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Okay, here's the deal. We are moving to Portland. I could just barely swing a home price in the ritztier Bridlemile, West Sylvan school area OR buy one in the very nice Sellwood Moreland area and have spending money left over. Do the kids in Sellwood go to the local schools? Or all they all parceled out to elsewhere like another thread mentioned? My hubby was in the neighborhood and loved the park, bluff, river and trails. The shops look nice from what I can see on the internet. So tell me what you think. Please. I live intown in Atlanta near parks, shops and museums and the farmer's market. I believe in public schools. I'm a homemaker. If Sellwood is not okay, which neighborhoods do you recommend?
 

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Sellwood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
can't address the school question, though...<br><br>
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We lived in Sellwood for awhile and liked it there (at first I thought it was too small town-y but apon reflection it was very very nice). There are lovely parks a little library and adorable shops usually within an easy walking distance. As far as the schools go there is a neighborhood school there BUT due to Portlands poor education budget they are considering combining it with the neighborhood middle school and making it k-8. I am not sure if that is what is going to happen but it is what is being talked about.
 

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Sellwood and Bridlemile are entirely different neighborhoods, characterwise. Bridlemile is, by most accounts, a suburb in within the Portland boundaries. The school, I hear, is fantastic. The neighborhood is mid-century homes that sell for a lot of money, as you know. There are some sidewalks etc, but no coffee shops, or little independent business to walk to. Sellwood is the opposite...old bungalows, tons of independent business, some chains, cafes, pool, park, community center within walking distance with sidewalks where folks use them. They are just different places that, in the scope of Portland neighborhoods, are worlds apart.
 

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sellwood is super cute and neighborhoody <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i don't even know where bridlemile is.
 

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Another vote for Sellwood, great public pool, great restaurants and cute shops with a community feel, Oaks Bottom park/ refuge on the river ...Bridlemile, huh? Very much suburbia, whole different kind of feel. Have you visited? You should be able to tell which is more your style by visiting, the are very different, as PPs have said!
 

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We just moved to Portland (from the dc area) and are shopping for a house right now. I considered Bridlemile too, for the school. The neighborhood is a woodsie, winding road in the west hills of Portland. Large lots, larger homes, lots of trees, but no sidewalks. It's actually a great location, for getting to the zoo, downtown Portland, and over to Multnomah Village but you can't pop out your front door for a stroll. It seems stuffy, but it can't be that stuffy in a city where you can wear blue jeans to just about every restaurant!<br><br>
Sellwood is awesome, like all the pp's have said, *but* once you are there you kind of get stuck. There is no easy access to an interstate. Main roads in and out of there are small and congested. Traffic to get over the bridge in rush hour is slooooow. My real estate agent won't even let us look there (but my dh works WAY out in Beaverton)!<br><br>
Take into consideration your dp's commute and then decide on a neighborhood. Sounds like you have some equity, so if you want walkability, consider Laurelhurst, Irvington or even the close in SW/NW hills. If you want a more diverse community check out Piedmont proper. It's like Irvington but not so homogenous has an awesome park and big trees.
 
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