Blog Buyer A Day in Creston-Kenilworth

A Day in Creston-Kenilworth

By Matt Guy, February 28, 2019

In 1848, most of the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood was land claimed by Clinton Kelly, a Methodist minister from Kentucky. In 1889, the neighborhood was named after Sir Walter Scott’s 1821 novel, Kenilworth – a romantic story set in Elizabethan England. Many of the streets in the neighborhood are named from this novel, and other novels by Scott. Now, this neighborhood is primarily residential, with some fantastic gems! Here’s some ways to spend a perfect day in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.

Start your day with a delicious and socially conscious cup of coffee at Magnolia Coffee Co. Magnolia is a specialty coffee company offering delicious craft roasted coffee. They authentically source Direct Trade coffees from small farms at origin to ensure sustainable pricing for the coffee producers and to help improve the lives of the coffee harvesters and their families.

Head over to Citrine Bloom for a totally instagrammable shopping experience. This plant and home goods store features house plants, crystals, locally made CBD bath and body products, and art from female identifying artists from across the west coast!

Stop by for a show at the Community Music Center. CMC is a program of Portland Parks and Rec, and it has been a popular place for music lessons and concerts in Portland since 1955. They host affordable music classes and lessons, free and low cost concerts and workshops, and low cost instrument rentals. They have over 150 live performances every year!

Have dinner at Yoko’s Sushi Bar. This cozy restaurant is a local neighborhood favorite, serving up high-quality fresh and creative sushi, sashimi, tempura, and more with an extensive sake menu.

Finish the night with drinks and pinball at C Bar! They have great handcrafted cocktails using locally distilled spirits and 20 rotating taps. They also have 15 games from Rose City Pinball ranging from classic EM’s to modern Sterns. If you need a midnight snack, they have one of the best burgers in Portland.

If you are looking for a close-in SE neighborhood with plenty of neighborhood spots you’ll want to regular, Creston-Kenilworth is the place to be!

Matt Guy

Principal Broker | OR

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Finding an agent you are comfortable with is similar to, and as important, as your connection with a good attorney, accountant or financial adviser. It is my goal to help you make the best, informed decision regarding your real estate needs. Whether it is with a Buyer or a Seller, I enjoy working to help people achieve their goals. Communication is a very important aspect throughout the home buying and selling process, and I hope you find that I treat my clients with respect and show them the hard work and ethical standards that I use in my everyday practice. I enjoy working through the complexities of the transaction and have the ability to solve problems when they arise, and thrive on my ability to handle the details of a real estate transaction with professionalism, integrity and care. Like selling or buying a home, first impressions are paramount to the success of obtaining a sale. I hope that you find my professional image shines through, and that my over 18 years of real estate experience, knowledge and energy will be helpful and refreshing, as have many of my clients who have rewarded me through their repeated use and referrals.

Love of Portland:

I work throughout the Portland Metro Area, and have lived on both the East and West sides of Portland. I am very excited to live in a city with so many beautiful homes and neighborhoods. I also love Oregon and am proud to be a life long Oregonian. I have moved back to neighborhood that my Father spent his childhood and am proud to share in the history where I live. I live 8 blocks from the church where my Aunt and Uncle were married in 1956. I also love the many activities and restaurants around Portland and the nearby outdoors that it has to offer. Whether shopping at New Seasons or a farmers market, enjoying the many great parks, Portland has a great progressive and environmental spirit that helps to make it such a wonderful place to live.

More to me than real estate:

I am a former competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, and over the past few years have competed in marathons, triathlons, and other running events like the Hood to Coast. I have raised over $3000 for the Windermere Foundation through pledges from my family, friends and clients while running two Eugene Marathons. Also in 2011, I ran the New York City Marathon. In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking, playing soccer, Ultimate, and basketball. Basically, I like being active.  I guess I need to, to keep up with my two amazing children, Elliott & Nao.


  • Real Estate Broker since 2004.
  • Managing Principal Broker - Living Room Realty - 2018 to 2019
  • Branch Manager of the Windermere West Linn office from 2011 to 2013.
  • Assistant Manager of the Windermere Lloyd Tower office from 2008 to 2011
  • Leadership coaching and training through Windermere.
  • Earth Advantage S.T.A.R. Green Certified Broker.
  • I have a background in construction, customer service and management, and bring this knowledge to my real estate career.
  • I am a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in English and minor in Chemistry.
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