He'll definitely factor housing costs into salary negotiations, but we still hope to keep things reasonably affordable. I'm probably a stereotypical MDCer in my preference for an older, quaint, established neighborhood where it's easy to walk or bike to shops, farmers markets, etc. DH will probably work downtown. He'd love a close commute but would consider a quick, efficient route by public transport.
My initial web research is showing that quaintness may come with a high price tag. We're really trying to avoid outskirt-y subdivisions, which usually involve long commutes, heavy HOA fees, prohibitions on gardening and clotheslines, etc. To sum it up, I may have Selwood tastes with a HIllsboro budget, lol!
I've been reading about a recent trend in gentrification. The area that was called "felony flats" when I visited 15-20 years ago is seeing people move in and revamp old houses, for example. Good idea? Bad?
One concern I have is the schools. I'm not hearing glowing reports about most PDX schools, but maybe one of you locals can tell me otherwise. While I'm planning to homeschool, it would still be nice to know that our neighborhood school was decent, if nothing else for property values or just knowing I had a safety net in case homeschooling didn't work out. It seems like all of the best public schools are in unaffordable neighborhoods, like so many places, I suppose. We don't consider test scores a mountain to die on, by the way.
So with all of this in mind, what part of town might be a good match for my family? Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this!