We went to Portland last Saturday, mostly to check out the neighborhoods of apartments we’d consider renting to see if Portland is our next move. The verdict is still out, but it wasn’t a promising day. We drove all over town, but not much was available where we want to live. Kind of disheartening. We did get a better sense of the city, though, and it still seems pretty cool (despite recent news and undercurrents). The one place we got totally distracted by could be the BEST, but its main problem is that you can’t walk to ANYwhere from it. It’s near the top of a ridge, I think the neighborhood is Hillsdale, and the place was AMAZING. The drive up is twisty and winding with spectacular views of the city and the river and beautiful houses. This apartment (house?) is 2 bedrooms, 1200 sq ft. We think it’s a big apartment over a three-car garage, but the ad isn’t clear. It’s a detached building, next to a beautiful house with gargoyles on the front walk. GARGOYLES. It would be quiet and peaceful and beautiful and impossible to get in and out of in bad weather or in a hurry if you want to run a quick errand. It’s the opposite of what we have in Eugene (and what we want), which is a house close to shops and restaurants and the library and walkable to everything.
It’s a no.
Still available, though, if anyone else is interested.