LAKE OSWEGO OR
The city is situated around a mostly man made lake and spreads across 3 counties; Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington. Due to its proximity to the Willamette and Tualatin rivers a local business owner in the 30’s coined the term “Live where you play”, and it certainly maintains that sentiment today. The town has a large parks system, a country club, and is a large supporter of the arts. There are many other amenities available to the residence of Lake O as well one of the highest ranked public libraries in the nation.
Lake Oswego has a rich economic history as well, which has had a large influence on it’s status today. Originally a saw mill town the early settlers would do business via the Willamette river allowing not only convenience in log transport but visitors from Portland as well. There are still ferry stops and old depots along the river today. Eventually the city drew investors in steel and iron, then the railroad and became not only a place of big business but a place where people could explore other entrepreneurial ventures as well. After all, this little town was where the elite were and the small businesses thrived in service to them. Lake Oswego continues to thrive and the elite continue to reside here.
Most residents own their own homes and the majority of them are very luxurious. Though there are a variety of homes for sale in the area, floating homes along the river for example, the neighborhoods are primarily upscale with a median price in the mid $700K range.
Lake Oswego is known to have some of the best schools in the state of Oregon too making it an attractive place for families. The Lake Oswego School District is divided into 2 zones, the Lake Oswego schools and the Lakeridge schools. Each zone has 3 primary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. They are also very community based, much like the rest of the town.
HELPFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
Citizen Information Center: 503-635-0257
Lake Oswego Public Library: 503.636.7628
Garbage Recycling: Republic Services of Lake Oswego 503-636-3011
Water: City of Lake Oswego 503-635-0270
NW Natural Gas: 1-800-422-4012
Portland General Electric (PGE): 503-228-6322