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The Irvington Addition was platted in 1887 and was initially developed in the 1890s. Named after Captain William Irving, a steamboat captain from Scotland, it was a planned residential district in which commercial activity was to be prohibited, so as to maintain property values. Irvington has remained a lovely example of pre-war Portland development, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Most homes in the Irvington Neighborhood are stunning examples of classic Portland home styles, ranging from beautifully Image titlerenovated updates to fixer uppers with a lot of charm. In fact, for the first 25 years of the neighborhood’s existence, there were restrictions such as lots were a minimum of 50 feet wide and houses had to be 25 feet back from the property line. Irvington’s tree lined streets and large yards surround homes with beautiful porches and ornate entryways.

Irving Park is a 16 acre park, located near the northwest corner of Irvington, and offers free wifi, tennis as well as basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, walking paths, picnic tables, and off leash dog areas. There is a playground for the kids, where they can climb the jungle gym or, on hot afternoons, splash in the spectacular water feature. Also in Irvington is the historic Matt Dishman Community Center. Located on the site of the former Eliot Grade School, it was acquired by Portland Parks and Recreation in 1950 and remodeled. Named after Image titlePortland’s first African American Multnomah County police officer and sheriff, the community center includes a basketball court, fitness room, gymnasium, and meeting room. Visitors can also reserve a party room, relax in the whirlpool, swim in the indoor swimming pool complete with a one meter diving board, or lift weights in the weight room.

Since commercial activity in Irvington was prohibited when it was developed, the neighborhood shopping and restaurantsImage title are usually found on the outside edges, mostly along Irvington’s southern border on Broadway. There you will find an impressive array of fashionable shops, cafés, galleries and fine dining establishments. Some great shops include Cotton Cloud Futons, where you will find handcrafted mattresses and the largest array of futon covers in the city, or Nashwa, a full-service local children’s shoe shop complete with kid play area. For they guys, Well Suited carries new, as well as gently used and vintage suits. For the ladies, Emily-Jane offers well designed, hand crafted and locally made jewelry and clothing. And on the northern border of Irvington, you will find Garden Fever, a neighborhood garden store with a large and varied selection of plants, garden supplies and even bee supplies. Smack in the middle of the neighborhood, is Foster & Dobbs, a neighborhood market that specializes in wine, cheese, and cured meats.

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Irvington’s brunch scene is as good as any neighborhood, since you can choose from Hazelnut French toast at Cadillac Cafe or an angry Sicilian sandwich at Petisco or eggs Benedict at Milo’s City Cafe. If raw vegan food is your taste, no one does it better than the Blossoming Lotus, but if you crave a burger and brew instead, visit Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse. The local Italian at Lucca is yummy; try their wood fired pizzas, and to get your Thai fix, the Thai Pod cooks up all your favorites.Image title

A great way to check out Irvington living is the Irvington Home Tour, held on the third Sunday of May. It is thethe longest continuously running neighborhood home tour in Portland, offering ticket holders the chance to look inside some of the most historic homes in Portland. Most of the houses were built by top architects and builders and are designated as historically significant.

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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