Sept. 8, 2010
I live in the Irvington neighborhood of NE Portland, Oregon. When I was looking for homes to buy, I knew exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to live on the East side of the river, but close enough to the City Center that I could still get there by bike in 10 minutes. I love to eat good food, so walking distance to restaurants was a must. I’ve also been known to occasionally partake in a drink or two, so being able to crawl home from bars was also a must. I was also looking for was easy access to the freeway. I know it’s not something everyone looks for, but it’s more convenient than you may think. I’m 6 blocks from I-84 and 12 from I-5 so access is simple, and I can get anywhere in the city in less than 15 minutes. More importantly, getting out of the city is a breeze. The Oregon Coast and the mountains are both only about an hour and a half away.
Here are a few fun facts about the Irvington neighborhood:
- The name for the neighborhood came from one of the oversight developers for the neighborhood named Irvington Investment Company in 1890.
- The Free Rail Zone (free zone to ride) for Max transportation starts at Lloyd Center, so you can take a short walk and be right downtown or to the Rose Garden to see a show in no time.
- There is a great high-end Lingerie shop on Broadway called Oh Baby that is sure to heat things up on a cold day. It has won the award for best lingerie shop from The Willamette Week since it first opened.
- Irvington boasts one of two Portland Tiki Bars, Thatch, that serves a drink called the Volcano bowl, which comes to your table on fire and requires a minimum 3 people to even order it!
- Irvington is incredibly easy to traverse on foot. WalkScore.com gave Irvington a walk score of 75/100 making it the 11th most walkable neighborhood in Portland.
- If you like to cook fresh produce, the Irvington Farmers Market is for you. It is open on Tuesdays from 10am-2pm and is only closed between Christmas and New Year's.
- If you look around the neighborhood, you can still find the old iron rings that were planted in the sidewalks for tying up your horse.