Woodstock, located in southeast Portland, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It was platted in 1889, and named after a novel by Sir Walter Scott—it was very popular at the time to name housing tracts after his novels. The word “stoc” in its original meaning refers to a stockade place, and “woodstock” refers to a place fortified with wooden posts. This may refer to the Woodstock post office, which was established in 1891 when Woodstock was a separate city from Portland.
Some of the homes in the Woodstock neighborhood were built as early as the 1800’s. These are concentrated for the most part in the northern section of the neighborhood. The average home was built in 1956.
With its origins as a separate town, Woodstock is an independent community where most amenities can be found in the neighborhood, but it still located nearby other popular locales in southeast Portland and isn’t too far of a drive (or bus!) from downtown Portland.
The main commercial area of Woodstock is located on SE Woodstock Boulevard, between SE Cesar Chavez and SE 52nd Avenue.Mezza is a popular spot in the Woodstock neighborhood. It offers Lebanese cuisine in a relaxing, inviting environment. Another popular restaurant is Pizza Roma, which offers pizza, handcrafted sandwiches, and more.
From June to October, the Woodstock Farmer’s Market offers fresh, local produce from area farms.
There are several parks within close proximity of the neighborhood: Berkeley Park, Brentwood Park, Creston Park, and the Mt. Scott Park and Community Center. Reed College is also nearby, and hosts events and lectures that are often open to the community.
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips