Arlington Heights Neighborhood Guide

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

Features of 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. That’s fitting, given that the neighborhood actually resides within 400-acre Washington Park.

View from Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

View from Pittock Mansion by Beth

View from Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

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. Hoyt Arboretum, Washington Park International Rose Test Garden, and Portland Japanese Garden aren’t far either.

Beautiful upscale homes located in the middle of Washington Park and at 1000 feet above the city, offering 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.

Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

Pittock Mansion by Michael Barton

Portland Rose Garden Photo by LorriE

Portland International Rose Test Garden

Portland Rose Garden by Brooke

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

Neighborhood and Area 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

Holman Property – Natural area

Pittock Mansion – Popular tourist attraction, historical home and grounds

Marquam Nature Park – Hiking

Hillside Park – Basketball court, soccer field and tennis courts

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

Hoyt Arboretum – Hiking and picnic site

Portland Japanese Garden – Stunning authentic Japanese garden

Washington Park- International Rose Test Garden

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Oregon Holocaust Memorial

Hillside Community Center

Portland Japanese Garden photo by Faith Smith

Portland Japanese Garden – Photos by Faith Smith

Neighborhood Schools

Ainsworth Elementary School

West Sylvan Middle School

Lincoln High School

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Community Resources

Multnomah County Library  – Northwest Portland

Arlington Heights Day Care

Neighborhood Schools

Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)

Neighborhood Public Transit – bus routes, train stops, etc.

Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association

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Upcoming Neighborhood Events

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Arlington Heights Neighborhood Vibe

Upscale.  Gorgeous expansive homes, stunning views of nature and cityscapes, greenery and nature abounds.  This neighborhood is an amazing choice for those who can afford the view and close proximity to Downtown and Washington/Forest Park.

Arlington Heights

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®


out of 100

Arlington Heights is the 71st most walkable neighborhood in Portland.

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Arlington Heights Zip Code 97201

Local Crime Stats


Average Commute Times to Downtown Portland: 

By car, about 3 miles, 10-15 minutes depending on time of day and traffic conditions. 

By bus, 30-40 minutes. 

By bike, (part of this trip is less than ideal due to few bike lanes, narrow/steep or twisting roads with auto traffic), 35 minutes.

What’s Nearby?

Closest Grocery Store: Zupan’s Market, .6 miles

Closest Gas Station, Chevron, .7 miles

Closest Coffee Shop:  Starbucks Burnside, .6 miles

Closest Brewpub: Mcmenamins Ram’s Head, or New Old Lompoc, 1.1 mile

Closest Restaurants: 1 mile to popular Nob Hill (23rd Ave, 21st Ave) and tons of restaurants

Closest Movie Theater: Cinema 21

Closest Day Care: Youngset Preschool, .9 miles

Closest Library: Multnomah County Library NW Thurman, or Central Library 1.1 miles

Closest Dog Park: Try Wallace Dog Park, 1 miles

Closest Gym: Multnomah Athletic Club, .9 mile, or Hillside Community Center, .5 mile

Closest Hospital: Legacy Good Samaritan, 1 mile

All distances are approximate and should be used as a general reference only.

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, Four Square 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.

Arlington Heights Rentals

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