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ALL ABOUT MAPLEWOOD

Maplewood is a charming and active neighborhood in Southwest Portland, Oregon, located on the city's western border near the town of Garden Home. Maplewood is filled with lush greenery and a wide variety of homes for sale in Multnomah County and Washington County. This desirable area of Southwest Portland 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. Maplewood 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. The Alpenrose Dairy is just to the North of the neighborhood, down Shattuck Road. To keep updated on events in the Maplewood neighborhood and engage with the community, check out the Maplewood Neighborhood Association.
You can work with your neighbors on issues that directly concern you and let your views be known. Come meet your neighbors, and together, have an imapct on the place you call home. The Maplewood Neighborhood Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7 pm in the Community Building behind the West Hills Friends Church, across the street from Maplewood School. The neighborhood is a good mix of established families and new residents, and newcomers are always welcome. Maplewood provides the best of all worlds, all within easy access to the rest of Portland.

MAPLEWOOD LOCATION

Maplewood is located on the east-facing slope of the west Hills, between the City of Garden Home and the rest of Portland. Most of Maplewood lies in Multnomah County, though small parts of the neighborhood extend into Washington County. The Maplewood neighborhood extends between SW 45th Avenue, SW 66th Avenue, SW Multnomah Boulevard, and SW Vermont Street. Woods Creek and Vermont Creek, tributaries of the Tualatin River, run through the Maplewood area, and the neighborhood is filled with lush green spaces and parks. The Maplewood neighborhood borders the Ashcreek, Hayhurst, Multnomah, and Garden Home-Whitford areas.

HOME STYLES, ARCHITECTURE & MAPLEWOOD REAL ESTATE

Maplewood boasts a diverse selection of architectural styles, ranging from classic Northwest, Colonial, and Mediterranean to beautiful custom designed modern homes. Maplewood contains many hills and winding roads, giving the feeling of a more natural, rural environment. Also due to the rolling terrain of the Maplewood neighborhood, the roads do not adhere to the grid system of the rest of Portland. 82% of homes in the area are owned, and 18% are rented. Many homes in Maplewood were built after World War II, 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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MAPLEWOOD AREA SCHOOLS

There are several elementary schools in the neighborhood: Maplewood Elementary School, a K-5 school in the Portland Public Schools district, and St. John Fisher, a Roman Catholic school. Maplewood residents may attend Portland Public Schools Robert Gray Middle School (grades 6-8) and Wilson High School (grades 9-12) near the neighborhood. Portland's Maplewood Elementary School serves grades K-5 in the Portland Public Schools district. It is among the few public elementary schools in Oregon to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 8 out of 10.

BRIDLEMILE PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

April Park is a hidden gem of a neighborhood park, with a play structure, soccer fiels, and nature trails. This is the perfect place to meet neighbors and enjoy the tranquility of living in Southwest Portland, seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Portland with a very easy commute.

"Artists in the Park" is a fun and relaxing social event with the aim of encouraging art in Maplewood neighborhood. The aim of “Artists in the Park” is to get friends and neighbors outside to enjoy and feel inspired creatively by the park and nature. This is a casual way to meet others from the neighborhood and have fun. Spend some time drawing, painting, knitting, sewing by hand, writing letters, or poems, maybe taking some photographs in the company of others who share a similar interest. Other activities like Tai Chi or yoga, or playing a musical instrument could be fun as well. Artists are welcome to lead a group or work on a personal project. Some art supplies, easels and drop cloths are available for use for anyone who does not bring their own.

Gabriel Community Garden – SW 41st Ave & Canby St – This garden is located in the Southwest neighborhood of Multnomah Village, near Maplewood. Right next to the historic Gabriel Park (which offers one of the best fenced-in dog parks in Portland, with a great playground and miles of walking paths and trails), this older, 33-year-running garden site added an orchard in 1991. The raised beds maximize the sloped site, and classes are offered to people wanting to know more about gardening and harvesting.

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 Maplewood 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.

Southwest Community Center & Pool - 6820 SW 45th Ave - On any given day, there are several hundred people of all ages inside Portland's new Southwest Community Center--and that number increases dramatically during the summer, after school is out. Children splash in the leisure pool and shoot down the water slide next to parents and grandparents exercising in the adjacent lap pool. Athletes of all ages and both genders work out in the nearby fitness room. The mirrored exercise studio hosts classes ranging from the Silver Streaks for seniors to Mind Body Movement for children, Girlfriends for teens, and Aerokibo for adults. In the gym, basketball enthusiasts shoot hoops at goals that are adjustable to accommodate all ages and heights.

FAVORITE DINING AND SHOPPING

Laughing Planet: 4405 SW Vermont St - Located near Gabriel Park and Maplewood Elementary school, this local favorite serves creative burritos with an emphasis on bold flavors, nontraditional combination, and menu item to please omnivores and vegetarians (and vegans) alike. All local and natural ingredients and really healthy options including tofu, tempeh, loads of fresh veggies and natural chicken. They always have a special burrito of the day that features whatever is in season. It's a great place to take kids, too!

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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