Located just eleven miles southeast of downtown Portland, this charming community is perched on a hill with scenic views of Mt. Hood in one direction and Portland’s downtown skyline in the other. Located atop of Mount Scott, an extinct volcano, the highest elevation point in Happy Valley is at 1,050 feet. Happy Valley is marked as one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon.
The city incorporated in 1965, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Today, approximately 20,000 residents understand the benefits of living close to Portland, while maintaining a small-town feel. Known for its breathtaking views, suburban lifestyle and spacious lots, this community is experiencing a series of new construction and development over the last several years. This has led to an increase in value within this market year after year. Happy Valley’s growth can also attributed to the growing healthcare and medical industries headquartered within the region.
A nature lover’s dream, Happy Valley includes several spacious parks and trails, including the 224-acre Mount Talbert Nature Park, 35-acre Hoodview Park, 32-acre Happy Valley Park and 31-acre Ella V. Osterman Park, among others! The parks are very family-friendly and dog-friendly, and includes new infrastructure for a variety of sports and recreational activities. Happy Valley also maintains a series of nature and hiking trails for all hiking and biking levels.
For those looking for nearby weekend adventures or outdoor pursuits, the options are abundant all year long, and include exploring the Mt. Hood National Forest, Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains, and the Clackamas River. Fishing, hiking, biking, and winter sports can all be enjoyed with a short drive to the snowy mountains or exploring the great outdoors and rivers in the summer.
In 2016, the median home price in Happy Valley is $399,000.