Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Portland,
the Peaks Island / Cliff Island neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
Do you like a coastal setting? If so, this neighborhood may be to your liking.
The Peaks Island / Cliff Island neighborhood is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet.
Often such coastal places have amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront
that are attractive to residents and visitors alike.
In addition to being coastal, Peaks Island / Cliff Island is a very nautical neighborhood,
meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and
on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel,
with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights
and sounds of.
One of the notable things about Peaks Island / Cliff Island is that it is one of the quietest neighborhoods in America, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis and quantitative rating of quietness. When you are here, you will find it to be very quiet. If quiet and peaceful are your cup of tea, you may have found a great place for you.
In addition, despite all of the residential real estate here in the Peaks Island / Cliff Island neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout has discovered that much of it is vacant. In resort or second-home vacation areas, this naturally occurs because homes and apartments are seasonally occupied, and empty for a portion of the year. In non-vacation or resort areas, however, this can be an indicator of property abandonment or a weak real estate market. The vacancy rate here is 68.3%, which is higher than 99.6% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, if you find historic homes and neighborhoods attractive, you love the details, the history, and the charm, then you are sure to be interested in this neighborhood. With 68.9% of the residential real estate in the Peaks Island / Cliff Island neighborhood built no later than 1939, and some built considerably earlier, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of historic residences than 97.6% of all neighborhoods in America. In this regard, this neighborhood truly stands out as special.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
If you like to ride a ferry to work, this neighborhood may be for you.
NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 24.7% of the Peaks Island / Cliff Island
neighborhood's commuters ride a ferry to and from work each day, which is more than we found in
99.9% of America's neighborhoods.
Also, a unique way of commuting is simply not to. And in the Peaks Island / Cliff Island
neighborhood, analysis shows that 18.4% of the residents work
from home, avoiding a commute altogether. This may not seem like a large number,
but it is a higher proportion of people working from home than is found in
99.2% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
One thing NeighborhoodScout's research reveals is that the wealthier and/or
more isolated the neighborhood, the greater the proportion of residents who
choose to work from home.
Finally, more people in Peaks Island / Cliff Island choose to walk to work each day
(19.4%) than almost any neighborhood in America. If you are
attracted to the idea of being able to walk to work, this neighborhood
could be a good choice.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Peaks Island / Cliff Island neighborhood has more
Canadian and English ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 5.0% of
this neighborhood's residents have Canadian ancestry and 27.5% have English ancestry.
Peaks Island / Cliff Island is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.4% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak French at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.4% of the neighborhoods in America.