The vibrant city of Portland is continuously attracting new residents, who are drawn to the city’s outdoorsy, techy, trendy and eclectic way of living. As a result, the city has experienced consistent population growth over the years, especially after the year 2000, at which point the city grew by over 90,000 residents between the years 2000 and 2014. And its growth has continued, as the Portland Metro made it on Forbes’ list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities in 2018.
If you are amongst the many people moving to the area, you may be in pursuit of a more laid-back suburb in which to settle. Thankfully, there are several exceptional suburbs surrounding Portland, providing a sense of community, neighborhood conveniences, quiet streets and close proximity to the heart of the city. Take a look at the most popular suburbs of Portland, each with its own unique set of characteristics and amenities.
The Most Popular Suburbs of Portland Include:
Population (Est. 2016): 38,945
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $774,808
Lake Oswego is considered one of Oregon’s most exclusive and sophisticated neighborhoods. Located just 8 miles south of Portland, Lake Oswego is an idyllic retreat from the city with impressive natural beauty all around, centering on the sparkling Oswego Lake. The community boasts exceptional schools, breathtaking homes and a strong sense of civic pride. Residents are highly involved in community events and issues, from volunteering at the city library to attending an exhibit of a local artist. Lake Oswego has an abundance of restaurants, shops and businesses within reach, situated in convenient clusters in the heart of town surrounding the Lake Forest community. With luxurious amenities, opulent homes, neighborhood conveniences and natural beauty, it’s no wonder so many people are moving to Lake Oswego!
There is no shortage of million-dollar mansions in Lake Oswego, many of which are situated along the water’s edge, either along the expansive Oswego Lake or the winding Willamette River. Original homes reflect the classic architectural style of the area’s history, including English cottage, Tudor revival, Victorian and Craftsman. Plus, there are a number of modern and contemporary estates constructed with high-quality materials, consistent with the luxurious atmosphere of Lake Oswego.
Population (Est. 2016): 26,859
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $519,628
Situated between the Willamette and Tualatin rivers just south of Portland, West Linn is a tight-knit community filled with natural beauty. The town is often called the city of hills, trees and rivers, as it has no shortage of all three within reach. West Linn is home to Willamette Park, Maddax Woods Park and the Camassia Nature Preserve, plus a number of other green spaces throughout the region for fishing, hiking, swimming, biking and more. Residents don’t have to travel outside the city for everyday conveniences — from coffee shop visits to grocery shopping, and everything in between. Take a look at our itinerary for spending a full day in West Linn to see all that this charming town has in store!
There is a wide variety of homes for sale in West Linn, ranging from restored historic homes to new construction properties. Whether you’re looking for a luxury estate with land or a quaint townhome or condo, you’ll find it in West Linn. Plus, several homes in West Linn are situated along the Willamette or amongst the hilltops, offering magnificent views of the rivers and Cascade Mountains.
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $419,904
Photo Courtesy of Beaverton City Government
With almost 100,000 residents, Beaverton is a thriving suburb of Portland acting as its own independent city. The city boasts a unique blend of suburban living and urban distinction, enjoying a desirable proximity to the heart of Portland for employment, entertainment and other big city conveniences. However, Beaverton has its own set of restaurants, attractions and hotspots, plus proximity to trails, parks and golf courses for endless outdoor recreation. In fact, the city boasts that there is a park within a half-mile of every home in Beaverton! The area is particularly attractive because of its schools, natural beauty and the job opportunities nearby. Beaverton is home to the corporate headquarters of Nike, Tektronix and Columbia Sportswear, making it an ideal community for employees to call home. From your cup of coffee in the morning to your cocktail at night — here’s our complete guide for spending a full day in Beaverton, whether you’re simply visiting or lucky enough to call it home.
Beaverton is recognized for its attractive and well-planned neighborhoods, particularly desirable for those looking for a quiet neighborhood with plenty of yard space. Homes in Beaverton range from condominiums to impressive mansions, and just about everything in between. The architecture of Beaverton homes is diverse, as are the price tags!
Population (2010): 6,965
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $415,839
With a population just shy of 7,000, Clackamas is a small unincorporated community just southeast of the city near the Clackamas River. The area is particularly desirable for its small-town feel, friendly residents and tight-knit sense of community. Plus, Clackamas is surrounded by idyllic natural beauty all around, including the popular Barton Park, where residents go for fishing, rafting, swimming, hiking and other activities. One of Oregon’s largest malls, Clackamas Town Center, is nearby. The mall received a major renovation in 2007 and now hosts 40 retail stores, restaurants and a movie theater. Plus, residents of Clackamas may easily access Portland and other surrounding suburbs for entertainment, dining and employment!
Clackamas hosts beautiful neighborhoods with a variety of homes, townhomes and condos, most of which are situated northeast of town. Most of the homes in Clackamas surround Clackamas High School, providing a convenient commute for those with high school students. You will find a range of housing styles in Clackamas, including traditional, Craftsman and ranch-style homes.
