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Guide to the Bridlemile Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon

bridlemile_picnicThis is a neighborhood of “Can Do” people, so if “involvement” is your motivation, you will fit right in. The best proof of the neighborhood involvement is to visit the Bridlemile Web site by clicking here. Note all the activities in the community.

The Bridlemile Community Outreach Committee is dedicated to bringing neighbors together through social events such as picnics and potlucks and by helping promote neighborhood communication, projects, and a sense of place and history.

The photo above is from a community picnic where the local fire station personnel were invited (to include partaking in the picnic dinner) to explain their jobs and responsibilities. The firefighters made certain that every kid received a fire hat.

A few years ago, some of the Bridlemile neighborhood residents got concerned about their environment and formed Bridlemile Creek Stewards. The Stewards have successfully initiated and carried out a number of restoration projects. They have cleared over four acres, including more than 2000 feet of stream bank, and saved over 200 trees from ivy infestations. They planted over 7,700 native plants, installed erosion control and held four annual Southwest Portland Neighborhood Stream Festivals in 1999-2002.

Because of the success of these projects, they received a Community Service award from SOLV and were nominated for the Tualatin Riverkeepers Green Heron Award in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Origin of the Name Bridlemile

Jack and Ruth Powell were early land owners of the area. Ruth Powell explained that in 1947 her husband, Jack, was looking for property in Portland with enough acreage to build a home and garden. They planned to develop the property and needed a name for it. One night, before they moved to the area, Ruth Powell was brushing her teeth and thinking about the land. She thought, “Bridlemile, that is it.”

Bridlemile Home Styles

Many of the homes in Bridlemile were built in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s and the styles include ranch, split levels, and contemporary. A number of new homes were built in the 2000s. If you’re looking for a single level home in the woods, you’re sure to find one in Bridlemile.

1Bridlemile Home Prices 2007-2013

  • Number of Homes Sold in Bridlemile—►  69 homes were sold in 2013 and 1% were distress sales.  76 homes were sold in 2012 and 14% were distressed sales. 46 homes were sold in 2011 and 9% of them were distressed sales. 36 homes were sold in 2010 and 8% of them were distressed properties sales.
  • Median Price for Homes Sold in Bridlemile—►  4485,000 in 2013, $362,500 in 2012, $395,000 in 2011, $385,500 in 2010, $425,000 in 2009, $460,000 in 2008, and $500,000 in 2007.
  • 1-Year Median Sales Price Change in Bridlemile—►  2012 to 2013 the change was 34%. 2011 to 2012 the change was -8%. 2010 to 2011 the change was 2%. 2009 to 2010 the change was -9%.
  • 5-Year Median Sales Price Change in Bridlemile:  2009 to 2013 the change was 4%. 2008 to 2012 the change was -22%. 2007 to 2011 the change was -21%. 2006 to 2010 the change was -20%.
  • Portland Metro Area Median Home Price—►  $265,000 in 2013, $235,000 in 2012, $221,000 in 2011, $239,900 in 2010, $247,000 in 2009, $278,000 in 2008, and $290,000 in 2007.
  • Portland Metro Area Average Home Price—►  $310,600 in 2013, $275,000 in 2012, $263,300 in 2011, $282,100 in 2010, $289,900 in 2009, $330,300 in 2008, and $342,000 in 2007.

Please be aware that the above figures are subject to error and are intended as guidelines only.

Bridlemile Homes for Sale. If Map Displays, Click on Icon for Details. No Map—Search Zip Code 97221.


Parks in Bridlemile

The neighborhood has two parks within its boundaries.

  • Albert Kelly is a 12-acre park that has paths for hikers and runners along with a soccer field and playground. In 2003, thanks to the efforts of the Bridlemile Creek Stewards, volunteers cleared out the blackberries, ivy and holly from the creek area in the northeast area of the park, and replace them with more appropriate native trees and shrubbery. They planted of hundreds of seedlings to include ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock, white alder, Oregon white oak and pacific willow. In addition, several varieties of roses, Oregon grape, flowering currants, a Chilean strawberry and other shrubs were planted along the banks of the creek.
  • Hamilton Park (10 acres) has paths, a soccer field, a softball field, and a tennis court.

Bridlemile has 34 acres of park land and open spaces according to Metro and the Portland Department of Parks and Recreation.

Bridlemile Elementary

bridlemile_hamiltonparkThe Bridlemile neighborhood has one of the best elementary schools in the Portland District as judged by their annual report card. The Bridlemile Elementary School has consistently received an “Exceptional” rating on the Oregon Report card rating system.

The school grounds, because of the large size, function as a neighborhood gathering place. It has two baseball diamonds which serve as an extension of Hamilton Park, a 10-acre park with green space and a renovated play structure.

The photo above was taken by Victor von Salza and shows kids playing soccer at Hamilton Park. VIctor has more community photos at the Bridlemile Flickr Web site.

Walking in Bridlemile

The SW Trails Group is a committee of Southwest neighborhoods that uses volunteer efforts to make trail improvements, lead walks, work with Safe Routes to School, plan and advocate for pedestrian and bicycle safety and other improvements in Southwest Portland. Their walks are the second Saturday of each month. You can pick up a free a Southwest Portland Walking Map at the local SWNI Office or download it at PDF format.

Below are a few tours to get you started. The “Browse through Bridlemile” walk with its detailed notes about particular things to see along the route is a winner.

Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Portland is the 12th most walkable city in the U.S. with a Walk Score of 66 and 57% of the residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above. The Bridlemile neighborhood ranks 75 out of 88 Portland neighborhoods. Below is a Walk Score for an address in the center of the neighborhood.

More About Bridlemile

Learn more about the Bridlemile neighborhood by visiting Portland Maps. the site provides a list of businesses, demographic data, crime stats, parks, schools, aerial photos, maps, elevation, and more for the Southwest Hills neighborhood. All you need is a property address - use “712 SW Hamilton” or an address of your choice.

  • Neighborhood Association Website  Bridlemile has one of the most informative neighborhood Web sites in the Portland community. Neighborhood residents have close to a 100 photos at their Bridlemile Flickr site.
  • Location  Southwest of downtown. Close enough to downtown but still out of the traffic and noise.
  • Bridlemile Boundaries  West: SW Scholls Ferry Road. South: Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. East: SW Dosch Road. North: SW Patton Road.
  • Map of Bridlemile Boundaries   Bridlemile.
  • 2Drive Time to Downtown  12-13 minutes.
  • Topography  Gentle rolling hills all in a wooded setting.
  • Sidewalks and Streets  It’s easy to get lost in Bridlemile as the winding streets often lead to dead-ends. Very few sidewalks.
  • Livability Study  97% of the Bridlemile residents rated their neighborhood “good” or “very good.” See Livability Study.
  • Public Transportation  Bridlemile does not have access to MAX light rail or the streetcar line. It does have five bus routes in the neighborhood. See TriMet for schedules. Transit Score provides a 0-100 rating indicating how well an address is served by public transportation. Ratings range from “Rider’s Paradises” to areas with limited or no nearby public transportation.
  • 32010 Census Demographics  Population: 5,481. Area size: 901 acres. Average population density: 6 persons per acre. Number of households: 2,497. Average size of household: 2.2 persons. Median household income: $91,948. Percent of home owners: 67. Percent of renters: 33. Families with children: 23.5%. Diversity: 9.8% non-Caucasian. More census data about Bridlemile at Portland Online and CIty Data.
  • 4Crime Stats  Part I crimes  (aggravated assault, arson, burglary, homicide, larceny, rape, robbery, theft from auto, vehicle theft) were 21 in 2013. There were no violent crimes (assault, homicide, robbery, rape) committed in 2013. For the latest crime statistics and historical data for the Bridlemile neighborhood, visit the Portland Police Bureau website.
  • Sex Offenders  Click here for the State of Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry System. After agreeing to the “Conditions of Use Statement” you will be redirected to a “Enter Search Criteria” page. Insert a zip code in the “Zip” field and click on the “Query” button. Bridlemile zip code(s): 97221, 97239.
  • 5Shopping and Services  Number of supermarkets: 1. Number of health clubs: 1. Two large supermarkets exist on the south border of the neighborhood on the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway: Safeway and Albertsons. The road is a busy one with numerous commercial establishments along it. You can get your car service, hair cut, and meet with your realtor if it is a Windermere agent working out of the Raleigh Hills office.
  • Eating Out  The Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway has a couple fast food places and also two note worthy restaurants. One is the Pepper Tree Thai. An Irish pub sits in the far southwest corner of the neighborhood.
  • Public Library  The neighborhood does not have a public library – the closest one is the Hillsdale Library.
  • Who Lives in Bridlemile  Active people who want to contribute to their community. The median age is 44.
  • Autos in the Neighborhood  I would venture to say that this community has more small cars (including hybrids) per capita than any other neighborhoods in Portland (maybe even in the entire country).
  • 6Biking  Quality is low. Bridlemile has five miles of bike lanes.
  • Schools  Elementary school: Bridlemile Elementary. Middle school: East-West Sylvan. High school: Lincoln High School and Wilson High School.
  • 7School Report Card Grades   Click here for report card details on the above schools. Select “Portland SD 1J” to view individual schools within the district.

Map of the Bridlemile Neighborhood


1Real Estate Values  Data on real estate values provided by RMLStm. Distressed properties refer to the percentage of total homes sold that were short sales and bank-owned properties.
2Drive Time to Downtown  Estimated commuting time obtained from Yahoo Maps and Google Maps. Drive time was calculated from a central intersection in each neighborhood to Pioneer Courthouse Square during the morning peak commute time.
3Demographics Data  Numbers were obtained from Census 2010 and
4Crime Statistics  Numbers on crime were obtained from the Portland Police Bureau.  The Uniform Crime Reports documents crimes in three categories: Part I, Part II-A, and Part II-B. Part I crimes are classified as either violent or property crimes. Aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery are classified as violent while arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft are classified as property crimes. Part II-A crimes are drugs, embezzlement, forgery, fraud, prostitution, sex offenses, simple assault, stolen property, vandalism, and weapons.  For the latest crime statistics and historical data for the Portland neighborhoods, visit the Portland Police Bureau website.
5Shopping and Services  Numbers were determined from local directory listings and county/municipal library systems.
6Biking  Quality rating based on the 2007 Cycle Zone Analysis conducted by the City of Portland Office of Transportation. The six-tier ratings have been reduced to three levels: High, Fair, and Low.
7School Report Card Grades  The format of report cards were changed from simple letter grades to detailed reports starting  in 2013.
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