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Moving to Portland - where to live?

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Moving to Portland - where to live?

Hi,

I'm relocating to Portland next January from the UK and I wondered if there were any locals out there who might be able to advise me on where to live. I heard the north west area is pretty cool.

I'd prefer somewhere reasonably quiet but in easy reach of a few good bars/restaurants. ( basically not right in the thick of it )

any suggestions?

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1. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

Portland is a city with many great neighborhoods, with each neighborhood having it's own personality. In order to really give you some options, you may want to give some more information such as:

1. Budget?

2. Rent or Own?

3. Do you want an apartment, large home with yard, access to public transportation?

4. What are your interest? Age? I only mention this because some neighborhoods have more of a music scene and are really nice, but are a little edgier and more dense.

Also, you say you want a home "not right in the think of it". Could you elaborate on this.

I recommend you check out www.movingtoportland.com this site has descriptions on most Portland neighborhoods with important stats. If you are looking to rent an apartment, check out www.craigslist.com There should be a lot of apartments from which to choose many with photos.

If at all possible though, try to visit and walk the city and neighborhoods before you arrive. This is the only way to really find out which part of the city will fit your lifestyle.

However, based on what you've stated and just to give you a starting point I would recommend the Eastside. The NW part of the city is great, but is '"in the thick of it". Laurelhurst, Grant Park, Alameda, Eastmoreland and Westmoreland, Hosford-Abernathy (Ladd's Addition) are all much more residential but have neat shopping and eating areas within walking distance.

Good luck

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2. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

Thanks for those websites!

We're looking to rent and I guess my budget is somewhere around $700 -$900 a month. My girlfriend and I are actually going to be working in Hillsboro but obviously don't fancy living there as it seems a bit too quiet even for us.

I guess we want to be on the west side of portland as we'll be driving out that side everyday and we're going to be doing some long hours at work so a good night sleep is more important than a trendy address. But at the same time we're not quite over the hill yet so access to shops and restaurants would be nice. I think more residential is good - but not surrounded by elderly ladies!

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3. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

http://joanneforman.com/oaragency.html

Hi

We moved to Portland (NW) a year ago, this real estate website was helpful and this realtor is great. We rent an apt in town, but there are many charming neighborhoods all over Portland.

I do like Laurelhurst on the NE as well as the NW area here, only problem is the prices are really high, ...you will need something farther out of the center of town to enable you to pay that rent..

I am not sure but try looking in Johns Landing & Beaverton.

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4. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

I'm a newcomer to Portland but one point is that the light rail from Beaverton to downtown is fast and easy - so perhaps living in the suburbs where your commute would be easier and then riding the train into town for evenings out would be a good compromise.

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5. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

I'd recommend the SW/Hillsdale area (you'd probably like Multnomah Village) Rent is not outrageous and it's a straight shot into NW, downtown, Lake Oswego, Beaverton/Hillsboro. Not close to the MAX at all but cars/gasoline is cheap here so no worries.

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6. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

You should check out St.John's, cathederal park....

I am actually trying to sell my house FSBO, cathederalparkrowhouse.info so pass it on to anyone you know looking to move to portland.

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7. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

I have to disagree with generex, gas prices in Oregon remain among the highest in the US..in town you can fill your tank up for $3.20 a gallon, or a small car is about $45- to fill. Compare to the prices on the Eastcoast which range in the $2.75 range.

We have always thought that living as close to work as possible is the best option. If you work in the city and live in Beaverton or Hillsdale, you have to deal with commute time, and traffic...serious traffic :(

Yes, the NW part of Portland is very cool and comes with a lovely price tag too lol.

We live in the NW part of town, you pay a lot per square foot, and the homes in the hills are very expensive.

You might want to look in some of the neighborhoods on the East side, prices are a tiny bit more reasonable there ..

But , if you are not limited in price, and want an apartment, I would suggest anywhere in Portland in the Pearl or NW ( from NW 12th to NW 27th and from Glisan to Thurman..)

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8. Re: Moving to Portland - where to live?

For reasonable rents and action, I'd think the eastside as mentioned earlier. Easy access to downtown.

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