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Northwest District

About Area

Northwest Portland encompasses everything north of Burnside and west of the Willamette River. The Pearl District and historic Alphabet District lie within NW Portland, and this extends out North of Highway 26 into neighborhoods such as Forest Hills, and Cedar Mill. Northwest Portland is known for its quiet neighborhoods and great schools.

Northwest District

Northwest Portland encompasses everything north of Burnside and west of the Willamette River. The Pearl District and historic Alphabet District lie within NW Portland, and this extends out North of Highway 26 into neighborhoods such as Forest Hills, and Cedar Mill. Northwest Portland is known for its quiet neighborhoods and great schools.

Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights is a Northwest Portland neighborhood located high in the West Hills area and overlooks the Cascade Mountains, Willamette Valley, and the downtown Portland skyline. This is an upscale neighborhood with a plethora of attractions to offer its residents and is located within walking distance to downtown. Neighborhoods connected to Arlington Heights include Northwest Heights, Sylvan Highlands, Hillside, Northwest, Goose Hollow, and the Nob Hill area.

Arlington Heights is one of the most desirable locations in Portland, which is partially due to the access to Forest Park, which is the largest urban park in the United States with 5,127 acres. There are several entrances to Forest Park through Arlington Heights, as well as many other parks and recreation areas including Washington Park, International Rose Test Gardens, Oregon Zoo, Marquam Park, Portland Heights Park, Forestry Center, Hillside Park, Children’s Museum, Macleay Park, Japanese Gardens, Holman Property, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. Thanks to all of these major attractions in or around the Arlington Heights neighborhood, it’s no surprise why it is one of the most desirable areas in the city.

Many of the homes in Arlington Heights offer stunning views due to the steep hills in the area, as well as old growth trees which line almost every street in the neighborhood. If you take a stroll through the area you’ll see an abundance of manicured lawns and gardens, and homes consist of mostly 20th-century architecture. You’ll notice mostly older Victorian, Cottage or English Tudor style homes, but there are also newly constructed homes and condos, as well as Bungalow, Foursquare, and Cape Cod styles. Homes in this area are pristine and residents take pride in keeping it that way.

There are a lot of established families in Arlington Heights as well as a nice mix of younger couples and families, which contributes to the active and inviting atmosphere. It is common to see strollers on the sidewalks, along with older couples out for an evening walk.

If you’re interested in living in an area that is close to all the action but still has the feel of an older neighborhood where residents look out for each other and are mindful of their community, Arlington Heights just may be the perfect fit for you.

Alphabet District

The eastern area of the Northwest District neighborhood is referred to as the Historic Alphabet district due to the streets between NW 21st and 23rd Avenue that are in alphabetical order, making it easier to find your way around the neighborhood.

Forest Park

The Forest Park neighborhood is located in northwest Portland and is named after the actual park in the neighborhood, Forest Park, which is the largest urban park in the United States and spans 5,127 acres. This is a mostly residential area with a rural setting and small-town feel, however, it is only about 5 minutes from downtown Portland so it offers the best of both worlds. With amazing views, old growth trees everywhere, and an abundance of green pastures, this is any nature lovers’ dream neighborhood.

Forest Park borders Bethany and Rockcreek to their west, Nob Hill and Oak Hill to the south, Northwest Heights to the southeast, and Linnton to the east. Because the neighborhood spans almost 7,000 acres but only has a population of 2,360 residents it makes for a population density of less than 1 person per acre. Residents enjoy their forested, country-like and somewhat secluded neighborhood, but when they want urban amenities they literally only have to go blocks to get to Nob Hill where there are tons of cute shops, restaurants, entertainment, coffee shops, food markets, and much more. Locals also take advantage of the nearby Bethany shopping plaza and of course downtown Portland.

The miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails in the Forest Park urban city park are used daily by Forest Park residents. There are also many streams, wildlife, and vegetation to admire within the 8 miles of parkland. The neighborhood of is also very close to many other major Portland attractions such as the Oregon Zoo, the Children’s Museum, the Forestry Center, the Rose Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, and the Vietnam and Holocaust Memorials. All of these amazing outdoor amenities attract many new homeowners to the Forest Park neighborhood, many of which are young families. There are some great schools in the area that consist of Findley Elementary School, Forest Park Elementary, Stoller Middle School, and Sunset High School.

