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Things to Know About Living in Portland

May 9, 2023
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There are a wealth of reasons why people look to make a permanent move to one of our homes in Portland OR. Besides our customizable homes that easily fit your lifestyle, Portland is full of great food, stunning scenery, and a bonanza of fun and activities. Add in tax-free shopping, big-name employers, and a large variety of restaurants, and it’s easy to see why so many people want to call Portland home.

It’s important to remember as Portland takes its welcoming nature seriously. You’ve probably heard of the Unipiper, the Darth Vader-masked unicycling bagpipe player, but you’ll find a number of galleries, bars, restaurants, stores and more that serve a diverse clientele. Portland’s food and drink scene is a discussion all on its own, so just know that you’ll be spoiled for choice, whether classic Americana or delicacies from far-flung places.

It probably comes as no surprise that Portland makes an effort to go green as much as possible, and they’re always looking for new ways to support sustainability and green energy. One way they encourage this kind of thinking is through great public transportation, as well as making the city walkable, with infrastructure that always considers pedestrians. The TriMet System is stellar, with streetcars and buses using 100% renewable energy. Of course, with this kind of approach, you’ll also find more than 350 miles of bikeways and trails, for transport and for fun. Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country and has a Nike-sponsored bike share program.

Another way to enjoy the city is by making the most of the Willamette River (pronounced “will-AM-it”) and its 12 bridges that have given the city another nickname: Bridge City. The river runs east to west through the city and is popular for activities in and along the river. Kayaking, paddle boarding, boat tours, special events, walking trails, cycling trails and more add to the beauty and enjoyment of the city.

Of course, with more than 200 parks, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy all year long. You don’t even have to leave the city limits, thanks to Forest Park, with its lush greenery. Other popular locations include the 6,000 gorgeous trees at the Hoyt Arboretum, more than 230 animals at the Oregon Zoo, and the fantastic Lan Su Chinese Garden with its fusion of traditional Chinese art, architecture, and design from the Ming Dynasty.

For man-made scenery, instead of – or maybe in addition to – a pub crawl, you can enjoy a public art crawl, taking in the numerous murals and more around town. These images on buildings add to the visual appeal of this wonderful city.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all of the reasons why people choose to purchase one of the homes in Portland OR. If you’re considering buying a new home, contact us today to learn more about the homes we build in and around Portland.

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