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Linnton, Portland Real Estate Neighborhood Guide


Linnton is a Northwest Portland neighborhood located on the Northwest Hills between Forest Park and the Willamette River along U.S. Route 30 (NW St. Helens Rd.), close to the amazing agricultural community of Sauvie Island. Linnton actually predates the city of Portland, and has a rich history of Northwest mining and logging industry. Homes for sale in Linnton are nestled into the lush greenery of Forest Park and the trees of the West Hills of Portland, where life is good and the views are even better. Stunning views of the St. Johns Bridge and the Cascade mountains are always only a glance away. We love the West Hills because they offer a quiet, secluded, park-like atmosphere with views and a sophistication that reminds you how close you are to the best that Portland has to offer. From parts of Linnton, you can literally glance down at the Columbia River and the lights of the city skyline, complete with world-class dining, outstanding music venues, picturesque farmers markets, all while appreciating the privacy of your own piece of Northwest forest. Forest Park, the nation’s largest city park, lies adjacent to Linnon, and stretches for more than 8 miles on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River, where more than 112 bird species and 62 mammal species frequent the park’s wide variety of trees and shade-loving plants. Forest Park offers enjoyment to hikers, bicyclists, runner, and others who just enoy being outdoors in a forest atmosphere. The 30+ mile long Wildwood Trail (a National Recreational Trail) traverses the Park from the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Hoyt Arboretum to Newberry Road - and it's all in Linnton's backyard. How could it get better than that? Miles of trails traverse the West Hills, especially throughout Forest Park, offering a haven for active families and happy pets. The community of Linnton was the winner of the 2005 Spirit of Portland Award for neighborhood involvement. Residents of the Linnton, Portland neighborhood include a diverse mix of professionals, artists and salt-of-the-earth working folks who champion unity, independence and a rustic spirit. You'll feel pampered by the welcoming environment of beautiful homes, outstanding schools, and amazing views of the best city in America.


Linnton was established in 1843 by Peter Burnett - who would later become the first governor of Califronia - and M.M. McCarver. The founders of Linnton named the small town after U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri, who is also the namesake of West Linn, Oregon. Senator Linn's nephew William Pope McArthur was one of the first surveyers of the West Coast, and Linn served a major role in supporting western expansion and settlement in the Oregon Territory. Linnton became a city in 1910, then a company town for the Clark-Wilson and West Oregon lumber mills, as well as the Columbia Engineering Works shipyard. In 1913, the Portland Glass and Coke Company moved its headquarters and main plant to Linnton's southern border, and industry began to develop along the river. Soon after, in 1915, Linnton was annexed by the city of Portland, bringing with it a good deal of the land the would become Forest Park.


Linnton located on the Northwest Hills between Forest Park and the Willamette River along U.S. Route 30 (NW St. Helens Rd.). Linnton lies five miles northwest of downtown Portland and three miles southeast of Sauvie Island. The developed part of the neighborhood is long, five and a quarter miles, and narrow, roughly a mile wide. Linnton borders the neighborhoods of Northwest Industrial on the south, St. Johns and Cathedral Park via the St. Johns Bridge across the Willamette on the east, and Forest Park (with which it overlaps substantially) on the west. The neighborhood extends north somewhat beyond Portland city limits into unincorporated Multnomah County, ending at the Sauvie Island Bridge. Linnton is located near some of the best schools in Portland, including Chapman Elementary School (2425 SW Vista Dr.), West Sylvan Middle School (8111 SW West Slope Dr.), and Lincoln High School (1600 SW Salmon St.).

At the heart of the Linnton neighborhood is the 1926 refurbished Linnton Community Center, a thriving multiple use facility to host meetings, year-round childcare, special events, and recreation.


Linnton Park: NW 105th Ave & St Helens Rd - This beautiful public natural area has a rich history. This acreage was originally owned by the estate of Aaron Meier, one of the two founders of the Meier and Frank Company. The local Boy Scouts were allowed to use the property and the cabin on it and the timber rights were sold to a logging company. Aaron's son, Oregon Governor Julius Meier, had been approached about donating the property for a park, but the estate declined until 1938 when it made a gift deed to the City on November 8. The Boy Scouts and other groups worked to reforest the property and contiguous property. The Linnton schoolhouse is located in the southeast corner of the park.

Washington Park: Linnton is near the attraction-packed Washington Park, home to the Oregon Zoo (home to more than 1000 animals), the International Rose Test Garden (the oldest official rose test garden in the US), the World Forestry Center, the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Hoyt Arboretum (home to over 10,000 trees of 1,100 species), the Portland Japanese Garden, the Oregon Children's Museum, and easy access to the Washington Park underground station to take advantage of MAX Light Rail transit into the heart of Downtown Portland.

