The South Waterfront neighborhood is located on the banks of the Willamette River at the south edge of downtown Portland. Created out of a partnership between the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission and Oregon Health & Science University, the area is dedicated to enhanced city living, while remaining environmentally responsible. Constructed on abandoned industrial property, South Waterfront is one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the United States.
South Waterfront is Oregon’s first green neighborhood and uses innovative energy saving and water conservation techniques to minimize its impact on the environment. From the bioswale filtration to LEED-certified buildings and the energy-efficient Portland Aerial Tram, living in South Waterfront is good for you and the planet. An innovative and exciting neighborhood with impressive waterfront views, it is representative of Portland’s characteristic as one of the most livable cities in the nation. Residents are urban professionals and couples seeking high-end living in close proximity to the social scene and nightlife of downtown.
Area homes reflect the neighborhood’s modern and contemporary style. Concentrated in a handful of state of the art residential towers, units are accompanied by unprecedented views of the river, skyline and the West Hills. Each tower is designed to minimize light and noise pollution, reduce operating costs, and improve indoor air quality. The buildings interiors are as impressive as the views, with luxury finishes, open floor plans, and award-winning design.
Incorporated into the ground floor of each tower are a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Boutiques and specialty stores supply locals with an eclectic mix of household supplies and décor. Attend one of several free performing arts events or lecture series at the popular John Ross Plaza Studio in support of local artists, musicians and public speakers. One can easily hop on the streetcar and be in downtown Portland in minutes or cross over the river to experience the east side of town.
Despite South Waterfront’s urban location, green areas and outdoor recreation are readily available. Local Caruthers Park offers visitors an opportunity to exercise and recreate in a pristine natural setting. Visitors congregate at the park’s community area with seating, bocce courts, gardens and an open green area for sunning and playing. Other amenities include trails, boardwalks, public art and an environmental play center.