Portland Oregon Homes & Neighborhoods
While you are downtown Portland near the Pearl District, here are some other must-sees (lots of downtown Portland Oregon condos). For shopping, there is the Pioneer Place Mall filled with elegant shops and a couple of the ubiquitous Starbucks joints. It's easily one of the classiest and nicest shopping mall in Oregon. Designer brands from Coach, Vuitton, Saks are all there. This makes choosing the right Portland, Oregon real estate even more desirable.
If you are a sushi fan with children, kids just love the acres and acres of sushi, hot food, fresh fruit, and bite size desserts at Todai (340 SW Morrison in Pioneer Place mall, 503-294-0007). At dinner they sometimes feature seafood like crab legs as well.
Just outside (a few blocks away from Pioneer Place Mall) is “ Portland’s Living Room”, the Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Broadway & Yamhill St.) Look for fun events ranging from Asian festivals to the lighting of the Menorah or the decorating of the town Christmas tree. There is often something going on here. If you don’t manage to catch a special event, you can still enjoy the atmosphere and check out the local sculptures and fountains located around the neighborhood. Also, be sure to stop by sometime at noon when the Weather Machine (a mechanical sculpture) forecasts the weather for the next 24 hours. Not that this is hard to do here…if it is October to March, the safe forecast is “light drizzle, gray skies” and if it is march to October, you can bet it will be “gorgeous, sunny and cool with beautiful puffy white clouds in a perfect blue sky”!!
Next, drop by the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the beautiful Willamette River. If you are around in June, you may even be able to watch the swift paced Dragon Boats as they race. On weekends, you won’t want to miss the Portland Saturday Market. You can eat all kinds of snacks and sip your half-decaf soy mocha while you wander the amazing array of arts and crafts…just like us locals do. By the way, the market’s name is something of a misnomer. It is open both Saturday and Sunday, late spring through Christmas Eve. And be sure to check out the market’s Festival of the Last Minute, during those last few days of Christmas shopping each year!
A cultural highlight downtown which you might want to try is PAM ( Portland Art Museum at 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811). Next door the Northwest Film Center is affiliated with the museum and shows and interesting mix of eclectic movies.
You may also want to check out Portland’s Chinatown, though it is far less active and vibrant than some. This is just because the Chinese restaurants and supermarkets are spread out (mostly relocated to SE Portland now. There are, however, still a few authethic Chinese restaurants around in this old tourist spot. A hidden gem is called Lum Yuen (28 NW 4 th Ave, 503-229-1888) near the gates to Chinatown). It's a hole in the wall, but it gives you great food and good value. Fong Chong Tea House (301 NW 4 th, 503-223-1777) another Chinese restaurant, has been the staple recommendation for years but we find Lum Yuen to be much more authentic. Full of Hong Kong transplants, it makes up in taste what it lacks in atmosphere. Lofts in Portland.
For luxury lofts Portland Oregon, condos and townhouses, be sure to check out the Pearl District located at the north side of downtown Portland. It's one of the hippest area within the Portland metro area. In addition, check out the latest Portland downtown riverfront condo projects. These projects have created a lot of buzz among Portlanders and investors alike.
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