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Sylvan-Highlands Real Estate


Sylvan-Highlands is one of the leafiest neighborhoods in Portland, striped with winding roads and stately homes to please all tastes. Homes in Sylvan Heights 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. 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.

96.3% of the Sylvan-Highlands residents rated their neighborhood "good" or "very good," so its no surprise you'll meet smiling residents on their way to work in the morning. You can literally glance down at the lights of the city skyline, complete with world-class dining, outstanding music venues, picturesque farmers markets, and the sparkling Willamette river, all while appreciating the privacy of your own piece of Northwest forest. How could it get better than that? At its peak height, the Sylvan-Highland Neighborhood’s elevation tops 1100 feet, making it one of the first Portland neighborhoods to experience snow in the winter months. Miles of trails traverse the West Hills, offering a haven for active families and happy pets.Sylvan-Heights definitely has an upscale, luxury feel, and you'll feel pampered by the welcoming environment of beautiful homes, outstanding schools, and amazing views of the best city in America.


Sylvan-Highlands is derived from the word Sylvanus, or “Roman Deity of the Woods,” due in part to its heavily-forested environment. The area was first plotted out to accommodate the Great Plank Road, an 1850's-era dirt and mud road that was created to connect the rich agriculture of the Tualatin Valley to the deep water ports of the Portland Real EstateWillamette and Columbia Rivers. The Great Plank Road traversed the distance between Goose Hollow and followed a path very similar to what is now Highway 26. Its route commenced in Goose Hollow and wound its way up modern-day Hwy 26. When you're driving up to explore the Sylvan-Heights neighborhood, imagine all of the hard work and labor that it took to complete a road through such thickly forested and hilly terrain. Amazing!

The neighborhood is perhaps best known for the giant, lit transmission towers that flash like red Eiffel Towers on top of the West Hills, and can be seen from miles away throughout the Portland Metropolitan area. The KOIN tower was built in the 1930’s, and today, 5 transmission towers serve as beacons in the hills of the Sylvan-Highlands neighborhood.


Sylvan-Highlands is located on the west slope of Portland's West Hills, adjacent to the natural wonderlands of Forest Park and Washington Park. The Sylvan Highlands neighborhood uses the 97221 ZIP code. It is bordered by the Forest Park, Arlington Heights, and Southwest Hills neighborhoods. Sylvan-Highlands 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.).


Sylvan-Highlands 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.


Most homes for sale in Sylvan-Highlands were built between 1930 and 1970, with many mid-century ranches, Portland Real Estatecraftsman bungalows, and new construction of condos and town homes (mostly along the west side of the neighborhood). Most homes have large lots with mature trees. Sylvan-Heights real estate prices are a bit lower than the surrounding neighborhoods of Forest Heights and Arlington Heights, offering hilltop luxuries to families with varying budgets. Many homes for sale in Sylvan-Highlands are larger custom-designed homes, offering a glimpse into the history of 20th century tastes and modern architecture in the Northwest.

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Residents of the Southwest 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.

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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