St. Johns Neighborhood – Your New Home
The Lindley Team at Mortgage Express | 503.517.8641
Discover the charming St. Johns area, nestled in North Portland and surrounded by an array of delightful neighborhoods. Embrace its small-town vibe and unique detachment from the bustling Portland center. Stroll through the quaint downtown strip, where everything you need is just a few steps away, from post offices and cozy coffee shops to enticing eateries, captivating cinemas, grocery stores, and picturesque parks. Welcome to the enchanting world of St. Johns!
St. Johns has a rich and interesting history. An 1843 pioneer settler of Linnton, James John, moved across the river and started St. Johns in about 1865. St. Johns became part of Portland in 1915, two years before Linnton joined the growing city. There used to be a lot of streetcars in St Johns and many interesting old houses & buildings still remain. It’s not possible to discuss St. Johns without singing the praises of the St. Johns bridge. The bridge is stunning and the focal point of many famous photos. It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge and mistakenly reported as being designed by the same person. The builder of the St Johns bridge was John Steinman who was rumored to be a rival to the builder of the Golden Gate Bridge. One virtue of the bridge that is often overlooked by much of Portland, is a 12-minute commute to downtown Portland and 15-20 minutes to Beaverton or Hillsboro.
Discover the charm of this picturesque part of the city, where creativity thrives and affordability abounds. Feel the rhythm each July at the free jazz festival beneath the bridge, and experience the buzzing atmosphere of Proper Eats Market and Cafe, a must-visit vegan hotspot. The quaint “small town” shops, together with a vibrant community spirit, create a delightful allure. And did we mention, it’s a walker’s paradise, with essential establishments like coffee shops (hello, Starbucks!) and entertainment venues all nestled together in a central downtown hub.
St. John’s, an older Portland gem, showcases an eclectic blend of architectural styles, from cozy ranches and classic cape cods to majestic Victorian homes. Don’t miss your chance to explore the magic of this vibrant neighborhood!
- Chimney Park
Includes dog off-leash area – fenced.
- Pier Park
Includes accessible picnic area, accessible play area, accessible restroom, baseball field, basketball court, disc golf, paths – paved, paths – unpaved, picnic shelter, picnic site – reservable, picnic tables, playground, skatepark, soccer field, softball field, splash pad, and tennis court.
- George Park
Includes accessible play area, paths – paved, picnic tables, and playground.
- St. Johns Community Center
Local hub for indoor recreation (basketball, gymnasium, rock climbing wall & stage) & meeting space.
- Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
Take the Interlakes Trail or go by boat to explore one of America’s largest urban wetlands. Either way, you might find beavers, river otters, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles. You’ll also find a water control structure that is restoring this network of sloughs, wetlands and forests.
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