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Coordinates: 45°30′59″N 122°37′39″W / 45.516265°N 122.627501°W / 45.516265; -122.627501Coordinates: 45°30′59″N 122°37′39″W / 45.516265°N 122.627501°W / 45.516265; -122.627501PDF map
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Total 7,155
 • Density 11,960/sq mi (4,616/km2)
 • No. of households 3,487
 • Occupancy rate 95% occupied
 • Owner-occupied 1,230 households (35%)
 • Renting 2,257 households (65%)
 • Avg. household size 2.05 persons

Sunnyside is a neighborhood in the south east section of Portland, between SE Stark Street and SE Hawthorne Blvd. (north to south) and from SE 28th Ave. to SE 49th Ave. (west to east). The Sunnyside Neighborhood motto is "Proud Past, Bright Future". Sunnyside has a "strong sense of Portland individuality" with many locally owned coffee shops and businesses. Sunnyside is sometimes referred to as the Belmont neighborhood, for its main commercial street. Sunnyside is bordered by Laurelhurst to the north, Richmond to the south, Buckman to the west, and Mount Tabor to the east. Because of its Victorian architecture and bohemian culture, Hawthorne/Belmont is often compared to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district. Sunnyside has been called Portland's "uncontested champion of eco-consciousness".

Belmont Library in Portland
Belmont Library in Portland

Points of interest

Peacock Lane, running north and south between Stark and Belmont, is a street known locally for lavish Christmas decorations and displays.

The Sunnyside Piazza, at the intersection of SE 33rd and Yamhill, includes a huge sunflower painted on the road. This was one of Portland's first city repair projects. Residents have gathered to repaint the intersection every Memorial Day weekend since 2000.

The Belmont Firehouse is a historic firehouse that now operates as an educational museum.

Historic Belmont Firehouse

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.

Avalon Theatre, Belmont, Portland, OR 2012
Avalon Theatre



  • The Belmont Library is the Multnomah County Library branch in Sunnyside.
  • Little free libraries are common in Sunnyside as well as much of inner Southeast Portland.

Notable people

  • Michael Totten, journalist, lives in Sunnyside
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