Homestead Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon
Taking the tram from South Waterfront up to OHSU will bring you to the Homestead neighborhood of southwest Portland. For the most part it is a residential neighborhood with the exception of a world class medical university, a large park with plenty of hiking trails and being a short distance from the downtown of one of the greatest cities in the country. The neighborhood is filled with lush trees, miles of hiking and running paths and great views of Portland.
Homestead is bordered by Southwest Hills to the north, Corbett-Terwilliger to the east and Hillsdale neighborhood to the south. It is conveniently placed a short distance south of downtown. Homestead is located on the east side of the west hills near Pill Hill, where OHSU’s campus sits. Although Homestead doesn’t contain many businesses, South Waterfront is just an aerial tram’s ride away which leads locals to restaurants, coffee shops, the waterfront and the nation’s largest green development.
Homes & Real Estate
The homes in Homestead wind up and down with the roads in the neighborhood, leading to hidden trails and natural areas that are a part of Marquam Park. There is a wide range of architectural styles such as colonial, modern, Cape Cod and more.
Students in the Homestead neighborhood attend Bridlemile Elementary School, West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School.
Photos of Homestead
Parks and Natural Areas
Marquam Nature Park starts at the base of the west hills, just south of downtown, hosting a multitude of native plant species along several trails that wind up the hill to Homestead. The trails pass through splendid Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Red Cedar and Big Leaf Maples to name a few of the trees.
Duniway Park Lilac Garden was home to the first Italian community in Portland, and features a track that was built as the first of its kind, made from over 20,000 lbs of recycled rubber from athletic shoe soles donated by Nike. The park also hosts 225 plants with 125 varieties that provide a wonderful backdrop for the park.
The neighborhood is quite secluded beneath the overgrowth of Douglas Firs and perched on top of the curvy west hills of Portland. With many apartment complexes on the north side of the neighborhood near OHSU and Pill Hill, the rest of the neighborhood consists of homes that are spread out though it doesn’t mean there is a lack of activity in the Homestead Neighborhood Association. But it does mean that there isn’t a typical hustle and bustle, small town feel that one might get in a different area of Portland. Where the layout of the neighborhood allows it with sidewalks and wide roads, there are runners, dog walkers and active people who enjoy the views and the great accessibility that Homestead offers.
Homestead Neighborhood Association
A unique aspect of the Homestead neighborhood lies in its active neighborhood association which works hard to preserve the community’s wildlife and natural areas. The NA provides plenty of opportunities for locals to get involved in community service projects as well as special events such as gardening classes and plant exchanges, neighborhood barbecues, trail walks, ivy removal teams, neighborhood watch program, movie and book clubs, neighborhood sports teams and more.