Overlook is located in North Portland and is bordered by the popular University Park, Arbor Lodge, Humboldt, Boise, and Eliot neighborhoods.  Overlook also includes what is known as Swan Island, a mostly industrial area with an active recreational boat launch and port.

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As a result of the Portland real estate market boom and like many other Portland neighborhoods, Overlook has seen an influx of new residents to the area. As one might imagine, Overlook has some wonderful areas with beautifully improved homes and neighborhoods and some still in transition. 

This area feels a bit secluded as it is on the “other side” of Interstate Avenue but offers convenient access to other local neighborhoods, and the Max light rail train.  Local businesses thrive here- a few standouts are the wacky and ever popular Alibi bar, Pause, Miho Izakaya, Beaterville, Fire on the Mountain, The Overlook House and Dip Rima Dolci Italian Bakery.  Locals shop at New Seasons Market and Fred Meyer and also enjoy the retail and restaurant offerings in the nearby Kenton, St Johns and Mississippi Ave neighborhoods. 

While it feels less urban than its neighbors, Overlook offers very “bikable” access to downtown Portland, great mass transit options via light rail and bus and is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Portland.


Madrona Park  – Basketball court, playground and paved and unpaved paths

Beach Community Garden – Neighborhood garden.

Patton Square Park and Community  – Garden Picnic tables, garden and playground

Overlook Park  – Dog off leash area, baseball field, basketball court, playground, soccer field, softball field, track, volleyball court

Community Resources

Multnomah County Library – North Portland

Overlook Day Care

Neighborhood Schools

Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)

Neighborhood Public Transit – bus routes, train stops, etc.

Overlook Neighborhood Association

North Portland Tool Library

Overlook Neighborhood Vibe

Community conscious, family friendly, bicycles everywhere, walkers, dog friendly, babies in strollers.  This feels like a good place to raise a family and it feels less urban than its surround neighborhoods.  Most of the homes are well kept and cared for with landscaped yards and gardens.


Overlook Zip Code 97217 and 97227

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Overlook Real Estate

Overlook homes range from condos, Bungalows, some Victorians, Foursquare and even a few ranch style homes.  This area is very pretty, feels safe and has old growth trees that line many of the streets. 

If you’re looking for Overlook real estate and homes for sale in Overlook Portland OR, visit the Overlook real estate page.

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