Famous for its quaint main-street-style throughway, the Multnomah Village neighborhood is a unique community boasting a variety of housing styles and boutique establishments.

Originally a stop along the Oregon Electric Railway between Portland and Salem in the early 1900s, this location’s name ‘Multnomah’ was chosen as part of ongoing policy to apply native names to each station, this one honoring the Multnomah Tribe of Chinookan people.

Despite its early 1900s origin, the dominant building style in the area is contemporary, with most homes built after World War II.  Recent history has brought a number of townhomes and condominium development to the area, creating a denser population.

With over 100 different businesses and community services, including antiques, galleries, specialty shops and local dining, there is plenty to explore and call your own.  The Multnomah Village Business Association sponsors a list of all neighborhood businesses, and hosts the popular annual “Multnomah Days” parade that harkens back to small-town celebrations.

No visit is complete without a stroll through this village ‘main street’ on SW Capital Highway.  Be sure to visit Fat City Cafe for your neighborhood ‘greasy spoon’ breakfast, with get-to-know-your-neighbors seating and black-and-white pictures of the Multnomah Village of yesteryear.  Next door’s Annie Bloom Books is a treasured independent bookstore icon, with a little something to read for everyone.  And your pet-loving neighbors are sure to be enjoying a brew at the popularLucky Labrador Public Brewing House, formerly a masonic temple where dogs and their owners can lap up locally crafted beer and pizza.

Additional neighborhood features:

Gabriel Park – 90-acre park including playground, tennis courts, off-lease dog area, trails, and large fields for soccer and baseball/softball. Also houses theSouthwest Community Center with basketball court, fitness room, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, and weight room.


With its namesake topography, houses in the Raleigh Hills neighborhood enjoy the ‘feeling’ of living in the mountains, while remaining conveniently close to all of Portland’s offerings.

Raleigh Hills, a subset of the Beaverton suburb, appears to be named after Raleigh Robinson, a resident of the neighborhood, whose parents were pioneers to Oregon in 1851.

Now dotted with typically older houses, the Raleigh Hills retain unique home character, nestled within established neighborhoods, and many will have larger lot sizes.

Of recent area attention is the Raleigh Hills school system, garnering praise for its advancement of technology education modules.  Having won a prestigious Oregon grant in 2010, the computer lab was fully renovated, with current students taking module courses such as video game coding and programming.

Additional neighborhood features:

McMenamins Raleigh Hills Pub

Raleigh Hills Business Association

Portland Golf Club – a member-owned Golf Club established in 1914

Vista Brook Park – two age-specific playgrounds with a sand pit, paved trails, and boardwalk to wildlife pond viewing


Vermont Hills lies in the most Southwestern section of the Hayhurst region.  An urban neighborhood filled with medium-size and single-family homes, it tends to attract retirees and work-from-home homeowners for its peaceful and quiet street vibe.

Extremely walkable, the neighborhood coffee shops and bistros offer a close-knit sophistication, but the area attractions are also very family friendly.  In the western part of the neighborhood is Alpenrose Dairy (established 1916), a community institution featuring a velodrome, baseball park, and replica western frontier town “Dairyville”.

Additional neighborhood features:

Pendleton Park – playground, a baseball diamond, the Vermont Hills Community Garden, and an Alice in Wonderland-inspired 8-foot rabbit statue entitledVincent, Waiting for Alice.