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House Hunter PDX: Kenton (N Portland)

By Eldridge Huntington, October 22, 2018

Kenton Neighborhood: History

This neighborhood is home to unique Portland landmarks and is one of Portland’s oldest enclaves. It’s located just off of the I-5, on one of the last exits before the Washington State border. In the 1900s, Kenton was a farming community similar to University Park and St. Johns. It quickly became one of Oregon’s first company towns, operated by the Swift Meat Packing Company (inspiring the name of local eatery Swift & Union). By 1910, $120,000 worth of buildings were erected in the neighborhood, fashioned out of concrete and brick. Noteworthy standing examples include the Kenton Hotel, Po’Shines Cafe, and several homes along Denver Ave.

Now housing the neighborhood’s eateries, and locally-owned businesses, Denver Ave. was once Kenton’s fashionable “Executive Row”. The structures found there were built for the officers and executives who ran the factories.  Subsequently, homes for the 1,500 plus factory workers and their families were built along the smaller side streets.

Historic Kenton Hotel on Denver Ave. (originally Derby Ave.)
Original Paul Bunyan Statue

Kenton Today

Today, this neighborhood is a hidden gem. Perhaps easily missed from the main roadways of North Portland, this unique community has so much going on. The Kenton Street Fair, PDX Parkways, The Kenton Garage Sale are only a few of the yearly events the community hosts. And as recently as September 29th 2018, the town unveiled its’ re-vamped playground at Kenton Park.

If you turn down Denver Ave., make sure to pop by Po’Shines for a po’boy, or the Cultured Caveman for paleo-friendly options. Posie’s or Prince Coffee are great bets for a cup of coffee or stroopwafel. And finally, don’t forget to visit the iconic Paul Bunyan statue, standing proudly for more than 50 years!

Paul Bunyan Today

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My name is Eldridge D Huntington III: a name I’m very proud to have even if it doesn’t exactly fit my personality. My family and friends call me JR. It’s a long story, but the short answer to the short name is Dallas. I was born in Fargo, raised in Detroit, lived in Chicago for 11 years, and now I’m truly home in Portland. Real estate was not my first career. I studied film at Columbia College. Although I was more interested in cinematography I found I was better suited as a Producer. Assembling and managing crews, scheduling, accounting and being a part of a project from the idea to the time it hits the screen was extremely fulfilling. After 7 years of producing I began working in the art department creating, designing and bringing sets to life.  I worked on Major motion pictures like Nightmare on Elm street, Public Enemies, Time travelers wife, Wild, Grimm and Librarians. With a background in design and long history of managing multiple high level projects I have found a perfect balance as a Realtor. I love multi-tasking, working with a team to pull off amazing feats and using an analytical approach creatively. I moved to Portland in 2009 with my wife Gina. We currently live in the Portsmouth neighborhood with our two daughters, Estelle and Etta. We purchased our first family home in 2011. We found a little yellow bungalow with a cedar fence and fell deeply in love with it at first sight. We attempt to be gardeners in the summer and rehab addicts during the winter. Most of my spare time is well spent making memories with these wonderful people and working on the house. My favorite things about Portland are the access to natural beauty, outstanding food, the kind and adventurous people and the beer.
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