TRISH GREENE, MA

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Southeast Portland

About Area

Southeast Portland lies east of the Willamette River and south of E. Burnside. SE Portland is known for its quirky neighborhoods such as Hawthorne, Ladd's Addition, and Belmont. Southeast Portland has been known for its historic homes but is also going through some transformation with new developments going in on streets like Division and Belmont.

 

Ardenwald

Located in the Southeast area of Portland, the Ardenwald neighborhood offers a natural sanctuary that you wouldn’t expect to find in the city. This is a family-oriented neighborhood that has taken on an old-fashioned atmosphere where almost everyone knows each other, and residents are actively engaged in the community. Ardenwald attracts a lot of young families, many who move here to send their kids to the Ardenwald Elementary School. But what Ardenwald has to offer residents is more than enough to draw anyone and everyone to this beautiful little neighborhood.

The huge Douglas Firs, cute country roads, and grassy swampland are just a few of the natural attractions in Ardenwald. The Tideman Johnson Natural Area (Park) of the neighborhood offers many paved and natural hiking trails, as well as wildlife ranging from beavers to coyotes, dozens of different species of birds and waterfowl, and if you’re lucky you just might spot the occasional bald eagle. Johnson Creek Park runs right through the Ardenwald neighborhood, where you’ll find playgrounds, picnic tables, and a small stream that swirls into a local duck pond. The Springwater Corridor also cuts through Ardenwald, which offers a segment of the gorgeous 40-Mile Loop trail where you will constantly see joggers, walkers, bikers, etc. enjoying the scenery. There is also a smaller park, Ardenwald Park, where summer concerts are held as well as a summer reading in the park program.

Residents of Ardenwald are very proud of their community and work hard to keep the traditions going; they are even working on a plan to recover steelhead and salmon runs.

You will find all styles of homes in the Ardenwald neighborhood from Victorian to Ranch, and Old Portland style. Lots in the neighborhood are of a decent size, and many of them boast green spaces on one side or the other which allows for privacy and seclusion. There are a lot of little, locally owned bakeries, restaurants, and shops located in the Ardenwald, as well as a couple bigger commercial districts scattered throughout the neighborhood and nearby areas.

Brentwood Darling

The Brentwood Darling neighborhood is your typical suburban neighborhood with lots of young families and quiet streets. It is located in the southeast portion of Portland and has plenty of recreational areas. Brentwood Darling contains a lot of hard-working, blue-collar families, and you definitely get a more relaxed vibe. The neighborhood is in somewhat of a rural setting but is very close to commercial areas such as the Milwaukie neighborhood. Located within miles of the 205 freeway it makes for an easy commute into the Portland metro areas as well as other surrounding neighborhoods.

The multitude of green spaces in the Brentwood Darling neighborhood attract people looking for a little privacy and is also a great way to preserve the country like the feel of the neighborhood which its residents take pride in. There are also city-sponsored revitalization programs as well as a committed community association that continue to improve the neighborhood. This neighborhood is community conscious and hopes to turn its first-time homebuyers and young families into long-time, well-established residents.

The Brentwood Darling neighborhood has some posh homes but, like a lot of other southeast Portland neighborhoods, there are lots of homes that are smaller and more modest. This makes for a great mix of residents and allows for a very affordable living. You will find many bungalows and craftsman style homes in the Brentwood Darling neighborhood, as well as a variety of other Portland-style homes. There are also plenty of condos and townhomes in the area and lots of new construction. There are a lot of great homes form first time homebuyers, as well as apartments and rental properties for those of you who would like to try the neighborhood on for size being making a purchase.

In the heart of the neighborhood is Brentwood Park that spans over 14 acres and offers plenty of outdoor amenities such as hiking trails, baseball field, off-leash dog area, etc. There are also two other parks in the area: Flavel Park and Harney Park. Errol Heights Property also borders the Brentwood Darling neighborhood and offers an entrance to the Springwater Corridor, which is the major portion of the 40-mile loop trail.

You’ll definitely catch on to the peaceful vibe that the Brentwood Darling neighborhood provides, and before you know it you’ll want to lay back and put your feet up along with the rest of the residents.

Brooklyn

Located in the southeast area of Portland, the Brooklyn neighborhood is a very residential area with quick access to some of Portland’s most popular southeast neighborhoods like Hawthorne, Sellwood, and Clinton. This draws a lot of new homeowners to the area that wants to be close to the action but still live in a laid-back residential area away from the hustle and bustle. However, this is still a very active community that is pride itself in neighborhood involvement.

Brooklyn is a coveted Portland neighborhood that is extremely community friendly, family focused, and safe. You will see plenty of runners, dog walkers, babies in strollers, and people walking the streets saying hello to one another. Brooklyn, much like its southeast neighborhood counterparts, is a very independent neighborhood with a lot of locally owned businesses that prosper thanks to the overwhelming support by locals. In addition to taking a stroll through the neighborhood, there are plenty of outside activities in Brooklyn due to the Brooklyn Par, Powell Park, Ross Island Natural Area, and the Eastbank Esplanade that connects residents to the 40-mile Springwater Corridor Trail.

Brooklyn’s close proximity to Reed College draws a younger, single crowd to the neighborhood as well as new homeowners, but for the most part, it’s an area where a lot of families reside. Although this was a poverty and crime-stricken neighborhood from the 1960’s through the late 70’s, it did a complete turnaround in the 80’s and is now considered one of the most desirable southeast neighborhoods.

The population is around 3,500 and the majority of its residents are renters (approximately 63%), however, the neighborhood has seen an increase in homeowners in the last decade and continues to draw young professionals and blue-collar families to the area.

