Get to Know: University Park

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University Park is a quiet, residential neighborhood located in North Portland. Named for its proximity to the University of Portland, it is also bordered by the Willamette River to the south, as well as the neighborhoods of Cathedral Park, St. Johns, Portsmouth, Arbor Lodge, and Overlook. 

University Park boasts a few of Portland’s historic homes but is mostly composed of modest, older homes. Architectural styles that are commonly seen are Portland’s Craftsman-style Bungalow, Cottages, Old Portland, Victorian, Foursquare, and other one and two-story homes. There are also mid-century homes with full basements like the one seen in the video below. Historically the area was used to house workers employed in industrial shipping on the Willamette after the 2nd world war, so many of the homes are updated matchbox-style homes renovated from this era. Despite its proximity to the college community, University Park is a quiet neighborhood. It offers residents a suburban feel, while still being considered an inner-city area. The student demographic gives the area a lively feel. Commuters have a lot of options for public transport via bus, ample bike lanes, and the yellow MAX light rail train located just 10 minutes NE of the area. 

Neighborhood History & The University of Portland