Arlington Heights Neighborhood

Arlington Heights is located in Northwest Portland. It is bordered by the Northwest Heights, Sylvan Highlands, Hillside, Northwest and Goose Hollow neighborhoods.

Map of Arlignton Heights

Features of the Arlington Heights Neighborhood

You’ll want to ease your foot off the accelerator as you drive the narrow, steep, winding streets of Arlington Heights, but then you’d want to slow down anyway. Much better to leave the car in favor of your feet or a bicycle, because those are the best ways to fully appreciate this neighborhood. The houses alone, built in all manner of styles, are worth the tour, and the stunning greenery borders and embraces every curve in the road and sidewalk.

View from Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

View from Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton


But Arlington Heights is defined as much by what lies just the other side of its boundary as by what lies within it. As you ramble along on your exploration, it will seem absurd that the downtown sector of a city is only minutes away to the east. Much more plausible is the idea that you’re on the southern outskirts of the largest urban park in the United States, which in fact you are. The immense expanse of Forest Park is a mere short hike away, passing as you go the historic Pittock Mansion.

Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

Beautiful upscale homes, located in the middle of Washington Park and at 1000 feet above the city, offer a stunning view of downtown Portland and the mountains. Residents can walk or bike to popular northwest neighborhoods like Nob Hill, and to downtown Portland.

Washington Park

But Forest Park isn’t the only name in the game. The neighborhood actually resides within 400-acre Washington Park. Of all the neighborhoods bordering the park, Arlington Heights possibly takes the cake for being closest to some of the park’s most iconic features.

Portland Rose Garden by Brooke

View of Portland and Mt Hood from Portland Rose Garden – Photo by Brooke

Just steps to the west you’ll land on the Hoyt Arboretum and its Redwood Observation Deck and Wedding Meadow. To the south, you’ll stumble upon even more, including the International Rose Test Garden and Portland Japanese Garden.

Portland Rose Garden Photo by LorriE

Portland Rose Garden Photo by Lorrie


Portland Japanese Garden photo by Faith Smith

View of the Japanese Gardens – Photo by Faith Smith

Arlington Heights Businesses of Note

The Arlington Heights neighborhood is almost entirely residential, so you won’t see any business strips here. However, the perks of being up in these Southwest hills keep coming, as Northwest Portland’s amenities wait only a short hop away. We’ve gathered here some of the closest – and most exciting – business that you can hope to visit on your trip to Arlington Heights.

RingSide Steakhouse

Any meat lovers in the house? RingSide Steakhouse secured its spot as the premier classic steakhouse in Portland back in 1944. Since then, they’ve been serving up some of the best cuts in the city, cooked to perfection. If you’re looking for an old school, New York style steakhouse – waiters in tuxedos, your choice of steaks, aged or not, and classic sides. (On the sides note, don’t miss the famed onion rings – trust us!)

And while you’re there, don’t miss the nationally recognized wine list. Rumor has it RingSide’s cellar holds a whopping 10,000 bottles. Especially given the expert service, you’re sure to find a wine that matches your palate.

Carina Lounge

Looking for something a little less black tie that still offers up fantastic food and a remarkable atmosphere? Walk around the corner and check out Carina Lounge. This Mediterranean/Italian spot serves up everything from small plates to pasta to some truly enviable pizza. The restaurant’s welcoming service maintains a focus on kindness and warmth without sacrificing knowledge. Regulars swear by it, and even have their favorite owners and employees to chat with while dining.

Elephants Delicatessan

Back in the 1970’s, there wasn’t much to be found in the Portland area when it came to specialty food stores. Enter Elephants Delicatessan. Any long term Portlanders will at least recognize the name of this iconic business. Famous for carefully curating its purveyors and serving up quality food – for eating and for cooking at home – the Deli knows how to satisfy the most sophisticated palate. By now they are the proud owners of multiple locations. But this one, just around the corner from Arlington Heights, is one of the first and most beloved.

Khao Soy

More in the mood for a taste of Thailand? Never fear. Khao Soy offers an unpretentious setting coupled with dishes that clearly are cooked with love. While the dining is more casual, you’ll still get the same sense of care and dedication here as you will at the aforementioned honorees.

Roberta Nieto Sculpture

Finally, let’s take a look at one of the only businesses actually located within the Arlighton Heights neighborhood boundaries. Roberta Nieto is a master of several trades. She creates original sculptures, specializing in figures and stonework. She also works with stained glass restores existing sculptures (and to be sure, there are plenty in the neighborhood). A true professional, and a local artist sure to make her mark on Portland’s artistic history.

Arlington Heights Community Resources

Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association

Schools Serving Arlington Heights:

Arlington Heights Parks

Forest Park  – One of the most beautiful parks in the country, Forest Park offers miles of hiking trails through lush green woodland. This park truly personifies the Pacific Northwest. Starting at NW 29th Ave and Upshur and spanning all the way to Newberry Road, Forest Park sits smack dab in the middle of Portland, literally neighboring downtown Portland. Enjoy hours of foot, bike and equestrian trails all while relaxing in the intoxicating natural beauty. Forest Park is dog friendly- your four-legged friends will love it here!

Washington Park – Playground, soccer field, lighted tennis courts, hiking, wedding site

Portland Heights Park – Basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, playground, soccer and softball fields

Macleay Park – Hiking trails

Hillside Park – Basketball court, soccer field and tennis courts

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Oregon Holocaust Memorial

Arlington Heights Neighborhood Vibe

Upscale, without a doubt. We’re talking gorgeous, expansive homes with stunning views of nature and cityscapes. Greenery and nature abounds, in the park and beyond. This neighborhood is an amazing choice for those who can afford the view and close proximity to Downtown and Washington/Forest Park.

Arlington Heights Stats

Zip Code 97201

Local Crime Stats


Arlington Heights Real Estate

The neighborhood consists of mostly older style Portland homes. Homes run the gamut of 20th century architecture, from classic Bungalow, to Old Portland, to Cape Cod, Foursquare and more. Beautiful gardens and landscaped yards. The area prides itself on the old growth trees which are found on nearly every street.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.

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