Northeast Portland’s Hollywood District may lack the glitz and glamor of its southern California namesake, but, it still puts Tinseltown to shame. It is home to the Ambassador Karaoke Bar, the Rheinlander, numerous cafes, fruit stands, and art boutiques. From this fine neighborhood, you can see both the skyscrapers of downtown and the peak of Mt. hood.
Many of the homes in the Hollywood district were built in early 1900’s to the 1950’s with charm that has stood the test of time. The homes in this neighborhood are “classic Portland”—a charming mix of Tudors, English cottages, and traditional craftsmans. Large, welcoming porches allow residents to step back into time, when people actually visited with their neighbors. It’s not uncommon to see people enjoying summertime weather by sipping lemonade, painting, drawing, listening to music and napping on their old fashioned porches. The glasses of lemonade get replaced by cups of steaming hot chocolate as neighbors don hats, scarves, and mittens and brave the cold, winter air to once again, congregate on the respective front porches. During the occasional winter when Portland gets snow, children can be seen shoveling the driveways of tree-lined streets.
Pubs, restaurants, and fabulous coffee shops such Aliviar draw a younger crowd to the Hollywood District. The arrival of new college graduates is met with the offering of numerous townhouses and apartments. The growing eclectic nature of Hollywood residences is causing the homes to become increasingly sought-after.
The Hollywood Theatre is the namesake of this neighborhood. This first-rate second-run theatre allows one to enjoy a brew and a slice of pizza while watching a newish movie on the cheap. Nearby Hollywood Bowl offers inexpensive bowling and weekend karaoke. Just down the street, the Tonic Lounge offers cheap suds, good burgers and live music seven days a week.
Unlike many of the urban centers in Portland, Hollywood is very car-oriented with easy access to major intersections and I-84. New Seasons and other grocery stores are found here, along with numerous fast food joints, several organic and vegan restaurants and plenty of parks.
While there is a greater prevalence of cars in Hollywood (versus other Northeast Portland neighborhoods), there are plenty of other means of transportation. Bike and pedestrian traffic are still common sights. Hollywood also has convenient bus and train service care of the Hollywood Transit Center, helping to ease the commute to and from work.
The Hollywood District is host to a seasonal farmers market, the annual Rose Festival Junior Parade, a branch of the Multnomah County Library, and Grants Park. Hollywood offers everything for the individual or the family, with convenient access to downtown, the mountains, the beach and the airport, the Hollywood District is a great place to live and work.