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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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...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Forest Grove, Oregon

March 7, 2022

There’s no doubt that many people find Portland a desirable place to call home yet resist living in the city proper due to real estate prices and a preference for a quieter lifestyle. The good news is that Portland is surrounded by several suburbs, just as desirable in their own right, offering people the possibility of the quieter, more affordable lifestyle they want with easy access to Portland and all its amenities. Forest Grove, Oregon has a lot to offer. Here, we share five things you might not know about Forest Grove, a quiet, growing community located just twenty-five miles west of Portland. Check them out and see if this up-and-coming suburb is a good fit for everything you want...


West Linn Real Estate Market, 2022 Update and Forecast

February 21, 2022

We’re looking at West Linn, a suburb just twenty miles south of Portland proper, known for its quiet neighborhoods, plenty of parks, and highly rated schools, not to mention Willamette Falls, the largest waterfall in all of the Pacific Northwest! Learn more about West Linn here. West Linn, Oregon Average Real Estate Sales and Listings From the January 2022 RMLS report, we learned the following. Average Sale Price: $1,054,400, +21.9% from January 2021 (Combined Report w/ Lake Oswego) Active Listings: 61 (as of January 31) New Listings: 83 Pending Sales: 78, -35% from January 2021 Closed Sales: 82 West Linn outdid all of Portland and its surrounding suburbs (except for Mt. Hood) in terms of real estate price increases. Here’s...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hillsboro, Oregon

January 31, 2022

Want to live in Portland, but find real estate prices too high for your budget? Or maybe you already live in Portland and are considering a move to the suburbs like so many others have done in the past two years for a quieter, more affordable lifestyle. Each of Portland’s suburbs has its own personality, features, and amenities, so if you’re thinking of a move, it’s important to get familiar with the vibe of each one. Doing a thorough survey can take time, though, so we’re here to help. We took a close look at Hillsboro, one of the top 5 safest Portland suburbs, and found five things you might not know about this thriving community. 1. First Class Transportation...


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Tualatin Real Estate Market Update and 2022 Forecast

January 26, 2022

Despite its location—only a 15-minute drive from Portland—Tualatin, Oregon boasts a peaceful, small-town vibe with a population over 28,000. One of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, Tualatin has much to offer, and people must be getting hip to this fact because the city has seen an 8.57% population increase from the 2010 census. Before we get to the city’s real estate market activity, let’s take a look at what makes Tualatin such a desirable place to live. Tualatin, Oregon Facts and Features Nestled in the northwest corner of Washington county (and a small portion of Clackamas county), Tualatin is home to nature lovers. Quiet and picturesque, the city is graced with the Tualatin River just to the north. Tualatin...