The Reed neighborhood, located in Southeast Portland, is full of upscale,stunning homes that run the gamut from Foursquare, Tudor, Colonial, and more. It shares a name with nearby Reed College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the state. Local residents describe it as a mix of a college town and a suburb, appropriate for everyone from college students, professors, singles, older couples, and everyone in between—there are newer apartment buildings in the neighborhood as well. As of 2016, the population was 4,037.
The neighborhood boundaries are SE Holgate Avenue to the north, SE 39th Avenue to the east, SE Reedway, SE Steele, SE Insley and SE Harold Court to the south. It borders the Brooklyn, Creston-Kenilworth, Woodstock, and Eastmoreland neighborhoods.
One of the main attractions in the neighborhood is Reed College. It is notable for several reasons, perhaps primarily for the high proportion of students who go on to earn doctorates and other postgraduate degrees, as well as the prominent alumni roster which includes 50 Fulbright scholars and 31 Rhodes scholars. The students who attend the school are described as “friendly, artistic, and a little bit offbeat” according to one local resident, who attributes much of the neighborhood’s lively feeling to the presence of such students.
As part of the “college town” culture, there are a number of interesting cafes, coffee shops, and other independent businesses in the area. There is also a Trader Joe’s nearby, a unique grocery store of which there are only several of in the city.
The Reed neighborhood includes and is nearby a number of interesting outdoor gathering spaces. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, which features more than 2,500 plants that bloom in the spring and summer seasons, is nearby, as well as Kenilworth Parkwhich includes a playground, volleyball court, tennis court, and more.
Zip Code: 97202
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips