Sellwood Moreland Neighborhood Guide


Location

The
Sellwood-Moreland
neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the
Willamette
River, Brooklyn, and Eastmoreland neighborhoods.

Sellwood-Moreland
Neighborhood Map

 

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Vibe

Sellwood
feels much less
“hipster” and “chic” than say, Mississippi Ave, Alberta Arts
or the Pearl– but a definite, at ease kind of ‘anything goes, all are
welcome’
type of feeling is present on these streets.  Like most
Portland
neighborhoods, Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods feel very
self-sustaining.  Local grocery store New Seasons, many local
coffee shops
plus a few local coffee roasters make this community feel warm and a
lot like
its own small town.  Walking the streets in Sellwood and
Moreland
neighborhoods invokes a “back in the good old days” feeling. 
This area is family friendly, walkable, and livable with a strong sense
of
community pride. 

The
Moreland
neighborhood of Portland is divided into Eastmoreland and
Westmoreland. 
Splitting hairs?  Not according to the neighbors. 
Ask them, and
they’ll say that Eastmoreland is the kind of place where
other people mow your
lawn.  In Westmoreland, they do their own.  Yard work
aside, it’s
certainly evident that the activity of the area – the hustle,
bustle, and
commerce – belongs entirely to Westmoreland.  In the
size reserved for
just one of those well manicured lawns surrounding an Eastmoreland
mansion, four
businesses could fit in Westmoreland.  Each has their
charm.  But as
the seat of the neighborhood’s retail trade,
Westmoreland’s landscape is far
more conducive to a verbal tour.  We’ll cover Westmoreland on
this
neighborhood page as part of the “Sellwood-Moreland” neighborhood,
since that is how it is classified by the City of Portland. 

A
walking tour of
Sellwood & Moreland neighborhoods

Homes

Sellwood
and Moreland
neighborhoods feature older East Portland homes that have been well
maintained
and updated. You’ll find architectural styles including Victorians,
cottages,
and many gorgeous Craftsman bungalows. The streets are quiet, and lined
with
mature trees. This is a great family neighborhood where people hang out
at the
coffee shops on the weekend, and you’ll see couples pushing strollers
and
walking their dogs. The community features many locally owned shops and
restaurants, and Sellwood is known for its array of antique shops.

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


Sellwood-Moreland
Information

Neighborhood Census


Crime Stats

Sellwood
Community Center

Sellwood-Moreland
Library

Sellwood
Park

Sellwood
Pool

Sellwood
Community Garden

Sellwood
Riverfront Park

Westmoreland
Park

Eastmoreland
Playground

Eastmoreland
Golf Course

Crystal
Springs Rhododendron Garden

Oaks
Pioneer Church Park

Oaks Park

Sellwood
Neighborhood Association Website

Southeast Uplift
Neighborhood Program

Reed College

Portland
Public School Boundaries

(enter your address to verify correct schools)

Sellwood-Moreland Schools:

Elementary school: Llewellyn
Elementary School

Middle school: Sellwood
Middle School

High school: Cleveland
High School

Portland International
Airport

Portland
Police Bureau

Portland
Classifieds on Craigslist.com

Portland
Off-Leash Dog Parks

Oregon Humane
Society

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

Sellwood
Moreland Flexcar

 

Sellwood’s Independent Businesses

The Ugly
Mug Coffeehouse
at 8017 SE 13th is locally owned, has a great
vibe, and
awesome coffee. Kid friendly. Movie nights. Open late, and serves beer
and wine.

Blue
Kangaroo Coffee Roasters

is also another local area Sellwood favorite.  Located in the
busiest part
of the Sellwood strip, they roast onsite and have a wonderful and cozy
cafe. 

Some great Portland’s eateries and are found in this
quaint community,
too.  Locally famous Grand
Central Bakery
and Marsee
Baking
are excellent and seemingly always busy.  Do
not miss the ever
growing number of food carts — a locals favorite to be sure. Many of
our local
food carts have been written up all over high end periodicals such as
Sunset
Magazine.  Learn
more about
Portland Food Carts
.

A locals review
of the Grand Central Bakery in
Sellwood:  Delicious!

If you haven’t tried the wonderful goodies at
Grand Central Bakery, stop
by on your way downtown and grab something better than a doughnut.
Located at
7987 SE 13th Street in Sellwood, it is just a two blocks north of
Tacoma Street.
The Sellwood location has been open since May 2004, and is one of our
favorite
places to have breakfast. It has the delicious breads, cinnamon rolls,
jammers
(a biscuit with the jam built in), coffee cake and croissants of their
other
locations. Hidden in back is a kid friendly room with a low table for
the young
and two regular tables for adults. Toys, books and a chalkboard are
available
for the children’s entertainment while you sip on a latte and read the
paper.
Chalk isn’t always available, so you might want to bring your own
colored chalk,
and if you are like me, leave some behind! Don’t forget to grab a loaf
of bread
to take home. Try their olive, como or any of the other delicious
varieties. You
can get the loaf whole for a fancy dinner, or have them slice it for
easy
toasting and sandwich making.

