Portland office: 503-403-0582
Welcome! The City of Roses, Stumptown, Portlandia...there are many names, but there’s only one Portland, Oregon! Portland is situated in Northwestern Oregon, split in half by the Willamette River and bordered by Washington. Portlanders enjoy a quick and beautiful drive to the Pacific Ocean, and can find the dazzling forests that Oregon is famous for right out their front door. Hikers, bikers, and campers will have an easy time satisfying their craving for an outdoor experience. Despite Portland’s considerable population, its residents love the small-town aesthetic. Portlanders pride themselves on a local mentality that contributes to a thriving small business economy and a wealth of options for local food, microbrews, and wines. In fact, Portland’s commitment to local business and produce works well with its commitment to clean, green, sustainable living. In Portland, it’s not unusual for your neighbors to raise their own chickens or devote as much time and thought to their compost bins as they do to sorting their recycling! Of course, if you’re ready to buy a home in Portland, we are here and happy to help! Give us a call if you have any questions about the real estate market here, or the city itself. Reach us at 503-969-3236.
Office Number & Address ~ 503.844.9800 855 NE 25th Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97124
Beverly Anderson Buyer Specialist 503.880.9277
Facts & Features History In the 1830s and 1840s, Portland was known only as ‘The Clearing’, a convenient stopping place for trappers and traders that traveled between Fort Vancouver and Oregon City. The property was purchased and sold, and then sold, and then sold again by a series of investors that saw the site’s potential as a shipping port. By 1850, Portland had been named and populated with 821 citizens. Although it boasted larger numbers than the territorial capital, Oregon City, Portland was seen as a ramshackle frontier town, often called ‘Stumptown’ for the stumps of fallen firs that littered the streets. After hosting a world’s fair in 1905, Portland’s population swelled to over 200,000. Another boom occurred in the early 1940s as the US Congress paid $2 billion to expand the Bonneville Power Administration, and as local shipyards received contracts to build ships for World War II. The dot-com boom of the mid-to-late 1990’s brought in young workers, eager to take advantage of the new tech scene. As the dust from the boom settled, Portland was left with a population of entrepreneurs and artists who shifted the community’s focus to small business and a creativity-driven market.
Basic Portland Population (Portland Proper): 583,776 Population (Metro Area): 2,289,800 Area: 145.09 square miles Elevation: 50ft Climate: Temperate Average Rainfall: 36 inches Average Snowfall: 7.8 inches Average Summer Temp: 73.4 degrees
Average Winter Temp: 52.84 degrees Timezone: Pacific Standard Timezone Demonym: Portlander Largest Employer: Intel Big Industries: Tech, manufacturing, steel Walk Score: 66 Transit Score: 50 Bike Score 70
Green Portland As a city full of avid outdoor enthusiasts, Portland is devoted to policies and practices that will ensure that our environment stays healthy, and our people too! Its forward-thinking city planners have designed Portland around European models to increase walkability, and to make sure that bicyclists have an easy time coming and going! This dedication has been rewarded with several awards and rankings declaring Portland one of the greenest, if not the greenest city in the United States. Since Oregon’s 1971 First Bottle Bill, which discouraged litter and landfill waste and encouraged recycling, Portland has become the nation’s leader in green policy. In 1993, Portland became the first U.S. city to adopt a Global Warming Action Plan. In 2000, Portland created the Office of Sustainable Development (now the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability), one of the first city agencies of its kind. The BPS’ mission is to develop practical and green solutions “on issues as far ranging as comprehensive neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, food and solar technologies. Additionally, Portland was the first US city to create a Green Investment Fund (a grant given to projects demonstrating innovative green practices) and has the most LEED-certified buildings per capita. It’s not just the local government that makes Portland green, though. Private citizens have done their part to keep Portland clean and green. Many reduce their carbon footprint by commuting via bicycle, public transportation, car-sharing, or just plain walking! Composting, thrifting, and recycling also contribute to less waste—in 2012, Portlanders recycled 64% of their waste, one of the highest rates in the U.S.
Visit BPS online to learn how you can do your part! http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/
Getting Around Walking Portland’s neighborhood-oriented mentality means that often a car, or even a bike, isn’t necessary to get from home to the grocery store, shopping, or your favorite restaurant. City planners continue to push Portland towards European models that make walking a pleasant way to commute.
Biking Portlanders love their bikes! Our city is often ranked first in the nation for bicyclists, with ample bike-lanes all over the city and a public awareness that makes it safer for bicyclists to travel. Bicyclists can even travel across the Willamette River, via ‘bike boulevards’ installed on the Hawthorne Bridge. Visit www.bikeportland.org for up-to-date info about biking in the area.
