Information on neighborhoods in Portland?

I am considering moving to the South Portland/Lake Oswego area and was wondering about the various neighborhoods there. I'd also like to know if there is a particular area of Portland that you would especially reccomend. Thanks for your time.


I plan on going to Marylhurst University, so I'm looking for an area that is safe yet economically practical and (hopefully) nearby. Most likely I would rent, since I'd only be there for a few years. I have a car, but I don't mind taking public transportation either. I love foreign foods and cultures.Nightlife is of no concern to me because I intend to spend as much time as possible on my studies.

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  • 10 years ago
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    For Portland neighborhoods, see

    For Lake Oswego

    For Tigard

    All of these neighborhoods are fine places to live. Which you choose depends on personal preferences for cost versus amenities and tradeoffs.

    For example, Lake Oswego is, on average, one of the most expensive places in the region to live, but is also among the quietest for traffic. Areas built since 1980 have quite a few convents and restrictions specifying, for example, the types of roofing, siding, and paint colors the owner is allowed to use.

    Portland neighborhoods generally have no such restrictions—the kinds of limitations encountered there are how many vehicles can be parked in the yard and how many families can live in a dwelling (typical zoning restrictions)—a much greater level of freedom.

    If you don't care about nightlife, then living somewhere near Marylhurst is most reasonable. When I lived near downtown Lake Oswego and worked in Portland, I was frustrated almost every evening getting through downtown Lake Oswego due to the awful traffic flow and signals. It would take 30% to 40% of the total journey time from downtown Portland to go through nine blocks of L.O. Anything on the south side of the lake, West Linn, or Oregon City are the best commutes. However, avoid Oregon City in general for its several rough neighborhoods and overall decay. Some particular places might be fine, but check carefully at several times of day.

    If it were me, I would start looking for apartments and condos for rent near Mary S. Young State Park. There are several large complexes along Hwy 43. See,-122.636647&s... Look for housing rentals at (On the west coast, 95 to 99 percent of rental housing is handled through Craigslist.) Another source of rental information (and property values) is

    Source(s): decades of living in and around Portland know a lot of professional property managers
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    If you like names, you will love those that classify Portland neighborhoods. For example, on the west side you'll find Goose Hollow, Lair Hill, John's Landing, and Terwilliger. Across the river (Willamette) to the east are Brooklyn, Eastmoreland, Ladd's Addition, Mt. Tabor, and Sullivan's Gulch.

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