Nestled in the hills between downtown Portland and Beaverton lies a little treasure of a neighborhood called Multnomah Village. As the name would suggest, the neighborhood is small, quaint and friendly; all the adjectives that describe Portland. Everything is easily accessible by foot, but it also caters to cars and public transit, with easy access to 99W, I-5 and Highway 217. It’s also one of the most affordable neighborhoods in West Portland.
The homes in this neighborhood are diverse and charming. From large sprawling mini mansions to cute little bungalows, Multnomah Village has something for every household size and budget. Take a drive through the village and you’ll see classic ranch style homes, townhouses, condominiums and numerous apartments. This is in addition to the friendly neighbors.
Within the neighborhood you have numerous restaurants and cafes including the Old Market Pub with its delectable red beer and juicy burgers, Otto & Anita’s European Restaurant, the Original Pancake House with its famous Swedish pancakes and the New Delhi Restaurant, which serves fine Indian cuisine. There is also an Albertson’s in the Village, and a short drive away, you’ll find New Seasons and Fred Meyer. Beaverton Town Square and the Washington Square Mall are just a few minutes away by car. Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus is within biking distance.
The speed limit is low so that children and pets playing in nearby parks and sidewalks are safe. Police patrol the area with regularity and, with most of the neighborhoods being tucked away and off of the main drag, it’s easy to know who lives in the area and who’s visiting.
Walking the dogs through the quiet neighborhood on a crisp autumn day, I’m greeted by all manner of coffee shops, boutiques, smiling faces, cafes and friendly bikers. Brown and gold leaves line the streets and in the distance I can see the top of Mt Hood, covered in its eternal snow blanket. After I get home, I’ll go to the nearby Rec center and, for five dollars, get my swim on and lift some weights before reading a book on the tread mill. On the way home, I’ll stop at Laughing Planet for a Che Guevara Burrito before driving up the small hill to my home.
Multnomah Village has everything you could look for in a city with the peace and quiet of the suburbs. With numerous fine schools, reasonable housing and grocery costs, and relaxed streets, it’s a great play to live and raise a family.