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ALL ABOUT

The Lents neighborhood is located in southeast Portland, part of Portland's focused Urban Renewal plan. The neighborhood has a lot of pride in its origins as a working class community, and that pride can be seen in the efforts of neighborhood involvement in community planning. Residents of Lents have access to lush parks, a great mall - the Clackamas Town Center - fantastic restaurants, and easy access to the best Portland has to offer. From a thriving farmers' market and food Co-Op, Lents has so many resources for growing families and provides the amazing opportunity to live in an affordable area of town destined for renovation and resurgence. Due to the constant expansion and rehabilitation of Portland commercial districts and green spaces, even once-unloved areas like Lents are becoming perfect spots to buy a first home, raise a family, and enjoy the feeling of a close-knit small community while living close to everything Portland has to offer. The Lents area is both family-friendly and hardworking, filled with real people and genuine community building efforts, including park rehabilitation and miles of well-tended bike paths, trails, and nature areas. Lents is one of the larger neighborhoods in Portland, and is also one of the oldest. Foster Road, which serves as one of the neighborhood's primary thoroughfares, was once the eastern end of the Oregon Trail! Lents enjoys a thriving diverse community, with many Asian, Russian, Eastern European, and Latino citizens bringing a vibrant culture to the area, as seen in diverse businesses, celebrations, restaurants, and markets. In recent years, Lents has been recognized as a hub of potential development opportunities in the Portland area, resulting in the establishment of the neighborhood's Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area. Many new homes and businesses have been established and more are planned. A recent bid to build a minor league baseball stadium in Lents catapulted the neighborhood into the Portland media and public attention - who knows what this gem of a neighborhood could become!

HISTORY

The Lents neighborhood was originally an independent town, Lent, established in 1892 by Oliver P. Lent. The original town was a small center, bounded by SE Foster Rd., SE Duke St., SE 92nd Ave, and SE 97th Ave. One of the original "suburbs" of Portland reaching a population of more than 10,000, the town of Lent was annexed into the city of Portland in 1912. Though Lents became a neighborhood of Portland, it remained an area payed little attention by the city government and was able to develop its own culture and community goals. When Interstate 205 was originally in planning stages, it was slated to replace 39th Avenue, but influential residents of Portland's Laurelhurst neighborhood successfully lobbied to move the freeway further east. The freeways eventual location effectively cut the Lents neighborhood in half, along 95th Avenue.

LOCATION

The Lents neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland, bordered by SE Powell Blvd. on the north, the Clackamas County line or City of Portland line on the south (whichever is farther south), SE 82nd Ave. to the west, and roughly SE 112th on the east. The NE corner overlaps with the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. In addition to Powellhurst-Gilbert on the north and east, Lents also borders Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Brentwood-Darlington on the west and Pleasant Valley on the east. Lents is six miles southeast of downtown Portland and lies within the 97266 ZIP code. Lents area schools include:

Elementary school: Kelly Elementary School
Middle school: Lane Middle School
High school: Franklin & Madison High Schools

Lents is known as a transportation hub for the Portland region, as Interstate-205, Powell Boulevard, Foster Road, and 82nd Avenue, several of the area's major thoroughfares, run through the neighborhood. The Lents neighborhood is also served by the MAX light rail Green Line and includes a section of the Springwater Corridor bike and hike trail, part of a nationwide plan to convert abandoned railway lines into trails for public recreation and bicycle use while protecting natural habitats.

Lents has much in common with other outer southeast neighborhoods, including wide streets, easy access to commuter highways, and plenty of shopping centers and supermarkets.

Lents real estate and Lents neighborhood homes run the gamut of twentieth century home styles, from craftsman bungalows and Tudor cottages to mid-century ranches and modern town homes and apartments. Most houses are much more affordable than the city average!

Real Estate in Southeast Portland has been booming in the past few years, and the Lents area has kept its working-class charm and accessible attitude. To search for homes for sale in and near Lents Real Estate, check out the McDonald Group Realtor's Portland Real Estate map search.

PARKS, ENTERTAINMENT, & SHOPPING

Lents Commons: Located in the center of the Lents Neighborhood at the corner of 92nd and Foster Rd, this coffee shop and performance space provides a local venue for local artists and musicians to display, promote, and perform their work. Each week Lents Commons provides space for poetry and movie nights, music performances, Acting Improv Workshops hosted by the Cleveland High School Improv Club, and open mic nights for the community. Grab a cup of coffee and a great salad and spread out in this welcoming space.

Clackamas Town Center: 12000 SE 82nd Avenue - This newly remodeled mall is one of the best in Oregon, featuring easy parking and lots of different shops, from nationwide chains to small ones you will be excited to explore. The mall has a large large food court and a Century Theaters cinema. More shopping opportunities are available across the street at Clackamas Promenade, including Target, Kohl's, Old Navy, Cost Plus World Market, and more.

Springwater Corridor - SE Ivon St to Boring, OR, 3.30 miles. The Springwater Corridor, a major portion of the famous Portland 40-mile loop trail, runs through Brentwood Darlington at the southern border of the neighborhood. Access to the corridor, which is perfect for biking, jogging, dog walking, and exploring, lies on the Errol Heights property, a public-use area with 3 ponds and miles of nature trails.

Portland Fruit Company: 8040 Southeast Foster Road - One of the best places in town to get fresh produce at very low prices. They have an array of fruits and vegetables catering to nearly every Portland culture: Latino, Slavic, Asian, American, and they take pride in offering fruits and vegetables that are not doctored in wax and food coloring.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

El Nutri Taco - 8438 SE Woodstock - This popular food cart is located in a front yard year the intersection of Woodstock and 82nd, and features some of the best vegetarian Mexican food in town, as well as tasty treats for the avid meat-eater. The menu is fairly evenly split amongst the carnivorous and the vegan/vegetarian options. They offer many types of condiments and authentic sauces to compliment their menu items, and the prices are very low for the quality and quantity of food. El Nutri Taco is one of the best food carts in town!

Takahashi - 10324 SE Holgate Blvd - Takahashi is one of our favorite sushi restaurants in town; the service is warm and friendly, and the quality of the sushi is outstanding. Even better is the 40% off Wednesday and Sunday nights special! The place is fun for dates or for family outings, there is plenty of toys & decor from Japan to keep your eyes occupied. They don't take reservations, so be sure to arrive early to get a seat

Best Baguette - 8303 SE Powell Blvd - Best Baguette is a local bakery with a West-meets-East twist that specializes in Vietnamese sandwiches, known as Bánh mì. Ranging from a delectable marinated slow-grilled pork sandwich topped with a generous serving of veggies, to the classic mouth-watering club croissant, their sandwiches are guaranteed to delight both you and your taste buds. They also sell a variety of pastries, treats, and drinks, including the ever popular Vietnamese iced milk coffee and many different flavors of bubble tea.

Hog Wild BBQ - 9401 SE 82nd Ave - If you're looking for reliable, affordable BBQ, look no further than this popular food cart located on SE 82nd Ave. They've got one of the best pulled-pork sandwiches in town, which you can enjoy on one of their picnic tables or in a nearby park. The hot pulled pork with cooling slaw is delicious, but not for the meek-tongued. When these guys say hot, they mean HOT. Serving sizes are generous, and the taste will keep you coming back.

Andale Andale - 11314 SE 82nd Ave - This authentic Mexican restaurant is a favorite of locals for their huge portions, generous salsa bar, and laid-back attitude. If you're familiar with the hole-in-the-wall Mexican places in Southern California that serve up the best authentic Mexican food, you'll love this place. The prices are low and the portions are, as I said, huge. Pick up some amazing tacos for $1.50 each and load up on peppers and salsas. The staff and regular customers are the friendliest bunch around, and you can forget you're in Portland while you eat your food and watch the Mexican variety shows on the television in the corner.

Bun Bo Hue Restaurant - 7002 SE 82nd Avenue - If you're a food adventurer, you won't want to miss this little Vietnamese spot. Their signature dish is a delicious mix of some pretty wild animal parts, but they've also got some really authentic and delicious Vietnamese specialties for the more faint of heart. The atmosphere is nothing to  write home about, but here its all about the food. The spicy soups and stews are the perfect antidote to Portland's chilly winter evenings and they add the perfect spice to warm summer nights.

 


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