St. Johns Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon for the This Old House 2013 Best Old House Neighborhoods
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St. Johns Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

Population: About 12,200 in St. Johns; 603,000 in the city of Portland
Popular house styles: Craftsman bungalows and various vernacular styles
Prices: You'll pay about $185,000 for a fixer-upper; restored homes go for $300,000 and up.

Once a city itself before residents voted to be annexed by Portland, in 1915, this historically working-class enclave at the tip of the peninsula formed by the Willamette and Columbia Rivers is seeing a wave of newcomers as thirtysomething couples flock here for affordable homes.

Among the best for: Editors' Picks, The West, Fixer-Uppers, Cottages and Bungalows, Waterfront, City Living, Easy Commute, Family-Friendly, First-Time Buyers, Lots to Do
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