Multnomah County Real Estate and Community Information

Multnomah County Real Estate and Community Information

Multnomah County, Oregon, home to the world-famous city of Portland, is the most populated county in the state, with nearly 800,000 residents. Portland’s famous skyline and cityscape is accentuated by the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, landmark bridges, and nearby Mt. Hood, making it one of the most picturesque cities in America. As the county seat, Portland makes up a large part of Multnomah County.  However, the county also encompasses the surrounding cities of Fairview, Gresham, Maywood Park, Troutdale, Wood Village, along with small portions of Lake Oswego and Milwaukie.

Multnomah County can trace its creation back to 1854, as part of the Oregon Territory, just before Oregon became a state in 1859.  The name Multnomah is a Native American word that means "lower river", referring to the Willamette River. The famous explorer William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark team, once explored the lower Willamette River, referring to it by the name “Multnomah.” A city called Vanport was once a part of the county.  It was built north of Portland in 1943 to support the war effort and became the 2nd largest city in Oregon.  It was completely destroyed by a flood in 1948.

Shopping and Dining in Multnomah County

As the cultural and commercial hub or Oregon, Multnomah County abounds with outstanding shopping and dining choices. Depending on what neighborhood you chose to shop in, there’s a unique experience to be found, whether it be Alberta district, Historic Mississippi Avenue, Multnomah Village, or Hawthorne.  The Alberta Arts District highlights the cultural identity that makes Portland so famous, with shops selling handcrafted items, and restaurants featuring trendy pubs and cafés. Multnomah Village is located in Southwest Portland and has the feel of a small town all its own, featuring independent shops such as Thinker's Toys, and Annie Bloom's books. The central city neighborhoods of Downtown and Pearl District also provide their own unique styles.  As Portland is such a walkable city, it makes it easy to find great shopping and dining options together within a few blocks. Portland especially stands out with its many independent shops and boutiques.

If trendy and amazing cuisine is what you love, then welcome to Multnomah County. You’ll find outstanding restaurants in Downtown Portland like Ataula, a modern Spanish gastropub. And just two blocks away, it’s a short walk to Restaurant St Jack, a Northwest bistro featuring rich escargot gratin and roasted bone marrow.  Or if French cuisine is your thing, then Paley's Place is the perfect place to enjoy mussels frites, escargots, and a happy hour featuring $2 oysters. Other outstanding dining choices include Le Pigeon, Nostrana, Farm Spirit, and Pok Pok, to name just a few.

Multnomah County Parks and Recreation

The parks found in Multnomah County capitalize on the natural stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Portland’s park system has been rated as one of the best in the nation.  Portland is home to the largest wilderness park within city limits in the country, the 5000 acre Forest Park. And since Portland has the largest wilderness park in America, then why not the smallest park in the world? Mill Ends Park covers a 2-foot diameter circle, located at SW Naito Pkwy & Taylor St. Dedicated in 1948, it includes a small swimming pool and diving board for butterflies and a miniature Ferris wheel.

Washington Park is another major feature of the parks and recreation system in Multnomah County.  It’s centerpiece is the Oregon Zoo, along with the Portland Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Test Garden.

Education in Multnomah County

Student living in Multnomah County attend schools in the Portland Public Schools district, along with local schools districts in the other cities in Multnomah County. There is also a wide selection of private schools, along with Roman Catholic private schools.  Portland State University is located in downtown Portland an serves a student body of around 30,000. Other universities in Multnomah County include the Reed College and the University of Portland.

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Allison James Estates & Homes
4005 SE Division
Portland OR 97202