Portland and Seattle: The New San Francisco Suburbs

What do some people do when they can't afford their soaring housing prices of San Francisco? They move to the suburbs. Guess what's constituting as a suburb of San Francisco these days? Cities as far as Portland and Seattle, 600 to 800 miles to the north.

In this age of telecommuting this type of scenario is now an outlandish possibility. Newly transplanted Pacific Northwest residents can keep their high-paying San Francisco jobs while enjoying such perks as a $350,000 home that can accommodate a small family. (Rather than living in a cramped Mission District apartment for the same price.)