If you are a home buyer and you are thinking of buying a home in Oregon City, it’s a good idea if you know a little bit about the city to make sure that this is a place where you want to live. It’s a good idea for anyone who is moving to any city that they’ve never lived in before. Researching cities is helpful, especially if you have a family or you are planning on having a family. Knowing a little about the different neighborhoods, schools, employment, entertainment and recreation can be valuable lifestyle information while easing the home buying process.
You will find Oregon City real estate has 12 different neighborhoods each with their own associations that meet to discuss a variety of topics and plan a activities for neighborhood projects. Below is a list of the different neighborhood associations in Oregon City:
- Barclay Hills
- Gaffney Lane
- Hazel Grove-Westling Farm
- Park Place
- South End
- Tower Vista
- Two Rivers
To find out the specifics of any of these neighborhoods and their associations you can email Kimberly Durfee, OC employee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The population as of 2013 of Oregon City was 34,622 which is a 34% increase over the past 13 years. The estimated median income as of 2012 was $57,448 which is a little over $2,000 more than the average income of the state of Oregon. When it comes to Oregon City real estate costs you will find that the median house or condo value is around $240,609 in 2000 the median value was $161,900.
When it comes to finding things to do in Oregon City and the surrounding areas you won’t be disappointed. If you like nature you will love Willamette Falls, Clackamette Park, Hopkins Demonstration Forest and the Home Orchard Society Arboretum. As for sights and landmarks to visit and experience there are some nice ones such as the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, Oregon City Farmers Market, the McLoughlin House, Albeke Farm, Baker Cabin Historic Site, Oregon City Arch Bridge, Ermatinger House, Barclay House, Family 2 Family Farm, and the Atkinson Memorial Church.
If you love parks, you’ll especially be pleased to see that there are many parks throughout the city:
- Abernethy (parking only)
- Atkinson (BBQ’s, play area, dog pots, parking spaces, picnic tables, walking trails, restrooms)
- Barclay Hills (basketball courts, play area, picnic tables, walking trails, restrooms)
- Canemah Childrens (basketball courts, benches, play area, picnic tables, walking trails, restrooms)
- Chapin (BBQ’s, benches, play area, dog pots, drinking fountains, electricity, park host, parking spaces, picnic tables, soccer fields, softball diamonds, walking trails, restrooms)
- Carnegie (benches, play area, drinking fountains, spray park, walking trails)
- Clackamette (BBQ’s, benches, boat launch, play area, drinking fountains, electricity, horseshoe pits, park host, parking spaces, picnic tables, State park, walking trails, restrooms)
- Clackamette Cove Trail (benches, picnic tables, walking trails)
- C. Lattourette (basketball courts, benches, tennis courts, walking trails)
- End of the Trail (benches, parking spaces, picnic tables, walking trails)
- Hartke (basketball court, tennis courts, restrooms)
- Hazelwood (play area only)
- Hillendale (basketball court, BBQ’s, benches, play area, drinking fountains, electricity, park host, parking spaces, picnic tables, soccer fields, softball diamond, tennis courts, walking trails, restrooms)
- Jon Storm (benches, boat dock, drinking fountains, picnic tables, walking trails, restrooms)
- McLoughlin Promenade (benches, walking trails)
- Old Canemah (picnic tables, walking trails)
- Rivercrest (basketball courts, BBQ’s, benches, play area, dog pots, drinking fountains, electricity, horseshoe pits, parking spaces, State park, softball diamond, spray park, tennis courts, restrooms)
- Wesley Lynn (benches, BBQ’s, play area, drinking fountains, electricity, park host, picnic tables, soccer field, softball diamond, walking trails, restrooms)
As for schools, Oregon City has it’s own school district that has seven different elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and three others Oregon City Service Learning Academy, Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences and the Alliance Charter Academy K-12. The city offers high quality education for all students who attend.
Oregon City is also close enough to Portland so that if you have employment there the commute is not an extremely long one and it’s easy access to all the different amenities that the city of Portland has to offer as well. There is a great transit system that covers the Tri-Counties area so that if you need to get somewhere in the area and you don’t want to drive you can easily use the bus or light rail system. Construction is underway in Milwaukie and there is discussion regarding extension to Oregon City.
Enjoy your research of Oregon City, the end of the Oregon Trail, and make it a great day!