Welcome to Northwest
Portland’s most densely-populated neighborhood situated between Forest Park and The Pearl used to be a gateway for younger transplants with affordable housing and late-night watering holes like the now defunct Gypsy. The Neighborhood Association has a wholly unapologetic stance on noise violations which has kept the late night excursions here civilized and considerate of the neighbors. Now it's populated and sought after by a range of upwardly mobile residents.
Where is Northwest?
Northwest is a neighborhood in Northwest Portland. It has as its borders Forest Park, Hillside, Northwest Industrial, the Pearl District and Goose Hollow The Northwest District Association is part of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and is included in City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Real Estate Year-in-Review for 97210
Home sales within the 97210 Zip Code kept pace with the Portland Metro real estate market. Based on data from Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), there were 212 homes sold last year with an average sales price of $767,902. The average Combined Days On Market (CDOM) for 97210 in 2016 was 44 days. The Sold-Price Ratio was 98.57 percent, which denotes the percentage of difference between the original list price and the sale price. Buyers were represented by their own agent (separate from the listing agent) in 87.74% of the transactions listed in RMLS for this Zip Code.
Neighborhood attendance areas for the Northwest neighborhood include the following schools: Chapman Elementary (K-5), West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School. For more information on schools, bus schedules, attendance areas and a host of other useful information please visit Portland Public Schools. For ratings, visit GreatSchools.org.
According to public records, the Northwest neighborhood has a total of 16,055 total households with more white collar workers (16,612) than blue collar workers (9,817). Most residents are college educated. 7,267 residents have a Bachelor’s Degree, while 6,270 have post-graduate degrees. Median income for those aged 45-64 is $53,393, while those over 65 show a median income of $50,298. Average household income is $80,649. Average household net worth is $490,657.
Portland’s most densely-populated neighborhood situated between Forest Park and The Pearl, used to be a gateway for younger transplants with affordable housing and late-night watering holes like the now defunct Gypsy. The Neighborhood Association has a wholly unapologetic stance on noise violations which has kept the late night excursions here civilized and considerate of the neighbors in modern times.
Northwest Portland has been a desirable destination for decades. There are a number of classically styles apartment buildings, and a wealth of Victorians – the with painstaking detail applied in the painting of these homes pays off in a colorful display worthy of admiration.
The outdoors never get any closer to the city as they do here – Forest Park is accessible from numerous locations in Northwest and provides a welcome respite from city life.
Rents are expensive and mirror the upper-class tastes of the homeowners here. Despite its posh nature, the Nob Hill Tavern is a local watering hole where a pint and a burger is always on special and served without a hint of pretention.
Northwest receives the following grades from Walk Score: Walk Score: 93, Transit Score: 64, Bike Score: 72.
Getting Around Northwest Portland
At the heart of the city is Portland’s compact and cozy downtown. Nestled alongside the bank of the Willamette River, Downtown Portland boasts an impressive array of cultural attractions, luxury shopping venues and award-winning eateries. Add to that highly walkable city streets and ever more stylish, bespoke apartments and you get a destination that attract professionals and executives alike.
Portland 5 Center for the Arts, one of the top 5 largest performing arts centers in the country, is comprised of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Keller, Newmark, Brunish and Winningstad Theaters, and the Antoinette Hatfield Hall. On any given date these venues offer world-class performances, acts and entertainers from around the world.
Just a short walk from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is the Portland Art Museum, distinguished for its collection of art of the native peoples of North America. The seventh oldest museum in the United States is actually a collection of landmark buildings including the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, and the Northwest Film Center.
Pioneer Courthouse Square - affectionately known as ‘Portland’s Living Room’ - is a public space occupying a full 40,000 square foot city block in the heart of downtown. Not to be confused with, but equally important to mention, is Pioneer Place, an upscale, urban shopping experience (combining a mix of retail, dining and office space) distrubited among between four buildings and interconnected by skywalks or underground mall sections. Here you’ll find recognizable and high-end brand stores like Apple, BCBCMaxazria, Louis Vuitton and Tumi.
Portland's South Park Blocks are a concatenation of city blocks (on Park, not surprisingly, between Salmon to Jackson Streets) that form an 8-acre urban greenspace and home to Portland’s ever popular Farmer’s Market every Saturday (from March to December) that draws up to 14,000 people each weekend.
One of the most popular destinations is Downtown’s waterfront. There you’ll enjoy Tom McCall Waterfront Park (home to the Blues Fest), RiverPlace Marina and the Esplanade.
One often overlooked benefit of downtown living is providing nearby options for out-of-town visitors. Portland’s high concentration of award-winning and historic hotels and suites makes the visit from the in-laws something to look forward to. To duly impress, choose the Benson, an opulent and grandiose choice, or for something a bit more contemporary, The Nines on Morrison will satisfy even the most discerning guest. Other popular choices include The Heathman, The Mallory, The Ace, The Westin and several Kimpton properties to choose from - The Hotel Monaco on 5th and Washington stands out.
And of of course there’s more than just Voodoo Donuts when it comes to dining options. Everything from Higgin’s - the groundbreaking restaurant that promoted the ‘farm-to-table’ movement ahead of its time - to top-chef runner up Gregory Gourdet’s Departure. There’s also the laid back but noteworthy Shigezo, and nearby you’ll find Southpark Seafood, arguably deserving a place among the best seafood restaurants in Oregon. This is just a small tease of what Downtown has to offer. Even staying with the most critic-worthy restaurants in Downtown alone would require entries too numerous to mention.
It must be noted that everything mentioned here is within walking distance. No subways to catch or ride share apps necessary, no Tri Met schedules to navigate, no stepping out onto the curb to hail a taxi. Portland is small, but not insignificant. It’s cozy, not restricting. It’s all there.
Visit here once and you’ll immediately understand why Portland fights well-above its weight, receiving high-praise from non other than the New York Times.