Portland houses two of America's hippest hipster neighborhoods

Sometimes choosing a neighborhood to live in involves much more than picking out a home that has a lot of closet space or is close to where you work. For some people, finding a community with the right personality is the goal. Individuals who are interested in living in neighborhoods known for their artsy, hip vibe are in luck in Portland. Unlike certain other metros across the United States, Portland has more than just one community known for trendsetting coolness, which means potential homebuyers who value such attributes may find the right property for them on the MLS listings in Portland.

Here are two areas in Portland that made it onto Forbes' "America's hippest hipster neighborhoods" list:

1. Pearl District. This area in Portland was once filled with warehouses, light industrial factories and railyards. However, the neighborhood has now become much more than a dilapidated area left in disrepair. The Pear District is now known for its art galleries and studios due to the large number of local artists that work and reside within the area. The news source reports that the neighborhood has the second highest concentration of coffee shops per capita of any community that made the publication's top 20 metros for hipsters list.

The average real estate asking price for ZIP code 97210, which covers the Pearl District, is $550,064. The average real estate sales price is slightly lower at $512,285, according to Zip Data Maps.

2. Downtown Portland. The original hipster neighborhood in Portland is the downtown area. This community is known for its eclectic art scene, which includes the First Friday Art Walk. The event is held monthly and allows residents and visitors to enter the many art galleries located throughout the city. Participants can wander and peruse the various pieces of art being put on display without having to pay an entrance fee to a gallery. In addition to the cultural focus on art, the neighborhood features several microbreweries and promotes locally produced beer. The Portland microbrewery scene has grown significantly and has a tremendous presence in the local nightlife of the metro.

The gentrification of this community has led to an increase in local housing prices. According to Zip Data Maps, the average real estate asking price is $563,670 - higher than the average sales price at $498,561.