Northeast Portland has extensive residential
space, dominated largely by the traditional
Portland bungalow. The houses here are
colorful and spacious. If you’re looking for a
little yard, there are plenty of options in this
neck of the woods.
Northeast Portland might be hip, but don’t
let that intimidate you. The neighborhood is
still diverse in its pockets of smaller neighborhoods, and welcoming to newcomers.
Southeast Portland might be considered
the most “Portland” of Portland neighborhoods, fulfilling every Portlandia cliché that
you could hope for, with hipster driven style
and artisanal everything.
Three parallel corridors mark the liveliest sections of town, including Belmont
Avenue, Hawthorne Avenue and Division
Street. All of these are surrounded by residential blocks of bungalow-style homes
where lush, backyard gardens and quirky
outdoor ornaments are the style du jour.
Belmont maintains the most rustic, undeveloped feel of the popular streets. Many
bars and restaurants, like the nondescript
Nest, a dive bar with pool tables and
a patio, and Pied Cow Coffeehouse, a
hookah bar with a leafy outdoor patio, are
housed in actual houses that can easily be
overlooked as residential structures, rather
Hawthorne is where the hippie culture of
Portland still thrives. You’ll find overflowing
thrift stores, head shops, and even the now
legal marijuana dispensaries, up and down
this street. The Bagdad Theater is one of
the many historical sites, rescued and repurposed by McMenamins brewery. You can
now catch a flick with pizza and a beer, or
try the extended menu at the adjoining bar
or restaurant. The theater first opened in
1927 and it remains a fixture of this vibrant
community with a preserved essence from
Hollywood’s Golden Era.
Division is the street for slightly higher
end shopping, mirrored by the upscale
apartment buildings that are working their
way up and down the street.
The gastronomist will be overwhelmed by
options in this neck of town. The famously
authentic Pok Pok serves traditional Thai
dishes. You’ll need one of their cocktails
to wash down the heat from their chicken
wings. Salt & Straw, another Portland
favorite, often has a line down the block,
full of families, date-nighters, and groups of
friends, all craving the unique flavor combinations from this local, artisanal chain.
A dormant volcano lies at the edge of Southeast Portland, providing residents with trails
and a stunning view of the city, especially
at night when the sun is setting. Mt. Tabor
is a favorite spot for many who jog, walk,
and bike through its forests and around its
Dog owners will love Laurelhurst Park,
with its wide open, off-leash area. But
those without canine counterparts will find
something to enjoy here, too. The nearly 27
acres were named the West Coast’s most
beautiful park back in 1919, and though
many have taken the title since, locals will
agree that it still ranks for peaceful escapes
amidst an otherwise busy neighborhood.
A melting pot of Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hispanic populations make
the Foster-Powell neighborhood one of the
more diverse. This area is easily accessible
by automobile, due to its triangular position,
bordered by three main arteries of traffic.
Sellwood is where Southeast families are
flocking for its small-town feel, with a strong
sense of community pride. It feels a little
less hipster than the rest of Southeast, here
— but still there’s a vibe that anything goes.
Just keep it kid-friendly.
Sellwood is home to Oaks Amusement Park,
which first opened in 1905, as well as Oaks
Bottom Wildlife Refuge, where 185 bird
species come to play.