Kurt Seagle

A Real Estate Agent at BAC Group

Kurt Seagle

BAC Group

A Real Estate Agent based in Portland, OR

 
Bronze Level Expert Local Guru
 

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Portland has a crime rate that is much lower than the national average, compared with cities of the same size (250,000+ people). Out of all of the cities that are 250,000+, Portland ranks as one of the 25 safest, and in 2009 Forbes magazine named it the third safest city in the U.S. The chance that someone will be affected by a violent crime here is five per thousand, which is lower than normal. For property crime, it’s a bit higher, at 49 per thousand. Overall, Portland is a very safe city and a great place to start or raise a family.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Portland has 40 breweries, which is more than any city in the world. You can count on enjoying a great ale anywhere you eat, which complements Portland’s already-spectacular food. The Genoa is the best Italian restaurant in town, Chai Thai serves up delicious Thai dishes, Kin has a new American style and taste, and the Screen Door provides southern comfort in a region of the country that’s about as far from the south as you can get. As you can tell, the restaurant scene has many options, and if you get a beer with your meal, remember to order something local.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Portland has over 10,000 acres of open natural space, including nearly 300 parks and open areas. One of the largest urban parks in the U.S. is Forest Park, which at 5,000 acres covers half of the open space in the city. There are also three Oregon state parks in Portland, the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Williamette Stone State Heritage Site, and the Government Island State Recreation Area. In addition to all of this parkland, the city operates 13 community centers, 13 pools, both community art and music centers, and a staggering 220 miles of regional trails.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

In Portland, many residents try to find ways besides driving to get to work. Nearly 13% take public transportation, such as buses, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars and car sharing. Another 8% ride bicycles to work, which is the highest percentage of residents in any major U.S. city, and is ten times the national average. The city has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists for its efforts to promote two-wheeled commuting. Taking alternative modes of transportation has been a huge trend here recently, and it looks like more people will get on board as transit options improve.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

There are so many reasons why Money Magazine featured Beaverton in its 2010 list of Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S., making it one of only eight cities on the west coast to be included. The city is known as “Silicon Forest” because of its high-tech reputation, and its jobs in that field. Also, the city has a historic downtown area, which is great for shopping and spending a weekend afternoon. Or, you can leave town and go to nearby wineries and golf courses. Hillsboro is a great community, and has a lot of apartments for prospective renters.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Hillsboro welcomes both pet owners and their animals into the city with their fantastic amenities. To begin with, Hillsboro has a well-maintained dog park, called Hondo Dog Park. They also have a handful of pet stores, such as Petsmart, Pet Pros, and Nature’s Pet. There are also great veterinary services at the Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic and Companion Pet Clinic of Hillsboro. They even have animal communicators at Inner Circle Animal Communication who will tell you why your pets are misbehaving. There are many apartment properties that allow pets here, such as Thorncroft Farms, Park Creek Village, and Orenco Gardens.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

There are a wealth of dining options in Oregon City. Want huge portions for a small price? Eat at the Super Torta Mexican restaurant. How about an authentic Italian pizza with fresh basil? Check out Bugatti’s. Or, panang curry, salad rolls, and shrimp? Visit Pho Thi. You get my point; there are a wide variety of options here that can satisfy any craving you have.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

The Oregon City Parks & Recreation Department offers public access to 22 traditional parks, as well as a skate park, two water parks, an outdoor pool, a community center and a river trail. All of these parks offer their own unique amenities, such as fruit orchards, disc golf courses, playgrounds, sports courts/fields, and so on. If you live here, you will quickly find yourself caught up in Oregon City’s thriving recreational scene.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Gresham’s students are under the jurisdiction of three school districts (depending on where they live): Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, and Reynolds. Overall, there are twelve public elementary schools, four public middle schools, and five public high schools. The overall quality of schools here are definitely above average. For example, on GreatSchools, a site that ranks schools based on academic performance, Sam Barlow High School earned a 9 out of 10 rating, West Orient Middle School has a 9 out of 10, and Springwater Trail High School earned a 8 out of 10. These are all excellent scores for public scores, and Gresham’s other schools aren’t far behind.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Gresham is located 16 miles east of Portland -- the two cities are connected by Interstate 84. The commute is often backed up by traffic during rush hour, and the majority of Gresham residents reported that their commute usually lasted between 30-59 minutes, although closer to the 30 minute mark than 59. 84.8% of residents drive to work every day. 7% take public transportation, which is nearly double the state average of 3.9%.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

