Montavilla pedestrians and pets enjoy temperate weather most of the year. Winters can have some cooler temperatures, especially at night, and occasional snow, but this weather is short lived and not frequent. Be careful when cold snaps do occur as sidewalk surfaces can become icy and slippery. Your dog may even appreciate a waterproof coat to keep fur dry. Summers are warm and dry with few extremely hot temperatures and ideal for traveling on foot.
Homes in the area are mostly single-family, vintage houses with well-landscaped yards, beautiful gardens, large trees, and plenty of bushes and shrubs creating a very green picturesque community. Mt. Tabor is visible on the west side and several parks in the area provide additional natural landscaping.
There are several main thoroughfares in and on the edges of Montavilla and commercial activity where traffic is increased. Make sure you keep your dog close to you while walking these areas.
Berrydale Park is slightly smaller at 6 acres and has a soccer and softball field, playground, picnic tables, and open areas to enjoy. Harrison Park is the smallest park, but still a good size with 4 acres, paved paths, and recreational facilities.
A short distance to the west is Mt Tabor Park. Mt. Tabor is a volcanic cylinder cone and trails to the summit offer views of the Portland skyline. There is a playground, outdoor stage, sports facilities, and reservoirs in the park. Best of all, there is an off-leash area for your pup to play. The area does not have a fence and dogs using the park must have good recall to enjoy this space.