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Where To Buy Your First Property in Portland Oregon

By Mel Marzahl, October 12, 2022

Looking to buy your first property in Portland Oregon? You’re in luck! This blog post will outline some great neighborhoods to invest in, as well as give you an idea of what type of lifestyle you can expect. Keep reading for more information!


Portland is a great city for first-time home buyers. There are plenty of neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own unique charm. Whether you’re looking for lowkey and quiet streets away from the hustle and bustle, or you want to be smack in the middle of the action, Portland has a place for you to call home. And with the help of a good real estate agent, you’re sure to find the perfect property for you.

If you’re looking for an urban lifestyle, then downtown Portland is the place for you. This neighborhood has everything you could want: shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. Plus, it’s conveniently located near public transportation options like MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar. In this area, you’ll find mostly condos and some historic Portland homes in areas such as Goose Hollow, or Nob Hill.

Looking for something a little more laid-back? Then check out NE Portland. This area is known for its hip cafes and boutiques and is full of beautiful homes, both contemporary and historic. It’s the perfect place to call home if you’re looking for a creative and vibrant community.

In the SE quadrant, you’ll find a lot of the icons that give Portland its “Portlandia” reputation. Vintage shops and food cart pods abound. Head further out of the city center, to areas such as Sellwood, Multnomah Village, or St. Johns for pleasant residential communities with quaint centers where locals go for a night at the theater or out to eat at their favorite spots.

No matter your lifestyle, Portland has a neighborhood that’s perfect for you. Start your search today and find the perfect property to call home! Portland, Oregon is waiting for you.


Mel Marzahl


Mel Marzahl

Broker | OR


Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What drew her to it was realizing the significant financial impact the right investment property can make and learning how much having a home to truly call your own can improve your quality of life. Her specialties are working with first-time home buyers and sellers yet she is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is trained extensively in real estate negotiation, holding both the CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) and RENE (Real Estate Negotiations Expert) designations. Mel knows that with all the technology available to buyers and sellers, one of the best skills a REALTOR® can have is knowing how to be a collaborative negotiator to get the best outcome for their clients. After a decade-long career working in operations and client service for creative companies, Mel earned her Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. She listens to her client’s needs and aims to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her clients, their wants, and needs to ensure they get the highest level of service Mel is known for. Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table with a background in art and events. She enjoys a remodel or renovation project, has a soft spot for old craftsman homes, loves helping first-time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on market trends, technology, and tools available to real estate agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to marketing properties and communicating with her clients. When Mel is not working in real estate she is volunteering with the Red Cross, gardening, hosting dinner parties, or relaxing at home on Bull Mountain with her husband, son, two big dogs, and a handful of chickens.
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