Homes in the Brooklyn neighborhood are surprisingly affordable considering its location in the hip southeast area of Portland. You will find a lot of 20th-century architecture in this neighborhood in Queen Anne, Bungalow, Cape Cod, FourSquare, Cottage, and Old Portland style. There is also a decent amount of condos and townhouses in the neighborhood as well.

With a loaded history, beautiful old buildings, lush parks and recreational areas, and a plethora of lively small businesses, Brooklyn is a great neighborhood for homeowners from all walks of life. If you like the southeast’s hip vibe you’ll definitely enjoy Brooklyn.

Buckman

Buckman is a neighborhood in southeast Portland that is the oldest neighborhood on the east side, which you will gather from the vintage homes in the area that have been gorgeously restored. Residents in the Buckman neighborhood consist of a very diverse group of people, and it is somewhat of a cultural melting pot, which means anyone and everyone fit in here. This makes for a great mix of families, young professionals, artists, retirees, and everyone in between, which is an attribute the neighborhood prides itself on maintaining. There are a lot of families with young children in the area due to the highly sought after Buckman Art Magnet Elementary School that is located in the heart of the neighborhood, which is one of Portland best arts-integrated elementary school in the city.

A section of Hawthorne Blvd. runs through the Buckman neighborhood, which is widely known for it’s lively, artistic, and funky shops, restaurants, pubs, coffee houses, end galleries. Being close to the Hawthorne district is a draw for many new homeowners, and is a frequently visited area for all Buckman residents. There are also a couple favorite parks in the area, Colonel Summers Park, and Sewallcrest Park, where locals spend many afternoons watching children play and enjoying a stroll through the beautiful scenery.

Bordering the Buckman neighborhood in Sunnyside to the East, Kerns to the north, Hosford-Abernathy and Brooklyn to the south, and the Willamette River and Interstate 5 to the west. Although Buckman is located within minutes of downtown, it is somewhat self-contained in the way that there is so much to offer in this neighborhood, residents seldom need to travel into downtown Portland. The majority of the commercial and residential spaces are joined, or at least very close together, which makes for a very intimate and tightly knit feel, as well as convenient.

Buckman homes consist of Old Portland Foursquare, Victorian, Craftsman, Bungalow, and pretty much any other style you can think of that is typical to the city of Portland. Due to how old this neighborhood is, you’ll find many of these homes have been restored or reconstructed over the years, and there’s also plenty of condos and townhouses in the area. Renters outnumber homeowners in Buckman, but this is partially due to the younger age group in the area and the number of investment properties that are rented out because of the popularity of the neighborhood and surrounding areas. So if you’re looking for a funky, lively, artistic neighborhood to put your roots down, or just want to buy an investment home you won't have a problem finding renters for, come check out the charm-filled Buckman neighborhood.

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.

Creston Kenilworth

The Creston Kenilworth neighborhood is located in southeast Portland, and like many other southeast neighborhoods, it is a very community conscious and artistic atmosphere. This is a family oriented neighborhood with quiet streets, recreational areas close by, and an overall laid-back vibe.

Originating in the late 1800’s and named after Walter Scott’s novel Kenilworth, you’ll notice the street names in this neighborhood got their names from the book. The Creston Kenilworth neighborhood is surrounded by Brooklyn to the west, Foster Powell and Mt. Scott Arletts to the east, Hosford Abernathy and Richmond to the north, and Woodstock and Reed to the south.

There are many amenities in the neighborhood like coffee shops, parks, restaurants, pubs, and a community music center. The before mentioned neighboring communities also have a lot of amenities to offer, and Creston Kenilworth residents are constantly taking advantage of the commercial areas around them while still enjoying the charm of living in a residential area. Creston Park and Kenilworth Park are local hangouts for young families, older residents, and college students from the nearby Reed College. The Creston Kenilworth neighborhood is mostly a residential neighborhood with over 8,200 residents in the span of 514 acres, which makes for a very tightly knit neighborhood. Schools in the area consist of Creston Elementary School, Grout Elementary School, Cleveland High School, and Franklin High School.

The neighborhood’s inner southeast location makes it close to downtown Portland and an easy commute for anyone who wants to be in the hip, vibrant southeast area without being too far east. The Creston Kenilworth neighborhood is constantly evolving and you will find a good mix of backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles in the neighborhood, which makes it a good fit for just about any new homeowner.

Creston Kenilworth neighborhood homes feature classic East Portland home styles with Old Portland Foursquare, Victorian, Craftsman, Queen Anne, Cottages, Bungalows, Ranch, and other great designs. There are also some newly constructed modern homes as well as townhomes and condos in the area. This is a great area for new homeowners because home prices are affordable and you’ll be investing in an area that continues to grow and become more popular.

Eastmoreland

The neighborhood of Eastmoreland is an older neighborhood located in southeast Portland, and unlike its next-door neighbors, Sellwood and Moreland, it is solely a residential area. There are beautiful old Elm trees that line the streets of Eastmoreland, which account for its very picturesque setting, and it’s family-friendly vibe means there are a lot of families in the neighborhood.

Bordering neighborhoods include Brentwood Darling to the east, Sellwood and Moreland to the west, Reed to the north, and Ardenwald and Woodstock to the south. The northern part of the Eastmoreland neighborhood is actually built around the Reed College campus, a private liberal arts college that spans 100 acres. Luckily these bordering neighborhoods have the commercial aspect that Eastmoreland does not, predominately Sellwood and Moreland, which makes it nice that residents can live in a residential area without feeling completely secluded from any commercial districts. Locals ride their bikes to the Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods to do a lot of their shopping and dining, or a quick drive up SE McLoughlin Blvd. (which borders the neighborhood) and into downtown Portland is less than a 15-minute commute.

