Eastmoreland, Oregon Custom Home Builder

by Delahunt Custom Homes

Eastmoreland is an early-twentieth century, tree-filled neighborhood in inner southeast Portland. In addition to the Reed neighborhood to the north, other bordering neighborhoods are Woodstock to the east, the City of Milwaukie to the south, and Sellwood-Moreland across Highway 99 on the west.

If you like wide tree-lined streets (lots of elms), quiet neighbors, and a variety of house styles, move to Eastmoreland. Take a drive on SE Reed — it’s a boulevard with a median — and soon you’ll be looking at the “Houses for Sale in Eastmoreland.”

To get to Eastmoreland from downtown head east and cross over the Willamette River. Take a right on SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (aka Highway 99). Proceed for four miles and you’ll see the Eastmoreland Golf Course. The neighborhood extends north to SE Woodstock Street and then SE Bybee, south to SE Crystal Springs Boulevard, east to SE 39th Avenue, and west to approximately SE 25th Avenue.

The Eastmoreland Golf Course is a public 18-hole course on 140 acres. Chandler Egan, a former national amateur golf champion and leading golf course architect, designed the course, and in 1917, Portland had its first public golf course. Golf Digest ranks it among the nation’s top 75 public course.

History of Eastmoreland

Both Westmoreland and Eastmoreland, like the Ladd and Laurelhurst subdivisions, were part of the real estate holdings of the Ladd Estate Company. Ladd had lots to suit most pocketbooks. Over in the southwest part of the greater Portland area were Ladd properties that became part of Dunthorpe, an aristocratic suburb of manor houses and country estates. To the north of Westmoreland and Eastmoreland is another Ladd property, Brooklyn. The center of Brooklyn is the Southern Pacific’s railroad yards. When it was first developed and for some years thereafter, Brooklyn was home for hundreds of European immigrants, many of whom worked in the railroad yards.

The only sour note in Eastmoreland peaceful setting was the battle between the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) and the Eastmoreland community. SP owned vacant land alongside its tracks between Eastmoreland and Westmoreland. The SP hoped to use those 15 acres to extend its Brooklyn yards. When that plan was proposed, in the early 1950s, Eastmoreland took the matter to court, claiming that such railroad expansion would cause damage to Eastmoreland property values, In 1956, a federal judge upheld the plaintiffs and enjoined the SP from expanding its yards.

Eastmoreland is the home of Reed College. Reed was founded in 1908, and its first classes were held in 1911. Reed is named for Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Reed. Reed has a full schedule of lectures, concerts, and exhibits that many of the Eastmoreland residents attend.

Eastmoreland Demographics from Eastmoreland, Oregon Custom Home Builder

Population – 5,801
Area  – 1.14 sq. mi. (721 acres)
1,674 householders
3.14 average household size

89% homeowners
8% renters

90.5%   White
1.5%   Black
0.9%    Native American
0.2%    Pacific Islander
6.0%    Asian
0.9%    Other
4.0%    Hispanic

4.2%    Age < 5 years
16.7%    5-17
22.3%   18-21
10.5%   22-39
35.2%   40-64
11.0%   65 and older

26.2%   Families with children
58.5%   Families without children
5.8%     Female household without male
1.9%    Male household without female

Light Rail in Eastmoreland

The 7.3 mile Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (Orange Line) opened for riders in September 2015. It travels past Portland State University, South Waterfront, over a new mixed-use transit bridge to OMSI and through inner Southeast on its way to Milwaukie.

Eastmoreland, along with the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood, share a station on the line on their border at the intersection of  SE Bybee and SE McLoughlin Boulevard.  The platform is a center island configuration immediately north of and below the Bybee Boulevard bridge. There are stairs and an elevator access down to the station from both the south and north sides of Bybee Boulevard.

Another station is accessible to Eastmoreland neighborhood residents that is located near the intersection of SE Tacoma Street and McLoughlin Boulevard, in the City of Milwaukie Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood. This station provides a direct connection to the Springwater Corridor and includes a 320-space park and ride facility.

Eastmoreland Home Styles

Eastmoreland homes show a wide range of architectural styles popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s, including Tudor, Colonial, English Cottage, and stucco. Today the neighborhood is well established and stable. Of the 1,500 lots in the neighborhood, only a few remain empty.

The controversy in the neighborhood is that builders are buying homes with double lots and tearing down the existing house and erecting two large homes that are close together. This changes the appearance of the neighborhood. Many of the older homes in Eastmoreland were built on lots that exceeded the city code for size so homes have a wide expanse between them.

Parks in Eastmoreland

Eastmoreland has three parks. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens (9.49 acres) are botanical gardens located on SE 28 Avenue between the Eastmoreland Golf Course and Reed College. It is affectionately known as the “Rhody Gardens.” The development of a display and test garden was initiated in 1950 by the Portland Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Referred to as Shakespeare Island by Reed College students because of the Shakespearean plays that had been performed there, it was abandoned and overgrown with brush and blackberries. Through the efforts of chapter members and other volunteers, and with the support of Park Superintendent C.P. Keyser, the garden flourished. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is is available for weddings, memorials, anniversaries, and other special events. Other parks:

  • Eastmoreland Playground Parkis a small park catering to children located at SE 30th Avenue and Crystal Springs Boulevard.
  • Berkeley Park(6.45 acres) includes a baseball field, softball field, soccer field, park play area, walking paths, picnic tables, playground, tennis court, and an outdoor wading pool.
  • At the south end of the neighborhood, lies part of theSpringwater Corridor. This corridor is the major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop which was inspired by the 1903 Olmsted plan of a parkway and boulevard loop to connect park sites. The trail is over 21 miles long.

Eastmoreland has 90 acres of park land and open spaces according to Metro and the Portland Department of Parks and Recreation.

Reed College by Eastmoreland, Oregon Custom Home Builder

Eastmoreland is the home of Reed College, a well-regarded liberal arts college founded in 1908. Reed College ranks in the top four of all U.S. colleges and universities for the percentage of graduates who earn Ph.D.s in all fields. It has produced 31 Rhodes scholars, second only to one other liberal arts college.

Reed is the only college in the world with a nuclear reactor that is owned and operated by an undergraduate educational institution. It is operated and maintained by undergraduate college students under the supervision of a director and associate director who are members of the college staff. Since the reactor only produces 250 kilowatts of heat (about 10 times as much as a home heating furnace), a meltdown or other serious event is not likely since the reactor doesn’t produce enough heat to melt down.

Walking in Eastmoreland

Eastmoreland has a variety of walking tours to include a tour of historical homes, two tree walks, a garden walk, and a walk along the creek and bridges of the Springwater Corridor.

  • Historical Homes Timber Press has published a walking tour of historical homes in the Eastmoreland and Sellwood neighborhoods. The tour guide provides a map, brief description of each home, and the address of each home. Clickhere to download the guide.
  • Westmoreland to Crystal Springs Discover Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in this four mile walk. Click hereto download the guide.
  • Southeast Portland Creeks and Bridges In 2006, three bridges opened on the Springwater Corridor Trail, closing a large gap in the 40-Mile Loop trail and reconnecting the communities. Click here to download the guide.

Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Portland is the 14th most walkable city in the U.S. with a Walk Score of 63, a Transit Score of 50 and a Bike Score of 72. There are over 3,000 restaurants and coffee shops in Portland. People in Portland can walk to an average of five restaurants and coffee shops in five minutes.

The Walk Score for the Eastmoreland  neighborhood is 50, the Transit Score is 42, and the Bike Score is 72.


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