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Hosford-Abernethy is a close-in neighborhood in SE Portland situated between the Willamette River and 29th Avenue from west to east and Hawthorne and Powell from north to south.  It is frequently referred to Division/Clinton district as it encompasses the lively crop of shops and restaurants running along those streets.  The neighborhood’s name reference its pubic schools: Hosford Middle School and Abernethy Elementary.  Hosford-Abernethy’s boundaries contain Ladd’s Addition (neighborhood within a neighborhood), which I will post on separately soon as its unique layout and remarkably architected homes are most definitely deserving of a proper shout-out.

This neighborhood is highly walkable and perfect for gastronomers (eek, I’m looking for a word to replace “foodie” from my vocabulary, not sure if this hits the mark though?!).  The housing choices in Hosford-Abernethy are a mix, like most of Portland, but it is definitely home to some of the sweetest Victorians and farmhouses in town.


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Victorian neighbors on 20th Ave


Historic farmhouse on 21st Ave


Steph’s top picks in Hosford-Abernethy:

Eat:  Burrasca for a taste of old world Italy in modern surroundings.  My husband and I dined at this restaurant after solidifying our travel plans for Tuscany this coming summer.  It certainly did a great job getting us excited for the upcoming trip.  The salad was light and fresh and the handmade pappardelle with boar ragu still makes my mouth water.   They have a pretty extensive grappa menu as well, which I will have to try on our next visit.  

Imbibe:  Nuestra Cocina for spot-on Margaritas.  Yum!  

Play:  OMSI for catching a movie on their 4-story screen.  The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry run Hollywood blockbusters as well as docs to get your science fix.

Shop:  Blink for some quality eyewear and customer service.  They offer you hot cocoa or tea while you peruse their extensive selection of frames and sunglasses as well.

Blink Optometry on 21st Ave
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Burrasca on Clinton St


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