We have a peaceful house less than a 10 minute drive from downtown Portland, the waterfront, and Forest Park. We also have a fantastic Farmer's Market on Sundays, and some great food carts and restarants just a 5 minute walk down the hill.
It is very quiet and foresty with excellent hiking trails nearby. We are a few blocks from several bus lines so you can get all over the Portland area.
Our cat (Tilly) and dog (Emmylou) are very quiet and calm, but enjoy having people around to give them a bit of love. They are very low mantinance. And, we just got two bunnies who don't really want a ton of attention, mostly just their daily lettuce.