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Northeast Portland Neighborhood

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In Northeast Portland, the tree-lined Alameda neighborhood is bordered by the Beaumont-Wilshire, Concordia, Grant Park, Irvington, and Sabin neighborhoods.

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Alameda Neighborhood Real Estate

Very Walkable

This gorgeous, historic neighborhood boasts plenty of tree-lined streets and beautiful homes. Thanks to Alameda Ridge, there are incredible views of downtown Portland and the West Hills. Alameda is primarily residential, although it’s a short trip to the nearby Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood for pubs, cafes, and restaurants. Home styles vary, and you’ll see older bungalows and craftsman-style, as well as ranches and Cape Cods. There are even some incredible Queen Anne and English Tudor homes with great curb appeal. The neighborhood is close-knit and established.


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ALAMEDA NEIGHBORHOOD

Shopping & Businesses

This small but mighty group of neighborhood businesses is strongly supported by the community and contributes to Alameda’s unique character.

This historic neighborhood has a friendly, relaxed vibe that families love. Residents take pride in their homes, tree-lined streets, and the close-knit community. Local schools, parks, and businesses have contributed to the neighborhood’s identity, as has its deeply historic character.

Schools

Parks

Alameda Playground A/Alameda Playground B: 2732 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212. Located in Alameda Elementary School.

Fernhill Park

Grant Park

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Things to Do & See in Alameda

Alameda is a great place for a walking tour given its historic character and beautiful views. Grab a quick bite while you’re out and about!

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Nearby Neighborhoods

Concordia

Concordia

Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood has beautiful, historic homes with plenty of original character. Close to bustling Alberta Street, Concordia has fantastic dining and shopping options. It’s a great choice for those who value living in a walkable neighborhood.

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Kenton

Kenton

The Kenton neighborhood in North Portland is bordered by Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, and Piedmont neighborhoods. Kenton is also close to other areas via the Max light rail, which is located on nearby Interstate Avenue.

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Mississippi

Mississippi

Trendy North Mississippi Avenue is in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood. Bordered by the Overlook, Humboldt, King, and Eliot neighborhoods, North Mississippi is centrally located for convenient commuting to Vancouver or downtown Portland.

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Woodlawn

Woodlawn

This cozy community in Northeast Portland is home to gorgeous homes and tree-lined streets. It’s close to major highways so it’s easy to access Vancouver and inner Portland. With restaurants, parks, and a seasonal farmers market, Woodlawn is a beautiful neighborhood to call home.

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History of the Neighborhood

The history of the Alameda neighborhood, like much of Portland, is rich and deep. The first homes were built in the early 20th century, some of which can still be seen today! The Thomas J. Autzen house is undoubtedly the prized historic house of the neighborhood, having been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The home was built in 1927 for Thomas J. Autzen, who owned the Portland Manufacturing Company. The mansion is Tudor style, with pitched roofs, leaded windows, large chimneys, and beamed ceilings. Other historic buildings of note include Alameda Elementary School, built in 1922, and today’s Regent Center, which was first known as Alameda Park Community Church in the early 1920s.

The neighborhood was first established on a land claim of William and Isabelle Bowering in 1859. This land included orchards, woodlands, and Native trails. (At the time, there was a Chinook village known as Neerchokikoo north of Alameda.)

Later, the Alameda Land Company platted the Alameda Park subdivision in 1909. Like most of the Portland at the time, the development was bigoted, with brochures advertising that no “people of undesirable colors and kinds” would be welcome.

The natural formation of Alameda Ridge has a role in the development of the neighborhood. Created during the last Ice Age when gravel was left behind from the Glacial Lake Missoula floods, Alameda Ridge runs through several Portland neighborhoods. The views from the ridge were attractive to early residents, especially the wealthy families who often built large homes with living quarters for their staff.

As more homes were built, many of the area’s orchards and dairy farms were destroyed. (Today, some homes have remnants of those orchards in their yards!) Development of a streetcar brought residents to inner Portland for work, and this easy commute furthered home development. Residents valued the residential feel of the area and they were active in protests against commercial development. Local women were also instrumental in the construction of the elementary school.

The neighborhood declined in the mid-20th century due to lack of investment and persistent discrimination, but younger residents began moving in and fixing up the houses. Today, Alameda is a well-maintained and stable neighborhood with homes that have great curb appeal.