Sunnyside is one of SE Portland’s most popular neighborhoods that offers a small, hometown feel. Located between SE Stark Street and SE Hawthorne Blvd., and from SE 28th Ave. to SE 49th Ave., Sunnyside offers a “pure Portland” experience with many locally owned coffee shops, businesses and restaurants.
About Portland’s Sunnyside Neighborhood
Walkable, bikeable Sunnyside is often referred to by Portland locals as Belmont because of its main commercial street running through the heart of the neighborhood from east to west. There are many large and brightly painted Victorians homes in Sunnyside that have been lovingly restored, providing the neighborhood with charm and personality.
Many residents walk and bike to run errands or visit Belmont, while others work in their front gardens, giving Sunnyside a warm sense of community.
Peacock Lane, running north and south between Stark and Belmont, is a street known locally for elaborate Christmas decorations and displays each December.
Shopping and Entertainment in Sunnyside
The neighborhood is perhaps most famous for being the home of the Bagdad Theatre, a movie palace built in 1927 by Universal Studios. The neighborhood’s identity is shaped by young, liberal residents, pedestrian-friendly, high-density mixed-use development and stately character homes.
The Movie Madness Museum, housed in a movie rental store, contains over 100 pieces of memorabilia from classic movies such as Blade Runner, Citizen Kane and the Sound of Music.
The Avalon Theatre and nickel arcade is Portland’s oldest operating movie theater.
Schools in Sunnyside, Portland
Richmond is served by Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Oregon. More than 49,000 students (80% of Portland’s school-age children) attend PPS schools. Portland schools are ranked here.
Sunnyside Environmental School
Innovative Sunnyside Environmental School‘s K-8 curriculum incorporates place-based learning experiences into the conventional school week. Place-based education differs from traditional classroom-based education in that it is founded on the belief that students’ local community as one of the most important resources for learning.
The school’s Sunnyside Park serves as a community oasis and meeting spot.
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