Eastmoreland has an abundance of outdoor activities to keep residents busy, some of the recreational places in the area include Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Berkeley Park, and Eastmoreland Golf Course. There is also the nearby Westmoreland Park, Johnson Creek Park, and the Springwater Corridor. It’s not uncommon to see residents out and about on their own neighborhood block, taking evening strolls or pushing baby strollers through the windy neighborhood streets as well.

Eastmoreland’s relaxed sophistication attracts a lot of homeowners to the area, and about 90% of Eastmoreland residents are homeowners. Homes in the area tend to be large and sit on expansive lots with well-manicured lawns and gardens. A lot of the homes were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s, which is why the most common home styles are Tudor and Colonial, but you will also find a nice mix of Cape Cod, Ranch, English Country, Stone Manor, and Bungalow style homes. This neighborhood is a homeowners delight because you can find a wide variety of homes, and you’ll have neighbors who are just as dedicated to maintaining their home as you are. Eastmoreland residents take pride in their neighborhood and it shows.

Foster Powell

This southeast Portland neighborhood is home to a large number of Ukranian and Russian immigrants. During the 1970’s and 80s, this neighborhood saw a drastic decline due to economic troubles but has now seen a comeback in the last couple decades thanks in part to these immigrants breathing new life into the neighborhoods residential vitality.

The Foster Powell neighborhood is a family-friendly neighborhood that has been growing quite a bit in the last few decades and is located close to many parks and other amenities. The neighborhood has a nice mix of some beautifully renovated areas as well as some areas that are still under development, which makes it a desirable neighborhood for new homeowners looking for affordable housing options.

With a population of close to 7,500 residents in a 569-acre span, the Foster Powell neighborhood is a very residential area with a population density of 12 persons per acre. However, there is a nice mix of cute shops and authentic restaurants along Foster Boulevard in the neighborhood as well, so it's not a solely residential neighborhood.

Foster Powell is bordered by many other popular neighborhoods including South Tabor and Richmond to the north, Creston Kenilworth and Reed to the west, Mount Scott-Arletta and Woodstock to the south, and Lents to the east. There are also parks all around the Foster Powell neighborhood that residents take advantage of such as Essex Park, Firland Park, Kern Park, Laurelwood Park, Mount Scott Park, Woodstock City Park, and Lents City Park.

In Foster Powell, you will find just about every architectural style found in the Portland area in this one neighborhood. Homes range from old Portland style homes to bungalow, Craftsman, ranch, Tudor, and mid-century styles as well as many newly constructed condos and townhouses. There are also plenty of apartments in the neighborhood as roughly 40% of Foster Powell residents are renters.

There are many young families in the area as well as singles, and people from all types of backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures. Families with children are attracted to the neighborhood for its schools, which consist of Youngson Elementary School, Mount Tabor Middle School, and Franklin High School.

Glenfair

The Glenfair neighborhood is located in east Portland and is exactly in the middle of the northeast and southeast neighborhoods. There are both suburban and urban areas in this neighborhood, and it is a very family friendly neighborhood as well. With around 27% of the population being under the age of 18 you can see that this neighborhood draws a lot of young families as well as more established families. It is a great place to raise children and is also great for young professionals and singles alike, there is a little bit of everything in Glenfair to entice everyone.

This neighborhood is surrounded by many other great neighborhoods, such as Wilkes, Argay, and Russell to the north, Hazelwood and Russellville to the west, Fairview to the east, and Pleasant Valley to the south. There are many amenities in the neighborhood due to its mix of urban and suburban living, like shopping, dining, entertainment, etc.

Another draw to the Glenfair neighborhood is the Glenfair Park, which is a little over 5 acres and has a soccer field and softball field for residents to take advantage of, as well as an abundance of large fir and oak trees to admire. This is a beautiful park, and you’ll see locals spending time here all throughout the day. There are also other parks and recreational areas in the surrounding areas that residents frequent, such as Parklane City Park, North Powellhurst City Park, Lynchview City Park, North Rockwood Park, Columbia View Park, Thompson City Park, Holladay Park East, and the huge 608 acre Powell Butte Nature Park that is just south of the neighborhood.

Because of Glenfair’s close proximity to the major street of Burnside and the 84 freeway, residents don’t have as long of a commute to downtown as most east Portland neighborhoods. Glenfair Neighborhood Association is very active in the community as are its residents, and there are plenty of neighborhood events throughout the year that keeps the neighborhood fairly tight-knit. Schools in the Glenfair neighborhood consist of Glenfair Elementary School, Hauton B Lee Middle School, and Reynolds High School. There are also some great charter schools and private schools in the area as well.

Hosford Abernathy

Located in the southeast portion of Portland with a nice mix of residential and commercial areas sits the Hosford Abernathy neighborhood. This is a pretty large neighborhood with close to 7,000 residents spanning over 831 acres. Its location is ideal considering it’s next to the 5 freeway as well as the Ross Island Bridge, both of which make for an easy commute all around the Portland area and surrounding neighborhoods. The Hosford Abernathy area is an artsy, somewhat eclectic, family friendly, close-knit, and community-minded neighborhood. There are many well established and younger families in the neighborhood and it’s not uncommon to see plenty of strollers along the clean, quiet streets.

The Willamette River runs alongside the west border of the neighborhood with downtown Portland and South Portland neighborhoods across the river. Other bordering neighborhoods include Sunnyside and Buckman to the north, Creston Kenilworth and Brooklyn to the south, and Richmond to the east. The super popular Hawthorne District is also just north of the Hosford Abernathy neighborhood, and although residents can find just about whatever they need in the neighborhood, they frequent the Hawthorne District and surrounding neighborhoods as well. The commercial areas within Hosford Abernathy are home to a lot of trendy shops, coffee houses, restaurants, pubs, nightlife, and much more. Many storefronts that once sat empty have been renovated and occupied over the last couple decades, and the neighborhood continues to grow and change. New locally owned businesses are popping up all over town, and residents pride themselves on supporting their neighborhood entrepreneurs.

