Hillside is located in Northwest Portland. It is bordered by the Northwest and Arlington Heights neighborhoods.

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Features of Hillside Neighborhood

Portland’s Hillside neighborhood appears folded up and hidden like a secret. Narrow streets snake every which way, a navigator’s gauntlet, and above them proud homes overlook your to and fro. Other than West Burnside on the southern boundary and NW Cornell on the north, not a single street traces a straight path. It’s a good thing you brought your map! 

Should you begin to feel lost, find the confluence of NW Hermosa and NW Monte Vista Terrace so that you may gaze out over the valley and know peace. Or find a place to park and wander lost on foot for a while longer, because the houses and the trees and the landscape are beautiful and go well with exercise and exploration. 

At the center of the neighborhood is Hillside Park, home of the popular Hillside Community Center. Once a school in the 1940s and then an artists’ co-op until the early 1970s, the center was in danger of being snatched up by a condo developer before citizens united to purchase the facility. That sums up the residents here: loyal to their neighbors and fiercely independent. 

To the west is Pittock Mansion Acres, which connects Washington Park and Forest Park, and where the grand Pittock Mansion resides. There’s a fee to tour the interiors of the mansion itself (but do it if you can!), but walking the grounds cost not a penny. Be sure to make your way to the east side, to take in the gorgeous views of downtown Portland and the amazing visage of Mt. Hood. 

Why not stay a couple of days? Heron Haus Bed & Breakfast will put you up and feed you when you rise. You’ll need your energy for hiking the Wildwood Trail through Macleay Park and northward into Forest Park. You have a full day, and more, ahead.

A gorgeous area with beautiful homes, many with a view of downtown Portland and the mountains.  Residents can walk or bike to either northwest neighborhoods and downtown Portland and are neighbors to major attractions such as the Oregon Zoo, the World Forestry Center, the Portland Children’s Museum, the Portland Japanese Gardens, the Portland Rose Gardens, the Vietnam Veterans and Oregon Holocaust Memorials.  Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States, is only a few minutes away by bike or foot.

Forest Park by Fasai

Forest Park Photo by Fasai

Nearby you’ll find the lovely 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!

Down the hill, you’ll find the hip and popular Nob Hill neighborhood, burbling with retail, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs.

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

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 Park – Basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, soccer field

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

Macleay Park – Hiking trails

Holman Property – Natural area

Marquam Nature Park – Hiking

Forest Park – Biking, equestrian and hiking trails.

Upper Macleay Trail, Portland

Neighborhood Schools

Chapman Elementary School

West Sylvan Middle School

Lincoln High School

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Community Resources

Multnomah County Library  – Northwest Portland

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Neighborhood Schools

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

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

Hillside Neighborhood Association


Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®


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Hillside is the 50th most walkable neighborhood in Portland.

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Upcoming Neighborhood Events

Feel free to post your Hillside neighborhood events directly to the Portland Events Calendar on our community site.  We regularly feature member-added Portland events in our weekly Portland events blog newsletter and feature your events on Twitter and Facebook. Get more coverage for your local events:  it’s free and easy to use.  Just join our Portland community site, and click the +Add button under Events.

NWNW Board Meeting Wed, Jul 10, 2019 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Hillside Neighborhood Portland – Vibe

Community conscious. An appreciation of nature, parks, and respect for our beautiful Pacific NW environment. A good mix of young and established families. Well to do, upscale neighborhood.  Block parties, dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, and babes in strollers are Hillside staples.


Hillside Zip Code 97210

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, 35 minutes. 

By bike, (part of this route is less ideal due to few bike lanes, narrow/steep or twisting roads with auto traffic), 45 minutes.

What’s Nearby? 

Closest Grocery Store: Zupan’s Market, .9 mile

Closest Gas Station, Chevron on Burnside, 1 miles

Closest Coffee Shop: Starbucks at on 23rd Ave or Coffee Time on 21st Ave, 1.1 miles 

Closest Brewpub: McMenamin’s Rams Head on Hoyt, 1 mile, or Pyramid Brewing or New Old Lompoc, 1.1 miles

Closest Restaurants: 1 mile to the popular dining area of NW23rd Ave / Nob Hill and bordering Downtown

Closest Movie Theater: Cinema 21, 1 mile

Closest Library: Multnomah Country Library, NW Thurman, 1.1 mile

Closest Dog Park: Try Wallace Dog Park, .9 mile

Closest Day Care: Fruit and Flower Childcare Center, .9 mile

Closest Gym: Hillside Community Center, .4 mile, or try 24 Hour Fitness, 1.6 mile

Closest Hospital: Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, 1 mile

All distances are approximate from center of neighborhood, and should be used as a general reference only. 

Hillside 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.

Hillside Rentals

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