Most Sylvan-Highlands homes were built in the 1950-60s, although a number of new condos and townhouses have been built in recent years. Homes facing west have a view of the coastal mountain range. Some Sylvan-Highlands residents walk from their homes to the MAX Light Rail stop at the Zoo to either head into downtown for work or out to the west suburbs for work in one of the high-tech companies.
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Arlington Heights is one of Portland’s most scenic neighborhoods and home to some of the city’s most famous parks, like the Japanese Garden and Washington Park. Located near downtown, the architectural styles range from Victorian cottage to the latest contemporary dwellings. Most homes feature beautiful gardens and spectacular views. This is an old neighborhood – most homes were built before 1939.
The Forest Park neighborhood is named because of its proximity to the 5,000 plus acre Forest Park, the southern portion of which lies within the neighborhood boundaries. Built along a ridge northwest of downtown and only a short distance from the Northwest District, this neighborhood combines rolling green pastures and views. Most of the neighborhood lies within unincorporated Multnomah County.
The Hillside neighborhood (sometimes called King’s Heights) is located on a portion of the Tualatin Mountains that overlook downtown Portland. Most of the homes on the steep, winding streets are large older homes built on smaller lots and many offer views of the city or mountains. Some condominium complexes have been built in recent years. This is expensive real estate and most homes are in the million and above range. Architectural styles range from English Tudor, Queen Ann Victorian, Colonial, to Foursquare.
The Linnton neighborhood is located between Forest Park and the Willamette River along U.S. Route 30. It is a smaller community with roots as a logging town. Linnton is a mix of commercial and industrial buildings, with residential properties tucked into Forest Park. Linnton provides easy access to the trails of Forest Park and is also close to agricultural community Sauvie Island.
The Northwest District is a dense residential and retail neighborhood. Large Craftsman and Old Portland houses, many of which have been converted to condos and apartments, tightly line the streets. Vintage apartment buildings and new condos are also prevalent in this area. All are within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Popular sections include bustling shopping street NW 23rd, the more bohemian NW 21st, and the Alphabet Historic District. The Portland Streetcar comes from downtown and ends here.
Northwest Heights offers beautiful homes, stunning views and a feel of seclusion from the rest of Portland. The neighborhood abuts Forest Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the country, with its miles of hiking trails through lush green woodland. The neighborhood itself is made of large, manicured homes and is about as close as you can get to living in a lush, forested park.
Old Town Chinatown is located in downtown Portland. Housing options include market-rate, affordable and low-income apartments and a growing number of opportunities for home ownership. Old Town Chinatown provides easy access to the MAX light rail and Tri-Met buses. This area has not been historically desirable and ownership options are limited, but improvements are being made to the area.
The Pearl has been undergoing significant urban renewal since the mid-1980s and is now noted for its art galleries, upscale businesses and residences. Homes in The Pearl mostly consist of high-rise condominiums and warehouse-to-loft conversions. The area is located just north of downtown and is home to an array of boutiques, and restaurants small clubs and bars…not to mention Powell’s Books. The area is serviced by the Portland Streetcar.
Downtown Portland has been undergoing a successful urban revitalization since the 1970s, and in the past decade alone there have been dozens of new buildings constructed, including townhomes, offices, and condominiums. Downtown Portland is the hub of the MAX and streetcar lines, which are consistently ranked some of the best public transportation systems in the country.