Families in the neighborhood that have children are thrilled to be able to send them to such great schools, these schools include Abernathy Elementary School, Hosford Middle School, and Cleveland High School. These families, as well as all Hosford Abernathy residents, take full advantage of the few parks in the area, such as Powell Park and the Ladd’s Rose Garden Circle and Squares, which is home to picnic areas, a ball field, playground, and basketball courts.

The Hosford Abernathy neighborhood has a lot to offer homeowners. There are plenty of affordable homes in the area as well as more expensive luxury homes, so there’s a little bit of everything. The majority of homes are older and were built before the 1950’s, which adds another layer of charm to the neighborhood. Architectural styles seen throughout the neighborhood generally consist of older Bungalow, Craftsman, Victorian, Queen Anne, and Foursquare homes, as well as newer condos and townhouses.

Kerns

The Kerns neighborhood is technically located in the southeast Portland area, however, it is merely blocks from all the northeast neighborhoods so it’s often just considered east or central Portland. This is a rather urban neighborhood with not quite as much residential property as it’s bordering neighborhoods. There are a lot of commercial properties and locally owned businesses in the Kerns neighborhood; all of which share the typical eclectic vibe that is common to most southeast neighborhoods. Eco friendly, community conscious, energetic, artsy, and hip are just a few words that describe Kerns, and its residents are very friendly and inviting.

Bordering Kerns are the neighborhoods of Sullivan’s Gulch and Lloyd District to the north, Buckman and Sunnyside to the south, Laurelhurst and Center to the east, and the Willamette River to the west. The 84 freeway runs along the northern border of the neighborhood, and the 5 freeway runs along the western border, which makes for an easy commute to pretty much anywhere in Portland. However, with a large commercial district within Kerns, many residents don’t need to commute outside of the neighborhood to go to work.

Kerns recently became home to the new location for the famous doughnut shop, Voodoo Doughnut, who specialize in the weirdest doughnut toppings imaginable. Having been featured on the Travel Chanel, the Voodoo Doughnut shop is a tourist attraction that draws a lot of attention to the neighborhood, and it’s worth checking out. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, music venues, and many other amenities in the Kerns neighborhood as well. Parks in the neighborhood and surrounding areas consist of Buckman Field, Holladay Park, Laurelhurst City Park, Everett Community Garden, Oregon Park, Sunnyside School Park, and Colonel Summers Park.

There are close to 5,100 residents living in Kerns, and the neighborhoods spans roughly 530 acres, so it’s no surprise that many of the larger buildings and homes have been converted into multi-family units. However there are some older east Portland styles homes in the neighborhood, many of which are cottages and bungalows.

Kerns attracts a lot of younger singles to the area, and although it is a family friendly neighborhood, only about 10% of the population is under the age of 17. But families who enjoy an urban, city like neighborhood love Kerns and are proud to call it home. There are also some great schools in the area, including Buckman Elementary School, Da Vinci Arts Middle School, and Benson Polytechnic High School.

Lents

The Lents neighborhood is located in southeast Portland, and it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland. With a nice mix of both urban and suburban areas, and plenty of shopping, dinning, and entertainment within reach, the Lents neighborhood makes a great place to live. This is a charming neighborhood that is constantly developing and improving, and there is a lot of affordable housing as well. The population is roughly 15,500 and it’s one of the larger neighborhoods in the city, spanning close to 2,000 acres.

Bordering the Lents neighborhood are Russelville, Powellhurst Gilbert, and Mill Park to the north, Foster Powell, Mount Scott, and Brentwood Darlington to the west, Battin, West Mount Scott, and Happy Valley to the south, and Pleasant Valley and Powellhurst Gilbert to the east. The northeast section of Lents also overlaps the neighborhood of Powellhurst Gilbert, and the 205 freeway runs along the western border of the neighborhood. Due to Lents being further east than most southeast neighborhoods, there is about a 30-40 minute commute to downtown Portland, however, the TriMet Green line and the Max Light Rail run through the neighborhood which makes it a little more convenient for these commuters.

There are tons of parks and recreational areas in and around the Lents neighborhood, some of which consist of Beggars Tick Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington City Par, Lents City Park, Terrace Trails Park, Glenwood City Park, Brookside Park, Raymond City Park, Ed Benedict City Park, Earl Boyles City Park, Leach Botanical Garden, and Altamont Park. As you can see there are plenty of outdoor activities for residents, and they take full advantage.

Lents is a very family friendly neighborhood with over 27% of the population being under the age of 17, and lots of younger families as well as established families. There are some great schools in the neighborhood as well, including Kelly Elementary School, Lane Middle School, and Marshall High School.

Homes in the neighborhood are generally pretty affordable, so it’s no surprise that over 55% of residents are homeowners. You’ll find a wide array of home styles in Lents, as well as many single family homes, condos, and townhouses. There’s a little bit of everything in this neighborhood for the new homeowners, and it’s considered an up-and-coming neighborhood so now is a great time to invest before home prices rise.

Montavilla

Montavilla is located in the northeast and southeast area Portland, and is a fairly large neighborhood with roughly 16,000 residents. With such a large population spread among 1,393 acres, this is definitely an urban neighborhood, but the vibe it strangely more suburban than you’d assume. There are a lot of families in the Montavilla neighborhood as well as many quiet, tree lined streets, however, there are plenty of young professionals and singles, and it’s very much apart of the urban lifestyle. Many residents bike or walk to where they’re going and it is definitely and eco-conscious neighborhood with active community oriented residents.

