Parkrose Heights neighborhood is a completely separate neighborhood than Parkrose. It is farther south, south of 84, up on the bluff above 84 so that when you look out over the edge, you can see the Columbia River, Washington, Mt St Helens and Mt Adams!
Parkrose Heights neighborhood is farther south, south of 84, up on the bluff above 84 so that when you look out over the edge, you can see the Columbia River, Washington, Mt St Helens and Mt Adams! It is a really quiet family type neighborhood, well established, full of well built, modest homes with big yards; most homes built in the 50s and 60s. The north side is more upscale, many of the homes having views of the river, mountains or Washington State. If you are looking at houses in the north section, it will feel more like a suburb, but the farther south you go, it becomes more and more urban with sidewalks and shops that you can walk to.
Parkrose Heights neighborhood is a good place to find an affordable house in a mostly safe neighborhood, with good transportation because it borders on both I 84 and 205. You are also super close to the Portland International Airport. Most of the neighborhood businesses are on Halsey and Weidler, you are pretty close to all the shopping in Gateway area, you can take 122nd to either Glisan or Sandy, and get into town pretty quickly! There is no cute little downtown area, like the inner Portland neighborhoods have, but between Gateway area and all it’s store, and the huge business area that is in Parkrose, with Costco, Home Depot, Ikea etc, you are close to as much shopping as you would never need to access!
The Parkrose Heights neighborhood has a large hospital, Vibra Specialty Hospital, plus Adventist Health Medical Group and several other specialty medical facilities, so lots of retired and senior citizens like living close to this area. Plus the huge Glendoveer Golf and Tennis club draws people.
There is a large 12 acre park in the neighborhood, Knott Street Park, with play area, accessible restroom, BEECN – basic earthquake emergency communication node, paths – paved, paths – unpaved, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, and softball field. There is also a smaller one, Merrifield City Park. Parkrose Heights is also not far from Glendoveer golf and tennis club, which has a trail that goes all around it for jogging, walking or biking.
Knott Park has an interesting history. A. J. Knott owned land in the area of the street and park that now bear his name. In the 1880s and 1890s, Knott operated the Stark St. Ferry, which connected Portland and East Portland for many years. The ferry was originally fueled by “mule-power,” with mules pulling the ferry from each shore. Business dwindled when the Morrison Bridge was made free to all, since the Stark Street Ferry was only free to small children and funeral parties. He donated this land to be used as a park for this neighborhoods