During the summer months, the Washington Park and Zoo Railroad takes visitors on a peaceful trip around the park, including the Rose Garden and the Oregon Zoo. The train was built in the 1950's and is a charming way to enjoy the scenery and history of the area.

The Pittock Mansion: 3229 NW Pittock Drive, (off NW Burnside) The grounds provide lovely walks and picnic areas, and those who wish can hike to the mansion from nearby parks. The sweeping views from the mansion and grounds overlook Portland's downtown and Willamette River.

Forest Park Wildwood Trail: The 30-mile Wildwood Trail in Forest Park is part of the region’s 40-Mile Loop system that links Forest Park to pedestrian and trail routes along the Columbia River to Gresham, through southeast Portland, along the Willamette Greenway, and back to the Marquam Trail in southwest Portland. A landmark on the trail is the Stone House. This structure was built in the mid-1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a public restroom. The infamous Columbus Day storm on October 12, 1962, took out the water line. Because the structure had been heavily vandalized over the years, the decision was made to gut the building rather than embark on costly repairs. It remains as a favorite spot to rest along the trail.

Kruger Farm Market and Food Carts
Feast on roasted corn and warm cider when you pick your pumpkin at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island. Visit the farm and you'll find a market, canning supplies, farm animals and the freshest local produce around. Phil's grill is now open on weekends serving up great farm fare and BBQ. Grab a pint of beer or a hot dog and enjoy the surroundings. You'll even find a few chickens pecking their way around your table!

Corn Maze on Sauvie Island
Count on one of the biggest corn and pumpkin patch mazes you’ll ever get lost in each and every fall season. For a small entrance fee explore with the family the twists and turns of each maze, and they’re open after dark so bring a flashlight! Seasonally, they open earlier than other mazes so you can miss October rains. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and not afraid to come find you when you lose your way (they’re affectionately known as the “Corn Cops”).


The Linnton area boasts a diverse selection of architectural styles, ranging from classic Northwest, to Colonial, to Mediterranean (and a lot of custom design in between). Homes for sale in Linnton, Arlington Heights, and Skyline Real Estate are often higher-end luxury homes with amazing views and custom details, though Linnton homes can be very affordable, especially at this time in the Portland real estate market. 

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Residents of the West Hills have immediate access to the dining and shopping opportunities of Downtown Portland, the Pearl District, and the best of Nob Hill. Some of Portland's best restaurants are within an easy 10 minute drive from your hilltop home. In 2005, the Forest Heights Village Center opened its doors as the area's first shopping center with dining, coffee shops, dry cleaning, a hair studio and even a spa.

Skyline Restaurant - 1313 Northwest Skyline Boulevard - This classic diner serves up great burgers, fries, and milkshakes, perfect for a rest stop on an afternoon drive along Skyline Boulevard. They also serve up a mean breakfast. One of the last standing drive-ins in Portland, this historic spot features 1950's decor and menus, as well as summer car hops.

Skyline Tavern - 8031 Northwest Skyline Boulevard - A portland landmark, Skyline Tavern has sat upon the hill overlooking Beaverton and Hillsboro for over 50 years. Here you can watch the sun set over the city while playing horse shoes, pool, ping pong or darts. Music inside and out and a great beer selection. Come up the hill and view this extraordinary "Saloon" from the 40's and all it's antiques, atmosphere, and unsurpassed beauty.

Anna Bannanas - NW Portland's oldest independent coffee house has lots of perks: great coffee and staff, wifi, subtle music, laid back atmosphere with the "aged in a good way" feel, and they're dog friendly. Hours are open early, close late for whenever you have your coffee craving, and they serve some of the best chocolate milkshakes around. The menu is made up of pastries, breakfast choices, sandwiches, smoothies and shakes; there's also lots of comfortable seating to enjoy your coffee and book.

23Hoyt - This comfortable, sophisticated restaurant is where the resident food community feels at home. 23Hoyt's philosphy is "A New American Tavern" which combines bar menu favorites, like grilled burgers and fish & chips, with comforting Pacific Northwest classics such as grilled wild salmon, and a double cut pork chop with sweet corn and chanterelle succotash. The café, bar and dining room feature several seating areas, (including outdoor seating on NW 23rd Avenue) simultaneously providing warmth, comfort and refinement to customers while they dine on delicious "wow" food.

Papa Haydn - For 24 years Papa Haydn has been the popular stop for desserts thanks to the family-owned restaurant's focus on high quality foods, beverages, and service. But they don't just offer amazing desserts like Triple Chocolate Torte, Raspberry Gateau and Banana Cream Pie. The duck duck salad, is a delicious and modest dish of heaping fancy greens, two types of prepared duck and topped with an egg. Their menus change frequently, allowing them to take advantage of seasonal fare and keep their prices wonderfully modest.


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