Neighborhood of Roses

Young families flock to Rose City Park, a relatively affordable slice of NE PDX.

Moving to the Rose City Park neighborhood in Northeast Portland could be beneficial to your health.

Allison Johnson, real estate broker with Windermere, says potential buyers don’t always see the Rose City Golf Course as a big selling point, but once they move in, many find their proximity to ample greenspaces — the golf course is adjacent to an expansive park — leads to more exercise and time spent outdoors.

This Rose City Park home was recently on the market for $350,000. It’s got three bedrooms and one bath and is 1,958 square feet over all with an unfinished basement.

This Rose City Park home was recently on the market for $350,000. It’s got three bedrooms and one bath and is 1,958 square feet over all with an unfinished basement.

Housing market Families making the rounds of open houses in the Rose City Park neighborhood will find a range of housing stock, including updated early-1900s Craftsman bungalows with porches, full basements and garages, or the classic Portland four-square homes. Lots are usually 50-by-100, and new construction is limited.

Housing prices trend lower than nearby Laurelhurst and Alameda, but high demand means houses often sell for higher than the listed price. The average list price in a recent five-month period was $385,000, while the average sale price was $390,000.

Johnson’s sense is that many families with young children who seek out this relatively affordable neighborhood are seeking a single-income lifestyle.

This bungalow on NE 56th Avenue was recently on the market for $455,000. It’s got three bedrooms and one bathroom, and is 1,872 square feet.

This bungalow on NE 56th Avenue was recently on the market for $455,000. It’s got three bedrooms and one bathroom, and is 1,872 square feet.

Local schools Elementary and middle school students in the Rose City Park neighborhood are currently divided between three K-8 schools: Laurelhurst, Beverly Cleary and Roseway Heights, which also houses the district’s first Vietnamese immersion program. Older students attend either Grant or Madison high schools, but changes are imminent at all grade levels.

Portland Public Schools, in the midst of a district-wide boundary review, hopes to balance enrollment for factors such as race and class and to avoid overcrowding in some school buildings and underutilization of others. Changes expected to be implemented in the fall of 2016 could include reopening

MovingTo_Apr15_RoseCityParkRose City Park School, on Northeast 57th Avenue, as a neighborhood school. Currently, it’s the home of ACCESS, an alternative program for gifted students, as well as an overflow campus for Beverly Cleary.

Many of the 226 pre-K through eighth-grade students at the private Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose on Northeast Alameda at 53rd Avenue are from the neighborhood.

Family Fun Rose City Park residents are close to restaurants and shops on or near Sandy Boulevard and upper Fremont Street, and just a hop to the Hollywood District. The Rose City Food Park on Sandy Boulevard is a popular, casual dining destination. Home to 12 food carts, it includes a covered dining area and a kids’ playspace with vibrant murals.

Sarah Buckmaster, mom to 5-year-old twins Charlotte and Sophia, and 15-month-old Eleanor, said she appreciates the small-town feel and walkability factor in her neighborhood. Families can access parks, grocery stores, schools, two libraries, the Roseway Theater and more, all on foot.

Rose City Futsal and the Northeast Community Center are close by, too, for families who want to expand their fitness options beyond walking and cycling in the neighborhood.

The Commute Northeast Sandy Boulevard, running diagonally through the neighborhood, offers a quick route east or west, connecting residents to MAX stations, freeways and the airport. That quick trip to the airport is a boon for parents who travel for work. Text home when you land and family can pick you up in under ten minutes. Car-free families in Rose City Park have easy access to downtown and the airport via Tri-Met buses and MAX.

Cycling on Sandy Boulevard is not for the faint of heart, but safer, scenic and more sensible designated bike routes await on adjacent streets such as Alameda and Tillamook.

Heather Lee Leap

Heather Lee Leap

Heather Lee Leap’s articles and essays about parenting, family and health have appeared in two dozen regional parenting magazines across North America. When she is not driving her three daughters to soccer practice and music lessons, she looks for new ways to supplement their education. Heather writes from her home in northeast Portland.
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