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Portland South West Neighborhood Guide - Council Crest and the West Hills


About Council Crest and the West Hills

The southwest hills neighborhood includes Council Crest and Portland Heights . It's boundaries are Highway 26 to the north, SW Patton Rd and SW Broadway to the south, SW Scholls Ferry to the west and I-405 to the east. It is bordered on the north by Sylvan Highlands, to the east by downtown and Homestead , to the south by Bridlemile and Hillsdale and to the west by Beaverton .

It is a gorgeous area of winding roads and hills with forest and views throughout. Council Crest is the highest point in Portland- 1071 feet above sea level! From the top on a clear day you can see from Mt Hood to Mt Rainier! Many homes have views of the Cascade mountain range- including Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams and even Mt Rainier- also the Willamette River , and the city lights of downtown! A lot of the homes are built on the side of the hill and are cantilevered over the forest floor or valley below. As many of the streets in this area wind through the tree-lined forest, this makes the West Hills an cool place to explore, and a serene and beautiful place to live! Houses range in price up to $3,000,000 and above!

Council Crest first was claimed back in 1851- According to legend, it got its name because it was here that Native Americans held meetings and built signal fires. Others say that it was named in 1898 by delegates to the National Council of Congregational Churches, who met on the top. The water tower that now stands atop Council Crest used to be a 77-foot tall wooden observatory- which was part of the amusement park that was there from 1907 to 1929. In 1936, the city bought the land and created Council Crest Park . The Portland Street Car helped development of this area- which was pretty steep and high above the city- and then in 1926 the Fourth Street Bridge , which later became the Vista Bridge , helped it grow.


Ainsworth Elementary

West Sylvan Middle School

Lincoln High School

School Report Cards

To find school boundaries

Cool Links

Topographical map of the area

Southwest Hills Resource and Protection Plan

Neighborhood statistics like crime, census stats and all kinds of interesting things!

More Parks

Marquam Nature Park is 173 acres with lots of trails through the west hills- going from Council Crest to the Zoo.

Portland Heights Park Includes basketball court - outdoor, disabled access play area, disabled access restroom, paths - paved, paths - unpaved, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, and tennis court - outdoor.

Duniway Park The current site of Duniway Park was once Portland 's first Italian settlement colony. The influx of Italians into Portland occurred between 1900 and 1917. The Park is 14 acres and was aquired in 1918

Map of Washington Park.

Trulia's Guide to the SW Hills- gives map and price of homes

Portland Maps Southwest Hills area interactive map of crime, lot parcels and more


Click here for larger interactive map

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