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Bridlemile is a charming and active neighborhood in Southwest Portland, Oregon, filled with lush greenery and a wide variety of homes. Bridlemile is home to some of the best schools in Portland and one of the most active Neighborhood Associations, with frequent community events and opportunities to make new friends and learn about the history and traditions of the area. The Bridlemile neighborhood is known for its active stewardship of the environmental treasures of the area, exemplified by the community efforts to rid the neighborhood's parks of invasive species to protect native trees and wildlife. The Southwest Hills are filled with stunning communities that feel light years away from the hustle and bustle of downtown living, yet they provide easy access to all the best restaurants, entertainment, and shopping of the central west side of Portland. The Bridlemile neighborhood is near the main campus of OHSU, the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and Terwilliger Plaza, providing easy commuting access and fun opportunities to ride the Portland aerial tram down the hillside to the dining and shopping paradise of Portland's South Waterfront. This desirable area has miles of fantastic running paths and natural areas, community parks, and amazing views of the river, and you're bound to find the home of your dreams in a forest setting just minutes away from the best the city has to offer. Bridlemile is a primarily residential neighborhood, with wonderful homes for sale in all price ranges, though the easily accessible Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway provides dining, shopping, and neighborhood resources, as well as access to the rest of Portland.


Dr. John H. Powell and his wife Ruth were the first owners of the large tract of land now known as Bridlemile. Originally intended to be horse property for the couple, the two decided to develop a close-knit residential community and parceled off plots of land, naming the new streets after members of their family, including their son Jerald. The name Bridlemile is a reminder of the original plan to create a horse path through the hills, around the approximate mile of trails that surrounded the Powell property. During the mid-1940s, the Powell family purchased approximately 35 acres in the hills on the west side of town along Dosch Road, between Hamilton Street and Tunnelwood Street. In September 1958, Bridlemile Elementary School officially opened its doors, and has since become one of the best elementary schools in Portland. Bridlemile includes the historical community of Glencullen, named after early settler Capt. John Winchell Cullen (1838–1939). The Glencullen Station, along the route of the Southern Pacific West Side Line, operated in Bridlemile from 1923 to 1925.


Bridlemile is located on the east-facing slope of the west Hills. The boundaries of the neighborhood are Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to the south, SW Patton Road to the north, SW Dosch Road to the east and SW Scholls Ferry Road to the west.. Bridlemile borders the neighborhoods of the Southwest Hills, Healy Heights, and Hayhurst, and provides easy access to Downtown Portland via Terwilliger Parkway, Barbur Boulevard, and Fairmont Drive. Other nearby neighborhoods are Arlington Heights and Hillsdale neighborhoods. The Portland city boundary runs through the Bridlemile neighborhood (aligned with SW Thomas St.) such that the southern part of the neighborhood is within Portland proper, but the northern portion is unincorporated Multnomah County. The portion within Portland city limits extends into Washington County in two places (along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and along Hamilton Road).


Bridlemile boasts a diverse selection of architectural styles, ranging from classic Northwest, Colonial, and Mediterranean to beautiful custom designed modern homes. Many homes in Bridlemile were built after the Powells opened up the land to purchase, leading to many mid-century ranches, split-levels, and other traditional homes built from the 1940's to 1970's. New construction continues in the area, with many new homes for sale echoing the traditional designs of the area.

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Bridlemiles's local schools are Bridlemile Elementary School (4300 SW 47th Dr.) which has consistently received an "Exceptional" rating on the Oregon Report card rating system, West Sylvan Middle School (8111 SW West Slope Dr) and Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St).


The Bridlemile community is home to the Bridlemile Creek Stewards, a group of Bridlemile neighborhood residents concerned with the rapid growth of invasive species in the neighborhood's parks and green spaces. The Stewards have implemented many successful restoration projects, including removal of ivy and blackberry in sensitive native areas along creek banks, preventing erosion along the stream beds, and hosting events for the community including several Southwest Portland Neighborhood Stream Festivals from 1999-2002. The Stewards' goal is to educate homeowners and students about how to make their yards, gardens, natural areas, and parks a healthier part of the Portland-area watershed.


