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Buckman | SE Portland Homes


The Buckman neighborhood is one of the most popular residential districts in Portland, located at the heart of the East Side. Buckman combines the best of Old Portland architecture, mature tree-lines streets, and easy access to the most popular gathering spots, the Hawthorne and Belmont districts. Residents of the Buckman neighborhood really have it all. The area is connected to downtown Portland via the Burnside, Hawthorne, and Morrison Bridges, and every home is within walking distance to amazing shopping, coffee houses, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. In fact, there is so much to do and see in Buckman that residents don't have to leave to find anything they desire!

Buckman hosts one of the best of the Portland Farmers' Markets on Thursday evenings, and the entire area shines with this local, organic mentality, community pride, and love of Portland's quirky culture. The homes in the area feel miles away from city life, with tall trees and lush gardens, and most streets are incredibly bicycle friendly. Buckman is home to some of the area's most popular hang-out spots, including Wild Abandon Restaurant & The Red Velvet Lounge, Slow Bar, Rontoms, Lucky Labrador Brew Pub and The East Bank Saloon. 


The Buckman neighborhood is bordered by the Willamette River to the west, Burnside St to the north (except for a triangle between NE 12th Ave. and NE 14th Ave. in which NE Sandy Blvd. forms the northern border), SE 28th Ave. to the east, and SE Hawthorne Blvd. to the south. Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary School is known as Portland's best creative arts elementary school. Other school include Abernathy Elementary, Hosford Middle School, and Central Catholic High School.


The Buckman neighborhood was named after Cyrus Buckman, the late 19th century orchard connoisseur and Portland city council and school board member. Buckman was one of the first neighborhoods on Portland’s east side to be populated, and you can see remnants of this Old Portland lifestyle in the residential areas filled with houses over a century old. Every street has its own story to tell, and neighbors are often willing to chat about stories from the area.


Buckman is one of Porltand's largest and most liberal neighborhoods. The Buckman neighborhood features classic East Portland bungalow home styles, including Old Portland Foursquare, Craftsman, Victorian, Tudor, and other gorgeous styles. Most homes are close to gorgeous green spaces, including Colonel Summers Park and Buckman Community Garden.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Buckman neighborhood, visit the McDonald Group Home Page for more information, or click here to search for homes for sale in Buckman.


One of the most popular ways to spend an afternoon in the Buckman neighborhood are lounging in the sun on the grass at Colonel Summers Park, established in 1921, gaze at the sunflowers at Buckman Community Garden, established in 1980, or strolling along the Willamette River on the beautiful Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade. If the sun is hiding, there are so many retreats, including one of the liveliest music scenes (check out local shows at the Doug Fir Lounge (830 East Burnside), Rontom’s (600 East Burnside) Rotture (315 SE 3rd), and Holocene (1001 SE Morrison). If you're in the mood for some family friendly competition, check out the huge renovated bowling alley, Grand Central Bowl (808 SE Morrison). This is just the tip of the iceberg - Buckman is truly home to the best Portland has to offer.


Ken’s Artisan Pizza (304 SE 28th Ave.) This amazing Pizza spot is home to some of the best crust in town, topped with great local ingredients and great sauce, and wood-fired to perfection. Try the fennel sausage and roasted onion pizza, though the menu is always changing and ALWAYS amazing.

Genies Cafe (1101 SE Division) is one of Portland's most popular brunch spots, known for their amazing eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary's. Be prepared to wait a while for your table, but feel free to grab a local newspaper and a cup of coffee and make friends with the other brunch fans. It's a perfect way to work up an appetite on a beautiful Sunday morning.

Voodoo Doughnut Too (1501 NE Davis) The most popular doughnut spot in Portland (and perhaps one of the most famous landmarks for visitors) has a larger, less crowded eastside shop, still serving up the crazy concoctions until the wee hours of the morning. Famous creations include the Bacon Maple Bar, a raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top, the Mango Tango, filled with mango jelly and topped with vanilla frosting and Tang, the Texas Challenge (a giant glazed doughnut equalling 6 regular doughnuts in size - If you can eat this doughut in 80 seconds or less...You get your money back) and doughnuts topped with cereal like Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, or Coco-Puffs.

Biwa: (215 Southeast 9th Ave) Great Japanese bar food in a pretty cool space, Biwa is also known for having one of the best burgers in town. The Biwa Burger has fresh-ground meat seasoned like the inside of a gyoza dumpling, with garlic, soy and green onion. The whole thing is layered with BBQ pork, then topped with the kitchen's spicy kim-chee mayo. YUM.


Two popular retail districts lie partially within Buckman: the Belmont District and the Hawthorne District.


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