Neighborhood We ❤️: Congenial Cully

Beloved Cully eatery Beeswing might be long gone, but this Northeast Portland neighborhood remains a hive of culinary and cultural activity.

Cully packs a surprising number of community-investment initiatives into its 2.75 square miles, including a thriving neighborhood association — the Cully Association of Neighbors — and Living Cully, a decade-old sustainable growth effort between Habitat for Humanity, Portland/Metro East, Hacienda Community Development Corporation, the Native American Youth and Family Center, and Verde. And keep your eyes peeled: With the help of community partners, Hacienda recently purchased a derelict tract of land between Columbia Boulevard and Killingsworth Street — the future home of Las Adelitas, a brand-new affordable-housing complex.

Play Here


Cully’s diverse and welcoming spirit is on proud display in its public spaces. In 2018, a 25-acre landfill off NE 72nd Avenue was reborn as Cully Park, featuring sprawling play structures, a habitat restoration area and a Native Gathering Garden. On Northeast Prescott Street, Rigler Community Garden features outdoor education spaces, a dozen native trees and artwork created by students from Rigler Elementary.

Eat Here

With a monthly supper club, seed-to-plate cooking classes and bike-in movie nights among its offerings, the Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, on Northeast Simpson Street, packs a mighty communitarian ethos into its 1-acre plot of land. Over on 60th Avenue, neighbors gather at Bison Coffeehouse, a Native-American-run coffee shop beloved for its bison-shaped cookies, and coffee beans roasted by local and Native coffee purveyors. Down the road, the restaurant side of Angel Food & Fun (there’s also a bar) serves up Yucatecan delights in a casual, kid-friendly setting. Pro tip: Try. The. Panuchos.

Live Here

$335,200 — median price of homes sold in Cully


$1,897 — median rent in Cully 

$372,000 — median home value 

Source: Zillow

Teodolinda Candelario, originally from Michoacán, Mexico, has lived in Cully’s Hacienda housing community for 10 years. This mother to three — Cesar, 9; Mailin, 6; and Rafael, 3 — loves her neighbors and having easy access to everything her family needs, from fresh vegetables and safe outdoor play spaces to English classes and a clinic.

It’s very calm here,” she says. “You can walk everywhere. Everybody knows each other and everybody always says, ‘Hi.’”

Getting Around

38 minutes to downtown Portland, via Trimet’s 71 Bus Line and the MAX Blue Line.

56 Walk score

87 Bike score


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