City Description for Relocating to Portland Metro

SW Portland, Oregon

Southwest Portland is a great place to live with some of the best schools in all of Oregon.  To the left is Gabriel Park one of many off-leash dog parks in the Portland area.  Many people come to this park for Softball events, Baseball events, to allow their dogs to play with other dogs off the leash, play on the new skate park, to play tennis, to go walking or jogging etc..

Living in Southwest Portland gives you access to many small and quaint neighborhoods and villages like Multnomah Village.


SW Portland

Employement Opportunities

Employment opportunities: Click here for a list of the large employers in SW Portland.


DMV: Oregon DMV When relocating to Oregon you will need to get in touch with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain an Oregon driver’s license, pass DEQ testing for your car, renew license plates among other things. The closest DMV is located


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Religious Affiliations

There is an abundant amount of religious affiliations in SW Portland.  Click here for a list of all the churches, synagogues, temples and mosques in SW Portland, Oregon.

Parks and Recreation Information

SW Portland Parks and Recreation-click here for a list of all the parks and recreation centers in SW Portland, Oregon. 


Dog Parks

Ash Avenue Dog Park is located at 12770 SW Ash Avenue in Tigard. (off Burnham Street near downtown Tigard).  This park features a shelter, benches, dog-friendly wood fiber surface, two drinking fountains, one for dogs and one for their human companions,   a hose for washing paws and shoes, and  ADA-friendly parking and shelter.

Council Crest Park is located at l3442 SW Council Crest Dr. The off-leash area is located on the northeast side of the circle, as you enter the park. There are no dog bags or water available.

Gabriel Park located at SW 45th Ave & Vermont St has a fenced area for summer and a different area in the winter.

Hazelia Field Dog Park is located at 17800 Stafford Rd, in Lake Oswego.  There is an area for shy dogs and a completely different area for active dogs with a double gate for safety.

Hillsdale Park  is located at SW 27th Ave & Hillsdale Hwy.  The unleashed area is between the Portland Christian Center and the utility line.  The hours are 5-8am and 4pm-midnight each day.

Memorial Park is located at  8100 SW Wilsonville Road in Wilsonville.  It is the only dog park in Wilsonville.

Potso Dog Park is located at SW Hunziker Rd and SW Wall St in Tigard.  There is a small dog and a large dog section with good fencing, double gates, water for the dogs, and plenty of parking.
Tigard, OR 97223

Summerlake Park  is located at 11450 SW Winterlake Drive in northwest Tigard, south of Scholls Ferry Road and east of 135th Avenue. It has a double gated entry area, drinking water faucet for the dogs, information kiosk, donation box and a shelter for shade and protection from the rain.

Tualatin Dog Park  is located on the Tualatin River at 8515 SW Tualatin Road.  There is a unleashed dog area over half an acre in size.  It is contained area and there are separate small dog and large/ active dog areas.

Willamette Park is located at SW Macadam Ave & Nebraska St.  It has an unleashed dog area west of the tennis courts.


Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 222 Southwest Clay Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 274-6560, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205-2999, phone: (503) 796-9293

American Heritage Theater Project, 4690 SW Comus Place, Portland, OR 97219, phone: (503) 245-3642

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205, phone: (503) 241-9807

Best of Broadway, 1515 SW Morrison Street, Portland OR 97205, phone: (503) 241-1407

Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland 97205, phone: (503) 248-4335

Firehouse Theatre, 1436 SW Montgomery Street, Portland, OR, phone: (503) 274-1717

Jefferson Theatre, 1232 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, phone: (503) 223-1846

The Musical Theatre Company, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201-2557, phone: (503) 280-6592

Oregon Children's Theatre, 600 SW 10th, Suite 501, Portland, OR 97205-2723, phone: 503-228-9571

Oregon Symphony, 921 Southwest Washington Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 228-4294

Oregon Maritime Museum SW Naito Pkwy & SW Pine St 503.224.7724

Portland Art Museum is recognized internationally for its more than 42,000 objects reflecting the history of art from ancient times to today. 1219 SW Park Ave

Portland Police Museum has been in existence since 1976 and features exhibits in chronological order. 1111 SW 2nd Ave

