Discover Portland's Kenton Neighborhood
Walkable to Restaurants, Shops, and More
North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood is beautiful and historic with a creative flair. Filled with unique restaurants, bars, and cafes, this walkable neighborhood has its own quaint downtown area. Bordered by the Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, and Piedmont neighborhoods, Kenton is well-connected to greater Portland thanks to the Max light rail, bike lanes, and close access to major roadways.
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Kenton Neighborhood Real Estate
Homes in Boise-Eliot range from charming Victorian cottages to Craftsman to East Portland styles that have plenty of historic character. And don’t forget about the new urban-style lofts for those who want something a little more modern. This neighborhood gives you the best of urban living, cultural diversity, and small-town community.
It’s no surprise that home prices have gone sky-high over the past several years. This neighborhood is in demand and the real estate prices show it! Apartments and rental homes are pricier in this area when compared to other parts of Portland.
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Date Night: Eat & Drink
Kenton might be small but there’s plenty to eat (and drink!). Grab a quick bite, a craft beer, or a delicious meal at a friendly pub.
Presso Coffee Bar: Roasting coffee beans every week; every origin is personally picked to match the profile of a delicious espresso and their handcrafted drinks. Also serving up delicious sandwiches, different toasts, granola bowls, and more.
Service Options: Dine-In · Curbside Pickup · No-Contact Delivery
This walkable neighborhood has a lot in a small area! Residents value the quaint downtown on North Denver Avenue with its restaurants, shops, and renovated public library.
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Shopping & Businesses
Find antiques, salvaged treasures, gifts, and more!
Salvage Works: Your store for architectural salvage, vintage building materials, custom, hand-made furniture, and assorted what-nots.
Address: 2030 N Willis Blvd Portland, OR 97217
Parks & Green Spaces
- Trenton Park – Basketball court, picnic tables and playground
- Heron Lakes Golf Club – 340 acres of pristine grounds. This is one of the only 36-hole courses in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s been around for over 60 years.
- Arbor Lodge Park – Dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, paved paths, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, and lighted tennis courts.
- Farragut Park – Basketball courts, soccer field, paved paths, and playground
Things to Do & See in Kenton
Kenton is close to the action! There’s plenty to see and do, whether events at the Portland International Raceway and the Expo Center, historic tours, or parks. Don’t forget to check out the famous Paul Bunyan statue!
Portland International Raceway: Portland International Raceway is a motorsport facility in Portland, Oregon. It is part of the Delta Park complex on the former site of Vanport, just south of the Columbia River. It lies west of a light rail station and less than a mile west of Interstate 5.
Victorian Belle Mansion: Victorian Belle Mansion is a rare historic 1885 estate with meticulously tended gardens, delectable cuisine, and attentive staff. Every element of the Victorian Belle is unsurpassed as it exudes the beauty and magic of another time and place.
Their goal is to offer you a flawless event on your big day, and joyous memories for a lifetime.
One of Portland’s most enchanting wedding and event venues, the Victorian Belle is located just 10 minutes from downtown Portland and 20 minutes from the Portland International airport.
Historic Kenton Firehouse: The Historic Kenton Firehouse is a community-building asset in North Portland that offers rental space for private parties, weddings, and other events. It also hosts public community events and meetings as well as the North Portland Tool Library and the offices of North Portland Neighborhood Services.
This historical landmark has served as a community center since 1977.
Paul Bunyan Statue: Paul Bunyan Statue is a 31-foot-tall concrete and metal sculpture of mythical logger Paul Bunyan in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
Address: SW corner of N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Multnomah County Library – Kenton: The Kenton Library is a branch of the Multnomah County Library, in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. Preceded by reading rooms in North Portland and later by the Lombard Branch Library, the Kenton Library opened in 2010 in a storefront on North Denver Avenue.
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History of the Neighborhood
Kenton, originally a farming community, was a company town developed by the Swift Meat Packing Company in the early 1900s. The area grew quickly thanks to the presence of numerous rail lines and the shipping made possible by the Columbia River. Major manufacturing companies, such as the Portland Union Stockyards, began operating out of the area and Kenton soon became the primary livestock market in the region.
As the area grew, small houses were built for workers and larger houses for executives went up around Denver Ave. Streetcars transported the workers to the packing plants. A large hotel opened on Denver and later, a beautiful theater. Factories continued opening during the first part of the 20th century and shipyards were widespread during World War II.
During the 1950s, Kenton fell on hard times. North Interstate Avenue, which runs through the neighborhood, had been Portland’s primary north-south road. But when I-5 was built, it diverted traffic and commerce away from Kenton.
After years of decline, the North Portland Urban Renewal plan, which included the MAX light rail, revitalized the area. Today, Kenton provides ample opportunities for business in a strong and creative community. It’s not hard to see why Kenton is one of Portland’s up-and-coming neighborhoods!