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Council Crest is one of the most well known parks in Portland because of its views of downtown and the Cascades, and for many residents it is only a short walk away. Along with Council Crest there are a number of walking trails, which lead to other parks and natural areas throughout the Southwest Hills neighborhood. The 3.5 mile loop that surrounds council crest park is a favorite for neighborhood runners and bikers. Portland Heights, or “The Grid,” is the most walkable section that surrounds Ainsworth Elementary School is just up from the shops on NW 23rd along Vista. Vista Springs restaurant is a neighborhood favorite. The walkability of Portland Heights is on display every Halloween as neighborhood kids flock to the grid for their treats. Green Hills is tucked away above St. Thomas Moore Church (also a private k-8 school), and hosts some of Portland’s most spectacular homes. The homes along Humphrey Park are grand mid-century homes on generous lots
The homes found in the Southwest Hills tend to be larger and grander with many different styles available. The styles throughout the winding streets include, traditional, colonial, craftsman, ranches and occasionally a Victorian. Many people move to this neighborhood because it is a quiet neighborhood with an easy commute to downtown with gorgeous houses and stunning views.
Kids in the Southwest Hills are likely to have friends at multiple schools, including the city’s top private schools (OES, Catlin Gabel, St. Thomas Moore, St. Mary’s). The majority of the Southwest Hills homes are assigned to Ainsworth Elementary School (with both an English-speaking “Community” program and a Spanish Immersion program), Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School. Some boundary adjustments will take place for the 2017-2018 school year, so be sure to check with Portland Public to confirm school assignments.