Where can I live just outside Portland Oregon?
The Portland area blankets a huge part of Washington and Multnomah County with a variety of communities, smaller towns, Incorporated and unincorporated cities and neighborhoods surrounding the downtown Portland area. Many people that work in downtown Portland choose to live in the surrounding cities and not downtown itself. Downtown has a lot of high-rise condominiums and industrial areas where is the surrounding suburbs offer many neighborhoods and smaller communities perfect for families with children, retirees, those just starting out in life etc.
My suggestion is to determine where you’re going to work and where you’re going to be spending most of your time and then determine the best city or town to suit your needs. Clackamas is all the way down south and it takes about 20 or 30 minutes depending on traffic to get to downtown Portland. Many people live in Tigard and Tualatin or Lake Oswego if you’re looking for more small-town community with beautiful lakefront property. Read more: Homes on Golf Courses in Tigard and Tualatin
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Many residents of Portland choose the Beaverton and Hillsboro area which is just West of downtown over the hills. This community tends to be a lot more wooded and forested with lots of outdoor and recreational facilities and activities.
Gresham is located about 20 minutes East of downtown Portland and is not the easiest to get to since most of the freeways don’t run directly through Gresham. The main freeways which are 205, 84, and I5, are the main thoroughfares for most people that work in downtown PortlSunset Highway and the Beaverton-Tigard Highway. Tigard is located South of Portland right on the interchange of the Beaverton Tigard Highway and Interstate 5 so it makes a great spot for anybody working in the downtown area or North and Beaverton and Northwest Heights. This provides an alternate route depending on traffic jams or road closures.
Lake Oswego is also a little more landlocked when it comes to a freeway since it’s nestled between Interstate 5 and Interstate 205. One drawback to living in Lake Oswego is there is no access to the East side of the Willamette River so one would either need to travel north or south to get to the other side. This may not be convenient if you work on the East side of the river.
There are many neighborhoods on the East side of the river though that make a perfect spot with an easy access along Interstate 84 right into downtown. There are many residential neighborhoods, parks, schools, and golf courses in the Hazelwood, Richmond, Centennial, Woodstock, and Gilbert neighborhoods.
Let me help you find the right place to live with easy access to wherever you need to be in Portland. Give me a call and let’s get started determining the best commute routes, schools, and neighborhoods for your needs.