Are you considering a move to the Lake Oswego, Oregon area? As a Lake Oswego real estate expert, it is my job to answer questions for people who aren't familiar with the area. Over the years, I've learned to see these questions coming, and I thought it would be nice to just write them down for easy reference. So here you go- the most common questions about moving to Lake Oswego!
1. How good are the Lake Oswego schools? For the 3rd consecutive year, all 13 Lake Oswego schools (2 high schools, 2 junior highs, 9 elementary schools) have received the highest rating on Oregon state report cards. Lake Oswego is a community that cares about its kids’ education, as demonstrated by the successful annual fundraising of the Lake Oswego School District Foundation to raise funds for additional teaching positions.
2. What parks does Lake Oswego offer? There are at least 46 parks in Lake Oswego!! A very popular dog park is Hazelia Field Dog Park (formerly Luscher Farm Dog Park). If you want summertime music in the park, try Westlake Park, Millennium Plaza Park (with views of the lake) or Foothills Park (with views of the Willamette River). A park right down on the sandy shores of the Willamette River is George Rogers Park. Tryon Creek State Park, all of 645 acres (!) is fantastic for its walking trails, bike paths, horse trails and nature center.
3. Where can I hang out for coffee in Lake Oswego? My favorites are Chuck’s Place, for Illy coffee and tasty cookies, or St. Honore Boulangerie for their wonderful coffee, exquisite rolls and sweet baked goods.
4. Where would I want to take my kids to play? Head to George Rogers Park and Westlake Park for their fun outdoor play equipment. There’s a new indoor park in the West End Building. The Lake Oswego Skate Park is located at the corners of Willow and Pilkington Streets.
5. Does Lake Oswego have a Farmer’s Market? Yes! Saturdays 8:30AM to 1:30PM, May 15 – October 9, an average of 80 vendors sell their wonderful goods at the Millennium Plaza Park, located at 200 First St. There’s even a doggie day care for your pooch!
6. What about Lake Oswego public transportation? Tri-Met public transportation includes several buses through Lake Oswego as part of the service provided for the Portland metropolitan area. Safeway, at 401 A Avenue, is the most centrally located bus stop in downtown Lake Oswego. The Willamette Shore Trolley, an antique trolley car, takes you along 6 scenic miles of historic rail line into Portland.
7. Where is the best food in Lake Oswego? My favorites are La Provence for breakfast, Zeppos or Gubanc’s for lunch, Tucci for Italian, Maher’s Pub, Manzana or Oswego Grill for Happy Hour. Old favorites of mine are Tillamook Ice Creamery and El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant. There are so many good Lake Oswego restaurants to choose from!
8. Where to shop for groceries in Lake Oswego? Everything you ever wanted can be found! There are Safeway and Albertsons stores, two each. For variety and specialty items, you can shop at New Seasons, Trader Joes, Wizer’s and Palisades Market.
9. Where is the public library in Lake Oswego? Conveniently located at 706 4th St., with a good-sized parking lot, the local library is well used and appreciated by the community.
Where to find answers to miscellaneous questions? The friendly and helpful folks at Lake Oswego City Hall can be reached at 503.635.0270.
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Jane Lee is a Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty in Lake Oswego, Oregon