With 87 stations and more than 54 miles of track, Portland’s light rail system is a convenient and cost-effective way for commuters to get into and around Portland without their cars. Passengers range from kids without cars heading into the city for a day of fun to daily travelers going to and from the office. Adults can expect to pay $2.50 for two hours’ access. Multiple-day passes are also available, up to a one year unlimited pass for $1,100. Visit www.trimet.org/max for schedules, Park & Ride info, rates, and more.
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What To Do Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Trips to OMSI are a regular event for many Portland kids...many Portland adults, too! Besides rotating exhibits like “Grossology”, “Body Worlds 3,” and “A T-Rex Named Sue”, OMSI features regular exhibits that allow kids to investigate and learn. The focus in this museum is less on ‘look’ and more on ‘touch’. Kids can participate in chemical experiments, create their own erosion cycles, learn Morse code and even dissect owl pellets. OMSI is also home to the ‘OMNIMAX’, an amazingly expansive screen that wraps around viewers to provide an immersive experience in feature films or documentaries. Admission is currently $13.00 for adults or $9.50 for kids ages 3-13. Check www.omsi.edu to see current exhibits and make sure the things you want to see are open on the days you want to go!
Oregon Zoo Located in Washington Park and easily accessible by MAX, the Oregon Zoo is Oregon’s largest paid attraction and a popular destination, year-round. The zoo’s animals include penguins, bears, leopards and lions, bats, hippos, giraffes, birds of all shapes and sizes, pythons, frogs, primates from chimpanzees to pygmy marmosets, exotic bugs, and more. The zoo is most famous for its Asian Elephant breeding program. Packy, a longterm resident and the oldest Asian elephant in the U.S., has fathered five calves and serves as the zoo’s ambassador and a popular attraction. In summer, the zoo is home to a concert series that draws popular artists and large crowds. In winter, ZooLights brightens up the zoo with a train ride to see a vibrant display of Christmas lights depicting the zoo’s residents. Admission for adults (12-64) is $11.50. For children (3-11), it’s $8.50. Parking is often packed, especially in summer, so arrive early or plan to take the MAX. Check www.oregonzoo.org for events, discounts, and the latest info!
What To Do International Rose Test Garden Since 1917, the International Rose Test Garden has hosted unique roses and hybrids from all over the world, testing them for color, fragrance, and diseases. In summer, the 4.5acre garden is a beautiful display, with over 7,000 plants and 550 varieties of rose. Itâ€™s the perfect place for a walk, picnic, or a serene spot to relax and enjoy the colors and stunning Mount Hood and city views. The rose garden is free to enter and wander, and is sustained by one year-round gardener (two in summer) and plenty of rose-lovers who volunteer over 500 hours per year. The best time to go is June, when the majority of the flowers have fully bloomed, but itâ€™s still a great experience from April through October.
Portland Japanese Garden Serenity and harmony reign in the Portland Japanese Garden, a peaceful walk through 5.5 acres. The garden strives for beauty and authenticity, and includes waterfalls, bonsai trees, ponds, a traditional sand and rock garden, and a handmade moon-bridge. Admission is $9.50 for adults, and is well worth it. The location is a popular spot for photographers (itâ€™s tough to take a bad picture there!) and those who need a quiet retreat from the outside world.
What To Do Hikes We Portlanders like to get outside as often as possible, and living in Portland makes it easy! Check out these parks and hikes...it’s a free and healthy way to spend the day. Pittock Mansion Hike—Difficulty: Moderate This hike, beginning right in town at the Lower Macleay Trailhead, takes you 2.5 miles through Forest Park and ends at Pittock Mansion, a Portland landmark. Expect to encounter joggers, dog-walkers and other hikers as you wind through the forest scenery, and keep a look out for little waterfalls in the nearby creek. For young children, start at Macleay Trailhead and walk 0.85 to end at the Stone House, a spooky (but fun!) ruin overgrown with moss and vines. Marshall Park Hike—Difficulty: Easy, but not for younger children For those that want a less-crowded experience than the Pittock Mansion hike, Marshall Park provides plenty of opportunities. Start at the Marshall Park Trailhead on 12th, and travel 1.4 miles through deciduous forest. A few creek crossings get tricky (the bridges here are narrow and old), which older kids may enjoy, but younger kids may topple and get wet. Oaks Bottom Loop Hike—Difficulty: Very Easy Bird-watchers and other wild-life enthusiasts will love this simple hike around the Oaks Bottom wetlands. Viewing platforms, railed boardwalks, and footbridges have all been refurbished, making it easy to get down to the water’s edge and watch beavers, nutria, and waterbirds. This hike attracts plenty of people. Keep to the right of the path so fast-tracking bicyclists can zip by, and remember: Portlanders are a friendly breed, so you’ll likely be saying a few ‘hello’s to the people you see on your walk!
