Portland, Oregon is Pacific Northwest living at its finest. Think: delicious food, craft everything, artistic influence and a grounding in nature. Let’s not forget the proximity to both coastal and mountain living, this city has an infectious pulse. Organized directionally, every community has something incredibly unique to offer:
The Northwest/Nob Hill neighborhood is known for Victorian and craftsman style homes, unique boutiques, and an acclaimed food scene. It’s an ideal spot for both locals and tourists alike. It borders Forest Park, a massive urban wilderness, that offers 70 miles (113 km) of trails to explore. It’s the perfect blend of city and serene.
Northeast Portland offers a lifestyle that blends the best of both city and suburbs. You can find just about anything here: restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, you name it. The neighborhoods of Irvington and Alameda Ridge have an old-time charm with beautiful, historic homes and tree-lined streets. The Lloyd District, Alberta Arts District and Hollywood, make up the inner NE, and are famous for walkable street shopping. North Mississippi Avenue in Boise neighborhood shouldn’t be missed either. You can find an eclectic blend of shops and restaurants on the street level that make for an easy stroll.
North Portland is a hub for many famous landmarks. It’s here that you’ll find the Portland International Raceway, the University of Portland, Port of Portland, and the unmissable, 31-foot-tall, Paul Bunyan statute. It’s also home to the Kenton/N. Denver Avenue Max station stop, making it a commuters dream. North Portland (a.k.a. NoPo) is the lone wolf when it comes to Portland’s traditional quadrant districts, doing its best to uphold its fair share of ‘keeping Portland weird’. Now, thanks to East Portland, NoPo is no longer the only odd man out of the six (some say seven) districts. Famous neighborhoods include Boise, Piedmont and University Park. N Portland, in part, owes its growth and popularity to the Max Yellow Line that has been connecting it to downtown Portland since the spring of 2004.
Other North Portland honorable mentions include: North Portland Harbor, Kenton Rose Garden, Kelley Point Park, the Smith and Bybee Wetlands, and Columbia Slough – a famous canoeing / kayaking route.
Southeast Portland is a vibrant district, filled with eclectic boutiques, cafes, breweries, and restaurants. There’s a lot of action to be found here! The most beaten tracks are Belmont St., Hawthorne Blvd., and Division/Clinton. There are five bridges that connect to SE Portland, making it accessible to people living in other parts of the city. Crowds are happy to make the trek here to socialize and experience the famous bars and restaurants that give SE its particular vibe.
Not only is SE an entertainment hub, it is know for being bike friendly and includes neighborhoods with a tight knit community feel. Looking for the most liberal college in the state? You can find that here, too, at Reed College. Need more nature in your life? Try biking Springwater Corridor, or hike Mt. Tabor, a dormant volcano.
SW Portland is a blend of downtown hustle and bustle, with a mix of sprawling residential hills, and appeals to a wide variety of people for many different reasons. The downtown area of SW Portland boasts city perks such as easy access to transportation, plenty of entertainment, acclaimed restaurants, and a diverse assortment of shops. It’s here you can find Providence Park stadium, check out fine art at the Portland Art Museum, take in river views at Tom McCall’s park along the Willamette River, and support local artisans at the city’s largest farmers market.
Living in the SW hills means a trade off of walkable city streets for seclusion and gorgeous city views. This area of neighborhoods contain many of Portland’s finest homes. It’s here that you’ll also find Washington Park which contains the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland’s Children Museum, Oregon Zoo, and the World Forestry Center.