The employees at the bakery are friendly and
wonderful, and while I don’t
know the official policy, you regularly see people with their favorite
‘brand’
of coffee eating the baked goods. Don’t let that dissuade you from
trying their
coffee or espresso as it is all excellent. The bakery is open for lunch
and has
a variety of sandwiches. Combine lunch with a trip to the Sellwood-Moreland
Library
down a block and you have an excellent afternoon.

Grand
Central Bakery Sellwood

Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

7987 SE 13th Street

Sellwood OR 97202

(503) 546-3036

 

Sellwood & Westmoreland Antiques


Sellwood seems to be synonymous with ANTIQUES.  We dare say we
have never
seen so many antique stores packed into one area.  If you’re
an antique or
craft lover, this is your place.  These are typically the kind
of places
that were born in passion and nurtured however the proprietors wanted. 
They’re not open late. 
For the most part, they
don’t have web addresses.  These
are businesses that tend to
be run in a manner appropriate for their inventory – the old
fashioned way.

It should be mentioned that, when you’re
talking antiques in Sellwood and
Moreland, you’re walking the talk since these stores consume
literally blocks
and blocks of the commercial space that makes up these two districts. 

Stars Antique Malls

Westmoreland’s main drag, Milwaukie Avenue,
has rolled out the red
carpet.  Stars literally line the street.  With over
300 dealers
filling 30,000 square feet in three locations within a block, any
discussion
about their variety of stock is just plain redundant.

Gayle Tweed, Darwin Otto, and Brent Heeb, three friends
with a passion for
collecting and decorating, opened their first location, Stars Antique
Mall, in
1990.  Directly across the street, Stars and Splendid Antiques
Mall
followed in ’94.  And just a stone’s throw
down the road, More Stars
Antiques Mall joined the family in ’98.

Despite these Hollywood proportions, the Stars stores
are not overwhelming or
impersonal.  Their staff is extremely friendly.  And
the owners are
typically onsite and approachable.  Guess you know what
hasn’t gone to
their heads. 

Stars Antique Mall

Hours All Stores:  Mon-Sat 11:00-6:00,
Sun 12:00-5:00

7027 SE Milwaukie Avenue

(503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid

7030 SE Milwaukie Avenue

(503) 235-5990

More Stars

6717 SE Milwaukie Avenue

(503) 235-9142

www.starsantique.com

The Silver Lining

High-end consignment at low prices. 
That’s what they do.  But
they also do friendly off the charts.  Since 1983, Karen
Ripplinger has
been buying and selling top-of-the-line women’s clothes,
shoes, and
accessories in brands like White House Black Market, Coach, Ann Taylor,
Hilfiger, and Chico. 

However, she and staff members like Lorrie Mickelson,
who’s been with her
the last 11 of those years, have been doing more than
business.  They’ve
been having a blast!  They see the business as based on
relationships.  Lorrie lives in Westmoreland, after all, and
these are her
neighbors.  And like a neighbor – and best
girlfriend – she really
wants you to find that perfect dress to wear to the wedding or take on
that
special trip.  They love the thrill of the hunt just like you
do.  But
good luck finding a dark cloud.

Silver Lining

Hours:  Mon-Fri 11:00-6:00, Sat
10:00-5:00, Sun 12:00-4:00

7044 SE Milwaukie Avenue

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 238-5578

www.silverliningco.com

Wallace Books

Wallace is a small house with a big inventory, so big in
fact that its
children’s section is second only to
Powell’s.  Every square inch of
this quaint space belonging to Julie Wallace is filled with books, even
overhead
lining the thresholds of the house’s various rooms.

Featuring both new and used books, Wallace is
“your neighborhood
bookstore” and so welcomes you through their door seven days
a week.

Wallace Books

Hours:  Daily 10:00-7:00

7241 SE Milwaukie Avenue

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 235-7350

www.wallacebooks.net


Looking Glass Bookstore

If you read this book by its cover, you can’t
help but get drawn inside. 
A bright red caboose – an actual caboose,
full size – sits near the
street and claims to have books.  Hmm,
actively seeking a
downside here.

This place is great!  Four
walls and some inventory do not
a bookstore make.  Nor do corporate
architecture and a
requisite coffee chain housed within for that matter. 
But
what does work is coziness, a staff that makes you feel warm and
welcome. 
That fireplace inside doesn’t hurt, and
neither does the outdoor patio
complete with comfy looking lawn chairs to read fountain side. 
And
the caboose?  What else could be
more adorable – or
welcoming?  It’s a
children’s book section with small
rocking chairs, caboose seats for the kids to climb up to and read, and
loveable, old stuffed toys like Curious George and Cat in the Hat that
used to
belong to the owner’s children.

In business for over 30 years, Karin Anna’s
beloved Looking Glass Bookstore
sells a broad range of new books and specializes in international
literature,
politics, children’s books, environmental issues, and poetry.

Looking Glass
Bookstore

Hours:  Mon-Fri
9:00-6:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-6:00

7983 SE 13th Avenue (only caboose on the block)

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 227-4760

www.lookingglassbookstore.com