Dated: July 21 2015

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The Hawthorne District is located in Southeast Portland and runs along Hawthorne Avenue from about 11th to 55th Avenue. Hawthorne district has a bit of a ‘crazy’ history. Hawthorne Boulevard was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the cofounder of Oregon’s first mental hospital. But originally it was named Asylum Avenue! When the Oregon State Hospital moved to Salem, the local residents renamed it Hawthorne Avenue in honor of Dr. Hawthorne by City Ordinance in April 1888. The street was further renamed Hawthorne Boulevard in March 1933.

The Hawthorne district is hippy eclectic, although has become more gentrified of late. 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.

Mount Tabor Park sits at the East End of Hawthorne. It is one of the few extinct volcanoes within a city’s limits, and from there you can see panoramic views Image titleof Portland. It has a hiking trails, a playground, off leash dog area and an amphitheater that hosts many summer concerts. One of the best events of the summer is held here: PDX Soapbox Derby. Each August, contestants design and assemble their own downhill racers and zip down the course. Prizes for speed, engineering, and fan-favorites are handed out and spectators can cheer them on or enjoy the beer garden!

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Catching a movie is certainly an experience in the Hawthorne District. You can choose from either the Bagdad Theater & Pub, where you can grab a beer and watch a movie in the 1920’s theater that was renovated to its original grandeur by the McMenamin brothers in 1991. Or you can head down to Cinemagic, a 1940s-era movie theater that doesn’t have beer, but does have popcorn with real butter.

Eateries in the Hawthorne District abound. Let’s start with brunch, because, hey, in Portland, you eat brunch! Choose between Grand Marnier French Toast or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote at Jam on Hawthorn. The Hazel Room offers delicious skillets, scrambles, and breakfast sandwiches with lots of Vegan or Gluten-free options. If you don’t want to wait for a table, order from dozens of different waffles at the Waffle Window, or grab a fried egg sandwich at the Fried Egg I’m in Love food cart.

Later in the day, you can grab a sandwich with both hands at East Side Delicatessen, or one on homemade bread from fire ovens at Tabor Bread. Then take Image titlea tour around the world and get your Mexican fix at Por Que No?, sample Cuban fare at El Cubo de Cuba, have a taste of Portugual at Fado, try some Italian at 3 Doors Down, visit France at Chez Manchin, and then head back to the food carts for some yummy Japanese at Umai.

But you should really check out the shopping in between meals! Mink Boutique stocks a great assortment of skirts, dresses and name-brand jeans, while Sloan Boutique offers head-to-toe fashions that are great for every day or a night on the town. Specializing in sizes 12 and up, Savvy Plus keeps fuller figures fashionable with an array of consigned pieces Image titlethat are high on quality and low in price. Imelda’s and Louie’s Shoes has more than just shoes, they also have array of bags, jewelry and accessories, as well as shoes for men. You can find the perfect gift at Presents of Mind, which offers locally designed jewelry and accessories, baby gifts and a great selection of cards. Did you need a new signature scent? The Perfume House stocks a collection of 1,500 aromas.

Finding cool vintage wearis always fun, and Hawthorne brings it to a new level. House of Vintage has 1,300 square feet of vintage clothing, furniture and art. Red Light Clothing Exchange has one of the largest stockpiles of vintage clothes in Portland. And nearby, if you want newer brands check out Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co.

Think you would like to live near all these fun locations? Well the Hawthorn District runs through the Buckman, Ladd’s Addition, Hosford-Abernathy, Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor and Richmond neighborhoods. Check out homes for sale in these areas!

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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