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A Walk Through University Park, Portland

A Walk Through University Park, Portland

Located along the eastern shore of the Willamette River in North Portland, University Park is known as an interesting college neighborhood that boasts sunny mid-century homes and some of the nation’s best sports facilities.  

University Park is a popular district for young first-time homebuyers seeking affordable homes that they can then renovate. You’ll find a myriad of charming mid-century homes and post-war bungalows, many of which have been updated and others that are in the process of being developed.

University Park’s close proximity to industry and downtown Portland makes the area particularly attractive to young professionals seeking a short workday commute.

Portland’s University Park: Mid-Century Flair (and Sports)

Paying homage to its history, the area was named after its origins as a large parcel of land purchased for the original Portland University campus and residence–a Methodist college that closed in 1901, giving way to what is now the University of Portland–a Catholic college known for its strong athletics department and Portland Pilots women’s soccer team.

Food Trucks in University Park, Portland

Portland’s University Park neighborhood is quieter than typical “college towns”. Students of the University of Portland live either on campus or at home close by.

The affordability of homes in University Park make it an ideal location for first-time homebuyers, young couples and families, and students that are pursuing their education.

The Sun is Always Shining at Home in University Park

One of the most remarkable qualities of University Park, Portland is how the streets are intentionally aligned (running NE-to-SW and NW-to-SE) so that every home is bathed in natural sunlight throughout the day.

Shopping in University Park, Portland

North Lombard, the main thoroughfare serving University Park, is where you’ll find the area’s commercial businesses including fast food chains, cafes, bars, restaurants, and other services including Portland’s own New Seasons Market.

Dining in University Park, Portland

Things to Do in University Park, Portland

Every home in University Park, Portland is located within half-a-mile of a public park and within close proximity to a few of the nation’s best sporting facilities. Following are a few of the most notable:

Columbia Park & Annex

35-acres of open greenspace connect University Park to the neighboring district of Portsmouth. Columbia Park & Annex features several multi-use sports fields, lighted tennis courts, picnic areas, trails, on-site parking and washrooms as well as a playground, indoor aquatics center and more.

Chiles Center

Toted as being “one of the most modern athletic and event facilities on the West Coast.” The Chiles Center is a large indoor basketball arena that seats 4,852 and is home to the Portland Pilots basketball team, Portland Pilots volleyball teams, and the University of Portland’s athletic department.

Joe Etzel Field

Home of Portland Pilots baseball team, Joe Etzel Field includes the Andy Pienovi Hitting Facility as well as an outdoor turf baseball diamond and stadium that seats 1,300.  

Merlo Field

Considered one of the very best soccer facilities in the nation, Merlo Field was built in 1990 and has since hosted several NCAA playoff games and international matches. Its

outdoor stadium seats 4,892 fans and is home to the Portland Pilots men’s soccer team.

Schools Serving University Park, Portland

University Park and its surrounding districts are served by Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Oregon. More than 49,000 students ( 80% of Portland’s school-age children) attend PPS schools. Portland schools are ranked here .

From preschool through college, you’ll find several highly-acclaimed schools within the University Park district including the University of Portland, and the Holy Cross Catholic School, esteemed for its individualized approach and focus on making each student’s learning journey both positive and productive.

Getting to and Around University Park, Portland

University Park has 4.4 miles of designated bike lanes. Use the Bicycle Trip Planner to map your bikeable-route by entering your starting location and destination.  

Getting to University Park from Downtown Portland via public transit offers several options including 3 dedicated neighborhood bus routes. The most direct one is to take bus #44 St. Johns from SW 6th & Columbia to N Willamette & Haven. Refer to Trimet for specific public transit routes and schedules.

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