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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
Jan 29, 2013
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
Jan 24, 2013
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
Jan 11, 2013
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
Mar 09, 2012

"Charming, Upscale Community With Amazing Park"

A charming, upscale neighborhood most commonly referred to as Crestwood since it resides in the neighborhood of Crestwood, Woods Memorial Park is where you will find many charming, albeit pricy, homes meticulously maintained and cared for.

The anchor, and prized jewel to this community is Woods Memorial Park a little known, but amazing natural park where almost 100% of the landscape is native to the area. Here, you will find all kinds of plant life, wildlife, including the possible elk and historic trees. It makes you wonder if this is the environment that Lewis and Clark saw when they arrived in Oregon.

This highly coveted neighborhood is close to I-5, which makes commuting assessable to downtown Portland. You will also find shopping close by at Multnomah Village and Washington Square Mall. There are some nice restaurants as well and major grocery chains are here also.
Pros
  • Isolated park
  • A quiet getaway from urban Portland
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Working Class Neighborhood That Needs Improving"

St. Johns is a mixed bag. Described by many as a friendly neighborhood with cool, quirky stores and a very popular vegan restaurant, it also has lots of areas that have seen better days. Located as far north of Portland as you can go before reaching Washington, you feel as far away from downtown as you can however, you are realistically about 15 minutes away or so without traffic.

This is a nice walking town as nearby stores, restaurants, coffee shops (they have a Starbucks!), and other entertainment venues are all together in a central downtown location. Having said this, walking at night is not considered safe which is a huge reason not to travel here after dark.

This working class neighborhood does offer affordable housing and many neighborhoods are quite nice. Some consider St. John’s a neighborhood in transition and are targeting first time homebuyers and businesses to consider relocating here, but I think that’s not going to happen in the near future.
Pros
  • Less Expensive
  • Small town feel
Cons
  • Not as safe as other neighborhoods
  • Not close to downtown
  • Far from freeways
  • Few businesses
  • Poverty and crime
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Upscale Community with Fantastic Portland Views"

Southwest Hills, surprisingly located in Southwest Portland, is truly a beautiful residential neighborhood whose homes offer incredible views of downtown Portland. On rare sunny days, you can also view Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Washington’s own, Mt. St. Helens.

This is truly a gorgeous area to purchase a home just for the views alone. Naturally, homes here are very pricy so views don’t come cheap. With a quick commute to downtown Portland, this is a very popular location for professionals. Because of the hilly terrain, you won’t find many walkers and public transportation is not nearby, so cars are necessary, though I can’t imagine anyone living here not having a car or three.

Close by is Washington Park, one of the more beautiful parks in all of Portland. You also are close to the major Portland tourist attractions, like the Oregon Zoo, The Japanese Garden and my favorite, The Rose Test Garden where I could literally spend hours just breathing in the wonderful aroma.

Schools here are excellent, and again, with such close proximity to Portland, you are near the best shopping, restaurants and entertainment, including Portland’s popular professional sporting events
Pros
  • Convenient
  • Lovely environment
  • Amazing homes
  • Great views
Cons
  • Hilly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Something For Everyone In South Portland"

Once known as Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill (say that five times fast), until the mid 1990’s, South Portland is a long stretch of neighborhood, which lies between the Willamette River and West Hills. Composed of several different areas, South Portland is often difficult to describe. Here you will find South Waterfront in the northeastern part of the neighborhood, Lair Hill in the northwestern section, Corbett, located south of Lair Hill, Terwilliger, John’s Landing and the South Portland Historic District. In each of these neighborhoods within a neighborhood, you will find a variety of homes, from historic on tree-lined streets to high-rise waterfront condos. Many are affordable, but others are highly expensive which means there is something for everyone.

There is excellent shopping, from some unique, quirky stores in John’s Landing, to higher end stores along South Waterfront. Lots of restaurant choices are available as well. You will find several excellent parks, but Willamette Park located along the river is the most popular. It’s over 25 acres and includes sports fields, dog off leash area, boat dock/ramp as well as all the Willamette Greenway Trail for bikers, runners and walkers.
Cons
  • Hard to Navigate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Historic, Upscale Neighborhood, Beautiful Homes"

Rose City Park, is best known for being the home of the famous, surprise (!), Portland landmark, Rose City Park. This beautiful green space gave Portland’s its nickname, “City of Roses,” and is the pride of the city. Us Portlanders celebrate anything that pertains to a rose.

If you have money to spend and enjoy living in a historic community, this might be your place. Beautiful, historic homes can be found here and the neighborhoods are very well kept and tidy. You won't find any undesirable streets. In fact, in 2008 Forbes Magazine named Rose City Park one of the most overpriced neighborhoods in the country but also wrote it was one of the most livable.

