Most people think living in their ideal Portland location means sacrificing some elements of their dream home. But what if you could live in your perfect home AND neighborhood? Custom home builders like Westlake Development Group allow you to do just that!

Have you been dreaming of living in an elegant craftsman-style home with custom millwork in Sellwood-Moreland? How about a luxurious modern oasis overlooking the city in the West Hills? Or a rustic lodge in Oregon’s wine country? If you can dream it, we can build it.

We’re here to break down some of Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods when it comes to building a custom home in and around the Rose City!


Characterized by its rolling streets and historic architecture, Laurelhurst offers a unique and diverse range of opportunities for residents. Located in East Portland, this walkable neighborhood is home to a wide variety of amenities and attractions, including the sprawling Laurelhurst Park, highly-rated schools, and many restaurants, bars, and shops for locals to enjoy.


Hillsboro is a small city located to the west within the greater Portland metropolitan area. Hillsboro may be the perfect place for those looking for the full PNW experience, boasting a seamless mixture of lively urban amenities and serene natural landscapes. It even ranked in Livability’s “Best Places to Live in the United States” list.


If you’re looking for a family-oriented neighborhood but don’t want to move outside the city limits, Sellwood-Moreland is the ideal place to build your custom dream home. The area is known for its small-town feel, walkable streets, good schools, and rich history. It features Oaks Park (an amusement park that’s been operating since 1905), a historic cinema that opened in 1926, and some of Portland’s most beautiful parks and outdoor areas.

Lake Oswego

A popular upscale suburb of the Rose City, Lake Oswego isn’t technically a Portland neighborhood – but it feels like one! With an abundance of charming boutiques, fine restaurants, and art galleries adorning the shores of the 405-acre Lake Oswego, the area is truly one of the most scenic and enjoyable places to live in the Pacific Northwest.

Like nearby West Linn, Lake Oswego is home to a wide variety of home styles and tends to have larger lots than you’ll find in most Portland neighborhoods, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to building your ideal home here!

Mt. Scott-Artletta

Located in the city’s southeast corner, Mt. Scott-Arletta offers Portland homeowners a quaint, suburban feel without leaving the city. With a charming blend of residential and commercial areas, Mt. Scott is one of Portland’s best places for young families. At the heart of the neighborhood, you’ll find Mt. Scott Park and its many amenities, including playgrounds, walking paths, picnic areas, and the Mt. Scott Community Center.

Nob Hill

No list of desirable Portland neighborhoods would be complete without mention of Nob Hill. Loved by Portland residents and visitors alike for its ornate historical homes, walkable tree-lined streets, and trendy boutique shopping on 23rd Avenue, it’s the perfect setting for active young families or couples to build their custom homes and future.

Happy Valley

Like Lake Oswego, Happy Valley is a beautiful suburb outside the city limits of Portland. Travel Oregon calls it “one of the Portland area’s best-kept secrets,” and for good reason. A little further from the bustling city, Happy Valley is home to some of the safest streets, best restaurants, and most beautiful nature trails in the Portland metro area. Finding a buildable lot with gorgeous views of the city is also a breeze in Happy Valley!

Ready to make your Portland dreams a reality?

When it comes to choosing a neighborhood in Portland, you really can’t go wrong. But no matter where you settle, having a home you love is one of the best ways to start your new journey.

Westlake Development Group has been building custom homes in Portland for more than 30 years. With expertise in a wide range of architectural styles and neighborhood trends, we’re committed to bringing your vision to life.

Contact us today to learn more, and browse our gallery to see our work!