Oregon City is a famous place, which was the last stop of the Oregon Trail and the western frontier in the Oregon Territory. Oregon City is on the southern part of the Portland metropolitan area located where Willamette River meets Clackamas River. It is about 13 miles from Downtown Portland and takes about 25 minutes to drive there without traffic. North of Oregon City is West Linn and Gladstone, both across the river. Oregon City has about 35,000 in population and has a nice downtown area that is home to many nice shops and restaurants. Oregon City is accessed through Freeway I-205, Highway 99 and 213. Both Highway 99 and 213 provide a quick access to Downtown Portland and inner Southeast and Northeast Portland.
Oregon City is a very charming place that has a blue collar feel to it with a fun downtown that resembles a small town. It is my favorite place to explore as a real estate agent because of its many unique elements that make Oregon City an interesting and desirable. The city being next to Willamette River and the famous waterfall on the river provides a great view and recreation activities. The waterfall draws many tourists from all over Oregon as it is an amazing sight as well as historically significant. For the last 10 years, Oregon City has gone through a major renovation. It is now a city that has a mix of modern and historical charm. There has been lots of restaurants and cool breweries popping up in Oregon City.
Buying a home in Oregon City is a good investment. You will find lots of historical homes, which are similar to many homes in Portland neighborhoods including bungalows, craftsman, and foursquare. It makes sense because Oregon City is such a historical place that was found in 1829 and incorporated in 1844. Its unique topography includes three terraces, which rise above the river, creating an elevation range from about 50 feet above sea level at the riverbank to more than 250 feet above sea level on the upper terrace. The lowest terrace, on which the earliest development occurred, is only two blocks or three streets wide, but stretches northward from the falls for several blocks.
More Information on Oregon City Real Estate
Oregon City used to be more on the affordable side compared to many other Portland metro cities but now the price has skyrocketed in the last few years and it is somewhat expensive to live there. Median home sale price is $332,500 for 2016 according to Zillow. You will see that a low end single family house with 3bd 2ba starts around $320K. There are not many new developments in Oregon City. New construction homes are rare in this area. There are also many condos that have a great view of the river. For home buying or selling in Oregon City, talk to our real estate agent for more information.
Public / Charter Schools
Oregon City School District is known for its high performing high school Oregon City High School. It is a big school with 2,000+ in enrollment and has new state-of-the-art school buildings and amenities. Springwater Environmental Sciences School, K–8 is another elite school in Oregon City. It is a charter school and rated 5 out of 5 for Oregon School Rating with a strong focus on science. If you want to find out your assigned school in Oregon City by address, visit this Clackamas County website.
Oregon City is really the last frontier of the southeast part of the Portland metropolitan area. South or east of Oregon City, you will find lots of rural properties on acres including farms and orchards. Even within Oregon City, one can find rural properties on 2+ acres as you go south or east just outside the city limit. Oregon City is the gateway place to rural living in Clackmas County where you can still easily commute to Portland. It is minutes away from Beavercreek and Canby and many of their residents come to Oregon City for shopping.
Ultimate Place to Raise a Family
Oregon City makes it a great place to raise a family for many reasons. It is very safe area with easy access to lots of parks and riverfront. It has good schools with access to farms and rural lands where one can enjoy horse back riding, County 4-H, and a lot more. River activities are also amazing here. You can enjoy fishing, kayaking, motor boating, and a lot more here. At the junction of Willamette and Clackamas River, there is a lot of great fishing opportunities. You will see lots of fishing boats on weekends fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, catfish and more. You can also find sea lions on docks and river banks at times.