Portland, Oregon’s Southeast Foster-Powell neighborhood, affectionately referred to as FoPo, is one a few remaining truly affordable neighborhoods for families looking to purchase real estate. It’s affordable, mainly because it’s still considered to be ‘up and coming’ but ask any neighbor in this compact ‘hood and you’ll quickly learn that those who call this area home consider it one of the best and more diverse PDX has to offer.
The explosion in Portland real estate the last few years has brought an influx of new residents to this developing area. New residents = new energy. With plenty of small businesses taking root, Foster-Powell, an area that once had a pretty bad rep, has been and continues to be thoroughly invigorated. Historically, the area came about as a result of the construction of Portland’s original electric streetcar in the 1890s.
Foster-Powell Neighborhood Lifestyle
The Foster-Powell neighborhood rests in the Willamette River and Johnson Creek watersheds. Shaped like a triangle, this neighborhood is bordered by three major roadways: SE Powell Boulevard., SE Foster Road., and 82nd Avenue providing direct access to public transportation. While FoPo is not currently served by a MAX line, the city has been discussing the possibility. Commercial activity, consisting of everything a growing neighborhood could need, occurs at the outer edges – on Powell, Foster, and 82nd, with the interior streets being mainly residential.
With the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project well underway the city plans to deliver “a street that is safer and more attractive for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving.” It will also add 190 new street trees and decorative street lights to help transform the area.
The FoPo neighborhood is buffeted by three local parks: Essex Park on 79th and Center, Kern Park on 66th and Center, and Laurelwood Park at the intersection of Foster Road and Holgate. There’s also the lovely Firland Parkway; a median strip of green in the city populated by large trees, right in the middle of 72nd Ave between Foster and Holgate.
With a coveted walk score of 80 and an almost perfect bike score of 99 (!!), Foster-Powell provides access to everyday community services and neighborhood resources within easy reach.
The strong FoPo Neighborhood Association helps provide even more stability to this growing, diverse community of families, retired folks, and young people.
This tight-knit neighborhood even has it’s own annual garden tour – showcasing 18-25 beautiful, local homegrown gardens each year. And from June to October the Woodstock Farmers Market serves fresh local food and live music to the community on Sundays.
Real estate agent Angela Talbott of Premiere Property Group agrees, “Foster-Powell is one of the top areas to live in Portland because it’s one of the most diverse and still affordable for close-in areas of the city! This fun neighborhood offers a huge amount of great restaurants, parks, and really good public school ratings. It’s a unique vibe, urban living in a neighborhood, and an area of “new ownership” for folks searching for their first home purchase!”
Things To Do In Foster-Powell
This smallish Portland neighborhood packs a big punch when it comes to things to do – from a busy nightlife to a huge assortment of delicious eats, FoPo has it all. Here are just a few local favorites:
Portland Mercado: The Portland Mercado is a grassroots community response to the dream of developing the first Latino public market in Portland while simultaneously operating as a response to wealth disparities in the region. The Mercado represents “the strong community desire to have a center for commerce based on Latino heritage.” You’ll find 9 food carts and 6 indoor business (including a neighborhood bar, a fresh produce market, and a Nicaraguan coffee shop) representing the diverse flavors of Latin America. The Portland Mercado is open daily from 11am-8pm.
Carts on Foster: There are no less than seventeen food carts parked in this covered lot at the intersection of Foster and 52nd. The diverse selection includes PDX favorites such as The Egg Carton for brunch and eggs; Road Runner BBQ; Fritkot PDX – Belgian fries and beef stew; The Chicken Coop for fried chicken goodness and other southern comforts; Istanbul Delight for perfect gyros, shawarma, and falafel; and much more!
There’s even Salon Bucci – a salon in a cart for haircuts, serving men, women, and children.
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned burger and fries, head to neighborhood staple, Foster Burger, the rock n’ roll burger bar down the road.
Or, grab a big hot bowl of pho at local favorite Pho Hung.
Tango Berretin: Get your dance on at this local tango spot – take lessons, join guided tango practice each week, or dive in and take a group lesson before enjoying dancing a Saturday night away (9 pm – 1 am).
You’ll also find a plethora of unique art studios in Foster-Powell including Bohio Studio, Flat Blak Gallery, and Po’ Boy Art to name just a few.
Want something fun to do with the kids on a rainy day? Visit Make Do Art Studio offering classes, camps, and workshops for children and families.
Foster-Powell Neighborhood Schools
The Foster-Powell neighborhood is served by the following schools (this is not a comprehensive list): Arleta K-8 (K-8, public), Marysville School (K-8, public); Wild Lilac Child Development Community (Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, private); Franklin High School (9-12, public); Mt Scott Learning Center (9-12, private).
Foster-Powell Neighborhood Real Estate
Median home values in Foster-Powell are still higher than the natural average, but lower than most of the rest of the Portland- Metro area, at $250,716. About half of neighborhood residents are homeowners, as opposed to renters. Providing an increased sense of neighborhood stability.
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