Blog Stories Portland Neighborhoods for First Time Buyers

Portland Neighborhoods for First Time Buyers

By Sophia Rosenberg, November 1, 2018

Lucy and Nick were newly engaged, first time home buyers.  They wanted a home that had the potential for a short-term rental, so a walkable neighborhood was key in attracting guests.  And like so many other first time buyers, their budget was capped at $500k.

Did I mention that Lucy started taking care of my daughter when she was three months old?  And that she’s also the kindest person on the face of the planet?  So yeah, it was important for me to find her and Nick that perfect home that also helped them generate income as they embarked on this exciting next chapter.

We looked at a lot of homes in a lot of great neighborhoods.  Here are three of my favorites (note: there are others!) for first time home buyers looking for a good buy in Portland:

Arbor Lodge:

Located in North Portland, Arbor Lodge is flanked by I-5 and the Max line, which provides easy access to downtown and other Portland neighborhoods.  Boutiques, bike shops, restaurants, and coffee shops offer great walkability, and tree-lined, quiet streets make for a close-knit community feel.


Also in North Portland, Kenton is up-and-coming, and still has that old Portland feel.  On the Max line and home to some great restaurants and coffee shops, it’s one of my favorite spots to pick up one-of-a-kind vintage goods.


Woodstock is an inner Southeast neighborhood that is family-friendly with great parks and Portland staples like New Seasons recently added.  It’s also a commuter’s dream, close to downtown and a quick drive to Milwaukee and Clackamas.

Eventually, we beat out multiple offers on a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Arbor Lodge.  It has a basement perfect for Airbnb guests that want to experience authentic Portland.  And it was all theirs for under $500k, plus a generous credit that was negotiated during repairs.  Arbor Lodge is so lucky to have them!

Interested in buying or selling in Portland? Reach out to Sophia: 503.936.7499. Or learn more about her background and experience here.

Sophia Rosenberg

Earth Advantage & ADU Specialist Broker

Home, hospitality and community have long been signposts to Sophia’s heart, and they also happen to represent key stages of her life so far. As a young, up-and-coming designer, she put an interior architecture degree from the University of California to work managing the design and styling of new openings for the popular Kimpton Hotels brand. After completing Babson’s renowned entrepreneurial MBA program, Sophia began creating the marketing and branding plans for a host of new luxury hotels — including Joie de Vivre’s beloved boutique hotels — as director of branding for a hospitality group founded by the Hyatt scion John Pritzker. But amid all the travel and excitement, she began to feel a desire to be closer to “a community I’m proud to call home while helping families find their perfect place.” Her first home was a 1938 English cottage that she successfully renovated, decorated and sold. And as she turned from creating homes away from home, to home sweet home, it turns out that real estate brings it all together for her: Nimble management skills. A passion for design. Love of community. An accredited Earth Advantage Real Estate Broker and ADU Specialist, she offers clients an abundance of green home expertise with hands-on experience creating backyard cottages (check out her charming loft on AirBnB). Among clients and colleagues alike, she’s known as much for her tenacity and enthusiasm for negotiating and navigating multiple offers as she is for nurturing and maintaining relationships long after her deals are closed. When she’s not helping her clients, you’ll find her renovating her 1911 farmhouse and spending time outdoors with Maya, Taco and Danny — her young daughter, rescue pup and husband (yes, in that order). While an ideal day for Sophia is gathering driftwood and inspiration along the breathtaking Oregon coast, when the gray months take hold of our skies, she’s bound to be on a quest for sunshine and secret spots for sipping Pinot in the winter and Rosé in the summer.
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