If there is one neighborhood that captures the quintessential Portland experience, it would be Buckman. It is situated in southeast Portland near the Laurelhurst, Kerns, Hosford-Abernathy, and Sunnyside neighborhoods. The population is 7,943, as of 2016. The median age of residents is 33.
Home styles in the Buckman neighborhood include Old Portland Foursquare, Craftsman, Victorian, and more. There are also some older buildings that have been converted into apartments or condos and updated for modern living.
After a period of industrial growth in and around the neighborhood before World War II, the neighborhood entered a period of decline following the war. In the mid-1960’s, the federal government initiated the “Great Society” Program, which involved low-income residents in the decisions about how their neighborhood would develop. From there began a trajectory of greater community involvement and ownership in the Buckman neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood association—called the “Buckman Community Association”—is an active playerin neighborhood affairs.
Two of Portland’s most popular commercial areas are both partially located in the Buckman neighborhood: the Hawthorne District and the Belmont District. The Hawthorne District features the Bagdad Theater, an iconic venue that first opened in 1927; ¿Por Qué No?, one of the most famed restaurants in the city and most well-known for street-style tacos; and Coava Coffee, one of Portland’s many independent coffee shops. In the Belmont District, some of the more popular stops include Dick’s Kitchen, a popular stop for enjoying a meal with friends, Aalto Lounge, a great place to grab a drink; and the Pied Cow, an independent coffee shop.
Buckman is conveniently located with easy access to downtown Portland. Buckman residents can take public transportation or drive across the Burnside, Hawthorne, or Morrison bridges to get to the west side. Buckman is also generally very bike-friendly.
Zip Code: 97214
Daily errands do not require a car
Many nearby public transportation options
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike