Snuggled along the Willamette River, Oregon City is the perfect combination of history and up-and-coming livability.
Oregon City is situated along the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. Incorporated in 1844, you will find a wonderful mix of historical buildings and old, charming neighborhoods mixed with new, modern developments. Downtown Main street has been updated and is pedestrian-friendly, with a delightful mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants and beer & wine tasting options.
Generally speaking, I have noticed that a common thread in many residents that have lived in Oregon City for a long time is “we like our space!” They have appreciated the small town vibe whilst still being included in the greater metro area urban growth boundary.
One of the reasons my family moved here is the ability to build a home to our specifications for what we would spend on an older home close in. There is value to be had on real estate in Oregon City, especially since the Willamette Falls Legacy Project will all but ensure OC to be a statewide tourist destination once the build out is complete.
There are a variety of assisted living facilities here along with wonderful charities like Meals on Wheels which provide respect, freedom and choices for our seniors. Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County helps provide services not provided by other agencies.
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Events bring this community together, and there are many annual gatherings to look forward to. Our First City Celebration, the Oregon Trail Brew Fest, the Oregon Trail 5k, the Teddy Bear parade and the Cruise to Historic Downtown OC, among others. We have a growing and vibrant downtown Main Street that you can learn more about here.
If golf is your jam, Stone Creek Golf Club and Oregon City Golf Club are sure to delight. Stone Creek is set on a 165-acre parcel off Hwy. 213 and features two distinct nines – the front half meanders through a grassy setting and the back nine winds through majestic fir trees and bordering wetlands. You will also find a full-service pro shop and deli in the clubhouse with an outdoor deck overlooking the 18th green. Hoping for a driving range? They have that too. The other option is the 18 hole, tree-lined fairways at Oregon City Golf Club with affordable green fees and tee times. Golf Digest Magazine listed the curse in the Best Places to Play edition. You will also most certainly want to visit Trails End Golf Center. Find them on Facebook.
Looking into the future, the Beavercreek Road concept plan offers a diverse mix of live, work and play areas woven together by open space, trails and a network of green streets. I am excited about this plan since Orenco Station in Hillsboro has been a huge success by any measure. When you plan for growth in a way that residents can live, work and play in the same geographical area, you cut traffic with more people able to walk and bike to their jobs, to shop and to find entertainment. The green space and gathering space encourages connection and community.
The newest edition of apartment living was completed in 2018 along the river. Edgewater at the Cove is a waterfront apartment community offering modern studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with private patios, a resort-style pool and spa, plus sweeping views of the Clackamette Cove from their veranda. It’s a short bike ride to Oregon City’s downtown Main Street, winner of 2018 Great American Main Street Award, and easy access to the Clackamas River Trail.