Since my move to Portland in 1990, I’ve gotten so used to living here and I LOVE IT!
Downtown Portland My Favorite
The Downtown Portland area is one of my favorites — so quaint and reminds me of the wonderful ways my move to Portland has benefited me.
BREAKING NEWS — The Portland Metro area is one of the fastest growing economies Oregon
- GDP growth: 4.7 percent
- Real 2011 GDP: $186.228 billion (25th highest)
- Population change: +0.87 percent (16th highest)
- Pct. increase in employment: 1.0 percent (tied-21st highest)
Oregon’s GDP growth between 2010 and 2011 was nearly three times that of the U.S. economy. The state’s durable goods manufacturing industry was the second-fastest growing sector in the nation in 2011 at a rate of 3.94 percent, almost 20 percent of Oregon’s economic growth. High-tech companies such as Intel Corp., which employs about 16,300 in Portland, dominate the durable goods manufacturing industry. This can be attributed to a reverse offshoring trend that is occurring partially as a result of defects, delays and theft in overseas supply chain locations. Study: Oregon No. 2 Fasest Growing Economy
Here are my top 10 reasons to move to Portland in no particular order:
- Silicon Forest Surrounding Portland are many major high-tech employers. Many employees move to Portland due to job relocation. With over 25 major high-tech companies, countless smaller and/or independent companies, there is no doubt that the drawing card to many folks considering a move to Portland is the lush, green Silicon Forest
- Mt. Hood year round skiing The mountain has six ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit.
- Downtown Portland the charm of the city is apparent.
- South Waterfront
- Suburbs Many people moving to Portland want to live in the ‘burbs. No problem there. Suburban Portland neighborhoods include: Eastside Portland| Clackamas and Happy Valley| Westside Suburbs | Beaverton | Orenco Station | Hillsboro | Lake Oswego | Northwest Portland | Southwest Suburbs | Sherwood | Tigard | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville| Oregon City and parts in between. I represent clients in all the Portland Metro areas
- Schools — great public and private educational institutions throughout Portland Metro. From early education with Montessori Schools for the darling prekindergarten group all the way up to post doctoral and advanced degrees at OHSU (Oregon Health and Sciences University). If you’re moving to Portland with children of school age requires some due diligence on the areas public school districts. The Oregon Department of Education keeps a yearly “Report Card” for Districts throughout the State.
- Beaverton Public Schools
- Hillsboro Public Schools
- Tigard-Tualatin Public Schools
- Lake Oswego Public Schools
- Clackamas Public Schools
Private Schools ~ If you’re moving to Portland and would like information on the private schools in the area, please let me know. We have secular and non-secular private schools which are very highly rated.
- Weather Want to know what the weather in Portland is like, here you go. YES it rains here and as everyone says, “It keeps us lush and green.” But we have the four seasons:
- Summers in Portland are warm, sunny and rather dry, with August, the warmest month, averaging 79.7°F and much larger day-night temperature variations than in winter. Because of its inland location, and when there is an absence of a sea breeze, heatwaves occur (in particular during the months of July and August) with air temperatures sometimes rising over 100°F but 90°F is more commonplace. But heatwaves are rare, occurring, on average, about 14 days per year during the summer. Many people moving to Portland are amazed that A/C units aren’t found in every home. There are so many activities that are planned by the City of Portland, traditional events, and then you can adventure on your own.
- Falls in Portland is Spring in reverse. October being a month of Indian Summers, then heading into November, the weather cools. Rain starts to fall, but there are lovely Autumn days with the lovely colors, and in some areas, rivaling the Vermont’s fall foliage. Sunny, crisp Autumn days are wonderful and vibrant. The days are shortening and yes, the change of the season is readily felt. I love the Fall, it’s one of my favorites. I grew up in Los Angeles, and there was no “fall” per se. You wake up one morning and all the leaves have fallen, but there is no slow, ceremonial change as you can find here.
Related: Fall is My Favorite Season
- Winters in Portland are normally mild, and very moist, with January averaging 39.9°F. Cold snaps are short-lived, and snowfall occurs no more than a few times per year, although the city has been known to see major snow and ice storms because of the cold air outflow from the Columbia River Gorge, and Arctic blasts from Alaska.
- Springs in Portland can bring rather unpredictable weather, resulting from warm spells, to thunderstorms rolling off the Cascade Range. The rainfall averages an equivalent 37.5 inch per year in downtown Portland spread over 155 days a year. Springs are lovely here. With the Cherry blossoms blooming all around the Portland Metro area, the air is cool but warming. The longer days are welcomed. We have delightful Springs here in the Portland Metro area.
- Urban Trends ~ Many people moving to Portland aren’t aware of the extensive planning that has gone on in year’s past, and continues to evolve. METRO is our premiere source of all things related to keeping the region green and pristine. Metro is an elected regional, local governmental body that has dedicated itself to the establishment and maintenance a the vibrant, sustainable region for business, residents and community.
