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Everything You Need to Know About Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon

  |  Featured Neighborhood, Local Happenings, Neighborhood Insight, Portland

Situated just 10 miles south of Portland, the upscale residential community of Lake Oswego is an exceptional place to call home.

There are plenty of reasons to consider moving to Lake Oswego, including its upscale homes, family-friendly feel, abundance of parks and exceptional schools. Now that you’ve made the decision to move here, it’s time to get acquainted with your new hometown! From neighborhood grocery stores to the best local restaurants, and the city’s top-rated schools to annual events, here’s everything you need to know about living in Lake Oswego.


Quick Facts About Lake Oswego:

Founded: 1847

Incorporated: 1910

Population: 39,532 (2018 Estimate)

Counties: Clackamas, Multnomah + Washington

Area: 11.35 Square Miles

Average Sale Price: $735,867 (August 2019)



Schools in Lake Oswego, Oregon

The schools in Lake Oswego are second to none — quite literally. The Lake Oswego School District operates six elementary schools, two junior high schools and two high schools, which includes some of the highest-rated schools in the state. According to GreatSchools, the highest-rated schools in Lake Oswego (all with 10/10 ratings!) include Westridge Elementary School, Oak Creek Elementary School, Lake Oswego Junior High School, and Lakeridge High School. To view the school district map, click here.


Parks + Trails

The City of Lake Oswego maintains 24 parks and natural areas, which offer a variety of amenities and facilities across 460+ acres, including an amphitheater, a swim park, a water sports center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds and more. A few favorites include Iron Mountain Park, Springbrook Park, Cooks Butte Park and Waluga Park. Lake Oswego also has several dog-friendly parks, including Hazelia Dog Park and West Waluga Dog Park, and two open off-leash areas — Pilkington Park and McNary Park.


Lake Access

Lake Access in Lake Oswego, Oregon

As you know, the city of Lake Oswego completely surrounds the beautiful Oswego Lake, a 420-acre private lake available to residents for swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities. While the lake is private and reserved for residents living directly along the water’s edge, many homes in the area enjoy lake easement access — even if they are not waterfront properties. In fact, approximately 3,000 homes have deeded boating and/or swimming access to one or a few of the lake’s 20 easements. If you’re considering the purchase of a Lake Oswego home, search for your street number here to see if your home has easement access!



Lake Oswego Public Library is a valuable resource for families living in Lake Oswego. In addition to the abundance of resources for all ages, the library hosts a variety of events for little ones all year long, including Storytime for newborns all the way to 5-year-olds. New family-friendly offerings from the library include Kanopy, a collection of over 30,000 streaming films; CreativeBug, an endless source of inspiration and video classes on all things arts and crafts; and the Library of Things collection, featuring kitchenware, technology, musical instruments, board games, train sets, and more. Get a library card shortly after you move to Lake Oswego so you can access this free, public community resource!


Places to Eat

Places to Eat in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of Oswego Grill

Lake Oswego is packed with a variety of places to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner — whether you’re craving seafood, Italian, BBQ or phở. Some of our favorite restaurants in Lake Oswego include JefeRiccardo’s Ristorante, Oswego Grill, Chuckie Pies, Manzana Rotisserie Grill, Tucci Restaurant, and Five Spice Seafood + Wine Bar.



Look no further than Lake View Village for your next shopping adventure! This retail shopping destination is home to a variety of national and local retailers, plus a variety of restaurants (some of which we already mentioned!). A few favorite shops in Lake View Village include Grapevine, Mapel Boutique (coming soon!), glassybaby and Wishbone Home & Design.

Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of NOLA Doughnuts

Establishing your go-to coffee shop is an important step in the relocation process. And thankfully, there are a number of locally owned coffee shops in Lake Oswego, offering cozy interiors, specialty drinks and expertly brewed coffee. Some of our favorite coffee shops in Lake Oswego include Blue Moon Coffee, Chuck’s Place and NOLA Doughnuts.


Grocery Stores

Lake Oswego has no shortage of grocery store options, no matter where you live in the city. In addition to two Safeway locations and an Albertsons, Lake Oswego offers a variety of unique grocery options, including Zupan’s, a high-end grocer in Lake Grove Village, 365 by Whole Foods, a relatively new addition with a smaller, curated selection of food, and Palisades Market Place, an artisan grocer with a deli and a bakery. Plus, Lake Oswego has a Trader Joe’s and a New Seasons, a regional chain with a local, organic focus.


Annual Events

Events in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of James Colhoff with Dodge and Burns Studio via the City of Lake Oswego

No matter the season, there’s always something exciting happening in Lake Oswego. The city hosts a number of annual events that the community looks forward to each year, including the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market (May–October), the Star Spangled Parade and Celebration for the Fourth of July, Movies in the Park and Summer Concerts during the summer, the Lake Oswego Wine Walk in the Fall, and Christmas Tree Lighting Festival to kick off the holiday season.


Arts Culture

Lake Oswego is a city where artists and art lovers thrive. In fact, earlier this year, we explored three properties in the area owned by artists and art collectors, one of which was owned by local artist Barbara Paanakker. Places like Lakewood Center for the Arts are proof of Lake Oswego’s lively arts culture. The center inspires and nurtures a love of theater and the arts through an array of performances and their annual Festival of the Arts event. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego operates 510 Museum & ARTSpace, the only dedicated visual arts gallery in the city of Lake Oswego. The museum hosts a number of rotating monthly exhibitions, each kicking off with a First Friday reception open to the public.


The Neighborhoods

Lake Oswego Neighborhoods

There are 27 neighborhoods in Lake Oswego, offering a variety of housing styles and prices, amenities, and geographical features. Get your bearings by checking out the city’s interactive mapping tool, which outlines the boundaries of each neighborhood within Lake Oswego. 24 of the city’s neighborhoods have a Neighborhood Association Program, designed to bring neighbors together to help improve the livability of their neighborhoods. A few major neighborhoods in Lake Oswego include Mountain Park, Westlake, McVey-South Shore, Lake Grove and First Addition.


Homes for Sale

Considered one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the state of Oregon, Lake Oswego has a number of luxury million-dollar homes for sale. However, you’ll find a wide range of properties in Lake Oswego, from single-story starter homes to grand mansions overlooking the lake. Many of the homes along the shores of Oswego Lake are as impressive as the natural beauty surrounding them. Original homes reflect the classic architectural style of the area’s rich history, including English cottage, Tudor revival, Victorian and Craftsman. Newer estates are modern and contemporary, constructed of high quality materials consistent with the area’s luxurious atmosphere.


Welcome to Lake Oswego!

Feel free to contact us if we can help connect you with a broker in Lake Oswego. We are here to help make your transition as smooth as possible!

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Melissa Peterson, Director of Agent Services and Technology

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