Alameda, Grant Park & Hollywood
The Alameda neighborhood is located in the northeast section of Portland. It was built on the land granted to William C. Bowering and Isabelle Bowering in 1859. In 1909, the city of Portland annexed the land from the Alameda Land Company. Floods from the Columbia River Basin deposited silt, trees, and other debris to create the present-day Alameda Ridge. Most of the homes located on the Alameda Ridge have extraordinary views of the city of Portland, the West Hills, or Mount Hood. The ridge crest runs east to west with a dramatic, steep slope on the southern side and a much gentler grade running north. This neighborhood is often accessed from NE 33rd Avenue, a primary local thoroughfare located to the northeast. NE 42nd Avenue winds up a steeper section of the ridge connecting the Hollywood neighborhood below with the Alameda Ridge above. Although home styles vary greatly along the Alameda Ridge, many tend to be older homes built in the first half of the 20th century. Bungalows, colonial revival, and English Tudors can be found next to Spanish-style stucco and tile-roofed homes. Some of these residences have passed amongst the same family from one generation to the next for nearly 100 years. The large, graceful homes along the ridge tend to command hefty price tags (often over $1 million). Within the Alameda neighborhood, but not along the ridge, homes tend to be more modest in price, but not inexpensive. Although the neighborhood houses a number of elderly residents, the quiet, tree-lined streets draw many couples and families seeking a quiet oasis within the confines of a vibrant city. Most homes are owner-occupied and within walking distance of the Beaumont Village coffee houses, shops, and restaurants. Similar to the homes on the ridge, styles in Alameda vary: from bungalows and English styles to ranch layouts and complete rebuilds. Grant Park is a family-friendly neighborhood that is generally banded by NE Knott along the north, NE 47th along the east, NE Broadway on the south, and NE 26th in the west. The average neighborhood home was built in the 1940s. As with Alameda, numerous styles of homes can be found in Grant Park. Over 60% of homes are owned versus rented. U.S. Grant Park sits at the center of the community. The neighborhood and park were named in honor of past President Ulysses S. Grant who visited Portland three times during his lifetime – an incredibly rare feat in the time before air travel or reliable rail options. The 19-acre park includes basketball courts, playing fields, a dog off-leash area, a playground, walking paths, and a unique collection of bronze statues dedicated to young adult author Beverly Cleary. Cleary was a famous Grant Park resident and she set several of her best-loved stories here. During summertime, young children and families can be found enjoying the sunshine and splashing in the fountain near Cleary’s bronzes. Grant Park contains few commercial streets; it’s mainly residential. Within the neighborhood, there is a QFC market on NE 33rd as well as business and medical offices. Along the neighborhood’s southern boundary on NE Broadway, there are a few culinary stops that shouldn’t be missed. Gem Wine Cellars is run by a local wine aficionado who can find the right bottle for any occasion and who hosts a regular wine and appetizer happy hour. Just down the street, Arabian Breeze serves some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in Portland and Sweet Thai Basil dishes out tasty and reasonably priced fare. For Hawaii lovers who are over 21, stopping in to Thatch Tiki Bar means feasting on Hawaiian-themed appetizers and tropical concoctions to your heart’s delight. Further down Broadway, north of the neighborhood in Beaumont Village, or east in the Hollywood District, shops, restaurants, and amusements are just a short walk away. Neighborhood schools Alameda Elementary and Hollyrood-Fernwood Elementary/Middle are consistently rated as exceptional by the Oregon Department of Education. Beaumont Middle School and Grant High School are regularly rated as strong. The Hollywood neighborhood is west of Grant Park and south of the Alameda Ridge. Many bungalows and Craftsmans populate thetree-lined streets. The neighborhood gets its screen-worthy name from the Hollywood Theatre. Built in 1926, this renovated Portland institution screens numerous independent films and art-house fare. Much of the area along Sandy Boulevard (a main city thoroughfare) is being re-developed. Trader Joe’s recently built a brand new location a few short blocks off Sandy Blvd. 24 Hour Fitness has a state of the art facility across from Trader Joe’s. Several excellent Japanese restaurants as well as Portland favorites German-themed Rheinlander and family-friendly Laurelwood Public House keep the neighborhood satiated. Fleur de Lis Bakery bakes up some of the most mouthwatering delights in town. Whole Foods is slated to open a location here. Neighbors in Alameda, Grant Park, and Hollywood don’t miss the Hollywood Farmer’s Market that runs from May to September. And many take time to stop in to Multnomah County’s large Hollywood Library branch. Thousands of books, DVDs, and other materials can be accessed here. Multnomah County has one of the largest library systems in the United States; it’s a treat to visit for all ages.Bus service runs along NE Broadway, Fremont Street, 33rd Avenue, and Sandy Boulevard. TriMet’s MAX Light Rail has two lines that stop at the Hollywood Transit Center, located several blocks off Sandy Boulevard on NE 42nd. MAX’s Red line connects residents to the Portland International Airport in the east and Beaverton in the west. The Blue line begins in Hillsboro and runs through Portland out to Gresham. Driving from NE Portland to downtown Portland or the other delights of the city takes approximately 10 minutes. The airport is a 15-20 minute drive from most parts of these neighborhoods.