Tom Inglesby, Broker
RE/MAX Equity Group
I think you will love Portland for it's friendly culture and lush green landscape! And, there is a nice slection of homes in your target price range at this time.
Two East side neighborhoods that have a more rural feel, yet are still convenient and within the city proper are the "Cully" neighborhood (zip code: 97218) in NE Portland and the "Woodstock" neighborhood, where I live in SE Portland (zip code: 97206). The Cully neighborhood is culturally diverse, has an active neighborhood association and a community garden ("Rigler Community Garden"). My neighborhood, the Woodstock neighborhood, offers safe, quiet streets and several parks including Berkeley, Brentwood and Woodstock. It is also very near to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
(http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?Propert ) as well as the lovely campus of Reed College (http://www.reed.edu/).
I love calling Portland home! I myself am a transplant (from the San Francisco-Bay Area of CA). I was drawn to Portlandâ€™s beauty, creative and entrepreneurial spirit, quality of life and vibrancy. I know what it takes to immerse oneself in a new city. So, I am especially focused upon helping people who are relocating to Portland find their perfect home. I am well-acquainted with Portlandâ€™s central and inner East-side neighborhoods. And, I have my â€˜finger is on the pulseâ€™ of whatâ€™s happening in Portland-- I really enjoy exploring our cityâ€™s best in attractions, culture, events, restaurants and shops.
I hope this information was helpful Haley. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you the very best for a smooth transition and a wonderful life in Portland!
Maureen A. Kenney, Broker
Realty Trust Group, Inc. (Hollywood)
Licensed in the State of Oregon
The finest compliment I can receive is a referral by you!
Knowing that there is a smaller hospital, Willamette Falls and a lot of satellite offices here in Oregon City, Clackamas is home to Kaiser, Tualatin has Legacy and Milwaukie has Providence. All are suburbs of Portland Metro and have the woodsy feel and great schools.
Real Estate Broker
I like Toms answer about your other needs---this is important. Portland is very congested and cant get any better. If commute is a concern for you then its a big factor to consider. Aside from answering your direct question witha simple answer, there is MUCH to be considered here. Bottom line is YES there are many woodsy feeling areas. NO they probably dont all fit your needs even if they are all at an affordable price. Need you to elaborate on your full needs. Except for one area mentioned by one agent that may not not fit, everyone had good advice. Choose one to be your BUYERS BROKER to represent you by interviewing them. Anyone can find a house, thats what the MLS is for and newspapers, etc. Not everyone can correctly represent you. The only reason real estate people have jobs is because lawyers dont want to drive people around to look at houses! You want one who deals with rules and contracts to make a transaction fun instead of a nightmare from mistakes. Thats not a solicitation---just general advice.
Marvin Von Renchler
Serving for 31 years.
I bought my home in Portland with that exact same criteria as you mentioned. I wanted to be within the Portland boundaries yet still have the "woodsy" greenspace feel to it.
May I recommend looking around Kelly Butte. There are alot of great homes for sale in this neighborhood that sits at the base of this nature park. Forest Park has homes surrounded in the trees, although those home prices will most likely be above $250k. Also, if you take SE Foster going east, it gets really dense with trees east of the 205 Fwy. I think you would love that feel. To give you a much better idea of Portland and it's great neighborhoods check out this neighborhood page -
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