Our friends and family are so kind. We have recieved so many phone calls, emails and cards in the 2 1/2 weeks we’ve been in Portland. Everyone wants to know if we like Portland. The answer is a resounding YES! There are times when Nate and I are out “exploring” and I do a little dance of joy because I am so thrilled with where we are. It seems to fit us.
We live in a neighborhood called Sellwood-Moreland. It is a small residential neighborhood just southeast of downtown. We’re on the east side of the Willamette River. Most of the homes are bungalows built in the 1920s and 1930s–some have Arts and Crafts elements. It’s a quiet neighborhood most of the time –except when you can hear trains being linked together in the middle of the night in the railyard just east of us.
17th Avenue is the Moreland shopping district. It is about 3 blocks away from us. There are the basic small-town necessities–an old-fashioned hardware store, a grocery, flowershop, barber shop, and a post office. Then throw in some antique shops, bridal shops, and art galleries. Plus there is the ubiquitous Starbucks, a Tully’s coffeeshop, a taqueria, a sushi bar, Cha Cha Cha, Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza, Springwater Grill, Caprial’s Bistro, Tartine, the Ironhorse Restaurant, and Papa Haydn’s. Then there’s the Moreland Theater. I read some place that it is the last single screen movie theater in town.
Beyond the Moreland district is the Sellwood neighborhood centered around 13th Avenue. We haven’t explored this as much yet but that’s where the public library is and more antique stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Down by the river is the historic Oaks Pioneer Church that is now owned by the neighborhood association. Over 300 weddings are performed each year here. It overlooks the Sellwood Riverfront Park where there are free concerts every Monday night. There’s also the Springwater Corridor–a rails-to-trails bike path.
Anyhow, I feel like I’m babbling on. I just wanted to give you a brief little picture of our neighborhood and give you a feeling for why we’re enjoying it so much. (And there are NO MOSQUITOS here! at least not that we’ve seen) –deb