Northwest Portland


Northwest Portland presents a mix of culture and architectural style. Within Northwest are numerous districts as distinct from each other as European countries. Everything from the premier homes situated on sloping lots of the West Hills through Old Town lofts in Chinatown, northwest is diverse, changing and thriving. The area sprawling from the base of the West Hills to the edge of the Pearl District is full of turn of the century Craftsman, Colonial and Victorian homes. This affluent neighborhood boasts great city parks as well including Wallace, Couch and the nations largest within city limits, Forest Park.

Navigating northwest Portland couldn't be easier as it is also dubbed the Alphabet District, with streets running east to west alphabetically from Ankeny to York. Portland's Street Car provides easy hop-on, hop-off travel as well as a multitude of bus lines connecting to the larger MAX light rail system. Further, from Naito Parkway running the Multnomah river waterfront toward the West hills, streets climb in number from NW 1st on up!

A few important stops on the climb include the historic Old Town, both the converted warehouse and new construction lofts of the Pearl,and another conglomeration of brick buildings continuing west in the urban extravaganza of Uptown, Nob Hill and all the pocket communities in between. These neighborhoods are highly desirable and tend to represent the higher end of the Portland market as walk scores flaunt national acclaim and the setting is unrivaled. Northwest Portland is a restaurant, boutique and night-life destination but may also be called home as it maintains it's qualities of charisma, history and comfort in an urban environment.

Carrie Richardson