Portland Neighborhood Guide: Alameda
The Alameda neighborhood is very desirable with gorgeous old architecture, great schools, and an abundance of nearby local establishments to explore. Located in inner northeast Portland between the Beaumont and Sabin neighborhoods, Alameda has something to offer for the whole family. Tree-lined streets, nearby local shops and coffee houses, and a high level of community involvement are just a few of the neighborhood’s characteristics driving people to settle down here. Alameda’s close proximity to downtown, easy access to local transportation and beautiful views offer residents a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy everything Portland has to offer. Already a well established residential area, Alameda is rapidly becoming a walkable destination for boutique shops and nightlife to rival other more traveled parts of Portland.
The Alameda neighborhood was established in 1859. It was originally known as “Gravely Hill Road for a Gravel Pit” that was located at NE 33rd and Fremont. I’d say the neighborhood has come a long ways since then! In 1809 the Alameda Land Company laid out the Alameda Park subdivision.
Home Styles / Architecture:
Alameda is home to some of Portland’s most grand homes with large Craftsman, English Tudor, Victorian, and Bungalow constructions. Some of the homes on Alameda ridge are 5000+ square feet and boast commanding views of the West Hills, the Willamette River, and downtown. Full basements, butler’s kitchens, detailed woodwork and beautiful outdoor courtyards are common features in these older turn of the century homes. Mixed in are some nice, more modest homes with original features.
Alameda Elementary School (Portland Public School)
Beaumont Middle School (Portland Public School)
Grant High School (Portland Public School)
The Madeline Parish & School (K-8 Catholic School)
Food and Entertainment:
If the extravagant homes aren’t enough to spike your curiosity about this classic neighborhood, then maybe the smell of Pips doughnuts or an icy craft beer from the local Alameda micro-brewery will peak your interest. Fremont street is the commercial heart of Alameda, offering a wide selection of restaurants, bars, coffee houses, pizza shacks and brunching hot spots. It is true that Alameda is a primarily a residential only neighborhood and that the many local businesses are in adjoining neighborhoods on NE Fremont St., but NE Fremont St. runs through the middle of Alameda and it is a short walk down Fremont’s sidewalks to get where you’re going.
Bordering Alameda and Irvington Neighborhood is Lucca. Well known to locals, this Italian-inspired restaurant offers innovative recipes and ingredients fresh from local farms and gardens. Try the Sicilian Style Anchovies, Grilled Peaches wrapped in Prosciutto or Clams with a chili aioli. If you want to stick to a more classic Italian staple, don’t worry, their wood fire pizzas are authentic and always on the menu!
Looking for a pick me up, somewhere to take the kids on a rainy day or simply a treat for your sweet tooth? Check out Pips Original Doughnuts and Chai! This local gem has been serving up piping hot mini doughnuts and house-made Chai since 2013! Try the Nutella and Sea Salt doughnut alongside one of their five signature small batch Chai Teas for a true NE Portland pastry experience.
As you drive or stroll down any of the tree-lined Alameda streets you will notice many stunning old Portland homes. Every year residents of Portland make way to Alameda to partake in a self-guided tour of the interior and gardens of classic homes in central Alameda and the east end dating from 1879 to 1910. The tour covers a diverse collection of architectural styles. The Alameda legacy home tour is a great way to bring the community together, get to know your neighbors and finally give locals a chance to see behind the closed doors of some of Portlands finest homes.
Grant Park, (just outside Alameda’s boundaries) located right next to Grant High School has something to offer the whole family! This 19 Acre park has everything from a play structure to tennis courts, water features and even a public pool! It also boasts a community garden, picnicking area and plenty of space for your pooch to run around!
Demography & Statistics:
|2015 Median Household Income||$109,583|
|2015 Median Age||44|
|2015 Median Home Value||$599,874|
|2015 Pop Density (persons/sq mi)||8,818|
City Data for Alameda Neighborhood City Data Portland