The Old Church is now a non profit historic site. 1422 SW 11th Ave

Oregon Historical Society houses the permanent exhibit on the History of Oregon: 'Oregon My Oregon'. It also presents major traveling exhibitions on a variety of themes. 1200 SW Park Ave 503.306.5249

Wells Fargo History Exhibit features a Concord stagecoach, hands-on telegraph, guided tours, video, and artifacts. 1300 SW 5th Ave 503-886-1102


Southwest Portland's median household income is greater than the National Average in all areas of the Southwest. Southwest Hills, Bridlemile, Far Southwest, and Homestead have the largest household incomes in Southwest Portland. The neighborhoods vary as to the percent of the households that rent as compared to own their home. West Slope, Maplewood, Bridlemile, and Far Southwest all have more people owning their home than the National Average while Raleigh West, Southwest Hills, Hayhurst, Corbett, Fultan, Lair Hill have less than the National Average. The average property tax is as follows: West Slope $3,970, Raleigh West $3,855, Southwest Hills $9,521, Hayhurst $3,478, Maplewood $4,020, Hillsdale $5,379, Bridlemile $5,972, Far Southwest $5,727, Corbett, Fulton, & Lair Hill $5,075, and Homestead $5,248.


Southwest Libraries
Capitol Hill Library opened in 1972 and offers a meeting room for community meetings at no charge. 10723 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219 503.988.5385

Hillsdale Library a branch of the Multnomah County Library was certified as a green bulding in 2004 which was the year the southwest opened at their new location. 1525 S.W. Sunset Boulevard, Portland, OR 97239 503.988.5388


Escape is a dance club for all ages. 333 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 227-0830

Multnomah Athletic Club is an amazing athletic facility next to PGE Park. 1849 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-6251

Riverplace Athletic Club is a top-notch facility down by the waterfront. 0150 Southwest Montgomery Street, Portland, OR, Phone: (503) 221-1212

Arlington Club attracts civic minded leaders from all walks of life for discussions in their clubhouse comfortably nestled in the center of Portland’s cultural district. 811 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-4141

10th Avenue Athletic Club, 1111 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 294-7420


Hands On Cafe is a hand-crafted student run restaurant. 8215 SW Barnes Rd, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR 97225 Phone: 503-297-1480

Club El Baile offers Cuban food and dancing. 11051 SW Barbur Blvd., 246-0023. Serves lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Inexpensive-Moderately priced.

Couvron might be easy to pass on the street without noticing it but it's food is a work of art and creativity. If you can afford this restaurant, you are in for a treat. 1126 SW 18th Ave., 244-9296. Serves dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Very expensive.

Salvador Molly's is located in Hillsdale in a casual space of a strip mall. They offer Caribbean and Latin cuisine and reggae music. 1523 SW Sunset Blvd., 293-1790. Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Moderate.

Moorefield's is remarkable in every aspect. 6401 SW Macadam Ave., 246-6900. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Expensive.


Oregon Adult Soccer Association, 1750 Southwest Skyline Boulevard, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 292-1814

Portland Youth Soccer Association, 4840 Southwest Western Avenue, Beaverton, OR Phone: (503) 646-6683

SoccerPlex, 8785 Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 297-4145

Southside Soccer Club, 16285 Southwest 85th Avenue, Tigard, OR Phone: (503) 968-7197

F C Portland Soccer Academy, 5319 Southwest Westgate Drive, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 297-6486

Cedar Splinters Soccer Club, 2850 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Beaverton, OR Phone: (503) 672-9264 x439

West Hills Racquet Club, 2200 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 646-4106

Portland Athletic Club, 5803 SW Beaverton Hillsdale, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 292-2649

Southwest Swimming Pool, 6820 Southwest 45th Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 823-2840

YMCA, SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-9622

Wilson Swimming Pool, 1151 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 823-3680

City History

One Southwest neighborhood in Portland is Multnomah. It is centered around the Multnomah Village business district. This community developed in 1910 around a depot of the Oregon Electric Railway. It was annexed by the city of Portland on November 7, 1950. One memorable tidbit of history of the area was Mayor Bud Clark firing Police Chief Jim Davis while the two were having a breakfast meeting at the Fat City Cafe.

Surrounding Cities: Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro, Tualatin, West Linn, Lake Oswego

City Pictures: Southwest Portland, Oregon

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