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Hayden Island | North Portland Real Estate


Hayden Island is a fantastic destination just north of Portland, located in the middle of the Columbia river between Washington and Oregon. Because most of the island is within Portland city limits and all of it is within Oregon, there is no sales tax and you'll have easy access to the best that Portland has to offer. Hayden Island offers a wide variety of lifestyle opportunities, from luxury condos and estates to house boats and bungalows. Find community at the Hayden Island Yacht Club, or live a lazy life on the marina and watch the sun set with a beer in your hand and a burger on the grill. Hayden Island residents have easy access to the Jantzen Beach shopping center and several beautiful parks, including Lotus Isle Park, complete with picnic tables and a playground. North Portland is quickly becoming recognized as a thriving part of the Portland culture - this "fifth quadrant" is refusing to be ignored, and you shouldn't overlook the historic charm and peaceful neighborhoods of the North in your home search.


Hayden Island has an extremely rich history, as it was one of the first parts of Oregon to be explored due to its location in the Columbia River. Hayden Island was discovered in 1792 by Lieutenant William Robert Broughton, commander of the Royal Navy survey brig HMS Chatham. Broughton named the island "Menzies", after the botanist on board the Chatham, Archibald Menzies. Broughton also named Vancouver, Washington after his commander George Vancouver. While the name Vancouver stuck, in 1805, Lewis and Clark changed the name of Menzies island to Image Canoe Island after a large canoe carved with images of men and animals emerged from the opposite side of the island. The Hudson's Bay Company called it Vancouver Island, and in the early 1800s it was called Shaw Island for Colonel W. Shaw who owned land on the island. In 1851, the island was renamed for the Oregon pioneer and early Vancouver, Washington settler Gay Hayden who owned the island after settling there in 1851. The island was home to several amusement parks throughout the 1900's, though Jantzen Beach, the last operating amusement park, closed in 1970. Tomahawk Island, just off the east tip of Hayden Island, became another amusement park—Lotus Isle—for a few years in the 1930s.


Hayden Island is located North of Portland between the North Portland Harbor and the Columbia River. It is accessible by Interstate 5. Max light rail access is available at Delta Park, just a few minutes south on I-5. Hayden Island was originally a set of two islands, and was subject to a lot of seasonal river flooding. However, in the 1920's the Army Corps of Engineers joined the two islands and the damming of upstream portions of the Columbia River has controlled river changes, making the island permanently a livable, beautiful destination.


Real Estate in North Portland has been booming in the past few years. Hayden Island home styles include Portland’s Craftsman Style Bungalows, cottages, Old Portland style homes, house-boat inspired residences, and other medium-sized one and two story homes. Though many of the Hayden Island-area homes were built after WWII, you can still find plenty of character and charm surrounded by mature trees and amazing neighbors.


Hayden Island Yacht Club - This isn't your typical yacht club - members are welcoming, excited to share their passion for boating, and want to create a community of friends more than a competitive air of pretension. Throughout the year, Hayden Island Yacht Club hosts dinners, dances, parties, scheduled and "drop of the hat cruises", and has lots of fun with good folks.

Portland International Raceway
This track hosted its first race in 1961 during the Portland Rose Festival, and has become the annual Rose Cup event for the raceway. But that’s not all. They host ICSCC, SCCA, and NASCAR, not to mention the facility has a drag strip and motocross track. PIR is home to auto swap meets, drag races, and Thursday night motocross. There’s adrenaline pumping excitement for the entire family here that you just can’t pass up, especially because its right outside your door.

Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center
Commonly known as the "Expo Center," this facility has become a cornerstone for the Hayden Island community. Over 100 events a year are hosted here, including  green consumer shows, trade shows, conventions, meetings and other special events. By catering to a diverse group of regional and local small businesses, the Expo Center has positively impacted the Oregon economy and attracts an excess of 500,000 attendees annually. As far back as 1921, this site continues to present some of the largest exhibitions in the Northwest.

Corn Maze on Sauvie Island
Count on one of the biggest corn and pumpkin patch mazes you’ll ever get lost in each and every fall season. For a small entrance fee explore with the family the twists and turns of each maze, and they’re open after dark so bring a flashlight! Seasonally, they open earlier than other mazes so you can miss October rains. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and not afraid to come find you when you lose your way (they’re affectionately known as the “Corn Cops”).


Norma's Kitchen - 12010 N Jantzen Dr. - This tiny little diner has some of the best cajun food in Portland. Fantastic, authentic food, with a friendly family atmosphere, it's bound to become your favorite in the neighborhood. Owned by a husband and wife team, Norma's is traditional food with spice! Sweet tea is done right - just like in the South - and is a not-to-be missed. Best of all, this cute home-cooked spot has a great view of the marina.

Boomers Burgers & BBQ - 1335 N. Hayden Island Dr. - This place is great for some good-ol' ribs, brisket, burgers and more. This place is extremely family friendly - you get a bucket of fries with your meal and you can draw on the table! There are crayons on the tables so everyone can express thewir artistic side while waiting for the meal. The food and drinks are reasonably priced and delicious, and they've always got around 8 microbrews on tap. Don't be afraid to get messy!

The Island Cafe - 250 NE Tomahawk Island Dr - Floating in McCuddy's Marina on Hayden Island, the Island Cafe has been a Portland mainstay for 20 years. Floating amongst the sailboats and floating homes of the North Portland Harbor, it’s the perfect getaway for couples and families to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is the best little place on the river, located on a dock with both car and boat access. Yes you might wait a while for a table if the weather is good, but its fun wait. This place is so much fun, the food is good and reasonably priced. Check out the amazing variety of burgers, tacos, fried fish platters and more in the Island Cafe PDF Menu.

Hidden Bay Cafe - 515 NE Tomahawk Island Dr Ste 105 - Hidden bay is a cute little low key cafe on the marina with wonderful little deck. They've got a great beer selection, and the owners cook your food right out on the grill on the deck outside. Great hamburgers, salmon burgers, taco salad, and more. The owners are delightful - stop by to have a beer and look at the boats and you will end up staying for hours. Can't find something you want on the menu? The owners are happy to cook up something special for you!

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