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East Portland

About Area

East Portland falls directly between Northeast and Southeast Portland and Gresham. East Portland is known for its more affordable housing and neighborhoods like Lents are in the process of being redeveloped. Other neighborhoods in East Portland are Parkrose and Centennial.

Argay

Argay is technically located in the outer Northeast area of Portland, but is most commonly considered as being in East Portland. Argay is a quiet, family oriented neighborhood with residents ranging from younger, or new homeowners on up to older long-time residents. The neighborhood is notable for its park-like setting and it’s vast array of affordable homes and well-manicured yards draw residents looking to live on the outskirts of the city. Maybe the neighborhood feels more like a park setting because residents have drawn inspiration from the Argay City Park that is close to 9 acres and located in the heart of the neighborhood. The Argay City Park is where you will find locals year round enjoying the many amenities including an off-leash dog area, basketball court, paved as well as unpaved paths, picnic tables, softball field, playground, soccer field, and a lighted tennis court. There are also other parks in the area that residents frequent such as Beech Park, Wilkes Park, and Strathmore Park.

The neighborhood is close to plenty of shopping, dinning, parks, and other amenities. You will find the Columbia River to the north of Argay, Interstate 84 to the south, NE 148th Avenue to the east, and NE 122nd Avenue to the west. The Argay neighborhood is diverse, and although the hills area (located just north of Sandy Blvd.) boasts higher income housing, nearly half of the neighborhood is made up of apartments and renters. There are a few different schools in the area, but the main neighborhood schools consist of Margaret Scott Elementary, Parkrose Middle School, and Parkrose High School. There are suburban and urban areas in the Argay neighborhood that make for a nice mix of environments and accommodations, and also provide residents the opportunity to find an area that fits them best.

Homes in the Argay neighborhood mostly consist of modest mid-century or Old Portland style and are situated on peaceful, quiet streets or cul-de-sacs. There are also a large number of Townhouses and Condos in the area.

Centennial

The Centennial neighborhood is located in southeast Portland and is very close to the suburb of Gresham. It is a very family friendly neighborhood in a commercial area, which makes it perfect for families as all the amenities you could need are within close reach. The Centennial neighborhood is a quiet area where you will see children playing in their front yards and older couples out for an evening stroll along fir and oak tree-lined streets, it definitely feels like suburbia and has a relaxed vibe.

Residents of Centennial consist of a very diverse crowd and the neighborhood prides itself on this. With a population of over 20,500 residents, this is one of the larger neighborhood in the Portland area and speaks for the popularity of the area. Because of the large population, there are a lot of schools in the Centennial neighborhood including Butler Creek Elementary, Lynch Meadows Elementary, Lynch View Elementary, Lynch Wood Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Harold Oliver Primary, Harold Oliver Intermediate, Centennial Middle School, and Centennial High School. As you can see by the higher number of elementary schools, there are a lot of young families in the Centennial neighborhood.

Although the Centennial neighborhood is in a commercial area there are still plenty of outdoor activity options for residents, many of which are in the form of parks.

Main City Park is the most popular and conveniently located park for Centennial residents, as well as Lynchview Park and Parklane Park that span over 30 acres, Bella Vista Park, and Maple Park.

Homes in the centennial neighborhood are well maintained, and homeowners take pride in owning a home in this area. Homes sit on large lots but are still affordable, and over 60% of residents in this neighborhood are homeowners. Architectural styles are all across the board in Centennial and range from split-level single-family homes to expansive estates. Homeowners will not find a shortage of whatever they’re looking for. There are also newly constructed condos and townhouses in the area, as well as apartment style living.

So if you’re looking for the suburban-style lifestyle that’s still in the heart of the action and close to the city, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Centennial neighborhood.

Hazelwood

The Hazelwood neighborhood is located in east Portland and is a residential neighborhood with a population of close to 20,000 residents. This is a quiet neighborhood with tree-lined streets. and lots of families with children live in Hazelwood. Although the neighborhood is technically located in the outer eastern area, the TriMet Max line runs right through the neighborhood providing an easier commute to downtown Portland than most other outer eastern neighborhoods. The 205 freeway is also just west of Hazelwood, and the 84 freeway is just north, which provide an easy commute to most Portland areas.

