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Northeast Portland

About Area

Northeast Portland has been one of the hottest areas in the entire Portland Market. NE Portland is known for its classical homes, and neighborhoods such as Alameda, Irvington, and Laurelhurst. There are also trendy dining and drinking establishments in areas such as the Alberta Arts District.

 

Alameda

Alameda is a historical neighborhood, developed in the early 1900’s, with a quiet family oriented atmosphere. There are many beautiful tree-lined streets, manicured lawns, and you will find very friendly neighbors out and about enjoying all the area has to offer. Alameda is located in the northeast area of Portland and boasts some of the most stunning and expansive homes in the area, as well as homes that sit on larger lots. There are several different architectural style homes in Alameda, including cape cod, ranch style, mission, cottages, and custom designs; however, the most common styles include older craftsman and bungalows.

Along the Alameda ridge, you will find gorgeous views of Portland, including the West Hills, Cascade Mountains, and Willamette River. Plenty of neighborhood pride abounds in Alameda, and the community takes full advantage of the nearby parks, cafes, and restaurants. There are three parks in Alameda that draw a lot of foot traffic: Wilshire Park, Fernhill Park, and Grant Park. Between the views from Alameda ridge and the large parks, this neighborhood is a great place to take walks and spend time outdoors. On rainy days, which are common during the winter months, there are plenty of places to duck in and get warm. One of those places is Alameda’s own microbrewery, the Alameda Brewhouse, where locals can be found enjoying a few beers and a hot meal. There are also many other great establishments in the Alameda neighborhood that have been around for decades.

Another aspect that draws people to the Alameda neighborhood are the public schools in the area, which are some of the most desired public schools in all of Portland. Schools include the Alameda Elementary School, Beaumont Middle School, and Grant High School.

So if you’re looking for a neighborhood that has all the charm of a small town, with the convenience of being close to downtown Portland, come check out the Alameda neighborhood and all it has to offer. Whether you are looking for your first home, last home, or something in the middle, the Alameda neighborhood is worth looking into.

Beaumont Wilshire

Located in the Northeast area of the city, the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood runs along the Alameda Ridge and is a well-established neighborhood in a beautiful setting. Because of its locale, residents enjoy amazing views of Portland and are only minutes from downtown. This neighborhood's cozy and friendly vibe is one of the reasons it is such a highly desirable area of Portland. Beaumont Wilshire is a very community-oriented neighborhood with a strong artistic influence and a booming cultural district.

One of the main attractions in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood is the Beaumont Village, which is home to several cute locally owned grocery stores, shops, and restaurants. Beaumont Village is located on NE Fremont Street, which is the main road through the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood. NE Fremont Street also offers a lot of great shops and restaurants outside of the Beaumont Village and is one of those streets you could walk up and down all day enjoying each establishment.

The Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood is technically two different neighborhoods, Beaumont and Wilshire, they are separate by NE Fremont Street, with Wilshire to the north and Beaumont to the south. However, they decided to form the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Association due to their common interests and commercial center, so the neighborhood is now just referred to as Beaumont Wilshire.

The Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood is an older, well-established neighborhood, where homes span many different architectural styles. Styles include Craftsman, Ranch, Bungalow, Cape Cod, Cottage, and many other Portland-style homes that are common on the East side. Homeowners maintain their lots and are proud to own homes in this neighborhood. Most homes are single-family homes and because this neighborhood has been around since the early 1900’s there’s just about any size house you could want. There is also new construction taking place, as well as a number of condos and lofts in the area.

There are a few parks in the area that residents enjoying visiting, such as Wilshire Park, Fernhill Park, Grant Park, and the gorgeous Rose City Park is only minutes away. This neighborhood attracts families of all sizes, and the schools in Beaumont Wilshire also draw people to the neighborhood as well. Residents send their children to Alameda Elementary School, Beaumont Middle School, and Grant High School.

This is a great neighborhood for all types of homebuyers, as there is a little bit of everything here. The great mix of residential and commercial spaces makes Beaumont Wilshire a very livable neighborhood that only continues to grow.

Center/North Tabor

Located in southeast Portland, the Center/North Tabor neighborhood is one of the smaller neighborhoods in the area. It is a popular neighborhood with a big personality and draws a lot of residents who want to live in a quiet neighborhood that still has the convenience of commercial amenities.

The Center/North Tabor neighborhood has recently become more commonly known as just North Tabor, thanks to the local Neighborhood Association. The name Center was given to the neighborhood back in the 1970’s, and stands for “Citizens Engaged Now Toward Ecological Review.” However, in 2009 the Neighborhood Association decided to drop the name Center for the more popular North Tabor, as it describes the location of the area a little bit better, but also because they just thought it sounded better than Center.

In the heart of the neighborhood lies Providence Portland Medical Center, which is where a lot of locals work. This hospital employs over 3,000 people, not including physicians, so it brings a lot of job opportunity to the neighborhood. It’s also the main factor in attracting new homeowners, as well as young families to the area. The combination of quiet streets, family oriented residents, a commercial area as well as locally owned shops and restaurants, makes for a very enticing neighborhood.

Homes in the area are very affordable, and due to the history of the neighborhood, which has been around since the late 1800’s, you will find mostly Old Portland styles homes in the area. However, there are a nice mix of modern, 20th century, bungalow, and cottage style homes in the neighborhood as well.

The Center/North Tabor neighborhood is bordered by other nice neighborhoods including Laurelhurst to the west, Montavilla to the east, Hollywood and Rose City Park to the north, and Mount Tabor and Sunnyside to the south. There are also parks in the area that residents take full advantage of, a few of these parks are Normandale Park, Frazer Park, and Mount Tabor Park. Schools in the neighborhood consist of Glencoe Elementary School, Laurelhurst Elementary School, Mt Tabor Middle School, Fernwood Middle School, Franklin High School, and Grant High School.

