Portland Neighborhoods and Suburbs

Out of Love for Portland

Portland, Oregon is an amazing place with distinct neighborhoods and suburbs, each with its own attractions and culture. We love our town! We enjoy writing about these unique spots, offering relocation tips and providing stats on Portland neighborhoods and suburb growth, development, schools, and more.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Parkrose, Portland

September 23, 2019

Nestled in Northeast Portland, close to the hip Hollywood District and a short commute to downtown, Parkrose has just about anything a homebuyer could want in a Portland neighborhood. But what is it, exactly, that sets Parkrose apart as a real estate hot spot in 2019?  1. It’s even more affordable than you think. This summer, we did the research and brought you the ten 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods to buy a home in Portland. If you haven’t read that blog post yet, here’s a spoiler alert: Northeast Portland, especially the Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Hazelwood and Argay neighborhoods, are the most affordable in the whole city right now. Zillow estimates the median home value to be around $330K for this...

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5 Amazing Features of Bethany – NW Portland

July 8, 2019

“Suburbs are cool again” proclaims the National Association of Realtors, and they’re not just talking about places to beat the summer heat! The last five years have seen the resurgence of the suburbs, while growth in major cities across the US has slowed. In fact, suburban areas now comprise close to 80% of the population of the top 50 metro areas in the US, according to a 2016 study. The Portland suburbs are booming as well. The community of Bethany, Oregon, is a textbook example of that pattern. Just outside of Portland and Beaverton, this suburb recently accounted for one of the largest expansions in the Portland metro area’s Urban Growth Boundary in recent history. Because Bethany is considered an unincorporated...

Best Portland Neighborhoods to Work from Home

June 7, 2019

Whether telecommuting, running a business or consulting, more and more people across the US are working from home. According to the US Census, 5.2% of the labor force worked from home in 2017, up from 3.3% at the turn of the century. And Forbes reports that at least 50% of Americans work from home at least part of the time.  As this trend emerges, so is the concept of the work-from-home city. Not surprisingly, the city at the heart of the Silicon Forest, Portland, is a leader of the pack. In fact, with 7.7% of Portland residents working from home, the city is No. 4 for remote workers among the top 50 metros, behind Raleigh, N.C., Austin, TX, and Denver....

New Max Line for Tigard, SW Portland Coming 2027.

May 20, 2019

Getting to the West Hills and suburbs southwest of Portland is going to be easier in a few years, thanks to a new MAX light rail line. The line will transform what’s known as the Southwest Corridor — Barbur Boulevard/Highway 99W going out to the cities of Tigard and Tualatin — with commercial development. And, if a coalition of Portland and Tigard planners get their way, there’ll be new housing to go along with it. Massive New Max Line The twelve-mile, yet-to-be-color-coded Southwest Corridor extension of the MAX system will be the longest line built since the completion of the Blue line in 1998. If all goes according to plan, the line will open in 2027 for a price tag...

Top 5 Most Affordable Portland Suburbs – 2019 Update

May 13, 2019

Affordability is a hot topic in Portland, a city with limited area and seemingly unlimited population growth. While the city struggles to keep up by building apartments, condos, and accessory dwelling units (read our article on the state of construction in Portland here), the suburbs are booming.  Why move to a Portland suburb? The tradition of moving to the suburbs from inner Portland dates back to the 1890s. Portland residents in need of more space flocked to early suburbs like Hawthorne, Irvington, and Mount Tabor (yes those were suburbs at one time) conveniently connected to the city via streetcar. Today, Portland suburbs extend south into the Willamette Valley approaching Salem, far west into Yamhill County, and far east to Corbett,...

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“District” No More: Portland’s New Neighborhood

April 19, 2019

Lloyd District: A place where Portland goes to shop or attend events, with plenty of hotel rooms for out-of-town visitors. Does anybody actually live here? The answer is yes — according to the most recent census estimates, just over 2,000 people do. And they’re tired of being labeled a “commercial district”. Last year, a coalition of community groups announced that the neighborhood just across the river from the Pearl District would like to be known simply as Lloyd. The rebranding is a sign of bigger changes happening in Central Portland, with an emphasis not only on high-quality commercial and infrastructure development but on high-density housing as well.  Let’s take a look at the residential real estate opportunities happening in and...

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Top 10 Portland Hottest Neighborhoods – 2019 Update

April 12, 2019

Over 9,400 homes sold in Portland in 2018, according to the RMLS, and a new analysis from Portland Monthly and geographers at Portland State University shows that most of those homes were in East Portland. The below list is based on the number of homes sold in a neighborhood last year, which means that more dense neighborhoods or those with higher populations are going to rank higher. So keep that in mind as you review the top 10 Portland neighborhoods for closed sales last year. A lot has changed in the Portland real estate market over the past couple of years. Notably, the average number of days a home spends on the market before it is sold has gone up,...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About West Linn, Oregon

March 22, 2019

Among Portland, Oregon suburbs, West Linn is not the flashiest. It’s not known for its shopping malls or tech companies. Well south of the Portland hubbub along the Willamette River, it features quiet neighborhoods, plenty of parks and great schools (not to forget a few excellent shops and restaurants). Here are ten other things you might not know about West Linn: It’s one of the oldest American settlements in Oregon. Settlers first occupied the area beginning in the 1840s, finding the ease of access to the waterfalls on the river irresistible for industry. They built lumber and flour mills and ran a ferry across the water to Oregon City. The Willamette Locks were built in 1868 to provide commercial shipping...

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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...