Portland, Oregon, USA

by: Iyna Bort Caruso

In parts of Portland, Oregon, one is much more likely to the hear sound of a bicycle horn than a car horn. The city has more bicyclists per capita than any other in the United States and the largest percentage of two-wheel commuters for a city of its size. Credit a populace that embraces an eco-friendly lifestyle and a city that supports it with more than 300 miles of bikeways--and growing.

The state’s largest city sits in an enviable spot, on the banks of the Willamette River and between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. Bridges give it its distinct character. Some are landmarks more than a century old.

A 2014 quality of life survey by the London-based global affairs and lifestyle magazine Monocle named Portland as the only U.S. city to meet its livability criteria.

Its economy is fueled by both global brands and reputation as an incubation station for startups. 

Portland is filled with upscale neighborhoods that offer a down-home feel. Some are pocket-sized microhoods, areas that are highly desirable for their walking or biking-distance access to top shopping, dining, performance venues and other cultural attractions.  Take a look Portland real estate to find your next home.

The Pearl is a former industrial zone in Northwest Portland now a trendy arts district of luxury condominiums and loft developments. The greater Northwest area encompasses leafy enclaves of historic Victorian and craftsman residences and neighborhoods perched high with views of the Willamette River and Coast Range.

The West Hills area, at the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains, has some of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Situated among the lush and hilly terrain are historic English cottages, Tudors and Arts & Crafts homes. Portland’s wealthy suburbs like Lake Oswego and West Linn are known for their schools, views, trails and golf courses. Less than an hour southwest of Portland is the Willamette Valley wine region, a burgeoning area drawing crowds for its views as well as for its vintages.

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