Population (Est. 2016): 51,902
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $489,384
Nestled between Beaverton and Tualatin just 10 miles southwest of Portland, Tigard is a suburban community with historic charm and a plethora of residential developments. Residents are drawn to the town’s attractive and well-planned neighborhoods, proximity to Portland and its charming historic downtown district. Tigard consists of major commercial, industrial, high-tech and residential developments, providing a diverse landscape. The downtown area hosts a plethora of quaint shops and eateries and the vibrant Washington Square Mall houses over 170 retail stores and numerous restaurants. Plus, the newer Bridgeport Village is an open-air lifestyle center home to 90 shops and restaurants. Escape to the outdoors with a visit to the 79-acre Cook Park, the city’s largest park with opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, walking, biking and more.
All throughout Tigard, you’ll find an array of beautiful neighborhoods with a variety of home styles to choose from. From mature, older neighborhoods to newly established neighborhoods with new construction homes, there’s something for everyone in Tigard.
Population (Est. 2016): 27,545
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $450,747
Despite its humble beginnings as a quiet railroad town in the early 1900s, Tualatin has awakened to dramatic growth and development in the last 30 years. Today, the town is a vibrant suburb of Portland, home to more than 27,000 residents. It offers the luxuries of a quiet community while maintaining access to Portland, which is situated just 12 miles away. Plus, Tualatin is centrally located within reach of Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast, and the Clackamas and Columbia rivers. Until 1985, the town lacked a proper downtown. So at that time, an urban renewal agency created Tualatin Commons, a 3-acre man-made lake surrounded by a hotel, restaurants, office buildings, apartments, condos and shops. This is a common gathering space for residents for entertainment, relaxation and various community events.
Tualatin neighborhoods are teeming with natural beauty, including an abundance of trees and beautiful landscaping. There are a number of planned communities with homes ranging in style and characteristics, from stunning custom Craftsman estates to simple starter homes.
Population (Est. 2016): 20,929
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $346,435
Photo Courtesy of the City of Milwaukie
Situated just south of Portland on the east side of the Willamette, Milwaukie is one of the closest suburbs to the heart of the city. Plus, the growing community offers more affordable housing than some of its neighboring communities, as the median home price is around $350,000. The city has grown from a sleepy lumber town in the early 1900s to the vibrant, populous community it is today. In fact, the population of Milwaukie grew from 5,000 in 1950 to over 20,000 by 2010. Many old wood-trimmed buildings from the city’s early days still stand, preserving the city’s rich history. Its alluring small-town features and surrounding natural beauty make Milwaukie a wonderful place to visit and call home. Downtown Milwaukie hosts a number of locally owned boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, and is the site for the popular farmers’ market from May through October. The picturesque Elk Rock Island provides a natural retreat in the heart of the city. Consult our guide to spending a full day in Milwaukie for more neighborhood insight!
Homes in Milwaukie reflect the area’s history and recent development. You will find several classic home styles, including Old Portland, quaint cottage, Cape Cod and ranch. There is an abundance of impressive homes in Milwaukie, including expertly restored farmhouses, stately mansions, English Tudors and Queen Annes. Plus, there are several options to suit a lower budget, including contemporary condos and row homes.
Population (Est. 2016): 36,286
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $459,129
Oregon City is a delightful community situated southeast of Portland just below the Willamette River Falls. Due to its position along the river, it was originally established as a fishing locale and trading post, and soon after industrialized into a more robust town. Today, the community continues to celebrate its history while remaining progressive and continually looking forward. Oregon City is a history buff’s dream, as it is dotted with many historical landmarks and museums, such as the End of the Oregon Trail Visitor Center. Downtown Oregon City hosts a myriad of historic buildings, colorful murals, retail shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Oregon City is a delicate blend of small-town values and urban development, making it a particularly desirable place to call home.
Oregon City offers a range of architectural styles, price points and amenities. In more established neighborhoods, you can find quaint farmhouses, vintage bungalows and charming cottages. Newer developments in Oregon City host sprawling estates built with the finest materials.
Population (Est. 2016): 105,164
Average Sale Price (July 2018): $383,731
Photo Courtesy of TualatinValley.org
With a population over 100,000, Hillsboro is a large and fast-growing suburb of Portland, which is just 20 minutes to the east. Hillsboro enjoys a more laid-back and rural feel than other communities closer to the city, as it is surrounded by rich farmland and stunning natural beauty. Hillsboro is also home to a number of tech companies, such as Intel, and situated near other large corporations, including Nike in neighboring Beaverton. Despite its rapid growth, small town charm and tradition remains an integral part of the community in Hillsboro. Residents participate in community events, high school sports games and outdoor activities, like golfing at any of the many courses in the region. Regional wineries are a major draw for locals and visitors alike, and the community comes together with events, including a weekly marketplace, the Fourth of July Parade, and the Oregon International Air Show.
Homes in Hillsboro reflect the changing nature of the community, from historic properties to new modern additions. Downtown Hillsboro hosts a variety of modest and classic historic homes, situated within walking distance of the city’s best attractions. Newer residential communities dot the landscape of Hillsboro, and consist of a wide range of housing options, including upscale row houses, brownstones, cottages and more.
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