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Oregon Health and Science University is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting edge medical research and training. OHSU was ranked #3 Best Medical School in the nation for training Primary Care physicians by US News and World Report, and in 2006 was one of a handful of institutions awarded funds from the NIH to develop a translational medical center bringing together teams of doctors and scientists to solve the leading issues in medicine.

OHSU is serves the worldwide community with medical breakthroughs, but the university is also dedicated to its local community in Portland, Oregon. OHSU’s buildings were built with Portland’s concern for the environment in mind, and aim to a nationally unprecedented level of sustainability: A two-story glass atrium that soaks up sunlight heats many of the buildings’ water, chilled “beams” are used instead of conventional air conditioning, another national first, and the main office building produces a third of its own electricity and treats its own water.

Patient care and research science facilities are located on both the West Hills campus and in the burgeoning South Waterfront. The Marquam Hill campus and homes on the West Hills are connected to the South Waterfront (home to OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing) via the architecturally dazzling Portland Aerial Tram.


The neighborhoods scaling the West Hills of Portland feature lavish and historic homes and castles, ornate public staircases, blooming wildflowers and roses, access to the 5,000 plus acre Forest Park, and unsurpassed views of Downtown and the majestic Mt. Hood. These luxury neighborhoods provide an eclectic mix of homes suited to every taste, and common styles found in the hills include English Cottage, Foursquare, Colonial, Tudor, and Arts & Crafts residential oases. Many of these beautiful homes were built in the early 20th century, though modern designers and architects have also made their mark on the area with spectacular residential creations of glass and light overlooking the Portland skyline. Living in the West Hills includes the best of all worlds: winding tree-lined streets, over 70 miles of preserved forest trails, gorgeous views, and red-carpet access to one of the liveliest urban centers in America.

Oregon's first green neighborhood, South Waterfront, is also the largest green development in the country. Innovative energy saving and water conservation techniques like LEED certified buildings and the bios wale filtration support the entire neighborhood and minimizes its impact on the environment. The neighborhood was also tested and been certified as Salmon Safe, reflecting their responsible eco-friendly practices to help protect the salmon watersheds. Buildings are made from sustainable materials, use solar panels, and have been designed with a "permeability" concept. In order not to block any of the wonderful views downtown Portland has to offer, buildings are designed to be thinner and to not occupy an entire block, while still building with the same amount of square footage. These buildings are taller, but avoid the uniform rows or canyons of buildings. This also allows sunlight and wind to pass through and makes them less visible on the skylines.

Condos in Portland for SaleEnjoy fabulously built condominiums with gorgeous views!  Projects worth mentioning-

  • The John Ross

  • The Meriwether

  • Atwater Place

  • The Ardea

  • The Mirabella (high end continuing care retirement community)

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40-Mile Loop and Marquam Trails
There are more than 140 miles of trails that run along the east and west banks of the Willamette River, and South Waterfront offers instant access three ways: The River Place/Waterfront paths, the Springwater Corridor and the SW & Marquam Trails. All of these hikes are part of the "40-Mile Loop." Enthusiasts will love the convenience of biking and hiking right outside their front door.

Ross Island & the Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge
South Waterfront is located across the Willamette River from Ross Island, and residents enjoy wildlife unlike any other urban neighborhood in Portland.  During the Annual Great Blue Heron Week in June residents can view young herons, osprey, and bald eagles nesting. Hikes, regattas, and year-round expeditions to Ross Island and the 140-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge wetland are hosted by The Audubon Society.

Downtown Portland
Use the convenient location to your advantage, and check out the opera, ballet or symphony. Hop on the Portland Street Car and head over to the Multnomah County Public Library, or visit Pioneer Square, Pioneer Place Mall and all the retails shops and restaurants that Downtown has to offer.


Residents of the OHSU area have immediate access to the best of Downtown Portland, including the upscale shopping and dining of the Nob Hill neighborhood and access to the South Waterfront promenade. Though homes in the West Hills feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you are never more than a few minutes away from the best dining and entertainment available on the West Coast.

The Daily Cafe at the Tram
The Daily Cafe at the Tram is located on the ground floor of OHSU's new building in South Waterfront and is a consistent place with piping hot Stumptown brew, vegetarian specials, and offers lots of ready-made sandwiches and drinks made from local organic products. They further help support the neighborhood by showing local artists' work, too. The atmosphere is cozy and airy with big windows, and plenty of tables are available to sit at and read, people watch, or wait for the streetcar. There is also a friendly and quick crew that keeps the coffee running like clockwork, for you caffeine addicts.

Rilassi Coffee House and Tea
At Rilassi Coffee House and Tea, a staff of expertly trained baristas have handcrafted a variety of espresso drinks. Waterfront dwellers get to experience an authentic Italian atmosphere and enjoy something from the selection of pastries, soups, salads, traditional Paninis, and gelato that the café has to offer. The shop has a grandiose feeling thanks to its wall mural and ceiling fresco, and the spiral staircase that leads to an upstairs open mezzanine seating area. On the lower level there's plush fireside seating on one side and a scattering of tables and chairs on the other that are separated by an old world fountain, only adding to the Italian authenticity customers want.

Heavy velvet curtains, massive windows overlooking the river, and mood lighting create a beautiful space at Aquariva, whether you are sitting at the bar or in the dining area. The menu is uniquely designed to feature on one side foods best paired with white wine and on the other, foods best paired with red. George, the restaurant manager, loves what he does and makes sure to visit the tables, ensuring happy customers. Customers enjoy the trendy décor and music, one of the best views on the waterfront, the footpath between the restaurant and the river, and outside dining in warmer weather. And afterwards, you get a pink tuft of cotton candy with your check.


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