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West Side Neighborhoods

Our condo is located on the west side of Portland, on the edge of the downtown area and just at the foot of the hills that ring the town on the west side.   There's an interesting variety of architecture to be seen as we walk about the area, ranging from simple clapboard-sided houses to a range of condos and larger buildings, often with stone embankments, moss-covered retaining walls, or huge structural underpinnings helping them cling to the steep hillsides.

In addition to city streets and sidewalks, we've also found there are many staircases, often quite high, leading from one level to another on these steep hillsides.   We enjoy walking these hills, partly to see what's up there and also to get a panoramic view of the city down below and the mountains off in the far distance.   On clear days, Mt. Hood can be seen off to the east, and Mt. St. Helens to the north, plus a range of lower hills across the Columbia River that in winter are covered in snow.
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