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Portland Metro Relocation Guide

So you’re moving to the Portland area? Congratulations! We hope this information helps you become more acquainted with the neighborhoods and amenities of the Portland Metro area. If you have any additional questions, or just want to hear more from a Portland-local, you can contact us here.

About the City

Portland sits at the junction of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and is home to ~650,000 residents. Portland is also referred to as “The City of Roses” or “Rose City” because of its renowned rose gardens. The city is known for its beer (most breweries per capita in the nation), unique and varying dining experiences (like the abundance of food carts), and its close proximity to the outdoors with the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, and the coast line all under 100 miles away. 

Major Employers

The largest employers in the Portland Metro area are Intel, Nike, US Bank, Precision Castparts, and Wells Fargo. Portland Metro is home to the “Silicon Forest”, a nickname given to the dense concentration of high tech companies spanning from Beaverton to Hillsboro. Other notable industries include athletic/outdoor apparel (Adidas, Columbia Sportswear), Manufacturing (Boeing, Daimler), and Healthcare (OHSU, Providence). 

Finding a Place to Live in Portland

If you’re ready to buy, utilize our state of the art, dynamic property search site to start searching for homes. Refine your search by area, price, number of bedrooms/baths, square footage, and other key features. Two of our Portland-based agents put together a quick guide on optimizing your own home search. Our site indexes instantly through RMLS which means you can be one of the first to know when a potential match comes up for sale!

Real estate agents in Oregon typically do not work with rental homes. If you’re not quite ready to buy and are looking to rent we would recommend utilizing sites like,, and Craigslist.


The city of Portland is divided into six sections – North, Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, and South – and has more than 90 officially recognized neighborhoods. Many of Portland’s older neighborhoods are lined with sidewalks, tall trees, and are full of classic homes with plenty of charm and character. Portland Neighborhood put together an extensive guide to Portland neighborhoods, but we’ve highlighted a couple of the most sought-after neighborhoods below.

Hollywood – The Hollywood neighborhood is located in NE Portland. While it may be one of the smallest neighborhoods, it packs in major amenities that are easily reachable by bike or foot including restaurants, cafes, shops, and the historic Hollywood Theater. This neighborhood is known for its charming Old Portland homes and has great schools in its district.

Sellwood-Moreland – The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is located in SE Portland. This neighborhood regards itself as having “small town charm with a big city offering”. Its streets are packed with unique shops and eateries – there is no shortage of activities accessible by foot or bike. You’ll also find Oaks Amusement Park, Eastmoreland Golf Course, and Sellwood Riverfront Park.

Southwest Hills – The Southwest Hills (also known as the “West Hills”) neighborhood is located in SW Portland. If you’re looking for an upscale neighborhood with close proximity to city life, this may be the neighborhood for you! Here you’ll find a perfect blend of urban/suburban living with many homes on large lots (some with breathtaking city views), while still being close to restaurants, shops, parks, and some of the city’s top schools.


The Portland Metro area is home to some of the best public and private schools in the state of Oregon. The top three school districts are Lake Oswego, West Linn-Wilsonville, and Riverdale (Portland). The top two schools in the state – Catlin Gabel School and Oregon Episcopal School – are also located in Portland. We recommend checking out Niche for a full list of school and district rankings.

Portland Moving Companies

There are many reputable moving companies in the Portland Metro area. Check out Yelp and for the latest company reports and rankings.

Here are two resources that may be helpful when planning a move:

1. Protect Your Move – This is a US Department of Transportation website. You can learn red flags for spotting rogue movers and how to choose a reputable mover. The site has a section about “knowing your rights when hiring a mover.“

2. Moving Scam – At the core of this website are message boards staffed around the clock by experienced volunteers who answer moving-related questions promptly and at no cost to the consumer. None of the volunteers receive any income from this activity. The site does officially endorse some moving companies and the “endorsement is based on the positive experiences of many consumers who have used them.”

Working With a Trusted Real Estate Partner

Selecting Stellar Realty Northwest to represent you is the most important decision you will make during your home buying process, next to actually choosing a home. Founded on the principles of trust and honesty, Stellar Realty Northwest emphasizes the importance of having the integrity to do the right thing and to always put the needs of the client first. It reinforces our belief that our success is ultimately determined by the legacy we leave with each client we serve.

The highly specialized professionals at Stellar Realty Northwest will help you in the following three core areas which are critical to a successful and satisfying real estate experience:

  • Act as your property specialist
  • Serve as your experienced negotiator
  • Oversee all aspects of the purchase and act as your transaction coordinator