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Getting Around the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland


Could Portland’s Cully Neighborhood Be Your Next Home?

Known for as Portland’s urban farm mecca, the Cully neighborhood is new on many Portlanders’ radars. As you take Trimet’s Line 72 through the Cully neighborhood on your way to Alberta, it’s one of the rare chances you’ll have to catch a glimpse of non-gentrified Portland.

In a word (or two), Cully is authentic, and Cully is unique. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a guide to getting around NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood that could just be your deciding factor for making this spot your next home.

Commuting From Portland’s Cully Neighborhood

In terms of price, buying a home in the Cully neighborhood is a bargain in Portland real estate. In fact, it’s still possible to buy 1,500 square foot homes in Cully for less than $300k. But what about the commute? For many Portlanders, Cully seems far, and not really worth the lower price point.

Fortunately, Cully does offer a few transportation advantages. If you work in Portland’s industrial area, it’s a quick jaunt to Columbia Boulevard and the 30 Bypass. Likewise, if you commute to Vancouver for work, the perimeter of the Cully neighborhood is only a mile from the 205. And if you do work downtown, don’t lose hope. A 30-minute bike ride lets you knock out a morning commute and your daily exercise at the same time.

Where to Eat and Drink in Cully

One of Portland’s greatest secrets is the recent emergence of a new restaurant row along NE 42nd Ave. The area is starting to gain traction on Eater maps, but you won’t face long lines that you’ll see at restaurants downtown or in more central neighborhoods.

Between NE Prescott and NE Killingsworth, Cully residents enjoy a range of great restaurants including Old Salt Marketplace, Pizza Jerk, Red Sauce Pizza, and beloved southern pop-up, Mae.

For drinks, NE Cully holds some of the best Old Portland dives in the city. If you’re searching for bingo and karaoke, you’ll fall quickly in love with the Spare Lounge. And for one of the best rare beer selections in the city, enjoy a brew and BBQ at Bottles.


Get Your Hands Dirty in Cully PDX

Unlike other residential northeast neighborhoods, Cully makes its claim to fame as the premier destination in Portland for urban farming. The Side Yard Farm, owned and operated by Chopped champion Stacey Givens, is a supper club, an urban farm, and a catering company all in one.

You can volunteer and get your hands dirty, but in the summer you’re welcome to enjoy the fruits of the farm’s labor and attend a farm-to-table brunch, bike in for a movie night with farm-inspired treats, or attend a cooking class with local Portland chefs.

Believe it or not, across the street you’ll find a fellow urban farm, the Cully Neighborhood farm. Lucky locals who live in Portland’s Cully neighborhood can take advantage of this farm’s CSA program, which provides buyers with delicious vegetables that have been farmed using ecological, sustainable practices.

Between the opportunities for biking and eating farm fresh food, Cully is an ideal location for Portlanders who are looking for an urban retreat that won’t break the bank. Chickens and gardens are encouraged in this Portland ‘hood, so if that’s your scene, start searching through our Cully neighborhood listings today!

When you’re ready to put down roots in the Cully neighborhood or elsewhere in Portland, Urban Nest Realtors are here to help you find the perfect home. Get in touch with a Realtor today – we’re ready to lead your home buying team!

[image via: The Sideyard PDX]