Significant development of the Southwest Hills dates back to the late 1800’s, when a cable car was installed allowing year-round access to the heights; previously, winter rains had made the steep, dirt roads impassable. Portland Heights, along with Council Crest are located above Goose Hollow and downtown Portland.
This hillside paradise has a mix of residents. The area contains some of Portland’s most spectacular high-end real estate, where many of the homes have views of downtown and Mount Hood. The neighborhood consists of an abundance of classic older homes in styles such as English cottage, Tudor, Colonial, Foursquare, Arts & Crafts and Queen Anne. Most of these homes were built in the early part of the 20th century, and are on steep, winding streets with lush mature trees and sidewalks. King’s Heights is adjacent to Portland Heights and has similar homes and amenities. Some condos have been built in the lower reaches of the district.
From Downtown or Pearl District shopping and entertainment, take Vista Street to Portland Heights. It is also close to major attractions such as the Oregon Zoo, Forestry Center, Children's Museum, the Japanese and Rose Gardens. Centrally located, Portland Heights is ideal for commuting in any direction, and for those who travel frequently, a one way trip to the airport is accomplished in less than a half hour.
Outdoor adventures are plentiful and provide residents and visitors ample chances to explore the area. The guidebook Portland Hills walks maps out 20 meandering, view-studded strolls from forested canyons to cityscape peaks, including areas in Portland Heights. Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, is only a few minutes away by bike or foot. The Portland Heights to Zoo Walking Tour is a 5.6-mile walk that combines stunning views of downtown, the Cascades and 19th-century homes along wooded paths. Other neighborhood parks include Portland Heights, Council Crest, Governor and Marquam.