Public transportation is accessible here and can take you downtown in minutes. If you want to shop locally, you can find several nice shops, however, you are also close to Beaumont and Hollywood where you can find greater variety.

Other than Rose City Park, you will also find Frazer Park with lots of green space and sports courts, picnic areas and playground. Last I heard they were building a Community Garden here as well.
Pros
  • Beautiful historic homes
  • convenient
  • MAX Station
  • Rose City Park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Nice Rural Community Close To Powell Butte Nature Park"

Pleasant Valley is located in SE Portland and is home to those that are looking for affordable housing set in a rural setting, yet close to neighboring communities for shopping and entertainment. This suburb is popular for its proximity to Powell Butte Nature Park, which is over 600 acres and offers incredible nature trails.

People who are interested in Pleasant Valley tend to be those that love the outdoors and don’t want to live in neighborhoods where homes are on top of each other. With plenty of room to roam, Pleasant Valley is also home to a portion of Springwater Corridor, a walking and biking trail that travels to all over Oregon. Eastridge City Park is a popular neighborhood park that includes a basketball court, playground and picnic areas.

This is a very nice residential community whose residents appreciate the great outdoors and the beauty of the natural parks that Portland offers.
Pros
  • Rural Setting
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Mar 08, 2012

"One Of Portlands First Suburbs"

Piedmont was at one time one of Portland’s first suburbs, so you know you will find many homes with character, several of which have been restored. However, there are some neighborhoods that are in need of some major improvements and clearly show their age. The good news is that there is a group of concerned citizens ready to improve these areas in transition. If you are looking for a fixer upper in an up-and-coming neighborhood, you may want to consider this area.

Piedmont is located in the North section of Portland. The I-5 freeway runs alongside Piedmont and commuting to downtown is quick and less than five minutes. While there are not lots of shopping and restaurant opportunities in this neighborhood per se, you are close to the popular Mississippi District and Alberta Arts District for entertainment and fun, unique stores.

If public parks are important to you, then you will find one of the oldest parks in the Northwest here: Peninsula Rose Park. It is a gorgeous green space and was an inspiration in naming Portland, “City of Roses.” This park is now carefully tended by volunteers who do an amazing job in preserving this landmark.

There are a variety of residents living in Piedmont, from seniors to college students who attend Portland Community College. Overall, a nice affordable community with a neighborhood feel, however, there is work to be done.
Pros
  • Afforable
Cons
  • Some areas seem a little rough
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Mar 08, 2012

"The Pearl Is Everything Portland Is: Hip, Funky, Unique"

Affectionally known as “The Pearl,” Pearl Town is the jewel in Portland’s crown. Very hip, unique, creative, funky, this is a very popular destination for residents and tourists alike.

At one time a warehouse and industrial area, these once rundown buildings were remodeled and filled with impressive art galleries, stores, wine bars and some of the best restaurant Portland has to offer. Not to be forgotten: Powell’s Books that is a book store a block wide. This place is always busy and you will constantly be stepping over customers who sit down in the middle of an aisle to read a book.

There are some really nice public plazas in the Pearl that offers nice tranquil settings. Jamison Square has a beautiful waterfall and Tanner Springs Park offer some trails and a creek where many busy Portlanders unwind during their lunch hour if the weather is nice.

As to be expected, living doesn’t come cheap in the Pearl. This area has many high-rise condos that are some of the hottest property around and you will pay dearly for it. If I had to live anywhere in downtown, this would be it. You wouldn’t need a car as public transportation is right at your doorstep and you can be at your desk in downtown in five minutes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Near Portland International Airport"

Parkrose Heights is not to be confused to Parkrose, though they are in close proximity. Located in East Portland, Parkrose Heights is near Portland International Airport (known as PDX), and is close to the I-84, which takes you right into downtown Portland.

While there are lots of local restaurants and stores, residents are close to the shopping center that is across the street from the airport. Here you have every chain, including IKEA, Best Buy and Target. While public transportation is good and can take you right into downtown, many feel that a car is necessary in Parkrose Heights to travel locally.

Essentially a residential community, there is little green space with the exception of a Knott Street Park, Senn’s Community Garden and Senn’s Dairy Park. However, there is a small active group who keep quite busy with the goal of making Parkrose Heights a desirable location to live.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Mar 07, 2012

"Close to Everything, High Rent Commercial Area"

Lloyd Portland is commonly referred to as Lloyd Center, I don’t think I’ve ever heard it referred to as just Lloyd. Located off the I-5, this highly accessible area is where you will find the Rose Garden, Oregon Convention Center and Lloyd Mall. Known as a popular commercial area of town, there are large office buildings, high-rise condos and apartments, hotels, restaurants and everything else one would find in an area populated with business travelers.

