8.5 out of 10

Roseway

Ranked 5th best neighborhood in Portland
45.5489877799838 -122.588219068523
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Gym & Fitness
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Hidden Gem of a neighborhood"

I call Roseway a hidden gem as most people don't even know it exists. Enjoy all the benefits of Fremont shops and restaurants without the parking hassles and constant traffic, fresh donuts, a local movie theatre with the best popcorn popped fresh, little ice cream counter at the pharmacy, excellent restaurants to walk to-choice of grocery stores and branch library and then a tiny drive to airport, ikea, target, and bigger stores. Transit options are everywhere from the bus to the light rail-and the people are a healthy mix of ages and interests so although not defined a HIP neighborhood-you get a healthy mix of age diversity, ethnicities and backgrounds making for a very livable community.

It is a safe neighborhood. Although the parks are vulnerable to tagging and small petty crimes which is a shame. I also find that streets that connect to the safeway a bit challenging in that on recycling day-the inevitable shopping cart parade goes past.

People are nice and friendly and helpful-lots of yard gardens and sharing parks and rec run good summer programs.
Pros
  • location
  • parks and people
  • amenities
Cons
  • recycling parades on recycle day
  • close to 82nd tough parts of Cully
  • unfortunately the public schools need work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Storybook Homes, Old Town Soda Fountains, Historic Theatre"

For me, when you have one of the last operating old fashioned soda fountains in the state of Oregon at Fairley's Pharmacy, as well as Roseway Theatre, an old fashioned style movie theatre all in Roseway, you have a quaint little community. At one point, Roseway was a little down and out, however, a resurgence has occurred and the neighborhood has come a long way. The homes are older yet many are storybook charming and pride of ownership is evident. Note that the housing prices are higher in Roseway as opposed to its neighbors, Madison South and Montavilla. The area is home to two nice parks, Glenhaven and Wellington. Both provide the normal playground equipment and picnic areas and are surrounded by nice, mature trees.

Sandy Blvd is the commercial area of Roseway, and does have heavy traffic. Looking slightly run down, this is my least favorite part of Roseway. Public transportation is excellent and a trip to downtown Portland is not far at all.
Pros
  • Quaint homes
  • Fairley's Pharmacy Old Fashioned Soda Fountain
  • parks and people
  • amenities
  • Roseway theater
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Quiet and Historic Residential Neighborhood"

Northeast Portland's Roseway neighborhood is a nice and historic residential community. Popular among families, it feels like a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

There are two large parks in the neighborhood. Glenhaven park offers sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a skatepark, while Wellington Park has a brand new playground and soccer field along with lighted pathways for walkers, joggers, and bikers. Rose City Golf Course lies just to the south of Roseway. With plenty of green spaces around, this feels like a very comfortable and relaxed neighborhood.

The Historic Roseway Theater on Sandy Boulevard has recently been revamped, mixing art deco architecture with the latest high-tech offerings and making it a popular date-night activity. Sandy Boulevard, which cuts through this neighborhood diagonally and serves as a community gathering space, also offers a number of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and shops.

Homes here tend to be small or mid-sized and tend to be affordable when compared with surrounding Portland neighborhoods. Expect quiet streets filled with well-kept and colorful older homes. Nearly all of the houses here were built in the first half of the 20th century, with very few newer houses mixed in. Many residents choose Roseway because it feels like the classic and traditional white-picket-fence suburban neighborhood.
Pros
  • location
  • parks and people
  • Roseway theater
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Community Spirit and Cute Homes"

Roseway is a neighborhood in NE Portland surrounding Sandy Blvd. It is near Rose City Park, Beaumont-Wilshire and Madison South. This is a really pretty neighborhood with some great homes and tree lined streets. You can find some classic styles including Tudors, Bungalows, and Cape Cod style homes.

The Roseway Theatre is an amazing movie theatre on Sandy Blvd. that is located in Roseway. This historic theatre was recently remodeled and it really is a great place to catch a film for only a few dollars. Additionally, this theatre screens digital film, so you films like animations look amazing.

The Roseway Neighborhood Association is quite strong. The neighborhood organizes various events for families to improve the area with trees, murals, etc. It's nice to see a community that is so active. Glenhaven Park is about 15 acres and a nice fixture for the neighborhood. It is a good place for a Spring or Summer picnic. There used to be a wading pool but it was closed by the health department.

On the negative side, there is a lot of traffic on Sandy Blvd. and its not very walking friendly. There is a strong police presence on 82nd.
Pros
  • Roseway theater
  • amenities
  • location
  • parks and people
Cons
  • Traffic
  • close to 82nd tough parts of Cully
  • recycling parades on recycle day
  • unfortunately the public schools need work
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

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