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ALL ABOUT UNIVERSITY PARK

University Park 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. The University Park neighborhood buzzes with a youthful energy, thanks to the large student population attending the University of Portland, one of the oldest schools in the Northwest. The University of Portland is ranked as one of the Top 10 schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report and is known internationally for it's engineering department. The University of Portland's 500 employees and 3,300 students are a source of economic vitality, and the university is a center for cultural and sporting events, often offering neighborhood discounts for tickets. The Adidas Corporation is also located near University Park, in the Swan Island industrial area. Commuters and students alike have access to the best of Portland via bus lines, the MAX light rail, and convenient highways. University Park 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. 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.

UNIVERSITY PARK LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

University Park is located in North Portland, extending to N Lombard Street to the north, N. Chautauqua to the east, the N. Willamette Blvd. bluff to the south, and the Burlington Northern Railroad line to the east. University Park is bordered by Cathedral Park, St. Johns, University Park and Linnton neighborhoods.

Schools include Astor Elementary, Holy Cross, Portsmouth Middle School, Roosevelt High, and, of course, the University of Portland

UNIVERSITY PARK HISTORY

University Park was named for its proximity to the former Portland University, a Methodist college which became defunct in the 1890s. The land and buildings were purchased by the Archdiocese of Portland in 1901, and became the present day University of Portland.

UNIVERSITY PARK REAL ESTATE AND HOME STYLES

Real Estate in North Portland has been booming in the past few years, but the University Park neighborhood has kept its working-class charm and accessible attitude. University Park’s home styles include Portland’s classic Craftsman Style Bungalows, cottages, Old Portland style homes, and other medium-sized one and two story residences. Many of the University Park-area homes were built after WWII, you can still find plenty of character and charm surrounded by mature trees and amazing neighbors.

Don't be fooled by the student population in University Park - the area is not crowded with inexpensive apartment buildings. Most students rent bungalows and single family homes, and there are surprisingly few apartment buildings and condos.

To search for homes for sale in and near University Park, check out the McDonald Group Realtor's Portland Real Estate map search.

PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Columbia Park - N Lombard St & Woolsey Ave - Just outside the neighborhood boundary to the northwest sits Columbia Park, a European-style green space designed by Frederick Olmstead of Central Park fame. Pastimes in the park range from the enclosed Columbia Pool to Shakespeare in the Park productions. This local park provides residents with a Baseball field, childrens' playground, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court, volleyball court and even a water play feature. Columbia Park is patterned after a famous park in Berlin, Germany.

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 Hayden Island 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.

Heron Lakes Golf Course - 3500 N Victory Blvd - Designed by renowned golf architects Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and his son Robert Trent Jones II, Heron Lakes offers two distinct and challenging golf courses designed to meet every skill level: the Greenback opened in 1971 and the Great Blue opened in 1992. Listed by Golf Digest as one of the top 75 public courses in the U.S., Heron Lakes has been host to the Sentry Guisti, the annual Portland Invitational Tournament, and the 2000 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

North Portland Food Carts
North Portland and the University Park 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.

Nicola's - 4826 N Lombard - University of Portland students’ all-time favorite restaurant. Delicious Italian food—make sure to try their famous and ENORMOUS calzones that are cheap, even for college students.

Leisure Public House - 8002 N Lombard St - This is the perfect place to grab a pint with friends, play some ping pong or bocce ball, put some tunes on the eclectic jukebox, or just relax and make yourself at home. Come enjoy a fun and competitive game of trivia every Tuesday at 7:30.  Prizes are always awarded and ties are often settled by a dance off. 

St. Johns Pub - 8203 N Ivanhoe St. - Great pub food with a unique atmosphere. Excellent burgers, sandwiches, and even Cajun tater tots. You can even enjoy all of this while watching a $3 movie in the historic theater dome.

 


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