9.0 out of 10

Reed

45.4870113667316 -122.631224500949
Great for
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
  • Parking
  •  
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Professionals

Reviews

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

"Wonderful College Community That Is Appealing To All"

Reed is a wonderful, little suburb located in SE Portland that has all of the benefits of a small college town. You get families, professionals, students and retired citizens who enjoy living in a community filled with activity yet certainly respectful of others. You won’t find an Animal House lifestyle here.

Walking around this neighborhood offers lots to see. Reed College is a small, private college and sits on a beautiful campus with old buildings, lots of green space and large, shady trees. The homes and neighborhoods in Reed are well cared for and show lots of personality. Clearly, being a college town, education is important and you will find the public schools very good, particularly Cleveland High School which is one of two high schools in the area to sponsor the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. As expected, you will find coffee houses, organic restaurants and groceries and a few little unique shops.

Of course, no suburb of Portland is complete without a park. Here you will find Kenilworth Park, which is on the north side of Reed. Popular summer events are held here, including concerts and movie that welcome the entire town. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is also in Reed and a popular place to enjoy the rare and hybrid rhododendrons.

Portland is a stones throw away and provides the entertainment that anyone, particularly college students, would need. This is why Reed is so appealing to so many: A quiet, community with lots of things to do.
Pros
  • Reed College
  • Close to interesting neighborhoods
  • Trader Joe's
  • Friendly neighbors
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Neighborhood That Feels Like a Great College Town"

This fun Southeast Portland neighborhood is named for Reed College, a small liberal arts college located here. Students attending Reed tend to be friendly, artistic, and a bit offbeat, giving the neighborhood a lively feeling. Overall, the Reed neighborhood feels educated, community minded, and green.

The campus itself offers lush green fields and historic brick buildings. It's a great place to take a walk or enjoy one of the many shows and other community events hosted by the college.

The Reed neighborhood definitely feels like a college town, but not in a bad way. There are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars with lots of character. Spend an afternoon strolling down the main streets of Reed to enjoy its small-town feel. Residents of Reed tend to be very eco-conscious; typical residents pick up their groceries daily at Trader Joe's.

Though there are plenty of college students milling about, this is also a safe and family-friendly location. Many professors and other professionals live here because they want a fun, hip place to raise their kids. Schools here are considered very good, and offer a number of interesting programs that draw students from all over the city, such as the Tucker-Maxon School (focusing on children with hearing loss) and Cleveland High School, known for its International Baccalaureate program.

Homes here are beautiful and well-kept. Expect to see lots of colorful houses along tree-lined streets. There are also plenty of older apartment buildings, which are popular options for Reed students. The neighborhood is also home to lots of interesting community gathering spaces, including parks, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and a community music center. It's easy to see why Reed is one of the most coveted neighborhoods of Portland.
Pros
  • Great schools at all levels
  • Great parks and other green spaces
  • Friendly neighbors
  • Close to interesting neighborhoods
  • Trader Joe's
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Low-key residential area surrounding Reed College"

Not surprisingly, Reed is the neighborhood right near Reed College. This is a convenient SE Portland location. The homes are pretty and you see a great deal of Tudor style homes and Cottage Styles. A lot of people who live in the Reed area tend to put a lot of work into their gardening. Plus, there are all the apartments that surround the college to host the students throughout the year.

There are not a lot of businesses or shopping choices in Reed. However, there is a Trader Joe's (and a very popular one to boot!) Also in Reed are a few random coffee houses.

One of the attractions in Reed is Kenilworth Park, which has some various activities for families during the Summer. Many people also go to visit the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, which has a variety of beautiful plants. The Rhododendron Garden is right outside of the school. Reed is actually a picturesque campus, and if you live in the Reed neighborhood, you just might find yourself taking walks at the school.

While there is little in terms of nightlife and restaurants in Reed, it is just a short and very easy drive to some of the most happening areas in the city. For example, you can quickly get to the Belmont/Hawthorne district.
Pros
  • Trader Joe's
  • Close to interesting neighborhoods
Cons
  • Lack of shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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