A lot of homes in the Forest Park neighborhood have been built in the last decade so they are more modern style homes, many of which are luxury estates on large lots. However, there are some older style Portland homes including 20th-century classic Bungalows, Cap Cod, Foursquare, and Old Portland styles, as well as condos and townhomes.

Hillside

Located through and around the one mile wide Macleay Park in the northwest portion of Portland, the Hillside neighborhood is a very scenic area with gorgeous views in pretty much every direction. This is a very quaint neighborhood that feels surprisingly rural considering it’s only minutes from downtown Portland. Hillside is a very family friendly neighborhood with a nice mix of both young families and well-established families, there are also a decent amount of retirees as well as single professionals in the neighborhood who want to live close to downtown without living in a highly populated, urban neighborhood.

Aside from Hillside’s location in and around Macleay Park, there are also tons of other parks and recreational areas nearby, in fact, the neighborhood is literally surrounded by them as it is set in the hills. Some of these parks and recreational areas include Hillside Park, Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Forestry Center, Children’s Museum, Japanese Garden, International Rose Tea Gardens, Portland Heights Park, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, Willamette Stone State Park, Marquam Nature Park, the Oregon Zoo, and last but not least the largest urban park in the United States, Forest Park, is within walking distance of the Hillside neighborhood. All of these parks and natural areas give Hillside a very rural and country-like feel, which is one of the main reasons residents are attracted to the neighborhood. Also, with downtown so close and all the dining, shopping, entertainment, and other amenities right at your fingertips, it’s no wonder why most new homeowners turn into long-term residents of the Hillside neighborhood.

Neighborhoods that Hillside are Forest Park and Northwest District to the north, Pearl District, Downtown, and Northwest District to the east, Arlington Heights, Goose Hollow, and Southwest Hills to the south, and Sylvan-Highlands and Barnes Heights to the west. Because of Hillside’s rural setting and location, the schools are just outside of the neighborhood, and consist of Chapman Elementary School, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School. With roughly 20% of the neighborhood's population being under the age of 17, it’s obvious that residents see this as a great place to raise a family.

Many homes in the neighborhood have gorgeous views of either downtown or the mountains, as well as lush yards and old trees all throughout. Home styles include many older homes with 20th-century architecture, such as Bungalow, Colonial, English Cottage, Tudor, Old Portland, Foursquare, and Cape Cod.

Linnton

Located in northwest Portland and situated between gorgeous parkland and the Willamette River, the neighborhood of Linnton is truly a natural oasis. With a small town feel and a country like setting, this is an ideal place for anyone looking to escape the downtown urban life but still be close to all the action.

Linnton is only five miles from downtown Portland, but it will feel like you’re hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a population of only about 550 residents, Linnton is one of the smallest populated neighborhoods in the city, but it is a vibrant place with a thriving commercial district.

Bordering the Linnton neighborhood is Forest Park (the neighborhood and park) to the west, Sauvie Island across the Willamette River to the north, Northwest Industrial to the south, and Cathedral Park and St. Johns across the Willamette River to the east. The Willamette River runs along the entire eastern border of the neighborhood as well as part of the northern border, and Linnton Park and Forest Park run along the entire western border. As you can imagine, having these two eastern and western borders makes for a picturesque neighborhood with lots of outdoor activity at your fingertips.

Linnton Park is located in the neighborhood and borders Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States that spans 5,127 acres. In addition to the miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails in Forest Park, there are also many streams, wildlife, and vegetation to admire within the 8 miles of parkland. Other parks and recreational areas in and around the Linnton neighborhood include Hillside Park, Sauvie Island, Portland Heights Park, Macleay Park, the Oregon Zoo, the Children’s Museum, the Forestry Center, the Rose Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, and the Vietnam and Holocaust Memorials.

