Here's a link to the city's neighborhood map so you can get to know their names: http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=60598
The City of Portland surveys the neighborhood opinions of safety and governmental oversight, then publishes results on the city website. The raw results are available at http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=46065 .
Portland Monthly magazine publishes an annual article rating PDX neighborhoods. The tables can be found at http://portlandmonthlymag.com/documents/realestate_2007.pdf. I scanned a copy of the actual article and you can contact me for a copy.
You might consider a short-term rental, get to know the real estate values by watching listings, and spend some time hanging out in some targeted neighborhoods to find out if the vibe is right for you.
Welcome, Jeff, and don't hesitate to give me a call - I love showing people around the neighborhoods.
As for renting first - I say don't hesitate on a purchase! Not only are rates at an all time low but the inventory is high, which makes it a buyers market. The key is working with an agent that truly knows the urban neighborhoods so you feel comfortable making the purchase. (Whenever I work with someone relocating to the city I give them a tour of each area - and, because of the distinct vibe of each hood, they can pinpoint the exact place they want to be after the tour. )
Give a call! These areas are my specialty and I'd love to help...
Wendy Boso of John L. Scott NE Portland Here! 97217 is a great area! The close in areas inside 4 miles of the city offer many parks, dog parks, and is GROWING!! Portland's eastside is one of the few places in the country still seeing appreciation.
I'd be happy to set you up with a couple current listings and a neighborhood map of all the close in areas of Portland. Tell me what you like? What you don't like? Old vs. New? Upgraded vs. Project? Walking distance to coffee shops/parks? Schools? etc.... In Portland the good one's still move quickly but there's a lot to choose from.
Let me know what work........ then when you see something.......we can go from there...
I look forward to welcoming you home to Portland!
John L. Scott- NE/SE Portland
Congrats on your new position! Portland is a very nice area. I am an agent in Central Oregon which is about 3 hrs away from Portland. However I know plenty of agents that would be willing to help you to find the perfect home in Portland. Please let me know if you would like me to refer you to a good agent in the Portland area. Good luck with your move!
Selena McNeill, Broker
Century 21 Gold Country Realty
I have lived in North Portland (97217) for the past 8 years, and that is also where my office is located, so I am very familiar with the area & market there. If you are still interested in learning about the neighborhood, I'd be happy to chat with you.
Please let me know if I can help.
Mark Palace, CEO/Founder
Palace Properties International, Inc.
Talk to me about it...I have relocated numerous clients here from Portland. You would only be at the worst case 20 min to PDX> Give it a try...It is awesome and better living over on this side. Lots of great buys in that price range here!! I can email any you want.
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I am born and raised in Portland and living close to the 97217 area. I have been in the neighborhood for about 6 years (in August) and love it. The neighborhood is growing and has a really nice feel to it. A lot of young people live near by as Adidas is located on Greely 97217 and has pulled a large target market of young and hip people to the area. Almost all of Portland is dog friendly so that should not be a concern..we have tons of parks. In your price point I think the 97217 and 97203 zip is going to be your best bet and it is doing great as far as equity.
I have seen your post several times.
Are you making any progress with the assistance of any broker that knows the area?
Any plans to visit the area soon?
Does your company have a relocation package that will include a brokerage to assist your home search?
It might make best sense for you to commit to a broker relationship that you can have confidence in, maybe that's a premature statement....but I think you'll come to understand the Portland real estate market much sooner if you can identify someone that can dedicate and focus on your needs.
You can search all real estate in the Portland and surrounding metro area at:
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First things first - East or West?
How are you planning on overseeing Seattle (by phone, car, train or plane?)...
Where are you moving from and what neighborhood do you like where you are at?
Portland is pretty forgiving - you could live in Woodstock or Sellwood... Rose City, Kerns, Beaumont, Alberta... NoPo It's all good in sum. For your money and if you commute at all then East side for sure. Drop me a line if I can be of further assistance.
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I am not certain how your progress is going here. I wanted to let you know, however, that there are many nice areas in Portland. Many of which are affordable, and beautiful.
I bleieve that you will love your relocation to this part of the country. I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss your mortgage needs with you, and also to refer you to some great contacts here in this part of the state.
Please do not hesitate to utilize my expertise having lived in SE Portland and Clackamas County for all of my life.
Best of luck to you,
I know of a great property that is potentially a short sale. I appraised it at $340,000 very recently, but I think the first note is around $292,000. It's got an excellent view, huge yard for dogs, backs to undeveloped (and will remain so), and the house is about 2,300sf or so, 2 car garage. It's in the northeast area, east of Interstate 205 and on a very quiet, elevated street. It may be a fit. Otherwise, there are others....let me know if I can help you. Regards, Chris@HouseNow.com
So you can search your price range and with our incorporation of Google maps see where these properties are located. I think you are best to check out the Multnomah neighborhoods for close in, easy commute location, Hawthorne for that trendy Bungalow or Craftsman with pubs & other attractions nearby, Sellwood is hip, and Hollywood up/coming...there are others...it's a vast market....I can help you understand what is where having 15 years appraisal experience, and an eye for young taste. Big lots are in Tigard, nearby water front in Lake Oswego, etc..You can reach me at Chris@HouseNow.com, or 541-912-1405. Here to help, your interests are first. Regards, Chris
Good luck! It's a nice town.