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Overlook & Arbor Lodge

Twin North Portland Neighborhoods Share Attractions and Close-in Appeal
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About Overlook and Arbor Lodge

Perched on a bluff above the Willamette River, these two adjoining North Portland neighborhoods share the same attractions and same close-in, suburban appeal.  You can ride home from work on TriMet’s yellow line train, pop into New Seasons Market to pick up groceries, and then go for a bike ride or a walk along Willamette Boulevard. The path follows the edge of the bluff from Overlook to the University of Portland and offers awesome views of the river, the west hills, and downtown. 
Interstate Avenue and the light rail train runs through the heart of both Overlook and Arbor Lodge and serves as the neighborhoods’ main commercial corridor. The old Highway 99 route is lined with vintage motels from its mid-century heyday, but you’ll also find other cool finds along the way. Housed inside a historic fire station, the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center is a community-based arts center celebrating diversity and emerging artists. Hobby brewers and winemakers will find everything they need supply-wise at the Homebrew Exchange. At Firelight Yoga, you can turn up the heat on your yoga practice. A venerable standard, the Alibi Tiki Lounge, features tropical cocktails and nightly karaoke, while the oldest neighborhood cafe, the Night Hawk, has been serving late-night diner food and drinks since 1931.  You’ll find newer cafes and bars—such as The Old Gold and Milk Glass Mrkt—popping up along Killingsworth Avenue.
Half a dozen parks are scattered throughout the two neighborhoods, the largest of which include Arbor Lodge Park and Overlook Park. Both parks feature playgrounds, sports fields, and off-leash dog parks. The nearby Overlook House hosts both community and private events in a handsome 1927 Tudor mansion. 
Wandering the streets of the Overlook and Arbor Lodge neighborhoods, you’ll find examples of architecture from every decade of the 20th century. New apartment buildings have also begun to crop up along Interstate Avenue, contributing to the neighborhoods’ growing appeal.

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