Mt. Tabor - Portland Neighborhood Guide

Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Guide

Mt. Tabor is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood in the southeastern part of Portland. The views are unparalleled, and there is an abundance of things to do in Mt. Tabor. The quaint and peaceful area and exemplary schools make it the area a top-seller among families. Mt. Tabor has everything you’re looking for in a place to live, work, and play.

View of Mt. Tabor Portland

A Prime Location 

You won’t find another neighborhood like Mt. Tabor in Portland. The neighborhood is actually located on Mt. Tabor, an extinct volcano that towers more than 600 feet high. Its boundaries begin at 49th Avenue and run all the way to 76th Avenue, placing the neighborhood between Division Street and Burnside Street. Besides Mt. Tabor, there are three other neighborhoods on the volcano (Montavilla, North Tabor, and South Tabor), and each one has its own personality. 

Mt. Tabor Park

One of the main draws of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood is Mt. Tabor Park, about 200 acres of natural beauty and tranquility within walking distance. The park is located at Salmon Street and SE 60th Avenue and is a place to slow down from the busy pace of life in the city. Immerse yourself in nature while you have a picnic lunch, explore the trails or admire the three reservoirs full of bright blue water.

Path through Mt. Tabor Park in Portland

The park’s amenities include the following: 

– Basketball, tennis and volleyball courts
– Playground
Dog park
Picnic tables
Outdoor stage
Horseshoe pit

There’s something for everyone at Mt. Tabor Park, and with Oregon’s cooler weather, the park is always full of activity and excitement. 

Fashionable Shopping and Flavorful Dining

In Mt. Tabor, you may be focused on soaking up the awe-inspiring scenery, but you’re never far from the trendiest restaurants and shops. Add to your home decor and wardrobe with unique merchandise from the eclectic, locally-owned boutiques like Sequel Apparel, a high-end resale shop with unbeatable prices. After you’ve worked up an appetite, hop over to the delicious eateries that are favorites of locals and tourists alike. There’s everything from the French cuisine at Coquine to the over 200 cheeses at Cheese Bar — all you need is a hearty appetite. 

Must-Visit Attractions and Festivals

With something always going on in Mt. Tabor, it’s impossible to be bored. Interested in water sports? Check out the Lincoln Street Kayak & Canoe Museum

Adults racing in Mt Tabor Soap Box DerbyFor movies, skip the chain theaters and take a seat at the Academy Theater, a vintage spot that will transport you back in time about 70 years. It was originally built in 1948 and meticulously renovated in 2006, and you can see both new releases and the classics for under $5 per person. The theater even offers babysitting during weekend showtimes for children ages two through eight.

There are also plenty of festivals throughout the year, a favorite being the Mt. Tabor Art Walk that’s held each May. It’s a chance to admire the diverse collections of art and tour the artists’ studios and historic houses. In August, bring the family out to Mt. Tabor Park to cheer on your favorite team at the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby, another highlight of the year. Admission is free, and the fun is endless. 

No matter what month it is, you’re sure to find a calendar packed with entertainment in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. 

Homes with Character

In addition to its breathtaking views and superb location, the Mt. Tabor neighborhood has lovely homes, many dating back to the mid-1940s. Although there are a few contemporary styles sprinkled in, the majority are Tudor homes, bungalows, English cottages and American Craftsman (American Arts and Crafts) homes. These architectural styles are hidden treasures in today’s world, but they are abundant in Mt. Tabor. 

Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association

Mt. Tabor Reservoir in PortlandThe Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association provides opportunities for residents to connect and strengthen their community. It has been an essential part of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood in Portland since 1974 and continues to benefit from its involved and energetic members. Its eastern border is SE 76th Avenue, and the northern, southern and western borders are the main streets around the foot of Mt. Tabor. 

Below are a few highlights of the association’s work.

– Easing traffic and associated noise on neighborhood streets
– Lessening disruptive conduct in Mt. Tabor Park
Volunteering and making donations to help residents
Reviewing and speaking out against unfavorable land use proposals
Working with the Bureau of Parks to host summer concerts
Hosting a neighborhood picnic each year
Establishing a group to record the neighborhood’s history

The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association makes Mt. Tabor a wonderful place to live. 

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