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Irvington Neighborhood Guide

 

The Irvington neighborhood is located in Northeast Portland and is bordered by the Sabin, Alameda, Eliot, King, Grant Park, Sullivan's Gulch, and Lloyd Center neighborhoods. Irvington is located on the East side of the Willamette River. Its boundaries are NE Fremont Avenue on the North, NE 7th Avenue on the West, NE Broadway on the South, and NE 26th Avenue on the East. The upper Northeast corner overlaps with Alameda and Sabin neighborhoods.



Irvington Neighborhood Features

Irvington is in a fantastic location for both commuting, as well as getting to many other great Portland neighborhoods. Major freeway ramps located near Irvington include I-84 and I-5. Portland’s Tri Met runs bus schedules, and the MAX light rail train is only blocks away from Irvington’s Southernmost boundary, at Lloyd Center Mall. Drive West over the Broadway bridge to get downtown or to the Pearl District in mere minutes, or head Northeast to Alberta or Beaumont-Wilshire, Northwest to the Boise/Eliot and Historic Mississippi Avenue neighborhoods, or Southeast to get to the Belmont and Hawthorne neighborhoods.

Irvington

Portland’s Irvington neighborhood cannot be easily characterized. On its southern border is a sizeable strip of restaurants, bars, coffee houses, personal service establishments, and shop after shop. In this section of Irvington is the array between bars with video lottery and shops with expensive lingerie. Irvington’s northern border is primarily residential, but where commercialism pops through tends to be high-end. And on its east and west sit two large parks.

In between? Well, this is the kind of neighborhood for which people enter the American dream. The houses, each unique and almost all attractive with their ancient trees and flowing green lawns, seem the picture of Americana that we agreed to when we entered the game. The children playing seem palpably blessed to have this as their foundation. And driving through you can almost hear the promise of a simpler country and a simpler time if we just hold onto neighborhoods like it.

Several grand dame old homes are located here, and many are on the National Register of Historic Places. Back when they were constructed, Irvington homes were considered upper middle class. The sense of Irvington history can be found in more than just the homes. The exclusive Irvington Club for tennis was founded in 1898. And, if you pay attention while strolling the streets, you’ll notice many sidewalks imprinted with the original craftsman’s name and date (”E. Wiles 1908”) and you’ll even find an occasional metal ring still attached to the curb, from back in the days when everyone had horses to tie up instead of automobiles to park.

Like any neighborhood that has been around since the turn of the last century, Irvington has suffered from periodic slumps over the years. Some houses fell into disrepair, and here and there a house was demolished and replaced with a “modern” mid-century apartment or commercial building. But overall, if you enjoy historic charm and unique homes with fine character and craftsmanship, you’ll love Irvington.


 

Irvington Neighborhood Parks

Irvington Park - This is a popular old park for Irvington residents, with big trees, plenty of green grass, ball fields, a water feature and playground for the children, and off-leash dog park section, basketball and tennis courts, and of course, picnic tables.

Irvington

Grant Park

Matt Dishman Community Center and Pool


 

Irvington Neighborhood Community Resources

Join the Irvington On-line Community - Meet your Irvington neighbors, add local events to the calendar, share photos, and more.

Multnomah County Library Library - Albina

Irvington Day Care

Portland Public School Boundaries

Irvington Schools:

Elementary school: Irvington Elementary School

Middle school: Fernwood Middle School

High school: Grant High School

More Neighborhood Schools

Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship)

Neighborhood Public Transit - bus routes, train stops, etc.

Irvington Home Tour Website

Irvington Community Association

 

 


Irvington Neighborhood Vibe

Irvington is a classic American neighborhood, with beautiful older homes, manicured lawns, enormous mature trees, and quiet streets with sidewalks made for evening strolls. Live in Irvington if you appreciate the joys of owning an older home, (or enjoy restoration projects), and appreciate the classic appeal of an old established neighborhood. There are also plenty of rentals in the area. This is a also great location if living in a well-known, prestigious Portland neighborhood is important to you. Other benefits of Irvington include the convenience of being near shopping, walking to the coffee shop in the morning, and becoming a part of the community.

