N Williams Avenue | From N Fremont to Shaver Streets

Median home price
Average days on market
Inventory supply*
0.7 months

North Williams plays a different rush hour soundtrack than other parts of the city: the beep of horns, creaking of brakes, and low hum of idling cars that form the melody elsewhere mingle with the whiz of air through bike spokes, the ding-ding of bells, and the occasional “on your left!” Here, traffic is as much about two wheels as four. Up to 4,000 bike commuters pedal this stretch of asphalt daily. It’s not by accident. The once-thriving epicenter of Portland’s African American community was blasted away in the ’50s by a proposed expansion of Emanuel Hospital in the 1970s that never happened, leaving empty blocks. A more recent designation as an Urban Renewal Area filled the void with more than $3.5 million in business loans and grants as incentives for developers and shop owners. Young buyers began flocking to the area’s lower home prices. Jon Kellogg and Thad Fisco’s Adaptive Development planted an early flag of renaissance with “The Hub,” a food-centric collection of shops and eateries that debuted in 2008. Next came Pix Pâtisserie (now Kenny & Zuke’s Deli Bar), the United Bike Institute, and just last spring, the Albert, a 72-unit luxury apartment building at Williams and Beech, which joined new properties like the ecoFlats and Sumner Brownstones. Coming in 2013: New Seasons will open its doors at Fremont and Williams, attracting even more gentrifying buyers hoping to find their own piece of Portland’s two-wheeled pie.

Living Here

Where you shop: Chop Butcher Shop  and Whole Foods

Morning buzz: Ristretto Roasters 

Date night: The Box Social

For the dogs:  Irving City Park 

Commute time**: 18 minutes via the no. 44 bus

Walkability score: 69

Schools: Boise-Eliot | Jefferson

Coming soon: New Seasons at Williams and Fremont, 2013


* Inventory supply figures provided by Keller William's Nick Krautter, based on the previous six months of sales.

** All commute times listed are via mass transit to Pioneer Courthouse Square.