North Portland & St. Johns Neighborhoods
Historic Neighborhoods, Universities, Re-Development
North Portland is the new place to be in Portland. It’s up and coming and yet quaint and undiscovered in many ways. In the inner part of N. Portland, there is the MAX line that runs along Interstate Ave. This whisks riders to downtown Portland easily for the daily commute. There is a New Seasons along Interstate for the gourmet shopper. Neighborhoods of Kenton to the North and Abror Lodge south of Lombard are the two areas to explore if you are interested in living in this area. They both offer classic bungalow-style homes and some larger craftsman/old PDX style homes as well. There are some wonderful remodels up in this area that is to die for. Prices in this area are still relatively low compared to SE Portland or NE Portland. About 10-20% less on average. Some of the homes in N. Portland are small. This was originally built as the working-class neighborhoods for the Portland Shipyards. 600-900 sq. foot houses are common. Some have unfinished basements or 1/2 basements. Some have been updated, finished, and upstairs spaces created or added on. If you want a little bungalow then this is a great place to look. If you are on a tight budget this is also a great place to look.
Northeast Portland Neighborhoods
Northeast Portland has long been a great place to live. Located on both sides of I-84, it offers close proximity to everything. The three most popular neighborhoods are Alameda, Irvington, and Laurelhurst. NE Portland is more expensive than SE Portland and is home to the Convention Center, Rose Garden Arena, and Lloyd Center Mall. This area is well served by light rail and has a strong employment base in addition to great neighborhoods. Geographically it is smaller than SE Portland and sits just north and east of downtown Portland. SE Portland, on the other hand, lines up directly with downtown and the bridges that link the east side to downtown. (Downtown Portland is on the west side of the Willamette River and the NE and SE neighborhoods are on the east side of the river).
Alameda was laid out as an exclusive sub-division in 1909 and added to the City of Portland. It has streets, of older architecturally significant (lots of Tudors), and view homes, trendy neighborhood shops. It has a high level of community and school involvement, which have made it a local favorite.
Irvington has an old and quaint downtown that runs along Sandy Blvd. Lloyd Center (Oregon’s largest Mall) is located here along with the Rose Garden and the Oregon Convention Center. Clusters of small restaurants are within walking distance of most homes. The residents of Irvington tend to be managerial types with only 30% of the households having children.
Laurelhurst is a close-in residential area of 1,817 homes with Laurelhurst Park at the heart. This neighborhood has circular medians planted with roses and statues of famous founders. Homes range from the modest bungalow (not so modest prices) to Georgian mansions. Unlike Irvington, Laurelhurst is home to families. People chat over the front porch and take life a bit slower. Even though living in this area requires a healthy budget, you won’t see many high-end cars here. Residents care more about their families and community than their wheels.
Southeast Portland Neighborhoods
Southeast Portland is home to the Hawthorne and Belmont districts which are filled with single-family homes and apartment buildings. Bakeries, coffee houses, boutiques, music and bookstores, pubs, and restaurants line both sides of the 30 block Hawthorne Blvd. Homes were built during the mid-1920s through the 1950s. Prices vary greatly but start around $425,000 for a small bungalow. The Woodstock area is a bit more affordable with many neighborhoods built in the 1950s. Southeast Portland covers a large geographic area and has many areas at all different price points. Southeast Portland was built on a north/south grid with 50×100 foot lots. These grids line up with the several bridges that connect SE Portland with downtown Portland. Most of the major east/west streets have business and retail districts (mom and pop retail, not chain stores). This creates walking neighborhoods that are very popular with almost everyone. Public transportation and biking are big here.
The Sellwood historic district has more than 50 antique stores and is located just over the Sellwood Bridge from downtown Portland, making it one of the closer-in neighborhoods of SE. The homes were built beginning at the turn-of-the-century with Victorian mansions and more conservative homes for the working class. This neighborhood was revitalized in the 1980s and is home to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Sanctuary along the river and the Oaks Amusement Park, a Portland landmark. Sellwood also has great shops, restaurants, bakeries, pubs, and coffee shops. The Spring Water corridor, a bike and walking path that extends from Downtown Portland to the far edge of the East Metro area in the town of Boring run through Sellwood. This bike path is a major commute path for cyclists making Sellwood a great place to commute by bike.
Some of our wealthy founders built beautiful craftsman houses that were copied for decades and have resulted in areas such as Westmoreland (part of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood), and Eastmoreland. These highly sought after neighborhoods have tree-lined streets, quiet neighborhoods, and a variety of Portland’s’ most beautiful homes. Eastmoreland has a wonderful public golf course while Westmoreland has several parks. Reed college a well known liberal arts private university is located adjacent to Eastmoreland.
The Bybee Bridge connects Westmoreland and Eastmoreland with a MAX light rail stop just under the bridge. The yellow line goes direct into downtown portland.