I love being close to downtown also, and having multiple routes to get there, as well as most other desirable locations in Portland. We love going to Multnomah Village or Beaverton to eat or shop, and can walk to at least two grocery stores and many other shops and restaurants. (This was a very nice feature when most of Portland was snowed in a couple years ago!) We have a beautiful forest with a walking path just down the street, and not many other neighborhoods in Portland can match that, although almost all of Portland has great parks, I must admit! We really fell in love with this part of Portland when we moved here, because it feels like we are living in the mountains, yet everything is also very close and convenient. I like many of the areas James mentioned also, but I think it depends on what your interests are and what you value most, which area of Portland you would like most! One of the best things about Portland, I think, is that every neighborhood has it's own "flavor"...
Anyway, if you want me to check out a house or two here in Raleigh Hills or anywhere else in Portland for you before you move, let me know... I'll take tons of pictures and text them to you, tell you what's next door, across the street and behind, etc. all the things you usually don't see on the MLS, LOL... I specialize in "distressed" properties like short sales, bank-owned, HUD homes and auction houses, so I can help you get a great deal, too! Feel free to call for more info...
Avalar West Realty
Homes in Raleigh Hills are older homes with a lot of character. The neightborhoods are older and established and typically have larger lot sizes.
Raleigh Hills is a great place to live! Let me know if I can help, I would be happy to help!
Let me know if I can help-503-464-6058.