Linnton is a very family friendly neighborhood with lots of young and well-established families. Schools in the area consist of Findley Elementary School, Skyline Middle School, and Terra Nova High School. The small town vibe of Linnton makes for a great place to raise a family.

Homes in Linnton range in style from farmhouses, to bungalows, to cottages, foursquare, cape cod, and old Portland style homes. Many homes are set in the hills surrounding the neighborhood and offer beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

Northwest Heights

Located in northwest Portland, the Northwest Heights neighborhood is a residential area in a beautiful setting. Tons of greenery, lush gardens and lawns, and views that will take your breath away are just a few of the things that make the Northwest Heights neighborhood so charming. Quiet tree lined streets are throughout the neighborhood and it has a very relaxed, rural vibe that is perfect for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Northwest Heights neighborhood is also surrounded by some other amazing neighborhoods as well. Some of these bordering neighborhoods include Barnes Heights and West Haven to the south, Forest Park and Northwest Industrial to the east, Forest Park and Linnton to the north, and Oak Hills and Elmonica North to the west. The eastern border and part of the northern border of the neighborhood blends into the over 5,000 acres that make up Forest Park. The 405 freeway isn’t too far away from the neighborhoods and there are some public transportation options available as well. Downtown Portland is relatively close to the Northwest Heights neighborhood which makes for a short commute.
There are a lot of young families as well as many well-established families in the neighborhood, and a strong community vibe and great schools make it easy to see why families never end up leaving Northwest Heights. Residents are lucky enough to be able to send their children to some of the better public schools in the Portland area, including Forest Park Elementary, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School.

Northwest Heights residents are very active and are constantly out and about spending their time outdoors. With the neighborhoods gorgeous setting it’s no surprise that you’ll see lots of locals and visitors strolling the streets constantly. You’ll also find them at nearby parks in and around Northwest Heights, and some of these parks include Forest Heights City Park, Lost Park, The Bluffs Park, Cedar Mill Park, Holman Park, MacLeay Park, and the largest urban park in the United States, Forest Park, is within blocks of the Northwest Heights neighborhood. There are several amenities at these parks, including natural areas, paved and unpaved trails, hiking and biking trails, equestrian trails, visitor attractions, vista points, picnic areas with tables, and playgrounds.
Homes in Northwest Heights consist of many different styles, such as old Portland, Cape Cod, bungalow, and much more. There is a lot of new construction in the area, but there are some older homes as well as condos, townhouses, and apartments throughout.

Northwest Industrial

Located in the northwest portion of Portland, and surrounded by the Willamette River to the east and the enormous Forest Park to the west, the Northwest Industrial neighborhood is the smallest Portland neighborhood in terms of population. With only around 21 residents in the 2000 census, the neighborhood spans a whopping 1,179 acres and is mostly used for heavy industry. The Northwest Industrial neighborhood is a very family friendly neighborhood, and it’s close proximity to the Northwest District’s abundance of shopping, dining and attractions should make Northwest Industrial a popular place to live, and residents are hoping that it will be the next up-and-coming neighborhood in Portland.

The Northwest Industrial neighborhood is bordered by the Northwest District and Forest Park to the south, Forest Park and Northwest Heights to the west, Linnton to the north, and across the Willamette River are Overlook and Arbor Lodge to the east. The few residents who live in this neighborhood most likely work at one of the industrial plants, however, it’s a very easy commute to downtown Portland and other Portland neighborhoods.

Schools nearby the neighborhood, and where residents would send their children, include Forest Park Elementary, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School.

The Northwest Industrial neighborhood is very close to a few large parks with lots of amenities, these include Wallace City Park, Holman Park, and the largest urban park in the United States, Forest Park, is within blocks of the Northwest Industrial neighborhood.
Homes in the neighborhood consist of newly constructed condos and lofts, and because the neighborhood is almost solely zoned for industrial use there aren’t a lot of homes available for new homeowners.

