ok, I got good advice from BF on where to stay on a visit...on our next trip we hope to stay longer and scout out some neighborhoods to rent/buy in. fwiw we are not rich by a long shot, so we hope to stay close to town, nice area, etc etc but for example where we were staying (nob hill) is probably out of our price range (we saw houses in the 1/2 mil - million range there). We'll probably rent at first, and we were hoping to stay under $300K if we purchase a home.
Obviously we'll need to hook up with realtors and do some leg work , but just wanted some basic tips from Portlanders as to what neighborhoods they felt were a good bet to move into, both now and with an eye for the future......not looking to get rich flipping properties, just want a decent investment.
We currently rent in our part of queens - we pay what is a pretty low amount for its size in NYC (over 1000 sq ft, only $1300/mo) but if we had bought our apartment seven years ago we'd be sitting pretty right now (probably tripled in value since 1999). Other areas here haven't gone up as much; our neighborhood was kinda sleeper. So we hope to at least do okay in OR.
finally, apologies for being yet another east coast expatriate! I was doing a side by side comparison between p-town and ny and the population growth percentages weren't even close! I guess Portland has been changing rapidly....I hope these changes will not be all bad as the pop. grows.