Bridlemile is bordered by Beaverton to the west, the SW Hills to the north, Healy Heights to the east and Hayhurst to the south. The street borders are approximately SW Scholls Ferry Rd to the West, SW Patton Rd to the North, SW Dosch Rd to the East and Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy to the South.
As you look from downtown, Bridlemile is just up and over the "West Hills". It is just a short drive (5 min) up Hwy 26 to the Sylvan exit, and when you get off, you wind through the thickly forested south west hills. As you drive along, there are areas that are open where you can get a peek of the absolutely gorgeous views of the valley and coastal range. It is quiet and peaceful out here- I love just driving through there. The houses are beautiful and for the most part, spread out. Most are perched on the side of a hill but many have great yards with gorgeous gardens and incredible views. At the bottom of the hill on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, you have all the conveniences you could want.
Bridlemile has good community spirit and prides itself on their gorgeous old growth trees and their community service. The neighborhood got together and started the Bridlemile Creek Stewards. They successfully carried out a number of restoration projects. They cleared over four acres, including more than 2000 feet of stream bank, and saved over 200 trees from ivy infestations. They planted 7,700 native plants, installed erosion control and held at least four annual SW Portland Neighborhood Stream Festivals. 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.
The Bridlemile neighborhood was voted 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". The school grounds are huge with two baseball diamonds and serve as an extension to Hamilton Park , which is a 10 acre green space with a play structure, paths - paved, playground, soccer field, softball field, and tennis court - outdoor size.
Another park in Bridlemile 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, 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 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.
There is also two undeveloped parks: Open Space Park and Thomas Park.
More About Bridlemile
Neighborhood Association Web Site Bridlemile has one of the best (if not the best) neighborhood Web sites in the Portland community.
Bridlemiles location is perfect! It is close enough to downtown to commute easily- just a 10 minute drive-but it's far enough out of Portland downtown area that it is very quiet and peaceful- very little traffic or noise.
It takes just a little over 10 minutes to get into town. The lay of the land is gently rolling hills with lots of woodsey areas- alot of the streets being windy and leading to a dead end- which helps keep the streets and neighborhoods quiet and peaceful and good for kids! As far as access to public transportation, there are 5 buslines that go right through the neighborhood- so the option of public transportation is great
Elementary school - Bridlemile Middle school - West Sylvan High school - Lincoln High School .
Albert Kelly Creek Restoration is an interesting site showing the community involvement in planting and their restoring natural areas
There are alot of cool old historic homes in this neighborhood. In fact, fifteen of them are on the Historic Resource Inventory of Portland. You can read some very interesting stories about some of these old homes by going to the Bridlemile Historic Buildings page.
Subdivisions of Bridlemile
Bridlemile is composed of many small subdivisions- including Bridlemile, Bridlemile Place , Bridlewood, Brookford, Clarion, Doschdale, Hamilton Woods, Montmore, Raleighwood, Orchard Hill, Semler Park , Smoke Rise, Stonebrook, Tunnelwood Park , Wilcox Estates, Wilcox West.
At one time all of Bridlemile was covered by forest, when settlers came they cleared the land for farming, orchards, and dairy lands. As Portland grew, in the 1940's and 1950's the first housing developments were built. The people here are proud of the huge trees all over the neighborhood- In 2005 the Black Walnut tree on 48 th Pl. had its 100 th birthday!
The architectural style in Bridlemile ranges from turn of the century to modern- there are especially alot of the1940's, 1950's and 1960's- with hardwoods, coved ceilings, big yards, fireplaces and retro kitchens.