Portland residents have neighborhood pride

While every city features communities that are known for their eccentric details, the neighborhoods in Portland seem to excel at living up to their reputation. Residents are known for having neighborhood pride. As a result, before you buy one of the homes for sale in Portland, consider the community it is located in to ensure the values of the locals are similar to your own. It could help you make friends faster and increase your quality of life in Portland.

Here are four communities to consider in Portland:

1. Cathedral Park. Located to the north of the city center is Cathedral Park. The name can refer to either the park located within the 692 acre community or the neighborhood itself. According to the City of Portland, there are 1,703 households in Cathedral Park, and nearly half are for sale. The community has recently received an influx of new residents, which has spurred renovation of some of the older homes in the area.

2. Roseway. Toward the northeast of Downtown Portland is the Roseway, which is bordered by Rose City Park, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Sumner and Madison South. The area features a large number of bungalows, which house many of the metro's by young families. According to the Roseway Neighborhood Association, the community is active, and many families participate in local programs and initiatives to improve the neighborhood such as fundraising bake sales.

3. Marshall Park. Established families may want to consider checking out the area of Marshall Park. Like in many of the southern neighborhoods, there are numerous services geared toward serving families, yet unlike other suburban areas, this one has a distinctive laid-back quality due to less pedestrian areas and busy roadways. According to Zip Data Maps, the average real estate asking price is $508,707, while the average sale price was decidedly lower, hovering at $325,964 in July 2012. Approximately 38,709 residents lived in Marshall Park in 2010.

4. Centennial. To the east of Downtown Portland lies the neighborhood of Centennial. A relatively even mix of young professionals and families live here and take advantage of public transportation methods such as the TriMet Max light rail, which provides access to the city center. The community features a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment amenities for those that wish to stay close to home when running errands.