Portland Suburb Reports

We write regular reports on each Portland suburb’s real estate market including current performance and forecasts, as well as informational posts.

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Moving near Portland, Oregon? Check out these 7 County Options.

August 8, 2022

When looking for a new home near a city center like Portland, Oregon, how much do you consider the county where the property is located when making your decision? Counties have important features and facets that can impact quality of life, and their boundaries are not always clear. County policies and practices trickle down to suburban cities and towns, then to individual neighborhoods. Portland is located in Multnomah County, but Multnomah reaches beyond the confines of the city’s boundaries. Also, Portland’s tri-county area consists of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon’s three most populated, with 1,826,725 total residents, according to Census.gov‘s 2021 report. Multnomah County makes up 803,377 of that number, with Washington County at 600,811 and Clackamas County at...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Beaverton, Oregon

August 3, 2022

A known city in its own right, Beaverton is nestled between the Tualatin Valley farmlands and the West Hills and one of Portland’s fastest-growing, thriving suburbs. With a population of 97,494, up from 89,803 in 2010, it’s easy to see why so many people are making Beaverton home. The city’s 16 square mile land mass, Washington County’s second largest city, is only seven miles west of Portland and boasts over 100 parks, restaurants, shops, wineries, historic landmarks, and highly recognized corporations. In 2021, we deemed Beaverton the top Portland suburb. We thought we’d take an even closer look to see what makes Beaverton such a unique city. Here’s what we found. Beaverton, Oregon Wants to Make the World a Better...


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Happy Valley, Oregon Real Estate Market Update 2022

July 6, 2022

Head SE from Downtown Portland, and in about thirty minutes, you’ll be in Happy Valley. This high-end Portland suburb sits between Mt. Scott and Scouters Mountain in the northwest corner of Clackamas County. Happy Valley’s footprint takes up 8.32 square miles, comprised mostly of land, with .04 square miles of water. After being officially incorporated in 1965, Happy Valley took its time growing. It stayed small until the late 1990s, then became one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities. A look at the U.S. Census shows us how the suburb has changed, even in the past ten years: 13,903 residents in 2010, with 23,733 in 2020, and 25,679 in 2021. To learn more about Happy Valley’s real estate market, keep reading....


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Wilsonville, Oregon Real Estate Market 2022 and Forecast

June 24, 2022

About seventeen miles south of Portland you’ll find Wilsonville, known for its low crime rate, excellent schools, and ample opportunities for outdoor activities, with the Willamette River flowing through its southern portion. The city is easily accessible with I-5 running north to south, dissecting it down the middle, and is situated on the southernmost edge of the Portland metro area, mostly in Clackamas County, with part of its northern area in Washington County. Wilsonville has much to offer those who want to be near the culture of Portland but want the peace and quiet of small-town living, and especially those who value being next to nature. With its prime location right on the Willamette River, canoers, kayakers, and boaters can...


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Oregon City Real Estate Market 2022 Update and Forecast

May 17, 2022

With more people opting to leave city life behind and slip away into suburbia, it’s nice to know places like Oregon City exist. Its palpable historic richness, thriving downtown area, and prime location at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers make this charming Portland suburb worth serious consideration. If you’ve been thinking of relocating to a quieter, more calm lifestyle, this lovely city might be for you. One of the first things to consider when thinking about relocating to a new locale is the area’s real estate market. We took a look at the market in Oregon City, and here’s what we found. Oregon City Real Estate Market Report, Spring 2022 For the current month, the most recent...


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5 Best Cities to Live in Close to Portland: 2022 Update

May 16, 2022

Across the country, pandemic life has driven people from city centers to smaller locales in search of more space, more privacy, and a quieter, more enriching quality of life. While not to the degree of more populous areas like New York, and the Bay Area, many Portland residents have also made the shift toward suburbia. Think the suburban lifestyle might be for you? Read on. We looked at the many desirable and highly livable cities and towns surrounding Portland, many of which offer the serenity so many are looking for these days, while still being infused with a little bit of Portland. Here are our top five picks. 1. Tualatin, Oregon Population: 27,942 Median Home Price: $630,000 County: Washington Distance to Portland: 12.3 mi,...


Troutdale Real Estate Market Update and Forecast, 2022 Report

April 18, 2022

Head twelve miles northeast of Portland and you’ll land in Troutdale. This growing Portland suburb sits at the confluence of the Sandy River (to the east) and the Columbia River (to the north). Interstate-85, which cuts through the town, east to west, becomes Highway 30 and serves as a gateway to the beautiful Columbia Gorge. According to the U.S. Census, Troutdale had approximately 16,300 residents as of the 2020 census. That’s a tiny increase from 15,962 in 2010 (just over 300 more people in 10 years!). There hasn’t been much real estate development in Troutdale in modern history. It is a stable community with a lot of amenities that doesn’t get much press. Read on to learn more about how...


Forest Grove Real Estate Market Update and 2022 Forecast

March 18, 2022

Out past Hillsboro and Cornelius, lies Forest Grove. Less than 30 miles from Portland and with a population of 26,225, this enticing little pocket of Oregon is nestled in the Tualatin Valley, surrounded by wine country and wetlands. As with pretty much all Portland suburbs, Forest Grove is growing. Annually, it has seen a 2.93% growth in population, and since the 2010 census, it has increased by a whopping 30.32%. It’s no wonder, considering the city’s idyllic location at the base of Tillamook State Forest in the foothills of the Coast Range. We’ll take a look at how the real estate market is doing in Forest Grove in a bit. First, here’s what this lovely city is all about. Forest...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Damascus, Oregon

March 14, 2022

If you’ve toyed with the idea of leaving the city and heading to the suburbs, one you might not have considered is Damascus, located between Clackamas and Gresham. It’s populated with 17,223 fiercely independent residents who have fought to live life on their terms. (Read on and you’ll see what we mean.) This small, pastoral suburb, once called “The Smallest Town with the Biggest Ideas,” has much to offer those who want access to the city but prefer a quiet, next-to-nature lifestyle every day. If you’re not familiar with with Damascus, here are a few facts about this quiet, quaint little burg you might not be aware of. 1. Damascus is Loaded with Farms and Nurseries Of the 16.14 square...


Top 5 Most Affordable Portland, Oregon Suburbs

March 11, 2022

Continued low inventory and rising real estate prices have complicated the ease of finding a home for many, both here in Portland and across the country. Many have questioned the affordability of living in Portland proper. Many have fled to the suburbs (which at least were cheaper than the city proper). As we wrote about in our 7 Top Real Estate News Stories of 2021 article, while real estate prices are expected to rise throughout 2022, the rate of these increases should slow down (though they haven’t yet). Will this have an impact on home sales in Portland, or will people still want to flee to the suburbs for a quieter, more affordable lifestyle? This question is just as pressing...