Top 10 Portland Neighborhoods

Every year as top local real estate agents, we put out our top ten Portland Neighborhood picks. While every single Portland neighborhood has something wonderful to offer, there are a few highlights in the mix.

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.

Top 10 Portland Neighborhoods – 2022 Report

February 25, 2022

Whether you’re moving to Portland or thinking about it, or whether you’ve lived here for a while, knowing which neighborhoods rank highest is important. Making an investment in a home is one of the biggest any of us makes in our lifetimes, so being informed about what neighborhoods have to offer will go a long way in helping you make your decision. We looked at a variety of features in each Portland neighborhood, including highly rated schools (according to greatschools.com), shops and restaurants, as well as walk, bike, and transit scores. We also explored the history of each neighborhood to see how the past informs the present. 10. Sellwood Neighborhood Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood may not be as trendy as other...


Top 10 Portland Neighborhoods: 2021 Update

February 26, 2021

Thinking of buying a home in Portland but not sure where to start? Right now is a very strange time to be buying a home. It’s the middle of a pandemic, which makes it much more difficult to get a feel for neighborhoods. When even the concept of indoor dining is at times hypothetical, how do you get a gauge of a neighborhood? But the good news is that means there’s still so much out there to be explored! So to help you in your search for a new home, we’ve gathered up our top ten favorite neighborhoods in Portland right now. If you’re wondering how we decide – well, the thing about neighborhoods is they’re organic. There’s something ineffable...


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Top 5 Portland Neighborhoods: 2020 update

February 17, 2020

Searching for a home in Portland in 2020, but not sure where to start? In this blog post, we give you an overview of where the neighborhoods are in Portland. Then, we name our top 5 hot picks for affordable, fun, and friendly places to live in the city. What are the Five Sections of Portland? To be prepared to look at homes in Portland, home buyers should familiarize themselves with the Big Five: The Southwest, Northwest, North, Northeast and Southeast sections of Portland. These areas are defined by rivers and major roads, and each has their own unique character. Check out PortlandNeighborhood.com for an incredible clickable Portland neighborhood map, and guide, as well.) Southwest. When you enter Portland from...


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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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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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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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Hottest 2016 Portland Real Estate Neighborhoods

December 5, 2016

It’s getting close to the end of the year, and my real estate clients want to know — what were the top neighborhoods of Portland this year? My first answer, of course, is that they all are. You don’t have to be a real estate agent in Portland to see that many people are relocating here and that homes across the region are moving at an astonishing rate, from downtown to the far-reaching suburbs. Nevertheless, Portland newspapers and real estate news sites will soon be releasing their reports on what the top neighborhoods were, and I definitely have a few to put on the list! First, let’s look at what numbers go into figuring out the hottest, the hippist, and...


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Top 5 Portland Neighborhoods of 2015

January 8, 2016

Lots of Portland neighborhoods made the news in 2015 — either for their growing popularity or because they’re changing with the tides of urban life. While the newspapers might lean toward hyperbole, the overall trend is that homes are increasing in value and that the city is working hard to include outlying areas and underdeveloped core areas in its growth. Here are five talked-about neighborhoods that stood out for me as a real estate agent, and they’re worth keeping an eye on as we move into the Portland real estate market of 2016 and beyond. 1. Hawthorne. According to the Seattle-based real estate website Redfin, the Southeast Portland neighborhood of Hawthorne was among the most competitive neighborhoods in the entire...


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Portland’s Hottest Neighborhoods for 2013 (part 2)

January 11, 2013

Is your New Year’s resolution to relocate to Portland? With so many great places to begin your search, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the neighborhood that’s right for you. Let your local Portland real estate agent help. Last month, we listed three Portland neighborhoods that are up-and-coming for 2013. Now we’re finishing off our list with three more undiscovered but quintessentially Portland neighborhoods for you to consider. South Waterfront – A mix of the old and new is what you’ll find in this South Portland neighborhood. On the eastern edge is the South Waterfront, an industrial area on the Willamette river that has been redeveloped over the past few years into an happening urban zone. The condos...


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Top Portland Neighborhoods for 2013 (part 1)

December 26, 2012

With 95 neighborhoods, the city of Portland has a place for everyone – seniors, families, first-time home buyers, and anyone looking for the convenience of urban life with the safety and familiarity of a good neighborhood. In 2012, we saw the Portland real estate market begin to pick up again, making 2013 the perfect year to invest in a home. Foreclosed properties and short sales continue to come on the market, and the savvy buyer might just find a screaming deal this year. Where are the great properties? All over the Portland, area, really. Young professionals continue to flood into the Pearl district and are starting to move into new developments in the south Waterfront and in North Portland. Southeast...