Brooklyn Portland, OR
The borough of Brooklyn
Portland is located on the Willamette River, adjacent to the Ross Island Bridge, Tillicum Crossing, and Ross Island, a wildlife refuge.
The Brooklyn neighborhood is one of the oldest on the east side, with homes dating back to the 1890s.
The neighborhood is small, as it is sandwiched between Highway 99E and the railroad tracks.
This neighborhood contains some of my favorite Portland streets.
I had a listing on SE Pershing St. when I first started selling real estate in 2005.
It was the prettiest little narrow street with close-knit buildings with leaded glass windows, small gardens, and Victorian high ceilings and bay windows built in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
It felt like I was in a small European street, as if I were stepping back in time or entering another age!
The Willamette River on the west, SE Powell Blvd on the north, Holgate and a bit beyond on the south, and SE 26th on the east define the Brooklyn neighborhood.
The Willamette River, Hosford-Abernathy, Creston-Kenilworth, Reed, and Sellwood-Moreland communities are all on its borders.
The Brooklyn area features a lot of interesting historic homes, but it’s been separated and cut up by Powell Blvd, the Ross Island Bridge, Mcloughlin Blvd, and 17th Ave, as well as a lot of commercial and industrial down near the river.
The houses are still cool, and the neighborhood is being renovated, but it makes you wonder what went wrong—how did it get to be this way?
So I started to look into it, and I discovered a fascinating history that explains why the neighborhood is the way it is.
The East Side Esplanade, which runs along the east side of the Willamette River, is a fantastic floating trail where you can walk or ride your bike.
On the east side, it links to the Springwater Trail, which runs all the way to Gresham.
You can also cross the Tillicum Crossing pedestrian bridge and be on the south waterfront if you want to head to the west side or downtown Portland.
Then follow the river walk south to Willamette Park, passing through an area of cute and fashionable restaurants and shops, past the Spaghetti Factory, and along the river.
Alternatively, you can cross one of the northern bridges, such as Steele Bridge, and ride east through the Pearl District, or south through McCall Park, past the amazing McCall Fountain, and all the way to Willamette Park….or take the Tillicum Crossing bridge back to Brooklyn!
There will be a trail connecting all of this to the Sellwood Bridge on the west side one day. Visit Woodstock Neighborhood
Brooklyn Park is a 2.3-acre park in the heart of Brooklyn, including a large grassy area, basketball court, horseshoe pit, paved walks, picnic tables, playground, softball field, and monument or public art.
It’s a hangout spot for young parents and their kids, as well as kids who wish to play ball.
It has a one-of-a-kind art piece: California artist Marcia Donahue fashioned three enormous golden granite boulders into skulls beside the play area.
The stones, which weigh between 2-3 tons each, were hand-picked by the artist on a ranch near Bakersfield, California.
Tête à Tête a Tête is the name of the sculpture.
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