Northeast Portland Neighborhoods
Alameda sits on a hill with excellent views of downtown, the Willamette and the Cascades, and boasts some of the grandest homes on the Eastside. Perfectly poised between the amenities of Beaumont Village and those of Hollywood, Alameda is able to enjoy all that these commercial districts have to offer while maintaining a level or serenity uncommon in such an urban neighborhood.
Argay is a tidy neighborhood of well-kept contemporary houses and yards often punctuated with topiary-like trees. Its winding streets and courts assure little traffic and, given its location on Portland’s eastern edge, the neighborhood offers a serene respite from the city and great deals.
Beaumont-Wilshire boasts quiet streets lined with tall Douglas firs and cute Craftsman and Cape Cod houses. Like adjacent Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire has an air of elegant grace, but is simultaneously unpretentious and welcoming. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect home, a genteel atmosphere and great neighborhood schools, Beaumont-Wilshire is where you’ll find them.
Boise is now the city’s “It” neighborhood, for better or for worse; in no other Portland neighborhood has gentrification caused such a sudden, visible transformation. Almost daily additions to the dining and entertainment juggernaut of North Mississippi Avenue make Boise a new gathering spot for artists and bohemian professionals alike.
Bridgeton, with houseboats, condos and contemporary houses, offers an array of housing choices, the majority with river views. Bridgeton feels wonderfully remote, as there are few reminders that you’re still in a city of two million, but only minutes north you’ll find Jantzen Beach Center, a huge shopping complex, and south the funky charm of the up-an-coming N Mississippi Street area.
Center, one of the inner Eastside’s best kept secrets, is a comfortable neighborhood of charming houses, Thai restaurants and coffee shops that hold their own against other more pricey neighborhoods in the vicinity. There’s a distinctively homey feel about Center’s modest streets and one truly feels like part of a community.
Concordia, home to the Alberta Arts District, is a neighborhood with plenty of funky charm and an increasing selection of fine restaurants. If you’re single or a young couple, you’ll love Concordia’s youthful vibe and great hangouts, while families will love Concordia’s quiet streets and multiple parks.
Cully is a great place to find a deal on a first home. The community’s low housing prices and it’s proximity to cultural districts such as Alberta Arts and Beaumont Village make it a bargain for anyone looking for a close-in lifestyle, but without close-in prices.
East Columbia offers a taste of the country in the city. Venture eastward from NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and you’ll encounter pastures and contemporary houses on large lots. Close to Jantzen Beach Center, a shopping complex with nearly every major retailer imaginable, and the Columbia River, which offers extensive recreational opportunities, East Columbia offers both natural solitude and amenities.
Eliot boasts a vibrant urban atmosphere and charming streets lined with Queen Annes, Craftsman bungalows and Old Portland houses. One can walk or bike across the Broadway Bridge, which traverses the Willamette, and be in the Pearl District or Downtown in a matter of minutes. Closer to home, the neighborhood’s N Russell Street offers fine dining, drinking and live music, while just steps away are the growing dining, entertainment and arts districts of N Mississippi and N Williams Avenues.
Glenfair, with gentrification moving quickly eastward, won’t remain for long the great value that it is today. The neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of architectural styles, from Craftsman bungalows to new construction, and a close-knit community focused on coming together and making their neighborhood a great place to live. MAX light rail access bisects the neighborhood, making the inner Eastside and Downtown only steps away.
Grant Park, beautifully situated between the best of inner Southeast and Northeast, is a sophisticated neighborhood, where one can take advantage of a myriad of amenities. The community lays a short walk from both E Burnside and NE Fremont Streets and has bountiful recreational opportunities. Like Alameda and Laurelhurst, the neighborhood is elegantly serene, with quiet streets and houses ranging from stately to cute. Commuting is a breeze, with NE Sandy Boulevard and Interstate 84 providing quick access to Downtown and the airport.
Hayden Island is unique among Portland neighborhoods, for obvious reasons. The only inhabited island within the city limits, Hayden Island is a study in opposites. At the island’s eastern end the massive Jantzen Beach Center shopping complex offers all of the big box stores that come standard in any American city, while a few minutes drive (then walk, as the road ends) west finds you in relative wilderness. Housing options run the gamut from a large trailer park to nice river view condos and houseboats.
Hazelwood boasts lovely green spaces and well-kept contemporary houses on gracious lots, making it one of the most pleasant of the outer Eastside neighborhoods. Situated on a slight rise, there are great views of Mounts Hood and Tabor from certain areas of the neighborhood. Great schools and quiet streets combine to make Hazelwood one of the stars of outer Portland.
Hollywood is a small neighborhood packed with amenities, you can find everything you need without leaving, though its location provides quick access to other inner Eastside neighborhoods and the commute downtown is relatively painless. Away from the bustle of Sandy, you’ll find stately Old Portland houses and cozy Craftsman bungalows lining quiet streets. Hollywood combines gentility and urban excitement, making it a great place for families or singles.
Humboldt shares with Boise the vibrant shopping and dining district of North Mississippi and Williams Avenues, but has retained a bit more of the original North Portland character than Boise. Despite a disconcerting amount of displacement, the neighborhood still seems diverse and is a great place for families concerned with exposing their children to other cultures.
Irvington, like Laurelhurst and Alameda, is one of the finest neighborhoods on the Eastside. Grand houses and stately deciduous trees line the quiet streets of this community, an oasis of gentility only minutes from Downtown and the Pearl District. Irvington is also home to NE Broadway, which is a citywide shopping, dining and entertainment destination. With all of these amenities, plus beautiful homes and short commutes, Irvington is hard to resist.
