My suggestion would be SW Portland, either Hillsdale or Multnomah village neighborhoods. SW Portland is more affordable right now, so you can find larger homes for that price range. Otherwise you will be looking at homes under 2000 sq ft. I lived in Hillsdale for 7 years before moving to Multnomah Village, so I know the areas quite well. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me, and good luck!