Our Nob Hill/Northwest Neighborhood
Nestled into the base of Portland's west hills, Nob Hill/Northwest is one of Portland's great neighborhoods. Sharing more than a passing similarity to its San Francisco namesake, "Northwest," as we call it, has undergone a renaissance. Turn-of-the-century Victorians line the narrow streets, offering visitors a glimpse into the city's rich architectural past. Storefronts have been restored to their original splendor, transforming Northwest 23rd Avenue into a shopper's heaven. Scores of whimsical, independent and sophisticated boutiques offer everything from tiaras to topiaries. Restaurants, pubs and cafes, many of which open to the street in warmer months, offer perfect vantage points for some of the city's best people-watching. Rounding out the atmosphere of Northwest are the many trees lining the streets - an unusual site in most urban landscapes, but par for the course in Portland. It is all within walking distance from campus. And if you want to venture out a bit, the new Portland Streetcar links our neighborhood to downtown Portland's Cultural District and the Pearl District.
Right next door to Nob Hill is Portland's best known art district, the Pearl District. For the past 20 years, local artists have resided in this unlikely neighborhood. Creative energy resonates from this eclectic district, where many of the old warehouses are rapidly transitioning to loft-style condominiums and row houses. And while the district has retained its industrial flavor, many loading dock doors roll up each morning to reveal elegant cafes, exotic boutiques, and fine art galleries. Original cobblestone pavers, imported at the turn of the century aboard sailing vessels, which used the stones as ballast, still line many Pearl District streets.
Powell's City of Books is one of the oldest Pearl District entities. Recognized as the largest independent bookstore in the world, Powell's spans a full city block and rises three stories to house its selection of 1 million new, used and out-of-print titles. The Pearl also hosts events such as First Thursday, a monthly gallery walk, and Art in the Pearl, an annual arts and crafts festival held over Labor Day weekend.