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Sullivan's Gulch | Northeast Portland Homes


Sullivan's Gulch is a neighborhood in Northeast Portland, Oregon with a thriving sense of history and community. The neighborhood offers numerous amenities and resources for residents, including convenient access to downtown and the Lloyd Center mall, East Portland's primary shopping center. Sullivan's Gulch lies along several main transportation arteries, including Interstate 84, offering easy access to Downtown Portland's shopping and dining as well as the Portland International Airport. The narrow, shady streets of Sullivan's Gulch are lined with mature trees shading historic apartment buildings and large, attractive homes that call back to the early history of the Pacifc Northwest. Sullivan's Gulch is one of the older neighborhoods in Portland, evidenced by the established families, trees, and businesses in the area. The neighborhood gathers every year for informal events and annual celebrations, and neighbors can often be found chatting with each other on the sidewalks. Sullivan's Gulch is small, but densely populated, and borders the Lloyd District, Irvington neighborhood, Grant Park, and Kerns. The town is named for the topographical phenomena it sits on, the gulch that extends east from the Willamette River. Originally, the gulch was a natural area featuring a spring-fed pond and waterfalls, and modernization and the development of the Portland Metropolitan area transformed the edenic paradise into the transit corridor it is today, providing the pathway for several rail lines, the MAX lightrail system, and Interstate 84, also known as the Banfield Expressway. With the charm of a small neighborhood and easy access to Downtown via the I-84 freeway and MAX light-rail transit line, the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood is in the middle of it all. For more information about Sullivan's Gulch Real Estate, read on!


Sullivan's Gulch is located in northeast Portland, and is bordered by NE Broadway to the north, NE 15th Avenue to the West, Interstate 84 to the South, and 33nd Avenue to the East. The southern border of the neighborhood follows Interstate 84 towards the east, taking a northerly turn at 33rd to Broadway. The Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood is bordered by the Lloyd, Kerns, Hollywood, Grant Park, Laurelhurst, and Irvington neighborhoods.

Schools within Sullivan's Gulch include Buckman Elementary School, Fernwood Middle School, Benson High School, and Grant High School.


The name Sullivan's Gulch commemorates Timothy Sullivan, an early farmer in the area. Sullivan settled his donation land claim on January 27, 1851. He was born in Ireland in 1805, received citizenship in the United States in 1855, and most likely received title to the claim around 1863. The gulch itself was formed between 15,000 and 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age when the ice dam containing Glacial Lake Missoula thawed some 40 times, causing some of the largest floods known on earth. The flood waters spilled across Idaho and eastern Washington, surged down the Columbia River and through the Gorge, flooding the Willamette Valley as far south as Eugene. This flood covered Portland with approximately 400 ft of water, laying down large amounts of silt and gravel, creating the Alameda Ridge, as well as carving out Sullivan's Gulch.


Sullivan's Gulch home styles range from classic Old Portland architecture, Craftsman bungalows, Victorian two-stories, Tudor cottages, Foursquare homes and more. In addition to the wide variety of single-family homes, the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood features many apartment buildings and modern condos.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood, visit the McDonald Group Home Page for more information, or click here to search for homes for sale in the Sullivan's Gulch Real Estate Market.


Lloyd's Center Mall - This popular shopping mall has all the stores and restaurants you'd expect from an urban shopping center, with the bonus of an indor ice skating rink, home to open skating and ice hockey year-round! The mall anchored by Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears, Marshall's and JCPenney, features three floors of shopping, a food court, and an indoor Regal Cinemas multiplex. Another Regal Cinemas multiplex is located across the street.

Twisted - 2310 NE Broadway - This is the best local yarn store you'll ever find. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help you choose yarn to suit your project. They have the most extensive collection of sock yarn in the whole city, as well as a very comfortable area to relax and knit/crochet with other patrons.  There's a nice range of yarn prices here, and you can find both inexpensive yarns and expensive luxury fibers.

The Kids Edge - 2200 NE Broadway St - This is the place to buy clothing or gifts for the coolest kinds in your life. The store specializes in skate and rockabilly clothes for kids and teens. Kids Edge features young artists and give them a venue to sell their work. Whether it be their music, jewelery, clothing or artwork there is no limit to their creations!


Costello's Travel Cafe - 2222 NE Broadway - Owned and operated by the Costello family, Costello's Travel Cafe is warm, inviting, and full of character. With a vibrant, old-world atmosphere, it's not surprising that Costello's has become a neighborhood favorite and a destination within the Portland area. While the unique environment is quite distinctive, it's the great food and attentive service that have earned the loyalty of Costello's customers.

Rose and Thistle Pub - 2314 NE Broadway - This traditional English pub is the ideal place to pick up some fish & chips, grab a pint with some friends, and soak in some great ambiance. The booths are cozy, the beer is good, the food is filling and delicious, and the servers are great!

Koji Osakaya Japanese Restaurant - 1502 NE Weidler St - Offering a variety of Japanese foods including sushi, curry, udon, tempura, and teriyaki, Koji is the perfect casual Japanese restaurant for when you're looking for a quick lunch or a nice dinner. All of the portions are large, the staff is super friendly and helpful and the food is absolutely the best!

Ace's Famous Fish and Chips - 2321 Llloyd Center Mall - Ace's Famous Fish and Chips is located inside the Lloyd Center Mall food court. This little place uses a 50 year old family batter recipe that is guaranteed to make your mouth water. How often can you say that about a food court restaurant?


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