Much of its housing stock consists of handyman specials, and the best finds are in Cathedral Park, an area that hugs a waterfront green space of the same name, where streets are lined with Craftsman bungalows and vernacular homes, punctuated by the occasional Queen Anne or Dutch Colonial. Though it's north of Portland proper, commuters can easily get downtown via bike, bus, or (gasp!) car. Plus, views of the iconic St. Johns Bridge make this neighborhood feel downright promising.
Shown: A 1906 bungalow-style home in the St. Johns neighborhood.