I would like to know which neigborhoods people like living in the best (probably would be in the city) or would like to live in, which neigborhoods should be avoided, etc. What neighborhoods tend to be more expensive? Things like that.
Nice areas. S.E. Portland from about S.E. 20th -81st between Powell and Burnside. Stay away from Portland and Gresham from S.E. 82nd- S.E. 220th. There are some nice areas in there but only pockets. Also close in S.E from S.E.20th and down really only has pockets of nice areas. Woodstock and Sellwood areas also have nice pockets but stay away from the Lents area. I would also stay away from N. Portland. Anywhere in the city is overpriced imo.
N.E. Portland Rose City and Hollywood area is nice as well. I grew up in the Hollywood area. Lots of the old style Portland houses that people are restoring. Same in S.E.
N.W. and S.W. Portland is expensive and much more congested imo. Then again I'm a eastside kinda girl
. Just love it.
I would check various realtor websites that breakdown the various neighborhoods in better detail.
For me personally I like Sandy, but then again I would live on Mt. Hood if possible.
I'll see if I can find some better descriptions of neighborhoods for you.
We live in Sellwood and really enjoy it. We are renting right now and it isn't too bad but I don't think we will be buying here ( a little pricey) We also really enjoy the Hawthorne and Division neighborhoods. When I first moved here I moved into Tigard but I didn't really feel like I fit there. I have friends in North Portland and in St. Johns and they both enjoy living there though they are always talking about how good the neighborhoods are "going" to be.
Thanks for the posts so far. We're coming from San Francisco where you can't find anything decent for under 500 for a small house. Closer to 700 is more like it, and that's for a small home. So I'm guessing houses will seem pretty affordable, even in the city, to us.
Also, if anyone has any good realtors that you know of, I'd love to hear. Thanks!
As a homeowner in North Portland, I would like to say that we are the next Hawthorne. There are still houses that you can afford to buy, the neighborhoods have cleaned up SIGNIFICANTLY and Portland's finest have moved into the area. Diverse area, which was important as we are a multiracial family. Also, if you are looking to buy, you can find tax abatement lots where the property taxes are frozen for 10 years. While the rest of Portland paid about $2000 this year for taxes, we paid about 1/5 of that. There are a lot of misconceptions about North Portland, but mostly it is working class people who are really nice.
Every Portland newcomer should check out Portland Parks and Rec. they still have the fall schedule up which at this point is usless, but theyy get the winter one up soon. http://www.parks.ci.portland.or.us/
We will be moving from Va to the Portland area in the next 2-3 months. I also need advise on where to rent first (good areas and bad). I would really like to be more in a country setting then ultra suburb/city feel if possible and we have 2 dogs that need a fenced in yard.
Why should one avoid Beaverton? and anyone like Lake Oswego or Sherwood?
It is really tough to get from Beaverton to SE. You pretty much have to cross directly through town. Also Beaverton feels like a real suburb. It has tons of apartment complexes, big box stores and traffic.
Lake O is the spendy 'burb and West Linn is tight on its heels. On the suburban side with a somewhat rural feel and close to PDX are Milwaukie and Oregon City. They are both have blue collar reputations, though nicer areas and some properties with space.
Sherwooh is way out even if you worked on the west side. There is no good way to get there.
We will be moving to NE Pacific Street at the end of this month. Ideas on the surrounding areas would be great. We have a house but will need to find things to occupy the kids....and don't want to travel to much since I am not yet familier with the city.
Personally, I wouldn't avoid Beaverton, but that's because I live there. DH and I really wanted to live in NE around LLoyd Center/Hollywood area (like around Broadway and 15th). But a two bedroom apt with the amenities we wanted (w/d and d/w) would have been close to $1000 a month. So we live in Beaverton, on the Max line, walking distance to some cute neighborhood shops (and an enormous big-box Costco and Fred Meyers) for $650 a month. And when we have kiddos, I have a lot more confindence in Beaverton School District than Portland Public Schools. I went to PPS for high school 1992-1996 - it was bad then, and I don't see a whole lot of positive change (although if you work at it, you can find and get your kids into some great programs - I don't totally want to bash PPS).
But, given that ramble, it WOULD be a bad commute from Beaverton to SE PDX. If you are not so concerned about public schools, and you're willing to pay a bit more for housing, I do really like several areas in NE/SE: the Lloyd Center/Irvington area, the Laurelhurst area, the Hollywood Area. I grew up in North Portland, by Penninsula Park (which is an incredible park, and one of Portland's best-kept secrets). It is a nice, comfortable area with inexpensive homes. And although people say it is "getting nice" it was never really not nice while I grew up there (although there were more pockets of serious problems then). Now it has the benefit of lots of new shops and restaurants and young homeowners, which does give it a fun vibrant feel (I don't even recognize area around the intersection of Albina and Killingsworth which at one time was distinctly not nice, and now feels funky and fun).
I would avoid Vancouver, for the traffic. It is tempting because housing prices are much cheaper there, and Washington schools in general are doing better than Oregon schools, but just try to go across the Interstate Bridge at 4:30 one day, and you'll probably never want to go to Vancouver again. I don't lknow about character or quirky, fun neighborhoods there either. Although I guess one could say that about Beaverton as well, but the Max makes it all seem better. Plus I work south of Beaverton, so I don't ever have to face the dreaded Sunset Highway at rush hour.
Now I commute the lovely back-roads from N Portland to Hillsboro -- over the river and through the woods, the best car commute in town. The only problem is that, since I can drive it in 25 minutes, I have little incentive to take the 1-hour+ Tri-Met (mass transit) alternative.
I live in N. Portland now. It is not a glamorous part of town, but it is affordable and it does have a reputation that is not entirely deserved. Just like SE Portland includes everything from Hawthorne to Lents and NE includes everything from Concordia to Laurelhurst, N Portland has a very diverse bunch of differing neighborhoods. And it is an area under massive improvement and property values are climbing. If you want to live here, buy now.
Out on the Penninsula (St. Johns, Portsmouth, University Park) it feels more like a small town than a big city. I especially love the diversity, not just racial but national, linguistic, cultural, economic, you name it. A little bit of everyone lives up here.
And where else are you only 15-20 minutes from downtown, Vancouver, Jantzen Beach, Forest Park, Sauvie Island, Lloyd Center, PDX, the Expo Center, and the Rose Garden?
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