The Kenton neighborhood is located in North Portland and is bordered by Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, and Piedmont neighborhoods. Kenton is also in close proximity to other popular neighborhoods via the Max light rail which is located on nearby Interstate Avenue. A drive to downtown Portland is a mere 7-8 minutes away in good traffic conditions and a bike ride is about 25 minutes and is in mostly designated bike lanes.

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Like many of the surrounding Portland neighborhoods, Kenton has been evolving but on a slower scale. The streets have new life and many of the vacant buildings have been rented and great local businesses have emerged. Locals enjoy indie businesses such as Posie’s Coffee, The Kenton Pub, Pizza Fino, E-San Thai, The Cup and Saucer Cafe and their very own library. 

Kenton has some wonderful areas with beautifully improved homes and streets yet some are still in transition. Denver is the main drag and feels like the downtown in a very tiny city.

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Kenton Park Basketball courts, soccer field, paved paths, playground and water feature.

Trenton Park Basketball court, picnic tables and playground

Nearby parks and recreation:

Arbor Lodge Park  Dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, paved paths, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, and lighted tennis courts.

Peninsula Park  Basketball and tennis courts, gymnasium, paved paths, gorgeous old rose garden, play structures and outdoor swimming pool.

Gammans City Park Picnic tables and playground

Farragut Park Basketball courts, soccer field, paved paths and playground

Community Resources

Multnomah County Library – North Portland

Kenton Day Care

Neighborhood Schools

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

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

Kenton Neighborhood Association

North Portland Tool Library  “The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource that loans a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The Tool Library benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving their homes, building community, and sustaining diverse, livable neighborhoods.”

Kenton Neighborhood Vibe

Evolving. On the cusp of something special…something fantastic. Neighborhood locals are extremely down-home, very approachable. Walking through the commercial district of Kenton will spark entrepreneurial thoughts of opening your own cute store front. For those of you that remember Mississippi Ave before it was a hip, thriving district, you’ll know that just a decade ago, the area was basically abandoned and largely unsafe. All it took was a few brave entrepreneurs to come in and begin to fill the void.

We predict that Kenton is one of the next up and coming neighborhood in North Portland.

Kenton Stats

Kenton Zip Code 97217

Local Crime Stats


Kenton Real Estate

Kenton is comprised of mostly modest homes with architectural styles such as Portland’s Craftsman style Bungalow, Cottages, Old Portland, Victorian, Foursquare and other mid-sized, one and two story homes.

There are some amazing old homes in Kenton, especially on Denver Avenue, which is the start of the commercial district. True to Portland style, this neighborhood will reveal creative paint schemes, innovative landscaping, and attention-to-detail restoration efforts. This lovely neighborhood is truly a gem given some still affordable home prices and a neighborhood community that truly cares about the growth and overall livability of the area.

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.