Sellwood was an independent city until it was annexed into Portland in 1893. Today, the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood still retains a sense of its origins as a highly livable and independent neighborhood, with a strong sense of culture and community. The neighborhood sits atop a bluff of sorts which overlooks the Willamette River. The population as of 2016 was 10,014.
A real estate company purchased 321 acres from the Rev. John Sellwood, who was a pioneer Episcopal minister, in 1882. The land became its own town, was annexed into Portland, and was developed with the heavy influence of the Sellwood Car House, a facility to house streetcars. The Sellwood Car Line was the first inter-urban streetcar line.
Homes in the neighborhood could be described as vintage Portland. A number of older architectural styles, such as Victorian, Craftsman bungalow, and more are common in Sellwood-Moreland. The average home was built in 1949.
Oaks Amusement Park is also located in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. Oaks Park is one of the only amusement parks in Oregon and includes more than twenty amusement park rides for a variety of ages, the country’s largest roller skating rink, a miniature golf course, and carnival games.
There are several parks in the neighborhood: Sellwood Park, Sellwood Riverfront Park, and Westmoreland Park. Between the three parks, there are plenty of spaces for Sellwood-Moreland residents to enjoy the outdoors. Another appealing outdoor attraction is the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, which is connected to Sellwood Park via the Springwater on the Willamette River.
There are a number of independent and unique eateries and shops in Sellwood. Tea Chai Te is an interesting and quirky spot in the neighborhood. The entrance is through a red caboose on the side of the street. Behind the caboose is a sunlit patio and lounge.
Sellwood-Moreland is accessible via the Sellwood Bridge or the Ross Island Bridge from the west side of Portland.
Zip Code: 97202
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips