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Kerns Neighborhood Guide

The Kerns neighborhood is located in both central and southeast Portland, just on the east side of the Willamette River, north of Burnside Street. It is bordered by the Buckman, Lloyd, Sullivan's Gulch, Laurelhurst and Sunnyside neighborhoods.

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Kerns Neighborhood Features

Kerns, being relatively close-in to downtown Portland, is in a fairly urban area and a result, is a heavy mix of commercial and residential.  As Kerns covers a fairly small urban area, there is not a lot of residential property within Kerns, but what there is consists of older east Portland homes--beautiful large, substantial homes with period charm and detail, many of which have been converted over the years into multi-family units and multiplexes.  Portland four-squares and large Craftsman style bungalows line the streets, tucked into the more commercial areas.

Kerns has many popular Portland restaurants and locally owned businesses, making this a  fun neighborhood to visit.  The Buckman - Kerns shops, bars, and restaurants along Burnside and 28th Avenue are some of the best in town. The Laurelhurst Theater is a great old classic theater for catching a movie.

Buckman and Kerns neighborhoods are also home to some of Portland's finest micro breweries: 

  • Buckman Brewing
  • Migration Brewing
  • Coalition Brewing
  • Burnside Brewing
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing
  • Natian Brewing
  • Cascade Brewing

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Kerns Neighborhood Parks

Buckman Field

Buckman Pool

Buckman Community Garden

Kerns Neighborhood Community Resources

Multnomah County Library

Kerns Day Care

Neighborhood Schools

Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)

Neighborhood Public Transit - bus routes, train stops, etc.

Kerns Neighborhood Association

Kerns Neighborhood Vibe

Kerns is considered to be urban, artsy, bike-friendly, green and eco-conscious.  This is a neighborhood of families, singles, and urbanites. 

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Laurelhurst Theater - 28th Avenue and Burnside, Kerns

Kerns Neighborhood Stats

Kerns Zip Code 97214

Local Crime Stats


Kerns Real Estate

Many of the Kerns homes are old style Portland homes such as Foursquares, Old Portland, Bungalows and more East Portland classic styles. There are a few east coast style apartment buildings in Kerns, and some newer in-fill condos and urban style buildings, too. 

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.

Kerns Neighborhood

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Neighborhood Links

Zip Code 97214

Kerns On-line Community

Kerns Schools:

Laurelhurst Elementary School

Fernwood Middle School

Grant High School

Portland Public School Boundaries

Neighborhood Demographics and Census Statistics

Local Crime Stats


Local Google Map

Neighborhood Boundary Map

Portland International Airport

Portland Police Bureau

Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

TriMet - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar

Maps - View Neighborhoods and Boundaries

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