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Exploring Irvington

By David Columbus, January 15, 2021

The historic Irvington Neighborhood is in NE Portland bordered by the Sabin, Alameda, Eliot, King, Grant Park, Sullivan’s Gulch, and Lloyd Center neighborhoods. The boundaries of Irvington are;  Fremont St. to the north, Broadway St. to the south, 26th Ave to the east and 7th Ave the west.

The Irvington neighborhood is built on the Donation Land Claim of 1851 granted to William and Elizabeth Irving. Encouraged by growth of Portland’s east side, fueled by the streetcar, the Irvings descendants partnered with other investors, Thompson, Hughes, Brazee and Prescott to file a land plat and develop the area in 1887.

The neighborhood boasts some of Portland’s most beautiful and well preserved historic homes. Stunning examples of Victorian, Craftsman and Colonial Revival architecture grace the neighborhood. These homes were designed by some of Portland’s most significant architects including, Ellis Lawrence, Albert E. Doyle, Raymond Hockenberry, Frederic Bowman, David L Williams, Josef Jaccobberger, and John Virginius Bennes. For more on the history of Irvington, check out Irvington’s neighborhood association page – Historic Irvington.

When exploring the neighborhood, be sure to stroll in and out of the neighborhood streets to take in all of the architecture and the mature street trees. Irving Park is at the NW corner of the neighborhood featuring: dog off-leash area,paved paths, baseball field, softball field, soccer field, splash pad, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, accessible restroom, nature patch, picnic tables and a playground. Also at the NW corner of the neighborhood, is one of Portland’s favorite consignment shops – ReRun.  For lunch, brunch or dinner and a little retail therapy, visit the southern border of Irvington, Broadway Street, for shopping and culinary delights.

All images from Irvington’s neighborhood association page – Historic Irvington

David Columbus

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 20+ years of experience as a broker and investor. His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients. In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery, delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew. David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back. In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left, and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months. He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club.
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