First of all Congratulations on your 25th anniversary! Portland is a wonderful place to settle and call a home. No wonder it is in Top 50 places to live. Recently Money magazine placed "Sherwood a small town in Oregon" one of the top 20 livable town in America. Lake Oswego, Westlinn and Mcminville are other beautiful towns famous for its natural beauty. You can also consider living in Portland and visit the neighborhood towns on weekends. During your stay at Portland try driving around these areas and get the first hand experience. I hope you find what you are looking during that week it self. Good luck!
and click on the Neighborhoods tab to get started. I'd be happy to be your tour guide or to answer any questions to help you refine your search.
Neighborhoods are so critical to home values - the same home a few blocks away (or sometimes on the other side of the street) but in a different neighborhood - will sell for 25% more or less. Sometimes more than that.
So my recommendation is to spend the better part of two days on slow drives through those 15 or so neighborhoods with a local Realtor. The "official" neighborhood map is at http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=59267
I'd be happy to be your escort on that tour if you like.
As to Portland vs. some other city, last week I met an east-coast couple on a trip to decide between Seattle, Portland, and San Diego. She said she was predisposed NOT to like Portland but was just overwhelmed with how much she liked it. I'll bet you have the same reaction - and congratulations on 25 years. That is an admirable milestone these days.
And when you are looking for things to do while in some of your favorite neighborhoods, here's a link I created all about the many cool Portland places of interest- http://relocationtoportland.com/category/101-cool-portland-places
And of course the most import thing is an online Portland relocation guide filled with tips, resources and information which makes moving to Portland Oregon a snap- http://relocationtoportland.com/portand-oregon-relocation/
You are welcome to contact me anytime with questions regarding your transition.
Living Room Realtors
The Pacific NW is a wonderful place to call home, and the Willamette Valley which includes the towns you have picked, is rich in produce and small to medium sized towns. Being a graduate of U of O in Eugene years ago, I've visited all those towns over the years as I've traveled up and down the valley, and they each have their own charms. Most certainly you'll find Craftsman style homes in all of them.
Corvallis and Salem both have universities that would offer stimulating activities from speakers, concerts, exhibits to sporting events.
My favorite smaller town is McMinnville in Yamill County, about 40 miles southwest of Portland and about 50 miles from the beach. It has a cute and lively downtown with great restaurants,shops. galleries and is in Oregon wine country with rolling hills and wineries ranging from gorgeous tasting facilities with views and picnic areas to more simple but friendly operations. McMinnville is also home to Linfield college.
However, you might decide to make your home in the Portland area--as we did many years ago, and enjoy the smaller towns on day trips as you explore Oregon. We enjoy it here for precisely that reason. We can enjoy cultural events downtown, including Portland's expanding theatre scene, shop at over 40 area Farmer's Markets, bike along the riverfront. From downtown Portland, you can hop aboard Amtrak in the morning and be in Seattle by noon. Our ever expanding public transit system including light rail and streetcars give you options that you won't find in other cities.
Arts and crafts style homes can be found in most parts of town, but the greatest concentration is in NE and SE Portland. These are close-in areas with distinctive and lively neighborhood centers.
I would be happy to give you an orientation tour of Portland area neighborhoods during your September visit, and show you a sampling of homes. I am also available to help you in Yamhill County if you decide that might be a possibility as well.
My niche is assisting people who are relocating to our beautiful area, and I particularly enjoy and make friends with my clients who come here to retire--that's why I love my job. My website has info about greater Portland and relocation that you might find helpful.
Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary, and best wishes for a wonderful Oregon visit!
Sharon Francis, Principal Broker
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
Best to you, lots to look at in such a short time frame.
Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary! Portland is great for older arts and crafts homes that are available in just about any section of the city. Are there other specific criteria that you are looking for? I have attached a link to a guide of Portland neighborhood and would be happy to answer any more questions.
Broker/Home Sweet Home Realty LLC