Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Have you had a chance to hang out in Montavilla?

I've got two listings coming up in the Montavilla neighborhood, and thought I'd start with a bit about the area.

In 2017, Lonely Planet named the Montavilla neighborhood one of the top neighborhoods in the country to visit.  The compact commercial district, including the Country Cat, Academy Theater and my favorite, Redwood, are just a few of the businesses and watering holes that benefit the area.  The farmer's market at SE 76th and Stark makes the place quite active in the summer.   The vibrant Montavilla Business District contributes to the thriving business community.

Officially, the neighborhood boundaries are I-84 to the north and SE Division to the south, I-205 to the east, and SE 76th (with a jog to SE/NE 68th) to the west. NE Glisan Street has a bit of a  commercial district too.

The area was originally farmland, producing vegetables and berries.  Many early settlers were of Japanese descent; farming the land and taking it to Portland to market.  The neighborhood also served as a stopping point for travelers going from Hood River to Portland.  Streetcar service started in 1892.  Originally named Mt. Tabor Village, the streetcar abbreviation was Mt.Ta. Villa, which over time became, Montavilla.  That streetcar service ended in 1948.

The current Milepost 5 artists' community pays homage to the stone milepost marker P5 marking a distance of five miles to the downtown courthouse.  It is a housing community for creative folks and hosts a variety of openings, shows and performances throughout the year.

In addition to the commercial districts, Montavilla also has a fabulous park and community center at  8219 SE Glisan.  The community center houses an outdoor pool, Portland Parks Pre-school, multi-use room rentals and kids party packages.  Its a busy place!

Click here for market details in Montavilla.   I'll be listing a sweet three bedroom, one bath ranch at the end of the week.  This house is graced by an incredible Sequoia tree, originally planted from seed.  The other listing is a newer two bedroom, one bath home that will hit the market in a month or so.

And I'll post details of the listings once they are on the market.  And as always, if you have questions or want real estate advice, please get in touch.

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