Far Southwest Neighborhood really really fits this area because it is far West, in fact it is almost in Tigard, and bumps up against Lake Oswego, so it really feels like you are in the suburbs….because you kind of are. It is bordered by the Ashcreek, Lake Oswego, and West Portland Park Neighborhoods. It does have a lot to offer, though. It is really close to downtown Portland, just jump on Barbur Blvd or take I 5 in, and you will be there in less than 10 minutes (unless it is Friday night Traffic or something). There are a lot of trees and greenery around the neighborhoods, mostly fir and evergreen. There is also a park, Lesser Park, which has acres and acres of wildlife habitat, along with beautiful hiking trails traversing streams, woods, and open green spaces. Lots to explore and get away from the city!
Another plus of the Far Southwest neighborhood is it is at the door of PCC Sylvania, in fact the college takes up most of the Far Southwest Neighborhood. So if you are a student, or just taking classes, you are super close. We took several classes there on different web building programs, photo shop, illustrator, and others, and it was really easy to just run into the college, go to class and leave. The campus is pretty and open with lots of parking! PCC also host alot of activities, like the Winter Pow Wow, which attracts Native Americans; plus lots of art classes and creative classes.
The rest of the Far Southwest Neighborhood is mostly residential with homes from the 1940s to the 1970s, a few older ones sprinkled in. The farther you get from the inner city, the newer the homes are. Most of them have large lots, no sidewalks and are in established neighborhoods, so family-friendly. There are all ages of people, from retired, to young professionals, professors for the college and young families who move in because prices are more affordable!
This neighborhood is really close to Tigard and all the amenities it offers. You can read the neighborhood guide about Tigard. I live there, and absolutely love it. You can walk or ride your bike all over the place because of all the trails and sidewalks and bike lanes, and every type of need you would have can be met. There are amazing restaurants in downtown Tigard, and over by Progress Ridge, plus 3 Whole Foods and a New Seasons. It may feel like you are in a suburb, but you are kind of in a mixture of urban and suburban, and you can choose the lifestyle you want!
Other Important Links for Far Southwest Neighborhood
The MAX and buses make public transportation really good!
Schools In Portland- people are permitted to send their children to whatever school they want within the Portland School District, as long as there is room. If the school is important to you, it is probably a good idea to check and see which school your neighborhood is assigned to- because it seems logical that the best schools will have a waiting list- and if you live there, you will be at the top! Find your school attendance area or a school site and view the boundary area using School Locator Page for: Portland Public Schools..
Read how to use the interactive map by clicking on the (Information) icon (circle with an i in the center).
School Report Cards for schools and districts in Oregon. Select (Portland SD 1J) In the District Selection Heading to view individual schools within the Portland Public School District.
You can find all kinds of All kinds of information about crime, maps, etc, Portlandmaps.com even exactly what happened where, if you just put in an address in Portland. There are lots of other things you can learn there- like census information, maps, school info, parks, environmental issues, permits on houses, nuisance complaints and taxes.