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Pia Lyotier, Home Buyer in Redondo Beach, CA

Being from out of state, really interested to hear about the desireable and reasonable neighborhoods in close proximity (within 10 miles)

Asked by Pia Lyotier, Redondo Beach, CA Sun Oct 20, 2013

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Portland is not a big city, a 10 mile radius will include an array of different neighborhoods, amenities and price ranges. The Willamette river runs thru the middle of downtown Portland separating the East and West side of the city. On the Eastside of the river are smaller more eclectic areas, favored by those who like the idea of walking to coffee, restaurants and retail. Mississippi, Alberta, Belmont, Clinton, Sellwood are all neighborhoods with moderately priced homes (on average $300k - $500k) all very walkable. Interspersed with these neighborhoods are the higher priced Alameda, Irvington and Laurelhurst. Still very close in but they don't necessarily have a coffee shop out the front door. (Coffee shops are big for us) On the Westside you will find the Pearl District, a neighborhood of converted warehouses and new construction condominium towers, great restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Price per square foot is higher in the Pearl than most anywhere else in the city. Just West of the Pearl is the Alphabet District with older condo buildings, big single family homes and a large rental population. Also lots of food and coffee! As you travel south of downtown on the Westside it gets suburban fairly quickly - although still only 5-10 minutes from downtown. John's Landing, Multnomah Village, Burlingame, Bridlemile and Portland Heights are all very nice Westside neighborhoods. Public transportation and bike routes are available on both sides of the city. Portland is a great place to live!
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Hi Pia
Portland is such a great City, however, its that that big. You could find any number of neighborhoods that would fit within that 10 mile radius. First thing to narrow down the search is purchase price. Then other things to consider is recreational activities, schools (if thats a concern), public transportation, etc. Luckily the public transportation is great in the City and is expanding as we speak. If you have any further questions feel free to contact me! Good Luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 21, 2013
Portland proper is full of interesting neighborhoods, along with a wide array of nearby suburban areas that could meet your needs. Generally, the first things we start with is the purchase price and some basic must haves with housing, then mix in work, family or other things like hobbies and lifestyle that might give us a direction with regard to the kind of neighborhood that would fit those needs.

Have you visited the Portland area? Are you planning a move in the near future? What is driving your move? All of these things and about a million more questions will help a good agent locate you the best possible neighborhood to call home.

Let me know if you visit Portland and I would be happy to provide you a tour of our wonderful area. You will love it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 21, 2013
Diane gave you some great information. If you could give us an idea of what price you were thinking and what size house we could tell you if living close in where the market is hot and many offers on all homes is the place and price you want to be? Where will you be working that plays a large part in what area you might want to focus on. Good Luck to you. Tom Inglesby, Broker RE/MAX equity group
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Hi Pia,
Yes, the new Listing on N. Kellogg Street is defenately in an up and coming area. It is close in to the St. Johns quaint downtown area. This home is in need of some minor updates such as carpets and paint, but the back yard is beutiful, private and peaceful. The location is a short distance, around 10 - 15 minutes to downtown Portland depending on traffic.
Please email me for other information: katarina.braaten@windermere.com
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