Concordia

The Concordia neighborhood is a charming northeast Portland neighborhood with a very artsy feel. It is named after Concordia University, a popular private, liberal arts, Lutheran college that is located in the neighborhood. This is a great neighborhood for just about anyone and attracts homeowners with a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles.

With a large majority of the Alberta Street Arts District located in the Concordia neighborhood, it’s no surprise that the population of the neighborhood is over 9,500 and growing. This is a very popular neighborhood that only continues to become more popular as the northeast area of Portland continues to expand and attract the hip, young, artistic crowd that is so abundant in Portland. Another big attraction in the neighborhood is the McMenamins Kennedy School, which houses 35 guest rooms, restaurant, a movie theatre, music venue, large soaking pool, and a brewpub. There’s also a monthly art walk called Last Thursday that draws a big crowd to the area and is one of Portland’s most lively cultural events.

There are plenty of locally owned shops and restaurants in the Concordia neighborhood, and lots of other amenities in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. Parks in the area consist of Fernhill Park, Alberta Park, Wilshire Park, and Grant Park. This is a very active, outdoor-friendly neighborhood so you will almost always be able to spot residents at these parks as well as strolling the cute, shop and restaurant-lined streets. There are lots of young families in the area that enjoy the quality of the schools in the neighborhood, and these schools include Vernon Elementary School, Faubion School (PK- 8th), Tubman Middle School, and Jefferson High School.

Homes in the Concordia neighborhood reflect its historic charm and come in many styles that have been restored and refurbished. There are a lot of gorgeous old Portland bungalows, craftsman, and foursquare styles homes, as well newly constructed townhouses and condos located on Alberta Street.

Bordering neighborhoods include Sunderland to the north, Alameda and Beaumont Wilshire to the south, Cully to the east, and Vernon, Sabin, and Woodlawn to the west. This is a neighborhood with a very creative, artistic, and funky vibe that is perfect for community-oriented people that take pride in being a part of the neighborhood.

Cully

The Cully neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is an urban residential area with a good mix of commercial development as well. This is a culturally diverse neighborhood with a rich community awareness and involvement. Residents are very active in the community, and with its close commute to downtown Portland and affordable housing costs, the Cully neighborhood attracts a lot of new homeowners to the area.

There are many locally owned restaurants, shops, and businesses in the neighborhood, and it is also very close to other northeast neighborhoods such as Concordia with a larger commercial district. Locals enjoy the parks in the area which consist of Fernhill Park, Wilshire Park, Grant Park, Wellington Park, and Sacajawea Park, as well as the community hot spot that is the Rigler Community Garden. Due to Cully resident involvement, the Rigler Community Garden has become a success, providing residents with the opportunity to garden together. The garden has become a gathering place for both children and adults and helps to provide a healthy food supply for the community. The Rigler Community Garden is just one example of how dedicated and involved Cully residents are in their neighborhood, and it’s also a reason why Cully is a great place to raise a family.

Schools in the neighborhood consist of Rigler Elementary School, Gregory Heights Middle School, and Madison High School. With around 27% of the 13,000 residents in Cully being under the age of 17, this is a neighborhood that definitely attracts younger families. It’s common to see kids playing in the neighborhood and strollers on the sidewalks in Cully, and with home prices as low as $140,000 it’s no wonder why people have chosen this neighborhood to raise their families in.

There are many different styles homes in Cully, but as an older neighborhood, you will mostly see a modest craftsman, ranch, and Old Portland-style homes. There are plenty of starter homes as well as large, more expensive homes and some condos and townhouses, so it makes for a nice variety for new homeowners.

So if you’re looking for an urban neighborhood that isn’t far from downtown Portland and is affordable with good shopping, dining, and entertainment options within, and around the neighborhood, come take a drive through Cully as it just might be the place for you.

East Columbia

This neighborhood is located in northeast Portland but is also considered North Portland as well since part of it’s north border includes the Columbia River. Being this close to the river provides a section of the neighborhood with a marine lifestyle, while the rest of the neighborhood has more of a suburban, country-like feel with green pastures and fields. Due to the large pastures and fields, the population density in East Columbia is only one person per acre.

The East Columbia neighborhood is surrounded by other great neighborhoods including Sunderland to the east, Piedmont and Arbor Lodge to the south, Bridgeton to the north, and Kenton and St. Johns to the west.
There are quite a few large parks and natural areas around East Columbia, which consist of Delta Park East, Columbia Children’s Arboretum, St. Johns Park, Cathedral Park, Columbia River, and a section of the 40 Mile Loop. So it’s no surprise that this is a very active neighborhood where residents are spending a large majority of their time outdoors.

In addition to the parks and recreational areas in the neighborhood and surrounding areas, there is also plenty of shopping, dining, coffee shops, entertainment, and nightlife in the more commercial nearby neighborhoods of Kenton, St Johns, Arbor Lodge, and Bridgeton. Residents enjoy being able to live in the relaxed, marine and country settings of East Columbia while still having commercial areas close by and downtown Portland within a 15-minute commute. This makes for a diverse crowd of residents where everyone fits in.

Homes in the neighborhood consist of bungalows, craftsman, old Portland, and many other styles, most of which are modest. East Columbia has an abundance of homes that have been renovated and improved upon, however, there are still areas with plenty of homes that need some improvement. Due to an increase of new residents to the neighborhood in the last couple years, new homeowners have capitalized on the vast amount of starter homes in the area. Now there is a great mix of everything from modest starter homes to large estates in the neighborhood, and new homeowners can find pretty much whatever they’re looking for. Roughly 80% of East Columbia residents are homeowners.

East Columbia is a great place to live, and many residents move here to raise a family, retire, or just get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the scenery.

