Blog Stories The downtown you never knew

The downtown you never knew

By Carly van Aart, March 22, 2018

Downtown Gresham?
Yeah, thats right, I said it, Downtown Gresham! Residents of Gresham (Greshamians? Greshamites?) are proud of their well kept secret, as they should be, but the view of so many Portlanders is that Gresham starts and ends with suburban neighborhoods and strip malls so common to outlying areas more recently developed. Taking the time to slow down and explore however, you will find that natural spaces and historic places abound. And in the heart of old town Gresham is the sweet spot, a well appointed, walkable downtown that has great locally owned shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. It can be easily missed because it’s not too big and it’s surrounded by  fast moving roadways and a handful of big box stores but when you do find the little gem of Historic Downtown Gresham you’ll know it. It has the feel of little small town centers all over the American West and it will make you recognize the magic that is Gresham.
So you heard it here and I’m proud to say it, go check out the Historic Downtown Gresham it’s great!
Here’s a list of my favorite spots
  • Nicholas Mediterranean Restaurant- Yes that Nicholas’s, they have a Gresham location
  • Uly’s Taco Bar
  • The Local Cow for Burgers
  • Srisiamchi Thai
  • Try me Ethiopian Cuisine
  • And my favorite for coffee and milks shakes the Cafe Delirium right on the corner of main
There is great sense of community in this little downtown and it was a really pleasant surprise!
And a little video that the folks from Gresham put together

Carly van Aart

Earth Advantage Broker

Real estate has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. As a child I filled notebooks and whiteboards with plans of dream homes and tree fortresses and when asked what I wanted to do for my sixteenth birthday my one desire was to go house-hunting. In addition I have a strong affinity for helping and advocating for others. Nothing lights up my world like serving someone in a way that leaves them beyond satisfied! Needless to say, as a realtor I have the incredible opportunity to serve my clients with a decision that for many, is one of the largest that they will make in their lifetime. Whether buying for the first time, selling a cherished family home or relocating to this fantastic city, it is truly an honor to see my clients through their transition and make the process fun and painless. A native Alaskan, I grew up hauling firewood, working the garden and tending to the family rabbits. My childhood taught me the meaning of hard work and for that I am very grateful.  These days I am a lover of dog kisses and outdoor adventures. I dabble in triathlon and enjoy helping fundraise for local charities. I am extremely close to my incredible family even though they are spread out across the west coast. I look forward to the opportunity to foster a relationship with you and help you make your real estate dreams a reality!
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