Should I live in Downtown Portland?
Downtown Portland has lots offer whether you’re single, married, business minded, or even family orientated. There are neighborhoods that benefit your lifestyle more over others but the downtown area is a great place if you’re looking to be in the heart of the city and within walking distance to most of your daily needs and amenities. The Pearl district and the Northwest district are the two main downtown neighborhoods. Both are very close to downtown or right in downtown and are easily accessible along the MAX line.
Slightly less expensive the downtown is the Hawthorne district, Irvington, or the Lloyd district which is right across the Willamette River. This area also provides easy access to downtown’s since the MAX line and streetcars go across the river plus you’re close to the Rose Garden, the Lloyd Center shopping mall, and lots of trendy urban coffee shops and bistros.
Back across the water, the Pearl district makes an ideal location for singles, business minded, or those that are looking to stay in the trendy, eclectic downtown scene. Many of the best bistros and cafés, coffee shops and fine dining experiences are located here as well as great shopping opportunities and lots of entertainment and nightlife scenes.
The Northwest district is located west of the Pearl district and has slightly less expensive homes and you’re close to Arlington Heights, elementary schools, and the legacy good Samaritan medical center. There’s a few parks in this area and you’re right at the base of the Hillside district with beautiful forested areas as your backdrop.
The downtown area located south of the Pearl and Northwest district offers residents high-rise condominiums and apartments. Nestled in the bend of Interstate 405, most of this area can be easily accessed on foot but there are several drop-off locations for streetcars, public transportation, or the MAX line although parking may be difficult for those that own a vehicle unless you’re building accommodates resident parking.
On the other side of the river are several historical districts as well if you’re looking for that traditional and vintage style living. Labs addition, Buckman, and Hosford Abernathy are all great historical neighborhoods on the East side of the Willamette River. Homes are also slightly less expensive than on the other side of the river.
Downtown is certainly a great place if you plan on being car-less and prefer to walk to the majority of your daily necessities. It’s also a great location if you work in downtown. Feel free to call me anytime for more information about downtown Portland living. Because I specialize in these neighborhoods I can give you an idea of what homes are going for, the size of home you might be interested in versus the price, and to send you updates all current listings and upcoming properties for sale. Image by AlexiusHoratius