- No Sales Tax yes that’s correct. The State of Oregon does not have a sales tax. If you purchase something for $4.99 and hand a $5.00 bill to the clerk, you will get a penny back!
- Affordable Real Estate
- Green Living
10 Reasons to Move to Portland . . . Yeah But Who’s Counting?
Entertainment and Recreation in Portland
WOW – where do I begin? You’re moving to Portland and want to know what to do:
- For chidlren:
- For the chidlren in all of us:
- Sports teams:
Related: Beaverton Farmer’s Market
Other Fun Things to Do When Considering Your 10 Reasons to Move to the Portland Metro Area
- Coffee Shops – Delightful independents, Caffe Umbria in the Pearl District, delicious!
- Micro Brews – all over Portland, the microbrews are the best. Attend the annual MicroBrew Fest
- Antique Shops – from the coast, and all around Portland, you’ll find the hard-to-find treasures
- Skiing / Snowboarding – year round at Mt. Hood/Mt. Bachelor
- Oregon Coast – an hour or so drive outside of Portland
- Hiking, biking, kayaking, nature, nature, nature at your door step.
- Dog Parks — Portland Metro is definitely a dog lovers town! 1000 Acre Off-leash dog in Troutdale — AWESOME!
- SB 483 – Senate Bill 483, providing trail blazing Patient Safety reporting of adverse events for its residents and allows for mediation without waiving a patients’ rights. I’m a quasi-patient safety advocate!
- The Columbia Gorge – windsurfing, and THE MOST Beautiful scenary
- The Bridges of Portland – one of my favorite things about Portland are the bridges
- Portland Food Carts — amazing!
Oregon is also nurturing more clean tech-green construction, ocean energy and nanotechnology. The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute has helped 22 nanotech start-ups raise $96 million. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust aims to make the state a clean energy leader, eventually generating 500 megawatts of electricity and thousands of jobs with technology to harness the oceans-wave power. ~ By The Kiplinger Washington Letter
Map of Portland
A Sampling of Homes for Sale in Portland
$299,000 : 6936 N Interstate AVE, Portland2 beds, 1 full bath
$264,900 : 12115 NE Fargo CT, Portland4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$290,000 : 122 SE 84th AVE, Portland3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$272,000 : 15947 NE Hancock ST, Portland3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$374,999 : 5440 NW Condor PL, Portland4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$439,900 : 3105 NE Ainsworth ST, Portland4 beds, 2 full baths
$244,950 : 8103 NE Wygant ST, Portland3 beds, 1 full bath
$565,000 : 5515 SW Boundary ST, Portland4 beds, 3 full baths
$350,000 : 10734 NE Wygant ST, Portland3 beds, 1 full bath
$340,000 : 5003 NE Skidmore ST, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
$189,900 : 19031 SE Caruthers ST, Portland3 beds, 1 full bath
$549,000 : 4639 SE 34th AVE, Portland4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
$695,000 : 3034 NE Flanders ST, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
$1,050,000 : 2475 NW Birkendene ST, Portland5 beds, 4 full baths
$400,000 : 11251 SW Capitol HWY, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
See all Real estate in the city of Portland.
(all data current as of 8/4/2015)
Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.
Homes for Sale in Beaverton
$419,900 : 16393 NW Charlais ST, Beaverton4 beds, 3 full baths
$342,800 : 7965 SW 184th AVE, Beaverton3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$469,000 : 14886 SW Citrine LOOP, Beaverton5 beds, 3 full baths
$524,900 : 17537 SW Kemmer View CT, Beaverton4 beds, 4 full baths
$435,000 : 60 SW 171st AVE, Beaverton5 beds, 3 full baths
$210,000 : 19580 SW York ST, Beaverton3 beds, 1 full bath
$549,900 : 13775 SW Far Vista DR, Beaverton5 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$449,900 : 2042 SW 194th PL, Beaverton4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$469,900 : 12050 SW Jaeger TER, Beaverton4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$399,900 : 8088 SW 174th TER, Beaverton3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$325,000 : 17935 SW Farmington RD, Beaverton3 beds, 1 full bath
$375,000 : 13470 SW Hyland Park CT, Beaverton4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$299,999 : 17687 SW Janell CT, Beaverton3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$399,900 : 8074 SW 174th TER, Beaverton3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$259,900 : 20541 SW Castle DR, Beaverton3 beds, 2 full baths
See all Real estate in the city of Beaverton.
(all data current as of 8/4/2015)
Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.
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- Beaverton homes for sale
- Tigard homes for sale
- Hillsboro homes for sale
- Lake Oswego homes for sale
- Portland homes for sale
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