Largely dominated by the Lloyd Center shopping mall (complete with its own indoor ice skating rink!), plus a lot of chain restaurants, this neighborhood feels unlike any other in Portland. The Oregon Convention Center and the Moda Center are in the area too. It’s a popular district when there’s an event, but otherwise kind of bland. Serviced by the MAX light rail.
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East Portland neighborhoods like Centennial have plenty of access to shopping, dining, and other amenities. Major streets, like SE Division, provide for an easy commute. Centennial borders Gresham which has a MAX light rail train line into Portland or to the airport.
Mill Park is a family friendly neighborhood in the outer SE section of Portland, with residential areas and an easy commute downtown. It borders Hazelwood on the west, north and east, and Powellhurst-Gilbert on the south.
Lents is one of the largest neighborhoods in the city, one of the oldest, and one of its most diverse. Somewhat neglected for many years, Portland has recently seen the potential value of the Lents neighborhood and established it as an Urban Renewal Area. Many new homes and businesses have been established and more are planned. The MAX light rail system has been expanded southward from the Gateway hub, along I-205 to the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall.
The Parkrose area had been a small farming and residential suburb of Portland until the 1920s and was annexed by Portland in 1980. Located close to the airport and near major roads, commuting from the mostly residential suburban neighborhoods of Parkrose and Parkrose Heights is easy. The busier streets provide ample shopping and dining opportunities. The Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center is served by the Red line of the Max Light Rail and I-205 runs through the neighborhoods.
Milwaukie lies largely in Clackamas County, right on the banks of the Willamette River. The “Dogwood City of the West” offers small town charm with easy access to big city amenities. The new Orange Max line will make the short commute into downtown Portland easier than ever before. Although Milwaukie is small (just 4.85 sq. mi.), the appeal is large; beautiful views from the Willamette River Waterfront Park, access to water-sports, parks, biking trails and great schools. Milwaukie is a safe and clean community and is named as one of the 50 best places to raise a family.
Sullivan’s Gulch is an urban residential area that is located within walking distance to dining, shopping, and other entertainment. This well-established community has a mix of older East Portland homes, usually mid-sized to larger family homes located on streets with mature trees. Condos have been added in recent years. There are also some lovely vintage apartments and plexes for rent.
Kenton was annexed to Portland a century ago, but still has the feel of the small town. Denver Ave. has a Main St. vibe with restaurant, bars, shops, and a library. Most of the homes in the area are modest, working class houses. Busy Lombard St. cuts through which is not great for ambience, but good for commuting.
Tigard is a city in Washington Country, located south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin, and still considered part of the Portland metropolitan area. With an historic and revitalized downtown region, farmers market, and beautiful parks and trails, Tigard is a desirable, affordable community with easy access to Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro. Tigard Interstate 5 and Oregon Route 217 are the main freeway connectors to the city, with rail services provided by Trimet.
Overlook feels a bit secluded as it is bordered by Interstate and a bluff, but its location offers convenient access to other local neighborhoods and downtown. Many local restaurants and bars thrive along the main thoroughfares and the neighborhood is served by the MAX line. Though Overlook’s vibe is notably less urban than that of its neighbors, Overlook offers excellent bike access to downtown Portland, easy mass transit options, and is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Portland.