Portland Neighborhood Reports

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Portland, Oregon is an amazing place with distinct neighborhoods, each with its own attractions and culture. We love our town! As top local real estate agents we enjoy writing about these unique spots, offering relocation tips and providing stats on Portland neighborhoods, their growth, development, schools, and more.

If you’re looking for a full guide on every Portland neighborhood (over 95 of them!) check it out here – The Portland Neighborhood Guide – we help run and support. The neighborhood guide is so extensive, it requires its own site.

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The Eliot Neighborhood in Portland – 5 Things to Know

January 21, 2019

Portland locals know the inner East Portland neighborhood of Eliot as the site of the former city of Albina. Incorporated into Portland in 1891, Albina was home to much of the area’s black and immigrant population, and that diversity is still reflected today. Amongst stately Victorian mansions you’ll find signature Portland craftsman-style homes and newer condominiums. Homes aren’t all you’ll find in Eliot; read on to learn about five things that make this neighborhood unique, even for Portland.   It’s edible. Eliot’s Albina Cooperative Garden is the largest urban farm within Portland city limits! The Garden is a haven for city-dwellers, growing produce through volunteer effort and providing a beautiful green space even for those who don’t care to get...


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Top 5 Portland Neighborhoods for 2019

January 14, 2019

It’s time to take a look at which Portland neighborhoods are up-and-coming in 2019! They couldn’t be more different, but these Portland communities are similar in that they are changing rapidly. Like the city as a whole, they’re adding new residents and working hard to integrate past, present, and future. Whether you’re looking for a new condo in a hip district or a nice older home in a quiet neighborhood, Portland has something for you. Located in Northwest Portland near the trendy neighborhoods of Pearl District and Nob Hill, this former industrial area made headlines this year for its rapid transformation. Real estate that was once the site of empty warehouses and parking lots sprouted housing and retail options. A...


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Portland Neighborhood Conflict Resolution, Home Buyers or Sellers

October 29, 2018

New homes come with new sounds in the night, new appliances to figure out and a new trash pickup schedule to remember. For many home buyers, however, the biggest adjustment to make may be with your neighbors. Every neighborhood has its own set of unwritten rules, but there is only one Portland City Code (or applicable city/county code for your area). In addition, if your home or condo is part of a Homeowners Association (there are 70+ in Portland alone!), there may be other restrictions that affect your property. Let’s take a look at what some of the most common challenges are for neighbors in the Portland metro area, and where to turn for help. Keep in mind that we...


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Portland Real Estate – Most Livable Areas and Suburbs

September 24, 2018

“Livability” may sound like another real estate buzzword, designed to drive home buyers to new housing developments, but it’s actually a useful concept if you’re looking for a Portland neighborhood or suburb to call home. Livability can describe ease of getting to and from work, the local air quality, or school district ratings. Simply put, livability is whatever makes a community appealing — the “thing” that helps it stand out from the pack. Of course, that “thing” is going to be different for everyone, but there are some common threads. Going beyond the questions that real estate agents usually get asked — “How are the schools?”, “Are they going to fix this street?” — livability addresses deeper issues that matter...


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Portland’s next Max Line and Car Free Neighborhoods

May 21, 2018

We all know the real estate agent saying about “location”, but there’s no location without transportation. To some, good transportation means getting to work, schools, shopping, and restaurants easily; for others, it’s about getting out of the city without a hassle. While few can dispute the convenience of the private automobile, other forms of transportation are often faster, less expensive, and healthier for people and the planet. In Portland, car-free or car-lite lifestyles are a high priority. Walkers, bicyclists, and public transit riders have plenty of options across the city. Portland Commute Times If you’re looking to buy a home in Portland a short commute time is important to you, there’s some very good news from the U.S. Census. According...


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Peacock Lane Historic Designation – Finalized! Will it affect home values?

January 19, 2018

In Southeast Portland’s Hawthorne neighborhood, there’s a little gem of a place called Peacock Lane. It’s known as Christmas Light Central during the holiday season, but the 27 historic homes on the street are beautiful to see any time of year, which is why these homeowners and neighbors are passionate about preservation. After an effort spanning several years, Peacock Lane finally received National Historic District designation in late 2017. Let’s take a look at why the designation was given and what the impacts might be. Preserving Portland’s Past Peacock Lane is not the first street in Portland to receive historic designation. Portland is home to a total of 18 historic districts, including Mt. Tabor Park, Chinatown/Japantown in the Pearl District,...


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Portland Real Estate Wildlife

January 3, 2018

Portland: Yes, it’s a city in Oregon, but just because it’s urban doesn’t mean it can’t be wild. If you’re a new homeowner — or you’re thinking of buying a home in Portland — you may be surprised to learn that there are over 300 species living within city limits! Some may call your back yard, front garden or neighborhood park home. Read on to get to know the neighbors. Portland Birds Birds are a delight to everyone, whether you’re a dedicated bird-watcher or just enjoy seeing them flutter outside your window. Songbirds are abundant across Portland, but if they’re not as common in your neighborhood, putting up a bird feeder or bird house may not instantly draw them in....


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Top 10 Portland Neighborhoods in 2018

November 27, 2017

Portland has a dizzying variety of neighborhoods to pick from. The good news is, it’s hard to go wrong. Each has a distinctive personality and features that draw different types of home buyer. Yet, no matter where you end up in Portland, it won’t take long to feel at home. Here are my Portland real estate agent top ten Portland neighborhoods for 2018. Sellwood Neighborhood Riverside living at its best Originally established as a mill town to the Southeast of Portland, Sellwood grew to a comfortable size before becoming a neighborhood of the larger city. Still, Sellwood maintains a distinct identity and a small-town feel while being within minutes of downtown Portland. Home buyers here are attracted to the extensive...


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Portland’s Top Neighborhood Parks – and Upcoming!

November 10, 2017

What makes a good park? For some, it’s the highlighting of historical and geologic features, for others, it’s the raw and unadulterated experience of nature. Portland parks also incorporate cultural events and stages, zoos and museums, special plantings like Japanese Gardens and Rose Gardens, and interactive elements like the giant chessboard downtown! For most Portlanders, the most important feature of a park is that it’s not too far away. As in real estate, location can make or break a park! Fortunately, it’s all relative, and Portland Parks and Recreation works hard to ensure that there are parks in every neighborhood. Here are some of our favorite Portland parks, and a guide to their surrounding neighborhoods. Washington Park: Family Friendly In...


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New Grants Empowering Portland Neighborhoods

September 18, 2017

How many cities can say they have an art museum in an elementary school, a bridge pedestrians are proud to use because it’s so gorgeous, and cultural events that help heal the wounds of gentrification? Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of Portland residents, with funding from Metro, the regional governing agency, the Portland metro area will soon be able to boast all of these things. Enhancing Safety and Community on Outer Division According to Metro, Southeast Division Street, from 82nd Avenue to 174th Avenue at the east end of Portland, is one of the most dangerous streets in Portland. Three pedestrians have been killed by drivers while crossing the street in this area, despite the existence of a pedestrian bridge....