Young professional couple relocating to Portland, OR - where to look?

Asked by Stewart Wedge, San Antonio, TX Thu Jan 30, 2014

Hi, my fiancée and I are relocating from San Antonio to Portland OR at the end of April. Neither of us have ever been before. We're youngish, late 20s, with decent jobs and enjoy to be active and outgoing. We have 2 small, worthless dogs so we'll need a yard. Having never been to Portland we don't know where to look. I will run my business from home the first several months while I look for an office so we'd like a house big enough for a home office and a nice yard, in a hip or fun neighborhood that has walkable restaurant, bars, parks... but not too pricey. Any advice would be much appreciated! We would like to use an agent to assist our search, and are planning to take a trip up there around April 15th to look at properties.

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scifipoinset…, Home Buyer, Portland, OR
Thu Jan 30, 2014
We are moving to Portland from Dallas in August! I am interested to read the answers to this!
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So am I!
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Clint Elliott, Agent, Portland, OR
Mon Feb 10, 2014
Ne Portland in the Concordia or Alberta areas are great for Young Professionals. Plenty of great parks with off leash areas for the dogs, and both areas offer a ton of great spots that are close enough to walk to. The areas are growing quickly and home prices are on the rise because of is affordability and walkability. You could definitely find a home as big or as small as you need for a home office. Huge bonus is that The Kennedy School soaking pool is free to residents within 1 mile of it. The place is awesome. See below. Good Luck!!
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Tarotwoods, Home Buyer, Portland, OR
Fri Feb 7, 2014
South East side and North East side have best values for price based on walk scores, public transportation, and "hip" areas. Pearl district is pricey, but very fitting for young professionals. Make sure before you rent that you ensure the house is not in foreclosure as you would in any city as we exit the recession. You will love Portland. Very accepting, fun, friendly people.
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Tom Inglesby, Agent, Portland, OR
Fri Jan 31, 2014
I would be happy to help you and I do it all the time. Our market is tight with vacancy rates about 3-4% and then if you want a great location even tighter. Send me an email and I can send you areas and price ranges. When I showed renters last time out we were looking at rentals for a 2 hour open period and many of the renters were doing applications on the spot. Dogs are anther problem and land lords can be picky and you might spend $300-$500 more for pet fee. Lets talk. Tom Inglesby, broker RE/MAX equity group
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Jennifer Pet…, Agent, Portland, OR
Thu Jan 30, 2014
Belmont, Alameda, Mt. Tabor, Multnomah Village are some areas I might suggest depending on your price as another broker mentioned. Those are areas with good walk scores.
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Tricia Salye…, Agent, Portland, OR
Thu Jan 30, 2014
Hi. You will love it here! I would definitely suggest staying close in to Portland since you want to be able to walk places. Renting first is a great way to get to know the area before committing to purchasing a home. I work with some property management companies and could help you get set up in a rental. Then, when you are ready and know more about which area fits your lifestyle, we can talk about buying a home.

You can call or text me at 503-989-4779, email me at or you can search for homes at
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Linda Heinri…, Agent, Lake Oswego, OR
Thu Jan 30, 2014
There are so many great neighborhoods in Portland that fit your description. The first thing I would be asking is what is not too pricey? I work with many folks who are relocating and not to pricey can mean all different things depending on the market you are coming out of.
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Corri Klebaum, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Clackamas, OR
Thu Jan 30, 2014
Wow big move... Let me be among the first to welcome you to Portland. A few things about Portland that might help you as newbies... The city is divided West side and East side by the Willamette River, and North and South by Burnside Ave. Each area has pocket neighborhoods, some hipper that most. For the most part the West side will tend to be pricier than the East side, but I am sure there might be an anomaly here or there. A couple websites that might give you a feel for the type of neighborhoods around town would be

Otherwise Trulia will be a good source for rentals along with Craigslist...,OR/map_v/

I work with an agent that would be a good asset even if you aren't planning to buy for a while.... if you care to reach out I will gladly share her contact info. Good luck and feel free to call on me if I can be any further help!
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Shea McGrath, Other Pro, Portland, OR
Thu Jan 30, 2014
Welcome to Portland. Please check out our website at to see what properties we have available.

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to schedule viewings of any interiors.
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Stewart Wedge, Home Buyer, San Antonio, TX
Thu Jan 30, 2014
We are wanting to rent for 1 year to learn the area before we buy... just fyi.
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Equity Oregon is a new real estate agency in the area. Their fee structure is RAD. Ask for Sherman or Lark.
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oh, and no, Cornerstone is not ours. We have houses on acreage that we rent, but you can't walk to town.
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I've heard Cornerstone is great for professionals, & i think they are pet friendly.
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