Grant Park

Located in northeast Portland, the neighborhood of Grant Park is a family-friendly area where close to 30% of its residents consist of families with children. You will find an abundance of quiet residential streets in Grant Park, as well as plenty of amenities within, and surrounding, the neighborhood.

Grant Park is bordered by Beaumont Wilshire, Alameda, and Sabin to the north, Irvington to the west, Laurelhurst, Hollywood, and Sullivan’s Gulch to the south, and Rose City Park to the east. Grant Park residents take advantage of the many restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and shopping in the Alameda, Beaumont Wilshire, and Irvington districts. There’s pretty much anything you could need in a five-mile radius of the Grant Park neighborhood, which makes living in the area that much more convenient.

One big draw to the neighborhood is the park this neighborhood is named after, Grant Park. The park is located in the heart of the neighborhood and is frequented by locals daily. Grant Park is a large park that spans close to 20 acres, and offers such amenities as a baseball field, basketball court, dog off-leash area, disabled access play area, football field, fountain, paved and unpaved trails, picnic site, picnic tables, soccer field, playground, softball field, public art, track, tennis court, a water play feature, and lots of open green spaces. Due to all the outdoor activities in Grant Park, this neighborhood attracts a lot of active residents, many of whom are community oriented as well.

Many of the homes in the Grant Park neighborhood were built in the 1920’s and come in a wide range of styles, some of which are Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, East Portland, Bungalows, and classic Old Portland style. Residents take pride in owning a home in Grant Park, and 88% of residents are homeowners. Yards are well maintained and the streets are tree-lined and serene, however, homes are still more affordable than other neighborhoods in the area, which makes for a great investment for new homeowners. With a population of 3,469 in a neighborhood that only spans 292 acres, Grant Park has an intimate neighborhood feeling where a lot of residents know each other.

Grant Park attracts a lot of young families, partially because of the great schools in the area, which include Hollywood Elementary School, Fernhill Middle School, and Grant High School.

Hollywood

This northeast Portland neighborhood is an urban neighborhood with a mix of eclectic shops, restaurants, and coffee houses, as well as residential streets. If you’re looking for the funky vibe that is common to most northeast neighborhoods but still want a close commute to downtown and other Portland neighborhoods, Hollywood just might be the place for you. This neighborhood isn’t a very large one, with a population of a little over 1,000 and an area spanning roughly 115 acres. However, residents take pride in their small neighborhood and are pretty community conscious and active in supporting local businesses.

There are many other neighborhoods bordering Hollywood, and a lot of them see Hollywood as the neighborhood they frequent for all their shopping, dining, and entertainment needs. These neighborhoods include Grant Park, Beaumont Wilshire, and Sabin to the north, Irvington, Eliot, and Sullivan’s Gulch to the west, Kerns, Laurelhurst, and Center to the south, and Rose City Park and Roseway to the east. The 84 freeway is also located on the southern border of the neighborhood and the Max Light Rail is also close by, both which make for an easy commute around Portland.

The Hollywood neighborhood tends to attract a lot of singles to the area and they make up about 74% of the population, however, it is still a very family friendly neighborhood. You can spot the families in the area almost any day spending time at the local parks, such as Grant City Park, Frazer Park, Normandale City Park, and Rose City Park. There are also plenty of strollers up and down Sandy Boulevard, which is the main street in Hollywood, as well as walkers and joggers out enjoying the neighborhood. There are some great public schools in the Hollywood area for families to take advantage of, including Laurelhurst Elementary School, Fernwood Middle School, and Grant High School.

Homes in this neighborhood are affordable, which draws many new homeowners to the area. Most homes in Hollywood tend to be older, but plenty of them have been restored to their original charm, and you’ll also see a lot of big front porches on homes in the neighborhood. Typical architectural styles include lots of Old Portland, Bungalow, and Craftsman style homes. However, you can find pretty much any style home consistent with Portland in this neighborhood, as well as some condos, townhouses, and apartment-style living. Only about 15% of the population are homeowners, but that hasn’t stopped all residents from having pride in keeping their homes, whether rented or owned, well maintained with manicured lawns.

Humboldt

This neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and has the funky, artsy, hipster vibe that so many of the northeast neighborhoods share. Humboldt is an urban neighborhood with a mix of both residential and commercial areas. The historic and very popular Mississippi Avenue is within walking distance of the Humboldt neighborhood, which residents frequent although they pretty much have all the amenities they could need in their own neighborhood. The Cascade Campus of Portland Community College is located in the heart of the Humboldt neighborhood which aids in drawing a younger crowd to the area. Residents of the Humboldt neighborhood are a diverse crowd and pretty much anyone fits in here, there are lots of families in the area, as well as singles and college students, which makes for a very nice mix and everyone gets along with each other.

Bordering the Humboldt neighborhood are several other artsy and hip neighborhoods such as Piedmont, Arbor Lodge, and Woodlawn to the north, Vernon and Concordia to the east, King, Boise, and Sabin to the south, and Overlook, the 5 freeway, and the Willamette River to the west. The 5 freeway runs through the western border of the neighborhood and the NW Fremont Bridge is located just south of the neighborhood in Boise, which makes for an easy commute for residents into both downtown as well as around the entire Portland area.

The Humboldt neighborhood spans about 350 acres with a population of over 5,000, which makes for a tight-knit community. There are mostly independent, locally owned businesses throughout the neighborhood, and residents take pride in Humboldt’s lack of franchises like Starbucks or McDonalds. This is a very community oriented neighborhood where residents are active in the continual growth and development of their neighborhood. So if you’re looking for a strong community conscious neighborhood that is still close to downtown and other Portland areas, this might be the place for you.

