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Oct. 7, 2010

Forest Park: Portland Real Estate Profile

Forest Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Portland, mainly because of the massive park, aptly named Forest Park.  The park is the largest of its kind within city limits anywhere in the US, boasting 5,170 acres and over 40 miles of trails. The area combines rolling green pastures, stunning views East and West, and fine homes in both new developments and on existing large lots. The neighborhood has a pleasantly rural quality to it, especially given that it’s only a short drive from the vibrant Northwest Portland neighborhood, and all that it has to offer.

Located high in the West Hills, Forest Park is named, obviously enough, for Forest Park, which extends northward from the neighborhood for miles. With hiking trails aplenty, a true feeling of natural serenity and proximity to amenities, Forest Park is a great choice for the nature-lover who doesn’t want to be too isolated.

Forest Park Real Estate

Forest park real estate comes in fourth among Portland's most expensive neighborhoods behind Southwest Hills, Hillside and Arlington Heights with an average home price of $628,900 .  The 5 year price gain was 12% which is very good, considering that most home prices fell in the housing slump.  44 is the average age of ownership and 81% of the homes are owner occupied.   Forest Park came in #2 our of 100 neighborhoods in Portland on walkscore.com for the best walking areas.

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Statistics

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Oct. 7, 2010

Arlington Heights: Portland Real Estate Profile

Arlington Heights is a gorgeous, serene, and historic community in southwest Portland. The stunning neighborhood's Victorian cottages, Tudor style homes, and ranch style residences are situated on a breath-taking ridge and are blessed with striking views of the picturesque Cascade Mountains, the Eastside, and downtown. Arlington Heights boasts a magnificent infrastructure (near downtown, shopping areas, and entertainment and dining districts, and within walking distance of the Oregon Zoo), prestigious schools, famous parks (one with a beautiful Japanese garden), an exceptional library, and an outstanding trail system (in the Hoyt Arboretum).

As the neighborhood’s name suggests, Arlington Heights is perched 1000 feet above the city on a beautiful ridge and boasts excellent views of Downtown, the Eastside and the Cascades. It's also home to the International Rose Test Garden because of it's perfect climate for roses. There are over 700 breeds of roses, giving Portland its nickname, "the City Of Roses".

The community’s quiet, winding streets are picture-perfect and only a short walk from the plethora of entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities of Northwest and Downtown. When you’re done with a day’s work or a day’s fun down the hill, you can retire to the cozy serenity of your hillside home. If you’re looking for a sophisticated neighborhood with all possible amenities, Arlington Heights is the place.

Arlington Heights Real Estate

Arlington Heights boasts some of the most expensive real estate in Portland (behind Southwest Hills and Hillside) with an average home price of $669,700. Even though Portland real estate values have seen a decline  in the last 5 years, Arlington Heights has produced a 5% increase in value.

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Oct. 7, 2010

Hillside: Portland Real Estate Profile

Hillside is a genteel retreat high above a sophisticated city, while it’s breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Willamette and the Cascades and proximity to Forest Park (which boasts 5,170 acres) remind you of the wild, rugged nature of the city’s surroundings. If you want both nature and culture, Hillside is an excellent choice. The neighborhood consists of narrow streets and older homes with well manicured lawns shaded by old-growth trees, and an 8 minute commute to downtown. It is also home to one of the most famous pieces of Portland real estate, The Pittock Mansion, which is a 22 room estate that sits on 46 acres and is open to the public for guided tours. I've toured it a couple times and highly recommend it.

The parks surrounding the Hillside neighborhood range from intimate to wilderness, and the proximity to unparalleled shopping and dining opportunities make Hillside a truly prime location. The neighborhood’s winding streets keep traffic to a minimum and the Hillside Community Center, designed by Pietro Belluschi, is a neighborhood gathering place, with plenty of room for kids to play soccer and basketball. A short drive, walk or bike ride lands you in Northwest Portland and the Pearl, where restaurants, bars and shops ranging from the comfy to the posh await.

