Nob Hill Is Trendy But Is It For You

Dated: January 27 2016

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Today we’re headed to one of San Francisco’s favorite neighborhoods, Nob Hill! This is one of Portland’s favorite neighborhoods named after the trendy San Francisco district (but Portand’s is way better...obviously).

This historic and trendy neighborhood in the northwest of Portland is quite popular but honestly it isn’t for everyone. If you’re thinking about living in Nob Hill here are a few things that you need know:

1. Forest Park is rough around the edges

...and that’s exactly how we like it.

Just minutes from Nob Hill, Forest Park is a sanctuary of greenery and old growth forest. If you’re looking for a green space that is more nature-focused than visitor-focused, then Forest Park is your kind of place.

With over 5000 acres and more than 80 miles of trails and park roads, Forest Park is the perfect place for nature-lovers to get some serious fresh air. The trails make for a great outing for amateur hikers and serious trail pros alike.

Pro tip: If you make a trip out to the park, make sure to bring you own water.

2. Shops and Restaurants galore

I dare you to try walking down 23rd Avenue and not buy something.

Nob Hill is a retail hotspot for fashionable clothing, home decor, shoes, books, and lots more specialty shops. If a full day of shopping leaves you exhausted and in need of some refreshments, just stop into any one of the cafes or restaurants (or bars...if it’s one of those days) in the neighborhood. You might even enjoy sidewalk seating when the weather is nice.

This popular retail and restaurant district draws in shoppers from all over Portland...but can you imagine how nice it would be to live just minutes from it?

3. Walker’s Paradise

Get some good walking shoes. You’re going to need them.

With a walking score of 92 (out of 100) from the Nob Hill area is perfect for people who prefer to travel on their own two feet.

Take in the beauty of the Victorian homes and historic scenery as you walk around the neighborhood. Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of a number of walking tours through the area like the Public Art Walking Tour and the Pittock Mansion Walking Tour.

While the walking experience in Nob Hill is superb, the “parking your car” experience is not so awesome. The neighborhood is working on a new permitting system to fix the issue but until it’s totally resolved residents and visitors will just have to enjoy one of Portland’s best walking neighborhoods on foot…*sigh*

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Blending in with all of those great retail spots in Nob Hill is a wonderful collection of charming historic homes.

The wide variety of well-maintained homes in and around Nob Hill includes styles such as Victorians, Colonial, Craftsman, row houses, bungalows, cottages, ranches, and a number of uniquely designed homes that escape categories.

Nob Hill is definitely a place for people who can truly appreciate the classics of American residential architecture. However, if you really want to live in this historic neighborhood but need a more modern home, there also some new construction condos available.

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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