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Old 05-02-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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Granted, I was not born here, but I don't tend to think of Happy Valley as Portland. It's pretty far out there.

Portland is bound by what's called the Urban Growth Boundary that essentially dictates where you can and can't build. In the City of Portland proper there's really no room for new houses except in pockets where in-filling is going on. Usually this means a home is knocked down, the lot is split in two, and two new houses go up. Personally, I think they stand out and are not very attractive, but they are really the only new development on the eastside.

You may want to look into Tualitan and Beaverton, which have newer homes and tend to have better (more traditionally suburban) schools than East Portland.
Or they build ugly glass and steel condos and charge outrageous prices. Portland is covered with this urban blight.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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There are a couple of builders that build individual new homes in NE Portland, either in empty lots, lots that have been subdivided, or lots where the existing house was in bad enough shape to have been torn down. Most of these houses are in the Craftsman style so as to fit in with the surrounding homes, but with modern construction and amenities. The ones I toured a couple years ago were on 2,500 or 3,500 square-foot lots, which are smaller than the standard small Portland lot of 5,000 square feet. The small lot helps keep the price down. If you don't mind a small lot, you want to live close to the city, and you want new construction, they're worth checking out.

In Clackamas/Happy Valley, developers overbuilt new "McMansions" during the real-estate boom, so now there's a glut on the market, and you can get really good deals. It's typical upscale suburbia, and most of the houses are big houses on small lots, but very nice inside, if you like the early 2000s style (open floor plans, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, media rooms, etc.).
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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There are a couple of builders that build individual new homes in NE Portland, either in empty lots, lots that have been subdivided, or lots where the existing house was in bad enough shape to have been torn down. Most of these houses are in the Craftsman style so as to fit in with the surrounding homes, but with modern construction and amenities. The ones I toured a couple years ago were on 2,500 or 3,500 square-foot lots, which are smaller than the standard small Portland lot of 5,000 square feet. The small lot helps keep the price down. If you don't mind a small lot, you want to live close to the city, and you want new construction, they're worth checking out.

In Clackamas/Happy Valley, developers overbuilt new "McMansions" during the real-estate boom, so now there's a glut on the market, and you can get really good deals. It's typical upscale suburbia, and most of the houses are big houses on small lots, but very nice inside, if you like the early 2000s style (open floor plans, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, media rooms, etc.).
You will also find these faux craftsman style homes in the SE Clinton neighborhood. I like them because they blend in with the other homes.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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You will also find these faux craftsman style homes in the SE Clinton neighborhood. I like them because they blend in with the other homes.
Yup, Minerva, we considered those when we moved here but instead got an old house, which we love. I would recommend that old style/ new green construction to the O.P. If new construction and NE Portland are the top two criteria determining his choice.
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