Portland's Alameda neighborhood was established on the 1859 land claim of William C. Bowering and his wife, Isabelle. The area became known as Gravelly Hill Road for a gravel pit that was located at what is now NE 33rd and Fremont. In 1909, the Alameda Land Company laid out the Alameda Park subdivision that was then annexed to the city of Portland.
Alameda sits on a hill with excellent views of downtown Portland, the Willamette River and the Cascade Mountains; it boasts some of the grandest homes on the east side. It is a neighborhood with quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous homes, many on larger lots. It is a popular and prestigious community with a strong sense of neighborhood pride.
This area is predominantly residential and has a number of luxury homes and architectural styles including English, Queen Anne, arts & crafts, cottage, Cape Cod, Old Portland, bungalow and ranch.
Poised between Beaumont Village and Hollywood, Alameda residents enjoy all that these commercial districts have to offer, while maintaining a level of serenity uncommon in such an urban neighborhood. Beaumont Village boasts a hardware store, market, florist and children's bookstore on its friendly, small town-style main street. The Hollywood District has a mix of cool dive bars, inexpensive Chinese and Vietnamese eateries, bakeries, and retail stores.
Alameda is in close proximity to Wilshire, Grant and Fernhill Parks. Covering over 59 acres, amenities include off-leash dog areas, horseshoe pits, walking paths, picnic sites, playgrounds, soccer, football, baseball and softball fields and volleyball, tennis and basketball courts.