Laid-Back, Family-Friendly Vibe with Old-Fashioned, Small Town Charm
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Nestled on a bluff above the Willamette River in southeast Portland, Sellwood-Moreland exudes a laid-back, family-friendly vibe with old-fashioned, small town charm. You can start your day with a coffee at The Living Room Coffeehouse. Housed inside Sellwood’s historic feed and mill, the spacious coffee house is an ideal spot to work or study. If you have to go into the office, there a couple of great car-free options. You could hop on your bike and ride the Springwater Corridor Trail, which is just a five mile ride along the river from Sellwood into downtown. You could also catch a ride into downtown on Trimet’s newest light rail route, the orange line. There are two stops serving the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.
On lazy summer weekends, you can splash with the kids at Sellwood Pool, launch a canoe along the riverfront, or enjoy the thrills of the old-school amusement rides at Oaks Amusement Park. The 163-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a year-round attraction for both humans and wildlife, including more than 175 species of birds. Hiking trails meander alongside the park’s wetlands, meadows, and woodland habitats. Two additional city parks, Sellwood Park and Westmoreland Park, feature tennis courts, sports fields, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Westmoreland Park also includes a nature-based play area designed with natural features like boulders and logs.
The neighborhood’s two business districts, Sellwood and Westmoreland, are lined with an array of restaurants, bars, local boutiques, and well-curated antique shops. You can catch a film at the Moreland Theater and then feast on huge slabs of sushi on the cheap at Saburo’s Sushi or sample inventive sliders from PDX Sliders, a popular food cart turned brick-and-mortar restaurant. For fine dining, savor the classic Italian fare at Gino’s or the legendary desserts at Papa Haydn. Local grocers include New Seasons Market and QFC. You can also pick up wine fines, specialty foods, and hand-crafted butters from Buttercraft.
Sellwood-Moreland’s tree-lined streets feature a mix of architecture styles including Victorians, bungalows, and four squares mixed in with newer condo developments.