What makes Alameda a great place to live?
Plentiful amenities, historic homes, beautiful tree-lined streets, great schools—well, everyone has their reason and there are many to choose from. Alameda residents enjoy easy access to restaurants, shops and parks. In fact, 85% of us live within a half mile of three area parks: Wilshire Park which borders Alameda on the northeast, Grant Park to the southeast and Irving Park to the west with additional playgrounds and splash pads close by. The close proximity to downtown, means residents have one of the shortest average commutes in the city and some 16% of us commute by bike well above the 6% for the city as a whole.
More than location or amenities, what makes Alameda a thriving, livable community is the neighbors who welcome new-comers, celebrate together, and work to create a to growing, nurturing and sustaining environment where all feel welcomed, safe and included.
We host block parties in the summer, pitch-in at neighborhood clean-ups in the spring, swap gardening tips year-round, and band together through the neighborhood association to address concerns and support sustainable policies.
The Warm Heart of NE Portland
Alameda is located in Northeast Portland between the Irvington, Sabin, Grant Park and Beaumont neighborhoods. From Alameda you can reach downtown Portland in about ten minutes and the Portland International Airport in about 15 minutes. Alameda is served by multiple bus routes with direct access to downtown and has bike designated greenways that enable many residents commute by transit or bicycle.
Parks, Libraries, Restaurants--We have it all
Choices abound for fresh food with three New Seasons and two Whole Foods grocery stores within a mile, and two farmer’s markets in the adjacent Hollywood and Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhoods. Similarly, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping on Fremont or Broadway streets are only a short walk. The Hollywood and Albina library branches are
Alameda Elementary & Madeleine Parish
Alameda Elementary School built in 1911, sits at the heart of the neighborhood and has long been recognized as one of the top rated public schools in the city for its dedicated teaching staff and engaged parents. The Madeleine School, a private parish school for grades k-8 is also within Alameda neighborhood boundaries. Some families in the area have sent multiple generations of children to Alameda or Madeleine schools creating a deep connections within the community and strong support for kids. See what parents have to say.
Rich with History
The Alameda neighborhood was established on the 1859 land claim and farm of William C. Bowering and his wife, Isabelle. In 1909, the Alameda Land Company laid out the Alameda Park subdivision that was then annexed to the city of Portland. Most homes in the Alameda neighborhood were built between 1900 and 1940 with grand old Craftsmans, Tudors, Bungalows, and Colonials.
Local historian Doug Decker is the author of a wonderful blog Alameda Old House History with stories about life in Alameda neighborhood, street names, homes of note, and resources for historical research.