Despite its rapid rise in popularity, Portland is still considered relatively affordable,
as far as big cities go. Young creatives
who might otherwise call New York City,
San Francisco, or Los Angeles home, find
Portland to be a refreshing alternative with
equal opportunity for starting businesses
and pursuing dreams. Those who aren’t
comparing Portland to one of those major
cities might disagree with this idea of
affordability, but the diversity of housing
options in and around Greater Portland has
allowed just about anyone to find a place
that matches their budget and their needs.
Home prices in Portland are on the rise,
and there’s no sign of that slowing down.
You won’t find the deals that existed five
years ago, but purchasing property in Portland is still a great investment. The average
salary of residents in Portland has kept up
with its housing prices — a solid sign that
the city is faring well while more and more
The Portland Housing Bureau offers a Down
Payment Assistance Loan program to qualified first time home buyers and minority
populations, helping more Portlanders afford
the financial hurdle of purchasing a house.
You’ve probably heard that it rains a lot in
Portland. It’s true that clouds often dominate our sky, but the steady sprinkle often
gives way to bright blue days in the rainy
season, and it rarely rains hard enough
to warrant an umbrella. The unobtrusive
precipitation combined with the region’s
mild winters makes for plentiful outdoor
activities, all year round.
Portlanders take advantage of the
outdoors, and with the view of Mt. Hood
and other stunning peaks in the distance,
it’s no wonder people constantly feel the
lure of hiking and exploring the nature
that surrounds this city.
The Columbia River Gorge offers endless
options for hiking and can be reached in
forty minutes by car. Angel’s Rest is a
popular 4. 5 mile up and back trail to a vista
point with a stunning view of the gorge
For those looking for a little more challenge, take your pick of the surrounding
mountains. Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and
Mount St. Helens are all visible from the
city and offer popular climbs, with challenging, glacial ascents and brag-worthy
photo-ops at their peaks.
The mountains surrounding Portland also
provide plenty of snow for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy in the winter months.
Those who prefer water that isn’t frozen
will find a stunning shore along Oregon’s
coast — less than two hours away from
the city. The water is pretty cold year
round, but that doesn’t stop surfers from
The Oregon Coast Trail extends from
Washington to California, providing hikes
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