Which Portland neighborhood is right for you?

Selecting the right neighborhood can take time and research. You not only have to look at homes, but also the surrounding culture and amenities in order to determine if it is the right place for you. Everything from the property's proximity to local transit to the level of noise and the demographics of the neighborhood can have an impact on your happiness.

Here are five communities you may want to check when looking at houses for sale in Portland, OR:

1. University Park. If you’re young and looking for a starter home, consider this trendy neighborhood. University Park is home to the University of Portland, one of the oldest schools in the community. As a result, the population is young and offers a wide range of entertainment options such as bars, restaurants, shopping centers and coffee shops.

2. Ashcreek. Located in Southwest Portland, ZIP code 97223, this neighborhood is quiet and residential. Located to the west of 99 West, Route 5 and northwest of Woods Memorial Park, it features plenty of green space. According to the city of Portland's official website, there were 5,719 residents in 2010, a slight increase from the 5,561 in 2000.

3. Forest Park. This urban oasis offers the local community access to 5,155 acres of green terrain and is right in the middle of the action in downtown Portland. Not only does this neighborhood cover the park, but it also serves the affluent Nob Hill community – making homes in this area a hot commodity. Amenities such as restaurants, shops, food markets and access to major attractions such as the Portland Zoo and the Japanese Gardens are all nearby.

4. Hazelwood. Looking for a nice residential area to raise a middle class family? Consider Hazelwood in East Portland. It offers easy commuting for those who take public transportation, easy access to shopping and tree-lined streets. In addition, the reputable Adventist Health medical center provides residents with high-quality medical care and jobs.

5. Mount Tabor. Nature and outdoor enthusiasts may wish to look at homes in the Mount Tabor community. Located around the extinct volcano, there are many well-marked trails open to residents. With a reservoir on one side and a park featuring large Douglas Firs, English Ivy and Blackberry bushes on the other side, it is a veritable paradise, according to the Portland Hikers Field Guide.