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Sellwood Moreland Neighborhood Guide

Location

The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Willamette River, Brooklyn, and Eastmoreland neighborhoods.

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Vibe

Sellwood feels much less "hipster" and "chic" than say, Mississippi Ave, Alberta Arts or the Pearl-- but a definite, at ease kind of 'anything goes, all are welcome' type of feeling is present on these streets.  Like most Portland neighborhoods, Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods feel very self-sustaining.  Local grocery store New Seasons, many local coffee shops plus a few local coffee roasters make this community feel warm and a lot like its own small town.  Walking the streets in Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods invokes a "back in the good old days" feeling.  This area is family friendly, walkable, and livable with a strong sense of community pride. 

The Moreland neighborhood of Portland is divided into Eastmoreland and Westmoreland.  Splitting hairs?  Not according to the neighbors.  Ask them, and they’ll say that Eastmoreland is the kind of place where other people mow your lawn.  In Westmoreland, they do their own.  Yard work aside, it’s certainly evident that the activity of the area – the hustle, bustle, and commerce – belongs entirely to Westmoreland.  In the size reserved for just one of those well manicured lawns surrounding an Eastmoreland mansion, four businesses could fit in Westmoreland.  Each has their charm.  But as the seat of the neighborhood’s retail trade, Westmoreland’s landscape is far more conducive to a verbal tour.  We'll cover Westmoreland on this neighborhood page as part of the "Sellwood-Moreland" neighborhood, since that is how it is classified by the City of Portland. 

A walking tour of Sellwood & Moreland neighborhoods

Homes

Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods feature older East Portland homes that have been well maintained and updated. You'll find architectural styles including Victorians, cottages, and many gorgeous Craftsman bungalows. The streets are quiet, and lined with mature trees. This is a great family neighborhood where people hang out at the coffee shops on the weekend, and you'll see couples pushing strollers and walking their dogs. The community features many locally owned shops and restaurants, and Sellwood is known for its array of antique shops.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for homes for sale.

Sellwood-Moreland Information

Neighborhood Census

Crime Stats

Sellwood Community Center

Sellwood-Moreland Library

Sellwood Park

Sellwood Pool

Sellwood Community Garden

Sellwood Riverfront Park

Westmoreland Park

Eastmoreland Playground

Eastmoreland Golf Course

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Oaks Pioneer Church Park

Oaks Park

Sellwood Neighborhood Association Website

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program

Reed College

Portland Public School Boundaries

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Sellwood-Moreland Schools:

Elementary school: Llewellyn Elementary School
Middle school: Sellwood Middle School
High school: Cleveland High School

Portland International Airport

Portland Police Bureau

Portland Classifieds on Craigslist.com

Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

Oregon Humane Society

Tri Met - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar

Sellwood Moreland Flexcar

 

Sellwood's Independent Businesses

The Ugly Mug Coffeehouse at 8017 SE 13th is locally owned, has a great vibe, and awesome coffee. Kid friendly. Movie nights. Open late, and serves beer and wine.

Blue Kangaroo Coffee Roasters is also another local area Sellwood favorite.  Located in the busiest part of the Sellwood strip, they roast onsite and have a wonderful and cozy cafe. 

Some great Portland's eateries and are found in this quaint community, too.  Locally famous Grand Central Bakery and Marsee Baking are excellent and seemingly always busy.  Do not miss the ever growing number of food carts -- a locals favorite to be sure. Many of our local food carts have been written up all over high end periodicals such as Sunset Magazine.  Learn more about Portland Food Carts.

A locals review of the Grand Central Bakery in Sellwood:  Delicious!

If you haven't tried the wonderful goodies at Grand Central Bakery, stop by on your way downtown and grab something better than a doughnut. Located at 7987 SE 13th Street in Sellwood, it is just a two blocks north of Tacoma Street. The Sellwood location has been open since May 2004, and is one of our favorite places to have breakfast. It has the delicious breads, cinnamon rolls, jammers (a biscuit with the jam built in), coffee cake and croissants of their other locations. Hidden in back is a kid friendly room with a low table for the young and two regular tables for adults. Toys, books and a chalkboard are available for the children's entertainment while you sip on a latte and read the paper. Chalk isn't always available, so you might want to bring your own colored chalk, and if you are like me, leave some behind! Don't forget to grab a loaf of bread to take home. Try their olive, como or any of the other delicious varieties. You can get the loaf whole for a fancy dinner, or have them slice it for easy toasting and sandwich making.

The employees at the bakery are friendly and wonderful, and while I don't know the official policy, you regularly see people with their favorite 'brand' of coffee eating the baked goods. Don't let that dissuade you from trying their coffee or espresso as it is all excellent. The bakery is open for lunch and has a variety of sandwiches. Combine lunch with a trip to the Sellwood-Moreland Library down a block and you have an excellent afternoon.

