An eccentric man named Timothy Sullivan—an Ireland native who met his wife in Tasmania while travelling—filed a donation land claim in 1851 for the land where the Sullivan Gulch neighborhood can be found. He built his cabin on what is now NE 19th Avenue, on the edge of a steep ravine marking the path of a fast-moving stream (a gulch). The neighborhood that is home to nearly 3,000 people as of 2016 was once a densely forested area, with the occasional waterfall.
Like several of its neighbors in the Northeast quadrant of Portland, Sullivan’s Gulch has maintained a sense of origin and community, with residents who are devoted to supporting one another and “doing the work of the neighborhood.”
There are a number of historic homes in the neighborhood as well as apartments. Sullivan’s Gulch is an ideal location for anyone from a twenty-something to a young family.
Sullivan’s Gulch Attractions
For the frequent commuter, there arefew neighborhoods more convenient than Sullivan’s Gulch. It is situated along I-84 and is well served by public transportation, which provides easy access to Portland’s urban core, the suburbs, and other neighborhoods in the area.
Lloyd Center Mall is located within the neighborhood. Lloyd Center was built in 1960 and has a long history of being a popular destination for shopping, dining, and more—there is an indoor ice skating rink within the mall and a movie theater just across the street.
Rose and Thistle is a popular dining destination. It was created by a “proud Scot” who wanted a “hometown pub in his new country.” The pub prides itself on welcoming all people with a “dry sense of humor.” Another popular stop is Iconic, which features delicious food and classic movies (and sometimes the occasional cartoon!) on the restaurant’s two big screens.
Zip Code: 97232
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike