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Portland's Richmond neighborhood takes up quite a bit of real estate. It's located on the east side of the Willamette River and is bordered by Hawthorne, Abernethy, South Taber, and the Creston Kenilworth communities specifically SE. Powell Blvd. on the south, SE. Hawthorne Blvd. to the north, SE. 50th Ave. to the east and SE. 29th Ave. to the west. SE. Division St. dissects the community North and South with a variety of shops, restaurants, and markets both on Hawthorne, Division, and Powell Boulevard. Between these three major roadways are interspersed residential communities, historical homes, and elementary schools.
It's interesting to note that Richmond's characteristics are significantly different by location. Businesses and services up on Hawthorne Boulevard tend to have a trendy and funky environment where those on Powell Boulevard offer more suburban, strip mall and big box store services. Right down the middle on Division Street, there are few contemporary condominiums and a great food scene. In between, there are residential areas, tree-lined homes, and beautiful Victorian-style properties.
Richmond's neighborhood vibe continues to be an urban, artsy, and community-minded area with eco-conscious residents, some even choosing not to have a car as you can walk to a lot of services and amenities throughout Richmond. Outside of the area is a little bit quieter and family-friendly yet the closer you live to one of the main boulevards, you'll see more traffic and more amenities.
Richmond makes a great place to call home because it's so close to just about everything you would want. You're no more than five blocks from any location to one of the three major roads which offers shops and markets, restaurants, boutiques, and other services. You can also find a lot of access to light rail stations, hop on one of the main roads and head to downtown, or choose Highway 26, which connects to the major highways and freeways throughout Portland.
The Richmond neighborhood is home to Salt & Straw, one of Portland's treasures. This iconic ice cream shop has been featured on many food network shows and written about in multiple blogs and has some of the funkiest flavors around such as honey lavender, all of oil, salted, malted, chocolate chip cookie dough, and others. It's located right on Division Street so you're never too far from some tasty vegan ice cream.
But that's not all, you'll find gelato restaurants, the Waffle Window, Jo Jo's Food Truck, Super Deluxe, Eb & Bean SE and other markets such as a Fred Meyer for those that prefer something familiar or New Seasons Market, an organic whole foods type of store up on Hawthorne that not only has all of the foods you need for a great meal during the week, but some ready-made meals to go as well. Down on Powell, you'll find Natural Grocers, Target, and Safeway.
This location has a variety of styles and homes but you're likely to find more older homes such as craftsman and bungalow starting at about $300,000 interspersed with a few townhouses of around $400-$500,000, modern homes and brand-new care downs and designs starting at about $500,000, and larger Victorian homes that have been completely remodeled up to $1 million.
There's quite a variety but one of the best things about Richmond is that the homes are somewhat close together so you really get to know your neighbors and you are within a few blocks from most amenities, which many residents love.
Richmond is part of the Portland school system and most students attend Abernathy or Richmond elementary school, Hosford middle school, and Cleveland high school. JMP students, those part of the Japanese Magnet Program of Portland, utilize the Mount Tabor middle school and Grant high school in the Grant Park neighborhood close by.
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