The Alphabet Blocks

Where are the Alphabet Blocks in Portland?

Located in Portland’s NW section, the Alphabet Blocks in Portland are a group of streets beginning north of Burnside and continue heading north, alphabetically.

The Portland Alphabet Blocks is an ubur-trendy area known for restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, bookstores, second hand thrifts, pubs, pubs and more pubs.

 

The Alphabet Historic District, an area zoned for historic preservation running roughly from NW 24th Ave. to NW 2nd Ave., and from NW Vaughn St. to W Burnside St. It is named for the alphabetical progression of street names in the area and in 2000 was added to the National Register of Historic PlacesWikipedia

The Alphabet Blocks located in the NW District of Portland comprises:

  • NW 23rd Ave. Dubbed Trendy-third, this major shopping street is lined with swanky clothing boutiques and other upscale retail, mixed with cafes and restaurants. This area is also known as Uptown (particularly its southern end near W Burnside St.) and includes Nob Hill (centered on NW 23rd Ave. and NW Lovejoy St.).
  • NW 21st Ave.The neighborhood’s other main commercial district is a dining and entertainment destination, with popular restaurants, an independent film theater, and numerous bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

How Did Portland Alphabet Blocks Come to Be?

Maybe . . . and I’m only taking a guess . . . for the ease of locating an address.

Let’s take an address, any addres 2105 NW Hoyt, for example. The Portland City Planners of yore developed a nice block/address identifying system.

  • Burnside St. is a great divider. Burnside dissects Portland north and south.
  • The Willamette River is the other great divider. It dissects Portland east and west.

“A” is for Beginning the Alphabet Blocks

Portland Alphabet Blocks begins with “A” for “Ankeny

Ankeny(which doesn’t run / transverse the City as Burnside), Burnside, Couch (pronounced COO-ch), Davis, Everett, Flanders, Glisan, Hoyt, Iriving, Johnson, Kearney, Lovejoy, Marshall, Northrup, Overton, Pettygrove, Quimby, Raleigh, Savier, Thurman, Upshur, Vaughn, Wilson . . . and X Y Z apparently didn’t exist in those days of yore — since we don’t have any more Alphabet Block street names for those renegade letters.

Portland is Divided Into Five Quadrants

NW Portland : Streets NORTH of the Burnside / WEST of the Williamette river

SW Portland : Streets SOUTH of the Burnside / WEST of the river

NE Portland : Streets NORTH of the Burnside / EAST of the river

SE Portland : Streets SOUTH of the Burnside / EAST of the river

N Portland : Streets NORTH of Burnside / EAST of the river

How Do the Street Numbers Come Into “Play” with the Alphabet Blocks?

Using the Williamette River as the starting point, all streets running perpendicular to the river are numbered. Beginning with FIRST AVE. — Both on the EAST and WEST sides of the River.

SW First Ave. is WEST of Burnside, one block up from the river, southside.

2105 NW Hoyt is 21 blocks WEST of the river, north side of Burnside

Easy as ABC, 123 . . .

Map of the Alphabet Blocks in Portland NW District


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Condos for Sale Near the Alphabet Blocks

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,402 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 2
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  2. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,254 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 1
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  3. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 585 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 1
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  4. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,112 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 3
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  5. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 579 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 1
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  6. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 889 sq ft
    Year built: 1968
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  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,622 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Year built: 1907
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 58
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  8. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,198 sq ft
    Year built: 1968
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  9. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,529 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Parking spots: 1
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  10. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 582 sq ft
    Year built: 1917
    Walk Score®: 91
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  11. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,062 sq ft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 1
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  12. 3 beds, 1 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 2,328 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Year built: 1923
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  13. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1916
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  14. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,107 sq ft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
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  15. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1910
    Parking spots: 1
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  16. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,318 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1942
    Parking spots: 1
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  17. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 827 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 1
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  18. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 896 sq ft
    Year built: 1917
    Walk Score®: 91
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  19. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,999 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 1
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  20. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 674 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 1
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  21. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 1
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  22. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,940 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 58
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  23. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 768 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 1
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  24. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 928 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 1
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  25. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,610 sq ft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Walk Score®: 86
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  26. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,776 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
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  27. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 957 sq ft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 94
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  28. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 2
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  29. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,056 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 1
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  30. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,323 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,037 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 2
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  31. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,351 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 1
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  32. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,137 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1941
    Parking spots: 1
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  33. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,944 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 85
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  34. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,279 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
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  35. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 879 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 1
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  36. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,896 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 1
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  37. 7 beds, 5 full, 3 part baths
    Home size: 14,616 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.04 ac
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 3
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  38. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 2
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  39. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,647 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 98
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  40. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 827 sq ft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 1
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  41. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,960 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 1
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  42. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 2,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Year built: 1910
    Walk Score®: 35
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  43. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 6,707 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 54
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  44. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,707 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,681 sqft
    Year built: 1907
    Parking spots: 1
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  45. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,390 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,295 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 40
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  46. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,804 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1895
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 84
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  47. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,320 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
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  48. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,407 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1977
    Parking spots: 2
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  49. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,364 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 75
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  50. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,833 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 81
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