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Explore Rockwood!

By David Columbus, July 20, 2021

Rockwood Plaza del Sol
Rockwood Plaza del Sol, Photo Credit

Rockwood is bounded on the west by Gresham City limits, on the north by Glisan Street, on the east by 202nd Avenue/Birdsdale Avenue, and on the south, beginning with NW Eleven Mile Avenue and continuing to Market Street. In the late 19th Century, a store marker was placed every mile east of the courthouse in Portland, resulting in a “Base Line Road” along the Willamette Baseline: Rockwood developed at the 10-mile mark in a rocky and wooded area that was later the inspiration for the name of the community. Once part of unincorporated east Multnomah County, Rockwood was annexed by the City of Gresham in the mid 1980s.

Rockwood Destinations:

The People’s Market at Rockwood – People’s Market at Rockwood is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. We support BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. Thursday’s, June 17th – October 14th, 4pm-7pm

Rockwood Central Park – Rockwood Central Park is a 9.4-acre park in the Rockwood Neighborhood. Lots of recreation options are available, with nine-hole disc golf course, basketball court, play area, soccer field, two softball fields & picnic tables.

Vance Park – Vance Park is a 14.5-acre park in the Rockwood Neighborhood. This forested park is owned by Multnomah County and maintained and operated by the City of Gresham. Vance Park has many fun amenities including a futsal court, play structure, walking paths, nine-hole disc golf course, picnic tables and benches, restroom, softball and soccer fields.

Gresham Food Carts – Welcome to Gresham Food Carts, a place where experiences happen! Indulge, relax, grab a quick bite, and just have a good time. Gresham Food Carts focuses on bringing the best 20 food carts to one central area. With big variety and food selection, it’s a great place to spend time.



Population 10,099

Median Age 36

Total Households 3,461

Households with Children 1,346

Households without Children 2,115

Learn More:

Rockwood Neighborhood Association

Rockwood CDC Facebook Page

Rockwood Rising

Downtown Rockwood

David Columbus

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist | OR


Ok, here’s my snapshot. I moved to Portland in October of 1998, moved for love. I’ve been a licensed real estate broker in Oregon since 2000 and would describe myself as a general practitioner helping people navigate residential, investment, and owner-user commercial markets as well as doing some residential tenant representation. My work experience has ranged from swinging a hammer to brokering Eurodollar Futures. Me and my husband and two cats live in the Overlook/Arbor Lodge neighborhood, together we have built a 20-door rental portfolio and even run a small Airbnb business. I am originally from Traverse City, MI (NW lower MI), and graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. My quarter-life crisis was spent crewing/hitchhiking on sailing yachts around the Caribbean, British Isles, and Mediterranean Sea for three years. My mid-life crisis was spent with my partner sailing from Portland, OR down to Mexico and hanging out for a year. I'm good with crises. I work with buyers, sellers, and tenants who are all looking to thread the housing needle.
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