Friday, September 19, 2014

Houses, condos or apartments? New study shows where people want to live

Staff Reporter- Portland Business Journal
Price, neighborhood safety and commuting times notwithstanding, the majority of metro-area residents want to live in detached, single-family homes.
So say the results of a new study that looked at housing preferences of residents of the four-county metro region. Conducted by Portland marketing research firm DHM Research for a range of partners, including Metro, the cities of Portland and Hillsboro, Portland State University and the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, the study found that 80 percent of respondents prefer detached, single-family housing.
Sixty-five percent of the respondents — more than 7,300 people from two different survey tracks — currently live in such homes. Seven percent of those living in single family, detached homes responded that they would actually prefer living in single-family attached housing, such as a condominium.
The study also found that 56 percent of respondents live in a suburban neighborhood; just over half prefer that kind of a neighborhood. About a quarter live in urban centers, 11 percent live downtown and 8 percent live in rural settings.
Dave Nielsen, CEO of the Portland HBA, said the study should prove valuable not only to homebuilders and developers, but also to planners sizing up the area's urban growth boundary and deciding whether to enlarge it or not.
"It will be very useful to help our industry understand market preferences and adapt where needed," he said. "It should also be an important tool used by Metro and surrounding governments in their planning for growth."
The entire study, as well as an executive summary, is available on Metro's web site.

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Oregon Ranked #1 State for Beer!

1. Oregon

California and Washington might have more brewers, but dammit, they’ve also got more people. More importantly, they don’t have the density of Oregon’s offerings. Or the quality. Oregon’s long been at the forefront of the craft industry, with brewers like Widmer Brothers, Rogue, Full Sail, and Deschutes leading the national charge as gateway beers for people who want something more out of their pints. But they’re just the OGs of what might be the epicenter of the craft beer movement.

Much ballyhoo has been made of the sheer number of breweries in the Portland metro area, which tops out at more than 70 and counting… but this isn’t a case of quantity over quality. It’s a case of quantity meeting quality head on. Portland houses an insurmountable number of great breweries — not good, pretty good, or wonderful, but effin’ great breweries — that are changing the landscape of modern brewing. Hair of the Dog, Breakside, Cascade, Upright, Ecliptic, the Commons, Burnside, Lompoc… it just keeps going. Even the “crappy” breweries by Portland standards would bury most of their peers based on pure deliciousness.

But that’s just one city in a state full of amazing brewers dotting the state, from the coastal Pelican to the high desert’s 10 Barrel, mid-state’s Ninkasi, Southern Oregon’s uncleverly named Southern Oregon Brewing, Mt. Hood’s Double Mountain… basically, if you enter a city or town in Oregon without a solid brewery, you’ve probably crossed into Washington or Idaho. Or maybe the capital of Salem… which sucks. But you’ll still find a great brewpub serving some of the best beer in America, made in Oregon, with Oregon hops, by a bearded Oregonian who’s probably in a band that sucks… that’s the Oregon way. Oregon beer, more than any, has helped introduce the masses to the potential of drinking great brews, and, with new breweries seemingly opening on a weekly basis, it’s the best damn place to be a beer lover in the US.

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