It’s easy to see why so many people want to live in Portland. This beautiful northwest city allures millions of visitors every year, and many of them decide they want to stay.
Portland is rich in food, art, the outdoors, and plenty of things to see and do no matter your interests. But where you choose to live in or around the city will help or hinder you from loving life as a local.
Location is one of the most important things to consider when buying a house, especially if you don’t want to find yourself restarting the home search in the near future. We’ve narrowed down five of the best neighborhoods in Portland to help you in your search, based on the housing market, school system, public safety, and the overall quality of life they offer.
This tree-lined neighborhood is one of Portland’s oldest, dating back to the early twentieth century. Residents get the urban-like look and feel while also getting a level of solitude, cleanliness, and outdoorsy vibe that most larger cities can’t compete with.
The school system is top notch and crime rates are well below average, which is why many families choose to live here. Though there are lots of older homes in the area, they’ve been well maintained and offer unique features that add to the area’s mellow vibe. Many residents say they never run out of things to see and do, from enjoying outdoor spaces to wandering the many local shops, cafes, and Reed College.
This fashion-forward neighborhood is home to a large selection of boutique stores, restaurants, and a waterfront area that makes it a beautiful place to work, live, and visit. Craft breweries and other artisans are found in abundance, which has attracted the likes of young professionals, artists, and creatives that have moved here for work.
The median home value is just under $400,000, which is lower than Portland as a whole. Given that the neighborhood is home to many of the unique gems that make Portland a creative destination and its close proximity to the Willamette River, homes will likely retain or increase their value over time.
This neighborhood is home to a sprawling green park of the same name and highlights many of the unique attractions that make Portland so desirable. From bars to coffee shops, residents can easily walk to just about anything they need in the city. The area features a quiet, residential-like feel that almost makes you forget you’re in the middle of a big city.
Its popularity has lent itself to a solid real estate market. The median home value here is $575,000, while rent prices are just under $1,500. Granted, properties are higher than the median price of all Portland homes, but the smalltown vibe, green spaces, and highly rated schools can easily justify the cost of living.
Tucked in the southwest portion of the city, South Burlingame is rated as one of the best places to buy a house in Portland. The median home value is $373,000, significantly lower than many nice neighborhoods in Portland but without sacrificing access to amenities. There’s a lot to see and do without ever leaving the neighborhood, including a popular park, library, grocery stores, and retail stores, most of which can be walked to.
This is also one of the safest neighborhoods if you’re looking for the urban vibe. Crime rates are far below the national average, with violent crimes being almost nonexistent.
Alameda is one of the cleanest neighborhoods in Portland. There’s a strong sense of pride and community here, which is one reason why it’s a popular choice for young families. The neighborhood is close to many public schools, all of which are highly rated. The crime rate is much lower than in other areas of the city, and is also below the national average in both violent and property crimes.
The median home value is $571,000, which isn’t the cheapest in Portland, but also not the most expensive. Given the beautiful views of the Willamette River and Downtown, homeowners have every reason to believe that their homes will maintain, if not increase, in value over time.
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