Small-Town College Vibe with Tremendous Appeal
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Just up the hill from Reed College in southeast Portland, the Woodstock neighborhood has a small-town college vibe with tremendous appeal. It’s a welcoming, family-oriented community with a bustling business district, a sprawling park, good schools, and charming homes on tree-lined streets.
The business district runs through the heart of Woodstock and is packed with an eclectic mix of shops, cafés, coffee houses, a library, and two grocery stores: Safeway and New Seasons Market. Walking along Woodstock Boulevard, the aroma of grilling sausages will lead you to one of Woodstock’s oldest businesses, Otto Sausage Kitchen. Established in 1922, this fourth-generation meat market also features imported wines, cheeses, and specialty foods. A block away, the new Portland Fish Market is run by a family of fishermen who catch all of the fish themselves. You can sample their local catches fried up and served as fish and chip baskets from the shop’s walk-up window.
Complementing long-standing favorites like the Cajun-fueled Delta Café and the maze of treasures at Red Fox Vintage, Woodstock has welcomed a flurry of new businesses in recent years. You can grab your morning coffee amid the modern new digs at Heart Coffee Roasters or toast the evening at the Proper Pint Taproom, which pours craft beers and ciders in an inviting space with an industrial vibe.
Nestled amid residential streets north of the business district, Woodstock Park has long been a gathering spot. In the summer months, you can kick back on a blanket to enjoy free concerts and movies under the stars. The park also features fir-lined pedestrian paths, a children’s play area, an off-leash dog area, and multiple sports fields.
Adjacent to the park, Woodstock Elementary School is home to Portland Public Schools’ well-regarded Mandarin immersion program, which hosts cultural exchanges with its sister school in Suzhou, China.
The streets around the park and school are lined with classic old Portland architecture, while other areas of the neighborhood feature post World War II ranch homes. You’ll also find newer infill housing scattered throughout the area.