Southeast Portland Neighborhoods
Ardenwald-Johnson Creek is a small neighborhood of quiet streets and tall Douglas Firs. The beautiful riparian zone of Johnson Creek attracts waterfowl and migrating birds, which fill the neighborhood trees with birdsong.
Brentwood-Darlington residents come together on the first Saturday of each month to weed the Brentwood Community Garden (6800 SE 57th Ave.), an activity that serves as a metaphor for the neighborhood itself, in which residents work to make their neighborhood a safer and better place to live.
Brooklyn, a cozy neighborhood of Victorian homes and eclectic shops and restaurants, is uniquely situated on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River and offers quick access to Downtown via the Ross Island Bridge, or the more pleasant pedestrian and bicycle-only Springwater Corridor-Eastbank Esplanade.
Buckman offers quiet streets and funky coffee shops and bars, making it a great place to raise a family, while also maintaining edginess and excitement that will appeal to singles.
Centennial, with Powell Butte keeping watch, is a leafy, quiet neighborhood that values education so much they formed their own school district.
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.
Creston-Kenilworth is a fantastic neighborhood for families with children, with two large parks, a Community Music Center, and pool, and is also a great place to hang out, whether it is amid the tall firs or at C-Bar.
Eastmoreland, with its winding, elm-lined streets, stately homes and abundant greenery, is one of Portland’s most beautiful neighborhoods and is also home to Reed College, a liberal arts college with a reputation for innovative teaching and an edgy, youthful energy that serves as a nice counterpoint to Eastmoreland’s regal demeanor.
Foster-Powell is a neighborhood of modest, charming houses and neighbors whose focus is on improving the safety and livability of their community. First-time homebuyers will be drawn to Foster-Powell for its relatively low housing prices combined with its natural and cultural amenities.
Glenfair, with gentrification moving quickly eastward, won’t remain for long the great value that it is today. With MAX light rail access bisecting the neighborhood and making easy access to the inner Eastside and Downtown only steps away, Glenfair is a smart choice for commuters.
Hazelwood boasts lovely green spaces and well-kept contemporary houses on gracious lots. Situated on a slight rise, there are great views of Mounts Hood and Tabor from certain areas of the neighborhood and great housing deals to be found throughout.
Hosford-Abernethy is an eclectic mix of residential, commercial and industrial, with Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and kayak rental facilities along the Willamette River; diverse restaurants, community gathering spots and shops along its thoroughfares; and historic homes tucked among mature elms in secluded, tranquil Ladd's Addition.
Kerns is a dining destination, containing one half of the culinary juggernaut that is 28th Avenue, 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.
Laurelhurst is truly an oasis in the city, offering an air of sophistication with stately houses gracing the hill overlooking beautiful Laurelhurst Park (modeled after New York’s Central Park).
Lents is a fantastic value, whether you’re looking for an investment property or your first home. One gets a strong feeling of community and family, values that make the neighborhood a pleasant place and belie its somewhat undeserved repute.
Millpark boasts many parks and an abundance of shopping and dining opportunities along its main thoroughfare, SE 122nd Avenue. First-time homebuyers will want to take a look at Mill Park.
Montavilla, with views of Mt. Tabor and the inexpensive pleasures of SE 82nd Avenue at its doorstep, is one of the remaining few affordable neighborhoods west of 82nd.
Mt. Scott-Arleta residents can find community any time of year in one of the neighborhood’s friendly coffeeshops or restaurants. Families will find all of their needs met in this kid-friendly neighborhood.
Mt. Tabor boasts some of the grandest homes in Southeast Portland, which line the serene streets that wind their way up the extinct volcano that gives the neighborhood its name.
Pleasant Valley offers a taste of country life without sacrificing amenities. Verdant fields dotted with red barns neighbor new developments in this peaceful community at the base of Powell Butte.
Powellhurst-Gilbert is a neighborhood blessed with natural beauty and plenty of opportunity for appreciation, combining the verdant peace of outer Eastside neighborhoods with the urban amenities of inner Eastside neighborhoods.
Reed is a distinctive blend of old and new, with Craftsman bungalows in the community’s northern half giving way to modern apartment complexes, which house many Reed College students (also known as “Reedies”), and well-kept ‘70s-era split-levels sitting on gracious lots in its southern half.
Richmond offers its residents and visitors an eclectic blend of amenities, from the stately houses and grand vistas of Waverly Heights to the funky charm of Pix Patisserie.
Sellwood-Moreland, overlooking Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and the Willamette River, is an oasis of gentility with urban amenities only footsteps away.
South Tabor can claim Southeast Portland's best view of Mt. Hood and is one of the Eastside’s best deals, offering eclectic architectural styles and and proximity to one of the city’s best parks and recreation areas.
Sunnyside, where strollers compete with skateboards on the often brightly painted sidewalks, offers plenty of nightlife, great restaurants, a progressive attitude and fantastic schools.
The Woodstock community has been built around SE Woodstock Boulevard, which serves as the main artery for the neighborhood, both literally and metaphorically. On rainy winter mornings it seems that half of Woodstock is lounging in the comfy chairs at Papaccino’s, drinking lattés and reading the paper while kids play nearby.
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