Best Neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon

Incorporated in 1851, Portland is the most populated city in Oregon, and is the county seat of Multnomah county. With a population of 2.2 million in the metropolitan area, Portland ranks 23rd in the United States. Home to the International rose Test Garden, Portland is frequently referred to by the locals as "The City of Roses." Portland is the only city in the United States to have an existing extinct volcano in its borders. Portland is considered one of the most "green" or environmentally friendly cities in the world.

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There are baseball, football, soccer and hockey minor league teams in Portland.

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Portland ranked 53rd out of 75 in the United States for cities its size.

Top Neighborhoods

Arbor Lodge is located in North Portland. Arbor Lodge is a nice urban feeling little corner of the city; offering easy access to other Portland neighborhoods like Kenton, Eliot, Boise, Piedmont, Alberta and Humboldt. A trip to downtown Portland is mere minutes away by car, bike, bus or train. Arbor Lodge provides quick and easy access to the major expressways in the area. Being so close to the freeway does not detract from the livability of Arbor. Arbor Lodge offers bicycling, walking and neighborhood owned coffee and grocery shops.

University Park is located in North Portland and is bordered by Linton, Cathedral Park, and St. Johns neighborhoods. University Park is home to one of the oldest schools in the area, the University of Portland. As such, there is a large student population and much of the area feels young eclectic, hip, and vibrant. There are beautiful homes and buildings and old growth trees that make this a stunning neighborhood as well. Commuters have many options: a quick and easy bike ride to downtown, great mass transit options via bus and the Max light rail train or a 10 minute drive to downtown Portland via car. Residents use the Jantzen Beach shopping center, St Johns Safeway, Arbor Lodge New Seasons Market and have their pick restaurants, boutiques, bike shops and of course, coffee shops.

Arlington Heights is located in Northwest Portland. It is bordered by the Northwest Heights, Sylvan Highlands, Hillside, Northwest and Goose Hollow neighborhoods. Beautiful upscale homes located in the middle of Washington Park and at 1000 feet above the city, offering a stunning view of downtown Portland and the mountains. Residents can bike or enjoy a leisurely stroll to either northwest neighborhoods and downtown Portland. Some of Arlington Height's neighbors include the Holocaust Memorial, the Vietnam Memoria. the Children's Museum, Oregon Zoo, and the Forestry Center. Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States, is only a few minutes away by bike or foot.

Goose Hollow is a charming neighborhood with a great mix of all things old and new. Bordering downtown Portland, this is one of the original neighborhoods of Portland. Goose Hollow is in close proximity to Forest Park, Arlington Heights and the Nob Hill neighborhoods. Many of the hilly streets of Goose Hollow provide wonderful views, and for the fitness buffs, a great place to walk and run. Climb the stairs or walk the streets through the neighborhood and within minutes you can transport yourself to some of Portland's most beautiful areas. For your enjoyment pleasure there is the wonderful Washington Park, The Rose Test Tea Garden, Vista Bridge, Portland Japanese Garden, and what seems to be an unlimited panoramic view of downtown. Mutlmonah Athletic Club and the County Library are within the boundaries of Goose Hollow.

Sullivan's Gulch is located in Northeast Portland. Bordered by the Irvington, Laurelhurst, Grant Park, Lloyd, Kerns, and Hollywood neighborhoods, Sullivan's Gulch is conveniently located on bus lines, and within a short distance to the MAX light rail station. Sullivan's Gulch is a mixed urban and residential area located within walking distance to dining, shopping, and other forms of entertainment. This well-established community has a mix of older East Portland homes on streets with mature trees. There are also some lovely vintage apartments, and multiplexes for rent, as well as some newly developed condominiums for a more urban lifestyle.

Downtown is located in Central Portland. It is bordered by the Goose Hollow, Northwest, Pearl District, Southwest Hills, and Corbett Terwilliger neighborhoods, and the Willamette River. Portland offers one of the most beautiful downtowns of any city, anywhere. Portland's downtown area is vibrant and alive with places like Portland's "Living Room", Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the Saturday Market. Neighborhoods show commitment to the city by being focused on improvements to the downtown area while maintaining a balance of quality urban living space, a thriving business community, unique shopping, and natural beauty offered along the riverfront, in the Park Blocks, and other integrated green spaces. Portland State University is Oregon's largest, urban and most diverse university. Downtown Portland Oregon is alive and well, with many housing options from single family dwellings to lofts, condos and apartment communities.

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