Kerns is a cultural and dining destination and a serene neighborhood close to all that the inner Eastside has to offer and only a short walk, bike ride or drive from downtown and the Pearl. Seemingly a world away from the hipsters and the cosmopolitan crowds are the quiet, residential streets and the Everett Community Garden, a gathering spot for this small, neighborhood community full of urban amenities.
King offers inner Northeast amenities plus lower housing prices than many other adjacent communities, such as Irvington. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard shares the neighborhood’s namesake and provides the community with a vibrant, growing commercial district. The community has five parks, which offers great recreational opportunities for families and individuals alike.
Laurelhurst is truly an oasis in the city. Centered around beautiful Laurelhurst Park, which was modeled after New York’s Central Park, stately houses grace the hill and take in both views of it and Downtown. Laurelhurst has an air of sophistication that is leavened by the funky charm of its main thoroughfares, SE Stark Street, SE Burnside Street and SE 28th Avenue.
Lloyd District is primarily a commercial neighborhood, but a Pearl District-like expansion of the neighborhood’s presently small collection of condominiums and lofts is possible.
Madison South is centered on beautiful Rocky Butte, from which one can take in excellent views of Downtown, the Cascades, and the Columbia River. Residents enjoy immediate access to great urban hiking on Rocky Butte and inexpensive dining and entertainment on NE 82nd Avenue, the community’s western border.
Montavilla is one of the remaining few affordable neighborhoods west of 82nd. Offering views of Mt. Tabor; the inexpensive pleasures of SE 82nd Avenue at its doorstep; and a community of neat, modest houses and well-kept yards, Montavilla is a great place to buy your first home, while making no sacrifice in amenities.
Parkrose, with low housing prices and an excellent independent school district, is a great place for young families to buy their first home. Parkrose offers excellent access for commuters via Interstate 205, which links one to Downtown (via Interstate 84) in a matter of minutes. Portland International Airport is only a short distance away, a great convenience for business travelers.
Parkrose Heights, like Parkrose to the north, offers excellent schools and low housing prices. The neighborhood’s quiet streets are lined with small, modest ranch houses and often lead to wonderful green spaces, such as Knott Park. Residents of Parkrose Heights benefit from a suburban-like calm, while making no sacrifice in amenities and culture.
Historic Piedmont, originally promoted as “The Emerald, Portland’s Evergreen Suburb”, boasts its share of tall firs, especially in lovely Farragut Park. To the south, you’ll find stately Victorian homes in a dense, urban setting, similar to the adjacent Eliot and King neighborhoods, while to the north are larger lots and more modest homes. Easy access to major thoroughfares allows you to be Downtown or to any of the inner Eastside’s destinations in a matter of minutes.
Roseway is a lovely compromise between outer Eastside affordability and inner Eastside convenience and urbanity. The neighborhood’s streets, lined with Craftsman bungalows and cottages, are safe for children and nearby NE Sandy Boulevard offers great entertainment opportunities.
John Luby Park, a forest of grand old Douglas firs, sits nestled among the quiet streets of
Russell, a tidy community of quiet streets and attractive contemporary homes with well-kept yards, sits nestled near John Luby Park, a forest of grand old Douglas firs. Russell features one of the Eastside’s few suburban-like designs, with winding streets and cul-de-sacs, which are safe for kids and offer a neighborhood experience different from other neighborhoods in the area that share the Eastside’s grid structure of streets.
Sabin combines the elegance of adjacent Alameda and Irvington with the modesty and comfort of neighboring Vernon and King into its own distinctive blend. The neighborhood, with stately homes and cozy bungalows and cottages, also boasts great amenities: a sophisticated shopping complex at NE 15th Avenue and Fremont Street, the Albina branch of the Multnomah County Library, and great hangouts and restaurants.
Sullivan's Gulch is a small neighborhood and the residential counterpart to the adjacent, mostly commercial Lloyd District. Perched on a bluff over Interstate 84, Sullivan’s Gulch is an oasis of serenity amid the excitement surrounding the commercial thoroughfares of NE Weidler Street and NE Broadway.
Sumner’s streets, lined with neat, modest cottages, are a peaceful place to take an evening stroll and the Johnson Lake Property is a secluded, undeveloped parcel with great wildlife-viewing opportunities. Nearby NE Sandy Boulevard offers great dining and entertainment and also serves as a quick route to other inner Eastside’s destination areas, such as Hollywood and Irvington.
Sunderland, while primarily an industrial area, does have a small residential and natural area. On the northern edge of seemingly endless warehouses and barbed wire fences, a broad swathe of wetlands is home to deer and migrating waterfowl. Beyond, one will find a small collection of contemporary homes and houseboats along the river and, to the south, pockets of new construction.
Vernon is a small neighborhood of peaceful streets lined with cute, well-kept bungalows and cottages. The neighborhood’s proximity to both the Alberta Arts District and the shops and restaurants along NE Fremont Street make Vernon a great place to buy your first home. Vernon also boasts a diverse population, a quality lacking in many of Portland’s neighborhoods. A solid community with plenty of amenities and great housing deals, Vernon is one to watch.
Wilkes, located on Portland’s northeast corner, offers a great selection of new construction and charming older homes in a neighborhood with room to appreciate. Within a short drive from Wilkes, one can easily be surrounded by the grandeur and serenity of the Columbia River Gorge, a world-class outdoor activities area, and neighboring Troutdale, OR, which offers the cheapest gas in the metro area, an outlet mall and The Edgefield, a vast McMenamin’s dining and entertainment complex.
Woodlawn boasts distinctive diagonal streets and stately Victorians ripe for renovation. Beautiful Woodlawn Park provides recreational activities and Woodlawn Elementary School is within close walking distance. Also close by are the dining and entertainment destinations for which North and Northeast Portland are known.
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