For more info about these and other hikes, visit www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org
Portland Eats With a focus on local fare and sometimes unconventional items, Portland dining is as diverse as it is delicious. Portland is particularly famous for the quantity (and high quality!) of street food available around the city. When your stomach growls, give these places a try!
Street Food Viking Soul Food—SE 43rd and Belmont Lefse (a delicate potato flatbread) makes for great wraps, both sweet and savory! The Frying Scotsman—SW 9th Ave & SW Alder St The best fish and chips you’ll ever have. Fried with vinegar and tumeric instead of beer for a unique (and welcome!) flavor. Nong’s Khao Man Gai—SW 10th & Alder The options are limited here, but you won’t care! Khao Man Gai (tender poached chicken on jasmine rice) with a delicious garlicky sauce you’ll lick off your fingers. Tabor—SW 5th & Stark St Czech food done right. Try a ‘Schnitzelwich’ - crispy pork on ciabatta with carmelized onions, sour horseradish, and a red-pepper spread.
Dine-In Lardo—1205 SW Washington St Sandwiches taken to a whole new level...even the classic tuna melt gets an upgrade with shaved fennel, and caper mayo. OX—2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Popular (and often packed!) dinner spot that describes itself as “Argentinian inspired Portland food”. Don’t miss the skirt steak, or the hominy stew. Tasty ‘N Sons—3808 N Williams Ave Come for brunch and be prepared to wait—it’s worth it! Varied menu with broad influences...get the Burmese red pork stew when the weather turns chilly! Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar—7937 SE Stark St Down-home American food cooked by angels. The chicken and dumplings here will convert you instantly to the Church of Old World Cooking. APizza Scholls—4741 SE Hawthorne The best pizza in Portland. Thin-crust and deliciously charred in a hightemperature oven. Make reservations for this one at 503-233-1288. Grain & Gristle—1473 NE Prescott St Locally-sourced pub food with a casual, woodsy atmosphere. The Twofer (shared entrée, side, and two pints) is just $20, great price for quality.
Portland Drinks & Desserts Portlanders are connoisseurs of anything sip-able. Many restaurants boast locally brewed coffees or beer rosters packed with Oregonian microbrews.
Coffee Case Study Coffee—5347 NE Sandy Blvd Quiet with a studious aesthetic and a convenient central location in the Hollywood district. Oh, and their (in-house roasted) coffee is great, too. Coffeehouse Northwest—1951 W Burnside St Friendly baristas who know their beans and beans worth knowing. This longrunning institution features rotating art shows. Courier Coffee—923 SW Oak St #520 A small and uniquely Portlandian indie café that roasts their own coffee and makes their own pastries and vanilla syrup.
Beer, Wine, & More Barwares—4605 NE Fremont St A simple menu pairs basic liquors with subtle twists. Perfect for folks who are a bit intimidated by the bar scene and just want to order something. The Old Gold—2105 N Killingsworth An open, friendly atmosphere with six local taps and an impressive whiskey selection. Try the elk burger, too! Ground Kontrol—511 NW Couch St Classic golden-era arcade games paired with new favorites and a full menu of drinks. Often busy, full of folks with a joystick in one hand and beer in the other.
Desserts Voodoo Donuts—22 SW 3rd St A Portland staple, open 24/7. From the maple-bacon doughnut to puffy pastries dipped in frosting and rolled in Froot Loops, the unexpected is expected here. Ruby Jewel Scoops—3713 N Mississippi Ave & 428 SW 13th Ave Ice cream, hand-made from local ingredients. Permanent flavors like Oregon Strawberry share the stage with specials like Vanilla Chai and Chocolate Hazelnut. Pacific Pie Co.— 1520 SE 7th Ave Sweet and savory pies, tarts, ganache and more, all hand-made with whatever is seasonal. Any bakery with a Happy Hour menu is a good bakery.
Shopping Pioneer Courthouse Square If you want to be in the middle of things, head to Pioneer Courthouse Square! This brick-and-mortar hub is the site of concerts, exhibits, social and political events, and even the Christmas Tree Lighting. Walk the perimeter and the surrounding avenues to find large retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Columbia Sportswear, Apple, Sephora, and the Pioneer Place Mall which is home to over sixty stores and restaurants.
Northwest 23rd Avenue This street in the Nob Hill neighborhood is well-known for its boutique shopping and fine dining. Small businesses in this area purvey clothing and accessories, toys, furnishings, jewelry, art, and more...it’s the right place to find unique goods that you won’t see anywhere else.
Hawthorne Portland counter-culture still runs strong on Hawthorne. This walk-able street is full of the bizarre and beautiful—art, clothing, furnishings, and gifts. Carefully curated thrift stores are popular here, along with indie boutiques and Portlandspecific wares. And patchouli. Lots and lots of patchouli.
