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Alberta Arts District Real Estate Guide

ALL ABOUT

Most commonly known as the Alberta Arts District, the stretch of homes, restuarants, and retail along NE Alberta Street has been transformed into one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Portland. Once a struggling enclave with little to no amenities despite the charming architecture and artistic community, the Alberta neighborhood in Northeast Portland has undergone a creative renaissance, becoming a thriving small business haven and a place where newcomers flock. Alberta has made a name for itself with its distinctive multi-cultural population, socially-conscious inhabitants, unique hangouts, amazing and diverse dining, wonderful music venues, and the popular "Last Thursday" event. Through Spring, Summer, and Fall, every last Thursday of the month the street is closed to car traffic and opens into a full-blown arts, music, food, and dance festival, with vendors of all kinds lining the streets offering interesting things to buy, eat, listen to, and create. While the galleries in the Pearl District tend to feature more established artists during their First Thursday events, the beauty of Last Thursday lies in the fact that any aspiring can test their mettle in the open market, resulting in a unique array of options. It's one of the best events in Portland in the summer, and is a perfect example of the creative energy of the Alberta Arts District. Though the area is packed with entertainment and excitement year round, it's easy to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy street just a few blocks away from the main strip.

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Alberta has a large number of bicyclists and is regarded as one of the most bike-friendly areas in the city. The nonprofit Community Cycling Center is located at 17th and Alberta, a unique place that "believe(s) bicycles are a tool for personal empowerment and a vehicle for social change." While biking is a way of life for many, the driving is uncluttered and without much stress. Alberta has direct access to Interstate 5 making it easy to get downtown, escape on a daytrip up the Columbia Gorge, or spend a weekend at the Oregon Coast. 

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ALBERTA ARTS DISTRICT LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

The Alberta Arts Disctrict resides in the Concordia, Alameda and King neighborhoods. The primary retail and commercial hubs of the Alberta Arts District lie between NE 15th and NE 33rd on NE Alberta Street. The street is served by TriMet Line 72. TriMet lines 6, 8, 9, and 10 cross Alberta Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., NE 15th, NE 27th and NE 33rd Avenues, respectively. Bicycle boulevards parallel NE Alberta Street on NE Going St. and NE Skidmore St.

The Alberta neighborhood isnear several fantastic schools, including Vernon Elementary School, Faubion Elementary School, Tubman Middle School and Jefferson High School.

ALBERTA ARTS DISTRICT HISTORY

The area that is now the Alberta Arts District was first settled in 1872, when the town of Albina was plotted by Edwin Russell and William W. Page. The name Alberta was possibly suggested by William Page’s Canadian wife, refering either to England’s Princess Alberta or the Canadian province named after her. In 1891, Albina was incorporated into the city of Portland, along with Alberta Street. Alberta Street has always been the heart of the Northeast area in Portland. The street was once a center of the culture for the primarily urban and African-American community. Since the 'Urban Renewal' in the Northeast area, Alberta Street has changed quite a bit.

ALBERTA DISTRICT REAL ESTATE & HOME STYLES

The area has an abundance of historica and charming craftsman bungalows. A great place to find both the recently renovated and the fixer upper as well as an occasional brightly colored home. You will also find the traditional four-square home, new construction homes built to look like the traditional four-square home, and maybe an occasional "shotgun house".  Home variety overall is mixed, all situated in a friendly community setting. The average home in this area typically comes equipped with hardwood floors, great molding & trim, comfortable porches and nice yards. You will find plenty of character here! There are several local parks nearby. The sixteen acre Alberta Park features a basketball court, an off-leash dog area, paths, picnic tables and playground, as well as a softball field, tennis court and water feature. 

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FAVORITE ALBERTA RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Alberta's boutiques feature a steady stream of local and international clothing designers, adding a metropolitan edge without the department store environment. Countless bars and restaurants line the district like the venerable Tin Shed, Helsers, Mash Tun, Nest Lounge, Zaytoones, The Know and Halibuts. Alberta has grown into a hub of small shops, boutiques, delicious restaurants, coffee houses and art galleries while maintaining to keep out chain stores and restaurants. The spirit of the neighborhood reflects the ideals of the industrious, creative people who make the Alberta district home.

Al Forno Ferruzza: 2738 NE Alberta St - This great pizza place provides delicious Italian food in a comforatble, classy atmoshpere. Al Forno is some of our favorite pizza in Portland and its a well kept secret!

Bernie's Bistro - 2904 NE Alberta St - Great southern food! Even deep fried pickles! Outside patio is a hot spot for kicking back and great food! Bernie's Southern Bistro has a menu that revolves and changes along with the sun and the seasons. Depending on what part of the year it is, one can find Cajun and Creole food that runs the gamut. Old stand by's such as blackened meat and fish and red beans and rice don't leave out tasty (and cheap) bar snacks. The ambience is warm and friendly and the food leaves diners full and satisfied.

Tin Shed - Look for the building covered in tin! 1438 NE Alberta St. – Dogs are allowed both indoors and out, and there are dog-specific menu items. On the spot’s (often long) sign up sheet, you have to account for how many canines are in your party when you put your name on the waiting list. Don't forget to catch "movie night in the garden".

Helsers - 1538 NE Alberta  - Here's where you can find a fantastic breakfast all day long! (they do have a lunch and catering menu as well).  Family recipes & local ingredients at their best! There are A LOT of great breakfast places in Portland, but this is one of our favorites. For the same priced menu as all of the other places, you get good food, and great portions with a slightly upscale atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and attentive. You will most likely have to wait in line during weekends, but you won't be disappoint!

Halibuts - 2525 NE Alberta St  - "Great fish and chips, awesome chowda!" The dining room features turquoise walls, nautical fish prints and classic soul music. The menu includes battered Alaskan halibut, catfish, shrimp and cod with crisp fries. Clam chowder and sides like coleslaw are also available.

ALBERTA SCORES HIGH FOR WALKABILITY

The City of Portland is in the midst of detailing extensive plans for the development of the city over the next 25 years, known as the Portland Plan. The project – headed by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability – is focused on energy use, Portland real estate development, community input, and neighborhood resources, and one of the primary goals of the plan is to increase walkability of the majority of Portland neighborhoods. The Alberta Arts District is a model neighborhood, with the perfect amount of accessability, culture, and community. The goal of the 20-minute Neighborhood is to provide walkable, fast access to necessities like groceries and coffee (a necessity in Portland!) to everyone in Portland. As part of this concept, the Portland Plan committee released a “heat map” of Portland (get a PDF of the heat map here), showing areas of easiest accessibility via walking and biking. The “hottest” areas, shown in orange, yellow, and white, represent neighborhoods with walkable access from residential real estate to commercial services like grocery stores, restaurants, and local small businesses - and Alberta is definitely "hot!"

 

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