Portland Real Estate Information
Located in the Northwestern United States in Oregon, the city of Portland is situated near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The city itself has a population of about 576,000 residents, while approximately 2.5 million people live in the outlying metropolitan region. Portland is perhaps most famous for being the most environmentally friendly city in the nation, and even the second most environmentally friendly city in the world. The city is the largest in Oregon and the third largest in the Pacific Northwest Region. Incorporated in 1851, Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County and actually extends slightly into Washington County and Clackamas County. The city boasts its strong land-use planning, use of a light rail system, and lush greenery despite its urban nature. There are also numerous microbreweries, microdistilleries, and coffee houses that give Portland its unique character. Due to its warm, dry summers and rainy yet temperate winters, Portland is home to numerous rose gardens such as the International Rose Test Garden, giving the city its nickname, “The City of Roses.”
Marked by lush greenery, Portland is home to numerous parks and gardens. The city takes great pride in preserving its open greenery within city limits. Forest Park, which is one of the largest wilderness parks located in city limits in the United States is located in Portland, as well as Mill Ends Park, which is the world’s smallest park with an area of only 0.3 square meters. Other beautiful parks include Washington Park, which is also home to the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, Council Crest Park, the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden.
Portland is also a city popular for its dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural attractions. The city boasts a high standard of living and an extremely active lifestyle. There are numerous entertainment and performing arts establishments in Portland, including the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, and the Portland Opera. Portland is also home to popular entertainment venues including the Artists Repertory Theatre, Miracle Theatre, Stark Raving Theatre, and Tears fo Joy Theatre. The city is also home to the HP Lovecraft Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre.
Being a popular tourist center, Portland is also home to exciting attractions including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Portlandia, and Powell’s City of Books. The city also hosts major events and festival such as the Portland Rose Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, and Portland International Beerfest. Shopping is also big in Portland, with major shopping centers and stores including areas in Downtown Portland, Pearl District, and the Lloyd District. Major malls in Portland include Bridgeport Village, Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center, Lloyd Center, Vancouver Mall, and Pioneer Place.
Many people also come to Portland to experience the city’s world-renown cuisines and breweries. The city was named 2007’s “Delicious Destination of the Year” by Food Network due to the city’s growing restaurant scene and the fact that Portland is one of the most vegetarian-friendly cities in America. The city is also an extremely destination for those who are interested in the city’s microbrewery beers. Some major breweries in Portland include the McMenamin brothers, Widmer Brothers, BridgePort, and Hair of the Dog. Sports are also big in Portland, with some of the city’s professional sports teams including the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, as well as the Portland Timbers soccer team, Portland Winterhawks ice hockey team, Portland Beavers baseball team, and Portland Lumber Jax indoor lacrosse team.
Due to the city’s location, Portland has become the ideal place a successful economy. Some of the city’s economic advantages include low energy costs, accessible resources, highway access, international airports, large marine shipping facilities, and railroads. Intel is by far the city’s largest employer, while other major companies including Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Yakima Products, and Nike also have headquarters or large establishments in the city.