Forest Heights

Dated: 09/24/2015

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The West Slope of the West Hills is home to the posh neighborhood of Forest Heights.  The land here wasn’t settled until after the Oregon Donation Land Act of 1850.  In 1969, the area was purchased by developers, and construction started in 1983, resulting in one of the newest developments in Portland. Covering over 600 acres, it sits at an elevation of 700 feet. From this location, it is known for sweeping, panoramic views. 

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The Forest Heights Architectural Review Committee reviews each new home design. While there is a mix of different home styles including many custom  homes, the committee allows for uniqueness, while still maintaining continuity.


It is considered to be one of Portland’s more desirable neighborhoods, located between some of Portland’s largest employers like and Nike, Intel, and area hospitals. Forest Heights operates a private shuttle bus service Monday – Friday during peak commuting hours that transports Forest Heights residents to the Sunset Transit Station for Trimet access.

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Access to nature was important to the developers of Forest Heights. In fact, a third of Forest Heights’ total acreage has been set aside as common green space. Forest Heights Park is one of two neighborhood parks here, which includes forested area and a children’s playground. The other is Mill Pond Park, which is a pristine private park maintained by the neighborhood association. Mill Pond Park is home to over 10 acres and includes the historic Mill Pond, walking trails, playgrounds and wildlife. In addition to the parks, the neighborhood boasts six miles of running paths throughout the community.

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While Forest Heights’ proximity to both downtown and the Sunset Corridor offers homeowners convenience of restaurants and shopping close by, the Forest Heights Village Center opened in 2005, giving residents their own business area. The current mix of businesses at the Village Center has had a very positive influence in Forest Heights. The combination of restaurants, food store and service businesses has made the Village Center the gathering place for the community. Residents do not have to leave the area to grab their morning Starbucks, have a mani/pedi, or drop off their dry cleaning. They can even have a slice of pizza at Pizzicato, a glass of wine at Vinotopia, or cook dinner at home with their groceries from Natural Market.

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In Forest Heights you will find a wide variety in both the size of homes and in their architectural styles. From Brownstones and English Tudor condominiums to Craftsman bungalows, traditional Colonials, Mediterranean Villas and Victorians, sizes can range between 2,000 to over 6,000 square feet.  Living in a community like Forest Heights comes with views, landscaping and maintenance, that cost every homeowner owes dues of $588 annually.


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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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