Laurelhurst is one of the most charming largely residential neighborhoods in SE Portland. Picture-perfect homes with manicured lawns, quiet streets lined with tall trees, and a community park in the center of it all are what sets Laurelhurst apart as one of the most livable neighborhoods in Portland. As of 2016, the population was 4,662.
The neighborhood takes its name from the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Seattle. In 1909, Ladd Estate Company—owned by a key player in Portland’s history and twice mayor of the city, William Ladd—sold the Hazelfern Farm (where the neighborhood currently sits today) to the Laurelhurst Company for approximately $2 million. The Laurelhurst Company’s General Manager, Paul Murphy, had recently completed a residential development in Seattle by the name of Laurelhurst, and he carried over the name to Portland. The original neighborhood was 144 acres. Their initial proposal was that no apartments, hotels, flats, stables, or commercial buildings were to be built in the neighborhood. As a result, the neighborhood is still largely residential to this day.
The Laurelhurst neighborhood is in a great location. Easy access to I-84 and Burnside provide a quick thoroughfare to both downtown and Northwest Portland as well as the rest of southeast Portland. The area is bike-friendly and well served by public transportation.
Laurelhurst Park is at the center of the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The land where the park currently sits was purchased by the City of Portland from William Ladd in 1909. In February 2001, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The park includes apicnic area, a basketball court, an area for dogs to run freely without a leash, a horseshoe pit, a playground, a soccer field,a tennis court, and a volleyball court. There is also a lake at the park.
Zip Code: 97232
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike