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. The Lloyd Center, an
indoor shopping mall, is in the middle of
being transformed from a traditional suburban
facility with shopping contained inside of a
large building connected to parking garages,
into a pedestrian and biker-friendly complex
with outdoor spaces that integrate storefronts
into the surrounding city.
FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS OR PETS: SELLWOOD/MORELAND
Sellwood/Moreland, though still close to the city center, is a
more relaxed, residential neighborhood. It’s ideal for anyone
looking for a mix of walkable and family-friendly. With a post
office, grocery store, and several banks in the area, residents
can take care of most errands on foot.
You’ll find no shortage of restaurants and coffee shops either.
Sellwood even has a small food cart hub on 13th Avenue.
Families with kids make good use of the neighborhood’s large
park, pool, and public library.
OLD PORTLAND HISTORY AND NIGHTLIFE: OLD TOWN
Old Town is the second most walkable neighborhood in
Portland according to Walk Score®. You can even go on an
underground walking tour where you’ll learn several terrifying
facts about Portland’s rough history.
The neighborhood also has active nightlife. It is peppered with
small concert halls and nightclubs. If that’s not your cup of tea,
you’ll also find a retro supper club with nightly live jazz music.
BOUTIQUE SHOPPING: ALPHABET DISTRICT
The Alphabet District (also known as Northwest Portland) has a
densely populated shopping hub. NW 23rd Avenue is lined with
small boutiques in old Victorian houses, though you’ll also find
plenty of bigger establishments as well.
When your feet need a rest between stores, respite is not far off.
The neighborhood also has more than 300 restaurants, bars,
and coffee shops.
FOR PEOPLE WITH NO PLAN: DOWNTOWN
The city’s highly walkable downtown area has it all. Everything
is so tightly packed, it’s easy to see a lot just by exploring. If
you run out of ideas, the Portland Art Museum is less than a
five-minute walk from Pioneer Square.
If it’s food you crave, you’ll find more than 500 restaurants,
bars and coffee shops in Downtown. And the streets around
Portland State University offer plenty of sweet and savory food
These six walkable Portland neighborhoods make it easy to run
your daily errands or spend a weekend exploring. For Portland
newcomers and long-time residents alike, the sidewalks await.
If you are interested in buying a home in any of these
neighborhoods, contact Columbia Redevelopment at colum-biaredevelopment.com. And, to learn more about walkable
neighborhoods, visit www.walkscore.com.