Rose City Park Neighborhood Overview
1907 was an important year in the growing city of Portland, Oregon. It was the year the Rose City Park neighborhood was platted; the same year as the very first Portland Rose Festival and the year the Portland Railway trolley service started running from the downtown area making it easier for working commuters and families to call home.
Transportation to and from Rose City Park has evolved with the times and now offers numerous public transportation options including a number of buses servicing the area as well as easy access to two TriMet stations: the NE 60th Ave Station and the Hollywood Transit Station with the Blue, Green, and Red lines running through both stations
This well-established Northeast Portland neighborhood is bordered by Beaumont-Wilshire, Grant Park, and the Hollywood District on the west (at NE 47th Avenue), the Cully neighborhood to the north (at NE Fremont Street), Roseway and Madison South on the east (at NE 65th Avenue), and the Center neighborhood to the south. This relatively close-in suburban neighborhood boasts a ‘very walkable’ score of 71 and a nearly perfect bike score of 94.
NE Sandy Boulevard runs through the middle of the neighborhood, operating as a transportation and community hub providing central access to a post office, grocery shopping, coffee houses, and plenty of dining options including fast food as well as more diverse options. Long-time standards like Clyde’s Prime Rib, Du’s Grill, and The Laurelwood Public House and Brewery have provided neighbors with family dinners and lunch break fare for decades but the upswing of growth in the neighborhood has brought new options including a new collection of food carts, the Rose City Food Park which includes two dozen food carts, a covered area for cozy dining on rainy days, and a kids’ play space brightly decorated with murals by local artists. Walkable and shoppable Fremont Street borders the Rose City Park neighborhood, as does the more urban Hollywood neighborhood, providing additional dining and shopping options within reach.
Locals sounding off on Street Advisor love the neighborhood for being “clean & green”, having a “neighborly spirit”, offering “peace and quiet”, and for
Neighborhood resident Chris says it’s “[A] good All-American neighborhood.” while fellow neighbor Lynn states, “this neighborhood is quite convenient and near a great deal of shopping, businesses, and restaurants. It is also quite accessible to route 84 so one can easily get on and off the highway.”
Putting the ‘Park’ in Rose City Park
The Rose City Park neighborhood takes its moniker from a sprawling 10-acre park of the same name located within the neighborhood. This jewel of a park is located at NE 62nd Avenue and Tillamook Street. The park is green nearly year-round and is home to numerous Douglas firs and cedar trees, not to mention a plethora of beautifully well-kept rose bushes. The park also includes playground and picnic areas, public restrooms, paved and unpaved walking paths, and a soccer field, softball field, and tennis court. Neighborhood families and local school sports teams can frequently be found enjoying the vast and beautiful Rose City Park just about any time of year.
Families in Rose City Park can access a number of schools in the Portland Public School system including Rose City Park Elementary School (K-5, public), and St. Rose School (Pre-K-8, private, Catholic)/. This northeast Portland neighborhood is served at the middle school and high school levels by neighboring Beaumont Middle School (6-8, public), and Grant and Madison high schools (9-12, public).
Neighborhood Real Estate
Redfin’s market insights on the Rose City Park neighborhood confirm that this is still relatively a competitive area in the slightly slowed Portland housing market with many homes still getting multiple offers and going pending within about three weeks.
While most homes are generally selling for the list price, hotter neighborhood homes sell for about 2% above list price and go pending much more quickly, in an average of about 5 days.
Still, as of this writing, the median home price in Rose City Park has cooled considerably over the past year, down almost 20%, to around $471,000. For the Portland metro area, it’s a relatively affordable neighborhood with a few higher-end properties mixed in. Current listings range from about $225,000 to $1.8 million with the bulk of available properties landing around that $450,000-$500,000
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