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Overlook, one of Portland’s long-established neighborhoods, is gaining popularity these days. While it always had a good neighborhood reputation, an influx of nearby innovative restaurants and conveniences have made homes in this close-in and close-knit community hotter than ever.The small North Portland neighborhood, which runs from North Ainsworth Street to the Fremont Bridge between Interstate 5 and the Willamette River, is full of homes built around the turn of the 20th century. Mixed in are some mid-century moderns, bungalows and new infill construction. Older homes here are feeling the love from renovators, who are updating them with modern amenities while still keeping their vintage feel. With the Yellow Max line running right through, it is super convenient to downtown and the rest of the city.

Overlook Park is perched up on the hill above the Willamette River with expansive views of downtown from almost any corner of the park. There are areas for baseball, basketball and soccer, as well as a jogging track, and tether ball pole. Next to the sports fields is a large kids play area with swings, jungle gym, teeter totter, and merry-go-round. Besides the Wednesday evening Farmer’s Market, there are also several summer events held here during the summer, including the always popular North American Organic Brewers Festival.

Great neighborhood restaurants can be found in Overlook. One favorite is Pause, serving up great beer, and home style cooking, complete with homemade pickles. It’s a family favorite in the summer, due to it’s large outdoor eating area with space for the kids to run around until the food comes. One of Fire on the Mountain’s three locations is here, and it’s where the locals go when they want a plate of hot wings. If you are in the mood for Asian tapas, stop by MiHO Izakaya and have some pork belly with sweet egg or firecracker mussels. Maybe your beer and wine selection is just as important as the food? Well Hop & Vine is the place for you. They have eight craft beer taps, an extensive wine list, and creative cocktails to go along with the local seasonal food menu. It’s adjacent bottle shop features more than 400 beers and wines, and over 40 types of vermouths and bitters.

This quiet family neighborhood still has a bit of nightlife to offer. Who doesn’t love to belt out some karaoke? The Alibi, one of Portland’s favorite karaoke bars & tiki lounge is right here in Image titleOverlook. For whiskey lovers, The Old Gold has a whole wall dedicated to their whiskey selection, and The Lost & Found serves fresh-made signature cocktails, with great music, delicious snacks, and a huge patio.

Does your family belong in Overlook? Check out homes for sale in this neighborhood!

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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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