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Alphabet District | Arlington | Forest Heights | Forest Parks | Hillside | Linnton | Northwest District | Pearl District | Skyline | Sylvan
About North West Portland Neighborhoods
The NW part of Portland is on the west side of the Willamette River and encompasses the downtown area north of Burnside, and stretches west out over Forest Park, Sylvan and the Zoo- and north west over to Skyline Blvd - billowing mostly north of highway 26 until it runs into Beaverton or Hillsboro. The NW downtown area includes the Alphabet District- which is one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods- with some gorgeous Victorian and Old PDX style homes, some of them 4 stories high!. The reason it is called the Alphabet District, is that the early fathers of Portland decided to name the streets in order starting with the letter A through Z, although I don't think they ever got to Z! Today, this downtown NW area includes original Old Portland-style houses- squeezed in together with grand old apartment buildings. lofts and brand new condominiums- all within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and shops. The Portland Streetcar ends here, connecting the district to the Pearl District and Downtown SW Portland.
This downtown NW district stretches west to east from the base of the South West Hills- also called the Tualatin Mountains) to I-405 (between NW 15th and 16th Streets), and north to south from NW Nicolai St. and the Willamette River to W Burnside St. It borders the neighborhoods of Forest Park and Hillside on the west, Northwest Industrial on the north, the Pearl District on the east, and Goose Hollow on the south. The downtown area includes the trendy shopping center of NW 23rd, NW 21st and The Pearl.
You can learn about the different neighborhoods encompassed in this NW Portland area by reading the different selections below. Some of the neighborhoods have full page articles with lots of links, photos and other information- You can click on the link at the end of the short paragraph to get to these more detailed pages. Each one of them has it's own distinctive personality and flavor.

Alphabet District The reason it is called the Alphabet District is that when the founding fathers of Portland first started naming the streets, they decided to start the names with A-Z- beginning one street south of Burnside and going out north as far as the streets would go. It makes it easy to know what street comes next when you are on the NW side of downtown Portland.

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Arlington Arlington Heights is up in the hills just west out of Portland and is bordered by the Northwest Heights, Sylvan Highlands, Hillside, Northwest and Goose Hollow neighborhoods. The boundaries are E Burnside to the north, SW Fairview to the south, SW Wright is part of the boundary to the east and the west border is hard to determine! So it is the closest real residential area to downtown NW Portland-just 5 minutes or less. You can actually walk or easily ride your bike to the downtown area, Washington Park, and NW 23rd- and alot of people. You can then take a bus back- the hills are pretty steep! The roads are windy and hilly- many of the houses have awesome views of either the city and mountains, the forest the Cascade mountains-Mt St Helens or Mt Hood, or the west valleys and hills. Click below to read more about this neighborhood and find cool links, maps and photos
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Forest Heights is right next to the Forest Park Neighborhood, but it is in Washington County . A lot of Intel Employees live here- because it drops right down into Beaverton-Hillsboro area. There are some gorgeous new houses that have been built up there, plus alot of new condos and townhouses built around little shopping areas. The surrounding rolling farmland is beautiful. Click below to go to the Forest Park-Forest Heights web page
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Forest Park is a huge 5000 acre forest right in the middle of NW Portland. It stretches out 8 miles on hillsides that overlook the Willamette River, and there are over 70 miles of trails. It is actually the larges natural urban forest in the United States, and the 3rd largest urban park! The Forest Park neighborhood goes right along the ridge of Forest Park. Click below to read more about it, find cool links, maps and photos!
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Hillside is between Burnside to the south, Cornell to the north, NW Westover Road to the east and Macleay Park to the west. It sits right above the city of Portland on a steep hill of the Tualatin Mountains- with Forest Park to the west, Arlington Heights to the south and the NW Shopping district to the east. The promoters of the neighborhood called the area "the finest residential section in the United States." Click below to find more about Hillside, see maps, photos and cool links!
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Linnton Linnton is right along the Columbia River as you head out towards Scappoose and the coast. It's just a little town- only 10 minutes from Portland- just past the ST John's Bridge. Sauvie's Island is right by it. If you like the farmland and the river- you will probably like it here- although housing prices are going up quickly because everyone wants to be in the city but also in the country! A lot of Linton is close to industrial or over looking the industrial areas of the Willamette and Columbia Slew.
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North West District The North West District also knowen as the Alphabet District is really not just one neighborhood. It encompasses everything from the Willamette River up the hillside to about NW 28 th and from West Burnside all the way north to Thurman-at least technically! The reason it is called the Alphabet District is that when the founding fathers of Portland first started naming the streets, they decided to start the names with A-Z- beginning one street south of Burnside and going out north as far as the streets would go. It makes it easy to know what street comes next when you are on the NW side of downtown Portland.
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Pearl District The Pearl is famous the world over! It used to just be a bunch of big industrial and commercial buildings that sprawled all over NW Portland. Someone had the brilliant idea to turn these buildings into lofts- and thus was born the Pearl District. It took off- and it just keeps going and going. All the old buildings have been remodeled and turned into lofts- plus lots and lots of new ones have been built. There are shops, restaurants, cafes, and little park areas intermingled.
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Skyline goes all the way from the edge of downtown NW Portland; where Burnside comes up into the hills all the way out to Cornelius Pass Rd and beyond. It used to be a country road that went along the ridge where you could look to the east and see the river, mountains and city- and look to the west and see the sprawling valleys and the West Mountains. It goes along Forest Park and is used a lot by bikers who like to go down the trails of Forest Park. You can take a trail from Skyline and end up down at the Columbia River! Click below to read more about the Skyline area and find links, maps and photos.
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Sylvan Heights is right at the top of the hill where Portland runs into Beaverton along highway 26. When it snows in Portland , Sylvan always gets the worst! It includes the beginning of Skyline Blvd as it runs North West to the ridge, and also Barnes Rd. There are a lot of 1950's, through the 1970's homes here- on big lots with views of the woods. It's close in to Portland but also close to the 26 corridor which runs into Bethany and out to Hillsboro .
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North West Portland Neighborhoods Links

Alphabet District | Arlington | Forest Heights | Forest Parks | Hillside | Linnton | Northwest District | Pearl District | Skyline | Sylvan
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