Multnomah is something of a focal point in the southwest area of Portland. Known for its unique commercial area and strong sense of community, the Multnomah neighborhood draws people from all over Portland for anything from a Saturday morning brunch at Marco’s Café, to purchase raw silk at Indigo, or to enjoy a sweet treat at Hattie’s Sweet Shop.
Home styles in Multnomah range from Victorian, Arts and Crafts Cottages, and newer condominiums. The average home was built in 1969.
The land where the Multnomah neighborhood currently sits was originally a land claim of Thomas and Polly-Anne Tice. Through the 1800’s, it was densely wooded. Few people lived there. In the early 1900’s, a community had begun to develop, and in 1910, the area was consolidated into a subdivision. It continued to grow and was annexed into Portland through an 8-year process that began in 1954.
Multnomah Village is a charming commercial area located in the neighborhood, described as “quintessentially Portland.” There are dozens of unique shops, delicious eateries, art galleries, and more. Popular stops include Nectar, Peachtree Gifts, Annie Bloom’s Books, Peggy Sunday’s, Village Beads, Thinker Toys, and many more. A number of medical offices are also located in or around Multnomah Village.
The Multnomah Arts Center, located in Multnomah Village, is known for providing arts education at an affordable cost to students of all ages. Programs offered include dance, theatre, music, drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking, jewelry/metalsmithing, photography, literary arts and more.
Multnomah also has a thriving Neighborhood Association, as well as a Historical Association. The purpose of the Multnomah Historical Association is “to collect, preserve, exhibit, and publish material of a historical character and to develop community-wide interest in the growth and development of the Southwest neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon.”
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
A few nearby public transportation options
Some bike infrastructure