Portland Real Estate 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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5 Best Cities to Live in Close to Portland: 2021 Update

April 23, 2021

While the market for homes in Portland is seeing high demand, the suburbs are even hotter. After a year of pandemic living, the space offered by suburbs and small cities close to Portland only gets more appealing. Flight to the suburbs has been particularly strong in dense (and expensive) areas like New York City and San Francisco. Here in Portland, we may not have experienced as drastic a shift. But the suburbs surrounding the metro area are still booming – and they have a lot to offer when it comes to quality of life. Intrigued? If you’re interested in a more suburban lifestyle, you’re in luck. The Portland area boasts some of the most charming suburban areas you can find....


5 Things You Didn’t Know about Sherwood, Oregon

March 22, 2021

Tucked into a quiet corner of the Tualatin Valley, Sherwood is a suburb of Portland that doesn’t feel like a suburb so much as its own quiet town. Centered around a quaint downtown, this little nook of the greater Portland area exudes history and charm. But while Sherwood maintains a small town feel, don’t mistake that for small town thinking. There’s something for everyone in this community, whether you’re looking for arts and culture, dining, or peace and quiet. Today let’s take a peek at five of the most interesting – and little known – aspects of Sherwood, Oregon, one of the best kept secrets in the Portland suburb market. #1 – Yes, There Is a Connection to Robin Hood...


5 Things You Didn’t Know about Aloha, Oregon

March 8, 2021

Once you cross over the western boundary of Beaverton, you’ll find yourself in a quiet but well-developed area called Aloha. Yes, like the Hawaiian word used as a greeting and as a signifier of peace and unity. (But also… not like that, as you’ll learn below.) Pronounced a-LOH-ah, this little suburb still lives up to its name, though. Remarkable because of its community engagement and natural beauty, Aloha makes an excellent place to settle down and make a home. Keep reading to learn 5 things you perhaps didn’t know about Aloha, Oregon. #1 – There’s a Reason Why Aloha is Pronounced the Way It Is (We Think) Full honesty, the history of how Aloha got its name is a little...


5 Things You Didn’t Know – Milwaukie, Oregon

February 10, 2021

Milwaukie is the kind of suburb that you’ll sometimes hear city-dwellers might as well be part of Portland – but isn’t. In its quaint downtown, you’ll find local retail and dining reminiscent of some quieter Portland neighborhoods. And yet, it still manages to feel like its own cul-de-sac, tucked just south of much less price-friendly Sellwood and Eastmoreland. With easy access to the MAX and its own brand of small town charm, Milwaukie is a suburb not to be underestimated. Read on to find five reasons why not. 1. It’s Home to Two Iconic Oregon Businesses So Milwaukie is just a sleepy suburb of Portland, right? Think again. You might not find a huge Nike campus here, but you will...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Happy Valley, Oregon

January 15, 2021

When Shakespeare pondered, “What’s in a name?” … he probably wasn’t thinking about neighborhood incorporation and real estate. But the origin of Happy Valley’s name brings a little intrigue to the table. Local lore claims that the name originates from neighborhood youths who got into some hard cider before church services. Their boisterous singing dubbed them the “happy boys from the hollow,” and the name followed. However, even the city’s website acknowledges that this is most likely a tale spun for marketing purposes. Well, we can’t blame them, as the strategy has clearly worked. Happy Valley has been one of the fasted growing cities in Oregon for the past several years, and clinched the number one spot in 2020. PSU’s...


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Gresham Real Estate Market: 2021 Update

January 1, 2021

Known for affordability, diversity and a welcoming attitude, the Gresham real estate market east of Portland is experiencing renewed interest after 2020 turned the real estate market on its head. Whether you’re considering getting out of the city and closer to the Columbia Gorge, or are looking for a starter home in an affordable neighborhood, Gresham and the neighboring cities of Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village provide bountiful options. Plus, they are closer to the ever-gorgeous Mt. Hood and many of the homes come with spectacular views (article photo). Gresham vs. Troutdale/Fairview/Wood Village With a population of over 110,000, Gresham is the second biggest city in the Portland metro area after Vancouver, Washington, or the largest if you’re not counting...


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fairview, Oregon

December 28, 2020

Northeast of Portland, along the I84 corridor, is a little town that can be easy to miss on the way to Gresham or Troutdale. However, Fairview deserves a detour. We named it one of 2020’s Most Affordable Portland Suburbs, and in 2019 it was on our short list of Best Cities to Live Near Portland. Let’s take a closer look at the city of Fairview.  Employment opportunities? Check. For a city of just under 10,000 residents, Fairview boasts a large number of small businesses – 675 according to the US Census. Soon, it will support one of the world’s biggest companies, too. Amazon is set to open a new distribution facility in Fairview in 2021, which Oregon Live reports will...


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Beaverton, Oregon: Portland’s Top Suburb 2021

October 26, 2020

It would be difficult to name a more quintessentially Oregon suburb than Beaverton. Inspired by Oregon’s state mammal which also adorns our flag, the word “Beaverton” aptly describes the city next door to Portland, surrounded by nature and thriving with industry.  Beaverton Oregon Basics Beaverton is a popular suburb because of its proximity to Portland, its stand-alone qualities as Oregon’s sixth-largest city, as well as great schools, many acres of parks and natural areas, and a strong economy.  Beavertonians who commute to Portland travel an average of 7 miles, or 20 minutes by car. The area is also serviced by the MAX Blue Line (light rail), which carries over 55,000 people on an average weekday between downtown Portland and Beaverton,...


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Top 5 Safest Portland Suburbs 2020

August 17, 2020

Despite Portland’s recent notoriety for localized conflicts, most people who live here can tell you that it’s overall a safe place to live.  Crime statistics can tell us some things about the safety of a given city or suburb, but there are other aspects of safety to consider: What’s the natural disaster risk? How prepared is the community to shelter in place in the wake of, say, an earthquake? Then there’s pedestrian and traffic safety, which is a special concern to home buyers with regular commutes or kids who walk to school.  Overall, the Portland suburbs have a reputation for increased safety, and many perform better than the city in terms of fewer crimes reported. However, when it comes to...


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2020’s Top 5 Most Affordable Portland Suburbs

July 27, 2020

Despite the pandemic setback to the real estate market this spring, home prices in Portland are as strong as ever, especially at the low-to-mid range of the market. While this is great news for homeowners, those shopping for a home — especially a first home — can feel a bit daunted.  Fortunately, the Portland metro area, spanning three Oregon counties, offers plenty of options. And while the definition of “best suburb” can be difficult to pin down, “most affordable” is a little easier. These five Portland suburbs were selected for coming in with the lowest median sale price. But because things are changing so rapidly, we also included the July 2020 median home value for the area, as indexed by...