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Laurelhurst | Southeast Portland

ALL ABOUT

The Laurelhurst neighborhood is one of the most pictaresque areas on the East Side. A charming collection of homes in Southeast Portland, you can't help but marvel at Laurelhurst's serene tree-lined streets and unique homes. You'll find tudor cottages, classic Old Portladn bungalows, craftsman marvels, and some of the Portland area's only Mission-style estates, complete with adobe plaster, courtyards, and traditional landscaping. The area is bordered by the Center, Hollywood, Kerns, Sullivan's Gulch and Sunnyside neighborhoods and is home to Laurelhurst Park, a historical greensapce that is a popular place to take a walk, jog, play some soccer or have a picnic. Laurelhurst has some fantastic resturants, pubs, coffee houses, and boutiques. The Laurelhurst Market, a charming restuarant featuring amazing meats and creative cocktails, was named one of Bon Appetit magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2010! The spirit of Laurelhurst is alive and well, and t's the perfect neighborhood to raise children. The winding streets are a welcome break from most of East Portland's gridded streets, and every season is beautiful. From the blooming daffodils in Spring and the lush greenery of summer to the brilliant colors of fall and crisp air of winter, Laurelhurst is a place to love year-round.

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LAURELHURST HISTORY

Much of the Laurelhurst area was once owned by prominent Portlander, William S. Ladd, serving as farm land.  When Ladd died in 1893 the land began a transition from a collection of farms to a residential area.  Ladd's properties and many nearby farms were soon incorporated into "The Laurelhurst Company" a development organization which hired the famed architectural firm of the Olmstead Brothers to design the modern, upper-class neighborhood.  The development included fully paved streets, including luxurious parking spaces, wide sidewalks and street lamps.  Modern utilities such as water, sewer and gas mains were installed at this time.  During this development over 2000 trees were planted and the 32-acre Laurelhurst Park was set aside.

LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

Laurelhurst is located in central Southeast Portland. Its borders are I-84 to the North, SE Stark Street to the South, 33rd to the West and 44th to the East. Major thoroughfares include E Burnside Street, NE Glisan, César E. Chávez Blvd. Easy access to I-84 means a quick commute to Downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport.

Elementary school: Laurelhurst Elementary School

Middle school: Fernwood Middle School

High school: Grant High School

HOME STYLES & LAURELHURST REAL ESTATE

The first home was built in 1910 and by 1916 five hundred homes had been built. By 1935 only 10% of the lots remained vacant.  The homes in Laurelhurst range from mansions to more modest homes, with bungalow homes being the most prominent style - there are more than 1,000 such homes in the area.

Unlike many Portland neighborhoods that are interspersed with small businesses, Laurelhurst is mostly residential, with just a few major streets running through. Laurelhurst thoroughfares flow at a relaxed pace and exude the same relaxed speed of life as the neighborhood in general.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

Laurelhurst Market - 3155 E Burnside St - Laurelhurst is a great local steakhouse, serving some of the best cuts of meat in town. Laurelhurst Market has been getting national buzz from Bon Appetite magazine as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the US, and we certainly agree! The staff is fantastic and the cocktails are unbelievably good. Insider tip: to avoid a long wait, sit at the bar to eat, and enjoy a chat with the cute bartenders!

Navarre - 10 NE 28th Ave - Great tapas style dining. If you love an eclectic meal try the chef's choice menu. You order, sit back and enjoy the various courses that arrive. They work with a local farm - 47th Avenue Farms - and the specials are based on what is delivered that week along with the whims and interests of the staff. The ordering system is similar to sushi. You check off what you want and it all comes out at once, or you can put in separate order slips so you get food at different times. Cozy, warm and inviting pretty much sums it up.

Bakery Bar - 2935 NE Glisan St - This is a great spot for breakfast and a latte. They have a great outdoor area in front, and the food is fresh and delicious. Their biscuits are flaky perfection...both the savory version and the one with jam scooped into the middle. They are flexible on the menu, so even if it says eggs come fried you can request scrambled.

Laurelthirst Public House - 2958 NE Glisan St - This is one of those classic Portland neighborhood pubs. Small, intimate, great atmosphere with old, worn furniture dark paint and exposed brick. They have one of the best rotating taps around. This is one of our favorite places to go to see local live music, have a good microbrew, and eat a great burger with bacon.

 

 

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