Lake Oswego is a charming small town of roughly 37,000 inhabitants. It is nestled just 8 miles south of Portland. Once home to a somewhat short-lived iron industry in the mid 1880’s, Oswego was named after the birthplace of the town’s founding father. When the iron industry failed, Oswego became known as a lake resort popular for fishing, hunting and swimming. Under the slogan “Live Where You Play,” owners of the Oregon Iron & Steel Company subdivided the land and changed the name to Lake Oswego.
Oswego Lake is a 405-acre lake around which the City of Lake Oswego has grown. The natural lake is fed by the Tualatin River at the West end and spills over a dam, down into Oswego Creek and into the Willamette River at the East end. Homes around the lake, as well as several canal front sites, offer owners access to the main lake as well as two bays: West Bay at the West end and Lakewood Bay at the East end. In addition, Lake Oswego is host to a number of local boat easements for owners in specific neighborhoods. To learn more about the boat easements, click here.
That idea of living where you play has stuck with the city for over 100 years, earning it the reputation of one of the best places to live in Oregon.. The small town feel is enhanced by locally owned boutique shops, niche eateries, an independent theater, coffee shops and art galleries. The town boasts the best school district in the State and has also been recognized nationally for such. Lovers of history will appreciate First Addition, one of the oldest neighborhoods in town. The streets blend smaller, vintage homes with newer mixed architecture for an eclectic feel that preserves the layout of a 19th century village. In the summer, residents who live along the lake enjoy private waterfront views and water sports. Americana rings true during the town-wide 4th of July Parade and the fireworks display from the center of the lake is one of the best in the area. A robust Farmers Market can be enjoyed most of the year. Winter holidays are greeted with a gorgeous display of wreaths, banners and lights, while other seasons see beautiful floral and native gardening in public beds maintained by the city.