the Southwest Waterfront to the Southeast.
Walkers and bikers can enjoy the freedom
of crossing without the congestion of cars.
On sunny days, you’ll find this bridge full of
families, tourists, and locals alike, enjoying
the view of the Willamette River and the city.
For those looking to escape the skyscrapers,
Multnomah Village is a quaint neighborhood with a small town feel. Its proximity to
downtown, paired with its cozy, community
vibe make Multnomah a popular place for
Residents all over Portland come to Multnomah Village to enjoy its quieter streets
lined with local, small businesses.
Regardless of whether you decide to call
Multnomah Village home, you’ll want to
come visit during the holiday season when
the center of the neighborhood feels like a
festive stroll back to simpler times.
Just outside of the Southwest city limits lies
Dunthorpe — an affluent suburb and home
to the Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop’s
Close. These six acres of cultivated gardens,
designed by the firm that’s responsible for
Central Park in New York City are a popular
attraction in the area.
The further Southwest you go in this sector
of the city, the more space and residential
communities you’ll find to choose from,
but you’ll also sacrifice some of the energy
of the closer-in neighborhoods. If you’re
looking for the comforts of the suburbs
within a short drive to the city center, the
Southwest — particularly far Southwest —
will provide you with perfect options.
You’ll hear locals talk about North Portland
as the next place that’s sure to see an influx
of residents and a face-lift to match. North
Portland remains a more affordable option
for now, but it’s slowly creeping into the
realm of trendy, as the younger crowd lands
there seeking cheaper rent.
The Overlook Neighborhood is one that
showcases that trend, as you’ll find both
transitioning sections and new development. While some consider this a bit
secluded, due to its location on the “other
side” of Interstate Avenue, MAX light rail
makes commuting to Portland’s downtown
a simple trek. Overlook is also considered
very bikable to the rest of the city. Residents
enjoy both a New Seasons and Fred Meyer
grocery stores, with plenty of local restaurants and shops as well.
St. Johns sits on the tip of the peninsula
formed by the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Built in 1931,
it is home to the only suspension bridge in
the Willamette Valley, the St. Johns Bridge.
Cathedral Park sprawls beneath the Gothic
When you move to Portland, you’ll discover that there is always
something new to explore on foot. When planning your move,
you may want to make your new home in one of Portland’s most
convenient, walkable neighborhoods.
Definitions of walkability vary. Walk Score® rewards neighborhoods with access to things like grocery stores, restaurants,
libraries, parks, and schools. Another definition of walkability
factors in the amount of trees, homes, crosswalks, mass transit
stops, etc. You can learn more about walkability and how it is
calculated at walkscore.com, where you can even compare
Portland’s walkability to the city from which you are moving.
It might surprise you, but according to Walk Score®, Portland
isn’t one of the top walkable cities in America, but is in the Top
20. New York City sits at the top of the list for overall Walk Score®.
Still, Portlanders know this city is full of neighborhoods that are
great for walking.
The problem is that not every neighborhood has everything. If
you’re looking for a place to settle down with the family, what
good is the world’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood if
there are no parks or backyards in sight?
Here are a few of the most walkable Portland neighborhoods
for your specific needs.
DELICIOUS FOOD: PEARL DISTRICT
According to Walk Score®, the Pearl District is the number one
most walkable neighborhood in the city. Most residents don’t
need a car for day-to-day errands, and the densely populated
area is full of crosswalks and stoplights.
The Pearl is small enough that you can easily enjoy coffee with
lunch at Lovejoy Bakers, stroll through a few art galleries, buy a
book at Powell’s, and still have time to spare before heading to
dinner at one of Portland’s finest restaurants.
QUIRKY PORTLAND CULTURE: ALBERTA ARTS DISTRICT
Many of Portland’s most famous oddities are in these two
locales. Both neighborhoods are slightly more residential than
the Pearl District, and that makes zig-zagging across the street
easier and safer.
People flock from all over Portland and beyond to walk up and
down NE Alberta Street, home to both Last Thursday and the
Alberta Street Fair. Walking at these events is even easier in
summer, when the city closes the street to cars.
Sunnyside-Hawthorne is the place to go for vegan food and
people watching. The Bagdad Theater on Hawthorne Street is only
a few walkable blocks away from the local New Seasons Market.