Bordering neighborhoods include Russellville and Mill Park to the west, Glenfair, Russell, and Parkrose Heights to the north, Gresham to the east, and Lents, Powellhurst, and Gilbert to the south. Hazelwood is also close to the Clackamas Town Center where locals do a lot of their shopping and dining. The Adventist Medical Center is located in the Hazelwood neighborhood and employs a large number of residents. Although this is a residential neighborhood there are plenty of commercial areas in Hazelwood as well, which explains the large population of the neighborhood. Many residents work within the neighborhood and surrounding areas, and rarely have to go into downtown Portland due to all the amenities within reach of Hazelwood.

There are parks everywhere in the Hazelwood neighborhood and surrounding areas. Some of these parks consist of Lincoln Park, Cherry Blossom Park, North Powelhurst Park, Ventura Park, Holladay Park, Midland City Park, Mill Park, Parklane City Park, Glenfair City Park, John Luby City Park, and Thompson City Park to name a few. Also, just south of the Hazelwood neighborhood is the huge, 608 acre Powell Butte Nature Park. So as you can see, there are plenty of parks, green spaces, and recreational areas for Hazelwood residents, and they take full advantage of them all. Another draw to the neighborhood is its schools, which include Lincoln Park Elementary School, Floyd Light Middle School, and David Douglas High School.

Hazelwood homes consist of many cottage, cap cod, and ranch style homes, as well as some newly constructed townhouses, condos, apartment buildings, and row houses. Homes are affordable in this neighborhood, which attracts a lot of new homeowners and young families, and over 55% of residents are homeowners.

Mill Park

The Mill Park neighborhood is located in the outer southeast area of Portland. It is also sometimes thought of as east Portland due to its location being much further east than most other southeast neighborhoods. Mill Park has a mixture of both urban and suburban areas throughout the neighborhood, and it is a decent sized neighborhood with roughly 677 acres and close to 7,000 residents. This is a family-friendly area with lots of quiet streets and plenty of parks and outdoor activities available.

Neighborhoods that border Mill Park include Hazelwood, Woodland Park, and Parkrose Heights to the north, Lents and Powellhurst Gilbert to the south, Russellville and Hazelwood to the west, and Hazelwood (again) to the east. The 205 Freeway is just to the west of the neighborhood and it’s about a 20-minute commute from Mill Park to downtown Portland. There are a plethora of commercial areas in Mill Park, and residents enjoy lots of options in dining, shopping, coffee shops, nightlife, and entertainment.

Some of the other great amenities the Mill Park neighborhood has to offer are it’s parks. There are tons of parks and natural areas in and around the neighborhood, which consist of Parks includeMill Park, Ventura Park, Midland City Park, Floyd Light City Park, Cherry City Park, North Powellhurst City Park, West Powellhurst City Park, and Lincoln City Park. Residents enjoy everything from walking and hiking trails and paths, to sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, public art, and much more.

Mill Park is home to a lot of young families, well-established families, singles, and retirees. Children under the age of 17 make up close to 26% of the population and it’s no surprise why families want to raise their families in Mill Park. Schools in the area include Mill Park Elementary School, Floyd Light Middle School, and David Douglas High School.

Homes in Mill Park are generally all over the board in terms of style, and you will find a little bit of everything in this neighborhood. There are modern, custom, and mid-century bungalows, craftsman, and old Portland style homes on almost every block, as well as condos, townhouses, and apartment-style living. There are plenty of affordable homes in the neighborhood, which attracts a lot of first-time homeowners to Mill Park.

Parkrose

The Parkrose neighborhood is technically located in northeast Portland, but due to its location on the eastern side of the 205 freeway, it is more commonly considered just east Portland. What used to be a small residential and farming suburb is now a popular and rather large neighborhood with entertainment and commercial districts. Although this is still primarily a residential neighborhood with a suburban feel. There are over 6,000 residents in Parkrose and the neighborhood spans 1,187 acres. Neighborhood streets are lined with old growth trees and are well maintained, and residents definitely have a sense of neighborhood pride.

