Portland’s Best Neighborhoods: Irvington

A quiet, peaceful, close-knit community within easy reach of the very best activities, events, and culture that Portland has to offer, Irvington is an oasis in the heart of the city.

A National Register Historic District, the old growth, tree-lined streets—beautiful in any season—harken back to a simpler time. Most ideal for families and older couples, Irvington is a neighborhood that exudes character in every detail, from its characteristic early 20th-century architecture to the Edenic yards, pristinely-manicured and thoughtfully populated with a colorful array of flowers and shrubbery.

Walking the streets of Irvington, the sense of history is palpable, from the original craftsman’s names and dates still imprinted in many of the sidewalks to the occasional metal ring spotted at the curbs (formerly used to tie up horses in a bygone era). Indeed, many of the old homes, such as the Robert F. Lytle House, Pipes Family House, and Seufert House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Recall the beloved children’s books of your youth visiting the nearby Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park, or take your own children for a day of picnicking and family playtime at the 16-acre Irving Park, composed of wide-open spaces, ball fields, a playground with a water feature, and an off-leash dog area.

The exclusive Irvington Club (founded in 1898) provides a respite from the tedium of life with athletic activities such as tennis, swimming, and fitness training.

Best of all, Irvington is centrally located in NE Portland where residents are just a hop, skip, and a jump from all that Portland has to offer. A myriad of restaurants, eateries, bars, coffee houses, and niche boutiques are just at the district’s borders of Broadway and Fremont, downtown a mere five minutes away, just across the Broadway Bridge, meanwhile, the Alberta Arts District and Historic Mississippi Avenue beckon from the north. The Lloyd Center Mall is also nearby, as are entrances to all the major freeways (I-84, I-405, and I-5). Tri Met’s MAX light rail and bus lines service the area as well.

Why wait any longer? Contact me today to learn more about living Irvington’s good life.