Because this area is very busy, more so when there is a sporting event, and rush hour can be a mad house, there is easy access to public transportation with the TriMet buses and MAX trains. If you are traveling and staying here on business, don’t even think about renting a car, as you won’t need it.

Living here is not cheap, as real estate is considered prime.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
Mar 07, 2012

"Small Community with Active Residents, Close to Parks"

Linnton is a community in NW Portland that is located between Forest Park (thus the name Linnton/Forest Park) and Sauvie Island along the Willamette River. This neighborhood offers some of the more scenic views of downtown Portland and St. John’s Bridge and some of the quietest, park like grounds offered in the Portland area.

Linnton is home to active residents committed to the concerns of the area, including the future of the waterfront development. Homes in Linnton tend to be more affordable though there are many nicer upscale residences as well. There is some shopping and a few good restaurants in Linnton, though most residents drive the ten minutes to Portland for a greater variety.

Some of the best parks are in the area, including Linnton Park, a gorgeous public natural area once owned by Aaron Meier, one of the founders of the Meier and Frank Company. Also nearby, Washington Park and Forest Park which offers a host of bicycling and walking paths.
Pros
  • Linnton Park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Mar 06, 2012

"Historic, Up-and-Coming Community"

Kenton is slowly beginning its ascent as one of Portland’s up and coming neighborhoods. Located north of the city, this little community is starting to show signs of life as businesses and restaurants start setting up business in the once run down buildings. Once home to the Meatpacking District and later to Portland’s main stockyards, this area is full of historical charm yet is putting a decidedly urban spin to it all to create a buzz for this once deserted area.

Many homes in Kenton were built after WWII and while that immediately brings to mind “non descript” some, while modest, display great curb appeal. Yet, it is also safe to say that there are neighborhoods which a ways to go.

The Portland Internal Raceway and Metropolitan Expo Center are located here as well as two parks that are all nice and full of the traditional play equipment and sports fields.
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
Feb 23, 2012

"Casual Living on the Water"

Described by Lewis and Clark as "the canoe image island," Hayden Island is located in the Columbia River right between Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. However, Hayden Island is really considered part of Portland and like the rest of Oregonians, residents enjoy the “no sales tax” law. The east side of the island is the most developed area. Homes, apartments, hotels, shopping and restaurants are located here. While downtown Portland is approximately 15 minutes away (though count on major traffic if you are driving during normal rush hours), many residents don't feel the need to leave the island. There is a mixture of homes at a variety of prices. Floating homes are common here and quite affordable, as well as more expensive homes and condos. But, there are also some areas that are rundown and need some work.

Besides marine and water activities, there is a very nice park, Lotus Isle Park which has a play and picnic area. Overall, Hayden Island is a good choice for those that prefer a laid back lifestyle on the water.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Feb 22, 2012

"Affordable, Quiet Neighborhoods, Walking Friendly"

Center, now known as North Tabor (though many old time locals still refer to it as Center), is located in SE Portland, only a few minutes drive from downtown. Home to one of the neighborhood's largest employers, Providence Portland Medical Center, North Tabor is a popular neighborhood, filled with affordable homes, quiet neighborhoods and the Rosemont Bluff Natural Area. This nature sanctuary has beautiful hiking trails, foliage and such a peacefulness that it makes you forget you are only minutes from busy downtown Portland. But you will notice that residents just don't walk at Rosemont, but everywhere. This is a very walkable town with shops and restaurants centrally located.
Pros
  • Rosemont Bluff Natural Area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Feb 21, 2012

"Lewis and Clark Slept Here!"

Cathedral Park, located in North Portland, is deservingly called the most beautiful park in Portland. Settled under the St. John’s Bridge, this park has a storybook past as it’s rumored that Lewis and Clark camped here when they arrived in Portland. You would think that because of this, Cathedral Park would be a long time treasured landmark. Not until the 1970’s when a fundraising effort raised 7.5 million dollars did restoration of this park take place. Prior, to this, it resembled a landfill with all of the litter and junk underneath sections of the bridge.

Today, this neighborhood is home to a diverse community approximately a 15-minute car ride to Downtown Portland. Parts of the neighborhood are still in transition, but home styles are varied. Condos and apartment buildings are available here as well. Lots of small shops, as well as larger chain stores are here, and there are some restaurants, but be sure and check out the food carts that are here. You will find some of the best food Portland has to offer coming out of these mini kitchens. However, the main attraction is Cathedral Park and the St. John’s Bridge. Outdoor attractions, from the Jazz Festival, and the Portland Pirate Festival are all popular and celebrate the beauty of this magnificent park.
Pros
  • Beautiful park
  • Good mix of housing options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Feb 21, 2012

"Desire a Floating House? Welcome to Bridgetown!"

