Portland is such an amazing city and an excellent choice in deciding where to move. I should know, I just moved here about 2 years ago after falling in love with Portland over a decade ago! I happen to specialize in luxury properties in the exact types of areas that meet the criteria you have laid out. Upon analyzing your criteria there are 2 areas that immediately come to mind. TheWest Hills and the NW district.
The West Hills includes the neighborhoods of Arlington Heights, Hillside, SW Hills, Council Crest and Portland Heights. They are lovely picturesque neighborhoods, very scenic, city views and walkable to some of the very best shopping, dining, strolling and nightlife areas that Portland has to offer. The thing I like about this area the best is that you get all of the excitement of the city, yet the neighborhoods are nicely residential and feel like "home" so, you can have a lovely yard, a dog, peace and quiet etc... yet you are only moments away from super fun areas of the city! Also, Washington Park, Portlandâ€™s gorgeous 410 acre park that houses the international rose test garden, the Japanese gardens, the zoo and loads of hiking trails is directly adjacent to the West Hills. This area has a Vibe Score of 9.1 out of 10 from Mapquest Local which is an excellent source of info about lifestyle areas.
The other area I would suggest is the Northwest District aka Nob Hill. This area is adjacent to the West Hills but is the northernmost part. It offers much of the same amenities as the West Hills and has a Mapquest Local vibe score of 9.7 It is described as "buzzing and characterful"!
Please give me a call or shoot me an email if you have any questions regarding your potential move. I would be happy to be of help and love working with clients that are seeking out the same types of areas that happen to be my favorite too!
Tammy Beckley - Principal Broker
Cascade Sotheby's Int'l Realty