GREATER PORTLAND AND
Portland has plenty of variation in housing
opportunities, but attractive homes and
communities lie beyond the city limits of
Portland as well. While the city of Portland is
a highly desirable place to live with plenty of
diversity in housing options, there are homeowners who still prefer to live further from
urbanity, with the opportunity to own bigger
homes and more land, while still remaining
close enough to work within the city.
Vancouver, Washington is a popular option,
right across the Columbia River. Vancouver
is a small city with a population of approximately 160,000. The population density of
Vancouver (as of the 2010 census) was 3,482
residents per square mile.
Many tall condominium structures were
built in Vancouver in the early 2000’s, in
alignment with efforts to draw more people
to the city’s downtown area. At that same
time, the city saw a revitalization of the local
art scene. Vancouver’s proximity to Portland
has made it a popular place for commuters
who seek more affordable housing with a
similar but smaller city environment.
Beaverton is another popular suburban option
for Portland workers who wish to live elsewhere. Without traffic, Beaverton residents can
reach Portland in about 12 minutes. Located
in the Tualatin River Valley, Beaverton was
named among Money magazine’s top 100
places to live in the country. TriMet’s light rail
makes it easy for commuters to come in and
out of the city, without facing Portland’s infamously bad traffic.
Portland has always marched to the beat of its
own drum — hence the slogan, “Keep Portland Weird”. It’s known as the most European
city in the United States and even though it
ranks at the top of many “great cities to live
in” lists, it doesn’t look like any other.
Portlanders may tend to talk about the Port-
land of yesterday, before Portland culture
became popular culture, but the heart of the
city remains true to itself. You won’t find
sprawling developments of cookie cutter
homes, in or around the Portland area. Our
neighborhoods each maintain a distinct
flavor, our houses are colorful, and our
streets are friendly and accessible.
People live in tiny houses, bungalows,
converted lofts, and apartment buildings.
They live in the Southeast side where quirky
shops and street performers keep things
colorful, and they live in the Pearl District
where sidewalk cafes and art galleries maintain a high-class vibe, while others live on
the fringe, where there is a little more room,
closer to the beach or mountains
No matter what you’re looking for in a
house and a neighborhood to call your
own, you’ll find something that is uniquely
Portland, and something that is uniquely
you. The city might be a little weird, but
it’s also welcoming of all types of people.
It can’t wait to welcome you. l