Actually two distinct neighborhoods, Buckman and Kerns not only share a border, but have enough joint characteristics that they merit a joint discussion. With Kerns to the North of Buckman, they both share a border with the Willamette River to the West. These close-in neighborhoods are truly urban living at its best – shops and restaurants galore, grocery stores and co-ops, microbreweries, and vintage and antique stores. Almost anything can be found within a stones throw in Buckman/Kerns.
One of the best words to describe the feeling of these neighborhoods is hip. With a unique Portland feeling, Buckman/Kerns boast residential streets that are as fun and funky as the nearby commercial spaces. You will see the active residents of Buckman/Kerns on a sunny day at any one of the neighborhood parks, community garden plots, bicycling, or walking the cool area shops. A large number of condo and apartment buildings and units also keep this area feeling young and fresh.
The wide appeal of the Buckman/Kerns lifestyle as well as the charming bungalows and Victorian homes that make up these neighborhoods keep this area in extremely high demand.