Albert Kelly Park is the 12-acre public green space that includes trails for recreation and exercise, sports feilds, and playgrounds. Albert Kelly was home to one of the most extensive native species rehabilitation efforts of the Bridlemile Creek Strewards in 2003. The park was named for Albert Kelly, an early settler in Oregon, and was established in 1956.

Hamilton Park: SW 45th Ave & Hamilton St. Just east of Bridlemile Elementary School, between Hamilton Street and SW 47th Drive is this lush park filled with fun play structures for kids and green spaces to explore with the whole family. Around the side of the school is a cute little creek and natural area to tread lightly. It's fun for kids to weave back and forth over the bridges and end up on the final wooden arched bridge.

Marquam Nature Park: This popular trail area starts just south of downtown at the foot of the West Hills and winds up the hill near the Bridlemile neighborhood. The Nature Park is home to many native plant species and has several trails that wind through majestic Douglas fir, Western hemlock, Red cedar, and Big-leaf maple trees. The trail system connects Council Crest and the Oregon Zoo. The main trail is less than a mile, with 10 marker posts.

Duniway Park Lilac Garden: This gorgeous public space, once home to Portland's first Italian community, features a state-of-the-art running track, 225 lilac plants blooming in the spring (including a large Japanese Tree lilac which blooms in June), and steep hillsides cover with fir and cedar trees. People come from miles around to smell the amazing lilac blooms, grown by B.O. Case in the early 1900's. The Duniway Park running track is made from recycled rubber, including over 20,000 lbs. of athletic shoe soles donated by Nike, Inc in Beaverton.


Paloma Clothing: (6316 SW Capitol Hwy) This friendly, upbeat boutique is located in the Hillsdale Shopping Center near Wilson High School, right next to the Food Front co-operative grocery. New stuff arrives every day, and many accessories are made locally, You can find some amazing, beautiful pieces here, including brands like Aventura, Bryn Walker, Citron, Cut Loose, Flax, Free People, Jag pants, Kenzie, Loco Linda, Nic and Zoe, Neesh, Nomadic Traders, Putumayo, S.F. City Lights, Two Star Dog, URU, Willow, Weston Wear and XCVI.

Sushi Takahashi 2: (2415 SW 5th Ave) This hole-in-the-wall space with feel like your private sushi chef, with great prices, FRESH seafood, and awesome ambiance. With one of those cool sushi toy trains and excellent hand-rolled sushi, this place is both quality and fun! tempura tai - deep fried snapper on piece  of rice with a light creamy sauce. Try the salmon skin roll (salmon skin fried to a nice crisp and finely chopped rolled with scallions, carrots, cucumber) and the salmon nigiri. The prices can't be beat!

Chart House: (5700 SW Terwilliger Blvd) This favorite luxury restaurant has an amazing view over Portland and the Willamette River, with 5-star food. For a never-fail meal, try the crab, mango and avocado stack for your appetizer and the macadamia nut encrusted fish of the day for your entree. Sit back and enjoy the view!

Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille: (0515 SW Carolina St) This great lunch place has tons of choices for every appetite. They have different sizes for a lot of the plates, so everyone can choose what portion they want. Warning: the big portions are REALLY BIG. The Shoyu chicken is delicious, as are the Korean ribs. They've also got a sweet little patio, perfect for sipping Passion Fruit Margaritas in the summertime!

Corbett Fish House: (5901 SW Corbett Ave) These guys have the BEST chile-fried catfish fish and chips in the city! It's got a chili-garlic oil underneath the breading, and its fried to a perfect crisp. Everything is gluten-free, perfect for people with and without dietary restrictions, and the atmosphere is amazingly welcoming. They are also committed to the idea of sustainable seafood, so they follow the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.


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