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Portland's Nob Hill is recognized as an area with a lively mix of retail, restaurants and professional services. Residents and businesses work to maintain that environment for everyone who live and work there, and for those who might only be passing through. From NW 21st and 23rd avenues, you’ll find many of the city’s top restaurants and best shopping nestled among tree-lined sidewalks. Or take a short walk over to Couch Park and enjoy the outdoors. Locally, the area is also often called Northwest or "Trendyfirst and Trendy-third". This is a great Portland neighborhood for strolling and people-watching. 

Nob Hill is a sophisticated yet trendy neighborhood surrounding the very popular NW 21st and Northwest 23rd Streets. It is included in the Northwest District (which encompasses the Alphabet Historic District) and is connected to the Pearl District, the Downtown Cultural District, Portland State University and the South Waterfront area by the 4.8-mile loop of the Portland Streetcar system. Similar to its sister neighborhood, the original Nob Hill in San Francisco, the narrow streets are lined with turn-of-the-century Victorian houses, some of which have been turned into artsy shops, trendy clothing boutiques and locally-owned book stores. There are many beautiful and historic homes along the side streets of the neighborhood.


In the 1840s Captain John H. Couch decided that Oregon City, Oregon's main settlement at the time, presented too many navigational problems and that Portland should be Oregon's largest city. In 1845 he speculated on a land claim in what is now part of the Pearl and Northwest District and made his fortune sailing ships with supplies between Portland and San Francisco during the gold rush era. The core of Nob Hill is where three of his daughters built homes along NW 19th Avenue. Eventually, Couch subdivided his land and investors built luxury rental apartments as well as large homes. More multifamily housing units sprung up following the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition, and finally with thousands working in the Kaiser shipyards during WWII, many homes were divided into rental units. The area became depressed after the war when residents moved to the suburbs until a city revival in the 1970s. Suburbs had lost their appeal due to higher gas prices and the area became attractive to investors, preservationists, and young people. Now many of the once vacant commercial buildings are occupied by restaurants, national chains, and boutiques.





With unique shops available right where you live, residents can enjoy exploring the high-end selection of shoes fashionably displayed at Zelda's Shoe Bar as well as gifts and collectibles of anything and everything related to Dachshunds at Moreland House N.W. Find handmade high-end jewelry, gifts, and home furnishings with personality at Twist, by artists from around the country. There's even a year-round Christmas store, called Christmas at the Zoo, that entices collectors and dazzles customers with thousands of beautiful ornaments and life-like plush animals from around the world.

3D Center of Art and Photography

The only museum in the United States dedicated solely to historic and contemporary 3D art is here in NW Portland. Exhibitions change regularly so you can see contemporary work by cutting edge stereo photographers from around the world. View historic 3D images and equipment spanning over 160 years that line the walls, or watch a 3D show in their Stereo Theatre. Each month features a different artist, and daily slideshows and interactive displays allow a slip into the amazing world of depth.


Wallace Park (5.39 acres) and Couch Park (2.39 acres) are both located in the Northwest District just blocks from Nob Hill. For a quick jaunt outdoors, both parks are ideal visiting spots. Each one includes a basketball court, dog off-leash area and playground, and Wallace Park boasts of an urban picnic site, soccer and softball fields, as well as a horseshoe pit and tennis court.


City Market is not just a single business, but a store that houses five separate businesses creating a European style marketplace. Pastaworks, Raw Raw Raw (an organic and local produce distributor for as many as 20 local farmers), Chop Butchery and Charcuterie, and Newman's Fish Company come together to offer Portland's finest artisan meats, seafood, cheeses, wines and produce. Residents of the Northwest District are supplied daily with Oregon hazelnuts, Marionberries, pears, salmon, oysters, dry goods, and mushrooms, the majority of which are grown, caught or made within an hour's drive of Portland. They sell cheeses from France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. as well, and are happy to give samples of any of them, so don't be afraid to ask! 


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.