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How to Access Oswego Lake Without Buying a Waterfront Home in Lake Oswego

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The upscale suburb of Lake Oswego is considered one of the most desirable communities in the region — and it’s easy to see why. With a well-connected community, small town charm, an expansive lake, gorgeous homes and close proximity to Portland, it’s no wonder so many people are moving to Lake Oswego.

If you too are thinking about moving to Lake Oswego, you might think access to the private Oswego Lake is impossible unless you live directly along the water’s edge. Think again!

 

Waterfront Properties in Lake Oswego

Waterfront Homes in Lake Oswego, OR

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The expansive Oswego Lake lies at the center of the city, providing opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. This 420-acre lake is perfect for outdoor recreation, but is also quite easy on the eye. Several waterfront properties in Lake Oswego enjoy scenic views of this beautiful lake and may easily access the water’s edge from their backyard. Settling into a waterfront home in Lake Oswego is perhaps the best way to access this private lake, but it’s certainly not the only way.

 

All About Easement Rights

Oswego Lake Easements

If you’re searching for a home in Lake Oswego but don’t want to pay the price of waterfront property, a home with easement rights may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Oswego Lake is surrounded by 20 easements, offering boating and recreational use to nearby residents. In fact, approximately 3,000 homes have deeded lake access.

Although Oswego Lake is managed by the Lake Oswego Corporation, each easement is governed by its own individual set of by-laws and has its own volunteer board of directors. Rules, facilities, and rate structures vary from easement to easement. The lake maintains rules and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all the lake’s users and residents, in addition to the protection of surrounding personal property.

Residents living in homes with easement rights might be able to access a dock or even park their boat in a boat slip. Each easement varies, so be sure to get the full details of your access rights before you buy a home. You may have limited access or enjoy more full access — including both boat and swim easements.

 

Homes in Lake Oswego With Easement Rights

Take a look at the many homes for sale in Lake Oswego with easement rights, ranging from quaint downtown cottages to mansions just steps from the water’s edge. Here are a few examples of luxury homes on the market with easement access:

 

 

2148 Summit Drive

5 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 3,883 Square Feet

Listed By Kathy + Kevin Hall

2148 Summit Drive, Lake Oswego

2148 Summit Drive, Lake Oswego

2148 Summit Drive, Lake Oswego

This outstanding turn-of-the-century home enjoys panoramic lake views and complete privacy. This gem offers hardwood floors, window walls and a sun porch overlooking the lake. Situated just a few lots away from the water’s edge, this home enjoys access to three lake easements — Goodin, Springbrook Recreation, and Summit Court.

 

17760 Overlook Circle

4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2,357 Square Feet

Listed By Cynthia Gerwe + Kelly Calabria

17760 Overlook Circle, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

17760 Overlook Circle, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

17760 Overlook Circle, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

This sleek and polished property features an open concept floor plan with vaulted ceilings, clean lines and high-end appliances. It is nestled atop a ⅓-acre corner lot with westerly views visible from the wall-to-wall windows and new wrap-around deck. The property enjoys access to the Palisades Park Community Club Easement.

 

171 5th Street

4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,367 Square Feet

Listed By Kathy + Kevin Hall

171 5th Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

171 5th Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

171 5th Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

This charming cottage in downtown Lake Oswego is a gardener’s paradise, offering multiple patios and lush landscaping. It has both a main house and a new ADU with a kitchenette, a full bathroom and a loft, offering endless potential for guests or additional income. Just steps from both the excitement of downtown and the serenity of the lake, this home also has access to the Lakewood Bay Community Club easement for swimming and boating.

 

2903 Lakeview Boulevard

2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 1,951 Square Feet

Listed By Lynn Brokaw

2903 Lakeview Boulevard, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

2903 Lakeview Boulevard, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

2903 Lakeview Boulevard, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

This private retreat just steps from the lake enjoys access to not just one, or two, but three easements — Goodin, Springbrook Recreation, and Summit Court. The Northwest Contemporary home is filled with gorgeous cherrywood details throughout and expansive windows letting in natural sunlight and offering views of surrounding nature.

 

Search For Your Home’s Easement Rights

Find out if a home has easement rights — and more importantly, which easement it has access to — by searching with the street number here. And learn about all 20 easements along Oswego Lake here.

 

Contact Us

And of course, contact us if we can help you find your dream home in Lake Oswego — with or without easement rights. Our local brokers know this city inside and out!

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