New Homes for Sale in the Greater Portland Area

Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the Portland metro area is split by the border of Washington and Oregon. Portland has been nicknamed "Bridgetown" for its 12 bridges throughout the downtown and is located at the junction of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The greater Portland area also includes Clark and Skamania counties in Vancouver, Washington, across the Columbia River. The area is centered on the principal city of Portland, Oregon, being the state's largest urban center. The city is famously known by a multitude of nicknames: the Silicon Forest for its cluster of high-tech business, The Rose City, Portlandia, Stumptown, or, most fondly, PDX, which is also the name of the award-winning Portland International Airport. Building a new construction home in Portland, Oregon, offers the perfect balance of cosmopolitan city and outdoor adventure.

Although relatively flat, Portland metro is surrounded by mountains and on clear days Mount Hood stands out as the focal point. Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Rainier also add to the area's beauty and innate sense of adventure. New construction homes in Portland are prevalent in the area and Toll Brothers offers a variety of luxury homes featuring the unique opportunity to personalize.

Portland skyline
Aerial View of Portland, Oregon

Neighborhoods & Communities in the Portland Metro Area

Living close to employment centers or a highly rated school district may both be factors when you choose to build a new construction home in the greater Portland area. On the Washington side, Camas in Clark County is attractive for is charming tree-lined streets, local community of small businesses, high median incomes, and family-friendly atmosphere within the acclaimed Camas School District. In this suburb of Portland, you will enjoy no state income tax, the ease of access to a big city without the busy traffic and urban atmosphere, and only a 20-minute drive to the Portland International Airport.

West Linn, Happy Valley, and the Bethany/Cedar Mill/Bonny Slope suburbs are all great options to build your new construction home in Portland, depending on whether you prefer to be east, west, or south of downtown. In east Portland, Happy Valley is a great location if you love the outdoors given its easy access to recreation at Mount Hood only a 1.5 hour drive away. On the west side in Bethany and Cedar Mill, you have the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley wine country at your fingertips along with quick commutes to Intel and Nike campuses.

To the south, West Linn is coveted for the esteemed athletics program within the West Linn-Wilsonville School District and this prestigious location has breathtaking views, 600 acres of park land, and revitalized Historic Willamette at its center. Toll Brothers offers new construction homes across the region of Portland, Oregon, so you can live in the location that fits your lifestyle best.

What to Expect Living in the Portland Metro Area

Building a new construction home in the Portland metro area of the Pacific Northwest means being surrounded by beautiful, lush green. With that comes moisture, as the region does receive more rain per year than the national average. You will enjoy four seasons and fairly mild weather, but the secret is mid-May through mid-September when you can count on summer sunshine but no humidity or mugginess. Temperatures rarely exceed the 90s. Transportation options abound in the greater Portland area with the expansive and connected TriMet public transportation system. The MAX light rail service connects the airport, city, and outlying areas with 97 stations and 60 miles of track. Given that Portland is such a bike-friendly city, many people combine biking and public transportation given that you can bring your bike aboard the MAX and every bus is equipped with a bike rack on the front.

As one of the premier outdoorsy towns in the west, Portland has attracted woodsy types for generations. It makes sense then that there are a lot of big name athletic/outdoor businesses in town including Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Keen, and Columbia. Often dubbed the Silicon Forest, the area is also a hotbed for technology companies. Intel is its top-ranking private employer but Google, Oracle, eBay, Mozilla, Airbnb, and Salesforce.com all have operations in the metro area as well. You will find Toll Brothers luxury communities set in locations near the main employment hubs, keeping up with the demand for people relocating to the area as well as those looking to move closer to their employer.

light rail commuting in Portland
Family on a beach

Places and Activities in the Greater Portland Area

Even though the Portland area is known for its casual and laidback vibe, it also has an impressive food scene, from gourmet food cart pods to elaborate farm-to-table fine dining. James of the prestigious James Beard Award is actually from Portland. Independent craft bakeries are in every neighborhood, challenging each other and the famous Voodoo Doughnuts for the best donuts. And it goes beyond food to coffee, breweries, and wine. With over 50 breweries in the city, residents take beer seriously, especially IPA. Portland coffee baristas are a wealth of knowledge on sourcing, roasting, and preparing beans, which explains why the city is usually scored at the top of the best-coffee-city-in-America lists. The nearby Willamette Valley is known as one of the premier Pinot Noir-producing areas in the world, making it a top destination for wine enthusiasts. You will find Toll Brothers new home communities throughout the best areas of Portland, giving you access to all of its exciting activities.

Nature is at its best in the greater Portland area and adventurous spirits flock to the region to experience it all. Waterfalls, beach, desert, mountains can all be found just a short road trip away. The Oregon coast is spectacular with iconic Cannon Beach and the famous Tillamook Creamery. Kiteboarding on the Columbia Gorge to paddle boarding on the Willamette River to Skiing at Mount Hood can all be found nearby. Camping, boating, hiking, fishing, river rafting, and biking are also very popular in the Portland area. Portland doesn't have its own football team but the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and the Portland Timbers soccer team both have strong followings.

Building a new construction home in greater Portland is a great choice for those looking for scenery and adventure. Open, modern floor plans, inspired exterior options, and outdoor living can all be found in expertly designed Toll Brothers homes.

Communities in the Greater Portland Area

Portland Communities by Location