The neighborhood is bordered by Madison South and Rose City Park to the north, Hazelwood and Russellville to the east, Foster Powell and South Tabor to the south, and Center/North Tabor, and Mount Tabor to the west. The 205 freeway runs along the eastern border of the neighborhood, and the 84 freeway runs along the northern border, so commuting to anywhere in Portland is a breeze from Montavilla. There are also lots of public transportation options available that residents take full advantage of.

Montavilla boasts some great views of Mount Tabor, which is an active volcano just west of the neighborhood. Mount Tabor City Park spans close to 200 acres and offers amenities such as a basketball court, picnic area with tables, off-leash dog area, horseshoe pit, paved and unpaved paths, playground, stage, public art, tennis court, and volleyball court. There are also some other great parks in the areas, such as Montavilla City Park, Rosemont Bluff Natural Area, Berrydale Park, Harrison Park, Essex Park, and Lents City Park.

This is a great neighborhood to raise a family in, and with over 22% of the population being under the age of 17, many Montavilla residents are doing just that. Public schools in the area consist of Jim Bridger Elementary School, Harrison Park Middle School, and Madison High School.
Homes in Montavilla are generally affordable which draws a lot of new homeowners to the neighborhood, and there are a lot of both old and newer homes to choose from. Home styles vary throughout the neighborhood, and you’ll see everything from foursquare, ranch, Tudor, old Portland, bungalow, colonial, English cottage, and farmhouse styles. There are also some condos and townhouses to choose from as well.

Mount Scott-Arleta

The Mount Scott-Arleta neighborhood is located in southeast Portland and is an older neighborhood that is home to many gorgeous old growth trees. With a population of close to 7,300 residents, Mount Scott-Arleta has a thriving community center and is very family oriented, which makes for a great place for anyone looking to start or relocated their family. There are plenty of amenities in this 553 acre neighborhood, such as dinning, shopping, coffee shops, boutiques, and there’s even an old fashion roller rink in the neighborhood as well.

Speaking of amenities available to Mount Scott-Arleta residents, there are tons of outdoor activities in and around the neighborhood. Some of these include the many parks in the area, including Laurelwood Park, Kern Park, Essex Park, Woodstock City Park, Creston City Park, and in the center of the neighborhood is the Mount Scott Park spanning over 11 acres that offers everything from hiking trails, to playgrounds, walking paths, picnic area with tables, horseshoe pit, a softball field, and tennis court. The Mount Scott Community Center also has a swimming pool, basketball court, fitness room, gymnasium, stage, and weight room. Residents of Mount Scott-Arleta are very active and can be seen pretty much any day of the week at the Mount Scott Park or Community Center.

Neighborhoods bordering Mount Scott-Arleta include Foster Powell and Montavilla to the north, Creston Kenilworth, Reed, and Woodstock to the west, Brentwood Darlington and Battin to the south, and Lents and Powellhurst Gilbert to the east. The 205 freeway is just blocks from the eastern border of the neighborhood, and the Sellwood bridge is just west of Mount Scott-Arleta, which makes for an easy commute to downtown Portland and surrounding areas.

There are a lot of young and well established families living in Mount Scott-Arleta, so it’s no surprise that over 24% of the population is under the age of 17. Children in the neighborhood are lucky to be able attend some of the best public schools in Portland, and these schools consist of Arleta Elementary School, Lane Middle School, and Franklin High School.

Homes in the neighborhood include architectural styles typical of other older Portland neighborhoods, such as Tudor, Cottage, Bungalow, Queen Anne, Farmhouses, Foursquare, Old Portland, and Colonial styles. There are also some condos and townhouses, and you will find plenty of affordable homes in the Mount Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

Mount Tabor

Located in the southeast section of Portland, the Mount Tabor neighborhood was originally a rural farming community that didn’t become a city-recognized neighborhood in Portland until 1974. Mount Tabor is also the name of an extinct volcano in the heart of the neighborhood, and the city park, justly named Mount Tabor City Park, sits right on top of the volcano. This is a large neighborhood that spans 1,022 acres and is home to over 10,000 residents, but still manages to be a charming, quiet, and serene neighborhood with gorgeously tree lined streets and older homes. Mount Tabor is a very family friendly neighborhood, with community conscious residents who enjoy spending as much of their time as possible outdoors.

The Mount Tabor neighborhood is bordered by Center/North Tabor and Rose City Park to the north, Sunnyside and Richmond to the west, South Tabor and Foster Powell to the south, and Montavilla and Russellville to the east. The 84 freeway is just a few blocks north of the neighborhood and provides an easy commute into downtown. The Mount Tabor neighborhood is also located just minutes from the popular commercial area known as the Hawthorne District, and Mount Tabor also has some of it’s own locally owned coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques.

Aside from the commercial areas in and around the neighborhood, Mount Tabor also has many outdoor amenities to offer its residents. Some of these amenities can be found at the many parks in the area including the before mentioned Mount Tabor City Park, as well as Harrison Park, Berrydale Park, and Clinton City Park.

The public schools that residents in the Mount Tabor neighborhood attend include Jim Bridger Elementary School, Mount Tabor Middle School, and Franklin High School. Although there are a lot of families in this neighborhood, there are still a lot of singles and urbanites that reside in Mount Tabor, and the nearby Hawthorne District and Warner Pacific College, which is in the southern portion of the neighborhood, both tend to draw a younger crowd to the neighborhood.

Homes in the neighborhood are generally in the old Portland styles and include bungalows, colonial, tudor, Queen Anne, foursquare, and English cottage. There are also some custom styles and historic homes in the neighborhood, as well as a few condos and townhouses.

