Standing in a line that wraps around Salt and Straw, a Portland-based ice cream shop with a location in Lake Oswego, it’s hard to sense that we’re only eight miles south of downtown. Whereas Portland has had a long streak of bad press, Lake Oswego resembles a resort town complete with cottage architecture and abundant hanging flower baskets.
Filled with mostly single-family homes, Lake Oswego is centered on a picturesque and private 405-acre lake surrounded by Oregon’s forest. Residents enjoy a small-town ambiance and a charming downtown area with shops, restaurants and wellness amenities.
“The town has a sense of liveliness and beauty to it because it’s clean and you feel safe,” said Lee Davies, owner and principal broker of Eleete Real Estate. “Much of the downtown development is new, so it’s fresh.”
Known for being a health-centric and social community, Lake Oswego offers watersports to those with access to the lake and nearby river. Golf courses and miles of multi-use trails get good use. Its residents take pride in excellent environmental stewardship of the private lake and high-performing schools.
“If we continue to have that mindset, the town will continue to look the way it is,” said Justin Harinsh, broker and owner/partner of Harnish Properties. “Things will always progress and things will always change. But here, it’s been a slower change, which has been nice.”
Just eight miles south of Portland, Lake Oswego includes 11.35 square miles and all the homes and businesses surrounding the lake. Essentially, it covers the area between Highway 5 on the west and Highway 43 on the east, and extends north to Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Its jagged southern border almost extends to the Tualatin River.
Article Source: Mansion Global