Although this is an urban neighborhood, like all of Portland, there are plenty of parks close by. Parks in the Humboldt neighborhood and surrounding area consist of Peninsula City Park, King School Park, Mallory Meadows City Park, and Patton Square City Park. You’ll see plenty of locals every day enjoying the great outdoors at these parks.

Humboldt is home to plenty of older homes that have been renovated, however, there are still several homes that still need to be renovated and thus are more affordable, which draws plenty new homeowners to the neighborhood. Home styles are all across the board in this neighborhood, but you’ll mostly see the cottage, old Portland, Victorian, foursquare, and craftsman styles.

Irvington

The historic Irvington neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is home to true Americana style living with it’s older historic homes and quiet residential streets. This neighborhood is where a lot of people move to who are looking for a tightly knit community with a lot of charm that is still in an urban setting. The middle of the neighborhood is mostly residential, but there are also some commercial areas on the outer borders of the neighborhood.

Irvington is a very family friendly, inviting neighborhood with a good mix of young and well-established families in the area, and close to 20% of the population is under the age of 17. The population of Irvington is roughly 6,700 and the neighborhood spans 415 acres. Schools in the area include Irvington Elementary School, Fernwood Middle School, and Grant High School.

Although this is mostly a residential area, there are a couple shopping districts in the neighborhood as well, and more than enough commercial districts surround the neighborhood. In fact, the northeast tip of the neighborhood overlaps both the Sabin and Alameda neighborhoods. Some of Irvington’s bordering neighborhoods include Sullivan’s Gulch, Kerns, and the Lloyd District to the south, Eliot and Boise to the west, Grant Park and Hollywood to the east, and King, Beaumont Wilshire, Alameda, and Sabin to the north. The 5 freeway is just west of the neighborhood and the 84 freeway is just south, so the Irvington neighborhood is in a great location for anyone commuting around the Portland area.

There are plenty of parks in the neighborhood for residents to enjoy, and they consist of Irving Park, Grant Park, Wilshire Park, Vernon Tank Playground, Dawson City Park, King School Park, and Denorval Unthank City Park. Like most Portlanders, residents of Irvington are very active and enjoy being outdoors, so it’s common to see all of these parks full of people during the day. Many residents also spend plenty of time just walking through the streets of this gorgeous neighborhood, admiring the historic homes, lush front yards, and massive old trees that line the streets.

Homes in the Irvington neighborhood come in a wide range of styles including, but not limited to, Dutch Colonials, Bungalow, Old Portland, Arts and Crafts, Victorian, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Prairie, and many others. Although most of Irvington homes are older and restored, there is also a sprinkle of modern style homes in lots where older homes that couldn’t be restored had to be torn down. There are also condos, townhouses, and apartments in the neighborhood, and over 50% of the community is comprised of renters.

Laurelhurst

The neighborhood of Laurelhurst is located in southeast Portland and is right on the border that distinguishes the northeast Portland neighborhoods from the southeast Portland neighborhoods. Laurelhurst is a gorgeous neighborhood with lots of old trees lining the streets and beautiful homes and gardens everywhere you look. One drive or walk through the Laurelhurst neighborhood will make you understand why it is one of the most desirable areas to live in Portland. The neighborhood is close to downtown, just a 10-minute drive, and is a great area for commuters who work in the city. However, this neighborhood is adjacent to Oregon’s largest shopping mall, the Lloyd District, where many residents are employed and have an even shorter commute. Lloyd District offers Laurelhurst residents many amenities such as coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and much more.

There are some great bordering neighborhoods to Laurelhurst as well, and they consist of Kerns, Buckman, and Lloyd District to the west, North Tabor and Rose City Park to the east, Sunnyside and Mount Tabor to the south, and Hollywood, Sullivan’s Gulch, Grant Park, and Irvington are just north of the neighborhood on the other side of the 84 freeway which runs along the northern border of Laurelhurst. Residents from all neighboring areas come to enjoy the expansive and beautiful Laurelhurst Park that spans 25 acres and has some great outdoor amenities like numerous paved walking paths, basketball courts, baseball field, soccer field, a large duck pond, picnic areas, and a community center. There are also a few other parks in the area that Laurelhurst residents take advantage of, such as Oregon Park, Sunnyside Park, Frazer Park, and Grant Park.

Homes in Laurelhurst consist of many different architectural styles, and you will see everything from bungalows, to craftsman, foursquare, arts and crafts, and old Portland. There are smaller homes as well as larger estates, and plenty of new construction and restored older homes. New homeowners are pleased to have such a wide range of homes to choose from, and with 92% of the population being homeowners it’s no surprise that they keep their property value as high as possible by taking care of their homes and yards.

Laurelhurst is a very family friendly neighborhood with over 23% of the population being under the age of 17. Schools in the area include Laurelhurst Elementary School, Fernwood Middle School, and Grant High School.

Lloyd District

The Lloyd District is located in northeast Portland just on the east side of the Willamette River. The neighborhood is best known for being home to the largest mall in the state of Oregon, the Lloyd Center Mall. However, the Lloyd District neighborhood is also home to the Rose Garden Arena, the Oregon Convention Center, and the Memorial Coliseum, as well as many restaurants, shops, cafés, and nightlife. This neighborhood is a Mecca for tourists, and its residents only number about 600. Lloyd District is a small neighborhood that spans a mere 328 acres and is home to many hotels and common American franchises.

Bordering the Lloyd District are some other great neighborhoods including Irvington and Eliot to the north, Kerns and Buckman to the south, Sullivan’s Gulch and Grant Park to the east, and across the Willamette River to the west are Downtown Portland, Old Town Chinatown, and the Pearl District. The 5 freeway runs along the western border of the neighborhood, and the 84 freeway runs along the southern border, which makes for an easy commute to downtown Portland as well as many other Portland neighborhoods. There is also an abundance of public transportation options running through the neighborhood, however, the majority of Lloyd District residents work within the neighborhoods commercial district.

