Portland Neighborhood: Beaumont-Wilshire
Located in Northeast Portland, Beaumont-Wilshire is flanked by the Alameda, Concordia, Cully, Rose City Park, and Grant Park neighborhoods. Sitting pretty on the Alameda Ridge, this is one of eastside Portland’s most in-demand (and relatively pricey) neighborhoods. Boasting views of downtown PDX and the Cascades, this charming neighborhood draws mainly retirees, professionals, and families interested in owning a home, with fewer rental opportunities per capita. The median home value is $514,219 in Beaumont-Wilshire compared to the national average of $184,700. This popular Portland neighborhood reflects the higher-than-average home prices we’ve become accustomed to seeing in PDX and surrounding areas.
Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood History
Beaumont-Wilshire was established in the early 1900s but initially, it was two separate neighborhoods, divided by Fremont Street. With its small-town-feel, Fremont now serves the surrounding community as a unifying center for commerce and socializing, the Fremont area is also referred to as Beaumont Village. This well-established neighborhood is now also overseen by an active neighborhood association.
With fun neighborhood activities hosted by local businesses throughout the year, Fremont Street offers a walkable destination for neighborhood families. Hip Hop Into the Shops celebrating Spring, Fright Night at Halloween, Fremont Fest in the Summer, and Holiday Fest in December are especially popular, drawing families from all over Portland to walk the neighborhood and enjoy various festive activities together.
Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Eats
The local Umpqua Bank branch always has fresh coffee and hot chocolate on tap and often keeps chocolate coins on hand. Generous with stickers regardless of the season, they are also rumored to have popsicles in their on-site freezer through the hot summer months. There are tons more family-friendly businesses in Beaumont-Wilshire including: Pip’s Donuts (if you’re visiting on the weekend get there early, the line grows fast!) Batter (chicken and waffles anyone?), Pizzicato (these guys make a delicious light crispy crust pizza, also offering gluten-free crust) Blackbird Wine and Cheese (a favorite neighborhood after-school stop for parents and kids alike, especially at their outdoor patio during the warmer months) Grand Central Bakery (serving cinnamon buns and other fresh-baked goodness) and the brand new Prince Coffee (serving coffee, tea, and STROOPWAFELS!)
Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Park
Also central to Beaumont-Wilshire’s tree-lined neighborhood sits the 14 acre Wilshire Park, offering a picnic area perfect for barbecues and birthday parties, an off-leash section for dogs, walking paths, an expansive playground with climbing structures and a sandpit, a soccer field, and a softball field.
Beaumont-Wilshire Walk Score
The Beaumont-Wilshire walk score of 72 means families with children can walk to just about everything they need right in the neighborhood. The Beaumont Market provides a little bit of everything, from fresh flowers and produce, to cleaning supplies and household needs, to local baked goods and freezer food. Plus they have a huge selection of beer and wine at all price points.
Angela Talbott, an agent with Premiere Property Group shared this little piece of information about the neighborhood market, “In the 1900’s a young architect named Charles W. Ertz came to Portland from California and worked for Joseph Jaccobberger who designed the original Madeleine Parish Church and School on NE 24th. Ertz went on to design the Beaumont Market on NE 41st and Fremont. His challenge was to blend the design for his new market building into the existing context of the neighboring building. Now, no one even realizes they were once two separate buildings. He continued to design and build homes throughout the Alameda Ridge, reflecting the California vibe of Spanish Revival architecture.”
Across the street from Beaumont Market, Beaumont Hardware stocks a full complement of hardware and gardening supplies, and may be one of the last opportunities to experience a true old-school neighborhood hardware store.
Todd Peres, a real estate broker with Debbie Thomas Real Estate agrees, “This little hardware store is old-school with super-friendly and knowledgeable staff – someone actually greets you when you walk in and helps you find what you need, plus it’s dog-friendly!”
Many local families and children walk to their neighborhood schools – with both public and private options in the area including: Alameda Elementary School (K-5, public), The Madeleine School (K-8, private Catholic), Beaumont Middle School (6-8, public), The Ivy School (K-8, public charter Montessori) as well as a long list of tiny home-based preschools in the area.
Maria Fitzgerald, an Inhabit agent honored as one of the top 10% in Portland, shares her favorite features of the neighborhood, “Beaumont-Wilshire is a top Northeast neighborhood for families because of its fantastic proximity to most everyday needs. It has drop-in healthcare, Beaumont Market for those last-minute dinner needs, and the trusted hardware store thatʼs a neighborhood staple. Family-friendly restaurants and coffee shops like Pip’s, Jim and Pattyʼs and Grand Central Bakery keep people coming back. Itʼs a wonderful place to walk and bike while admiring all the beautiful homes. I especially love the hidden public stairs which are one of my favorite workouts!”
Premiere agent Angela Talbott agrees that the Beaumont-Wilshire area is great for families who are looking for “good schools and a beautiful house, not too far from the interstate for the work commute AND the ability to walk or bike through the neighborhood to easily get to the park, the market, or a lovely dinner or breakfast place with the kids. Families in the city!”
Stay tuned for more Walkable and Kid-Friendly Portland, Oregon Neighborhoods.
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