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The Belmont District
runs along Belmont Street from approximately 31st to 60th Avenues in
Southeast Portland. The Belmont District is part of the Sunnyside
neighborhood, bordered by Laurelhurst to the north and by the Mt. Tabor
neighborhood to the east.
You might often hear
Belmont Street and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard mentioned in the same
breath, and of course there are similarities shared between them.
Belmont, though, looks and feels a little grittier, more boots than
sandals. It's diverse, and eclectic, and a neighborhood's neighborhood.
For many people the Belmont area isn't just a shop and dine
Oh, but there's plenty of
places to go in the Belmont District, make no mistake. Go get a boffo
or sit and salivate over a great burger at Utopia
Take a walk down the
sidewalk later in the evening to have a drink or three at Dick's
or at Aalto
where you can also listen
to a good band play or watch some belly dancing (Yup! Belly dancing!).
And you Blue
(3244 SE Belmont St),
a favorite Portland coffeehouse in a “painted lady”
Victorian with a nice big side yard where you can sip the brew (coffee
or beer) of your choice and have a huff on a hookah if you're into that. The
Should you prefer to take
probably has it handy. Want to step back in time for some fun arcade
gaming? The Zupan's
Market arcade is a blast for
the whole family. And if the earth
spirits move you, step into Avalon
to find really cool jewelry, incense, literature, and home
décor to please any pagan heart. Moonshadow
More local business
on 34th and Belmont (3356 SE Belmont St).
is typical of
excellent coffee shops, they are extremely popular (lines) but
absolutely worth the wait. Stumptown
At 33,000 DVD titles and 27,000 VHS titles, if Movie Madness
isn’t the largest video store in the world, then
certainly a contender. Officially recognized by the Southern California
Motion Picture Council for its outstanding contribution to the
entertainment industry, Movie Madness is to movies what
is to books.
Akira to Zanuck, we’re talking an inventory that is so vast
it’s divided into categories like Classic Directors,
Directors, Psychotronic, and Diane Lane . Overwhelming? Not really.
This movie palace provides its own spiffy hands-on software as an usher
that will locate a movie by either title or director and then indicate
in exactly which room it can be found. Movie Madness also appears to be
staffed by more clerks at certain times than you might find in one of
those mega-chains in several days.
And then there’s the museum. Yup, museum. In addition to the
rental side of the business, owner Mike Clark –
say a character in himself – has accumulated prop and
memorabilia from some of the biggest blockbusters ever to come out of
the ‘wood. What this means is that, in the very same store
you’re renting your Hitchcock, the knife from
“Psycho” awaits you. Or maybe you’re more
in the alien head from “Aliens” or the time machine
“H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.” Costumes
Barbra Streisand to Diane Keaton to Mike Myers are displayed as are all
the lead actors’ wardrobes from “West Side
Okay, English 101
refresher. A noun is any
word that represents a person, place, or thing. Name a thing, and
you’ve got yourself a noun – and basically
Noun. In the business of taking variety to adorable levels, owner
Stephanie Sheldon has created a “person’s place for
things” with no real set of rules but yet with a grammar of
own. Stephanie likes to emphasize that she’s not an antique
dealer, but the place is full of vintage. Another very strong emphasis
is new and local. So, from old typewriters to dishes, jewelry to aprons
– Noun is a language of its own. But if you come
something edible in the showroom, interestingly it’s not
Noun. It’s… Noun
technically a cupcake is a
noun – but not at Noun. Confusing? See, at the showroom that
home to both Noun and Saint Cupcake, typewriters and dessert might
sound like strange bedfellows, but they make great roommates.
Housed behind a wooden counter near the back of this building that has,
since the 1800’s, been shared over time between the likes of
post office and a trolley stop, a “cupcake
shares this great old space with the eclectic array that is Noun. And
it all makes sense in that Belmont kinda way. Saint
You see, Saint Cupcake,
the bakery, located on NW 17th is a
multi-layered, wedding cake of an operation that met with demands large
and lines long. Owner Jami Curl’s cupcake runneth over, so
decided to open another location, an outlet boutique selling nothing
but her cupcakes, made and delivered fresh daily, ordered by the single
or in any number of combo arrangements to take to a party or those
pesky PTA meetings.
Vertigo's mission is to engage and stimulate audiences by producing
high-quality, ensemble-driven theatre in Portland, Oregon.
Arts - Theatre Vertigo
View our video of the
Portland Belmont Street area to capture a sense of the neighborhood,
featuring a song by local Portland band,
Sunnyside School Park
Colonel Summers Park
SE Portland Bike and Walk Maps - Bike
Lanes Near Belmont Street
Middle school: Mt.
Tabor Middle School
High school: Franklin
High School School Ratings from
County Library - Belmont
(churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)
Public Transit - bus routes,
train stops, etc.
Funky, free, artsy, a bit grungy here and there and overall, very
open. This is an indie business haven. The Belmont
neighborhood is a mix of singles, families, hippies and
urbanites. Think green, eco-friendly, front yards that are
actually vegetable gardens, smart cars, car-free, funky home colors and
Belmont Zip Code 97214
There's lots of character
in this neighborhood, and many houses have been restored to their
original charm. Homes run the gamut of 20th century architecture, from
classic Bungalow, to Old Portland, to Cape Cod, Four Square and
more. You'll also find new construction condos and apartments
smattered about the area. Homes here will be expensive and
buyers will be fiercely competitive, so be on your toes if you really
want to live here!
If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our
Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.
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