My sister and I are looking to relocate to Portland, but don’t know where to start. We would like a neighborhood that is pedestrian-friendly. Where one can walk to near by restaurants, grocery stores, banks, etc. ight budget since we are unemployed due that we are taking care of our Mom. What part of Portland would you recommend to us that would be a nice and safe place, yet housing would be inexpensive? – Natalia T.
Portland has lots of pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods – check out these posts on my blog along with the discussions in the comments: “Best Thing About Your Neighborhood” and “Top 5 Portland Neighborhoods for Car Free Living.”
In general the further out you get from downtown, the more affordable housing becomes. Some neighborhoods I would recommend that have that combination of inexpensive housing and walkable amenities are Roseway, Hollywood, Montavilla, Kenton, Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, Sellwood, Multnomah Village. In addition some of the suburbs are less expensive and have very walkable downtowns, including Oregon City, Milwaukee, and Hillsboro.
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Linda Heinrichs says…
Portland is loaded with pedestrian friendly neighborhoods. The question I generally start with is have you been to Portland & where will you be working? Since it sounds like you do not have jobs yet, you might consider what kind of work you will do and where would it be located. Do you know anyone here? The Metro area is big and you can find highly walkable and safe neighborhoods in every corner of the area. No question that the suburbs will be less expensive, but if you have to drive cross town and spend a lot of money on parking or rail passes, some closer in neighborhoods may be a wash in the big picture.
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