Powell’s City of Books Powell’s is a shopping district in of itself, and often the only stop needed on a booklover’s shopping trip. A solid city block of new and used books organized into 122 subject areas, and over 3500 subsections. It’s the largest new and used bookstore in the world, and many Portlanders’ favorite place to get lost for hours at a time.
The Arts Art and creativity of all kinds live in Portland! Visual art, film, music, dance, poetry, prose and everything in between flourish in Portland’s vibrant art scene, and enjoys wide-spread exposure through Portland’s galleries, festivals, theaters, and street corners. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a casual observer, you can enjoy the depth and presence of the artistic community here.
Music Since the grunge movement of the 1990’s, Portland has been heavily involved in the indie renaissance and the recent bluegrass revival. Bands like The Decemberists, Everclear, and the Dandy Warhols all developed here, and Portland continues to attract established groups like Modest Mouse, Spoon, and The Shins. Concert venues like the Aladdin Theater and the Crystal Ballroom regularly sell out for musical acts both popular and obscure, and new talent appears frequently in Portland’s many small venues. Of course, if you don’t want to go hunting for the latest and greatest, Portland’s music-loving population regularly draws superstars to perform in the Rose Garden or the more intimate Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Writing In any Portland coffee shop, you’ll likely see more than one writer bent over their notebook or laptop. Writers of all kinds continue to find inspiration in Portland’s storied streets, and they come together for open mics, poetry slams, workshops and readings. Powell’s City of Books frequently features talks by best-selling authors, which are often so crowded they’re ‘standing-room only’! Always combining the traditional with the revolutionary, Portlanders are prolific bloggers and love the written word in whatever form it takes.
The Arts Performing Arts Portland’s Keller Auditorium and Portland Center Stage are the places to be for broadway shows, ballets and dance performances, and theater, both modern and traditional. For film-lovers, Portland is packed with theaters that offer the standard movie-going experience, or that pair a flick with dinner and a beer that you can sip in comfort while you watch. Check out Cinetopia, where you can wrap all of your date-night destinations into a single great experience.
Comics & Graphic Novels In recent years, as the definition of ‘comics’ has grown from Garfield into a literary and artistic expression all its own, Portland has become a hub for artists and writers involved in the field. Small studios and collectives dot the city, and events from the sprawling Rose City Comic Con to the more independently minded Stumptown Comics Fest draw in more and more comic creators who visit and decide to stay. Publishers Dark Horse (third largest publisher of comics) and Oni Press have moved their headquarters to Portland, legitimizing the city’s hold on the trade.
Visual Arts Of course it’s hard to think of ‘The Arts’ without thinking of painting, sculpture, charcoal, and the extensive list of media that you’ll find in the Portland Art Museum or on the walls and floors of its many galleries. Portland artists find great exposure at First Thursday, a monthly gallery walk. The Saturday Market, a permanent institution by the waterfront, is also an opportunity for artists to sell prints and original works to eager shoppers.
Kids & Families Ready for a day out with the kids? Portland is brimming with possibilities for the younger set, from huge outdoor fountains to an afternoon at the Children’s Theater. If you’re looking for some quality time with your family (or an excuse to get out of the house!) check out these places to go!
Sauvie Island: Plenty to do on this island just ten miles northwest of Portland! Take the two-mile Wapato Access Greenway State Park Trail and see if you can spot a bald eagle, or head to the Pumpkin Patch for a petting-zoo, U-Pick berries, and a huge haunted corn maze in the fall. In the summer, check out the concert series at Kruger’s Farm...come back in autumn for the harvest party!
See a show: The Northwest Children’s Theater offers classic productions great for younger kids, while Oregon Children’s Theatre features slightly more mature fare for pre-teens. These institutions also offer summer camps and classes for kids who love the spotlight.
Playgrounds & Parks: Portland has over 100 playgrounds!
Let the kids run wild at shady and self-contained Sellwood Park, get wet in the summer sprinklers at Peninsula Park, or keep dry in the indoor playground at Playdate PDX (where you can sit comfortably in the café while your young ’uns explore!).
Pre-teens & Teens: If your kids are so not kids anymore, they may enjoy a weekend shopping the Saturday Market, exploring the trendy and eclectic. Summers are great at Oaks Amusement Park, where roller coasters and midway games are sure to thrill, and when it gets rainy, head to Glowing Greens! This mini-golf course (pirate themed and bathed in black lights) is fun and an equal challenge for parents and kids. Don’t forget—teens that don’t drive yet can take the MAX around town with their friends—no car required.
Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/parks to find playgrounds, pools, classes, and other great ways for kids to have fun!
Schools: Of course, it’s not all fun and games—sometimes kids have to buckle down and do their homework! Portland’s public and private schools have been rated on www.greatschools.org. Head there to find reviews, district boundaries, and info to help you plan for the school your child will attend.