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My boyfriend Jude and I will be on the road for Portland by the July 26th. I had visited friends out in  Tigard last year, spent some time in the Hawthorne District and in various natural wonders Oregon is home to, and realized not long after I arrived that this is where my life would take root. Jude has never been to Portland, but maintains excitement for living there based on my experience and his research.

We are looking for somewhere to live through property management sites, going on available photos and descriptions. If it seems interesting enough, I use PortlandMaps.com to gauge the area we will be living in. I have to say, I have yet to come across anything I would not enjoy, but I worry that pictures and words can sometimes mislead.

Which leads into my question, if with a little background information on us, could someone possibly suggest where an ideal spot to search for a home would be.

Jude and I are both artists, and are looking forward to being surrounded by like minds. The Downtown Portland area sounds lovely for its people and activities, but price (looking for $1000 or less a month) and access to a garage are a concern.

Our garage is for Jude, as he is a hobbyist mechanic with two motorcycles, and within the next year I plan to acquire my own. Until then, I am an avid user of public transit.

My dream is to be living somewhere that I cannot reach outside my window and touch my neighbor's home. We have one dog, with plans to adopt another once we are settled, and hope that when we are outside they have more than four feet between the stairs and the landlord's driveway to walk around.

I wonder if I am being unrealistic to look for something with both reasonable space and be comfortably near town?


Thanks,
Lauren

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I would look at East Portland and NE Portland based on your descriptions. Especially Alberta Arts, SE neighborhoods like Hawthorne/Belmont and close in (where live/work areas are catching on). Alberta is a creative area, close enough to town for an easy commute, with lots of older homes so if you snag a rental you might have a yard and a garage. Also look at N Portland: Boise Eliot, Piedmont, Arbor Lodge. Let me know if you have questions and I can help you pinpoint more areas,
Also, you might enjoy suburbs surrounding Portland - several are close enough to town for an easy commute but might offer more privacy and yard for the dogs. Check NW Portland, Cedar Hills, Cedar Mill, Beaverton...

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