In 1910, this was the new streetcar suburb, to which you could ride the train from downtown Portland across the river, past the crowded streets of NE Broadway, turning north and ascending up, up, up to the newly platted Alameda Hill. To this day it retains its character as a remote, elite residential enclave, with handsome English Tudors, Queen Anne and Arts & Crafts bungalows, with a magnificent south-facing view of the city. Property values stay high year after year with an average sales price in 2018 of $785,700. in this neighborhood where people have a great sense of community and invest well in their schools. Grant High School one of Portland’s top-rated sits in the middle off 33rd Ave. Nearby Sandy Blvd. offers all the shopping and entertainment opportunities anyone could want with both large and small businesses.
If you want an area that blends urban conveniences with a modicum of peace and quiet, you’ve got the close-in, community-oriented neighborhood of Irvington. It sits a mere three miles from central downtown, easily reached via one of two bus lines and bordered by two bustling commercial districts. Irvington is a micro-city unto itself. On its southern border, four-lane NE Broadway hosts cafes, restaurants, the Lloyd Center Mall, and nightspots as well as multi-story office buildings and condos.
Irvington is a nearly uninterrupted 19-by-9 block quilt of quiet residential streets. The entire neighborhood is on the National Historic Register make this neighborhood a beautiful time capsule. The 2018 average sale price for a single-family detached home was $727,000. With its light traffic, broad sidewalks and relatively flat streets, the neighborhood is a haven for kids, dogs, and pedestrians. The 16-acre Irving Park is a great place for a Sunday afternoon softball game, with its three diamonds. Residents tend to live in the same home for decades.