Northeast Portland is a growing quadrant where the bones of Portland's past are evident in the graceful homes that occupy its streets, and where the process of rejuvenation is ongoing. Here you can pick a neighborhood and chances are a new pub or restaurant is in the works that will anchor its bid for tenants in search of a classic Portland home.
Here are the Northeast Portland neighborhoods, with a brief description. We invite you click on the neighborhood name and you can search for the homes, that are currently available.
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Posh but never snobby, the Irvington neighborhood includes some of Portland’s most architecturally significant houses (many on the National Historic Registry of Homes), but its walkability to the nearby Lloyd Center mall guarantees plenty of opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. In other words, it’s got a little something for everybody.
Some may feel oppressed by the crush of humanity at the Lloyd Center, so for them the less frenetic pace of NE Broadway is a suitable alternative. Chic shops like Soho Clothing Boutique and Emily-Jane Jewelry sport the latest looks, while Here We Go Again, is a used clothing store where treasured togs are routinely discovered.
Refreshment seekers will find what they’re looking for at Peet’s Coffee or Grand Central Baking, while Cadillac Café and Milo’s City Café serve up eggs, hotcakes, and much more for the weekend breakfast crowd. Thai food is ubiquitous in Portland, but Irvington’s Chai Yo is one of the best, with top-notch service to match its fresh and zesty entrees. Wine and cheese, you say? Look no further than Foster & Dobbs, where discriminating gourmands gather to nibble and sip from a rotating inventory of classic comestibles.
After all that food and wine, hike down NE 15th to Root Whole Body, where you can join a yoga class, get some nutritional advice, or perhaps just a healing massage for those aching bones.
Soho Clothing Boutique, 1605 NE Broadway, 503-282-4940, sohoclothingboutique.com
Emily-Jane Jewelry, 1428 NE Broadway, 503-460-0516, emily-jane.com
Here We Go Again, 2438 NE Broadway, 503-244-0855, hwga.com
Peet’s Coffee, 1441 NE Broadway, 503-493-0192, peets.com
Grand Central Bakery, 1444 Ne Weidler, 503-288-1614, grandcentralbakery.com
Cadillac Café, 1801 NE Broadway, 503-287-4750, cadillaccafepdx.com
Milo’s City Café, 1325 NE Broadway, 503-288-MILO, miloscitycafe.com
Chai Yo, 1411 NE Broadway, 503-287-0505, facebook.com/chaiyo.thai.1
Foster & Dobbs, 2518 NE 15th, 503-284-1157, fosteranddobbs.com
Root Whole Body, 2526 NE 15th, 503-288-7688, rootwholebody.com
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The Alameda neighborhood, which rolls north from Northeast Fremont, is another highly desirable address; its mix of sophisticated retail and well-known restaurants in the nearby Beaumont-Wilshire section, with solidly traditional homes and schools is a beacon for new families looking for a sensible first step.
Alameda borders the Irvington neighborhood and they share a vibe that’s elegant but practical. Case in point, the Alameda Brew House, which serves both eclectic craft beers (the signature Black Bear stout is highly recommended) and affordable family meals in the Northwest tradition. The wood-fired pizza at Italian bistro Lucca, a popular neighborhood joint, is not to be missed, nor are the small plates of Asian delicacies available at Smallwares, one of the best reviewed restaurants in town. The Old Salt Marketplace is a new addition and its deft blend of delicious, shareable eats—the watermelon-feta salad and an astounding pickle plate, to name two—with an actual onsite deli, meat counter, and weekly farmer’s market has resulted in enthusiastic crowds.
Oenophiles will rejoice at the variety of vino on display at Blackbird Wine Shop, where friendly staff—and frequent tasting events—can help you navigate the often- confusing world of wine.
What’s wrong with a sugar high? Anyone with a sweet tooth should make tracks over to Hattie’s Sweet Shop, where your childhood sense of wonder over a trip to the candy store will be rekindled with its awesome assortment of gourmet chocolates, house-made fudge, and vintage licorice, suckers, and ice cream. You’ll discover a treasure trove of clothes, jewelry, and stylish household goods, (small furniture, toys and games, home and garden supplies, and arts and craft items) at Patti Smith West, a consignment and resale shop where the inventory is constantly changing.
Alameda Brewhouse, 4765 NE Fremont, 503-460-9025, alamedabrewing.com/brewhouse
Lucca, 3449 NE 24th, 503-287-7372, luccapdx.com
Smallwares, 4605 NE Fremont, 971-229-0995, smallwarespdx.com
Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd, 971-255-0167, oldsaltpdx.com
Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 503-282-1887, blackbirdwine.com
Hattie’s Sweet Shop, 4185 NE Fremont, 503-477-0497, hattiessweets.com
Patti Smith West, 3746 NE 42nd Ave, 503-688-1749, pattismithwest.com
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Is the Alberta Arts District the most distinctly Portland neighborhood? Does its array of singular shops, salons, and busy eateries eerily echo an episode of the quirky TV show Portlandia? The fierce independence and proud Bohemian lifestyle that Portland is known for can be found everywhere on Northeast Alberta, from the funky fashions at Tumbleweed and Frock to the Alberta Rose Theater, where the popular Oregon Public Radio variety show Live Wire is recorded.
