Sylvan Highlands is a geographically unique neighborhood, nestled into the trees of the West Hills. With close proximity to northwest Portland, the neighborhood is part of a true “urban forest.” Residents are afforded the ease and accessibility of urban living with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
The neighborhood offers a variety of housing styles, including bungalows, family homes, large estate properties, condos, and apartments. As of 2016, the population was just shy of 950 people, and the average home was built in 1971.
The neighborhood has an interesting history. Nathan B. Jones, a pioneer in the 1800’s, settled at the head of Tanner Creek, a small tributary of the Willamette River. He named the community there “Zion Town,” but a local resident suggested the name change to Sylvan—after the Roman deity Silvanus—because there were several other Zion Towns in Oregon already. Jones had intended for Sylvan to become the new capital of Oregon, but he was murdered in 1894. Yet, the name Sylvan stuck, to this day.
Sylvan Highlands Attractions
For those who are interested in living near the urban core of Portland within natural surroundings, the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood is an attraction in its own right. With close proximity to Northwest Portland—where a large variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options are available— Sylvan Highlands neighborhood residents have easy access to the charms of city life. Yet, general amenities such as groceries, offices, and convenience stores can be found within the area, making the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood a highly livable area.
In addition, Sylvan Highlands is nearby Washington Park, which includes the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Gardens, and more. Sylvan Highlands is also near Pittock Mansion and Forest Park.
Zip Code: 97221
Almost all errands require a car
A few nearby public transportation options
Minimal bike infrastructure