From downtown Portland, look west and you will see the West Hills. This area is where John B. Talbot first claimed land in 1851. Considered one of the oldest and most exclusive neighborhoods in Portland because of its views and proximity to downtown, the area did not develop until the early 1900’s. Historically, it was too difficult to navigate the steep, winding, muddy roads. But once those roads were paved and the Vista Bridge was built in 1903, land prices quickly went from a few hundred dollars an acre to $10,000 by 1910, and this area quickly became one of the city’s elite neighborhoods.
Vibe and Style
Boasting definitive style and heightened taste, this neighborhood provides panoramic views, minutes from a vibrant city center. The area radiates pristine serenity, contributing to its scenic appeal and tranquil demeanor. Residents include city officials, business owners and those looking to get away without having to go far. Other area neighborhoods include Raleigh Hills, Garden Home, Hillsdale, Lair Hill, Vista Hills, Bridlemile and Council Crest.
The West Hills neighborhood is known for its many historic Portland homes. Common styles found there include English Cottage, Foursquare, Colonial, Tudor, and Arts & Crafts, with most being built in the early part of the 20th century and many with impressive views of Mounts Hood, Adams and St. Helens.
West Hills covers a vast area, and hosts a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. With its central location, residents are just minutes from all that downtown and the hip Pearl District have to offer. Nestled in the hills, the Chart House Restaurant creates classic steak and seafood cuisine aimed to satisfy the most refined palettes. Diners are privileged to a relaxing ambience and city views, while enjoying signature entrées such as Snapper Hemingway and slow-roasted prime rib. In nearby Multnomah Village, historic buildings house antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and a number of other local merchants. The Washington Park Zoo is also in the neighborhood and provides family fun with activities like summer concerts, holiday celebrations, lectures and exotic animals from around the globe.