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Reasons We’re Thankful to Live in Lake Oswego, Oregon

  |  Neighborhood Insight, Portland

Home to less than 40,000 residents, Lake Oswego is a small, upscale suburb situated just 10 miles south of Portland. Complete with a dazzling lake, luxury homes, beautiful parks, a thriving arts culture, and plenty to do, taste and see, Lake Oswego is an exceptional place to call home. And we should know! The Hasson Company started in Lake Oswego back in 1983 and has called it home ever since.

Plus, many of our brokers and their families live and work in Lake Oswego — or have at some point in the past. They are passionate about helping their clients find their dream home in an area they know well and admire greatly. But don’t take our word for it!

In preparation for Thanksgiving, we are sharing just a handful of the reasons they are thankful to live in Lake Oswego, from the exceptional education to the community focus, and many more aspects in between.


Reasons We’re Thankful to Live in Lake Oswego:


1. Tight-Knit Community

The community in Lake Oswego is unlike any other. Building and fostering relationships is critical! And residents are able to find a supportive community here, whether it’s at their children’s school, their neighborhood or their church.

Chris Grubb: “Forest Hills Elementary and the Forest Hills community have been so amazing for our two boys and our family — we have so many friends and it feels like the village is helping raise our kids.”

Meaghan Wallace, with the Drew Coleman team: “I feel thankful and proud to live in my hometown of Lake Oswego because I love the strong sense of community. The city is beautifully maintained and I can’t get enough of the stunning scenic views in every season!”

Susy Darm: “There is so much to be thankful for in this wonderful town. Foremost are the people. I have a variety of friends with varied interests. So many fun activities right here.”


2. Excellent School System

Lake Oswego Schools

For many, one of the most important factors when moving to any area is the school system. Students in Lake Oswego are served by the Lake Oswego School District, which operates six elementary schools, two junior high schools, and two high schools. According to GreatSchools, some of the highest-rated schools in the district include Lake Oswego Junior High School, Lakeridge High School, Oak Creek Elementary School, Forest Hills Elementary School, Lake Grove Elementary School, River Grove Elementary School, Westridge Elementary School and Hallinan Elementary School, all of which received a 9 or 10 rating.

Jenna Hall: “I’ve had the opportunity to go through the LO School district (Lakeridge) recently (class of 2014), and I always have my teachers at the forefront of my mind! I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunities in education that were given to me. I really felt like my teachers cared about my development as a student, a community member and a person.”


3. Thriving Arts Culture

We are proud to have such an active arts culture here in Lake Oswego. Lakewood Center for the Arts inspires and nurtures a love of theater and the arts through an array of performances and their annual Festival of the Arts event. And 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. Not to mention, many artists call the city home — and we don’t blame them (especially because of the next quality…).


4. Stunning Natural Beauty

Lake Oswego, Oregon

With a serene lake at its center, Lake Oswego is filled with natural beauty. Whether you’re swimming, boating or fishing at Oswego Lake, hiking at one of the city’s 24 well-maintained parks, sitting along the Willamette River, or simply looking out your window to your backyard, there is natural beauty to be experienced around every corner.


5. Family-Friendly Feel

Lake Oswego is an exceptional place to raise a family. It is attractive to families for its highly rated school system, community events, great selection of parks and overall kid-friendly feel.

Mike Hall: “Having raised our kids here for over 20 years, Palisades is near and dear to our hearts. It’s a peaceful suburban forest with gorgeous streets to walk, athletic fields and Luscher Farm, and just minutes to either dining in Lake Grove, or shops and farmers’ market in downtown First Addition.”


6. Beautiful Homes

Lake Oswego Homes for Sale

This home is for sale here.

While Lake Oswego is known for its selection of luxury homes, it has a wide array of options for every buyer, 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.

To see the many homes for sale in Lake Oswego, click here.


7. Walkability

Lake Oswego is a pleasant place to walk and explore by foot — whether you’re taking a stroll around the neighborhood or making your way to a coffee shop. The quiet, laid-back feel of the area makes walking more enjoyable!

Sara Lewis: “I am thankful I can walk to downtown LO from my house and can take in the stunning views of the lake and landscape along the way. I usually stop for a cup of coffee at Chuck’s Place on 2nd and B because I know I will always see a familiar face or two when I am there, which I enjoy.”


8. Local Businesses

Restaurants in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of Duke’s Public House

While the city has a residential feel, Lake Oswego is equipped with a wide array of restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and other local businesses. Nearby Portland provides additional amenities and attractions, but you don’t have to leave Lake Oswego for dining, entertainment and everyday conveniences.

Chris Grubb: “We moved to First Addition in 2003 and have seen so many positive changes in the downtown core. The latest addition, Duke’s Public House, is a great meeting spot for friends and family. Almost feels like Cheers!”


What do you love about living here?

What’s your favorite neighborhood, favorite business, or your favorite feature of Lake Oswego? Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for more reasons to love Lake Oswego? Check out a few of our favorite blog posts about the city, including Everything You Need to Know About Living in Lake Oswego, The Best Coffee Shops in Lake Oswego, 11 Things to Do in Lake Oswego During the Spring + Summer, Annual Community Events in Lake Oswego, The 13 Best Restaurants in Lake Oswego, and 11 Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Lake Oswego.

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Melissa Peterson, Director of Agent Services and Technology

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