For the first time homeowner, Foster-Powell presents an ideal neighborhood: affordable housing, access to SE Portland, and a wave of ongoing revitalization that is quietly transforming the neighborhood. It is located near South Tabor, Creston-Kelinworth, and Mt. Scott-Arleta. As of 2016, the population was 7,554.
The neighborhood was an original streetcar subdivision in the early 1900’s as Portland went through a rapid period of expansion. Foster Road, the neighborhood’s southern border, was at one point used primarily to haul goods downtown. It passed through the town of Lents along the way. In the early 20th century, Foster was the widest street in Portland. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the area entered into a period of economic decline which affected the Foster-Powell neighborhood. But, things are looking up—immigrants and young families are attracted by lower prices and in the process are restoring the residential vitality.
Foster Road is an up-and-coming commercial area with unique businesses. Enacted in 2014, the Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan prioritizes safety and streetscape elements to transform the Foster Road corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods into vibrant and unique neighborhoods, resulting in an array of benefits for residents and businesses. Part of this project is ensuring safety for pedestrians and bikes, as well as improving the quality of public transportation service along Foster Road.
Essex Park is located in the Foster-Powell neighborhood and includes a baseball field, basketball court, playground, tennis court, and more. Mt. Scott Park is also located nearby and includes a playground, softball field, tennis court, paved paths, and more.
Foster-Powell is located within close proximity to other neighborhoods in SE Portland, many of which include some of the most popular attractions in Portland. With lower housing costs in Foster-Powell, the neighborhood could be an ideal location for homebuyers wishing to experience living in SE Portland for a more affordable price tag.
Bordering Neighborhoods: Mt. Scott-Arleta, Creston-Kelinworth, South Tabor
Zip Code: 97206
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips