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Pearl District

The Pearl District [Portland Zip Code 97209] is a renovated industrial neighborhood in Portland, Oregon which has become one the most trendy, pricey, and successful urban redevelopment neighborhoods in the entire Northwest. The Pearl offers every kind of business, from boutique shops and galleries, to clubs and cafés. Condominiums and apartment complexes have also become a fixture of the neighborhood, with some having been built from scratch and others converted from former warehouse buildings. Before the Pearl was a hot-spot for developers, young professionals, and empty nesters, it was an old warehouse district populated with artists who flocked to the buildings because of the cheap living and work space. Ironically, the area is now a hotbed for art retailers. On the first Thursday of month you can participate in the largest art open house in the Northwest, appropriately call ‘First Thursday.’ The Pearl is also home to a Portland landmark, Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent book store in the world (it takes up an entire city block).

Real Estate

Pearl District Real Estate – Homes For Sale

The Pearl District boasts one of the hottest real estate markets of any Portland neighborhood. If you are looking to buy a property in the Pearl, you are most likely looking to buy a condo or a loft. And with all the new high rises that are going up, there are PLENTY to choose from! What makes the Pearl District neighborhood so unique, is that it has a completely urban feel to it, with industrial buildings converted into hip lofts and condos. The trend seems to be a minimalist design and layout with high ceilings and open space.

List of every Home For Sale in the Pearl District

1 - 10 of 76 active listings.
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333 NW 9TH AVE 1405
Beds:2 Baths:2.1
SqFt:2550 YrBlt:2005
720 NW 14TH AVE 712
Beds:3 Baths:2.1
SqFt:2239 YrBlt:2007
1260 NW NAITO PKWY 1001
Beds:3 Baths:3.1
SqFt:3185 YrBlt:2007
922 NW 11TH AVE 1202
Beds:2 Baths:2.1
SqFt:2420 YrBlt:2004
311 NW 12TH AVE 802
Beds:2 Baths:2.1
SqFt:2078 YrBlt:2007
311 NW 12TH AVE 1501
Beds:2 Baths:2.0
SqFt:1848 YrBlt:2007
416 NW 13TH AVE 501-3
Beds:3 Baths:2.1
SqFt:2254 YrBlt:1910
1025 NW COUCH ST 1114
Beds:2 Baths:2.0
SqFt:1720 YrBlt:2004
922 NW 11TH AVE 513
Beds:2 Baths:3.0
SqFt:2035 YrBlt:2004
311 NW 12TH AVE 805
Beds:2 Baths:2.0
SqFt:1663 YrBlt:2007



Pearl District Food

Some of Portland, Oregon’s hottest restaurants reside in the Pearl district. Bluehour (205 NW 13th) in its relatively short existence (seven years now) has become an institution for Portland foodies. Toting a stunning international wine and cheese list, an adventurously high-brow meat and seafood menu (foie gras, American Sturgeon caviar, etc.), an atmosphere that can safely be described as “theater-eque” (e.g. several fromagiers mingling and lecturing from behind their cheese carts), Bluehour would have to be near the top of a list of “Places to Be Seen in Portland.” One of Portland’s classic and most successful Italian restaurants is Mama Mia (439 SW 2nd), which also happens to reside in one of the cites most famously haunted buildings. For the best Peruvian fare Portland has to offer, check out Andina (1314 NW Glisan), where innovative seafood or spicy meat concoctions come in three sizes: small, medium and large. And a new restaurant that has made its mission to utterly shatter peoples illusions regarding the culinary potential of chicken-on-a-spit is Manzana Rotisserie Grill (1203 NW Glisan). At the core of their menu is fire-roasted Oregon-raised rotisserie chicken, rubbed with a special blend of 30 spices. The Pearl also offers some great lunch spots like Mercato (904 NW Couch), an ultra-stylish Italian cafe with personal pizzas, espresso and gelato.



Pearl District Fun

The Pearl District boasts a vibrant club and bar scene. There are staples like the singles-heavy Henry’s Tavern (10 NW 12th) and the hipster-clad Low Brow Lounge (1036 NW Hoyt). There’s the popular indie music showcase Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th) and the just-christened beer-lovers paradise Deschutes Brewery and Public House (210 NW 11th). If you dig jazz, one of the few places to see this uniquely American art form performed at a high level is Jimmy Mak’s (221 NW 10th), which Downbeat magazine listed in its Best 100 Places in the World to See Jazz list. The Pearl is also home to Portland’s premier professional theater company, Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th), located in the recently-restored historic Armory building.



Pearl District Shopping

The Pearl District in Portland, Oregon is a consumer haven, filled with every kind of shop you can dream up. From sheepskin specialists (Sheepskins of Oregon, 1218 NW Glisan) to fine jewelers (Gold Leaf, 634 NW 12th) to locally designed Scandinavian attire (Hanna Anderson, 327 NW 10th), the Pearl has a little something for everyone. You might also want to check out a few of the dozens of art galleries such as The Attic (525-539 NW 10th), which happens to be Portland’s oldest and largest fine art and framing gallery. Oh, and there’s that little place called Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside) that you may have heard of.



Pearl District Schools

The Pearl District has two colleges: Pacific Northtwest College of Art and Willamette University. Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is located at 1241 NW Johnson St. and is a nationally accredited art and design college. It features campus galleries and a faculty that consists of regional and national artists. Willamette University at 1120 NW Couch St. is Willamette University’s Portland Center. It offers a convenient AACSB accredited professional MBA program. The Pearl District has several private K-12 schools, such as Child Peace Montessori (1516 NW Thurman Street), Emerson Charter School (105 NW Park) and Chapman Elementary (1445 NW 26th Ave.). In the Portland Public School system, residents of the Pearl District fall under the jurisdiction of West Sylvan Middle School (8111 SW West Slope Dr.) and Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St.).



Pearl District History

More than ten years ago, a local gallery owner named Thomas Augustine coined the phrase “The Pearl District” to suggest that the buildings in the warehouse district were like crusty oysters while the galleries and artists there within were like pearls. As local business people scampered to label the quickly improving area (named like the “warehouse district” or the “brewery district” were a few of the suggestions), an Alaska Airlines writer borrowed Augustine’s phrase and the name stuck. There were many artists who lived or worked in the area back then in loft buildings like the Maddox on Hoyt Street, however these people were by far outnumbered by a more blue collar crowd. Despite some initial cynicism about the name, few can deny that it has caught on quite well.



Pearl District Photos

Pearl District Neighborhood Facts

Association – Pearl District Neighborhood Association
Coalition – Neighbors West/Northwest
Area 1.21 km²
Population 1113 (density 920/km²)
Households 746 (91% occupied)
Owned 391 (52%)
Rented 355 (48%)
Size 1.49 persons (average)

Pearl District on Portland Octopus

Portland Center Stage


Hybrid Cabs

Someday Lounge

Indie Wine Festival

Museum of Contemporary Craft

Deschutes Brewery and Public House

Mama Mia

Powell’s Bookstore

Urban Grind Cofeehouse

Cha! Cha! Cha!


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