Roseway Neighborhood – Your New Home
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Roseway is a roughly square-shaped neighborhood in Northeast Portland. Northeast 82nd Avenue, the marker of Portland city limits in the early 1900s, is the eastern boundary. Northeast Sacramento and Northeast Siskiyou streets run the length of two parks–Glenhaven and Rose City–with Rose City Golf Course between them, forming the southern boundary. The western edge is mostly NE 65th with a small dogleg at NE Fremont over to NE 62nd up to the northern border NE Prescott.
The majority of Roseway is single-family residences, most built between 1920 and 1950, and mature trees line nearly every street. Sandy Boulevard cuts diagonally through the heart of Roseway and serves as its primary commercial corridor. The two primary TriMet bus routes servicing the neighborhood are #12 and #33. The Max Lightrail is nearby too, with a station just to the south at NE 82nd and NE Halsey.
Residents have easy access to I-84 and I-205 freeways in addition to proximity to Portland International Airport. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is just a short drive away via I-84 providing incredible access to hiking trails and some of the most beautiful natural terrain in the state of Oregon.
Roseway is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon wandering around, admiring the variety of architecture and the many beautifully kept gardens. If you begin in Glen Haven Park and walk the length of the Rose City Golf Course on Sacramento, you will see so many treetops that you might forget you’re in the middle of a city. Taking a right on 70th Avenue makes for a pleasant, winding route through the southern part of the neighborhood up to Sandy Boulevard.
Try out a class at Roseway Yoga (SE 65th) or stop by Kainos Coffee (SE 66th) a bright, cheerful spot with delicious coffee, pastries, and a purpose. Owners Marten Boyden and Austin Roberts started Kainos in part because they love coffee, and also to fulfill their desire to give back. Boyden has taken numerous trips to the Philippines where he volunteers with Life Child Asia Foundation, an organization working to get orphaned children off the streets and into homes that feel more like homes than institutions. Kainos donates 21% of their profits to the organization every month.
Explore the community of Asian restaurants along the stretch of Sandy Boulevard that runs through Roseway. Start with the well-known pho powerhouse Pho An (SE 63rd), and continue to MeKha Noodles (SE 66th) which the Oregonian declared the makers of Portland’s Best pho in 2016. If it’s too early for pho, try the Cameo Cafe (SE 82nd), an old-school diner for the past quarter of a century, serves American fare with a Korean twist like kimchi hash and pindaettok, an eggy Korean pancake with scallions, bean sprouts, and carrots.
Roseway has seen decades of change, especially along Sandy Boulevard, but there are still some old-timer holdouts that will make you feel like the important things have not changed. If you’re seeking comfort, stop in at neighborhood staple Annie’s Donuts (SE 72nd) where you will find the familiar lineup of old favorites and a baker’s dozen won’t break the bank.
The Roseway Theater opened in 1924 with a 600-seat capacity and was a central hub of activity and socializing. Some residents in Roseway still remember the early days where you could pay with just a couple coins to see a picture. In the 1950s the building underwent its first remodel but with years of steady use, again became worn and dated. Greg Wood–grandson of a film editor, son of a director in Sony’s engineering department restored the art deco details of the building, maintained the single screen structure of the theater but reduced the number of seats from 500 to 330 to allow for greater comfort with more legroom. He also upgraded the projection and sound equipment to the highest current standard so the theater would continue to be a desirable destination for movie buffs and sentimentalists alike.
Fairley’s Pharmacy is a reminder that pharmacies used to be fun and functional. Constructed in 1913 at the junction of SE Sandy and Fremont, the building is triangular, coming to a narrow point at the corner. Walking into this pharmacy is like stepping back in time. There are some activities to keep you busy while the staff fills your prescriptions. Saddle up to the soda fountain counter and enjoy a sundae, milkshake, malted, egg cream, or phosphate soda. You can also pass the time gazing at their assortment of vintage pharmacy equipment and old advertisements for things of the past like cocaine tooth drops and asthma cigarettes.
Restaurants & Businesses in the Neighborhood:
- Kainos Coffee
Kainos Coffee is a locally roasted, family owned business in the Columbia Gorge fueled by a mission to give back.
- Pho An
Large bowls of Vietnamese soup made with meat & vegetables plus other classic fare in a basic room.
- MeKha Noodles
Asian cuisine such as Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cambodia gourmet dining that offers the highest level of freshness in their ingredients.
- Cameo Cafe
Small eatery serves global fare such as breakfast, pasta & Asian dishes amid eclectic decor.
- Roseway Yoga
Airy yoga center with classes for adults, families & parents with babies, plus a kids’ summer camp.
Neighborhood Parks / Golf Course:
- Glenhaven Park
Green space with athletic fields & tennis courts, plus play equipment, paved paths & a skate park.
- Wellington Park
Includes accessible play area, accessible restroom, paths – paved, picnic tables, playground, and soccer field.
- Rose City Golf course
Built in 1923, it is the second oldest municipal course in the city and state. Located in the center of northeast Portland neighborhoods, their course is a classic, tree lined course that is both playable and challenging for players at all levels.
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