8.3 out of 10

Sellwood / Moreland

45.468784753638 -122.648697523861
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Retirees

Reviews

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

"Charming Family Friendly Neighborhood"

Sellwood-Moreland is near my neck of the woods and this is where I come to shop when I don’t feel like going into downtown Portland and dealing with parking. Loaded with charm, I think there are some of the best stores in the area located here. If you are looking for antiques, or specialty stores that sell some one of a kind items, this is the place to go. Stop and have a meal or a cup of coffee afterwards and you may find yourself asking why you need downtown Portland.

The homes here are older and are on quiet streets, which make this attractive for families and retired couples. Because Sellwood-Moreland is along the Willamette River, there are many outside activites here. During the summer the river is populated with boats and water activities. Oak Parks Amusement Park is here and very popular with children and families, including mine!

A word of caution: The Sellwood Bridge that crosses the Willamette is the main link to Portland and at some point, this bridge will need some heavy repairs. It’s reputation for its safety is notorious and a real issue for residents of Sellwood.
Pros
  • beautiful homes
  • Old fashioned vibe
  • Local businesses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Family-Oriented Neighborhood With Comfortable, Small-Town Feel"

The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is in SE Portland, between the Willamette River and the neighborhood of Eastmoreland. Most people just call this place Sellwood. This popular neighborhood feels less chic and artsy than comparable Portland neighborhoods, but still feels very friendly. There are lots of local shops here, giving it small town feeling. Overall, Sellwood feels like a livable community and a great place to walk around.

Many residents of the Moreland part of the neighborhood have a strong sense of pride, and definitely don't want to be grouped with neighboring Eastmoreland. Moreland feels self-sustaining, with homes that are more reasonable in size when compared with the expansive houses in Eastmoreland.

The streets of Sellwood are quiet and tree-lined, making it a great family neighborhood. In addition to a number of great coffee shops, Sellwood is particularly well-known for antique shops. Some of Portland's best restaurants and bakeries can be found along the quaint neighborhood streets of Sellwood-Moreland, too.

There's plenty to do outdoors in this neighborhood. Sellwood Riverfront Park is a great place to enjoy the Willamette River. On the west side of the neighborhood, Sellwood Park has fields for every sport imaginable, while Sellwood Pool is a great place to take the kids in the summer. There's even a casting pond and a historic amusement park.

Residents here seem down to earth but not very diverse. Housing options are mostly well-kept older homes, with a few townhouses and apartments mixed in. Nearly all the homes here were built before the 1930s

If you're looking to move to Portland, I highly recommend the Sellwood neighborhood. Homes here are still affordable, and it's a great place to raise a family.
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Local businesses
  • beautiful homes
  • Old fashioned vibe
Cons
  • Can be expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"One of my favorite Portland neighborhoods"

There are so many good things about the Sellwood/Moreland neighborhood. First of all, even though you are in SE Portland and downtown is only a few minutes away, you get the feeling you are in a small town... far away from all the action. If you are looking for a place with a "neighborhoody" feel, this part of town is for you. There is a real community vibe, even with an old fashioned flair. There are small homes lining central streets with all kinds of stores, restaurants and boutiques. You will find a lot of antique shops in particular in Sellwood.

Also I like the fact that people from various economic backgrounds all seem to merge harmoniously in this part of town. There are huge estates and also small homes. Another major benefit to living in Sellwood is the fact that you are right on the river. The drive on the Sellwood bridge is really quite lovely. Sellwood park is really cute, and there are even some nature trails that make you feel like you are somewhere very remote... except you will hear screams in the background. Yes, screams from the nearby Oak Parks amusement park.
Pros
  • Old fashioned vibe
  • beautiful homes
Cons
  • Few modern homes
  • Not for hipsters
  • Can be expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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