I lived in the Bay Area before moving up here in '93. I still have friends down in SF and visit whenever I can. As others have said, Portland is a neighborhood city like SF. It's divided in quadrants, with east/west divided by the Willamette River and north/south divided by Burnside St. In general the westside is more like the Marina in SF and the neighborhoods along the Presidio. The eastside is a bit funkier, more like the Mission, the Haight, etc. Besides the Pearl, some other nice areas are NW around 23rd and NE in the Hollywood neighborhood (kinda like Noe Valley). Other popular neighborhoods on the eastside are the Hawthorne and Mississippi neighborhoods (similar to Bernal Heights).
Hope that helps! As others have said, it really depends on what you're looking for in a neighborhood. Let me know if I can be of any help with your search up here, and good luck!
Here is a great list of neighborhoods that Portland has to offer with alot of help tips, "walkscore", local places of interest, neighborhood homes/condos for sale and so much more.
Check out 101 cool Portland places too. this is a great link to find all of Portland's attractions and places of interest, including many around the Pearl District.
Let me know what your plans are.
There are many great locations to consider in Portland but exactly which one will depend on what you are really looking for.
Portland will offer you a great variety, from NW Portland and the Pearl for a trendy urban feel, to NE Alberta or N. Mississippi Ave for cool restaurants and interesting shops. Established neighborhoods such as SE Hawthorne or SE Sellwood are great and have good SF feel based on the style of homes.
Home values have been stronger the closer you are to downtown (condo's have suffered however) and as you move out to the suburbs be careful to stick to areas that have not been over developed as home values have really suffered there.
Where you "should" buy is not going to be answered by any of us in this forum; rather, you will be the one who answers that question for yourself. That is, once you have identified the features you require in a new home or condo you will be able to narrow your list of options quite a bit. Your next step will be to decide what features you want (versus must have) in your new home. Answering this question will further narrow your options.
I worked with several clients from the bay area and, surprisingly, each has chosen a different Portland neighborhood because it reminded them most of San Francisco: One couple chose the Sellwood neighborhood because of its old Victorian homes, eclectic shops and restaurants, and location. Another client purchased in the Nob Hill neighborhood for similar reasons; others have purchased in the Pearl District, the Hawthorne District, and Alberta Arts District.
If you would like more information on each of these neighborhoods (or others) I will be more than happy to send you as much information as you like. I can best be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Inglesby, Broker
RE/MAX Equity Group
Best to drive around and see which area's you like best then get the details on the areas' you like
All the best
Dave & Lisa
There are many areas in Portland and each are unique. You are going to have to decide what your interested in and what things are inportant (schools, commute, neighborhood vibe, hobbies). Condos, townhouses, detached single family. The Pear District is great. Transportation is easy and all of your resturants, shops, grocery stores, and gym are right at your finger tips. There are going to be a lot of factors that you will have to consider to determine your perfect neighborhood.
I see you're in my home town! If you like San Francisco I think you'll like Portland too... and as far as where to buy as all have said, Pearl is nice if you want the ultimate in urban living with shops and restaurants at your doorstep. But to say that its the nicest, would only be true if it fits the personality of the neighborhood you're looking for and your particular lifestyle. Where do you live in SF? Like that city, we're very "neighborhood-y" here and they all have personalities. So I'd need to hear a little more about your lifestyle to say where the "nicest" neighborhood for you would be. I'm happy to share the info with you if you contact me. I've worked with many people relocating to our city. As a "Califor-gonian" as I call myself, having lived about 1/2 in each place, I can relate.
Moving can be an adventure, so no matter what you decide to do in getting help from someone in Portland, I wish you the best!
There are many very nice areas in Portland to live and the Pearl is definitely one of them! A lot of your decision on where to buy a home is driven by your lifestyle factors. If you're going to have a job here then the proximity to your workplace is another important consideration most buyers. Obviously, your price range will be a determining factor as well.
If we could be of service to you please let me know. Have a great evening!
Call me and I'll share some market statistics that you will find very useful in making this decision. Is the Pearl District nice? Yes. Is it the nicest area of Portland? Not necessarily. It all comes down to what will meet your specific needs while seeing what various areas around Portland have to offer. I'm happy to navigate you to the right purchase for you.
My number is 503-780-7599
The Pearl District is one of the nicer areas in Portland. However, it may not be the best place for you to live. In determining where the best place for you to live in Portland would be, I would need to know more about your needs before giving you my opinion of what neighborhood would best fit those needs. Feel free to contact me for more info.