Hillside Real Estate

With its grand houses and spectacular views, Hillside ranks second (behind Southwest Hills) among Portland's most expensive real estate with an average home price of $671,700.

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Schools

Because school district boundaries do not necessarily correspond to neighborhood boundaries, verify which school your child will attend by clicking here and entering your address or prospective address.

Statistics

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Oct. 7, 2010

Southwest Hills: Portland Real Estate Profile

Southwest Hills is located in what is known as Portland's "West Hills" and is home to some of the grandest real estate in Portland, boasting an average home price of $718,700 according to Portland Monthly. The neighborhood is a fine balance of sophistication, open space (176 acres of park), privacy and proximity to the city.

The history of the Southwest Hills is one of the more interesting and extreme of all of Portland's neighborhoods. Being a naturally hilly area, in the 1800's it was virtually impossible to travel to because of the muddy roads. The Portland Cable Railway gave access to the area in 1892. The train service originated in downtown Portland on 5th and Jefferson, and traveled to Canyon Road. It then went from Canyon to approximately Kingston Avenue, then to somewhere around about Fairview Boulevard. The construction of the Vista bridge led to dramatically increased access. By the 1930's, the combination of amazing views and proximity to downtown caused the real estate values to jump from hundreds of dollars an acre up to several thousand.  That trend has continued over the decades, which is why the Southwest Hills real estate values remain at the top among Portland neighborhoods.

The neighborhood is also home to one of the City of Roses' most popular destinations, Council Crest Park which is thought to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level. The area was originally known as Talbot's Mountain, after its pioneer settlers. Gone are the cable cars that carried visitors to this scenic vista, but the wonderful views remain and the park is a great place to laze in the grass and watch the sun set. Downtown and Northwest Portland are easily accessible via Barnes Rd. and forest trails are only footsteps away in Washington Park.

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Schools

Because school district boundaries do not necessarily correspond to neighborhood boundaries, verify which school your child will attend by clicking here and entering your address or prospective address.

Statistics

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Oct. 7, 2010

Tigard Dog Park Foreclosed

Washington County's oldest Dog Park (Potso), located in Tigard by the Hwy 217,  has been foreclosed.  The dog park is not owned by the city but leased from Portland real estate firm.  The firm gave the land to the bank as collateral for the loan they could not continue to pay.  The bank will continue the lease on a month to month basis for now.  Developers are interested in obtaining the land.

When we lived in Tualatin and Tigard, I use to take our coonhound there to run and play.  It was also the first dog park my daughter went to (when she was weeks old).  Potso Dog Park shares a parking lot with an old manufacting building.  The dog park was not open when the business was open.  You had to wait until 4pm so there would be enough parking.  On the weekends, it would be open all day.

Both summer &  halloween events for dogs would be held there.  I have not been there in two years so I don't know if they still have these.  I hope the dog park will live or maybe find a new home.  They are a great way to get your dog some exercise along with socialization.

For a list of Portland area dog parks, click here.

To read more of the story, click here.
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Rich Peralta 

Rich Peraltais a real estate professional in the Greater Portland area.

He can be reached at 503.961.2181 or by e-mail atrich.peralta@exprealty.com

Originally published on Lake Oswego Real Estate.

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Oct. 7, 2010

Portland, OR Ranks in Top 5 For Having Babies

According to Parents Magazine, Portland is among the Top 5 cities for having babies.

Ranking the cities in safety, health & money, to name a few, to determine which of the nations 100 largest cities are best for babies. Portland is the only northwest city represented in the Top 10.  Besides Portland, only one other other top 10 city received an A-rating in baby health, and the article contributes the high marks to the number of moms who breast feed.

To see the entire list of the 10 Best Cities for Babies, click here.

Reading the post made me think of why my wife and I moved up here.  We wanted to start a family, and Portland is a great place for that.  At the time, we did not know how important breast feeding would be, we were more focused on safety and the affordability of the area. But really, this article just gives me another excuse to post pictures of my little one when she was a baby.

Click here for more information on Portland Real Estate!

