Regardless of where we choose to live, I think many of us thrive on the hustle and bustle and fast pace of city living. Whether you make your home in the suburbs, the country, the beach, the mountains, or the city itself, there is something to be said for spending time in the city. But, for those that want to live close to the city but not in it, you have plenty of options, including the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland, Oregon.
The Lents neighborhood is one of the largest in Portland, covering 3.75 square miles. Lents borders the Powellhurst-Gilbert, Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington Pleasant Valley neighborhoods. It is one oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in Portland and, thanks to the Urban Renewal program implemented in the city, one of the fastest growing.
Resting six miles southeast of downtown Portland,Lent’s town was originally built as a self-sufficient town and suburb of Portland. In 1912, with a population nearing 10,000, Lents was annexed into the city of Portland. Houses of all shapes and sizes line this mostly middle and lower middle class neighborhood, from turn of the century ranches and farm houses, to newer condos and homes. Lents is the perfect place to raise a family and an affordable Portland neighborhood for young families and first time home buyers.
Lents is filled with numerous parks (Lincoln Memorial, Bloomington, Lets Community Garden, Springwater Corridor Trail, to name a few) and, perhaps its greatest prize, the I-205 Bike trail. This bike trail, which meanders through the neighborhood is a one stop bike excursion on a dedicated trail through the heart of one of Portland’s most exciting and established neighborhoods.
Easy access to Hwy 26 allows for direct travel to downtown Portland, to Hillsboro and the beach, or down to Central Oregon to Bend, Sunriver, and Detroit Lake. I-205, Foster and 82nd also intersect with Lents making travel anywhere in the Portland/Metro area a breeze. Public transit abounds as well, with the Green Max Line and 8 bus lines. Gilbert Park Elementary and David Douglas High School offer fine academics and competitive athletics programs.
Lents offers the best of urban living in a suburban setting. Affordable housing, a centralized location, and a current Urban Renewal Program make Lents a top commodity. Get in while you can!