Parkrose is bordered by some other great neighborhoods, including Cully to the north, Sumner to the west, Maywood Park, Madison South, and Parkrose Heights to the south, and Argay and Wilkes to the east. The northern border of the neighborhood consists of the Columbia River and is home to boating and fishing enthusiasts. In and around Parkrose are many restaurants, shops, bars, coffee shops, and more, and residents rarely have to leave their neighborhood to get pretty much anything they need. However, there are plenty of public transportation options for residents commuting or visiting other neighborhoods around Portland.

In addition to commercial amenities, there are also many outdoor amenities in and around Parkrose. Some of these amenities include Senn’s Dairy City Park, Johnson Lake Property, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rocky Butte State Park, and The Grotto.

With over 21% of Parkrose residents being under the age of 17, it’s no surprise that there are some great schools in the neighborhood. These schools consist of Prescott Elementary School, Parkrose Middle School, and Parkrose High School. There are also some private schools in the area as well. The family-oriented vibe of Parkrose makes for a great neighborhood to raise a family in, and it is one reason why new homeowners are drawn to Parkrose.

Parkrose is home to a plethora of affordable housing options, and half of the neighborhood population are homeowners. Homes consist of many old Portland styles, and there is a lot of new construction going up around the neighborhood as well. Many homes sit on larger lots, and new homeowners will be pleased with their options in this neighborhood.

Parkrose Heights

The Parkrose Heights neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is a very family friendly neighborhood with a suburban feel. The neighborhood has a good combination of both quiet residential streets as well as shopping, restaurants, bars, and entertainment within minutes. You will see plenty of beautiful homes and manicured lawns in Parkrose Heights, as well as residents out and about enjoying outdoor amenities in the area.

The neighborhoods close proximity to the Columbia River draws a lot of residents to Parkrose Heights, and locals definitely take advantage of the boating and fishing available. Parkrose Heights spans 623 acres and has a population of a little over 6,000.

Parkrose Heights is bordered by some other great northeastern neighborhoods, which include Maywood Park and Parkrose to the north, Madison South and Roseway to the west, Woodlawn Park and Russellville to the south, and Hazelwood and Russell to the east. The 84 freeway and the 205 freeway make up the western border of the neighborhood, and the 84 freeway also wraps around and makes up the northern border of the neighborhood as well. With both freeways so close, a commute to pretty much anywhere in Portland is a breeze from Parkrose Heights.

Outdoor amenities in and around the Parkrose Heights neighborhood are plentiful, there are a lot of parks, gardens, and natural areas for residents to enjoy. Some of these include Knott City Park, Beech Park, Merrifield City Park, John Luby City Park, Joseph Wood Hill Park, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rocky Butte State Park, and The Grotto. There are tons of paths and hiking trails at these parks, as well as picnic tables, playgrounds, gardens, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and softball fields. As mentioned above the Columbia River is also just north of the neighborhood and provides many water activities as well.

There are many families, both young and well established, in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood. Close to 24% of residents are under the age of 17, so it's no surprise that there are some great schools in the neighborhood that are drawing families to Parkrose Heights. The popular public schools consist of Prescott Elementary School, Parkrose Middle School, and Parkrose High School. This is a great neighborhood to raise a family.

Homes in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood are relatively affordable in comparison to closer-in neighborhoods, and you’ll find home styles that range from English cottage to Cape Cod, to Bungalow, as well as many modern designs and custom built new construction.

Powellhurst Gilbert

Located in southeast Portland, the Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhood is one of the largest southeastern neighborhoods with a population of roughly 18,000 residents. This is a family-friendly neighborhood with quiet tree-lined streets, mostly old growth trees, and a strong community vibe. There are many well-established families as well as younger families in Powellhurst Gilbert, and with a naturally appeasing setting, it’s not uncommon to see strollers on the sidewalks and throughout the local parks and gardens. There’s a good mix of urban and residential areas in the neighborhood as well as a good amount of locally owned and independent shops, bars, and restaurants.

