Portland, Oregon


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Pearl District

Young Professionals

Young Profs flock to Portland due to the incredible job market, great social scene, and lower costs (than much of the west coast). When they get here many move to the Pearl District. Everything in this neighborhood is walkable and everything you need is here: gyms, dog parks, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, boutique shopping, galleries, music venues, literally all blocks away. It’s a singles/young couples paradise. It certainly isn’t the only neighborhood catering to this demo as Mississippi Ave., offers similar commercial advantages but it gives these to you in a bit more of a small-town package. It’s just over the bridge from downtown so you get a hint of escape while still being close enough to walk but with everything Pearl has to offer at your fingertips.

  • Pearl District
  • Mississippi Ave
  • Knob Hill
  • Slabtown
  • Albert Arts District

Hawthorne District


The Hawthorne District in the southeast quadrant is the most popular lesbian neighborhoods. Cool coffeehouses, bars, and boutiques line Hawthorne Boulevard and Belmont Street.

The largest LGBTQ+ community is the Burnside Triangle. Known for its bars, restaurants and shops it has been the center of the LGBT community for several decades.

Mississippi Avenue is an eastside neighborhood is considered an up-and-coming neighborhood for the LGBTQ+ community and has plenty of that Portland quirk.

  • Hawthorne District
  • Burnside Triangle
  • Mississippi Avenue

Knob Hill

Young Families

Portland is odd in that many neighborhoods that are great for young professionals also work for young families. The city has tons of single-family homes, following the west coast trend of not building up until recent years so these historic victorians have survived for many a decade. Knob Hill is one of these great neighborhoods. It’s filled with Victorians, restored Craftsman, and then has newer condos and apartments for those not ready for homes or to make a purchase. The schools in Knob Hill are great and for those straddling the line between wanting a great home for their kiddos to grow up in but also fun places to eat, drink and play, Knob Hill fits the bill.

  • Knob Hill
  • Alameda
  • Sellwood-Moreland
  • Goose Hollow
  • South Waterfront


Established Families

Hillsdale is one of the original 13 neighborhoods of Portland. Located in the southwest of the city it is filled with older historic homes but the Portland vibe prevents any neighborhood from feeling stuffy. As with most Portland neighborhoods it has a Farmer’s Market (it’s a virtual law in Portland that Farmer’s Markets must exist in every neighborhood), a booming bar, restaurant, and boutique shopping district. Combine the beautiful homes, local commercial district and great schools and you have the quintessential family neighborhood for Portland.

  • Hillsdale
  • Linnton
  • Forest Park