And getting down to the brass tacks . . . it's all about what your price range is. Unfortunately, or practically speaking, it does boil down to financing and what your family's monthly budget will be comfortable with in a mortgage payment. Even if you're paying cash, you still have your price point and that decides what you can purchase comfortably . . . and where.
From reading some of the answers here, I get a good idea of what Park Slope is all about. The thing with that is, the areas that would be more "Park Slope-like" are in the Downtown area of Portland. Downtown neighborhoods, such as the Pearl, Alphabet Blocks are going to be spendy . . . higher price points.
There are some great city-feel neighborhoods (as opposed to suburbs). Check out BuyersAgentsPortland.com .the "For Sale By Neighborhood" tab and mouse over the the various neighborhoods of Portland -- check out the neighborhoods of NE Portland!! You can look at current listing and get a feel based on price range.
The other questions would be, are you relocating here for employment? Where will you be working and what's the commute like? The twins will be elementary school ready before you know it . . . find a good school is very important too!! Lot's of things to consider in a move.
I help a lot of relocation buyers acclimate to the Metro Portland region. I have helped buyers from NY if that gets me any bonus points!?! ;-)
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
EBA Portland, LLC
Exclusive Buyers Agent since 1999
The Web Reference has a nice little home in the Alberta Arts neighborhood:
If you are a cash buyer, you stand a much better chance of buying a bargain. This will not be a popular suggestion to those agent who specialize in condos, but I cant help it. I wont even list one. Negative attitude? Nope. 32 years experience watching the trends.
PS-I have a condo going on the market Dec 1, in a really great area, (Lloyd Center/Broadway st) -it's going on at $309,000, very NY"ish" condo...AND They were from NY, moved here about 5 years ago and the job is sending them back!
Talk to you soon,
Being that my entire family is from NY I am very familiar. I have always thought that the Nw reminded me a lot of NY. More specifically the Pearl district. Their are a lot of parks in that area and a great indoor play park for your 3 year old twins!! I am happy to help answer any of your questions. I have several family members in the City and on Long Island that would love to live in Portland! Such a great move!
I have to agree with parts of what others have said about first determining your price range. I wouldnt suggest moving to Portland without coming here first to look around. Wish I had done that before moving from California 18 years ago. While a particular area here may have the flavor of what you desire for the residence, the cultural amenities may not be in that neighborhood but close by. Portlands nicer areas will probably give you more bang for the buck, with comparable homes well under the Park Slope areas prices.
I value homes for large banks and mortgage servicers who are in the act of, or are considering, foreclosing. This work takes me all over the city to the extent that I could be a blind taxi driver. I know Portland pricing. The past, current and as much as possible---the future trend on value. Email me so thatI have knowledge of your needs and I can send representations of areas and pricing. marvin.vonrenchler at gmail dot com
close to city center without spending as much $$$ (much like people move to Park Slope to lessen housing expenses. However, that being said, there are several close-in SE/NE 'hoods that could meet your needs. I own several investment properties in N/NE areas and could be a resource. Let me know if I can help!
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
Have fun and I hope this helps.
Multnomah County has almost 800,000 residents. Many fun neighborhoods in this area, and houses in all price ranges. Same for all the counties. Metro Oregon is really big or neighborhoods and I believe there are over 150 separate neighborhoods. Metro Portland, if you count all the cities that are close like Lake Oswego, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Beaverton, Tigard, etc., has millions of residents.
The park system started a program in the early 90's called 20/20, where the idea was to create parks all over the area where each resident would live within 15 minutes or 1/2 mile from a Park. The latest statistics are they have met about 77% of this goal. But, maybe the economy will pick up and they can finish it up!
Have Fun and let me know if you need anything else!
From what you are describing, I'd say one of the neighborhoods on Portland's east side (Clinton, Alberta, Hawthorne) or the NW 23rd neighborhood could fit the bill. Might depend on which aspects of Park Slope are most appealing to you though. There are a lot of walkable neighborhoods in Portland. My partner is a native New Yorker who has lived in several different areas in New York including Carroll Gardens. She made the move to Portland some years ago and loves it.
Feel free to contact me if you want more info and good luck!