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Kenton | North Portland Homes


The historic Kenton neighborhood is a perfect of example of how Portland neighborhoods take a lot of rustic charm and creatively turn it into a thriving modern urban community. Once a company town of a meat packing company, Kenton has become a popular place for young people to settle, thanks to the Yellow Max line, the area's diversity and tight-knit community, and the recent surge of commercial growth. Kenton is home to the Portland International Raceway and the Portland Metropolitan Expo Center, the location of many exciting events every year, including swap meets, car shows, and home and garden expositions.

North Portland is quickly becoming recognized as a thriving part of the Portland culture - this "fifth quadrant" is refusing to be ignored, and you shouldn't overlook the historic charm and peaceful neighborhoods of the North in your home search.


Kenton is full of historic charm and stories. The area developed in 1911 as a company town built by the Swift Meat Packing Company, and was later annexed by the City of Portland, becoming home to Portland's main stockyards and the center of the West Coast cattle trade for a time. The Historic Kenton Firehouse (pictured above right) was built in 1912, a time when Portland residents were serviced by horse-drawn fire carts, and the building remained in operation until 1959. The historic building was forgotten by time, until a group of Kenton neighbors decided to form the Historic Kenton Firehouse Committee to restore the building. Thanks to a partnership with the Office of Neighborhood involvement and the North Portland Citizens Committee, the firehouse once again serves the community. Instead of housing horses and fire fighters, the building is now home to neighborhood organizations and the The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource that loans tools to community members free of charge. The historic site of Vanport City, a public housing project built to provide homes for World War II shipbuilders, and later destroyed by a 1948 flood, is also located within the current boundaries of the Kenton neighborhood.

The Oregon Centennial celebrations took place in Kenton in 1959. The celebration was commemorated with the construction of a huge statue of Paul Bunyan (pictured left) near the intersection of North Interstate Avenue and North Argyle Street. The stature is currently located at the corner of North Interstate and Denver, next to the Kenton MAX station, and remains a proud symbol of the neighborhood. The colorful stature earned national recognition when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 28, 2009.

Kenton is bordered by the North Portland Harbor (separating it from Hayden Island) in the north, Interstate 5 from the east, and North Lombard Street to the south. In the west,  the border follows North Portland Road, North Columbia Boulevard, and North Chautauqua Boulevard. The Columbia Slough passes through Kenton.


Real Estate in North Portland has been booming in the past few years, but the Kenton neighborhood has kept its working-class charm and accessible attitude. Kenton’s home styles include Portland’s Craftsman Style Bungalows, cottages, Old Portland style homes, and other medium-sized one and two story residences. Though many of the Kenton-area homes were built after WWII, you can still find plenty of character and charm surrounded by mature trees and amazing neighbors.


Portland International Raceway
This track hosted its first race in 1961 during the Portland Rose Festival, and has become the annual Rose Cup event for the raceway. But that’s not all. They host ICSCC, SCCA, and NASCAR, not to mention the facility has a drag strip and motocross track. PIR is home to auto swap meets, drag races, and Thursday night motocross. There’s adrenaline pumping excitement for the entire family here that you just can’t pass up, especially because its right outside your door.

Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center
Commonly known as the "Expo Center," this facility has become a cornerstone for the Kenton community. Over 100 events a year are hosted here, including  green consumer shows, trade shows, conventions, meetings and other special events. By catering to a diverse group of regional and local small businesses, the Expo Center has positively impacted the Oregon economy and attracts an excess of 500,000 attendees annually. As far back as 1921, this site continues to present some of the largest exhibitions in the Northwest.

Corn Maze
Count on one of the biggest corn and pumpkin patch mazes you’ll ever get lost in each and every fall season. For a small entrance fee explore with the family the twists and turns of each maze, and they’re open after dark so bring a flashlight! Seasonally, they open earlier than other mazes so you can miss October rains. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and not afraid to come find you when you lose your way (they’re affectionately known as the “Corn Cops”).


Mock Crest Tavern
Smiling, faces, micro beers, fine wines, good home cooked food like Mom’s. That sums up the Mock Crest Tavern. They have a clean and cozy atmosphere, exceptional table service, comfortable beer garden and an eclectic bunch of regulars: blue and white collars, boarders, young, old; everyone’s welcome! Every Thursday night they host live music with “Never a cover!” they say. Probably one of the best pros for this place: they have free wifi, and laptops for their customers to use to connect to it. No more toting your own computer with this place!

Pizza Fino
Fantastic food Pizza Fino’s has, along with unpretentious yet attentive service. Labeled as a casual neighborhood restaurant, they have an ever changing list of wine, beer, and cocktails. Try more than just the pizza. They have a seasonal salad with an amazing pomegranate vinaigrette and grilled pears, a pumpkin soup with a balance of flavors, and savory ravioli that can be a perfect treat for a cold night. It’s a reasonably priced combination of local flavors and Italian cuisine that keeps its customers raving.

Su Casa Mexican Restaurant
Authentic Mexican food makes this restaurant a true gem for the Kenton neighborhood. Service is always great, with hot and fresh chips paired with tasty salsa and your drinks will never be left empty. Don’t know what to order? Try the sampler platter. You’ll get fresh rice and beans, perfectly made chili rellenos, and enchiladas stuffed with fresh white chicken breast. This is definitely a place you’ll come back to many times, and it’s not just because you enjoy the made-to-order giant margaritas.

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