Portland Real Estate Insider: Let’s Hear it for the Trees

Portland Real EstateCNN’s “This Just In” blog today featured an interesting study done by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest and Southern Research Stations in the Portland area that found that areas with larger, taller, well-maintained trees had less neighborhood theft and overall crime than areas with smaller trees. It turns out that tall trees “can reduce crime by signaling to a potential criminal that a neighborhood is better cared for and, therefore, a criminal is more likely to be caught…Large yard trees also were associated with lower crime rates, most likely because they are less view-obstructing than smaller trees.”

It makes sense that this study was conducted in Portland, since we have so many areas with huge, mature trees and well-maintained neighborhood parking strips. Portlanders take pride in their trees and they also take pride in looking out for each others. Community is central to why many people choose to buy a home in the Portland Real Estate Market. Here at the McDonald Group realtors we know many home buyers are looking for well-landscaped yards, leafy neighborhoods, as well as safe communities, so it’s interesting to see evidence that suggests those characteristics might be linked.

Some of the most well-known leafy neighborhoods in Portland are the  Irvington Neighborhood, the City of Maywood Park, the Rose City Park Neighborhood, the Forest Heights Neighborhood, the Homestead Neighborhood, and Ladd’s Addition, though almost every Portland neighborhood boasts tree-lined avenues and shady foliage. Contact the McDonald Group Portland Real Estate Experts today to find the safest, greenest areas to buy homes for sale in Portland, and check out our photo tour of Portland’s beautiful trees dressed up in the colors of fall.


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