The Homestead neighborhood is characterized by winding, hilly roads with plenty of space for walking, biking, jogging, and more. It is home to Oregon Health and Sciences University, the VA Hospital, and Shriner’s Hospital for Children. As of 2016, the population was 1,985.
The neighborhood was originally a 298 acre homestead claim. It was purchased by a Portland pioneer by the name of Phillip Marquam for $2,500 in 1857. It was platted into quarters, with each quarter containing four homes with tack houses for a horse and buggy. However, the neighborhood was platted without any consideration for the steep terrain the neighborhood is built on and was impossible to build.
Homestead has the largest amount of undeveloped space in southwest Portland, due to the steep terrain. As such, there are unique transportation and development constraints. New residential development in the neighborhood has been slower than other neighborhoods in southwest Portland.
The Marquam Nature Park is a popular attraction in the Homestead neighborhood. It encompasses more than 200 acres of undeveloped land and more than 7 miles of hiking trails, making it the third largest park in Portland. The park offers a reprieve from city life and allows visitors to see native habitats that “help to enhance the region’s air and water quality.”
The Marquam Nature Park is also part of the 4T, a popular unofficial attraction that takes participants through a “trail, tram, trolley, and train” tour of the city. The hike goes through Marquam Nature Park and then down the Portland aerial tram, both of which are located within the Homestead neighborhood.
The Portland Aerial tram serves to connect two the two campuses of OHSU—the main campus and hospital on top of the hill, and the Center for Health and Healing at the waterfront. However, anyone can take a ride on the tram, which soars 3,300 feet above Portland, with payment of fare.
The tram is one way to get from the bottom of the hill to the top and vice versa, but the drive is also an option. It features beautiful views of Portland and sprawling greenery.
Zip Code: 97239
Most errands require a car
Many nearby public transportation options
Some bike infrastructure