The rent in Gresham is relatively inexpensive compared to other cities in the Portland metropolitan area. The rent prices in Gresham are: $652 for the average one bedroom, $786 for two, and $1080 for three. Using the two bedroom prices, here are the prices for other cities: Milwaukie ($793), Troutdale ($824), Corbett ($850), Fairview ($862), Clackamas ($865), and Camas ($868).

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

If you rent in Gresham, and want to enjoy a night on the town without making the half hour or so drive to Portland, there are plenty of places to have a great time here. If you want to see the latest movie to top the box office, go to the Regal Stark St. Stadium Cinema in town. For a different moviegoing experience, check out the Mt. Hood Theatre, which plays movies that just ended their showtimes at Regal, and has $4 double features. For drinking and karaoke, check out the Lava Lounge, or if you just want to sit and enjoy a beer, go to Billy Bob, Gresham Inn, BJ Finkel’s Sports Bar, or Pub 181.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

West Linn is a fantastic community with an incredibly low crime rate. NeighborhoodScout, a site that measures crime and safety in U.S. cities, ranked West Linn #39 on its Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S. list in 2010, making it the second safest city in the entire Northwest behind Sammamish, WA. In regards to violent crime, West Linn is 89% safer than the national average, and 81% safer than state average. For property crime, West Linn is 64% safer than the national average, and 64% safer than the state average.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Because of the rough state of the housing market and economy, Section 8 waiting lists have been closed in most cities for months, or even years. This is no different in Clackamas County, which West Linn is a part of, but here, unlike most places, they are actively pursuing efforts to open up spots on the waiting list by checking to see if spot-holders are still applicable and interested. By the end of this clean-up, there will hopefully be spots open. On the Clackamas County website, there are other helpful links relating to Section 8, including “opportunity maps,” or maps of which areas of the city have the most opportunity for employment, transportation, health care, etc.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Tualatin noticed that only a small percent of its population took public transportation (3.8% in 2010), so they declared that 2012 was the “Year of Transportation” in the city. They created the Transportation System Plan, which is a long term plan for the community’s future transportation investments. Residents have formed the Tualatin Transportation Task Force to identify needs, research solutions, make recommendations, and establish solid plans. So, although the public transportation situation in Tualatin isn’t stellar right now, its future is bright.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

The majority of students in Tualatin are served by the Tigard-Tualatin School District, which operates four elementary schools, one middle school (Hazelbrook Middle), and one high school (Tualatin High). However, a small portion of the students are under the jurisdiction of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, and must go to school in Wilsonville. Tualatin is also home to the independent Arbor School of Arts and Sciences.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

If you look at the MyApartmentMap rental data, you will see that renting prices in Aloha are relatively low for the area. The average two bedroom apartment here costs $786. As for neighboring cities, this same property goes for $722 in Cornelius, $884 in Tualatin, $923 in Tigard, $932 in Beaverton, $938 in Sherwood, and $981 in Hillsboro. In this list, Aloha is near the bottom in terms of pricing. A one bedroom apartment here goes for $678 on average, and $1229 for three bedrooms.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

The city centers of Aloha and Portland are 10.9 miles apart, with Aloha being to the west and Portland to the east. The quickest route is Oregon Route 8, but in rush hour traffic the commute can take over a half hour. The traffic is also regularly backed up on the other main route to Portland, U.S. Route 26. 86% of residents drive to work every day, and 6.2% take public transportation (higher than both national and state averages). The average commute time to work (one way) for residents is 27 minutes.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

