The Belmont Neighborhood Guide is really focusing on the Belmont District which is located in Southeast Portland, runs along Belmont Street from about 31st to 60th Avenues. Interestingly, the Belmont District is actually located in the Sunnyside neighborhood, bordered on the North by Laurelhurst and on the East by Mount Tabor neighborhood.
Features of Belmont Street
Like the Hawthorne
District, the Belmont Street
area is a very popular area in
southeast Portland. With a strong sense of Portland individuality,
Belmont has many locally owned coffee shops, markets, and distinctive
shops and restaurants. Belmont Street is a favorite destination for
many locals, whether it’s for an afternoon at the Avalon, a night at
the Blue Monk, or a cup of coffee at the neighborhood cafe. This area
has a nice mix of urban diversity, with a funky feel, and local
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The Belmont District runs along Belmont Street from approximately 31st to 60th Avenues in Southeast Portland. The Belmont District is part of the Sunnyside neighborhood, bordered by Laurelhurst to the north and by the Mt. Tabor neighborhood to the east.
You might often hear Southeast Belmont Street and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard mentioned in the same breath, and of course there are similarities shared between them. Belmont, though, looks and feels a little grittier, more boots than sandals. It’s diverse, and eclectic, and a neighborhood’s neighborhood. For many people the Belmont area isn’t just a shop and dine destination. It’s home.
Oh, but there’s plenty of places to go in the Belmont District, make no mistake. Go get a boffo breakfast at Utopia Cafe, or sit and salivate over a great burger at Dick’s Kitchen. Take a walk down the sidewalk later in the evening to have a drink or three at Aalto Lounge, or at Blue Monk where you can also listen to a good band play or watch some belly dancing (Yup! Belly dancing!). And you must experience The Pied Cow (3244 SE Belmont St), a favorite Portland coffeehouse in a “painted lady” Victorian with a nice big side yard where you can sip the brew (coffee or beer) of your choice and have a huff on a hookah if you’re into that.
Should you prefer to take your victuals home, Zupan’s Market probably has it handy. Want to step back in time for some fun arcade gaming? The Avalon Theatre‘s Wunderland arcade is a blast for the whole family. And if the earth spirits move you, step into Moonshadow to find really cool jewelry, incense, literature, and home décor to please any pagan heart.
More local business standouts on Belmont:
Stumptown Coffee on 34th and Belmont (3356 SE Belmont St). As is typical of excellent coffee shops, they are extremely popular (lines) but absolutely worth the wait.
Movie Madness At 33,000 DVD titles and 27,000 VHS titles, if Movie Madness isn’t the largest video store in the world, then it’s certainly a contender. Officially recognized by the Southern California Motion Picture Council for its outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry, Movie Madness is to movies what Powell’s is to books. Akira to Zanuck, we’re talking an inventory that is so vast it’s divided into categories like Classic Directors, Independent Directors, Psychotronic, and Diane Lane . Overwhelming? Not really. This movie palace provides its own spiffy hands-on software as an usher that will locate a movie by either title or director and then indicate in exactly which room it can be found. Movie Madness also appears to be staffed by more clerks at certain times than you might find in one of those mega-chains in several days. And then there’s the museum. Yup, museum. In addition to the rental side of the business, owner Mike Clark – let’s just say a character in himself – has accumulated prop and wardrobe memorabilia from some of the biggest blockbusters ever to come out of the ‘wood. What this means is that, in the very same store that you’re renting your Hitchcock, the knife from “Psycho” awaits you. Or maybe you’re more interested in the alien head from “Aliens” or the time machine from “H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.” Costumes worn by Barbra Streisand to Diane Keaton to Mike Myers are displayed as are all the lead actors’ wardrobes from “West Side Story.”
Noun Okay, English 101 refresher. A noun is any word that represents a person, place, or thing. Name a thing, and you’ve got yourself a noun – and basically you’ve got Noun. In the business of taking variety to adorable levels, owner Stephanie Sheldon has created a “person’s place for things” with no real set of rules but yet with a grammar of its own. Stephanie likes to emphasize that she’s not an antique dealer, but the place is full of vintage. Another very strong emphasis is new and local. So, from old typewriters to dishes, jewelry to aprons – Noun is a language of its own. But if you come across something edible in the showroom, interestingly it’s not Noun. It’s…
Saint Cupcake Okay, technically a cupcake is a noun – but not at Noun. Confusing? See, at the showroom that is home to both Noun and Saint Cupcake, typewriters and dessert might sound like strange bedfellows, but they make great roommates. Housed behind a wooden counter near the back of this building that has, since the 1800’s, been shared over time between the likes of a post office and a trolley stop, a “cupcake boutique” now shares this great old space with the eclectic array that is Noun. And it all makes sense in that Belmont kinda way.
You see, Saint Cupcake, the bakery, located on NW 17th is a multi-layered, wedding cake of an operation that met with demands large and lines long. Owner Jami Curl’s cupcake runneth over, so she decided to open another location, an outlet boutique selling nothing but her cupcakes, made and delivered fresh daily, ordered by the single or in any number of combo arrangements to take to a party or those pesky PTA meetings.
Belmont Arts – Theatre Vertigo Theatre Vertigo’s mission is to engage and stimulate audiences by producing high-quality, ensemble-driven theatre in Portland, Oregon.
View our video of the Portland Belmont Street area to capture a sense of the neighborhood, featuring a song by local Portland band, Ende.
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Belmont Neighborhood Vibe
Funky, free, artsy, a bit grungy here and there and overall, very open. This is an indie business haven. The Belmont neighborhood is a mix of singles, families, hippies and urbanites. Think green, eco-friendly, front yards that are actually vegetable gardens, smart cars, car-free, funky home colors and decor.
Belmont Zip Code 97214
Belmont Real Estate
There’s lots of character in this neighborhood, and many houses have been restored to their original charm. Homes run the gamut of 20th century architecture, from classic Bungalow, to Old Portland, to Cape Cod, Four Square and more. You’ll also find new construction condos and apartments smattered about the area. Homes here will be expensive and buyers will be fiercely competitive, so be on your toes if you really want to live here!
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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