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Hawthorne District Neighborhood Guide

The Hawthorne District is located in Southeast Portland and runs along Hawthorne Avenue from about 11th to 55th Avenue. Hawthorne is made up by the Buckman, Ladd's Addition, Hosford-Abernathy, Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor and Richmond neighborhoods. As Hawthorne is not officially recognized as an single neighborhood, be sure to also check the neighborhood pages for any of these other areas for more information.

Looking back over the Hawthorne

The Hawthorne Bridge looking across the Willamette to downtown Portland


Features of the Hawthorne Neighborhood in Portland

Portlanders entertaining family and friends from out of town are sure to make Hawthorne Boulevard one of their first stops as they proudly show off the city. Hawthorne is so chock-full of great eateries and shops that they literally spill out onto the sidewalk, endangering your shins. On sunny weekends especially, the boulevard is a-swarm with shoppers and those who love to watch them come and go, to and fro, from behind a foamy glass.

The Hawthorne “district” actually extends through the Southeast Portland neighborhoods of Buckman, Ladd's Addition, Hosford-Abernathy, Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor, and Richmond. It runs along Hawthorne Boulevard from 11th to 55th Avenues.


If your exploration begins nearer the lower digits, the first inkling that you're in for a good time is at Southeast 20th. Why? Because that's where Cinemagic is, a 1940s-era movie theater that still shows first-run films (although you may have to wait a bit) and offers you popcorn with real butter and a comfy (and maybe a little squeaky) seat. No beer here; Cinemagic isn't a view 'n' brew, and it's a cash-only affair. So what? After the movie starts, you won't care. Enjoy the show, for cheap.

After the movie, find that beer you missed at the flick, or some other comfortably-numbing liquid and some seriously good bar eats, at Hawthorne Hideaway a couple blocks up the numerals, or cross the street for a scrumptious carb-fest and a very nice coffee at Grand Central Baking Co. Farther up is Excalibur Books and Comics, where you'll find such a huge cache of illustrated goodness that your inner Sheldon Cooper might suffer a case of the vapors! But maybe you're of the vinyl persuasion, in which case you'll be very, very happy at Crossroads Music. Take some bread crumbs. No, don't, the management would just make you sweep it up. Just let yourself get lost in there.

Nibble your way further up the boulevard; Cup & Saucer Cafe and Bread and Ink Cafe are both favored for breakfast if you're an early rambler, and Nick's Famous Coney Island for some awesome doggage, Ben & Jerry's ice cream...

...and here you are at the thrumming heart of Hawthorne. Southeast 37th makes the X that marks the spot. A few steps down the sidewalk is Naked City Clothing where you can find something hip and stylish to shrug out of come the next World Naked Bike Ride. Across Hawthorne is Powell's Books for Home and Garden, a satellite for Powell's monster-massive Burnside book emporium. And then Lo! Bagdad Theater & Pub (McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub, if we have to be pedantic) anchors its corner, always girded about by faithful movie-goers and ale-quaffers. Cross 37th and you're at a figurative no-man's land where the two caffeinated koreas of Peets Coffee & Tea and Starbucks face off across Hawthorne. 

3 Doors Down is an ever-popular hang-out for Italian influenced dishes served by attentive wait staff and an owner that is eager to ensure the customer's complete satisfaction. Enjoy a bottle of vino and some delicious appetizers and pasta dishes, in a warm and cozy atmosphere.And everywhere people and more people, window-shopping, eating, drinking, watching, admiring, enjoying.

That's Hawthorne: Clothes, food, beer, books, folks, and interesting juxtapositions.

Hawthorne - Vibe

Undoubtedly, Hawthorne is one of the most unique, and most popular areas in Southeast Portland. The area is known for its wonderful restored Old Portland homes, liberal residents, and fun and funky feel. The street is lined with unique restaurants and shops, and has a definite Portland-local flair.


There are a lot of words you could use to describe the locals who live in the Hawthorne District; activist, environmentalist, educated, opinionated, hippie, hipster, Gen X-er, entrepreneur...and more. However you choose to describe it, though, this neighborhood is fun, friendly, and worth a visit.

Check out our video of the Hawthorne District, featuring a song by local Portland band, Carcrashlander


Hawthorne Portland Homes

To find homes in the Hawthorne area, check the individual neighborhood web pages for Buckman, Hosford-Abernathy, Richmond, Sunnyside, and Mt. Tabor. This area features older East Portland homes full of charm and character, from Craftsman Bungalows to Old Portland Four-square styles, and the occasional Victorian mixed in.  This is an older Portland neighborhood, so many homes come with hardwood floors, built ins, and other charming details.


If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for homes for sale.

Hawthorne Portland Neighborhood Information

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