North Tabor/Center

Located in southeast Portland, the North Tabor/Center 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 North Tabor/ Center 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 a 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 is a nice mix of modern, 20th century, bungalow, and cottage style homes in the neighborhood as well.

The North Tabor/ Center 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.

Pleasant Valley

The Pleasant Valley neighborhood is located in southeast Portland and is home to several active farms. It is a quiet and peaceful suburban neighborhood with a very family friendly vibe. Pleasant Valley is one of the largest neighborhoods in Portland and spans a whopping 2,917 acres. It is home to roughly 3,800 residents, which makes for a population density of only one person per acre. This neighborhood is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, and enjoy the laid back feel of a more rural feeling area.

Pleasant Valley is bordered by the following neighborhoods: PowellHurst Gilbert and Centennial to the north, Lents and West Mount Scott to the west, Happy Valley and Rock Creek to the south, and Boring and Gresham to the east. The 205 freeway is just west of the neighborhood and makes for a mere 15 minute commute to downtown Portland. Although Pleasant Valley has some commercial ares, it is mostly a residential neighborhoods, but there are urban neighborhoods close by in case residents don’t want to go all the way into downtown.

Like many Portland neighborhoods, there are some great public schools in the Pleasant Valley area, and they consist of Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Alice Ott Middle School, and Centennial High School. Families make up a large portion of the population in this neighborhood, and over 26% of these families have children. Due to the farming community in the neighborhood, which tends to be a family business that is passed from generation to generation, many of the families in Pleasant Valley are well-established and have been in the neighborhood for years. This attributes to the strong community oriented vibe in Pleasant Valley, and is probably why it feels somewhat like a small town all to itself instead of just a suburb.

There are a boatload of parks in and around the Pleasant Valley neighborhood, and residents are constantly taking advantage of the amenities offered by each. Some of the parks include Powell Butte Natural Area, Clatsop Butte City Park, Leach Botanical Garden, Kingsley D Bundy City Park, Eastridge City Park, Jenne Butte Park, Happy Valley City Park, Gates Park Property, Gilbert Heights City Park, and Gilbert Primary Park.

Homes in Pleasant Valley tend to be a good mix of older farm houses and modern luxury estates, with a little bit of everything in between. You’ll find plenty of homes on larger lots or with acreage attached.

Reed

Located on the southeast section of Portland, the neighborhood of Reed is the smallest southeast neighborhood, spanning a mere 278 acres. Although Reed is small in terms of area, in terms of population it is not, with roughly 3,200 residents. The neighborhood is also home to Reed College, which is a well known liberal arts college. Reed is almost completely a residential neighborhood with no commercial areas, however there are several commercial areas within close proximity to the neighborhood.

This is a beautiful neighborhood with an artsy, community oriented vibe, and it is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Portland area. The streets of Reed are covered with old growth trees and beautiful homes, and although a large portion of the population are college students it’s still a very family friendly neighborhood with young and well-established families throughout.

Bordered by Creston Kenilworth and Hosford Abernethy to the north, Ross Island to the west, Eastmoreland and Sellwood to the south, and Woodstock and Mt Scott- Arleta to the east. The Sellwood Bridge is just south of the neighborhood and the Ross Island bridge is just north of the neighborhood, both providing easy access to downtown Portland, the 5 freeway, and all the neighborhoods on the western side of the Willamette River. Due to the areas surrounding Reed, residents have pretty much everything they could need within a few miles radius of the neighborhood.

Reed’s picturesque setting is paired with some other natural beauty in the way of parks and natural areas in and around the neighborhood. A few of these consist of Kenilworth City Park, Powell City Park, Brooklyn School Park, Creston City Park, Woodstock City Park, and Crystal Spring Rhododendron Garden. Residents of the Reed neighborhood are very eco-conscious and take pride in helping to preserve these parks as well as enjoy them.

There are a lot of families with children in Reed, as opposed to other nearby neighborhoods, but for the residents who do have children, they are happy to be able to send them to some of the best public schools in Portland. A few of these public schools include the Daniel A. Grout Elementary School, Hosford Middle School, and Cleveland High School.

New homeowners interested in the Reed neighborhood will be happy to know that they have quite a few different options in terms of housing. With many different styles such as foursquare, ranch, old Portland, Colonial, Tudor, Arts and Crafts, and English Cottage, as well as apartment style living, there is plenty to offer the new homeowner.

Richmond

The neighborhood of Richmond is located in southeast Portland and is an urban neighborhood with over 11,300 residents, and a very diverse range of residents as well. From shops and restaurants you’d find in any mall in America, to locally and independently owned coffee houses, restaurants, and shops with owners who strongly believe in anti-establishment, Richmond has it all.

There are traditional, mostly residential areas in the Richmond neighborhood as well as hip, eclectic areas with everything in between. The neighborhood boasts one of the most popular commercial districts in Portland known as the Hawthorn District. Residents of Richmond rarely need to leave there neighborhood for necessities, but if they do their not for from downtown Portland and other urban neighborhoods.

Richmond is bordered by the neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Buckman to the north, Hosford Abernethy to the west, Creston Kenilworth and Reed to the south, and South Tabor and Mount Tabor to the east. The Ross Island Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge, and the 5 freeway are all within close proximity to the neighborhood, and make for an easy commute around Portland.

Other areas close to the Richmond neighborhood are an abundance of parks that residents take full advantage of. Some of these parks include Clinton City Park, Creston City Park, Sewallcrest City Park, Sunnyside School Park, Laurelhurst City Park, Powell City Park, Kenilworth City Park, and Piccolo City Park. These parks offer a lot of amenities, such as basketball courts, paved un unpaved paths, hiking trails, picnic tables, playgrounds, soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, pool, off leash dog areas, horseshoe pit, and gardens. Richmond residents and their children spend plenty of time at these parks, and because this is a very pedestrian friendly neighborhood it common to see people constantly walking through the parks as well as around town.

