6.3 out of 10

Center

45.525282355762 -122.606844602809
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Affordable, Quiet Neighborhoods, Walking Friendly"

Center, now known as North Tabor (though many old time locals still refer to it as Center), is located in SE Portland, only a few minutes drive from downtown. Home to one of the neighborhood's largest employers, Providence Portland Medical Center, North Tabor is a popular neighborhood, filled with affordable homes, quiet neighborhoods and the Rosemont Bluff Natural Area. This nature sanctuary has beautiful hiking trails, foliage and such a peacefulness that it makes you forget you are only minutes from busy downtown Portland. But you will notice that residents just don't walk at Rosemont, but everywhere. This is a very walkable town with shops and restaurants centrally located.
Pros
  • Rosemont Bluff Natural Area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Convenient, Affordable and Near Providence Portland Medical Center"

The Center neighborhood is now usually referred to as "North Tabor." The name North Tabor likely makes a lot more sense, as this part of town is, in fact, North of Mount Tabor. North Tabor is in a great SE Portland location when it comes to convenience. It is easy to access the shops and restaurants on Burnside as well as everything on Belmont. It is also an easy commute to downtown. For those who want to live near a hospital, North Tabor is also a winner. Right in this area is Providence Portland Medical Center, which has 1000 physicians on staff!

Increasingly, people are moving to this area because it is so affordable compared to surrounding regions. The streets are relatively quiet and safe. All and all, this is one low-key place. Some homes are quite impressive and are large turn of the century renovations. There is also some modern housing to choose from.

In addition to the nearby location of Portland's huge park Mt. Tabor, this part of town also has its own very nice park called Rosemont Bluff Natural Area. While this park is only about 2 acres, it has great birdwatching and hiking as well.

On the downside, the northern side of North Tabor borders I-84. This means that part of the neighborhood suffers from some traffic and congestion. However, on the pro side, residents are right next to this highway, which allows for convenient commuting downtown and out of the city.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Providence Portland Medical Center
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
pdxtabor
pdxtabor Not only usually referred to as North Tabor - since 2008 we're officially North Tabor!

More pros to living in North Tabor:
Transportation - 3 miles to downtown (5 minutes by MAX light rail); two downtown bus routes (Glisan and Burnside) and one cross-town (60th); bike route.
Very walkable (and bike-able).
Easy walks to 2 groceries - Glisan Fred Meyer and Burnside QFC.
Close to 3 parks - Mount Tabor, Laurelhurst, and Normandale Park (the dog park featured in this week's Portlandia)
Fun new restaurants - A.N.D. Cafe, Skin and Bones, Laurelhurst Cafe and old favorites - like American Dream Pizza. Lots of other restaurants in the vicinity.
Convenient to Laurelhurst Theater and Academy Theater.
Near Montavilla Farmers Market and the emerging Montavilla food buying club.
Over 200 trees planted in the neighborhood with Friends of Trees during the past 3 years.
2yrs+
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