The Ultimate Portland Neighborhood Guide for Newbies
Portland is becoming one of the country’s most popular metropolitan areas. That’s not because it’s sprawling or industrious like other cities. Rather, it’s because every part of Portland is jam-packed with unique culture and charm. From quirky food carts to gorgeous Victorian architecture, there’s a place for everyone here.
However, finding that perfect place in the city isn’t always easy. We’ve made this guide to highlight some of the best neighborhoods in Portland. Whether you’re looking for a new place to live or just a place to hang out, our comprehensive guide will steer you in the right direction.
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A Little About Portland, Oregon
The Willamette River cuts directly through the Portland dividing it between west and east. Over the years, this division has also cultivated a difference in lifestyle on either side.
An eclectic mix of craftsman, bungalows, and Victorian homes grace the neighborhoods of the east side, with lots of boutiques, local restaurants, and cafes scattered within. The west features many bungalows and ranch homes, as well as some of Portland’s most luxurious original mansions overlooking downtown from Council Crest, Skyline, and Vista Avenue.
Second in importance is the divide between north and south. Burnside Street is the official marker between the two regions splitting Portland into several major zones: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest, and just plain North.