What I’m talking about is relocating from the eastside of Portland to the westside, or vice versa. No, you are not moving to a new city, but it certainly feels like it.
I’ve noticed in my 24 years as a Realtor and having moved myself three years ago, that the two geographical sides of Portland are very different from each other. It’s almost like moving to a new city. And then within the side that you are on, there are many different neighborhoods and suburbs that have their own feel, culture, restaurants, and cool places to go.
Before you move, be prepared. Because you are fairly close by already, you have the opportunity to do some looking online, and then go visit and drive by what you have found. A little pre-planning can help make your relocation move less stressful. After the excitement of moving to a new area begins to fade, panic often replaces the initial exhilaration, especially when the realization hits that you might not know anything about your new area.
Narrowing it down: Based on your work, school, social, and volunteer activities and obligations, you should be able to narrow down an area that will work well. Here is a great website from WFG National Title: living503.com that will give you a wonderful overview of the various areas in Portland and then the separate neighborhoods within that area. Even if you already live in Portland, you will learn some new things and find out about other neighborhoods.
As always, give me a call or email to find out home/condo values in the area you are considering. 503-481-0825