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
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 around here.
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 you.
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
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.