Portland Neighborhood Guide: Arbor Lodge
Arbor Lodge is an inner North Portland neighborhood known for its tight-knit community and high level of involvement. You get the sense that people genuinely love living here. Bound on two sides by major roadways, residents of Arbor Lodge enjoy easy access to shops, restaurants, two magnificent rose gardens, and downtown while still coming home to quiet residential streets. The neighborhood also boasts excellent options for alternative transportation; and, being centrally located, residents can accomplish most daily tasks with a 10-minute bike ride to the nearby New Seasons or Fred Meyer on Interstate. Arbor Lodge, with its easy commutes, low crime rate, low through traffic, and rising home values, is an excellent place to settle in or raise a family.
On April 15, 1889, Duff E. Sherman, a cashier for Oregon National Bank of Portland, submitted the Arbor Lodge plat, according to The History of Albina by Roy Roos. Arbor Lodge neighborhood developed as a residential subdivision around the same time as nearby Piedmont, Peninsular, and Overlook. Houses in Arbor Lodge were constructed from about 1910 to 1930. However, the most western portion of the neighborhood known as the Mock’s Crest subdivision (pictured above) was platted after World War II.
Home styles / Architecture:
Arbor Lodge contains the classic mix of Portland architecture ranging from Craftsman and Four Squares to Bungalows and Cape Cods. Its homes are styled with the innovative color schemes and gorgeous landscaping the city is known for. Arbor Lodge was among the first neighborhoods to revitalize in North Portland and has a significant number of beautifully restored homes.
In 1993, residents pursued historic design district status for the area because of its “fine ensemble of bungalow and post-WWII housing, deep front building setbacks, and unique street lighting.” However, it didn’t qualify for historic designation then as it wasn’t yet 50 years old.
Chief Joseph Elementary, a model for inner Portland’s neighborhood schools, is a k-8 with the high-level of community involvement that characterizes Arbor Lodge.
Food and Entertainment:
Located at Rosa Parks and Interstate, The Arbor Lodge is a mission based coffee house seeking to serve the Arbor Lodge and surrounding commuter communities with an open, friendly space together and share a cup. With organic and locally sourced everything, this place showcases the best of Portland’s artisanal communities all in one woody and inviting location. The Arbor Lodge is the quintessential Portland coffeehouse and definitely worth your time if you’re in the neighborhood.
Lombard, running along the northern border of the neighborhood, provides excellent food and drink options within walking distance of the Arbor Lodge’s residential core. Mock Crest Tavern is a cozy pub featuring live music (no cover!), open mics, and a very popular pub trivia series. Just down the street, King Burrito, a North Portland legend, offers up unpretentious Mexican cuisine on the cheap. Open til 3 am Friday / Saturday, it’s a popular destination at the end of a night out in the neighborhood.
In addition to its own entertainment options, Arbor Lodge’s residents also have quick and easy access to nearby Mississippi St, Kenton’s Denver Ave, and the Alberta Arts district.
(from the City of Portland Parks and Recreation)
Arbor Lodge Park is the largest park in the neighborhood, sporting a baseball and soccer field, horseshoe pits, and tennis courts. A spacious off-leash area also makes it an excellent place to take your pooch.
Gammans City Park is a smaller park memorializing George G. Gammans, a Portland Lawyer of the early 1900s. When he died in 1910, his wife Laura gifted the city six lots the park now sits on.
Demography & Statistics:
(from Fidelity arcGIS Maps)
|2015 Median Household Income||58,078|
|2015 Median Age||38|
|2015 Median Home Value||334,118|
|2015 Population Density (persons/sq mi)||7,242|
City Data for Arbor Lodge Neighborhood