The downtown energy is turned down a notch in Southwest Portland where you’ll find more high rise buildings and college-aged residents hailing from Portland State University. Due to the higher concentration of residential buildings and lower concentration of nightlife the Southwest is generally quieter — although you’ll still find plenty to do.

The concentration of high rises along the Southwest waterfront make it look like a second downtown and the Willamette River glistens with light from those tall buildings at night. It’s a beautiful area that’s been the focus of urban renewal since condos started popping up around the 2006 housing bubble.

Tilikum Crossing a pedestrian cyclist and public transportation only bridge connects the Southwest Portland Waterfront to Southeast Portland. Walkers and bikers can enjoy the freedom of crossing without the congestion of cars. On sunny days you’ll find this bridge full of families tourists and locals alike enjoying the view of the Willamette River and the city.

Multnomah Village

For those looking to escape the skyscrapers Multnomah Village is a quaint neighborhood with a small town feel. Its proximity to downtown paired with its cozy community vibe make Multnomah a popular place for young families.

Residents all over Portland come to Multnomah to enjoy its quieter streets lined with local small businesses.

Regardless of whether you decide to call Multnomah Village home you’ll want to come visit during the holiday season when the center of the neighborhood feels like a festive stroll back to simpler times.

Just outside of Southwest Portland lies Dunthorpe, an affluent suburb and home to the Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop’s Close. These six acres of cultivated gardens designed by the firm that’s responsible for Central Park in New York City are a popular attraction in the area.

The further Southwest you go in this sector of the city the more space and residential communities you’ll find to choose from but you’ll also sacrifice some of the energy of the closer-in neighborhoods. If you’re looking for the comforts of the suburbs within a short drive to the city center the Southwest — particularly far Southwest — will provide you with perfect options.

Neighborhoods in Southwest Portland

  • Arnold Creek
  • Ashcreek
  • Bridlemile
  • Collins View
  • Far Southwest
  • Hayhurst
  • Healy Heights
  • Hillsdale
  • Homestead
  • Maplewood
  • Markham
  • Marshall Park
  • Multnomah & Multnomah Village
  • South Burlingame
  • Southwest Hills
  • West Portland Park

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