Did you think I was really going to tell you the best places to live in Portland?
This is a real estate site and to be partial would mean breaking the law. But I can offer some great tips depending on your lifestyle and the type of home you're looking for. Because I know the area so well I can help guide you into the right neighborhood for the best commute, route, school district for your needs, and modern conveniences. Portland offers several pockets of great bars and restaurants, ideal shopping and outlet malls, and quick access to the downtown area via the Max line. So while the best places to live in Portland is certainly subjective, I can help offer all the details you need to make an informed decision on where to live in Portland.
There are two main North and South freeways that run through Portland; Interstate 205 and Interstate 5 and they are joined by Interstate 84 which heads east to Gresham, and The Dalles. This is also the freeway that you'll take to get to Mount Hood and Multnomah Falls as well as dozens of other outdoor recreational activities. The general Portland area stretches from Vancouver Washington and the Columbia River south to Tigard and Beaverton but the Portland Metropolitan area reaches as far as Wilsonville and Forest Grove and truly covers a large landscape.
The downtown Portland area is separated by the Willamette River and there are various industrial buildings and downtown hotspots on either side of the river. Along the waterfront is excellent for patio dining, hotels and resorts, as well as condominiums and lofts. The main hospital is also located downtown but there are various clinics and medical facilities scattered throughout all the communities around Portland.
The south part of Portland has really exploded with lots of high-class, modern conveniences such as the Bridgeport Village. This outdoor mall covers an expansive landscape complete with movie theaters, IMAX, dozens of shops and fabulous restaurants and bars. This area is growing and prices are also rising but there are dozens of close knit communities and residential neighborhood surrounding the Bridgeport Village. Although located in Wilsonville several miles south of Portland, this is a quick jump on I5 for those commuting to downtown Portland.
Tigard and Lake Oswego
Tigard and Lake Oswego are also popular locations just south of the downtown area. Lake Oswego offers lakefront property while Tigard is a smaller community with all the modern conveniences such as grocery stores, libraries and medical facilities, Tigard school districts and several routes to the downtown area if you're looking to get around I5 traffic.
Beaverton is the largest city to the West of downtown Portland and features an abundance of nature trails, parks, elementary, middle, and high schools as well as shopping malls and outlet centers. The Tualatin Hills Nature Park is also located in Beaverton and provides locals with a great recreation center complete with swimming pools, sports centers, nature trails, and annual events and festivals.
So, while I can't tell you the best place to live in Portland I can offer you all the details for most communities and towns surrounding the downtown area and Portland neighborhoods itself. If you would like more information on any of these places or other towns and communities around Portland Oregon feel free to Contact Us anytime.