One Level Living Lifestyle in Portland, Oregon

A majority of Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters are “downsizing” –  looking for homes, condos, or townhouses that are almost new/remodeled or  new. They span nearly every price ranges and most areas of the Portland, Oregon area.

As the largest, most affluent  segment of our urban and suburban population, they are now planning to find a home that they can live in for the rest of their time in independent living.  A one level home with master remodeled or a  new home with low cost-to-maintain inside and out  and the ability  to walk to a nearby village with amenities is particularly appealing to this group.

Great open spaces filled with light and warmth and intimacy using natural materials, stone, hardwood floors  and  handcrafted features also appeal to them. Townhouses  with elevators are good because they usually have  bedrooms upstairs or downstairs.  Living spaces on one level with a great room serving as a space for living, dining and entertainment with gourmet kitchens and large comfy conversation bars are also attracting this generation.

For this group, most older urban homes do not work with their steep stairs and small low ceilinged rooms. One levels that are remodeled with modern open spaces will be in great demand. A study/office downstairs with perhaps a 3 car garage and extra room for a shop or crafts area or upstairs or downstairs bonus  or hobby room area with two bedrooms can also work for this lifestyle, as well as outdoor covered living spaces with privacy.

Amenities that save time and effort making life simpler such as architect-designed home theatre, sound, cable, wireless, handicap access throughout, perhaps setup to enable installation of an elevator if needed.

The Baby Boom generation will create a whole new neighborhood lifestyle as they begin to retire and downsize. If you are searching for a home to meet your needs for a one-level living lifestyle, begin your search now.

Portland Oregon Urban Living

Portland, Oregon continues to build a thriving urban-living lifestyle with unique, thriving, historic neighborhoods.

These urban Portland neighborhoods attract the young and young at heart who desire to live in community, ride a bike or walk to all their favorite spots, and be part of a thriving and creative community in a metropolitan village.

These city-living lovers look at Portland as an urban lovers paradise with core values of being eco friendly,  sustainable, fit and health conscious,  bicycle friendly, clean, green, pristine, weird and wonderful. Home style choices include vintage and classic homes, mid century, bungalows, English Tudors, Colonials, Cape Cods, and the northwest architecture  found in small urban villages and districts with their own distinct character like the Alberta Arts district, NE Portland, Wilshire, Alameda, Irvington  Beaumont, Hollywood, SE Portland, Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor, Richmond,  Buckman/Hawthorne, Belmont, Ladds Addition, Clinton, Eastmoreland,  and Sellwood.

Demand for real estate in the close-in Portland neighborhoods is growing as people look for the community of an urban lifestyle. Click here to search for homes in urban Portland neighborhoods.

Living in Portland Suburban Villages

Lake Oswego is a suburb of Portland, Oregon. It has become a small town “Mecca” with one of the best quality of life reputations in the suburbs of Portland.  Surrounded by lakes, rivers , parks, with a thriving downtown,  Lake Oswego boasts  its own farmers market, art  fair,  sculpture,  great  library, and award winning schools. Add walking , hiking jogging trails, and summer concerts and you have a suburban village with a quieter pace than the city living lifestyle of close-in Portland.

Yet Lake Oswego is within easy reach of city-living amenties such as Portland’s  museums, theaters, restaurants, the Rose Garden arena, Japanese Garden, Powell’s Books, Pearl District, and Trailblazers basketball. 

Lake Oswego area neighborhoods include 1st Addition, Evergreen, Forest Hills, Uplands, and Dunthorpe.  If you are looking for a home in the suburbs, these neighborhoods all provide excellent opportunities.