Manzanita Oregon Community Information
Why do we love the Manzanita / Neahkahnie area?
Manzanita offers all of the benefits of living at the coast. A beautiful beach, ocean and outdoor sports in a truly inspiring setting keep people coming back year after year. As a resident or for extended stays, Manzanita also offers everyday amenities from massage to shopping, grocery stores and medical facilities one needs to live well in a year round community or raise a family.
Manzanita is a small coastal town situated two hours west of Portland on the scenic Oregon Coast. The drive is south of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, 20 minutes from Hwy 26. Manzanita sits north of Nehalem and Wheeler as you approach the beach from south near Nehalem bay. The Manzanita area, which includes Neahkahnie, is home to about 725 full time residents and is very popular with summer homes owners.
What are the main reasons to visit the Manzanita?
The beach is popular with families, runners, walkers, hikers, dog lovers and Manzanita is well know in the water sports world for windsurfing, kite boarding and surfing at the local breaks. The mountains offer endless mountain bike exploration. The south end of Manzanita is Nehalem Bay State Park. The park offers clamming, fishing, boating, horseback riding, hiking and camping with a bike and Yurt camp. It is very popular and best to reserve camping in the state park in advance.
Manzanita has a fantastic and well run 9 hole par 32 golf course. Its very popular with visitors and residents alike. Book your tee times in the summer.
Neahkahnie Mountain is one of the most prominent features in Manzanita. It stands majestically, often cloud capped, over the north end of our 7 mile long beach with incredible cliff faces protruding into the crashing Pacific below. Neahkahnie is very popular for hiking and photography, with sweeping views of the Pacific. The trail system on Neahkanhie is also the south end of Oswald West State Park, one of the most beautiful and popular hiking and surfing areas in Oregon.
Five minutes north of Manzanita right under Neahkahnie Mountain is Oswald West State Park with beautiful walking trails and a 7 mile hike over Cove Beach for the more adventurous. The park is a must see with picnic benches and fire pits for families as well as great surfing in the summer. Short Sand beach is one of the most popular Manzanita day activities.
Manzanita dining options are excellent. From farm to table inspired menus at the Neahkahnie Bistro to Pizza and Pub food at The San Dune to family style Mexican an Left Coast Burrito, these are just a few afternoon and evening options. For breakfast in Manzanita, try the special at Yolk or a Wanda's Bakery treat from Manzanita News and Espresso.
What is the size of the beach and population of Manzanita?
Our beach is 7 miles long with Neahkahnie Mountain to the North and Nehalem Bay State Park jetty to the south, Manzanita's population is 651 and increasing and the median age is 63.8. Occupancy in Manzanita is about 25% of just over 1600 homes. In the summer home occupancy is at or near 100%.
What is the population of Of Neahkahnie?
Neahkahnie is the area north of Nehalem road and up to the boarder of Oswald west State Park. The unincorporated area has over 360 homes with about 25% occupancy. Housing is mostly vacation rented at the same rate as the Manzanita area.
What is the population of Nehalem?
The population of Nehalem is 292 with an average age of 53.2 years. The number of homes in Nehalem is about 360. Occupancy for Nehalem is approximately 34% with the average home sales price of 294k in 2018 year to date August 9th 2018. This is up 27% year over year to date.
The friendly outdoor atmosphere and enthusiastic participants make the Manzanita area a welcome place to visit.