Portland’s Westside, Part 5 – Washington Park

 
Continued from
Portland’s Westside, Part 4 – Northwest & Nob Hill
 
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img_4983When we’re done with Portland‘s commerce (for a while), we like to head up to the beauty of the SW quadrant’s Washington Park.  It’s full of flowers, animals and, in our dreams, a sweet little cottage for two.
Washington Park is home to:

 
The big, fragrant ramble of the International Rose Test Garden (check out the lilac-colored Lagerfeld, which could make you swoon);
The lush maples of the shady, romantic Japanese Garden, especially stunning in Fall;
The walking trail-paradise of the Hoyt Arboretum;
And the Oregon Zoo, home of Samudra the baby elephant.

 
While exploring the park this last visit, we stumbled upon a neighborhood called Arlington Heights, which claims the Park’s forest and trails as its backyard.  It’s here that we found our dream house, on SW Fairview Blvd.

Set into said forest, it’s $100, 000 less than our L.A. house (might still be worth) and 1500 square feet larger, a sweet Craftsman built in 1919.   There’s a little porch upstairs, just big enough for two lounge chairs and a view of the trees.  There’s a woodsy walking trail one block away, perfect for running Toby the Corgi.  Joey Cat could sit indoors and chat to birds all day (when he’s not sleeping).  The molding-trimmed dining room says “Hello, Thanksgiving.”  The wood floors gleam.  After ten minutes of sitting out front, we’d already decided that the concrete front porch could be improved with some hand-painted tiles and planters, and the front garden needed some hydrangeas.

Clearly, we don’t believe you can take a fantasy too far.  Sigh.

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See related posts

Portland’s Westside, Part 1 – The Pearl District
Portland’s Westside, Part 2 – Downtown
Portland’s Westside, Part 3 – Chinatown & Old Town
Portland’s Westside, Part 4 – Northwest & Nob Hill
Portland’s Southeast Side
Portland’s Northeast Side
Portland On Our Minds
Falling Into the North Willamette Valley
By the Seaside…Oregon
TWT Travel Binder: Oregon


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