Powellhurst Gilbert spans an immense 2,199 acres and the eastern part of the neighborhood in much closer-in than the western, which makes the neighborhood a little more diverse for new homeowners looking for different options. Bordered by Mill Park, Hazelwood, and Russellville to the north, South Tabor, Montavilla, and Foster Powell to the west, Pleasant Valley and Lents to the south, and Centennial to the east.

The 205 freeway runs through the northwestern section of the neighborhood making for a relatively quick commute to downtown Portland. Although Powellhurst Gilbert is a large neighborhood with several commercial areas, residents still visit adjoining neighborhoods for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well.

There are a few different public schools in the Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhood, but the main schools include Gilbert Park Elementary School, Alice Ott Middle School, and David Douglas High School. These schools are filled with Powellhurst Gilbert residents, as children under the age of 17 make up close to 29% of the population of the Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhood.

There are many parks in Powellhurst Gilbert and surrounding areas, and some of these parks consist of Powell Butte Natural Area, Clatsop Butte City Park, Leach Botanical Garden, Kingsley D Bundy City Park, Eastridge City Park, Brookside Park, Raymond City Park, Beggars Tick Wildlife Refuge, Earl Boyles City Park, Bloomington City Park, Ed Benedict City Park, Gates Park Property, Gilbert Heights City Park, and Gilbert Primary Park. There is an abundance of amenities at these parks, such as natural areas, hiking trails, equestrian trails, basketball court, paved and unpaved paths, picnic tables, playgrounds, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, gardens, a water play feature, soccer field, and softball field.

As you can see there’s plenty of outdoor activities available to Powellhurst Gilbert residents, and are taken advantage of daily. Homes in the Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhood tend to range all across the board in terms of architectural styles. You’ll find everything from older farmhouses, to modern custom built homes, as well as new construction going up all around the neighborhood. New homeowners have a lot of different options when it comes to homes in Powellhurst Gilbert.

Wilkes

The Wilkes neighborhood is located in east Portland and is pretty far away from the city center. This is a large neighborhood in both size and population, where close to 8,000 residents are spread out among 1,798 acres. This is a largely residential neighborhood with both suburban and urban areas, which makes for a great mix of activities for locals.

Wilkes is a very family friendly neighborhood with a relaxed, laid-back vibe, and residents who enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of the more close-in urban neighborhoods. Bordered by Argay and Rusell to the west, Hazelwood and Glenfair to the south, Fairview to the east, and the entire northern border is made up of the Columbia River. The 84 freeway runs right through the southern portion of the neighborhood and provides easy access to surrounding neighborhoods, as well as an easy commute into downtown Portland. The 205 freeway also sits just west of the neighborhood and provides a very quick commute into Vancouver, Washington, and if you head south on the 205 it will take you to the southeastern neighborhoods.

There are some great public schools in and around Wilkes for the 15% of families with grade school children. These schools consist of Wilkes Elementary School, H.B. Lee Middle School, and Reynolds High School. There are also some private schools in the area to choose from as well.

The Columbia River provides plenty of outdoor activities for Wilkes residents to enjoy, and many take advantage of its amenities. If water activities aren’t your thing, or you just want a little bit of diversity to your outdoor activities, there are many parks and recreational areas in the area. Parks in and around the Wilkes neighborhood consist of Wilkes City Park, Zimmerman House Historic Park, Argay City Park, Thompson City Park, John Luby City Park, Columbia View Park, Glenfair City Park, and Holladay Park East. Amenities include playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields, paved and unpaved paths, hiking trails, off-leash dog areas, tennis courts, and much more.

Homes in Wilkes run the gamut of more modern style homes as most were built in the last 30- 40 years. There are many eco-friendly homes being built and plenty of new construction going up throughout the neighborhood. New homeowners have been flocking to Wilkes over the last couple decades, and there’s a little bit of everything for anyone looking to move to the neighborhood.