With its serene setting and pristine grounds, it’s hard to believe that Lake Oswego is located just eight miles from Portland. Until its establishment in 1847, the city was a small collection of farms and homesteads on land rich with iron ore. Oregon Iron Company was founded with the goal to make Lake Oswego a major industrial center. Following the fall of the iron industry, the land was sold to some of Oregon’s original land developers and a residential district was established.
Exceptional schools, beautiful homes and strong civic pride make Lake Oswego one of Oregon’s most exclusive and sophisticated neighborhoods. Residents are highly involved in community events and issues whether it’s volunteering at the city library, restoring outdoor habitats in parks and green spaces or attending an exhibit of a local artist.
Many of the homes along the shores of Oswego Lake are as impressive as the natural beauty around them. Original homes reflect the classic architectural style of the area’s history, including English cottage, Tudor revival, Victorian and Craftsman. Newer estates are modern and contemporary, constructed of high quality materials consistent with the area’s luxurious atmosphere.
The area’s downtown business district is a popular destination for high-end shopping, dining and art galleries surrounded by breathtaking views of the lake. Outdoor art decorates downtown blocks while hanging flower baskets, carefully-chosen plantings and green trees enhance the city’s appeal.
Lake Oswego is host to a thriving art scene and a popular destination is the Lakewood Center for the Arts. Dedicated to education and programming in the visual arts and theater, the center provides a schedule of classic and modern plays as well as classes for students aspiring to become actors and playwrights.
Lake Oswego’s proximity to Oswego Lake and the Willamette River allow residents the opportunity to experience a variety of water activities close to home. At the city-owned water sports center, rowing, kayaking and canoeing lessons are offered for kids and adults. Choose from two swimming facilities conveniently located on the river, or head to Waluga Park with its 53 acres of beautifully-maintained hiking trails and sport fields.