Grant Park, Oregon Custom Home Builder

by Delahunt Custom Homes

Grant Park is a neighborhood and park in the Northeast section of Portland, Oregon. The neighborhood is bordered by Alameda and Beaumont-Wilshire to the north; Rose City Park to the east; Hollywood DistrictLaurelhurst, and Sullivan’s Gulch to the south; and Irvington to the west. It is best known as the setting for Beverly Cleary‘s Klickitat Street series of books. Houses in the neighborhood generally date to the nineteen twenties and early thirties, and are primarily of the Old Portland or Craftsman styles. Grant Park is only a few blocks away from Klickitat Street, the fictional home of the characters.

The park, honoring President (and former Vancouver, Washington resident) Ulysses S. Grant, was acquired by the city in 1922. The park is contiguous with the grounds of Grant High School, and is 19.9 acres in size. Amenities include a large playground, dog park, athletic fields, walking paths, picnic facilities and tennis courts.

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park celebrates author Beverly Cleary’s colorful characters. the writer grew up in this neighborhood, and Grant Park is where her stories take place. Statues of Henry Higgins with his dog, Ribsy, and Ramona in her raingear stand around a central fountain. Lee Hunt, a local artist, designed the garden’s child-friendly bronze sculptures.

The Beverly Cleary sculpture garden at Grant Park celebrates author Beverly Cleary’s colorful characters. The writer grew up in this neighborhood, and Grant Park is where her stories take place. Statues of Henry Higgins with his dog, Ribsy, and Ramona in her raingear stand around a central fountain. Lee Hunt, a local artist, designed the garden’s child-friendly bronze sculptures.

Grant Park is a neighborhood in the Northeast section of Portland. Grant Park is bordered by the neighborhoods of Alameda and Beaumont-Wilshire to the north, Rose City Park to the east, Hollywood District, Laurelhurst, and Sullivan’s Gulch to the south, and Irvington to the west. Grant Park is the setting for Beverly Cleary‘s Klickitat Street series of books.

The Grant Park is a family-friendly feel, with quiet, residential streets that are lined with comfortable family homes. Grant Park with large mature trees, sports facilities, playground, and off-leash dog area, is the social center of the neighborhood.

Grant Park abuts (and overlaps) the following neighborhoods: Irvington on the west, Sullivan’s Gulch on the east, Alameda on the north, Hollywood on the east, Laurelhurst on the southeast, Beaumont-Wilshire on the northeast, and Rose City on the east.

The Grant Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) website is where you can read the GPNA newsletter online. It is an eight page quarterly publication that is distributed to over 2,000 homes between NE Broadway and NE Knott and from NE 26th to NE 47th, with some overlap around the outside edges. It is full of information.

To see how the neighborhood fits in with the rest of the area, download a map of Northeast Portland.

History of Grant Park

Originally one of Portland’s streetcar suburbs, Northeast Portland underwent a great building boom from 1890-1913. During that time, Northeast Broadway, one of the district’s main thoroughfares, evolved naturally into a busy strip of restaurants and shops needed to support Portland’s growing eastside population.

How the Neighborhood Got Its Name from Grant Park, Oregon Custom Home Builder

After General Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the U.S.A. Grant visited Portland three times, a rare thing for a president to do in the days before air travel or before rail travel was standardized and safe. Early in his military career, Grant was assigned to Fort Vancouver, where he made friends with many of Portland’s politicians.

Grant Park Home Styles

Grant Park features classic style homes to Craftsman, cottage, Cape Cod, and bungalows. Most homes sell well above $400,000 and they retain their value as evidenced below by the ‘Grant Park Home Prices.’

Please be aware that the above figures are subject to error and are intended as guidelines only. Visit the Portland Monthly Magazine website for an in-depth analysis of home prices in the Portland metro area.

Grant Park Homes for Sale

Parks and Community Centers in the Neighborhood for Grant Park, Oregon Custom Home Builder

Grant Park is located at NE 33rd Avenue and US Grant Place and it has close to 20 acres. It has a baseball field, basketball court, soccer field, softball field, tennis court, restroom, dog off-leash area, picnic site, picnic tables, wading pool, and playground. The park also has an outdoor pool, a 25-yard shallow pool with a kid slide and 25-yard deep pool, heated to 84 degrees. The water depths of the pool range from 2-8 feet.

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park celebrates author Beverly Cleary’s colorful characters. the writer grew up in this neighborhood, and Grant Park is where her stories take place. Statues of Henry Higgins with his dog, Ribsy, and Ramona in her raingear stand around a central fountain. Lee Hunt, a local artist, designed the garden’s child-friendly bronze sculptures.

The Beverly Cleary sculpture garden at Grant Park celebrates author Beverly Cleary’s colorful characters. The writer grew up in this neighborhood, and Grant Park is where her stories take place. Statues of Henry Higgins with his dog, Ribsy, and Ramona in her raingear stand around a central fountain. Lee Hunt, a local artist, designed the garden’s child-friendly bronze sculptures.

The Northeast Community Center (NECC) in Hollywood was started by a group of volunteers who formed a nonprofit, the NECC took over the building in 2008 that originally served as the Northeast YMCA for 80 years. The big yellow building just west of Starbucks was extensively renovated by volunteers and donors who wanted to save the facility and maintain its longtime heritage of service to the community. That heritage is now being expanded.

Grant Park has 19 acres of park land and open spaces according to Metro and the Portland Department of Parks and Recreation.

Walking in Grant Park

Walking in Grant Park means more than taking an evening stroll in the neighborhood. It means that you can walk to the library, restaurants, and even to food markets such as Trader’s Joe over in the Hollywood area.

In the City of Portland 2005 Livability study, 94% of Grant Park residents rated their neighborhood “good” or “very good” on these two items: (1) Walking distance to bus stop and (2) Access to shopping and other services.

Here are two walks that are close to the Grant Park neighborhood:

  • Alameda Ridge This 4.4-mile loop through Alameda includes a turnaround block at a 1927 mansion built by lumber baron Thomas Autzen. The walk’s many stairs, beautiful homes and great views make it a fun adventure.
  • Hollywood This is a short walk through the Hollywood neighborhood. It offers enough places to stop, shop, and eat that it can tak all day.

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 Grant Park neighborhood is 81, the Transit Score is 60, and the Bike Score is 94.

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