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ALL ABOUT PIEDMONT

Piedmont is located in North Portland, the charming "fifth quadrant" of the City of Roses, offering a comfortable urban community with easy access to downtown Portland and surrounding areas via Interstate 5. Piedmont residents can be in downtown Portland in less than five minutes if traveling by car, thanks to the easy access afforded by the Fremont Bridge. The city of Portland is often called the City of Roses, and that's greatly due to the first rose garden in Portland, located in Peninsula Park, in the Piedmont neighborhood. Piedmont is a diverse community that has truly blossomed in the past few years, due to increased transportation access and the growth of surrounding neighborhoods, including the Alberta Arts District, Mississippi District, St. Johns Neighborhood, and Kenton Neighborhood. North Portland is a unique place where you'll always find something going on, from block parties to excellent live music. Piedmont is situated near the Interstate MAX light rail line, so you can explore the best of Portland without a car. The Piedmont neighborhood is full of community resources, making it a gem within the Portland Real Estate market. Though the area was once considered a suburb of Portland, it is now a vital part of the Portland vibe and is undergoing a renaissance. Because members of the Piedmont community are surrounded by neighborhood resources within walking distance, you'll be able to meet friends and neighbors on the street, walking their dogs and appreciating the small-town atmosphere. 86.5% of Piedmont residents rated their neighborhood "good" or "very good." 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.

PIEDMONT HISTORY

The Piedmont subdivision was platted in 1889 by Edward Quackenbush and promoted in an early flyer as "The Emerald, Portland's Evergreen Suburb, Devoted Exclusively to Dwellings, A Place of Homes." The original subdivision is now known as "Historic Piedmont", and includes parts of the Humboldt and King neighborhoods, as well as the modern Piedmont neighborhood south of Rosa Parks Way.

PIEDMONT LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

Piedmont is located in the North section of Portland, Oregon. The Piedmont neighborhood boundaries are Interstate 5 to the west, Northeast Columbia Boulevard to the north, Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the east and North Ainsworth Street to the south. The North Lombard Transit Center and the North Portland Blvd stations on the MAX Yellow Line provide light rail service to the neighborhood.

Piedmont is served by several excellent schools, including Woodlawn Elementary, Celebration Academy of the Performing Arts, Portland Community College Cascad campus, and Holy Redeemer Catholic School, among others.

PIEDMONT REAL ESTATE AND HOME STYLES

Real Estate in North Portland has been booming in the past few years, but the Piedmont neighborhood has kept its working-class charm and accessible attitude. The Piedmont real estate market is constantly evolving, with new construction of homes and renovation of classic homes happening all the time, and it is one of the more affordable areas within Portland city limits. It's a fairly large area, and parts of it are much nicer and safer than other parts - there are some very run down sections, some quiet family sections and some gorgeous renovated sections. Piedmont real estate home styles include Portland’s classic Craftsman Style Bungalows, cottages, Old Portland foursquare style homes, and other medium-sized one and two story residences. To search for homes for sale in and near Piedmont, check out the McDonald Group Realtor's Portland Real Estate map search.

The communitiy is very restoration- and rennovation-minded, so you'll find plenty of support for your fixer-upper, including the Rebuilding Center. The ReBuilding Center is a non-profit used building materials outlet, perfect for finding everything from rough cut lumber and bamboo poles to beautiful antique fixtures and hardware. Part thrift store, part treasure hunt, and part hardware store, this is the go-to place to find salvaged building and remodeling materials. There’s a reason you see bumper stickers around town that proclaim that drivers love this place. You have to be willing to dig a little, but everything is logically located and labeled, and the staff is fantastically friendly, so you’ll be sure to find inspiration for projects big and small. Plus, the prices are so low, you’ll leave with enough to keep your home improvement muse happy for weeks.

PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Peninsula Rose Park - 700 N Rosa Parks Way - This amazing park is the perfect place for afternoon strolls through the rose garden, playing catch with Fido, or playing a game of basketball. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden was Portland's first public rose garden. As you step into the sunken rose garden, you walk through lush paths, sweeping archways and over two acres packed with nearly 9,000 traditional rose plantings. The octagonal bandstand was constructed in 1913. It was used for World War I patriotic demonstrations and is now the site for many weddings and concerts. The fountain in the center of the garden is over 100 years old. In addition to the rose garden, the park boasts basketball and tennis courts, gymnasium, paved paths, play structures and a popular outdoor swimming pool. The park was purchased by the city in 1909 for the sum of $60,000 with funds raised in a 1908 bond measure. Originally owned by local businesswoman Liverpool Liz, it had been the site for a roadhouse and racetrack for quarter-mile horse racing. An autopark and campground were also included in the original parcel. Planned by renowned Oregon architects Ellis Lawrence and Ormond R. Bean, the park was a result of Portland's 1912 'City Beautiful' movement. Completed in 1913, much remains of the original features, including the lantern-style streetlights, the stone pillars, vast brickwork, and the nearly 100-year-old fountain in the center of the rose garden.

Farragut City Park - North Kerby Avenue, Portland, OR 97217 - This charming and shady neighborhood park includes a basketball court, play areas, restrooms, paths, picnic tables, and a softball field. Farragut Park was named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut who, although born in Tennessee, fought for the North in the Civil War. He was a hero who is famous for saying, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"

North Portland Library - – 512 N. Killingsworth St. - One of our favorite things about the Portland Real Estate market is how near homes for sale in Portland are to neighborhood resources like supermarkets, cafes, and libraries. The Multnomah County Library system is one of the best in the world, no question, and every neighborhood has its own branch connected to the main library system. It’s the best of both worlds, eally, because you can have a “local” small-town-feel library in your neighborhood connected to the huge catalog of books, movies, and music resources of one of the largest library systems in the country, with over two million books and other library materials. This is how it works: with a Multnomah County Library Card, you have access to every book and media resource in the MCL system – if it’s not in your “home” library, you can request any item to be shipped to your local branch, or even to your home, in a few days. Most popular books are held by the library in multiple copies, so you can usually find what you’re looking for really quickly. If all copies of a book you’d like are checked out, you simply place a “hold” on the book, either online or at the library, and you’ll get an email or phone call telling you when you can pick it up! Best of all, it’s all free.

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 Arbor Lodge 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.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

North Portland Food Carts
North Portland and the Arbor Lodge area are home to some of the best food carts in Portland. Our favorites include Flavour Spot , The Sugar Cube, The Big Egg, Moxie Rx, Native Bowl, Garden State, and The Ruby Dragon. According to Budget Travel magazine and CNN.com, Portland is the number one city in the world for street food, beating out the best of the rest. Portland’s food cart scene pulled ahead of fish tacos in Ensenada, bacalaítos in Puerto Rico, grilled-shrimp skewers and churros stuffed with dulce de leche in Rio, Belgian frites and grilled meat in Marrakech. The amazing thing about Portland’s street food is the variety. No one can pin down a cuisine or specialty dish that Portland’s carts are known for because we’ve got just about everything, from around the globe via the wackiest imaginations. We’ve got everything from Eastern European dishes, bacon and nutella sandwiches, and Korean tacos to burgers sandwiched between grilled cheeses, vegan poutine, and Carolina-style barbecue out of a truck.

Piedmont Place - 736 N Lombard St - Known for its great beer and bar food specials, stellar ping pong table, perfect outdoor patio, and neighborhood vibe, Piedmont Place is one of the best bars in North Portland. You can get an amazing hamburger with ALL the toppings you could want for around $7!

Mary Jane's Cafe - 121 North Lombard Street - Located a few blocks from Farragut Park, Mary Jane's Cafe is the perfect place to stop after playing with the dogs or after work for a well-deserved break.

Firehouse - 711 Northeast Dekum Street - This amazing restaurant is committed to offering seasonable fare using sustainable fish, meats, and produce whenever possible. The building lends itself well to the style of cooking that they do, because it's a converted fire department station. They use a wood-fired oven, rotisserie and grill that emphasize technique, seasonality, and a simple straightforward approach to food. The owners worked hard to transform the old Firehouse 29 into a place to sit, relax, and soak up the warmth from the fires and enjoy some amazing food.

 


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