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13 Reasons We Love Living in the Portland Area

  |  Neighborhood Insight, Portland

We’ve got a confession to make. We have a crush on Portland! From its gorgeous scenery to its thriving arts scene, and its quirky residents to its expertly crafted coffee, there’s so much to love about Stumptown. 

While we appreciate living here all year long, it seems like the month of love is the best time to spell out all the reasons we love living in the Portland area. Consider this our love letter to the city of Portland 


We Have All Four Seasons 

Portland, Oregon

It can be hard to remember the pleasant sunny days when we’re deep in the depths of winter, but our diverse seasons are a major draw for PNW living! Sure, we have quite a bit of rainfall, but we also have gorgeous summers and falls to balance it all out. Other always-sunny or always-snowy areas don’t experience the ebbs and flows of all four seasons, as beautiful blooms burst forth through frosty grounds in the spring and tree groves transform to seas of orange, red and yellow in the fall. Here in Portland, we experience the extremes of all four seasons — and appreciate them all for their varying colors, temperatures and other conditions. 


Outdoor Recreation 

To say Portland is an outdoorsy town is an understatement. Our diverse geography appeals to outdoorsmen of all kinds. Here, we can explore the mountains on ski, weave through a forest on a bike, or paddle in the ocean — all within just minutes of home. From our hiking trails to our swimming holes, Portland is a great place to be if you like to spend time outside. 


Thriving Arts & Culture Scene 

Portland, Oregon Arts & Culture

Arts and culture are alive and well here in Portland. The city has a particularly artsy population, including artists, musicians, filmmakers, authors, actors, artisans and other creative folks. Portland celebrates the arts with its venues and events, as it is home to plenty of art galleries, performing arts centers, music venues, museums, and more. Not to mention, the calendar is packed with ways to appreciate and experience the arts in all forms. To take it all in, check out the many arts initiatives in the city. 


There’s Always Something To Do 

Along those lines, there’s always something going on in Portland. Whether it’s a concert, a festival, a weekly farmers’ market, or another event — the calendar is packed with events covering just about every interest. Plus, there’s always a new restaurant, brewery or coffee shop to try! Trust us — you won’t get bored here. 


It’s Bike Friendly 

Biking in Portland, Oregon

Over the years, Portland has emerged as a particularly bike-friendly city, due to improved bike paths and other initiatives by the city. In fact, Portland was named a “platinum” bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2008, and has been named among the country’s top bike-friendly cities by Bicycling magazine for many years in a row. As of 2017, 6.3% of Portland commuters travel by bike, which is the highest percentage of bike commuters for a larger American city. This means less car traffic, too! 


We’re Focused on Health 

From healthy eating habits to abundant workout classes, it’s no surprise Portland is a city dialed in on health and wellness. Portlanders may be stereotyped for our obsession with green juice and exercise, but it’s a designation we’re proud to have. Whether you’re looking for a healthy restaurant, a yoga class to join, or a local farmers’ market packed with fresh produce, you’ll be inspired to stay healthy in Portland — and find plenty of health nuts to hold you accountable. 


We Have the Best Food 

The Best Places to Eat in Portland, Oregon

Much like our jam-packed events calendar, you’ll never run out of new flavors and dishes to try in Portland. Our city is filled to the brim with talented chefs serving up all types of cuisine out of restaurants, cafes, and even food carts! From our fresh seafood to global dishes, you’ll experience diversity and ingenuity with every bite you take. 


…And Drinks 

Not to mention, our drinks are crafted with care, from your morning latte to your late-night cocktail. Portland bars and restaurants treat their drink making like a form of art, whether it’s at a coffee shop, a cocktail bar, a brewerya kombucha taproom or a wineryOur baristas and bartenders take great pride in their work — and it certainly shows! 


It’s Walkable 

Portland, Oregon Walkability

Portland Metro maintains an impressive overall Walk Score year after year, especially in some of the residential areas closer to the heart of downtown. Residents in these neighborhoods may easily access the city’s many popular dining and shopping destinations, their favorite coffee shop, bookstores, city parks, grocery stores, and other neighborhood conveniences. Plus, the streets lined with flourishing trees and pristine sidewalks makes a stroll through the neighborhood even more enjoyable. Take a look at the top 10 neighborhoods in Portland ranked by Walk Score, which measures the walkability of any address using a patented system. 


The People Are Quirky 

Let’s be honest, “quirky” is just another word for “weird.” But we embrace it! Our city’s unofficial motto is “Keep Portland Weird” after allThere’s never a dull moment in Portland, a town where you can encounter a unicyclist dressed like Darth Vader and not think twice about it. But we think these strange occurrences are what make us special and unique. Intrigued? Learn some more weird, interesting facts about Portland. 


We Have Wonderful Surrounding Communities 

Benefits of Living in Washington State

You don’t have to live smackdab in the middle of Portland to experience all it has to offer. The city is surrounded by thriving communities and suburbs, from Hillsboro to Beaverton and Lake Oswego to Vancouver, Washington. Each provides its own sense of community, with local businesses, events, and other attractions, while still maintaining access to whatever is going on in Portland. Many settle down in these communities for a laid-back, family-friendly feel and more affordable home prices, while never running out of things to see, taste and experience. 


There’s No Sales Tax 

Not only is Portland a great place to live, but it’s also a great place to shop! That’s right. Oregon is one of just five states in the country without sales tax. This means that when you buy something for $19.99, it actually costs $19.99! When compared with our state neighbors to the north and the south, which have sales taxes of 6.5 percent and 7.25 percent, respectively, we save a lot of money while shopping in Oregon. 


There Are Plenty of Beautiful Homes 

Homes for Sale in Portland, Oregon

This Home is For Sale Here

All of this is great and all, but what about the homes — which is where we spend the majority of our time? Thankfully, Portland and its surrounding communities are packed with homes varying in style, size and price, from new construction homes in the suburbs to historic homes in the heart of activity. And no matter the home you live in, your neighborhood stroll with take you on a journey pass a variety of architectural styles! 

Let us know if we can help with your home search in the Portland area. 


What Would You Add? 

There’s so much to love about PortlandWhat do you love about living here? 

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About the Author

Melissa Peterson, Director of Agent Services and Technology

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