After you enjoy a meal at one of Tigard’s many excellent restaurants, stay out for the night and enjoy the city. If you want to catch a flick, there are two Regal Cinemas in the city. Enjoy a show at the Broadway Rose Theatre Company, which hosts Broadway-style musicals, comedians, musical concerts, and cabarets. Or, if you want to sit down and have a drink, check out one of the bars or pubs in the city, such as John Barleycorns, the Thirsty Lion, McMenamins, or J.B. O’Brien’s Irish Pub.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

What kind of restaurant do you like? Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Dim Sum, American, Seafood, or maybe Hawaiian? Tigard has all of the above culinary flavors, and more. For Vietnamese, check out Pho Binh Minh. Pastini Pastaria has the best Italian around. For Thai, make a reservation at Thong Thai. Quality Mexican can be found at Taco Del Sol. Lucky Bistro serves up the best Dim Sum in town. Portland Seafood Co. serves the best American dishes and Seafood. And for Hawaiian, the Yummy Hawaiian has you covered. If you live in Tigard, you will surely be full and happy with the eateries here.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

There are two school districts that serve Vancouver, one for the western part of the city, and one for the east. Vancouver Public Schools covers the west side and operates six middle schools and six high schools. The Evergreen School District serves the east side, and also runs six middle schools and six high schools. Vancouver promotes special education for the disabled, and is home to the Washington School for the Deaf and the Washington School for the Blind. There are also two universities here, Clark College and the University of Washington--Vancouver.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Residents in Vancouver are provided public transit by the Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (or, more simply, C-TRAN), which services 135 buses, vanpools, and paratransit vehicles for the area, including express routes to downtown Portland. The MAX Light Rail, which serves the Portland metropolitan area, also has a stop in Vancouver on its Yellow Line. Despite these options, only 3.3% choose to take public transportation to work every day.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Lake Oswego is one of the safest communities in the country, and I’m not just saying that. NeighborhoodScout, a site that measures crime and safety in U.S. cities, named Lake Oswego as one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S., and ranked it the third safest in the Northwest region of the country. The violent crime rate in Lake Oswego is 85.5% lower than the national rate and 75.6% lower than Oregon’s average. The property crime rate here is lower than the U.S. average by 55% and lower than Oregon’s rate by 54%. You will find that the community in Lake Oswego is one of the most safe and friendly around.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

Lake Oswego is home to 26 public parks, which range from an acre of open space to as many as 60 acres. There are also nearly ten miles of trails. Because of the waterfront access residents have, there are beaches on both Lake Oswego and the Willamette River. Some of these beaches can even be accessed at parks like George Roger Park. The city also has concert series for the residents in July and August, such as Moonlight & Music, Sounds of Summer, and Summer Splash, featuring excellent live music.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

There are a number of apartment properties in and around Beaverton, such as Lexington Apartments, Canyon Park, or the Stratford, that allow pets. Also, the community is very receptive to animals and has many businesses that cater to their needs. There are pet stores like Nature’s Pet, PetUtopia, and Petco, to name just a few. Aqua Dog and Aussie Pet Mobile are excellent pet groomers. For a veterinarian, you can go to the Beaverton Pet Clinic or Southwest Animal Hospital. There’s even a pet chiropractor (Portland Animal Chiropractic) for your animal. Beaverton is a perfect place for animal lovers and their pets.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Kurt Seagle - Real Estate Agent

You may recognize Beaverton for two reasons: first, it was listed on Money Magazine’s 2010 list of Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S., and second, it is the world headquarters of Nike. Because of this, the city definitely has an athletic identity. Many of the residents make use of the convenient proximity to the mountains -- only an hour away -- by making trips to ski or snowboard, and oceans -- also an hour away -- to swim. Adding to this active lifestyle, the city also has over a thousand acres of parks, and luckily for prospective renters, over a thousand apartments.

 

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