East/West Moreland

The Eastmoreland neighborhood in southeast Portland is bordered by Reed College in the north, SE 39th Ave along the east, SE Tacoma St on the south, and SE McLoughlin along the west. Large, English style homes line the peaceful, tree-lined streets. Most of these elegant residences on ample lots were built during the 1930 and 1940s. Reed College is a prestigious and liberal four year university begun in 1908. Reed’s lush campus includes a forested wilderness at its center and a nuclear reactor supporting its science department. Many of Reed’s tenured professors, retired folks, and the elderly call this neighborhood home. The area also attracts families and professionals looking for a quiet existence. The average home price is over $600k and owners occupy almost 90% of homes. Even though this neighborhood is near Reed College, few college students live in Eastmoreland. About 80% of students live on campus. The remainder lives in and around Woodstock or Sellwood. Newer Reed College professors have been priced out of Eastmoreland, so this group is becoming less prevalent here. Duniway Elementary School is consistently rated as exceptional by the Oregon Department of Education. Hosford International Middle School and Cleveland High School are both rated as strong. Grout Elementary and Sellwood Middle School are rated as satisfactory. There are no shops, restaurants, or services within Eastmoreland. Residents walk or drive to nearby Sellwood, Woodstock, or Westmoreland. One bus line runs along SE 45th Ave. By car, downtown Portland is about 20 minutes away. The Portland International Airport is a 30 minute drive. Westmoreland is the other half of the Moreland neighborhood. This charming section of town is bounded by the Willamette River on two sides and Highway 99E. Unlike the rest of the funky eastside streets, the streets here are actually laid out on a grid. And unlike Eastmoreland, there are numerous restaurants, boutiques, and shops to be found. Favorite Westmoreland restaurants include Caprial’s Westmoreland Kitchen (formerly Caprial’s Bistro) and Saburo Sushi. Caprial and John Pence have a popular public televisioncooking show and were some of Portland’s earliest food pioneers. Saburo’s draws crowds rain or shine for their large portions and fresh fish. This busy Japanese restaurant often has lines stretching out the front door. In addition to these two great restaurants and several other eateries and coffee shops, antique collectors from around the state visit the Stars & Splendid Antiques Mall. This mall is one of several popular antiques stores in this neighborhood. Home types in Westmoreland are similar to the rest of Portland. And schools are rated between strong and satisfactory by the Oregon Department of Education. The Sellwood-Moreland library, a Multnomah County branch, began as a reading room in 1905. Its now located in a mixed-usefacility on SE 13th, technically within the nearby Sellwood neighborhood. This location offers programs for kids and adults of all ages. There are over 300 acres of parks and open space in this part of town. On the banks of the Willamette River, 140-acre Oaks Park (also in Sellwood) contains an old time amusement park, trails, picnic space, and a natural wildlife area.