Gresham is an extremely friendly community that provides residents a comfortable quality of life. Serving as a resting spot for early pioneers migrating to Portland, the area was simply known as Campground because of its heavily forested environment. In 1884, a post office was established in order to designate the area as a city, and was named after Postmaster General Walter Q. Gresham. The city wasn’t officially incorporated until 1905. Surrounding neighborhoods include Fairview, Troutdale, Boring and Sandy.
VIBE AND STYLE
Due to a high rate of growth over the past 20 years, Gresham has evolved from a quaint farming community to a bustling urban center. As the fourth largest city in Oregon, with a diversity-embracing atmosphere, the area attracts young professionals and families alike. You’ll find hardworking residents actively participating in community events that support local businesses and schools.
Gresham has a wide variety of home styles, sure to fit the needs and tastes of almost anyone. Ranging from modern sprawling estates to modest single family homes, architectural styles include single and split level, bungalow, ranch, townhomes and new construction condos.
The picturesque, historic downtown has a combination of local shops, restaurants and businesses. The streets are lined with trees and lush flower baskets hanging from lampposts, invoking the charisma of a small town amidst a bustling city. Each month, the city’s Third Thursday event entertains locals and provides an opportunity for patrons to indulge in great food, wine and music. For a traditional shopping experience, look no further than Gresham Station. With over 50 national stores, boutiques and restaurants, it’s a great destination to spend the day.
There are plenty of year-round outdoor and recreational activities right in Gresham’s own backyard. Mt. Hood, famous for its skiing and snowboarding, is located less than an hour away, and also provides cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and inner-tubing. For warmer seasons, dozens of campgrounds are a short drive away, and range from tent-only to full-service sites with boat launches and equestrian facilities.