Portland’s Best Neighborhoods: Uptown/Nob Hill

A charming and ideal hub for couples and young families, Portland’s historical Northwest District is a neighborhood with many names. Aside from Nob Hill and Uptown, it’s also called the Alphabet District due to the alphabetical naming of its east-west streets from Burnside to Wilson (for example: Everett, Flanders, Glisan).

Connected to Downtown, the Pearl District and South Waterfront via the first Portland Streetcar line, Nob Hill features a tightly-packed mix of Old Portland-style homes, Victorians, Craftsman, townhouses, brick apartment buildings, and modern condominiums.

Roughly stretching from W Burnside St. to NW Marshall Street and from the base of the West Hills to I-405 (just past16th Avenue), the Uptown neighborhood is alive with the best Portland has to offer. Its two primary retail corridors—NW 23rd and NW 21st avenues—showcase everything from specialty boutiques such as Blush Beauty Bar and The Meadow (owned by James Beard Award winner Mark Bitterman) to renowned restaurants like the award-winning Paley’s Place, Papa Haydn West, and Salt & Straw.

Adjoining the neighborhood to the west is Forest Park, an unparalleled, 5,000+-acre sprawl of Pacific Northwest beauty practically in your backyard. Bird lovers will delight in the Audubon Society of Portland—a free-to-the-public, 150-acre nature sanctuary nestled in the heart of the park. Visit the historical, 46-room Pittock Mansion—a French Renaissance-style château built in 1909 for former Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife. Now the mansion is owned by the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau and is open for touring.

Call me today if you want to nest in Nob Hill.