Bridgetown is a small community in North Portland, not far from the Washington border. Easy access to I-5 freeway make it easy to get to downtown Portland or Vancouver, WA as Bridgetown is in the smack dab middle of both locations. But keep in mind that traffic during rush hour is horrendous.

The appeal to this neighborhood is its location right on the harbor of the Columbia River. Needless to say, this is a perfect environment to nature lovers and boaters. Interested in purchasing a floating home? This would be the place! Bridgetown also offers nice, upscale condos, reasonably priced homes and apartments. Close to the Max train, Bridgetown is minutes from the Portland International Airport. Of course, airport noise has been a big issue for some Bridgetown residents.

Local shopping is nearby at Jantzen Beach Shopping Center and there are some nice restaurants that are very popular with the locals. Outdoor activity is not just limited to the water. The Portland forty-mile loop bike trail passes through here and there are some beautiful parks.
Pros
  • Bike trail
  • Marine activities on Columbia River
Cons
  • Noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
Feb 21, 2012

"Nice Community with Lots of Green Spaces"

Ashcreek is a very nice residential community in Southwest Portland.
Located near the I-5 freeway, it is only a few minutes from downtown Portland, Tigard and Beaverton, though traffic is a problem when commuting during the peak business hours. However, this neighborhood is highly attractive as it has something for everyone. There are a variety of homes, many upscale, that are close to several running trails that populate this neighborhood. But hey, you aren’t far from Nike headquarters, so that should be expected. Also nearby, the Ashcreek Natural area which has walking trails, beautiful greenery and wildlife. Four other parks are also nearby, including the Duniway Lilac Garden, which has over 225 lilacs, plants and is pure heaven when they all bloom in the spring.

Shopping is close by at the Multnomah Village, which contains lots of specialty shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Washington Square Mall is a quick drive as well.
Pros
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Green Spaces
  • Safe and quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Feb 17, 2012

"Home to Rocky Butte and Affordable Housing"

Madison South (nothing South about it as it is located in NE Portland), offers Rocky Butte, one of the best places to enjoy a good hike, a pretty strenuous bike ride and amazing views of Portland. Lots of activity, including climbing can be found as well as plenty of green space to enjoy a picnic. Not my favorite park, (Washington Park always wins), but certainly a great place to go in this section of Portland. Madison South is also home to the Grotto, a botanical garden and Rose City Park. Certainly this is one of the more greener neighborhoods in Portland and provides a little something for everyone who likes to spend time outdoors. The neighborhoods are average and are priced more affordably.
Pros
  • Rocky Butte
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
Feb 17, 2012

"A Hint of Old Time Portland...."

Goose Hollow is a beautiful section of Portland offering a hint of what old time Portland must have been like. Filled with impressive, upscale, turn of the century homes, the neighborhoods also include quaint stores, locally owned coffee shops and central to some of the best attractions and parks Portland offers. By far, the best area is that included along the western border: The Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Zoo are here as well as Washington Park, probably the best park in all of Oregon, maybe the country, as far as I'm concerned. Also nearby, Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Timbers, Portland's official soccer team. As season ticket holders, I can tell you that this area gets very loud and noisy when the Timbers are in town. I would not want to live in the area surrounding this field. Public transportation is ample in this area and you can be in downtown Portland within minutes. If you have a large budget, this is probably one of the best places to live in the city.
Pros
  • PGE park
  • Washington Park
  • Beautiful historic homes
  • Center of everything
Cons
  • Expensive houses
  • PGE park's traffic
  • Steep hill
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Jan 31, 2012

"Montavilla: It's Trying."

Montavilla is a suburb of Portland that really has improved quite a bit in the past several years. Once considered not so desirable, Montavilla is really gathering some steam with a dedicated group of residents, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, who are determined to make it an up and coming community. Housing is affordable and new restaurants and shops are popping up frequently. The town sponsors a very popular Farmer’s Market, has a nice Community Center with a great sized outdoor pool that can be quite busy during the summer. Mt. Tabor is located nearby and is very popular for outdoor activities like biking and hiking. It’s an approximately 10 minute drive to downtown Portland or a 15-minute bus ride. I have heard that the schools are average though I have had no direct experience with them.
Pros
  • Affordable homes
  • Community center and pool
  • Mt. Tabor park
Cons
  • Crime rate
  • Neighborhood feel changes by block