Irvington Neighborhood


 

Irvington Community Stats

Zip Code 97212

Local Crime Stats

Census

Irvington

Very Walkable

Walk ScoreR

77

out of 100

Irvington is the 23rd most walkable neighborhood in Portland.

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Irvington Restaurants and Businesses

Milo's City Cafe'

Milo's City Cafe, Portland A big city sized array of choices with nowhere near the cosmo gouge in prices, Miloo?=s City Cafo?= is the kind of urbane enterprise that actually offers a list of different types of eggs Benedict, with most averaging around $8.00. Never saw that before. The lunch and dinner menus are likewise extensive and varied o?= pan fried oysters to roasted duck with plum sauce o?= and nothing sets you back more than the filet mignon at $17.95. The dining area is large, open-kitchen style, so you can sit back and watch the pros at work while you enjoy the sophisticated choices before you.

Milo's City Cafe, 1325 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. (503) 288-MILO

 

 

Pour Wine Bar &Bistro

Pour Wine Bar, Portland Owner Robert Volz has an uncanny eye for retro appropriate chic. Not sure how he does it, but his wine bar and bistro on NE Broadway is at once minimalist, modern white-on-white hip o?= while instantly transporting the incoming 'bibber into a time of key parties and Naugahyde, when words like o?=groovyo?= were out of sight, and Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette were weekly icons of fashion. The place itself just makes you want to be cool and jive for a while.

They offer daily flights, and their wines by the glass of course include many wineries of the northwest and California, but they incorporate international choices as well. On the bottle side, you can order an Oregon chardonnay for $17.00 or a French dessert wine for $450.00. Likewise, the relatively small food menu can pair you up with a dish of mac and cheese or escargot.

But Robert doesno?=t stop there. Just a few doors down on the same side of the street, heo?=s gone and done that crazy hip to classic kitsch thing again at Thatch Tiki Bar.

Pour Wine Bar & Bistro, 2755 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. (503) 288-POUR

 

Thatch Tiki Bar

Thatch Tiki Bar, Portland And again, thereo?=s that instant transporting thing going on. If youo?=re the right ageo?= you know who you are o?= you grew up with the tiki aesthetic, and youo?=ll immediately feel right at home at Thatch. If youo?=re a newbie, youo?=ve seen places like this in movies, and youo?=ll start looking for all the paraphernalia that will confirm its tiki-ness. Dono?=t worry, ito?=s there. From the bridge you have to walk over to get in o?= thato?=s mandatory o?= to the bamboo, duh, to the puffer fish lamps and PuPu platter, oh yeah, this place is the real Bradys-on-Break deal.

Thatch Tiki Bar 2733 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. (503) 281-8454

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine and the Basil Bar

Sweet Basil Thai, Portland Upstairs is a lovely, simple dining room in a home setting. Out back is a very large eating area, much of it underneath a canopy of fresh, green leaves. And downstairs, well Io?=ve never been to Bangkok, but something tells me this low-ceilinged, cramped cool atmosphere is similar to what I might find. Ito?=s William Gibson ex-pat sexy. Ito?=s short thresholds and tall bartenders. Ito?=s a cigarette waiting to be puckered and a drink etching itself warmly down the throat. Ito?=s fabulous.

As for the food, haveno?=t yet tried it, but I can attest to the freshness of at least some of the ingredients o?=cause I saw them.

Sweet Basil Thai and the Basil Bar, 3135 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. (503) 335-0411 www.sweetbasilor.com

 

Arabian Breeze

Arabian Breeze, Portland For quite some time now, Nicholas' Restaurant has been a word of mouth wonder when it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine. Now the owners have opened a second restaurant in Irvington with all your Lebanese favorites, but, whereas Nicholas offers a small dining area and no alcohol, Arabian Breeze is larger, more equipped to handle events and has an upstairs balcony as well as a bar that serves alcohol and hookah. The do?=cor, including the flowing ceiling and curtains upstairs, is largely handmade by the owner. And a huge oven imported from back home bakes up homemade flatbread served gratis with Zatar while you wait for your meal.

