Dated: January 5 2016

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Southeast Portland is home to the neighborhood of Sellwood, but that wasn’t always the case. Sellwood was once it’s own independent city. It’s name comes from Reverend John Sellwood, who owned the bluff overlooking the Willamette River that the neighborhood sits on. It was annexed by the City of Portland in 1893.

Sellwood has a wonderful community feeling, where people enjoy hanging out at coffee shops and families stroll down the tree lined streets. The homes in Sellwood are comprised of many Craftsman bungalows, along with beautiful Victorians and cute cottages.

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There are some wonderful outdoor venues to enjoy nature in Sellwood. Portland’s first wildlife refuge, the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a migratory bird park, home to hawks, quail, pintails, mallards, coots, woodpeckers, kestrels, widgeons scores of great blue heron. It’s 141 acres also include walking trails that go through the woods, meadow and marshland.

Right Below the wildlife refuge is Sellwood Park, a 17 acre city park located at Southeast Seventh Avenue and Miller Street, the park includes courts for tennis and basketball; fields for soccer, baseball, softball, and football; picnic areas; a horseshoe pit. Family summer fun can be had atSellwood Pool, a zero entry pool with lots of water features for the kids. Nearby is alsoSellwood Riverfront Park, which hasthe boat launches, and a large grassy area suitable for picnics and lawn games, and home to many summer outdoor concerts.Oaks Parkamusement park is nearby as well, with rides, a skating rink and mini golf.

Image titleSellwood boasts a plethora of great neighborhood restaurants. Want some outstanding Italian? Try out a Cenaor Gino’s. Papa Haydn serves up the neighborhood’s best brunch, and has a dessert case to die for. Portlanders love their brunch, and another great spot for it isBertie Lou’s. For a tasty gluten free option, check outJade Bistro, it’s Vietnamese fareis delicious. For your cheap, tasty Mexican fix, hit upLa Sirenita. Need pub fare? Try Muddy Rudder Public House or Relish Gastropub. My favorite sushi in the city (but be prepared for a long wait) is here at Saburo’s. Don’t forget the food carts: Zenbu, PDX Sliders, ASH Woodfired, and Luang Prabang top the list.

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Shopping in Sellwood is a fun experience, and it starts with the very cool lineup of antique stores. FromStars Antique Mall that lines both sides of Milwaukie Ave, to Sellwood Antique Collective on 13th Ave, and the 8 antique stores in between, you will find that gem you are looking for. Other adorable shops make their home in Sellwood. Find the perfect housewarming gift at Tilde, pick out your next board game at Cloud Cap Games, sniff the spices at the Savory Spice Shop, grab your crafting supplies at Collage, bring your kiddos home something from Oodles4Kids, fufill your urban farming needs at Portland Homestead Supply and nab the coolest socks at Sock Dreams.

Does Sellwood sound like the place for you? Check out Homes for Sale in Sellwood and find your next house!

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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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