Portland is one of the most popular
places in the United States for people
to relocate these days, and once you’re
here, you’ll quickly understand why. The
City of Roses (another nickname, thanks
to the International Rose Test Garden
which covers a section of city in gorgeous
flowers), was named best city in America
in 2013, and continues to appear on lists
of best places to live.
Some Portlanders will regale you with
endless reasons to live here. Others will
keep their lips sealed, cautious of the population influx changing their beloved home.
But a Portlander who doesn’t love this city
is harder to find than a restaurant without
vegan options — which is really, quite rare
Just don’t take our word for it. Finding the
perfect home in the right neighborhood of
Portland is your first foray into uncovering
all that this city has to offer. Hitting the
streets by foot is the best way to discover
all the variety that the city has to offer.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to walk
over Tilikum Crossing, Portland’s newest,
car-free bridge, connecting the Southeast
and Southwest sides.
Exploring this great city for yourself is
a thrilling experience that will leave you
singing Portland’s praises, too.
FINDING A HOME IN
Learning about the Portland area and the
amenities offered in the different neighborhoods will go a long way toward making the
house-hunting experience an enjoyable one.
Finding a realtor to offer guidance and
recommendations on where to look is a
great way to expedite this process.
You can find realtor recommendations
through sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, or
Realtor.com, or by contacting the local
Board of Realtors to find a real estate
professional in the area. Real estate agents
know the neighborhoods, the schools, the
extracurricular activities, and the tax bases
of different school districts. They can be
extremely helpful in aligning your needs and
preferences with the right Portland area, and
then locating the properties that could be
perfect for you and your family.
Location is so important when you’re
moving to an area as eclectic as Portland,
Oregon. Depending on where you work,
how you plan to get there, and what you
hope to have within walking distance of
your home, you’ll be able to narrow down
a list of neighborhoods that might work
For those who prefer to walk and take
public transportation, downtown might
be a great option. The square mile of
compact city streets, paired with our
generally mild weather make walking
around a breeze. (Albeit, sometimes a
rainy breeze.) For those looking to have a
little more space and maybe a yard, South-
east Portland offers plenty of charming
options in neighborhoods that feel residen-
tial and quiet, but connect to main arteries
of city shopping and dining.
Portland, Oregon is a beautiful place to live. The greater
Portland area’s bridges (thirteen of them cross the Willamette
River, and the Columbia River has two bridges locally), will
connect you to a new way of life, where the people are friendly,
the beer is local, and five-star food is served out of trailers.