(Above: Laurelhurst home for sale, $629,000)

Portland, OR, is known as the City of Roses, but if you go by Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat Housing Index, it should be renamed the City of Ghosts, Goblins and Candy since Portland has been ranked as the third-best city to trick-or-treat in the nation behind Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA. Within Portland are those standout neighborhoods that bring in the most loot for each step made by your little princess, angel, witch or devil.

Top 5 Portland, OR Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in 2010

  1. Richmond (Hawthorne)
  2. Northwest Heights (Sylvan)
  3. Sellwood
  4. Laurelhurst
  5. Eastmoreland


There is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy. However, to provide a more holistic approach to trick-or-treating, the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.

About Portland’s Best Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods

Richmond, whose northerly border is part of the anything-goes Hawthorne District, is a family friendly and young urbanite neighborhood with an “… artsy, down-home, community minded, green and eco-conscious bent.”  The very active Richmond Neighborhood Association fought (and won) a battle in the 1970s against the development of a four-lane highway through the heart of Richmond and they also fought (and won) plans to build a drive-through fast-food restaurant. Proudly, the Richmond neighborhood vibe is anti-car and some even say anti-establishment. Currently, Richmond’s Zillow Home Value Index is $300,700. (Flickr photo: Ed Yourdon)

Family focused and community conscious as well, the Northwest Heights neighborhood is a bit more upscale where the current ZHVI is $490,200. Many homes are located in planned subdivisions with remarkable views of the Coast Range and the jewel of the neighborhood is the 5,000-acre Forest Park which offers miles of hiking trails for all age levels. Living in Northwest Heights is like living in a forested park — it’s hard to believe you’re actually in a big city.

Located in southwest Portland, Sellwood is a self-contained neighborhood filled with independently owned shops and cafes and the occasional food cart. The mood here is laid back and family friendly. On weekends, couples push strollers and walk their dogs while coffee shops are the place to lounge, read the paper and bring your laptop. Walking the streets of Sellwood-Moreland is gives a strong sense of neighborhood, family and community pride.

Due to an easy commute into downtown Portland and its older, more established charm, Laurelhurst is one of Portland’s most popular neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets are a mixture of charming bungalows and early-era craftsman homes with welcoming front porches that are perfect for trick-or-treaters. Currently, Laurelhurst’s ZHVI is $409,500. (Flickr photo of dog: Darin Barry)

Eastmoreland rounds out the list of the top five places to trick-or-treat in Portland, OR this year. This area offers a bit of an East Coast feel with larger homes and expansive lawns, and the scene is activity: cyclists, kids on bikes, strollers, dog walkers, runners and walkers. Eastmoreland’s ZHVI is currently $450,700.

Next: Best Places to Trick or Treat in San Jose, CA.

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About the Author

Alison writes about rental and mortgage market trends for Zillow Blog.

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