how do we know if its a bus, a streetcar or the max?
Thanks so much in advance!
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I grew up in that area so I could tell you what places are good vs not good. But as far as reasonably priced, I haven't lived there in years and I'm not sure what your limit is.
What are you looking to spend?
$800 is our cap at the moment. I would be more than willing to do the cost research if you could recommend a few good places that are close to the max line. :)
Max is always going to be a blue line, red line or yellow line and they may mention the name of the transit station. Orenco, for instance. And speaking of Orenco, that is in Hillsboro and there are quite a few apartments right near the MAX there, and you would be walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants and a shopping center. http://www.orencostation.net/http://www.tndwest.com/orencostation.html
Also Quatama, Willow Creek, Beaverton Creek are MAX stations with apartments built all around them.
on trimet.org, it'll say, example, 57. The 57 bus runs from forest grove to beaverton, along tv hwy. if it's a number, it's a bus. blue line is the max, and blue line runs from downtown hillsboro to somewhere in gresham. red line is from beaverton TC to the airport. yellow line is from city center to expo center. Soon it will be extended from city center to milwaukie. the green line will be city center to clackamas. Purple line isn't actually the max, but that's the washington county commuter rail. It runs from wilsonville to beaverton TC. The streetcar, well, is the streetcar. it's all the same route.
In hillsboro, I know of some apartments that are really close to both hatfield government station max and hillsboro TC. i think they're called city center apartments. they're pretty cheap, but I don't think that they come with parking. It's downtown hillsboro, but I'm not sure if it's the best company. some more apartments that I know of near MAX are Orenco Gardens & Quatama Crossing. If you check forrent.com then it'll tell you if they are near a MAX line, but craigslist has a better selection of better deals. If you want to know if they're close to a max line/bus line, then just check the ad and read it out. most effective way. Most places are near a bus line, I'm pretty sure of that.
also, try to stay away from 'gateway commons'
I had a friend that lived there, a lot of gang activity and drug activity.
Mm, as a Hillsboro resident I can probably give you a good idea of where you'll want to steer clear of. Obviously anything 13th street is a no-go, if you're not in a gang chances are you shouldn't be living there. I live over by the airport, I'd recommend looking into a house, I don't know how expensive they are but if you're willing to get a roommate or two it can work out in the end- obviously it takes some effort, though, clashing schedules and that bs.
Hillsboro TC has apartments right down the road, but that's the center of the city and honestly if you're not up for late-night fighting below your window, and drug deals going down you probably don't want to live there. The apartments are nice but a lot of Hillsboro townies are into tweak and god knows what else these days, so just be cautious. Of course there are us normal, 420ers, we mostly populate the more suburban areas instead of the city.
A lot of CL ads will tell you if they're close to the max line, or bus route, or whatever- I'd recommend picking a few apartments that look promising and then asking them whereabouts they are, if they're close to mass transit, and what the neighborhood is like. You can always go look, no pressure to rent. :P