Close to 14% of the population of Richmond consists of families with children, and most of these families send their children to the following schools: Richmond Elementary School, Hosford Middle School, and Franklin High School. This is a great neighborhood to raise a family.

Homes in Richmond vary drastically and are far from cookie-cutter. There are older restored homes, as well as some waiting to be restored, newly constructed homes, condos, apartments, and everything in between. There are all types of styles throughout the neighborhood from pre-war bungalows, to English Tudor, to Foursquare, and much more.

Sellwood-Moreland

The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is located in southeast Portland and is a highly desirable Portland neighborhood. With a laid-back, and easy going vibe, Sellwood-Moreland attracts new homeowners looking for that small town feeling. The Sellwood- Moreland neighborhood is home to many antique shops, as well as locally owned coffee houses, pubs, and shops. This neighborhood started out as its own town until it was eventually inducted into the city of Portland, which explains why it feels like it’s own little city within a city. The population of Sellwood-Moreland is close to 11,500 and the neighborhood spans 1,157 acres, which it split up between residential and commercial areas. Sellwood-Moreland is full of quiet streets with beautifully maintained homes, and a strong community-oriented vibe where residents of all walks of life are welcomed.

There are many other appealing neighborhoods surrounding Sellwood-Moreland, and the neighborhood is bordered by Reed and Creston Kenilworth to the north, Ardenwald and Eastmoreland to the east, Milwaukie and McLoughlin Industrial to the south, and across the Willamette River are South Burlingame and Hillsdale to the west. The Sellwood Bridge makes an easy commute for residents heading into downtown Portland and connects Sellwood-Moreland with all the western Portland neighborhoods. The Willamette River makes up the entire western border of the neighborhood and provides access to many water activities.

There is no shortage of activities available for Sellwood-Moreland residents, from all the shopping, dining, and entertainment options, to outdoor activities provided by the many parks and recreational areas in and around the neighborhood. Some of these areas include the Sellwood Park, Oaks Park, Sellwood Riverfront City Park, Westmoreland City Park, and Johnson Creek City Park. Sellwood-Moreland residents take full advantage of all the amenities these parks have to offer, and it’s just one more asset to the neighborhood.

Many families abide in Sellwood-Moreland, both young and well-established. Children attend schools in and around the neighborhood, and some of the more popular public schools include Llewellyn Elementary School, Sellwood Middle School, and Cleveland High School. There are also private schools nearby where many residents send their children as well.

Sellwood-Moreland homes tend to be a little more expensive than other southeastern neighborhoods, and you’ll find an abundance of older classic home styles that have been very well maintained. This is a great neighborhood for any type of homebuyer, whether it’s your first home, retirement home, or anything in between, there’s a little bit of everything in Sellwood-Moreland.

South Burlingame

The South Burlingame neighborhood is located in southeast Portland and is home to only about 1,300 residents. This neighborhood has a suburban-like feeling and is a family friendly and community oriented neighborhood, with a lot of activities within reach. Residents of South Burlingame enjoy the peaceful, laid-back vibe of the neighborhood while still having access to commercial areas in and around the neighborhood as well. The South Burlingame neighborhood only spans about 272 acres, but with the population being as low as it is, the neighborhood has a surprisingly rural feeling. If you’re looking for a neighborhood that is close to downtown Portland but doesn’t feel like it, South Burlingame might be the place for you.

Bordered by Markham, Marshall Park, and Collins View to the south, Multnomah and Maplewood to the west, Hillsdale to the north, and across the Willamette River is Sellwood/Moreland to the east. The 5 freeway makes up the western border of the neighborhood and also runs through the northern section of the neighborhood as well, making for a quick and easy commute into downtown Portland (only about 5 minutes) and other Portland neighborhoods. The Sellwood Bridge is also just to the east of the neighborhood, which connects the South Burlingame neighborhood to the southeastern neighborhoods across the Willamette River. The Multnomah Village is close to the neighborhood and provides additional shopping, dining, and entertainment options for residents of South Burlingame.

Other amenities in and around South Burlingame consist of a multitude of parks and natural areas. Some of these areas include Burlingame City Park, Falcon Park, Marshall City Park, Fulton Park, Jensen Natural Area, Custer Park, and Stephens Creek Natural Area. South Burlingame residents enjoy an active lifestyle outdoors and are constantly seen at these above-mentioned parks and recreational areas.

Many residents move to South Burlingame to start or raise a family, and close to 16% of the population consists of families with children. These families have a few different schooling options for their children, both public and private, but the majority of children attend one of the following public schools: Capitol Hill Elementary School, Jackson Middle School, and Wilson High School.

South Burlingame homes generally run the gamut of mid-century style houses, with some newer construction mixed in, as well as a few condos, townhouses, and apartment style living scattered throughout the neighborhood. New homeowners are drawn to the relaxed, retreat-like atmosphere of South Burlingame and it’s not surprising that over 78% of the population are in fact homeowners.

South Tabor

South Tabor is a neighborhood located in southeast Portland and is named after Mount Tabor, an extinct volcano in the adjacent northern neighborhood that shares the same name as the volcano. The South Tabor neighborhood is a mostly residential neighborhood, although there are several businesses along the borders of South Tabor, and some are also scattered throughout the neighborhood as well. This is a family-friendly neighborhood with active residents and a strong neighborhood association. South Tabor is filled with charming, quiet tree-lined streets and beautifully restored homes. The population of South Tabor is roughly 6,100 and the neighborhood spans 511 acres.

