Close-in East Portland

For many, close-in east Portland represents the charm and character that the Rose City is famous for.

To the northeast, picturesque homes are nestled within towering trees, transporting you to the Portland of the 1920s, but with all the fun of modern living. Don't miss a single Last Thursday arts festival on Alberta or a sunset view from the Alameda Ridge.

The heart of southeast Portland runs up Hawthorne Boulevard, from the river to the Bagdad Theater to Mt. Tabor. Neighborhoods ranging from the classic Laurelhurst to the family-oriented Woodstock offer you eclectic mix of family and funky living that makes each day an adventure.

Along the northeast shores of the Willamette River and right on the MAX line you will find the Rose Quarter and the recently expanded Convention Center, homes to many large events, from basketball and hockey games to national conventions and local exhibitions. Further east and adjacent to the wonderful homes in desirable Irvington, are the twin streets of Broadway and Weidler, just one of the local Northeast areas where you'll find fun shopping and fine dining. Just to the south is the Lloyd Center, Oregon's largest shopping mall. From here on a good day you can smell the bread baking at the Franz bakery nearby.

By comparison, southeast Portland is a fairly simple grid of tree-lined streets and tidy bungalows. Homes here were typically built in the 1910s and 1920s, mostly one-story homes with an attic converted into a second story somewhere in the 1950s. Grander homes can be found in close-in neighborhoods such as Buckman, Laurelhurst and Ladd's Addition, or even the Woodstock area near Reed College. But throughout Southeast, many homeowners have restored their home's original charm with period touches and extensive gardens.

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Southeast Portland has many greenspaces, including Laurelhurst Park with pathways winding around the lake and picnic areas, the rose gardens of Ladd's Addition, 160 acres of wetlands and wildlife refuge at Oaks Bottom, and of course, Mt. Tabor itself with an extinct volcano crater and historic water reservoirs. The Springwater Corridor meets the Willamette River trail in Sellwood to connect inner southeast Portland to Gresham and beyond.

In northeast, like most neighborhoods in the Portland area, you're bound to find the street for you, one where some people have lived there for years and others are brand new just like you. All in all, you'll enjoy the time trading stories and remodeling tips.

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