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Portland South Waterfront Neighborhood Guide

Portland South Waterfront neighborhood is located in SW Portland along the Willamette river and downtown Portland. The South Waterfront neighborhood is kind of like that last square of new sod. It hasn't quite yet meshed and become one with the rest of the lawn, but it's glossy green and dewy, and you can tell it's going to fill in nicely once it's properly watered and made a part of things.

Green, indeed. Gone is the dilapidated industrial morass of an age passed. The developers of this area planned this revitalization as an oasis of progressive architecture erected with a sustainable, environment-friendly philosophy, built with recycled and non-toxic materials and with a healthy respect for the natural world.



Two features here catch and hold the attention. Elizabeth Caruthers Park is the neighborhood's playground, a greenspace with water features, kinetic sculpture, paths to wander, and benches upon which to sit and ponder. Ponder, for instance, the gliding glinting oblong in the sky that can be nothing other than (you'd better hope) the Aerial Tram making its way to and from Marquam Hill as it shuttles visitors and patients and physicians to their work or appointments at OHSU. You don't need to be a doctor or need one to ride the contraption, though. Anyone with the price of a fare may ride. Seriously, with the futuristic high-rises and the park and the airborne conveyance, you might think you were on the set of Logan's Run or some-such!




Perhaps in visual aspect it has little in common with the warmth and history and lived-in-ness of Old Portland, but in its intent and its heart this neighborhood is definitely a growing child of the city.


South Waterfront Neighborhood Vibe

Corporate, busy, high tech, fast paced, young professionals racing from Starbucks to the office and from the office to an upscale dining spot somewhere in downtown. Dog walking, stroller pushing, esplanade runners.


South Waterfront zip code 97239

South Waterfront Real Estate

In the immediate area, make your selection of high rise condos and apartments. Some folks even live on houseboats having purchased their own mooring spot.

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.


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Neighborhood Links

Zip Code 97239

Neighborhood Statistics

Downtown Neighborhood Association

Waterfront Park

Pioneer Courthouse Square

O'Bryant Square

North Park Blocks

South Park Blocks

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Historic Preservation League of Oregon

Portland Public School Information

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Portland Off-Leash Dog Parks

Tri Met - Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar

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