Portland Heights is located on the west side of the Willamette River in Portland and are within minutes of Downtown. The views in Portland Heights look east making Mt. Hood and St. Helen's visible during the day, then you get amazing city views during the evening. "The Grid" is a flatter area minutes from downtown off of Vista Ave. From the top map view above you can see why it is called the grid. With its close proximity to Downtown Portland, great schools like Ainsworth Elemenatry and fantastic views, Portland Heights is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Portland.
Carl Abbott, in his book Greater Portland, talks about the development of the West Hills when he says. "By the 1920s the West Hills were Portland's new elite district. For three generations the affluent highlanders of King's Heights, Arlington Heights, Willamette Heights, Portland Heights, and Council Crest have enjoyed views of Mount Hood and ten-minute commutes to downtown offices. Separated by elevation from the lower income residents of the downtown fringe, successful businessmen, ambitious professionals, and monied families have been able to maintain social status and leafy living without needing to flee to suburbia."