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We need our next rental to have a yard where we can grow things, Clackamas County, any ideas?

 
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Greetings,
Myself and my husband have lived in this 550 sq. ft. 1 bedroom apartment with its tiny kitchen and patio for 2 years now and its time for something more in line with our goals.

We want to stay in Clackamas County (Milwaukie, Gladstone, Clackamas, Happy Valley, West Linn, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, or even the little part of Portland that is Clackamas County rather than Multnomah County).  We need bus access and at least a restaurant or two that we can walk to.  I seek to be within a mile of a stream, river, even a pond would do because water is where I gain energy.  We'd love more space than we have now, and we need a yard in which we can grow veggies, flowers, possibly plant a few fruit trees, etc.  It doesn't have to be a huge yard, right now all I can do is grow plants in pots and I want to have more growspace.  We don't have any children or pets.  We want somewhere we can stay longterm.  Of course I'm looking online, its hard though to find something with a yard that we can afford.  We seek a duplex,end unit townhouse or townhouse that is not attached, or a cottage.  Budget is one of our biggest obstacles, but the more flexability the space allows the more we could pay, but we need to keep it under 2,000.

We hope to move in June as our lease will end on the last day thereof.  We're sociable and enjoy people, though we do need some time on our own which is why we're looking for something that isn't a room rental/houseshare.
 
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Just doing a bit of searching:
Clackamas Co. Single Family Homes for Rent (Realtor.com)
Clackamas Co. House Rentals (Redfin.com)
Portland Area Housing Rentals (Craigslist)

I hope you find something perfect! Even window boxes will make you feel like you've got a bit of turf, I bet. Good luck!
 
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I guess I wanted to post on here just in case any cool permies are looking to rent out the other side of their duplex, things like that.  I'm definitely scouring the internet for options which don't break our budget, looking often, and so I thought I'd try something different by posting and seeing what might happen.
 
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Well we need to make a decision, so it looks like we're applying for 2 complexes, neither of which will have a yard for me.  But both of which will have a bigger unit for us, with a bigger balcony/patio space than what we currently have, plus more storage than we currently have, and a hot tub and gym in the complex, the gym is important so we don't have to keep paying for that, we just joined recently to work on our fitness goals but its spendy and I'd rather spend that money on rent and have a gym as part of it.

Am I disappointed?  Yes.  But I guess its just the sacrifice I need to make, and at least their patio/balcony spaces are bigger than our current one, but the view outside will be inferior to what we have now.  But the bus service will be all-day-every-day which I need.

So it looks like I'll continue having to container garden for the foreseeable future, maybe I need to invest in those fancy grow boxes with a water reservoir in the bottom so I don't have to water as often, that might make things more functional, especially when we're out of town.  Another good thing is we'll be much closer to my husband's work, meaning he'll use less gas.
 
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