Sylvan Highlands is located in Northwest Portland. It is bordered by the Forest Park, Arlington Heights, and Southwest Hills neighborhoods. Much of the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood has a rural, rather than urban residential, look. Narrow lanes wind through the community, and often when you find a broader street with a line of homes side by side, you’ll soon find that it ends in a cul-de-sac. No matter, since the greenery and the beautiful homes make a little fussy navigation an easy price to pay.

Falling within the boundary of this neighborhood, and within the western-most portion of Washington Park, are the Portland Children’s Museum (a great place for little folk to explore and invent), Hoyt Arboretum for those who love and admire all things tree, the World Forestry Center, and the Veterans of Oregon Vietnam Memorial. Just beyond the east-facing boundary is the Oregon Zoo.

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Sylvan Highlands is like living in a forested city park.  Beautiful homes offer stunning views and you’ll feel secluded and set apart from the rest of Portland.  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!


Forest Heights Park

Forest Park

Sauvie Island  Farmers Markets, fishing, camping, local beaches and more. This area is stunning.

World Forestry Center

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

Hoyt Arboretum Hiking and picnic site

Japanese Gardens Stunning authentic Japanese garden

Washington Park- International Rose Test Garden

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Oregon Holocaust Memorial

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

Macleay Park Hiking trails

Sylvan Highlands


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Sylvan Highlands is the 84th most walkable neighborhood in Portland.

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Community Resources

Multnomah County Library  – Northwest Portland

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Sylvan Highlands Neighborhood Vibe

Just a few miles from downtown Portland, Sylvan Highlands will feel upscale, family focused and community conscious. Dog walkers and babes in strollers abound.


Sylvan Highlands Zip Code 97221

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Sylvan Highlands Real Estate

Homes run the gamut of 20th century architecture, from classic Bungalow, to Old Portland, to Cape Cod, Four Square and more.  You’ll also find new construction condos and apartments smattered about the area. Rentals

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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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