SW Portland

Southwest Portland is the area that contains downtown Portland with all its nice attractions such as the city center, interesting museums, a zoo, and concert halls for enjoying great performances. Southwest Portland surrounds the downtown area with many other nice areas that families enjoy. There are hills to the west and south where houses have nice views of the downtown skyline. Each year the city of Portland has many festivals for beer, food, and music. There are races to raise money for charities and many parades.


The boundaries of Southwest Portland are E Burnside St. to the north, the Willamette River to the east, an irregular border that reaches the suburb of Englewood to the south, and an irregular western border that reaches the suburbs of Raleigh Hills, Garden Home-Whitford, and Metzger.

Distinguishing Features

Southwest Portland has Washington Park, the Hoyt Arboretum, a Japanese Garden, and the world-famous Rose Test Garden. Portland State University and the Lewis & Clark College are in the Southwest Portland area.

The bridges in Southwest Portland all connect to Southeast Portland, and they are:

  • E Burnside Street Bridge
  • Southeast Morrison Bridge
  • Southwest Hawthorne Bridge
  • Interstate Freeway 5 - Marquam Bridge
  • Ross Island Bridge
  • Southwest Sellwood Bridge


Arlington Heights

This area has city views and mountain views. It is within walking distance of downtown Portland.

Arnold Creek

This neighborhood is next to a large natural park called the Friends of Tyron Creek.


This is a charming residential area named after the creek that runs through it.


Bridlemile is proud of the community activities it has to support its residents, who are mostly families.

Collins View
Collins View has distinctive residential neighborhoods and the Lewis and Clark College.


This is a residential area with a nice natural park called Woods Memorial Park.


Downtown Portland had a complete makeover. This area is now exciting, fun, vibrant, safe, interesting, surprising, and more. There are many wonderful experiences waiting for those who choose to live in downtown Portland. Young professionals enjoy living in the middle of all the action and walking to work.

Far Southwest

This residential area is also the home of the PCC Sylvania Campus.


This area has historic residential neighborhood communities, which are Gander Ridge, King’s Hill, Old Goosehollow, and Vista Ridge.


This is a quiet neighborhood where some families have lived for generations. There are many mature trees and lots of green space.

Healy Heights

This neighborhood is in the West Hills of Portland. Because of this, it has great views of the Cascades and the Willamette River on its east side and the Coast Range in the west.


This area has a relaxed, suburban feel, yet it is still close to downtown Portland, which makes the commute to work downtown, easy and short.


Homestead is a beautiful residential neighborhood with lots of forests and parks. This area has a large VA hospital, OHSU, and Terwilliger Plaza.


Maplewood has good schools, lots of green space, hills, and creeks. It is a great neighborhood to walk or bike around.


Markham has nice homes on quiet residential streets and the Maricara Natural Area to enjoy for a hike.

Marshall Park
The people who live in Marshall Park love to share a community picnic.


There are nice homes in this family area and a wonderful business district for shopping.

South Burlingame

South Burlingame is far enough away from downtown to have a suburban feel, yet is still close enough for an easy commute.

South Portland

South Portland has beautiful high-rise buildings with luxury condominiums and the planned residential developments of Corbett, Fulton, Lair Hill, John’s Landing, South Waterfront, and Terwilliger.

Southwest Hills

This area is in the West Hills (also called the Tualatin Mountains). The homes have terrific views of the Portland skyline.


This area is wooded and has the Washington Park. It is also home of the Hoyt Arboretum, which is a 232-acre park with thousands of trees of different species.

West Hills

This neighborhood is a nice residential area near Gabriel Park.

West Portland Park

Families love this area because of its suburban feel. It has a fun skate park at Holly Farm Park that kids enjoy.

Suburbs near Southwest Portland


Beaverton is seven miles west of Portland and has a population of around 90,000. It is a nice, small city in the Tualatin River Valley.

Forest Heights

This is a very desirable area near Forest Park.


Hillsboro is west of Portland and is the fifth largest city in the state with a population of around 100,000.

Lake Oswego

For those seeking lakefront properties, this is the area to investigate around beautiful Lake Oswego.


To the west of Lake Oswego is the small town of Tualatin with about 27,000 people.


The best schools in Southwest Portland are the ones that receive a top rating from Great Schools. There are many good schools in Southwest Portland.

Here are a few of them:

  • Ainsworth Elementary School (K-5) in Southwest Portland
  • Bridlemile Elementary School (K-5) in Bridlemile
  • Emerson School (K-5) in downtown Portland
  • West Sylvan Middle School (6-8) in Sylvan
  • Lincoln High School (9-12) in Goose Hollow

Public Transportation
The public transportation in Southwest Portland is part of the TriMet system that connects all the neighborhoods in the greater metropolitan Portland area. Express busses connect many Southwest Portland neighborhoods to downtown. Cross-town busses cover the Portland Metro area without going through downtown. The Max light rail train system is popular as are the larger commuter trains.

Amenities and Shopping

There are lots of amenities and great shopping in downtown Portland and other parts of Southwest Portland. Two popular business districts in Southwest Portland neighborhoods are the Multnomah Village and the West End.

The Multnomah County libraries in Southwest Portland are the Central Library (in downtown, Hillsdale Library (in Hillsdale), and the Capitol Hill Library (near Multnomah).

Parks & Recreation

There are over fifty public parks in Southwest Portland.

Some of the best parks are:

  • Albert Kelly Park
  • April Hill Park
  • Ash Creek Natural Area
  • Council Crest Park
  • Gabriel Park
  • George Himes Park
  • Hamilton Park
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Marquam Nature Park
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area
  • Washington Park
  • Willamette Park



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