Best Neighborhoods in Portland OR For Families

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It’s always challenging to move to a new city. You have to consider so many things, from which neighborhoods to choose to which schools are best. If you’re moving to this vibrant city of 645,000 people, you will appreciate this list of the best neighborhoods in Portland OR for families.

Nob Hill

One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, this neighborhood is about as authentic to Portland as you can get. It’s got a lot of boutiques, cafes, and locally-owned restaurants and is located fairly close to Forest Park, where you can hike more than 70 miles of trails. Residents here prefer to walk or bike to their destinations, whether they’re headed to work, schools, a salon, cafe, boutique or bar.

Schools here include:

  • Lincoln High School
  • Chapman Elementary School
  • Metropolitan Learning Center

The homes here are predominantly Victorian style homes and restored Craftsmans, as well as newer apartments, condos, and lofts.

Pearl District

Found in the heart of downtown, Pearl District is filled with trendy, chic boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. You’ll also love its many regional and local breweries. It sits close to Powell’s City of Books as well as the Art Institute of Portland, and it’s also the spot for the monthly community-building art walk in Portland.

The walkability rate here is very high, with streets of cobblestone and views of riverside docks. It used to be an industrial area, but it has now morphed into an up and coming neighborhood for families and young professionals. You can take part in the many community events, breweries, local shops, restaurants, exhibits and galleries that line the streets.

Schools include Lincoln High School and Da Vinci Middle School. Types of houses range from historic homes to contemporary condos and apartments.

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Boasting some spectacular city views, Alameda’s ridge allows you to check out downtown, the Cascade Mountain Range and the Willamette River. You will like this area for its low crime rate, great schools, and friendly neighbors. Plus, this arts district is just minutes away from downtown.

Schools include Alameda Elementary, Beaumont Middle School, and Grant High School. You’ll find large, beautiful homes here in cottage, Craftsman, Tudor, and bungalow styles.


A family-friendly neighborhood, this area boasts some of the best schools in all of Portland. You will appreciate its easily accessible public transportation, adorable homes, and many community attractions, not to mention shops, restaurants, and vintage vendors. A good blend of urban and suburban, this versatile neighborhood is ideal for families.

Schools include Sellwood Middle School, St. Agatha Catholic School and Creative Minds Learning Center. You won’t pay as much for houses here as you would elsewhere, which means if you have a family on a budget, you’ll find it affordable to live here.

Goose Hollow

Offering many activities in Portland, you’ll find an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and suburban neighborhoods. You can walk or ride your bike to downtown, take public transportation, and easily commute to your affordable home. The historical and residential vibe here brings a quiet and private feel to the area.

Goose Hollow is located near Washington Park, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Oregon Zoo, as well as Providence Park where you can take in a game by the Portland Timbers — the city’s professional soccer team.

Schools include Ainsworth Elementary School, West Sylvan Middle School, and Riverdale High School. You’ll see many historic homes offset by elegant condos and repurposed mansions, giving way to single-family homes, apartments and townhouses.

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South Waterfront

If your family loves nature, they’ll love South Waterfront, a new development as part of the city’s sustainable living project. You’ll find the city’s tallest residential building here, reaching 31 stories into the air, with views of the greenway, park, and Willamette River. Enjoy the trendy shops, restaurants, and expensive houses and apartments around here.

Schools include Benson Polytechnic High School and the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science. This large and expensive high-rise neighborhood will cost you to live in, but the views and location are worth it.

Contact Redefyne Moving

If a move to Portland OR is in your future, let us help! We are well versed in residential relocations to and from Portland, and we know all the best neighborhoods. You need someone on your side who knows this area inside and out, so you can get moved in and out in no time. It all starts with a free estimate, so contact us at 888-883-6686 today.

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