Greetings Portlanders! I seek, to be one of you. I am currently in the Los Angeles area with my family and frankly, I'm done. I'm not hating, I've just had my fun here and it's time to move on. I no longer enjoy what makes LA, "LA". I seek a slower pace, friendlier neighbors, better schools, the ability grow a patch of lawn without fighting for ever single blade and a house I can hope to pay off before my great grandchildren graduate high school.
I do however come with a favor. I need advice. I've never been north of San Francisco but have fallen in love with Portland via friends who live there, fact sheets and the wonderful real estate sections. Ideally, a Victorian styled home would suit us wonderfully, with the ability to have my steampunk shoppe in one part, and live in the other. Are there mixed residential/ business neighborhoods there with charming architecture? If so, where at? The wonderful folks at Sock Dreams told me how much they love their Sellwood location but I haven't found any sales there for under $500k.
Thanks in advance. I'm really looking forward to this new chapter in my life.