Hayden Island (Jantzen Beach) Neighborhood, Portland, OR

Hayden Island, sometimes referred to as Jantzen Beach, is an island neighborhood in the Columbia River. The neighborhood is a part of North Portland and is in between Kenton and St. Johns and Vancouver, WA. The island is accessed through I-5 Freeway by the 308 exit towards Jantzen Beach and is home to the famous shopping area Jantzen Beach Center. Jantzen Beach Center has a lot of big box stores including Target, Best Buy, The Home Depot, Toys “R” Us, Michaels and more. This is where all the Washington residents from Vancouver and beyond come for their “tax free” shopping.

Hayden Island is a very unique island. Most people only see the shopping area but a big portion of its western part of the island is undeveloped. It has been subject to dispute as to weather to be added to the urban growth boundary or preserved as a protected natural habitat. Portland City Council in 2010 voted to go forward with an analysis of annexation that would allow 300 acres for an undetermined port facility for the Port of Portland and preserve the remaining 500 acres as a protected natural area. The annexation agreement addresses issues including recreation, mitigation, land management, habitat preservation, security, repair and improvement of local roads and a community enhancement fund. The analysis prepared ECONorthwest found that the benefits of development of the 300 acres with the remaining 500 acres as a natural area were likely to outweigh the benefits of no-development.

On the eastern port of Hayden Island is Tomahawk Island featuring Columbia River Yacht Club and Tomahawk Bay Marina providing lots of water and marine activities on Columbia River. From the island, you will get some of the most beautiful view of Mt. Hood with close-up pictures of yachts in the water.

Living in Hayden Island is definitely a unique lifestyle on the island. There are many condo complexes, apartment buildings and several mobile home communities, along with houseboats and modest houses. There are not very many nice single detached houses on the island but people choose to live here for other reasons such as their lifestyle on the island. Living here also provides access to lots of shopping and some nice restaurants on the waterfront. There is, however, heavy traffic on I-5 during rush hours due to many Washington residents commuting to Portland.

Neighborhood Data for Hayden Island, Portland, OR

Walkability Score  11 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland 23 min
Population  1,486 Population Density (per sq. mi.) 513
Median Age 55 Home Ownership % 81%
Parks (% of Neighborhood)  0% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 52%
Average Commute Time  27 min % Commuters by Public Transit 5%
% of Commuters by Bike 1% % of Commuters by Walking 3%
Number of Transit Lines  0 Number of Bus Lines 1

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