Believe it or not the foreclosure crisis has hit even the nicest areas of town. On that note there are some "steals". You can check out Portland Home Auction to search free for these. Sign up for Auction Alert to get emailed new deals as they come on the market.
I wanted to chime in with a bit of information specific to Laurelhurst.
Beautiful tree li ned streets, a fantastic park and a charming mix of mansion-like and vintage bungalows as well as a central location make Laurelhurst a great East Portland choice for the definitive home buyer. Laurelhurst had its beginnings around 1909 and was known as a high class residential area with pretty extreme restrictions related to who could actually live there. Times have changed and the community has progressed, yet it has maintained the distinctive classic esteem it has always had. You find a history of Laurelhurst as well early and current maps of the community on the web site http://our.laurelhurstpdx.org
The web site has not been updated recently but you will find wonderful information there to help steep you in the rich history and connect you with community activities.
I would love to assist by helping you locate the homes that may fit your needs. If you would like to contact me directly the my email or web site I would set up a search of properties that match your specific criteria. Please feel free to check out my profile on trulia or go to http://www.qualityservice.org to see my service rating
(collected by an independent research company). I also have a web site that you will find helpful. You can set up your own private login and search for properties, save your search criteria, save your favorites, see birdseye view satalite mapping and more. I hope you find our information helpful as you prepare to move.
Sincerely and best to you,
June Lizotte, Real Estate Broker
Providing REAL Service
Prudential NW Properties
6400 SE Lake Rd., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97222
It is a nice area. I would come to Portland and spend some time looking at all your options however. The West Hills for my money is quieter and nicer. Lake Oswego just a few minutes away from Portland offers things that the City can not. Forest Heights is perhaps Portland's nicest and most self contained community and must be looked at based on the number of pure values that exist there now.
My advice is do not make a decision or get locked into one area without really looking at everything from TAXES to Crime and School rankings etc.
Your proposing to spend a great deal of money. Make sure you are methodical and do not have blinders on in this effort.
See if this aerial map can help:
Also take a look at some of these:
Also look at some fo the values on this Map:
These are worth a look too.
Whatever you do look around really well.
Hope that help!
Re/Max Hall of Fame
I have several sets of clients looking in Laurelhurst, Alameda and Irvington in your price range. There is absolutely lots to chose from in the price range and it all basically depends on how much work you want to do. If you are looking around $400K, you are going to likely be doing quite a bit of work, and if you are closer to $600K you should be starting to get to where the homes have already been remodeled and there is little left for you to do. Homes in that area are also selling for quite a bit under list price...so if $600 is your max, you could probably be looking at least up to $625-$630 if not higher. Anyway, that is a great area, with great schools, good look and please let me know if I can assist you in anyway!
if you like Laurelhurst (and from the previous answers, you can determine that it IS an option at your preferred price point), I would not limit the search to just Laurelhurst. The surrounding & adjacent neighborhoods offer a lot of the same attributes such as vintage styling, easy access to downtown and walkability! You might also include other NE 'hoods such as Grant's Park, Alameda, Irvington, Beaumont-Wilshire or Hollywood. You might explore some close-in SE areas as well like Mt Tabor, Buckman, Sunnyside, Hawthorne, Richmond, Colonial Heights or Ladd's addition. There are more but if you would like to explore by neighborhood name and price, feel free to visit my excellent property search site at http://www.fabulousportland.com. Happy Memorial Day!!
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
I've worked with many clients relocating to Portland from the San Francisco area - and they've all said that Portland reminds them of San Fran about 30 years ago... I think that's because of the river running through the middle of downtown and many hills in and around the metro area.
Good luck on your search! Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful!
Kathy Jo Larson
Prudential NW Properties
Yes, Laurelhurst is a GREAT area of Portland. Nice big houses on tree-lined streets, close to one of the most beautiful parks in Portland. Very walkable and many amazing gardens. There are currently 17 houses on the market in Laurelhurst in your price range. My only suggestion would be to stay off 39th, while beautiful homes line the street it is a very busy area. Laurelhurst is near 3 pretty hip parts of town: Hollywood, Hawthorne and Belmont districts. Very easy access to wherever you need to go.
Hope this helps! Kelly Stafford