Sam Schauer

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The Springwater Corridor is great... I'm about 8 blocks away at 90th and Woodstock, ie right in the center of Lents. Lents used to be it's own municipality but was annexed by Portland a number of years ago when the 205 went in. It then went in to obvious decline, and yes, it's proximity to the infamous 82nd Ave does have it's drawbacks... but on the upside they are finally finishing all the street improvements making the sidewalks wider and streets more bike friendly, not to mention the rain gardens every 30/40 feet. We've also got a great Tool Library, Working Class Acupuncture, a hopefully soon to open Co-op, and of course the Lents International Farmers market. And while I wouldn't call any Farmers Market in Portland unfriendly, I will say that Lents has the best atmosphere. All of the other markets are managed by the same organization, so they have all the same vendors and selection. Lents is smaller but the focus in on small scale International vendors and very local produce.

see also
http://www.greenlents.com/‎
http://www.mtscottarleta.com/
http://www.zengerfarm.org/index.php?page=61

Last, I will say that the area you are looking at, a good 50 blocks further out from where I am, is actually quite nice. If I have it triangulated right I'm pretty sure it's in a good little pocket of quiet neighborhoods.

Good luck with the land swap!
7 years ago
Hi Julia. I'm a resident of deep SE Portland, or simply East Portland, and I very much like it. I moved this direction a year ago after simply being priced-out of NE. For example, the home you listed would probably be $500K+ in a "better" neighborhood, but out here you can still get 1.5 acres and a decent house without promising your firstborn, so more and more folks I know have been finding themselves moving this way. Yes, there's still some petty crime, but nothing scary, at least not in my neighborhood, which is getting better all the time. If you want to check out the crime and housing data for your possible neighborhood, check out http://www.portlandmaps.com/, it's city run and has lots of great info.

As to Zeneger farm, those people are fantastic! They run the Lents International Farmers market, which is small but the only market in PDX not part of the "Portland Farmers Market" umbrella, so the vibe is wonderful and very friendly. For example, one fo the main honey-sellers often brings his hive with him to the market! Very cool. Also, Powell Butte is wonderful, but currently undergoing a major construction/renovation as the city is installing a water reservoir up there, so until that's completed it's not much fun to hike there.

Hope that information helps, let me know of you have any other 'hood specific questions, and best of luck with the moving plans!

-S
7 years ago