Irvington is one of Portland’s most well-preserved historic areas. The neighborhood was designated a historic district in 2010, and added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in northeast Portland, and has an estimated population of 5,864 as of 2016.
The neighborhood streets were laid out in 1887, and people began buying land for homes in 1891. It is an early example of a “streetcar suburb,” which is a residential zone that can trace its growth and development back to the use of streetcar lines as a primary means of transportation. The neighborhood was part of the William and Elizabeth Irving Donation Land Claim of 1851.
Irvington contains the largest and most diverse collections of intact Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, and Colonial style residences in the City of Portland, as well as the State of Oregon. The average home was built in 1937.
Irvington is the largest historic district in Oregon, which means that the unique character of the neighborhood is federally protected. The homes are an attraction in their own right, reflecting Portland’s unique history for generations to come. Carved into some sidewalks are the names of the original craftsmen.
Irvington Park is a popular location for residents of the neighborhood, and includes a water feature, an area for dogs to run freely without leashes, and plenty of green spaces for enjoying a picnic or a walk through the scenery.
While the area is largely residential, the neighborhood also includes a few boutiques and restaurants, most of which could be described as higher end. In addition, there are two bed and breakfast stops, the Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn as well as the Portland White House Bed and Breakfast.
The neighborhood is easily accessible via two major freeway ramps and is well-serviced by public transportation.
Zip Code: 97212
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike