September 3, 2013

Moving to Portland? Home Builders Provide Tips About the City!

white stag & old town water portland oregon home buildersPortland home builders are enthusiastic that the Rose City is a move-in magnet because of its culture and many amenities. The city has a vibrant art scene, a laid-back atmosphere, great public transportation and abundant opportunities to commute via bicycle or your own two feet. Portland, OR home builders offer the following facts for those considering a move to this great Pacific Northwest city.

Geography and Climate

Portland is in a great location as it is only 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles from Mt. Hood. On a clear day, views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier dominate the horizon. The Willamette River divides the east and west sides of the city before joining the Columbia River, which serves as the boundary between Oregon and Washington.

Portland has a temperate oceanic climate with dry, warm summers and damp, mild winters. People get the idea that it rains a lot in Portland thanks to its overcast skies during fall, winter and early spring months. In reality, Portland only gets about 36 inches of rain per year, which is not much compared to 240 inches of precipitation that other areas of the world receive.

Sections and Neighborhoods

Portland is divided into five different sections: north Portland, northwest, northeast, southwest and southwest. Within these sections are 95 neighborhoods with their own volunteer neighborhood associations. Southwest Portland is home to the downtown area, Pioneer Square and the Steel Bridge. You can find Old Portland, Chinatown and the Pearl District in northwest Portland. North Portland takes you out of the downtown scene and to the area surrounding the St. Johns Bridge and the end of the Oregon Trial. In the northeast part of the city, you’ll find the Oregon Convention Center, Grant Park and the popular Laurelhurst neighborhood. Southeast Portland is where you’ll find the quirky Belmont district, beloved scenic parks and the lavish Peacock Lane.

Portland Parks

Portland is one of the only three cities in the U.S. to have an extinct volcano, Mt. Tabor, in its boundaries. The city is home to Forest Park, the largest wilderness park within city limits and the world’s smallest park, Mills Ends Park. Some of the more popular parks include the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Tryon Creek State Natural Area and the Willamette Stone State Heritage Site.


Portland has six public school districts and several private schools, along with a handful of colleges and universities. The public school district has about 47,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Notable people like Phil Knight, Beverly Cleary, Matt Groening and Michael Allen Harrison attended Portland’s public schools.

In Portland, the neighborhood is king. If you’re considering a move to Oregon, Portland home builders, like H. Hudson homes, build in many of the beautiful neighborhoods in the area and can give expert insight into the best locations for your family’s needs.

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George Hale

About George Hale

George Hale is the owner of H. Hudson Homes. H. Hudson Homes specializes in building new modern homes in the Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas with an emphasis on cutting-edge design and sustainability.

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