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Hayhurst Real Estate Neighborhood Guide


Hayhurst is a charming and active neighborhood in Southwest Portland, Oregon, filled with lush greenery and a wide variety of homes. The Hayhurst neighborhood is home to some of the best schools in Portland, including Hayhurst Elementary school, as well as frequent community events and opportunities to make new friends and learn about the history and traditions of the area. Hayhurst homes are close to the shops and restaurants of Multnomah Village. The Southwest Hills are filled with stunning communities that feel lightyears away from the hustle and bustle of downtown living, yet they provide easy access to all the best restaurants, entertainment, and shopping of the central west side of Portland. The Hayhurst neighborhood is near the main campus of OHSU, the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and Terwilliger Plaza, providing easy commuting access and fun opportunities to ride the Portland aerial tram down the hillside to the dining and shopping paradise of Portland's South Waterfront. In the western part of the Hayhurst neighborhood is Alpenrose Dairy (1916), a community institution featuring a velodrome, baseball park, and replica western frontier town ("Dairyville"). This working dairy welcomes visitors to their southwest Portland home for little league baseball, an annual Easter Egg hunt, and other seasonal events. This desirable area has miles of fantastic running paths and natural areas, community parks, and amazing views of the river, and you're bound to find the home of your dreams in a forest setting just minutes away from the best the city has to offer. Hayhurst is a primarily residential neighborhood, with wonderful homes for sale in all price ranges, though the easily accessible Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway provides dining, shopping, and neighborhood resources, as well as access to the rest of Portland.


Wilcox Manor is one of the area’s notable landmarks; it’s the striking, grand mansion with rolling lawns located on SW 52nd Place. Wilcox Manor was the country home of Theodore Wilcox, a Portland banker who made his mark in the early 20th century. The residence was completed in 1917, just one year before Wilcox’s death. It remained in family hands until they sold it in the 1950s. After being transferred between private organizations and families many times over the next 40 years, this distinctive landmark was ultimately converted to condominiums. It was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1993 and is open for public viewing once per year.


Hayhurst is located on the east-facing slope of the west Hills. It borders Raleigh Hills and Beaverton (on the west), and the Portland neighborhoods of Bridlemile (on the north), Hillsdale (on the east), and Maplewood and Multnomah (on the south). Parts of Hayhurst extend into unincorporated Washington County, and the community of Vermont Hills lies in the southwestern part of the neighborhood.

TriMet does provide some bus service to Hayhurst, but the vast majority of residents rely on personal vehicles for transportation. Freeway access to Highway 217, the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and Interstate 5 connects residents to work, shopping, and other amenities.


Hayhurst boasts a diverse selection of architectural styles, ranging from classic Northwest, Colonial, and Mediterranean to beautiful custom designed modern homes. Over 65% of homes are owned versus rented. Many homes in Hayhurst were built after World War II, leading to many mid-century ranches, split-levels, and other traditional homes built from the 1940's to 1970's. New construction continues in the area, with many new homes for sale echoing the traditional designs of the area.

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Hayhurst's local schools are Hayhurst Elementary School which has consistently received an "Exceptional" rating on the Oregon Report card rating system, West Sylvan Middle School (8111 SW West Slope Dr) and Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St).

Says one parent of a Hayhurst Elementary student: "It is a diverse, warm, welcoming community that emphasizes respect, responsibility, and safety. The education provided is very well-rounded, with teachers identifying and grouping kids according to their abilities, talents, and needs. Parent involvement is high here. And amongst all the great learning, everyone still manages to have a lot of fun."

Pendleton Park (1955) is a green space with a playground, a baseball diamond, the Vermont Hills Community Garden, and an 8-foot rabbit entitled Vincent, Waiting for Alice. It is adjacent to Hayhurst Elementary School.


Albert Kelly Park is the 12-acre public green space that includes trails for recreation and exercise, sports feilds, and playgrounds. The park was named for Albert Kelly, an early settler in Oregon, and was established in 1956.

Hamilton Park: SW 45th Ave & Hamilton St. Between Hamilton Street and SW 47th Drive is this lush park filled with fun play structures for kids and green spaces to explore with the whole family. Around the side of the school is a cute little creek and natural area to tread lightly. It's fun for kids to weave back and forth over the bridges and end up on the final wooden arched bridge.

Gabriel Park is one of southwest Portland’s most popular park and recreation areas. The land was acquired by the city of Portland in 1950 for a mere $120,000. Its expansive 90 acres includes one of the best fenced/off-leash dog parks in Portland, recreation fields, picnic areas, walking paths, and a playground. There’s even a 10,000 square foot skatepark. Nearby, the Southwest Community Center is an indoor fitness extravaganza. Residents enjoy the 25-yard swimming pool, basketball courts, spa, and weight room.

Marquam Nature Park: This popular trail area starts just south of downtown at the foot of the West Hills and winds up the hill near the Hayhurst neighborhood. The Nature Park is home to many native plant species and has several trails that wind through majestic Douglas fir, Western hemlock, Red cedar, and Big-leaf maple trees. The trail system connects Council Crest and the Oregon Zoo. The main trail is less than a mile, with 10 marker posts.

Duniway Park Lilac Garden: This gorgeous public space, once home to Portland's first Italian community, features a state-of-the-art running track, 225 lilac plants blooming in the spring (including a large Japanese Tree lilac which blooms in June), and steep hillsides cover with fir and cedar trees. People come from miles around to smell the amazing lilac blooms, grown by B.O. Case in the early 1900's. The Duniway Park running track is made from recycled rubber, including over 20,000 lbs. of athletic shoe soles donated by Nike, Inc in Beaverton.


Paloma Clothing: (6316 SW Capitol Hwy) This friendly, upbeat boutique is located in the Hillsdale Shopping Center near Wilson High School, right next to the Food Front co-operative grocery. New stuff arrives every day, and many accessories are made locally, You can find some amazing, beautiful pieces here, including brands like Aventura, Bryn Walker, Citron, Cut Loose, Flax, Free People, Jag pants, Kenzie, Loco Linda, Nic and Zoe, Neesh, Nomadic Traders, Putumayo, S.F. City Lights, Two Star Dog, URU, Willow, Weston Wear and XCVI.

Sushi Takahashi 2: (2415 SW 5th Ave) This hole-in-the-wall space with feel like your private sushi chef, with great prices, FRESH seafood, and awesome ambiance. With one of those cool sushi toy trains and excellent hand-rolled sushi, this place is both quality and fun! tempura tai - deep fried snapper on piece  of rice with a light creamy sauce. Try the salmon skin roll (salmon skin fried to a nice crisp and finely chopped rolled with scallions, carrots, cucumber) and the salmon nigiri. The prices can't be beat!

Chart House: (5700 SW Terwilliger Blvd) This favorite luxury restaurant has an amazing view over Portland and the Willamette River, with 5-star food. For a never-fail meal, try the crab, mango and avocado stack for your appetizer and the macadamia nut encrusted fish of the day for your entree. Sit back and enjoy the view!

Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille: (0515 SW Carolina St) This great lunch place has tons of choices for every appetite. They have different sizes for a lot of the plates, so everyone can choose what portion they want. Warning: the big portions are REALLY BIG. The Shoyu chicken is delicious, as are the Korean ribs. They've also got a sweet little patio, perfect for sipping Passion Fruit Margaritas in the summertime!

Corbett Fish House: (5901 SW Corbett Ave) These guys have the BEST chile-fried catfish fish and chips in the city! It's got a chili-garlic oil underneath the breading, and its fried to a perfect crisp. Everything is gluten-free, perfect for people with and without dietary restrictions, and the atmosphere is amazingly welcoming. They are also committed to the idea of sustainable seafood, so they follow the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.


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