Although less than 3% of the population of the Lloyd District neighborhood is under the age of 17, and there are mostly singles and young professionals without children living in the area, there are still some great schools for those few families with children. These schools consist of Buckman Elementary School, Da Vinci Middle School, and Benson Polytechnic High School.

The Lloyd District is an urban neighborhood, but like most Portland neighborhoods, there are still several parks and natural areas close by. A few parks in the Lloyd District and surrounding areas include Holliday Park, Lillis Albina City Park, Dawson City Park, and Buckman Field. When residents are strolling through the active streets of the neighborhood, they’re enjoying the amenities these parks have to offer.

There are plenty of modern condos and townhouses in the neighborhood, as well as modest single-family units in the old Portland, cottage, and Victorian styles. There are also some apartment buildings in the neighborhood as well, and an extremely high number of residents are renters (roughly 98%), but there are still some great opportunities for new homeowners.

Madison South

The neighborhood of Madison South is located in northeast Portland and encompasses roughly 950 acres. Home to many beautiful older homes and tree-lined streets, this neighborhood boasts some of the best recreational spots in Portland. Madison South is a very family friendly neighborhood with mostly residential areas, however, there’s also some great dining, shopping, and entertainment available within the neighborhood as well.

Bordering Madison South are some equally attractive neighborhoods, including Sumner and Maywood Park to the north, Roseway and Rose City Park to the west, Mount Tabor, and Center/North Tabor to the south, and Woodland Park and Parkrose Heights to the east. The 84 freeway wraps along the south and east borders of the neighborhood and runs parallel to the 205 freeway on the east border, so the 205 and 84 freeways both run along the east border of the neighborhood and then the 205 freeway continues to wrap around a portion of the northern border as well. Although the Madison South neighborhood is partially surrounded by freeways, you wouldn’t know it as the ramps for each freeway are on the outskirts of the neighborhood. The advantage is that this makes for an easy commute into downtown Portland and surrounding areas, and there is access to the Max Light Rail within the neighborhood as well.

One great aspect to Madison South is its abundance of large parks and recreational areas within and bordering the neighborhood. These consist of the uber-popular Rocky Butte State Park and Natural Area, The Grotto, Glenhaven Park, Hancock Park, and Rose City Park. There are many amenities within these parks such as picnic tables, playgrounds, unpaved paths, hiking trails, baseball fields, skate park, soccer fields, softball fields, and tennis courts. With all these great amenities in and around the neighborhood, it’s no surprise that there are about 7,000 residents living in the Madison South.

There are many families in the neighborhood, and they are happy to be able to send their children to some great schools, such as Lee Elementary School, Gregory Heights Middle School, and Madison High School.

Homes in Madison South consist of a mixture of new construction and older prewar homes, all in a wide range of styles typical with most Portland neighborhoods. There are plenty of bungalows and craftsman styles homes, as well as old Portland and Victorian styles.

Piedmont

Located in northeast Portland, the Piedmont neighborhood is an extremely family-friendly neighborhood in an urban setting. There are many tree lined, quiet streets as well as busy streets lined with independent and locally owned shops, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, cafés, etc. Residents are very community conscious and are active in constantly trying to improve and restore Piedmont.
Much like other urban neighborhoods, Piedmont is a pretty densely populated neighborhood with about 10 persons per acre, due to a population of 6,427 spanning over 600 acres. The neighborhood is growing and expanding each year, and it's easy to see why.

Piedmont is bordered by some very popular northeastern neighborhoods which include Humboldt and King to the south, Woodlawn and Vernon to the east, Arbor Lodge and Overlook to the west and East Columbia to the north. The neighborhood is also very close to the super popular Alberta Arts and North Mississippi areas, and many residents want to be close to these areas but still retreat to a calmer neighborhood at the end of the day. Housing is also more affordable in Piedmont that in other close-in neighborhoods, which is also why some choose to live in Piedmont.

In addition to the immense shopping and dining available, there are also plenty of parks in the area for Piedmont residents to enjoy. Some parks in and around the Piedmont neighborhood include Peninsula City Park, Mallory Meadows City Park, King School Park, Woodlawn City Park, Alberta Park, and Farragut City Park. It is not uncommon to see at least a few Piedmont residents, if not more, enjoying the amenities at these park on any given day. There is everything from paved and unpaved paths, off-leash dog areas, hiking trails, sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and much much more.

There are plenty of schools in and around the Piedmont neighborhood, and with over 25% of residents being under the age of 17, these schools are filled with Piedmont residents. Some of the more popular public schools include Applegate Elementary School, Ockley Green Middle School, and Jefferson High School. Piedmont is a great neighborhood to raise a family.

Homes in the Piedmont neighborhood tend to be older houses, and styles range from old Portland to a bungalow, to a cottage, foursquare, and Cape Cod. Most homes have well-maintained yards and old growth trees up and down their streets. Residents take pride in owning a home in Piedmont and home prices are relatively cheap compared to adjoining neighborhoods.

Rose City Park

The Rose City Park neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is a historic neighborhood with a very family oriented vibe. The neighborhood spans 781 acres and is home to over 8,900 residents. Rose City Park has a nice mix of both residential and commercial areas, and there are cute tree-lined streets with charming homes and businesses. There is much to do in Rose City Park, from shopping and dining to outdoor activities at nearby parks and recreational areas, and residents are very active in the community. This is a great neighborhood to raise a family, and there are many new homeowners who come to Rose City Park to do just that.

Bordered by Hollywood and Grant Park to the west, Beaumont Wilshire and Cully to the north, Center/Mount Tabor and Laurelhurst to the south, and Madison South, Roseway, and Montavilla to the east. The 84 freeway runs along the southern border of the neighborhood which makes for an easy commute to downtown Portland.

