The Hillside neighborhood is characterized by winding streets, majestic homes, and stunning views. Neighborhood development began in the early 1900’s, more than half a century after Amos Nahum King purchased the rights to more than 500 acres of land in Portland—part of which was Hillside. As of 2016, there are 2,219 people living in the neighborhood.
One of the neighborhood’s best features is its elevation climb relative to the city, which is said to also be where the neighborhood gets its name as homes are built on a terraced hillside. Most of the homes in the neighborhood offer spectacular views overlooking Northwest and downtown Portland, the Willamette River, and the mountains. A variety of architectural styles abound, including Colonial, Foursquare, and English Tudor. The average home was constructed in 1961. Newer homes in the neighborhood can be built on some of steeper terrain in the neighborhood, reflecting advancements in structural design.
The neighborhood is home to one of Portland’s most cherished landmarks, Pittock Mansion. The mansion was built in 1914 for Henry and Georgina Pittock, two Portland icons who were integral in establishing the city as a regional center of commerce in the early 1900’s. The mansion is surrounded by 46 acres of lush greenery and offers unparalleled panoramic views of downtown and beyond.
The Hillside Community Center is another local icon. Hillside residents fought for the community center after it was sold to developers—in fact, twelve Hillside residents took out a second mortgage in order to fund the Community Center after fundraising efforts fell short. It includes a soccer field, tennis courts, classrooms, a gymnasium, and more.
The neighborhood is also nearby a number of local eateries and retail destinations in Northwest Portland, and it offers close proximity to Forest Park, Washington Park, and dozens of walking, biking, and running trails.
Zip Code: 97210
Most errands require a car
Many nearby public transportation options
Minimal bike infrastructure