NW or SW: Which Portland neighborhood has your dream home?

Thinking of changing the scenery and making a move to a new Portland neighborhood? Whether you’re looking to branch out from your own neighborhood here in the Rose City or are making a cross-country move, knowing the differences among Portland districts is crucial in deciding where you want to live.

Northwest Portland, stretching east-to-west from the Tualatin Mountains to I-405 freeway, is known for its vibrant retail scene, excellent dining options and altogether trendy vibes. Also named “Nob Hill,” the Northwest District boasts a population of more than 14,000 and is very popular with young professionals.

Head south and you’ll find Southwest Portland, an area brimming with some of the city’s finest attractions, from the Japanese Gardens, to the Oregon Zoo and Hoyt Arboretum. Bounded by West Burnside Street in the north, this district shares borders with suburbs in Tigard and Beaverton. Southwest is home to downtown Portland and hosts countless sources of cultural, recreational and retail opportunities suitable for all ages.

Differences in home characteristics based on Portland neighborhood

Northwest homes offer an array of architectural styles, from Bungalow and Craftsman to Queen Anne. Even though it’s a bustling area with new condos and development under constant construction, the National Register of Historic Places has identified nearly 500 buildings in the Alphabet Historic District alone. Nob Hill is often a mix of historical buildings with ongoing construction projects throughout. The average year that homes were built in this area is 1947.

There may be no better place in Rip City to find a diversity of home styles than Southwest Portland. Single-family homes, waterfront condos, historic homes and new apartment buildings just around every corner are only some of the housing options available to residents. Older homes, built at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, are mostly Victorian-style, while homes built in the mid-20th century and beyond are typically Bungalow or Craftsmen style. The average year homes were built in Southwest Portland is 1985.

Portland home prices

  • Northwest Portland
    • Median home prices: $558,000 in 2016, $400,000 in 2015
    • Number of homes sold in 2016: 190
    • Average cost per square foot: $363 in 2016; $333 in 2015
  • Southwest Portland
    • Median home prices: $425,000 in 2016; $385,000 in 2015
    • Number of homes sold in 2016: 197
    • Average cost per square foot: $333 in 2016; $287 in 2015

Find which Portland neighborhood is best for you

A diversity of home styles and Portland neighborhood amenities are a big part of what makes this city so unique. Contact Portland Development Group and we’ll help you get started on finding your dream home.