Hillside is located in Northwest Portland. It is bordered by the Northwest and Arlington Heights neighborhoods.
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 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 International Rose Test Garden
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
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
Multnomah County Library – Northwest Portland
Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)
Neighborhood Public Transit – bus routes, train stops, etc.
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Upcoming Neighborhood 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
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.
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.