St. Johns Neighborhood – Your New Home

The Lindley Team at Mortgage Express | 503.517.8641

St. Johns is located in North Portland and is bordered by Linnton, Cathedral Park, University Park, Portsmouth and Kenton neighborhoods. St. Johns feels very detached from Portland proper and has a distinct small town feel to it. The post office, coffee shops, breakfast places, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, and several parks, are all within walking distance for residents who live close to the downtown strip.

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 in1915, 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.

A lot of artsy types have found that they can live in this beautiful part of the city and spend less money. Every July there is a jazz festival under the bridge, which is totally free. One interesting fixture in this part of town is Proper Eats Market and Cafe, which is a vegan restaurant that is very active and full of energy. The stores in this area seem very “small town” and there is a nice interesting community feel. This is a nice walking town as nearby stores, restaurants, coffee shops (they have a Starbucks!), and other entertainment venues are all together in a central downtown location.

As an older Portland community, St. John’s features all styles of Portland architecture, from ranches and cape cods, to the occasional Victorian home.


  • 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.



The Lindley Team has helped more than 1000 families, couples, women, and men navigate the loan process in order to make their dream of owning real estate a reality, and they are the highest reviewed team on Google in the Portland market. The Lindley Team is the top rated Mortgage Lender in St. Johns Neighborhood!  We would love to develop a finance strategy with you so that you can build wealth through real estate. ​

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