The Last Thursday Alberta street fair is like a mini Mardi Gras that expands for several blocks, with artists, musicians, and food vendors attempting to reel you in and win your heart. Join the crowds that mill up and down Alberta, perusing the goods at galleries, boutiques, and cafes.
As you might expect, coffee, food, and beer (Portland’s holy trinity) can be found in abundance. For example, celebrated chef Troy MacLarty’s Bollywood Theater redefines Indian cuisine with unique, inexpensive plates of highly esoteric eats. And like any good Alberta eatery, there will probably be a line, so it pays to get hungry at non-peak hours. The Tin Shed offers sensational barbecue and comfort food classics, while vegetarians flock to Bye and Bye, an inventive establishment where there are no animal products to be found. Grab yourself a slice and a beer at Bella Faccia Pizzeria, or if you’re feeling especially famished, drop by Pine Street Biscuits and order the “Reggie.” It’s more food then you ever imagined piled on top of a fresh-baked biscuit and requires a nap immediately afterward.
The locals gather for cocktails and happy hour chow at the Radio Room, where abundant patio space and futuristic fire pits beckon the weary walker to sit a spell. On the way home, stop off at the Alberta Co-op Grocery for something healthy.
Tumbleweed, 1812 NE Alberta, 503-335-3100, tumbleweedboutique.com
Frock, 1439 NE Alberta, 503-595-0379, frockboutique.com
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, albertarosetheatre.com
Bollywood Theater, 2039 NE Alberta, 971-200-4711, bollywoodtheaterpdx.com
Tin Shed Garden Café, 1438 NE Alberta, 503-288-6966, tinshedgardencafe.com
Bye and Bye, 1011 NE Alberta, 503-281-0537, thebyeandbye.com
Bella Faccia Pizzeria, 2934 NE Alberta, 503-282-0600, bellafacciapizzeria.com
Pine Street Biscuits, 2204 NE Alberta, 503-477-6605, pinestatebiscuits.com
Radio Room, 1101 NE Alberta, 503-287-2346, radioroompdx.com
Alberta Co-op Grocery, 1500 NE Alberta, 503-287-4333, albertagrocery.coop
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With the nearby MAX trains taking residents into downtown Portland or out to Hillsboro throughout the day, the Hollywood District—like its namesake to the south—is always bustling with new arrivals and sightseers. This inviting urban village is home to the Hollywood Theater, a venerable old movie house built in 1922 and currently being restored to its former grandeur.
As the MAX train departs, gym-baggers make their way to the nearby clean and spacious 24-Hour Fitness facility that thoughtfully contains a sushi restaurant, as if to reward its workout warriors with a healthy indulgence. Directly across the street more folks bearing bags converge on the Trader Joe’s for their latest shipment of Hummus Dip.
If hunger pangs set in, Du’s Grill does terrific teriyaki for diners on the go, while the Laurelwood Pub is a family food hangout with sensational house beer. Try the Free Range Red; it’s not only organic but also a supremely satisfying sip.
Hollywood Theatere, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 503-281-4215, hollywoodtheatre.org
24 Hour Fitness, 4224 NE Halsey St, 503-281-4767, 24hourfitness.com
Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey St, 503-284-4232, traderjoes.com
Du’s Grill, 5365 NE Sandy Blvd, 503-284-1773, dusgrill.com
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Conveniently located a stone’s throw from the bustling Lloyd Center, Portland’s premier shopping destination, Sullivan’s Gulch is a terrific neighborhood with access to a host of different districts (Hollywood, Irvington, Laurelhurst), as well as an abundance of older homes and funky apartment buildings on shady tree-lined streets. There’s a gigantic Fred Meyers store here that has anything and everything you’ll need to furnish to your digs and fill your fridge.
Hale Pele is an authentic tiki bar where stay-cationing can tackle tall exotic drinks and tropical foodstuffs, while the Rose and Thistle is styled like ye old English pub with massive platters of fish and chips and an expertly curated list of craft beers. The local knitting community can be found at Twisted, a yarn store that offers classes and comfy couches for those inclined to craft. The young and the drinking congregate at the Swift Lounge, a friendly dive bar with an assortment of cunning whiskey cocktails served in Mason jars.
Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway St, 503-662-8454, halepele.com
Rose and Thistle, 2314 NE Broadway St, 503-287-8582
Twisted, 2310 NE Broadway St, 503-922-1150, twistedpdx.com
Swift Lounge, 1932 NE Broadway St, 503-288-3333, swiftloungepdx.com