Southwest Hills Homes For Sale
Southwest Hills Portland, OR
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More About Southwest Hills
The Portland neighborhood of Southwest Hills is located west of downtown between the Oregon zoo and Green Hills, Bridlemile, and Healy Heights. This affluent community has a few micro-neighborhoods including Goose Hollow, Bridlemile- Southwest Hills, Healy Heights – Southwest Hills, and the main area of Southwest Hills itself.
Nestled in the Tualatin Mountains or West Hills in the Southwest section of Portland, Southwest Hills lies outside the Portland city limits in unincorporated Multnomah County. It's home to Council Crest Park, Governors Park, Marquam Nature Park, Norris House, and Portland Heights Park. Bordered by Sylvan Highlands and the downtown area, this is a great location for those with an easy commute to downtown, unlike other major metro areas.
Also known as "West Hills", this hilly terrain and lush landscaping offer stunning views from many of the homes and properties throughout Southwest Hills. Some properties have beautiful panoramic views of downtown Portland or even all the way to Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and even Mount Saint Helens on a clear day in the distance.
Southwest Hills History
In the 1880s, you could buy a lot in Southwest Hills for less than $250. Of course, things have changed quite dramatically over the last 140 years. The Portland Cable Railway Company was formed in 1887 featuring a cable car line that would open up the hills for residential development. But even back then, the neighborhood was always a destination for the affluent homebuyers offering a respite from the smoke and dust of the city's industrial development along the river.
In 1905, an electric railway route to Council Crest, the highest peak in Portland was constructed drawing tourists and even more residents. The railway service to the park ended in 1950 but development has continued throughout the decades featuring a wide range of diversity in architectural styles such as ranch, colonial, contemporary, modern, craftsmen, and a few Victorians. There are numerous high-end properties as well as notable historic properties such as the Frank J Cobb's House designed by Portland architect George D Mason and you'll find a few condominiums and multifamily properties scattered throughout the community.
Southwest Hills Amenities
Living in Southwest Hills means rich and vibrant typography with winding streets, residential neighborhoods, and easy access to major highways as well as close proximity to downtown Portland and OHSU. The Ainsworth Elementary is the only school within the neighborhood boundary featuring some of the highest-rated elementary teachers, academic programs, and curriculum in the area. Other schools include the West Sylvan middle school and Lincoln high school serving most school-age students throughout Southwest Hills.
Southwest Hills is prolific in parks such as Counsel Crest Park attracting visitors and residents year-round. But this is the only park that has drawn attention to this community. Back in the early 1900s an amusement park called Dreamland of the Northwest was operational atop the peak and the water tower used to be a 70-foot tall Observatory.
The Marquam Nature Park is another treasured amenity in Southwest Hills offering nearly 180 acres of nature trails, wetlands, and preservation. The Portland Heights Park features over 5 acres with picnic areas, play structures, sports courts, softball fields, and connects to the Marquam Trail.
Southwest Hills is primarily residential but there are a few businesses around the neighborhood such as the Vista Spring Café. This 20+-year-old café offers pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta and is in the heart of downtown just off of SW. Vista Ave. Just across Highway 26 is another pizza spot and the Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands with delicious Pacific Northwest food including vegan options, fantastic salads, market classics and entrées ideal for sharing.
Southwest Hills Homes and Real Estate
At any given time you'll find of proximately 50 properties for sale throughout Southwest Hills and the surrounding micro-communities of Green Hills, Bridlemile, Healy Heights, and Goose Hollow. Lots are available starting around $90,000 perfect for building your custom home, or dream estate. The average home price is about $850,000 with condominiums starting at around $400,000 and single-family homes between $500,000 and $6 million. You'll find larger, luxury homes, custom estates, and beautiful modern and contemporary designs. Most homes do not have any homeowner association fees but be sure to check with individual listings as these fees can occur or change over time.
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