6.2 out of 10

Holly Wood

45.5355788234566 -122.619357817535
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Home of the Historic Hollywood Theatre and Beverly Cleary Books"

Hollywood is home to the historic Hollywood Theatre that is really the landmark in this charming community. Located in the NE section of Portland, this neighborhood is easily accessible as the MAX light rail runs through here, as well as easy freeway access so you can be in downtown Portland in less than 15 minutes. Interesting tidbit: the Hollywood district is central to the popular Beverly Cleary children books and mentioned throughout. There is a popular Beverly Cleary Walking Tour that is offered as well. Homes are older in this neighborhood and cover a wide variety of architectural styles, including craftsman, tudors and cottages. There are also plenty of apartment buildings, which is where many singles or young professional couples live who choose not to pay the high rent in downtown Portland but like the easy public transportation. There are some ok shops and a wide variety of ethnic restaurants. You won’t find any parks in the area, so this is more of an area where you will find renters as opposed to families.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Fun, Historic, and Affordable Urban Neighborhood"

Portland's Hollywood District, one of the most popular areas of Portland, offers a great mix of commercial and residential areas, drawing a young and hip crowd to its urban environment. This neighborhood lies just North of I84, roughly between 37th and 47th. Major roads through the neighborhood include Halsey, Broadway, and Sandy.

This Northeast Portland neighborhood is known for its historic, 1920s-era Hollywood Theatre. The surrounding commercial area draws residents from all over Northeast Portland. It's easy to get here by public transit, including the MAX light rail, though parking can be tricky. The commercial areas of Hollywood offer everything imaginable, from McDonalds to small local cafes and bars.

If you're looking to move here, expect lots of tiny studio apartments; many of the original 1920s-era homes in the neighborhood have been split into rentals. Along the residential streets in Hollywood, you'll find tree lined streets and charming, well-kept historic homes with lots of character. The South side (below Broadway) tends to be more affordable, and you'll find more apartment buildings there, mostly built in the mid-20th century.

This area is ideal for those who want a budget-friendly urban lifestyle. Hollywood has some urban crime, but feels very safe during the day, and even late at night if you're with a crowd.
Pros
  • Great stores and restaurants
  • Beautiful historic homes
  • Convenient
  • Organic food
Cons
  • Some urban crime
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Historic Area that Will Service All of Your Needs"

Portland's Hollywood neighborhood is full of surprising historical places. It also is a major shopping area and business district. You can find this area right along the highway ramp to I-84.

I always would travel to the Trader Joe's in Hollywood since there are only a few locations in the city. Recently, they added a massive Whole Foods, so you would have to say, all in all, this is a great neighborhood for those who like organic groceries. Not to mention, right at the subway station Hollywood has its own large farmer's market.

Apparently, most people who live in the Hollywood area are renters and not homeowners. You do see a variety of cottages and bungalows, as well as some newer condo type buildings.

I have also frequented the Hollywood Theatre many times. This grand historic theatre is a major plus for those who live in Hollywood. Most of the city's film festivals take place at the Hollywood Theatre and they also show a variety of independent films.

Hollywood doesn't have a major park, but it is close to Grant Park, which has everything you could want from a park including a pool, baseball field, and dog area. This park also has the Beverly Cleary Scupture Garden, which is a nice fixture in this city.

The major negative thing I have to say about Hollywood is that you will find some ugly chain stores in this neighborhood that you won't find in other parts of the city. For example, Hollywood hosts a variety of fast food restaurants (that personally I prefer not to see!) There also can be quite a bit of traffic.
Pros
  • Convenient
  • Organic food
Cons
  • Mostly renters
  • Some ugly chain stores
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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