Neighborhood Blog: Brentwood-Darlington

Brentwood-Darlington: An Up and Coming Neighborhood in Southeast Portland

Set in charming Southeast Portland, the Brentwood-Darlington area is a family-focused and community-conscious neighborhood. Brentwood-Darlington is bordered by Lents to the east, Woodstock to the west, and Mt. Scott-Arleta to the north.

With home prices in this neighborhood averaging less than $300,000, Brentwood-Darlington is gaining attention from Millennials and other young Portland residents. Yet despite the neighborhood's trending status, Brentwood-Darlington remains one of the most comfortable and laid back areas in Portland.

Strong Community Ties in This Portland Neighborhood

As is the case with many other parts of Portland, the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood thrives on community. When couple Logan and Alyssa Dart moved in to their new Brentwood-Darlington home earlier this summer, they were touched by the palpable community ties. "When we went to pick up the keys, the very first thing we saw in front of our new house was the most adorable little welcome message from the kids that used to live here," said Alyssa Dart.

Other Brentwood-Darlington residents echo her sentiments. Jacob Sherman, the vice chairman for the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association, claims, “I think a lot of people recognize that our neighborhood is a very affordable and family-friendly place to live.”

Additional evidence of strong community roots in the neighborhood can be found by looking at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association. Between newsletters, open forums for resident feedback, and an Annual Neighborhood Night Out Party, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association strives to foster a family-friendly community.

Nature in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood

One of the greatest draws to the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood is its expansive green space. As many Portland neighborhoods are becoming increasingly dense, Brentwood-Darlington has retained a commitment to providing its residents with access to plenty of outdoor recreation spaces.

Errol Heights Park is the neighborhood’s largest greenspace, with 1,477 households existing within a half-mile – a short walking distance. Recently, Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks Commissioner, shared that “she is designating $5.3 million in funding towards transforming Errol Heights Park into the hybrid natural area and developed park envisioned in the 2005 park Master Plan.” Brentwood City Park is also a popular outdoor space, as some Portland residents claim it’s one of the city’s best dog parks.

Brentwood-Darlington Schools

Brentwood-Darlington has established a reputation as a family-friendly Portland neighborhood. In large part, this is due to the number of Portland public schools in the area.

For elementary students, Brentwood-Darlington offers both Whitman Elementary School and Woodmere Elementary School. In terms of secondary schools, Brentwood-Darlington is home to Lane Middle School. Each of these Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood schools is praised for inclusivity and diversity.

One neighborhood parent praises Woodmere Elementary in particular, claiming Woodmere Elementary “is an undiscovered gem of a school that is rich in both socio-economic and cultural diversity… The SUN program is spectacular and being in a lower-income neighborhood provides several perks (such as free meals for all student body) and programs.”

As each school makes an effort to meet the needs of the community as well as the students, Brentwood-Darlington schools are great assets to the area.

Neighborhood Safety in Brentwood-Darlington

One of the factors keeping Brentwood-Darlington’s home costs low is the neighborhood’s safety. The area’s proximity to 82nd Avenue and the Spring Water Corridor does contribute to higher crime rates in the neighborhood, compared to other Portland neighborhoods. Yet, the residents and Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association recognize the need to keep the community safe.

At a recent neighborhood association meeting, the group addressed key safety concerns including lack of sidewalks, dilapidated house fronts, and crime on the streets. In small groups, residents talked about concerns, hopes, and solutions, and made plans to revive the neighborhood watch on certain blocks, and to form a community service committee to address much needed upkeep.

As a neighborhood dedicated to proactive safety measures, Brentwood-Darlington shows promise for improving its current crime rate.

Put Down Roots in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood

As Portland grows and adapts, Brentwood-Darlington continues to emerge as an up-and-coming neighborhood. If you’re a first-time buyer, or if you’re on the hunt to relocate to a family-friendly area, you should start your search for a home in Brentwood-Darlington today.

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