The city of Portland is the heart and center of the Portland Metro area. The city resides along the banks of two rivers and offers breath-taking views of the Cascade Mountain Range. It sits in great proximity to both the mountains and the coast, making it a great home base. Portland has over 90 distinct neighborhoods, all with their own personality and flair, and is generally broken down by 5 directional areas: N, NE, SE, SW & NW Portland.
Portland OR is a vibrant city that takes pride in it’s quirky style, hence the tagline, “Keep Portland Weird”. It has a thriving food scene and a booming craft brewery industry that’s not to be outdone by the nearby valleys and vineyards that produce award-winning wines! Whether you tend towards James Beard Award level dining, or the simplicity of food carts and picnic tables, the city has something for everyone.
Portlanders tend to love the outdoors, and will baulk at you for using an umbrella, despite the 140+ days of precipitation a year. The bountiful rain is a welcomed trade off for some of the most enjoyable summer months you’ll ever experience, and the lush green landscape that is an area staple.
The city has over 275 parks and houses one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves, with Forest Park spanning over 8 miles along the West Hills just beyond the downtown skyline. It also includes a state park within its city-limits, as well as natural reserves, beaches and more.
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Areas of Portland OR
Portland OR School Districts
The city is served by 9 different school districts:
- Portland Public School District
- Beaverton School District
- Parkrose School District
- Lake Oswego School District
- David Douglas School District
- Centennial School District
- Tigard-Tualatin School District
- Reynolds School District
- Riverdale School District
Things to do in Portland OR
Take a hike in the city. Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest Urban Forests in the county. Spanning 5,200 acres of the West Hills, the park over looks the city and the Willamette River. With more than 80 miles of trails, you will have no shortage of ways to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.
Portland is home to Tryon Creek State Natural Area, the only state park within a major metropolitan area. Located along the southwestern brim of the city, the park is located just 15 minutes from downtown Portland.
Make sure to pay attention to what is happening at Tom McCall Waterfront Park throughout the year. Often called Portland’s front yard, this park is tucked between the Willamette River and the downtown streets and offers great views of the city. It plays host to some of the best festivals throughout the year, such as the Portland Rose Festival, the Waterfront Blues Festival, and the Oregon Brewers Festival. The long-running Portland Saturday Market, also takes up space within the northern part of the park each Saturday.
Root on our local teams! The Portland Trailblazers basketball team has been keeping Oregonians entertained since the 70’s, and the Portland newer MLS teams, the Timbers and the Thorns, have been much welcomed addition to the pro-sports teams line up.
Homes for Sale in Portland OR
Looking to buy or sell a home in Portland OR? Contact Erica Parsons with Ambiance Realty Group at Keller Williams Realty Portland Elite to get started! (503)706-8638