Top 4 Maps for Portland Real Estate Buyers
While shopping online for Portland real estate, it is easy to become inundated with information. The sheer quantity of data available to home buyers can simply be overwhelming, and it can help tremendously to have a visual guide to aid your search. Maps can help to clarify and organize information as you explore neighborhoods, research amenities that are important to you (whether they are restaurants, schools, safety, parks, etc), and narrow down your search for your dream home. Fortunately, in 2023 there are a wealth of interactive maps available online. The real challenge is knowing which are the most useful. Here I’ve highlighted the four most robust Portland maps with the most helpful interactive tools and information for savvy home buyers.
Map 1: Portland Homes For Sale
Portlandhomesforsale.com is the most intuitive and data-rich map of Portland available, allowing you to compare home prices, line up in-person or virtual tours, and create a sharable list of your favorite homes on the market, along with a host of other useful features.
A Portland Real Estate Map in a Class By Itself
- Each type of property is assigned a specific icon color (Single Family, Commercial, Multi-Family, Condo, or Land).
- Icons appear larger or smaller according to the home’s square footage (the larger the icon size, the larger the square footage of the property).
- Icons even appear lighter or darker to visually represent prices (the darker the icon, the more expensive the property).
Here are some of the maps you can create on Portlandhomesforsale.com with its powerful search tools:
- A map of homes in your price range that have virtual tours available
- A map of up-to-the minute new listings just hitting the Portland real estate market
- A map of all “Open House” showings near you
- A map of all single-story (eg. ranch-style) homes
- A map of all “fixers” that consider various keywords associated with homes in need of repair for buyers who are looking to take on a house remodel project
- Any map of homes sorted by a nearly endless variety of search criteria
The best thing about this map search tool is that it’s incredibly easy and intuitive to use. Type in your search area (this can be the name of a school, neighborhood, city, county or zip code), and a list of results will appear alongside a map of the properties. You can continue to refine your search by zooming in on the map, or filter using the buttons on the left under the search bar. You can also add multiple key words to your search to refine your results even further. For example, you could search homes in Portland that are within your price range and also have a pool. Your search is only limited to the keywords you enter. Keep in mind that as with any internet search, if no results are shown, your search terms may be too specific. What also makes Portlandhomesforsale.com such a valuable resource is that the site is constantly updated through an IDX feed that is specific to Portland’s RMLS, ensuring you access to all of the information available for a home on the market. Once a home is put on the market for sale, Portlandhomesforsale.com will automatically include it in your next search. In addition to its powerful search engine, it also allows for collaboration with others via shared lists of favorited homes.
Map 2: Official Portland Home and Property Data
At some point in the home-buying process, savvy buyers will want to use PortlandMaps.com, an official resource provided by the City of Portland. The map enables you to look up the permit history for any Portland property, find out what school district a home is in, learn about the zoning regulations and crime statistics for the surrounding area, and much more. Simply enter the address of the home you’re interested in and all relevant information will appear on the side panel. It is a great resource for learning more about the home you are buying and/or the one you currently live in.
At portlandmaps.com/advanced you can also access earthquake maps, floodplain maps, and landslide risk maps — all important risk factors to keep in mind before you finalize the purchase of your new home.
Map 3: Portland Neighborhood Guide
If you’re just beginning your home search and still trying to decide what area of Portland you might want to live in, the Portland Neighborhood Guide is a treasure trove of neighborhood-specific information. For starters, it is helpful to look at a map of Portland that gives an overview of all of its neighborhoods and their boundaries to orient yourself on what each area has to offer. You can also click on the map for a page describing every Portland neighborhood (all 95+ of them!) in detail. The Portland neighborhood pages have in-depth maps, videos, articles, reports, and even podcast episodes featuring each neighborhood in the City of Portland. It’s an incredibly convenient way to explore the area of Portland you might want to buy a home in. And it is also a great resource for discovering more of the unique features of the neighborhood you currently live in. You may find that you have been missing out on a hidden gem right near you!
Map 4: Portland Attractions from Local Experts
Portland has an amazing number of attractions, from food carts to arcade games, and it can get overwhelming fast! When you want to take a break from browsing homes to search for entertainment, head to Near Me Now: The Official Guide to Portland. By using your location or selecting from a list of local attractions, you can get location-based recommendations for things to do nearby, whether you want to relax in a park, try a new hobby or support a locally owned businesses. You just may discover a “locals’ secret” place! The map is also mobile-friendly for viewing on your device.
Work with a Top 1% Portland Buyers Agent
There are an endless amount of websites for home buyers, making it easy to quickly get bogged down in information. Be sure to maximize your search by using the best tools available. Once you’re ready to enlist an expert to help you on your search, reach out to our top 1% buyers team. No matter what part of Oregon or Washington you might be searching in, we have in-depth knowledge on the Metro area and will ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to find your forever home. Give us a call at 503-773-0000. We would love to talk with you today.