There are a lot of families with children in the Rose City Park neighborhoods, close to 20% of the population, so it’s no surprise that there are several schools within the neighborhood. Rose City Park residents send their children to Rose City Park Elementary, Gregory Heights Middle School, and Madison High School. There are also some private schools around the Rose City Park area if residents are interested in those schools.

Parks include Rose City Park, Normandale City Park, Frazer Park, Rosemont Bluff Natural Area, Grant Park, and Glenhaven Park. Residents are able to enjoy the many amenities offered at these nearby parks, and some of those amenities include basketball courts, off-leash dog areas, football field, paved and unpaved paths, picnic areas with picnic tables, playgrounds, soccer fields, softball fields, volleyball courts, track, baseball fields, skatepark, tennis courts, fountains, statues or public art, and a water play feature. The Rose City Golf Course is also located in the middle of the neighborhood.

Home prices in Rose City Park are relatively expensive compared to some surrounding neighborhoods, but that hasn’t stopped the 72% of residents who are homeowners. Architectural styles in Rose City Park range from English cottage to foursquare, colonial, bungalow, and others. There are also some townhouses and condos spread around the neighborhood as well.

Roseway

Located in northeast Portland, the Roseway neighborhood continues to evolve and its residents are insistent on improving every aspect of the neighborhood. This is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and it’s not uncommon to see lots of strollers on the sidewalks. Roseway is home to many young and well-established families, and with the affordable housing options in the neighborhood, it’s easy to see why. There are roughly 6,185 residents in Roseway, which spans across 517 acres, and there are both residential and commercial areas within the neighborhood.

Bordered by Cully and Sumner to the north, Madison South and Maywood Park to the east, Rose City Park to the west, and Montavilla and Center/North Tabor to the south. The 205 freeway is just east of the neighborhood and the 84 freeway is just to the south, both of which offer an easy commute to downtown Portland and surrounding areas. There is also a lot of public transportation available to in the neighborhood and many residents take advantage of it. The popular Sandy Boulevard is within minutes of Roseway and provided plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping options for residents.

Roseway is a very family friendly neighborhood with a decent amount of public schools in and around the area. Some of these schools include Rose City Park Elementary, Gregory Heights Middle School, and Madison High School. Over 21% of Roseway residents are under the age of 17 and most are attending the above-listed school. There are also some private schools as well.

Residents of Roseway, like many Portlanders, spend as much time as possible outside. A lot of this time is spent at the local parks and natural areas in and around the neighborhood. Some of these places include Rose City Park, Glenhaven Park, The Grotto, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rocky Butte State Park, Sacajawea Park, and Wellington Park. Amenities at these parks and naturals areas range from simple walking and hiking paths to sports fields, playgrounds and much more.

Roseway homes vary in style, price, and size, which is appealing to new homeowners as there’s a lot to choose from. Also, because this neighborhood is still transitioning, residents have the opportunity to get in on a neighborhood that is only growing both in popularity and size.

Russell

The Russell neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is home to 3,144 residents and the neighborhood spans roughly 725 acres. Russell is a family friendly neighborhood with a very suburban feel even though it is technically an urban neighborhood. Residents are drawn to Russell for many different reasons, from it’s close proximity to both Portland and Vancouver, Washington, so it’s beautifully tree-lined streets and quiet residential areas, it’s easy to see why new homeowners tend to stick around the Russell neighborhood. Although there isn’t a commercial district in the Russell neighborhood, there are several in nearby neighborhoods.

There are some other great northeastern neighborhoods bordering Russell, and they consist of Argay and Maywood Park to the north, Parkrose Heights and Woodlawn Park to the west, Glenfair and Hazelwood to the south, and Wilkes to the east. The 84 freeway makes up the northern border of the neighborhood, and the 205 freeway is just to the west of the neighborhood as well, both making for an easy enough commute into downtown Portland, Vancouver, Washington, and other nearby neighborhoods. Russell residents enjoy easy access to public transportation, shopping, and dining options as well.

Roughly 17% of Russell residents are enrolled in the public school system, and the schools in and around the neighborhood include Shaver Elementary School, Parkrose Middle School, and Parkrose High School. There are also some private schools around Russell as well, and a large number of residents are enrolled in these private schools as well.

There are a lot of outdoor activities for Russell residents to enjoy, and some of those activities include parks in the area. Some of these parks include John Luby City Park, Beech Park, Thompson City Park, Knott City Park, Merrifield City Park, and Holliday Park East. With amenities like playgrounds, paved and unpaved paths, hiking trails, picnic areas with tables, sports fields, an off-leash dog area, it’s easy to see why Russell residents spend a lot of their time outdoors. The Columbia River is also just north of the neighborhood and provides plenty of water activities and beaches for residents to enjoy.

Homes in the Russell neighborhood tend to be older, but well maintained and/or restored. The architectural styles vary throughout the neighborhood and you’re sure to find a little bit of everything, so this is a great neighborhood for first time home buyers.

Sabin

The Sabin neighborhood is located in Northeast Portland and is both an older and well-established neighborhood. Sabin is home to around 3,200 residents, most of which can be seen strolling the quiet tree-lined streets on any given day. The neighborhood has adopted many different aspects from other nearby northeastern neighborhoods, from the hip and trendy vibe of the Alberta Arts district to the laid-back vibe of the King neighborhood, which has made Sabin somewhat of a mixed bag in terms of its residents. The Sabin neighborhood is 234 acres in size and is relatively close-in in comparison to other northeastern Portland neighborhoods.

