If you’ve lived in or visited Portland at any time in your life, odds are you’ve been to the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood and probably didn’t even know it. When compared to Goose Hollow, The Pearl, Nob Hill and Fremont, it’s just not as fun to say.
But, the name may be its only drawback. Panoramic views, dynamic homes, friendly neighbors, these are what make Beaumont-Wilshire so fantastic.
Beaumont-Wilshire is located in Northeast Portland on Alameda Ridge and offers views of the Willamette River, Downtown, and the Cascades. It is within walking distance of the Hollywood and additionally offers convenient access to the Alameda, Cully, and Concordia neighborhoods. It is also home to two marvelous parks; Rose City and Grant.
The neighborhood—which is actually two, Beaumont (south) and Wilshire (north), separated by super-hip Fremont Street—is an older and well established neighborhood, with families often dwelling here for generations. Like much of Portland, there is a strong sense of community and a nice mixture of residential and commercial properties. Ample small businesses reside in peace with corporate entities, ensuring a strong job market and a financially stable neighborhood. Beaumont Village, the commercial center for the two neighborhoods, brings together the north and the south in way Old Honest Abe never could.
Formerly known as “Crook Tract”, the name Beaumont is French and means “beautiful mountain.” The Alameda Ridge, on which most of Beaumont lies, explains this name, delivering not only stunning glimpses of the Cascades, but also remarkable views of northeast Portland and the downtown skyline.
The neighborhood is small, with roughly 5,400 residents. South of Fremont, the majority of the homes were built in the early 1900’s giving them a nostalgic and luxurious charm. The northern section offers newer homes, most built in the 1990’s (though a few were built in the 1950’s). A variety of home styles dominate this neighborhood from Tudors, to Craftsmans to simple Bungalows. The diversity in home styles and ages proves that, no matter your taste and budget, you can find the right dwelling for your family in Beaumont-Wilshire.
Early August brings Fremont Fest. This festival brings together the neighborhood with tunes, crafts, art and dancing. There are also nearby farmers markets, art galleries, and ample grocery stores and restaurants. It is near Reed College, Concordia University and Portland Community College’s Cascade campus. With expedient access to public transportation, I-5 and I-84, you’re always close to something to do if you want to venture out of this neighborhood.
But why would you? Everything you could need or want is here. Tree lined streets, abundant parks, and local hangouts mixed with friendly neighborhoods, clean streets and nice homes make this neighborhood a top choice to reside in.