Belmont & Hawthorne
The Hawthorne area in southeast Portland runs from SE 11th Ave to approximately SE 60th Ave along Hawthorne Blvd. Several neighborhoods fall within the Hawthorne area including the Sunnyside area north of Hawthorne Blvd and the Richmond area that is south of the main drag. Hawthorne has been described as bohemian, funky, or eclectic in nature. But, many mainstream businesses have taken up residence on these blocks in recent years. Upscale restaurants and boutiques have opened storefronts next door to well-established Hawthorne mainstays like the Powell’s Books for Home and Garden. Imelda’s Shoes, an upscale shoe boutique, peacefully exists down the street from Buffalo Exchange, a shop for new and recycled clothes. The area attracts window shoppers, artists, and people hopping from one bar to the next on weekday and weekend evenings. Professional offices and too many coffee bars or restaurants to count line each side of the street from SE 9th to almost SE 60th. Lucky Lab Brewpub (at Hawthorne and SE 9th) is a popular casual dinner spot for dogs and their owners. A Pizza Scholls (Hawthorne & SE 47th) draws a loyal following from around Portland. It’s been named Best Pizza in the city many times since opening. (Be sure to get there early because once the delectable dough is gone, the restaurant stops seating.) Belmont Street, about 6 blocks north from Hawthorne, has its own eclectic charms. This strip is not nearly as busy as Hawthorne, but still boasts a number of places neighborhood residents and the adventurous enjoy. Zupan’s Market, a high-end grocery store, serves the Belmont area. Well-known and much-loved Portland coffee roaster, Stumptown Coffee, has a location here. And true beer lovers frequent the Horse Brass, a mecca of sorts for beer adventurers seeking a tapped keg of hard-to-find microbrews. Antique stores and the Avalon, a classic arcade and movie theater, can be found along the densest commercial stretch. Movie buffs and casual watchers rent flicks at Movie Madness, a fantastic independent movie rental store with an outstanding selection and a great array of film props on display. Residents of both Hawthorne and Belmont are counter culture, professionals, blue-collar workers, or the next great performance artist. The only consistent factor is the diversity. There are some families in the area, but they aren’t the predominant residents. Single family and multi-family units can be found throughout the area. Home styles include Victorians, bungalows, Portland foursquares, and Craftsmans. There also numerous apartment buildings sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. On Belmont, a new and modern condominium building was constructed at SE 34th and Belmont. The Sunnyside area (closer to Belmont Street) has a higher proportion of renters than the Richmond neighborhood, south of Hawthorne. Multnomah County Library’s Belmont Location on SE Caesar Chavez (formerly SE 39th) has been open since 1924. 5-acre Sewallcrest Park (at SE 31st and Market Street) contains an off-leash dog area, a playground, recreation fields, a basketball court, and even WiFi for those seeking a quiet outdoor spot to surf the web from. From December 15 to December 31, each home on nearby Peacock Lane puts up a spectacular Christmas/holiday lights display. Most homes along the street are Tudors and they’ve been putting up their fanciful decorations since the 1920s. The two elementary schools and two middle schools in Sunnyside are rated as strong by the Oregon Department of Education. The area high school (Franklin) is rated satisfactory. The Richmond neighborhood feeds into numerous elementary, middle, and high schools. Their ratings range from strong to satisfactory. Because of the substantial access to walking areas, shops, restaurants, and services, home prices in these neighborhoods has beensteadily increasing. Homes on streets with fewer apartment complexes command a higher value. Streets and home appearances can vary greatly from block to the next. Since both Hawthorne and Belmont are busy commercial neighborhoods, parking on streets within 1-2 blocks from these strips is sometimes difficult. Regular bus service runs along SE Belmont, SE Hawthorne, SE 11th, SE 12th, and SE Caesar Chavez (formerly SE 39th). Large numbers of bicycle riders populate these neighborhoods; they often use side streets and try to avoid Hawthorne & Belmont when possible. By car, it’s a straight shot to downtown Portland by driving down Hawthorne and over the Hawthorne Bridge. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes by car to reach the Portland International Airport, depending on traffic.Airport.