Old Town Chinatown

Old Town Chinatown is an urban neighborhood located in the northwest and southwest sections of Portland, more commonly referred to as central Portland. This is a historic neighborhood and is home to many old buildings dating back to the late 1800’s, and Portland’s oldest public artwork. This is a great neighborhood for people who enjoy the hustle and bustle of fast-paced city living. Old Town Chinatown is a very diverse neighborhood in every sense of the word, there are older long-term residents that have been in the neighborhood for years, as well as young professionals and families, single urbanites, and college students.

The Old Town Chinatown neighborhood is bordered by the Pearl District to the north, Downtown and Goose Hollow to the south, Northwest District and Hillside to the west, and across the Willamette River are Kerns and Lloyd District to the east. The Willamette River makes up the eastern border of the neighborhood, the Broadway Bridge makes up the northern tip of the neighborhood, and West Burnside Street cuts right through the southern section of the neighborhood. Because Old Town Chinatown borders Downtown Portland, there is plenty of public transportation available to residents.

Thanks to the urban atmosphere in Old Town Chinatown, there are a lot of amenities in the area. Shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and many more amenities line the streets of this neighborhood and keep residents entertained. One big draw to the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood is the Saturday Market, which is the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in the city and draws hundreds of Portlanders from all over.

Other amenities include parks, gardens, and museums such as Jamison Square Park, Oregon Maritime Museum, Waterfront City Park, Portland Chinese Classical Garden, O’Bryant Square Park, Oregon Jewish Museum, and the North Blocks Park. You will see locals enjoying these outdoor amenities year-round, and they also attract many tourists and other visitors.

There aren’t as many families in Old Town Chinatown as the more suburban neighborhoods in Portland, but there are still some great schools around the area for the few families that do reside in this neighborhood. These schools include Chapman Elementary School, West Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School.

Homes in Old Town Chinatown typically consist of lofts, condos, and townhouses, but there are also a few houses in the neighborhoods as well. Old Town Chinatown is continuing to grow in popularity and there is lots of new construction going up around the neighborhood. There’s a little something to offer just about anyone looking to move to the area.

Sylvan Highlands

Located in northwest Portland and home to some of the best views in the city, Sylvan Highlands is a charming, quiet, and peaceful neighborhood. There are many families in the neighborhood and residents who enjoy a more laid-back vibe and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are several commercial areas within minutes of Sylvan highlands, but the neighborhood itself is mostly residential and feels quite secluded considering it’s only minutes from downtown Portland. With lush hills and old growth trees throughout the neighborhood, it’s easy to see why residents who move to Sylvan Highlands find it hard to ever leave. The population is over 1,200 and the area of the neighborhood is roughly 850 acres.

Sylvan-Highlands is bordered by several other beautiful neighborhoods, such as Barnes Heights and Hillside to the north, West Haven to the west, Southwest Hills and Bridalmile to the south, and Arlington Heights and Goose Hollow to the east. The 405 freeway is just to the east of the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood, and the 5 freeway is just to the south. Also, Highway 26 runs along the southern border of the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood and connects residents to the surrounding northwest neighborhoods.

Sylvan-Highlands is an extremely family-friendly neighborhood, and there are many young and well-established families in Sylvan Highlands with school-aged children. These children enjoy attending some great public schools in an around the neighborhood, which include Ainsworth Elementary School, East Sylvan Middle School, and Lincoln High School. These schools are filled with Sylvan Highlands children, due to over 19% of residents being in grades K-12.

There are many large and gorgeous parks in and around Sylvan Highlands, which offer an abundance of outdoor activities for a neighborhood full of active residents who spend as much time outside as possible. Some of these areas include Willamette Stone State Park, Washington Park, MacLeay Park, Holman Park, and the largest urban park in the United States, Forest Park, is within blocks of the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood. Because Sylvan Highlands is situated in the West Hills area of Portland, the neighborhood has stunning views of all these surrounding parks.

Beautiful homes that sit on large lots are the norm in Sylvan Highlands, and there are still some affordable homes in the area. Typical architectural styles in the neighborhood consist of colonial revival, bungalow, old Portland, traditional, craftsman, Cape Cod, Tudor, foursquare, and ranch styles. There’s a little bit of everything for the new homeowner.