The Sabin neighborhood is bordered by the neighborhoods of Vernon, Concordia, and King to the north, Alameda, and Beaumont Wilshire to the east, Grant Park, Sullivan’s Gulch, and Eliot to the south, and Boise to the west. The 5 freeway is located to the west and south of the neighborhood, and the 84 freeway is also south of the neighborhood, both of which take commuters into downtown Portland and other surrounding neighborhoods. Sabin residents thoroughly enjoy the very popular Alberts Arts District that is just a few blocks north of the neighborhood that runs along Alberta Street in Concordia. There are several commercial districts in and around Sabin, as well as an abundance of locally owned and independent restaurants, shops, pubs, coffee shops, and grocery stores.

Like many Portlanders, Sabin residents take advantage of the many outdoor activities available to them. Most of these activities are provided through the many parks and recreational areas, and for Sabin residents, some of these areas consist of Irving City Park, Wilshire Park, King School Park, Alberta Park, Holman City Park, Two Plum City Park, Dawson City Park, and Denorval Unthank City Park.

Sabin is an extremely family oriented neighborhood with active residents who are constantly working on improving and maintain the community conscious vibe. So it’s no surprise that there are many families in the Sabin neighborhood, as well as families with young children, in fact over 23% of residents are under the age of 17. The majority of these residents attend the local public schools in and around Sabin, which include Sabin Elementary School, Beaumont Middle School, and Grant High School.

Homes in the Sabin neighborhood are relatively affordable and there are a lot of different housing options available. Homes range in style from Cape Cod to foursquare, bungalow, Queen Anne, and others. This is a great neighborhood to buy your first, or next home.

Sullivan’s Gulch

Located in northeast Portland and within arms reach of all the shopping, dining, and entertainment you could possibly want, the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood is home to over 3,000 residents. The neighborhood is a good mix between residential and urban areas, and many new homeowners are attracted to its close-in location and a quick commute into downtown Portland. Sullivan’s Gulch gets its name from the gulch that extends from the Willamette River, which is now a major urban transportation corridor.

Bordered by Irvington, Hollywood, and Grants Park to the north, Laurelhurst to the east, Kerns and Buckman to the south, and Lloyd District to the west. Also, almost the entire western border of the neighborhood backs up to the Lloyd Center Mall. The 84 freeway runs along the southern and eastern borders of the neighborhood, and the 5 freeway is just to the west of the Sullivan’s Gulch as well, so a commute to pretty much anywhere in the Portland area is relatively easy. The Steel Bridge and the Broadway Bridge are both just to the west of the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood and takes residents across the Willamette River and right into downtown Portland.

Although there isn’t a large percentage of families in Sullivan’s Gulch with elementary, middle, or high school-aged children, there are still some great schools in the area for the roughly 4% of families that do have children these ages. Some of the larger public schools in and around the neighborhood include Laurelhurst Elementary School, Fernwood Middle School, and Grant High School. There are also some private schools to choose from as well.

Although the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood only spans 200 acres, there are still several parks and recreational areas in and around the neighborhood. Some of these parks include Holliday Park, Grant Park, Oregon Park, Buckman Field, and Irving City Park. Sullivan’s Gulch residents enjoying the many amenities at these parks and recreational areas, such as baseball fields, basketball courts, off-leash dog area, football fields, fountains, paved and unpaved paths, picnic areas and tables, playgrounds, soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts, track, and water play features.

Homes in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood range all across the board in terms of styles, and there are many single-family homes as swell as condos, townhouses, and apartments. Most homes are in the old Portland styles, but you’ll also find some new construction popping up around the neighborhood as well.

Sumner

The Sumner neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is home to over 2,000 residents. This is a very family friendly neighborhood with a community conscious and welcoming vibe. Sumner is a quiet neighborhood with many residential areas, and the neighborhood spans about 718 acres. This is a great neighborhood for anyone looking to retreat from the fast paced city life, or wants to raise a family in a peaceful, relaxed setting. There are some locally owned coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs in the neighborhood, but the majority of businesses line a section of Sandy Boulevard which runs through the southern portion of the neighborhood.

Bordered by Cully and Sunderland to the north, Maywood Park and Argay to the east, Madison South and Roseway to the south, and Cully to the west as well. The 205 freeway runs along the entire eastern border of the Sumner neighborhood, and heading north on the 205 will drop you in Vancouver, Washington within minutes. Also, the 84 freeway runs through the bordering neighborhood of Madison South, so although Sumner is pretty far north and east of downtown Portland at least the main freeways to get there are within blocks of most residents. The Columbia River is only about a mile north of the neighborhood, and residents enjoy the water activities available.

The Sumner neighborhood is home to many young and well-established families with young children, in fact, over 20% of the neighborhood's population is children in grades K-12. The majority of these children attend one of the following nearby public schools: Harvey Scott Elementary School, Roseway Heights Middle School, and Madison High School.

Sumner residents have plenty of outdoor amenities at their fingertips, and there are a lot of parks and recreational areas in and around the neighborhood. Some of these parks consist of Sacajawea Park, The Grotto, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rocky Butte State Park, Johnson Lake Property, and Glenhaven Park. Like most Portlanders, the residents of Sumner enjoy spending as much time outside as possible, and much of this time is spent at these places.

Homes in the Sumner neighborhood tend to be in the Arts and Crafts style, and there are some adorable bungalows and cottages nestled into the charming and picturesque tree-lined streets. You’ll also find some modern condos and townhouses scattered throughout the neighborhood, as well as some apartment style living.

Vernon

The Vernon neighborhood is located in northeast Portland, and is a pretty small neighborhood in term of area, as it only spans about 186 acres total. However, that hasn’t stopped Portlanders from flocking to Vernon over the last decade, and it is currently home to roughly 3,000 residents. Vernon has a great mix of both residential and commercial areas and is a very family friendly neighborhood with no shortage of attractions and activities for residents to enjoy. The neighborhood is diverse and you will find residents from all walks of life, which adds to the charm and welcoming vibe of Vernon.

