Monday, December 19, 2011

Peacock Lane

Last week, Chick, Brian and I went to Peacock Lane in SW Portland. This year, the first two nights were on foot only (they close the street to all automobiles).

This neighborhood, full of old Tudor houses (between SE Stark Street and SE Belmont Street) has been decorating for Christmas since the 1920's. That's when the residents of this 4-block neighborhood started their practice of decorating for Christmas in a big way.

Almost all the 22 houses on Peacock Lane are Tudor-style, which lends them the charm of an old-fashioned English village.

Over the years the displays have become more elaborate as neighbors go all out for the season.

The homes are adorned and outlined not only with hundreds of colorful, sparkling lights, but with nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees, life-like replicas of Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman, forests of candy canes, and more.

Most of the houses on Peacock Lane were built in 1925 and sold for prices ranging from $6500 to $8750. Although they have tall, peaked gables and quaint leaded glass windows, no two houses are exactly alike.

They have stucco or shingle exteriors, some have little gate entrance alleyways, and every garage is different from the rest.