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Unread 09-12-2011, 08:54 PM
Location: seattle
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Default Which neighborhoods for a young family (house budget 250K)

Hi there

Thanks in advance for responses. We are visiting Portland in a couple of weeks and are hoping we like it enough to move there. We will be moving from Bellingham, Wa. I'd love to get some input on which area's to check out for potentially buying a house. We would rent first and get to know the neighborhoods before buying but I just want to know where I should be looking as a first time visitor. Our house budget is 250K and we need a 3 bedroom. We would definitely like to live somewhere very walkable, and we have 2 young kids so somewhere that has things for the kids would be awesome too.

Many Thanks!
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Unread 09-13-2011, 01:55 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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This post in another recent thread gave some very good advice and tools for choosing a neighborhood and school.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 05:24 PM
Location: Portland
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Stay in Bellingham! My brother went to WWU and I fell in love with that town! It's basically a smaller version of Portland close to Canada and right on the water. Loved it!
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Unread 09-13-2011, 05:37 PM
Location: Portland OR
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With that budget you will probably not find a three bedroom home in Portland itself in the kind of neighborhood you are describing. Those are more like one to two bedroom condo prices depending upon the area.

You may be able to find something for your price range in a three bedroom farther out of the city. Do a search on some Portland neighborhoods and suburbs to get an idea of what is available. There have also been many posts regarding this type of thing on City Data. You can find them by using the search feature.

One thing you would want to look for is a neighborhood with convenient transportation either Tri-Met or highways to your work. That is very important. If you can post where that will be, people may be able to suggest areas in which you should be looking for housing.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 06:55 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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There are houses in Beaverton in that price range. Decent schools, and still close to Portland for weekend entertainment.
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