Some other equally charming southeast neighborhoods surround South Tabor, and the neighborhood is bordered by Mount Tabor and Montavilla to the north, Richmond and Creston Kenilworth to the west, Foster Powell and Mouth Scott/Arleta to the south, and Powellhurst Gilbert and Lents to the east. The 205 freeway is just east of the South Tabor neighborhood, and the 84 freeway is just to the north, so this makes for a pretty easy commute into downtown Portland and surrounding neighborhoods. Also, SE Powell Boulevard makes up the southern border of the neighborhood and takes commuters all the way to the Ross Island Bridge as well.

With over 20% of the population of South Tabor being under the age of 17, and a number of families moving to the neighborhood annually, it’s easy to see why there are quite a few public school options in and around South Tabor. The majority of South Tabor children attend either the Atkinson Elementary School, Mount Tabor Middle School, or Franklin High School. There are also some private schools in the neighborhood as well.

There are several parks and recreational areas in and around the South Tabor neighborhood, and residents can be seen enjoying the amenities on any given day. Some of the parks consist of Clinton City Park, Creston City Park, Mount Tabor City Park, Kern Park, and Essex Park.

One big draw to the South Tabor neighborhood is the reasonably affordable home prices, and new homeowners in the neighborhood have been on the rise in the last decade. There are plenty of different homes to choose from in South Tabor, and home styles range from Foursquare to old Portland, to Tudor, colonial, bungalow, Queen Anne, craftsman, Cape Cod, and English cottage.

Sunnyside

The Sunnyside neighborhood is located in southeast Portland and is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the area. The population of the neighborhood is roughly 7,200 and spans a mere 383 acres, proving just how desirable it is. There are cute tree-lined streets with well-maintained homes and store fronts, and this is a very family friendly neighborhood. The vibe of Sunnyside is eco-friendly and community-oriented, with a lot of independently owned shops, coffee houses, boutiques, and restaurants. Sunnyside is also referred to as the Belmont District due to the majority of the businesses being lined up along Belmont Street, which cuts right through the middle of the neighborhood.

Sunnyside is bordered by some other great southeast neighborhoods, such as Laurelhurst, Center/North Tabor, and Kerns to the north, Mount Tabor to the east, Richmond and Hosford Abernethy to the south, and Buckman to the west. The 84 freeway is only one neighborhood away to the north of the neighborhood, and the 5 freeway is only one neighborhood away to the west of the neighborhood. Having two freeways nearby makes an easy commute for Sunnyside residents into downtown Portland and surrounding neighborhoods, without the inconvenience of having a noisy freeway cutting right through or around the neighborhood. Also, SE Hawthorne Boulevard makes up the southern border of the neighborhood and takes residents all the way down to the Hawthorne Bridge that crosses into the downtown Portland.

There are plenty of public schools in the southeast Portland area, and the majority of Sunnyside residents send their children to the following schools: Edwards Elementary School, Hosford Middle School, and Franklin High School. There are roughly 11% of Sunnyside residents that are under the age of 17 and attending these schools.

Outdoor activities abound in the Sunnyside neighborhood, and many of these activities are provided by the parks in and around Sunnyside and nearby neighborhoods. These parks consist of Sunnyside School Park, Laurelhurst City Park, SewallCrest City Park, and Colonel Summers Park. Residents of Sunnyside are very active and can be seen strolling through these parks on almost every day of the week, as well as up and down Belmont Street.

Although Sunnyside is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in southeast Portland, there are still some homes in the neighborhood that are relatively affordable. The streets are lined with beautiful homes ranging in style from the bungalow, to old Portland, to Victorian, Craftsman, Cape Cod, and Foursquare. There are also several condos, townhouses, and apartments in the neighborhood, and a large portion of Sunnyside consists of renters.

Woodstock

The Woodstock neighborhood is one of the larger neighborhoods in southeast Portland in terms of population, with over 8,500 residents. Woodstock is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland, and the historic sites and older homes reflect this aspect of the neighborhood. Family friendly and community conscious are just two characteristics of this charming neighborhood, and there is a diverse range of residents in Woodstock as well. You’ll find the neighborhoods commercial district, known as the Woodstock Village Center, on Woodstock Boulevard in the heart of the neighborhood. There are several locally owned businesses, shops, restaurants, and much more at the Woodstock Village Center, and residents are avid supporters of these businesses.

Woodstock is located among other great southeastern neighborhoods, such as Reed and Eastmoreland to the west, Ardenwald and Brentwood Darling to the south, Mount Scott/Alreta to the east, and Creston Kenilworth and Foster Powell to the north. The 205 freeway is located just east of the neighborhood for easy commutes around Portland. Just a block or two south of the Woodstock neighborhood lies SE Tacoma Street that turns into the Sellwood Bridge which connects to the southwestern Portland neighborhoods.

Woodstock is home to many families with grade school children, in fact, over 16% of the population is made up of families with children. These families are glad to be able to have several schools in and around the Woodstock neighborhood, some of which include Woodstock Elementary School, Lane Middle School, and Franklin High School. Reed College is also located just on the other side of the eastern border of the neighborhood.

As with many Portland neighborhoods, there’s no shortage of parks within Woodstock and surrounding areas, and residents are very active and use all of the amenities available at these parks. Some of the more popular parks in the area consist of Woodstock City Park, Kenilworth City Park, Brentwood Park, Brentwood City Park, Creston City Park, Mount Scott Park, Berkeley City Park, and Laurelwood Park.

Due to the long history of the Woodstock neighborhood, the large majority of homes in Woodstock are restored older homes in styles ranging from cottage, to Foursquare, to craftsman, old Portland, Tudor, colonial, and bungalow. there’s also new urban housing springing up with modern condos, town houses, and apartment buildings scattered throughout the neighborhood.