There are many nice neighborhoods in the northeast section of Portland, and Vernon is surrounded by some of the nicest. The neighborhood is bordered by Piedmont and Humboldt to the west, Woodlawn, and Concordia to the north, Alameda and Beaumont Wilshire to the east, and King and Sabin to the south. The 5 freeway is just to the west of the Vernon neighborhood and makes the commute into downtown Portland only about 10 minutes. Vernon is also home to a section of NE Alberta Street in the southern area of the neighborhood, which ties the neighborhood to the Alberta Arts District which provides a lot of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and entertainment.

With many young and well-established families living in Vernon, it’s no surprise that over 29% of residents are 17 years of age or younger. These families are glad to be able to send their children to some of the best public schools in northeast Portland, which consist of Vernon Elementary School, Tubman Middle School, and Jefferson High School. There are also several private schools in and around the Vernon neighborhood for residents interested in taking advantage of that option as well.

Aside from shopping and strolling the active streets of Vernon, there are also many outdoor activities provided by the many parks in and around the neighborhood. Some of these parks include Alberta Park, Kings School Park, Two Plum City Park, Holman City Park, Woodlawn City Park, and Mallory Meadows City Park. Like most Portlanders, the residents of Vernon spend a lot of time outdoors, and the above parks provide plenty of options to do so.

Homes in Vernon are still pretty affordable compared to many bordering neighborhoods, and this is a major attraction to the neighborhood. You’ll find several different style homes throughout the neighborhood, but the most popular styles consist of craftsman and bungalow. There’s a little bit of everything for the new homeowner.

Woodland Park

Located in northeast Portland, the Woodland Park neighborhood is the smallest neighborhood in all of Portland’s officially recognized neighborhoods, with a population of only 302. The Woodland Park neighborhood is also extremely small in size as well and spans merely 32 acres. This is a quiet, charming neighborhood that is purely residential, however, there are commercial districts nearby so Woodland Park residents don’t feel too secluded. There are many young and well-established families in the neighborhood, as well as a great mix of diversity among residents.

The Woodland Park neighborhood is bordered by Parkrose Heights to the east, Parkrose and Maywood Park to the north, Madison South and Montavilla to the west, and Hazelwood to the south. The 84 freeway makes up the eastern border of the neighborhood, and the 205 freeway runs along a small section of the southern border, which makes commuting all around Portland a breeze. The Woodland Park neighborhood is also close to the Columbia River and Vancouver, Washington, making it a perfect neighborhood for anyone who commutes into Vancouver for work.

Although this is a pretty tiny neighborhood, over 27% of Woodland Park’s population is under the age of 17 and in grades K-12, and there are several public schools in and around the neighborhood for these residents. Those schools include Lee Elementary School, Roseway Heights Middle School, and Madison High School. There are also a few private schools in the area for residents interested in that option as well.

Although this neighborhood includes the word ‘park’ in its name, there are no parks in Woodland Park. However, there are plenty of parks with blocks of the neighborhood, and these parks include Knott City Park, Montavilla City, Hancock Park, Rocky Butte Natural Area, Rocky Butte State Park, The Grotto, Ventura Park, and Floyd Light City Park. Amenities at these parks range from playgrounds to hiking trails, to paved and unpaved paths, natural areas, streams, picnic areas, sports fields, and much more.

Homes in Woodland Park are generally in the bungalow, ranch, craftsman, or cottage style, and due to its outer location, you will find many decently priced homes as well. Most homes are older and have been restored, or are waiting to be restored, and there’s also some new construction in the area.

Woodlawn

The Woodlawn neighborhood is located in northeast Portland and is home to roughly 5,000 residents. This is a family-friendly neighborhood with charming slanting and sloping streets that are unique to Woodlawn. There’s no shortage of bicycles on the streets of Woodlawn, and residents are proud of the rich history of their neighborhood. Woodlawn used to be the main port for ferries crossing over from Vancouver, Washington in the early 1900’s, and there are several historic building in the neighborhood as well. Almost all the businesses in Woodlawn are locally owned, and many many are independently owned as well, which speaks volumes to the community consciousness of Woodlawn residents.

Bordering the Woodlawn neighborhood are several other neighborhoods, such as Sunderland and East Columbia to the north, Concordia to the east, Vernon, King, and Humboldt to the south, and Piedmont to the west. The 5 freeway is just a couple miles west of the neighborhood, which provides an easy commute into either downtown Portland or north into Vancouver, Washington. The Columbia River is also just a couple miles north of the neighborhood and offers plenty of water activities for residents.

With a whopping 28% of the population being under the age of 17 in the Woodlawn neighborhood, it’s easy to see why there are some great schools in the area for these children to attend. Public schools in and around Woodlawn include Woodlawn Elementary School, Tubman Middle School, and Jefferson High School.

In the heart of the Woodlawn Neighborhood lies the Woodlawn City Park and the adjoining Woodlawn Community Garden which combine to span roughly 8 acres. There are also several other parks in and around the neighborhood that residents venture to on occasion, and these parks include Alberta Park, Farragut City Park, Peninsula City Park, Holman City Park, and Mallory Meadows City Park. There is an abundance of outdoor amenities available at these parks for Woodlawn residents to take advantage of.

Many of the homes in Woodlawn are older homes that have been restored to their original charm. Thanks to the history of Woodlawn, the large majority of homes in the neighborhood are in the Victorian style, however, there are also some Tudor, Cape Cod, bungalow, old Portland, Craftsman, and foursquare style homes to be found throughout Woodlawn as well. There’s plenty of room for new homeowners to move into the neighborhood, and many have done just that over the last few decades.