Grand Central Bakery Sellwood

Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

7987 SE 13th Street

Sellwood OR 97202

(503) 546-3036

 

Sellwood & Westmoreland Antiques

Sellwood seems to be synonymous with ANTIQUES.  We dare say we have never seen so many antique stores packed into one area.  If you're an antique or craft lover, this is your place.  These are typically the kind of places that were born in passion and nurtured however the proprietors wanted.  They’re not open late.  For the most part, they don’t have web addresses.  These are businesses that tend to be run in a manner appropriate for their inventory – the old fashioned way.

It should be mentioned that, when you’re talking antiques in Sellwood and Moreland, you’re walking the talk since these stores consume literally blocks and blocks of the commercial space that makes up these two districts. 

Stars Antique Malls

Westmoreland’s main drag, Milwaukie Avenue, has rolled out the red carpet.  Stars literally line the street.  With over 300 dealers filling 30,000 square feet in three locations within a block, any discussion about their variety of stock is just plain redundant.

Gayle Tweed, Darwin Otto, and Brent Heeb, three friends with a passion for collecting and decorating, opened their first location, Stars Antique Mall, in 1990.  Directly across the street, Stars and Splendid Antiques Mall followed in ’94.  And just a stone’s throw down the road, More Stars Antiques Mall joined the family in ’98.

Despite these Hollywood proportions, the Stars stores are not overwhelming or impersonal.  Their staff is extremely friendly.  And the owners are typically onsite and approachable.  Guess you know what hasn’t gone to their heads. 

Stars Antique Mall

Hours All Stores:  Mon-Sat 11:00-6:00, Sun 12:00-5:00

7027 SE Milwaukie Avenue

(503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid

7030 SE Milwaukie Avenue

(503) 235-5990

More Stars

6717 SE Milwaukie Avenue

(503) 235-9142

www.starsantique.com

The Silver Lining

High-end consignment at low prices.  That’s what they do.  But they also do friendly off the charts.  Since 1983, Karen Ripplinger has been buying and selling top-of-the-line women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories in brands like White House Black Market, Coach, Ann Taylor, Hilfiger, and Chico. 

However, she and staff members like Lorrie Mickelson, who’s been with her the last 11 of those years, have been doing more than business.  They’ve been having a blast!  They see the business as based on relationships.  Lorrie lives in Westmoreland, after all, and these are her neighbors.  And like a neighbor – and best girlfriend – she really wants you to find that perfect dress to wear to the wedding or take on that special trip.  They love the thrill of the hunt just like you do.  But good luck finding a dark cloud.

Silver Lining

Hours:  Mon-Fri 11:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-5:00, Sun 12:00-4:00

7044 SE Milwaukie Avenue

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 238-5578

www.silverliningco.com

Wallace Books

Wallace is a small house with a big inventory, so big in fact that its children’s section is second only to Powell’s.  Every square inch of this quaint space belonging to Julie Wallace is filled with books, even overhead lining the thresholds of the house’s various rooms.

Featuring both new and used books, Wallace is “your neighborhood bookstore” and so welcomes you through their door seven days a week.

Wallace Books

Hours:  Daily 10:00-7:00

7241 SE Milwaukie Avenue

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 235-7350

www.wallacebooks.net

Looking Glass Bookstore

If you read this book by its cover, you can’t help but get drawn inside.  A bright red caboose – an actual caboose, full size – sits near the street and claims to have books.  Hmm, actively seeking a downside here.

This place is great!  Four walls and some inventory do not a bookstore make.  Nor do corporate architecture and a requisite coffee chain housed within for that matter.  But what does work is coziness, a staff that makes you feel warm and welcome.  That fireplace inside doesn’t hurt, and neither does the outdoor patio complete with comfy looking lawn chairs to read fountain side.  And the caboose?  What else could be more adorable – or welcoming?  It’s a children’s book section with small rocking chairs, caboose seats for the kids to climb up to and read, and loveable, old stuffed toys like Curious George and Cat in the Hat that used to belong to the owner’s children.

In business for over 30 years, Karin Anna’s beloved Looking Glass Bookstore sells a broad range of new books and specializes in international literature, politics, children’s books, environmental issues, and poetry.

Looking Glass Bookstore

Hours:  Mon-Fri 9:00-6:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-6:00

7983 SE 13th Avenue (only caboose on the block)

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 227-4760

www.lookingglassbookstore.com

 

 

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Neighborhood Links

Zip Code 97202

Commute Times:

Approximately 12 minutes to downtown Portland by car, 32 minutes to downtown Portland by bus, 30 minutes to downtown Portland by bicycle: depending on traffic and time of day.

Neighborhood Census

Crime Stats

Sellwood Community Center

Sellwood-Moreland Library

Sellwood Park

Sellwood Pool

Sellwood Community Garden

Sellwood Riverfront Park

Westmoreland Park

Eastmoreland Playground

Eastmoreland Golf Course

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Oaks Pioneer Church Park

Oaks Park

Sellwood Neighborhood Association Website

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program

Reed College

Sellwood-Moreland Schools:

Elementary school: Llewellyn Elementary School
Middle school: Sellwood Middle School
High school: Cleveland High School

Portland International Airport

Portland Police Bureau

Portland Classifieds on Craigslist.com

Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

Oregon Humane Society

Tri Met - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar

Sellwood Moreland Flexcar


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