You’ll hear locals talk about North Portland as the next place that’s sure to see an influx of residents and a face-lift to match. North Portland (NoPo) remains a more affordable option for now but it’s slowly creeping into the realm of trendy as the younger crowd lands there seeking cheaper rent.
The Overlook neighborhood is one that showcases that trend as you’ll find both transitioning sections and new development. While some consider this a bit secluded due to its location on the “other side” of Interstate Avenue MAX light rail makes commuting to Portland’s downtown a simple trek. Overlook is also considered very bikable to the rest of the city. Residents enjoy both a New Seasons and Fred Meyer grocery stores with plenty of local restaurants and shops as well.
St. Johns sits on the tip of the Peninsula formed by the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Built in 1931 it is home to the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley the St. Johns Bridge. Cathedral Park sprawls beneath the Gothic style towers of the bridge creating a beautiful spot for picnicking and watching the sunset over the river.
From 1902 to 1915 St. Johns was a separate city. One still catches whiffs of that distinction as those who live in St. Johns are so passionate about distinguishing their neighborhood from those that surround it. But really it’s hard to blame them. St. Johns has its own flavor as well as its own downtown which hosts boutique shopping and two brewpub movie theaters.
St. Johns is also one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Portland.
North Portland is ripe for change as one of the least developed sections of town. While it might be a little rougher around the edges than the trendier options there is still plenty to explore and discover here.
Neighborhoods in North Portland
- Arbor Lodge
- Cathedral Park
- East Columbia
- Hayden Island
- St. Johns
- University Park
City of Portland: 503-823-4000 www.portlandoregon.gov
Portland Business Alliance: 503-224-8684 www. portlandalliance.com