Once home to warehouses and rail yards, the Pearl District is the epitome of urban renewal. Now sprawling with trendy shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants — not to mention the largest used and new book store in the world, Powell’s City of Books — a condo in the Pearl places you in the center of all things Portland.
Named America’s fifth “best hipster neighborhood” by Forbes, I can attest to the fact that the Pearl is the perfect combination of high-class and hipster. Crowds flock to the Pearl’s “First Thursday” celebrations to view art gallery openings, sample happy hour and shop locally on the first Thursday of every month. Business thrives in the Pearl.
Seeking a spot to enjoy a lunch break, meet some friends or read a book? Head over to Jamison Square to experience the trickling fountains pouring into a simulated tide pool, or Tanner Springs Park with its geometric boardwalk surrounded by wetland plants, or enjoy the playground, dog park and open field (often occupied by festivals and events) at Fields Park. Take the bus, light rail and street car home, all of which make frequent runs throughout the Pearl.
Just as the name suggests, the Pearl is a polished, sleek, valuable and transformed neighborhood I am thrilled to call home.