We have contemplated a move to Portland from the Bay Area for years, and it's back on the table. There is a 90% chance my dh could keep his job, which is in Boring and be able to telecommute at least one day a week maybe more. He is in IT.
Dh is taking a business trip to Boring in about a month, and I am going to go with him to check out different areas. I am very marginally aware of various areas, but we'll only have two days so I was hoping some of you moms could give me an idea of what neighborhoods you think would be a good fit for us. A little bit about what we are looking for:
We would rent initially, but would eventually like to buy in the $400-$500k range - less is always better of course! For rent, we'd love to keep it $1500 or under. Up to $2k would work if it was big enough for my mom to come with us.
Safety and clean streets are huge for me. We lived in SF for 15 years, and while I loved it, I have no interest in dealing with dirty streets and graffiti and stolen cars again. BTDT. I want my kids to be able to walk to their friend's house, or ride their bike to the store when they're a bit older.
We realllllly want a large backyard. We have one now, complete with chickens, and use it daily. (Large is by Bay Area standards, btw. Not Midwest. :))
Although we are alternative in our parenting, and very liberal in our politics, we are admittedly fairly yuppie on the outside, so we do tend to like "yuppie" kind of stuff. Dh is really interested in checking out Lake Oswego, but I know many Portlander's scoff at that area. We like good restaurants, but don't care too much about nightlife.
Good schools and homeschool community are important to us, as we've done both and both are still a possibility. I don't see being able to afford private school.
Community! I want to live in an area with lots of kids and families and neighbors and a lot going on.
Parks, greenspace, hikes, etc. If we can't walk to a downtown area, I'd at least like to easily be able to walk to hiking or a big park.
So, any suggestions you have would be much appreciated. Right now we will be checking out Lake Oswego, NW Portland, Laurelhurst . . . . anything else? Thank you!