About Hillside and Kings Heights
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 ." The He terraced the hill called "Scotch Nubbin", so that they could build homes. This was completed way back in 1914! The reason this is such a high end, highly desirable neighborhood, is that it is built on the edge of the Tualatin Mountains that overlooks the downtown area. Forest Park is immediately to the West and the shops and restaurants of Northwest Portland are right at the base of this neighborhood. So not only does it have some awesome city, mountain and river views, but it is within walking distance to the 5000 acre Forest Park and also to the downtown NW 23 rd shopping district!
Hillside Community Center is a really cool center for everyone that has Hillside classrooms, gymnasium, tennis courts, soccer field, outside play area, kitchen, and office. It was originally the Catlin Gabel School- when they moved, the premises were up for sale. And the way it came into being says a lot for the b community feel that this neighborhood has. In order to buy it, the neighborhood had to raise over $100,000. They had almost raised enough- but they were just short by $25000. Twelve of the families took out 2 nd mortgages on their homes so they could purchase this property! It was turned over to the Portland Parks Commission in 1974! How many neighborhoods would do something like that- when houses were selling for $20,000-$40,000!
The Pittock Mansion is in this neighborhood.It's style is French Rennaisance and it was originally built as a private home for The Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Gorgianna. It is a 22 room estate situated on 46 acres that is now owned by the City of Portland Parks Department. There are trails you can take down through the woods that are really pretty! You can also tour the mansion- and see how people lived back then. The architecture is beautiful- with lost of gorgeous woodwork and antiques.