Rich Peralta is a real estate professional in the Greater Portland area.


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Oct. 7, 2010

Alameda: Portland Neighborhood Profile

Alameda sits on a hill with excellent views of downtown, the Willamette and the Cascades, and boasts some of the grandest homes on the Eastside. NE Fremont Street, the neighborhood’s main east-west thoroughfare, is lined with genteel shops and restaurants, while the community’s side streets wind quietly around the hill, past stately cottages and expansive Craftsman homes. Alameda is perfectly poised between the amenities of Beaumont Village and those of Hollywood and is able to enjoy all that these commercial districts have to offer while maintaining a level or serenity uncommon in such an urban neighborhood. They have a Whole Foods, which is a personal favorite. One of the few inner Eastside neighborhoods that combine unobstructed vistas, proximity to amenities and upscale homes, Alameda is a relaxed, family-oriented place to live.

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Oct. 7, 2010

Portland's Alberta Arts District Shines and Sings

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Though not technically a neighborhood on its own, the Alberta Arts District , located in NE Portland, is known for its funky, artsy feel and colorful, lively vibe. Based around a 20-block stretch of Alberta Street, the neighborhood is home to some of Portland’s most unique local businesses, artists and restaurants. Homes in the area reflect Portland’s historic tendency toward craftsman-styled architecture, many of which have been tastefully upgraded over the past few years, creating a cozy, comfortable hybrid of old and new, and a neighborhood feel that welcomes newcomers and entices them into calling it “home”.

One of Alberta’s main claims to fame is its monthly “Last Thursday” street fair, where local artists, musicians and restaurateurs invite the public into their shops to sample wines and foods and check out the scene. The street fair is outside during the Spring and Summer, and inside During Fall and Winter.

Alberta has all kinds of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Click here for a list of the most popular spots, via Yelp.com

For a better look at some of the coolest stuff that Alberta has to offer, check out these pics I took. Click the thumbnails for full-sized version.

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Loren Castillo is a recruiter and career coach with eXp Realty in Portland, Oregon.

503.998.4868 loren.castillo@exprealty.com

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Oct. 4, 2010

Alameda: Portland Real Estate Profile

Alameda sits on a hill with excellent views of downtown, the Willamette and the Cascades, and boasts some of the grandest homes on the Eastside. NE Fremont Street, the neighborhood’s main east-west thoroughfare, is lined with genteel shops and restaurants, while the community’s side streets wind quietly around the hill, past stately cottages and expansive Craftsman homes. Alameda is perfectly poised between the amenities of Beaumont Village and those of Hollywood and is able to enjoy all that these commercial districts have to offer while maintaining a level or serenity uncommon in such an urban neighborhood. They have a Whole Foods, which is a personal favorite. One of the few inner Eastside neighborhoods that combine unobstructed vistas, proximity to amenities and upscale homes, Alameda is a relaxed, family-oriented place to live.

Alameda neighborhood, Portland, OR

 

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Sept. 30, 2010

Portland's Alberta Arts District Shines and Sings

Though not technically a neighborhood on its own,  the Alberta Arts District , located in NE Portland, is known for its funky, artsy feel and colorful, lively vibe.  Based around a 20-block stretch of Alberta Street, the neighborhood is home to some of Portland's most unique local businesses, artists and restaurants.  Homes in the area reflect Portland's historic tendency toward craftsman-styled architecture, many of which have been tastefully upgraded over the past few years, creating a cozy, comfortable hybrid of old and new, and a neighborhood feel that welcomes newcomers and entices them into calling it "home".

One of Alberta's main claims to fame is its monthly "Last Thursday" street fair, where local artists, musicians and restaurateurs invite the public into their shops to sample wines and foods and check out the scene. The street fair is outside during the Spring and Summer, and inside During Fall and Winter.

Alberta has all kinds of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Click here for a list of the most popular spots, via Yelp.com

For a better look at some of the coolest stuff that Alberta has to offer, check out these pics I took. Click the thumbnails for full-sized version.

 

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