communities you’ll find to choose from,
but you’ll also sacrifice some of the energy
of the closer-in neighborhoods. If you’re
looking for the comforts of the suburbs
within a short drive to the city center, the
Southwest — particularly far Southwest —
will provide you with perfect options.
You’ll hear locals talk about North Portland
as the next place that’s sure to see an influx
of residents and a face-lift to match. North
Portland remains a more affordable option
for now, but it’s slowly creeping into the
realm of trendy, as the younger crowd lands
there seeking cheaper rent.
The Overlook neighborhood is one that
showcases that trend, as you’ll find both
transitioning sections and new devel-
opment. While some consider this a bit
secluded, due to its location on the “other
side” of Interstate Avenue, MAX light rail
makes commuting to Portland’s downtown
a simple trek. Overlook is also considered
very bikable to the rest of the city. Residents
enjoy both a New Seasons and Fred Meyer
grocery stores, with plenty of local restau-
rants and shops as well.
St. Johns sits on the tip of the Peninsula
formed by the confluence of the Willamette
and Columbia rivers. Built in 1931, it is home
to the only suspension bridge in the Willamette
Valley, the St. Johns Bridge. Cathedral Park
sprawls beneath the Gothic style towers of the
bridge, creating a beautiful spot for picnicking
and watching the sunset over the river.
From 1902 to 1915, St. Johns was a separate
city. One still catches whiffs of that distinction, as those who live in St. Johns are so
passionate about distinguishing their neighborhood from those that surround it. But
really, it’s hard to blame them. St. Johns has
its own flavor, as well as its own downtown,
which hosts boutique shopping and two
brewpub movie theaters.
St. Johns is also one of the most diverse
neighborhoods in Portland.
North Portland is ripe for change as one of
the least developed sections of town. While
it might be a little rougher around the edges
than the trendier options, there is still plenty
to explore and discover here.
Northeast Portland is a trendy neighborhood
for shoppers, artists, and foodies. With
similar creative energy to Southeast Portland, but a slightly more grown-up vibe,
Northeast is becoming a popular destination
to call home.
The Alberta Arts District is centered around
NE Alberta Street where you’ll find vibrant
colors both inside and out with quirky shops,
plentiful street art, and creative facades.
Temptations for every budget line Alberta,
from PBR specials at dive bars to some of
the finest craft cocktails in Portland, like
the gin and cognac based “Delmonico”
from Expatriate — a popular restaurant and
bar, backed by a James Beard award-winning chef. The monthly street party, Last
Thursday, draws tens of thousands of people
looking for drinks, live music, and shopping.
The only thing you won’t find on Alberta
Street on Last Thursday is car traffic.
At the intersection of NE Killingsworth and
30th Avenue lies a tiny micro-hood called
Fox Chase, part of the larger neighborhood
of Concordia. McMenamins Kennedy
School, an adult-friendly playground of
and swimming pool lies just on the edge.
Within Fox Chase, you’ll find an impressive
collection of restaurants, including Yakuza
with its Japanese-inspired dishes, and Amal-fi’s, a cozy spot for comforting Italian dishes.
Closer in, the commercial-based Lloyd District
has been the site of several recent high-rise
apartment buildings. A 100,000 square-foot
public plaza will soon be constructed in the
middle of an apartment development of over
1,000 units, which will likely draw more traffic
to this corner of town.
Grant Park is 20-acres of green space, enjoyed
by many residents of Northeast Portland. Set
along NE 33rd Ave and US Grant Place, it
offers a baseball field, basketball courts, an
off-leash dog area, paths, and picnic tables.