Most of the neighborhoods of Southeast Portland have their own defining features. The better known of these features include the gardens of Eastmoreland, antique shops of Sellwood-Moreland, bohemian boutiques and cafés in Hawthorne/Sunnyside, and the extinct volcano in Mt. Tabor.
Eastmoreland is often recognized for its two public gardens, Eastmoreland Garden and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. The seven-acre rhododendron garden has been a neighborhood retreat since its establishment in 1950. The site is often used for weddings and other special events. The Eastmoreland Garden, once a parking lot, is now a gorgeous collection of plant life and historical artifacts. Art deco light pillars from the 1934 Bybee Bridge and original trolley tracks were designed for the garden to provide a strong sense of Portland history.
Eastmoreland is an established and primarily residential neighborhood. Large, colonial homes on quiet, tree-lined streets are the main attraction for homebuyers. Reed College, a private liberal arts school and Eastmoreland Golf Course add to the exclusive feel of this neighborhood.
Sellwood-Moreland is characterized by impressive, restored Victorian homes, antique shops and great restaurants. Many properties are walking distance from the main street area, which offers boutique shopping and original dining. Parks and open spaces add to the old-fashioned charm, making this community very popular with established home buyers.
The Hawthorne District attracts younger residents and artists due to its central location, easy access to public transportation, affordable housing, and proximity to the bohemian Hawthorne shopping district. The Hawthorne district is a 10-block region of coffeehouses, pubs, bookstores and independent retailers.
The community of Mt. Tabor surrounds an extinct volcano that has since become one of Portland's most popular parks. The volcano stands 600 feet tall, providing great views of the city and surrounding mountains. Park visitors can explore trails and bike paths that wind around clusters of tall trees. Mt. Tabor is about 15 minutes from downtown by car and features a mix of older cottage homes and larger stately homes.