Arabian Breeze, 3223 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. (503) 445-4700 www.arabianbreezeportland.com

 

 

Irvington Businesses and Shopping

Cotton Cloud Furniture and Futons

Cotton Cloud Futons, Portland What were you doing when you were twenty?  Well, if you resemble in the slightest what was once this slacker scribe you wereno?=t exactly busy constructing a large business that would still be thriving 25 years later.  But thato?=s what Terri Treat was up to.  She could sew o?= very well o?=and, by darn, she wanted to make herself a bed. So she did. 25years later, she still is, only the operation is so big now that she requires a manufacturing plant located just a few blocks from the showroom, which itself is enormous.

Every futon mattress o?= latex, wool, memory foam, you name it o?= is handcrafted, and Cotton Cloud has the largest selection of futon covers in the Portland area. Because everything is handmade, they can easily custom make your futon size to fit your needs, and the covers can be custom fitted for just about any surface you might want pimped, say a window seat, for example.  All this, and now much of what she carries can be made with all organic materials.

Cotton Cloud Furniture and Futons 701 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232. (503) 335-0758 

 

Root Whole Body

Root Whole Body, at the Irvington Corner shopping plaza at 2526 NE 15th Avenue. "Root is a resource for enlightened and curious people who embrace holistic health care.  They offer Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Intro to Yoga, with four or more yoga classes offered each day.  There are many Portland Yoga studios, and I like this one because it is in my neighborhood (always a plus!), and the studio is bright and sunny with lots of windows, with a hardwood floor.

Root Whole Body, 2526 NE 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 97212. 503-288-7668 www.rootwholebody.com

 

Mio Gelato

Enjoy handcrafted gelato flavors of all varieties.  Mio Gelato is a hugely popular neighborhood destination during the summer months.  Also serving panini, delicious coffee, and other tasty treats year-round.

Mio Gelato, 1517 NE Brazee St. Portland, OR 97212. www.mio-gelato.com (503) 288-4800


Irvington Bed & Breakfast Inns

The Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn 

The Lion and the Rose, Portland Built in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places not to mention its listing as one of the Best Places to Kiss, this Queen Anne mansion has six rooms, each unique and included with its own bath.  The breakfast here consists of two full courses of fruit and pastry with vegetarian friendly eggs and sides

The Lion and the Rose, 1810 NE 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232. (800) 955-1647  www.lionrose.com

 

 

Portland's White House Bed & Breakfast

Portland's White House Bed and Breakfast Looking quite similar to its namesake on Pennsylvania Avenue, Portlando?=s White House Bed and Breakfast offers five guest rooms in its main house and three in the Carriage House, all with their own bath. Vegetarian breakfast is served (with hormone-free meats on the side if you prefer) using Slow Foods by candlelight.

Portland's White House Bed and Breakfast, 1914 NE 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232. (800) 272-7131 www.portlandswhitehouse.com

 

 

Irvington Real Estate

Irvington features many older, classic properties, and some homes are quite grand. Irvington’s real estate prices tend to run a bit higher than many other neighborhoods.

Although Irvington is located fairly “close in” and near to the bustling traffic of Lloyd Center, Broadway, and Martin Luther King Blvd., it feels quiet. The streets are fine for evening strolls, and you’ll feel transported back in time as you walk under the green canopy of massive older trees lining the streets. This is a fine time to discover a neighborhood rich with examples of early Portland architecture. While cruising through the neighborhood, watch for many fine examples of Bungalow, Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Prairie, Old Portland, and Victorian homes.

If you are in the market for Irvington Real Estate or are looking to buy homes in Irvington, visit the Irvington Real Estate Page for additional information including current real estate market reports and more.

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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Neighborhood Links

Zip Code 97212

Irvington On-line Community

Commute Times

Approximate commute times: 7 minutes to Downtown Portland by car, 18 minutes by bus, 32 minutes by train,15 minutes by bike, depending on traffic and time of day.

Irvington Parks:

Irvington Park  

Area parks:

Grant Park

Matt Dishman Community Center and Pool

 

Irvington Schools:

Elementary school: Irvington Elementary School

Middle school: Fernwood Middle School

High school: Grant High School

Portland Public School Boundaries

Neighborhood Demographics and Census Statistics

Local Crime Stats

Census

Local Google Map

Neighborhood Boundary Map

Portland International Airport

Portland Police Bureau

Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

TriMet - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar


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