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Old 12-03-2014, 03:30 PM   #21
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Thanks all - for great suggestions, ideas and critique.
We actually live quite modestly by U.S. standards,
I am afraid that will not be good enough. Our goal here is to live modestly by Mumbai standards.

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Old 12-03-2014, 04:28 PM   #22
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At a total of $4000/month your estimated monthly spending on groceries/insurance/discretionary all seem very high. I know groceries in Manhattan are expensive, but there are ways of bringing that down considerably without sacrificing quality. Costco is great. Ethnic grocery stores in Queens are great (subway out and cab back if needed).


What kind of insurance do you have that costs $2000/month for a family of three?
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You really should consider the Dunthorpe neighborhood just south of Portland's city limits. Riverdale School District This real estate search tool is handy, just enter Riverdale in the elementary school field. Listed homes start at $800,000. RMLS.com™ Regional Multiple Listing Service - Residential Search

You can find less expensive homes and outstanding schools in Portland, just type in Ainsworth in the elementary school field above.


You won't find much ethnic or racial diversity in Oregon when compared to NYC or the Bay Area. I used to take my kids on business trips so that they can see that 'things are different'. My grandchildren have attended a private school in Portland (pre K) where 3/4 of the kids have Indian ethnicity - basically the children of Intel engineers. Our ethnic composition is driven by employment opportunities.
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I am afraid that will not be good enough. Our goal here is to live modestly by Mumbai standards.

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Mumbai isn't all that cheap if you want American/European living standard. Bangalore can be downright expensive.
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110k-150k for expenses? My base expenses are 15k and I am on Long Island.
I find your number to be amazing.
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110-150K is not unusual for the silicon valley.

Keep in mind the fact that parents either enroll their kids in private schools or live in areas that feed into Cupertino or Los Altos High Schools.

My son & DIL lived for a couple years in Benicia while students at CMA. Interesting community, not sure about the schools.
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110-150K is not unusual for the silicon valley.


Keep in mind the fact that parents either enroll their kids in private schools or live in areas that feed into Cupertino or Los Altos High Schools.


My son & DIL lived for a couple years in Benicia while students at CMA. Interesting community, not sure about the schools.
Okay then there is this house. Also $750K, no water views, schools all rated 9 - 10:

https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Ramon/...3/home/1960423

And free sunshine.
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Okay then there is this house. Also $750K, no water views, schools all rated 9 - 10:

https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Ramon/...3/home/1960423

And free sunshine.
No extra charge for Portland's low skin cancer rate but just scoot over the Cascades and roast your bod to your heart's content in the summer, ski in the winter: Sunriver, Black Butte,

Actually my daughter lives in Los Altos, she went to Santa Clara because of the weather. Let me say, I know the neighborhood.
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