Within the Portland Metro area, acreage properties are very limited due to the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The UGB requires more density within the boundary and no development outside of it. This doesn’t leave much room for rural residential development, however there are some housing pockets in Portland that have 1-5 acres and also a few planned developments with homes on 1-2 acres. Due to high land values, these properties usually start around $950,000. Portland Acreage Properties for Sale are limited to NW Portland Hills and Dunthorpe in SW Portland. All others will be in the suburbs (see below) which are not far from downtown.
There is an area that runs all along Skyline Blvd. in the NW Hills along the eastern boundary of Forest Park. Between Skyline and Cornelius Pass Road (which leads into Hillsboro), you can find areas with 1-5 acre estates. Many of these properties have wonderful views. Those that are on top have rolling hills while those off the sides are more treed, almost none of them will be on flat land. A good part of this area has easy access to downtown Portland. Most of the area is a 20-30 minute commute to either downtown or the high-tech area, but Skyline is a winding 2 lane road. Some of the developments are close to Forest Park and thus quite lush and full of trees, while other developments along the ridge of the hills are more open.
This area is located in the heart of Beaverton. The area, along the top of Cooper Mt. looks west into the Tualatin Valley. Here you can find homes built on 1-2 acres within a planned development. Although you won’t find sidewalks running through the area, you will find many homes with fantastic views and beautifully landscaped properties. Cooper Mt. is a unique area that has a rural, secluded ambience but only minutes from shopping, restaurants and easy commutes. Cooper Mt. is also home to Cooper Mountain Winery
This is the area most widely recognized place for luxury and acreage properties, with a price tag to match. The Stafford Valley is true rural residential zoning with a 2-5 acre minimum. Here you will find equestrian estates and riding arenas, small estate properties with pools and tennis courts and actual neighborhoods (often gated) with 10-20 homes set along a winding drive. A few nurseries dot the scenic landscape. Rolling hills and white fences make this area picture perfect. Pete’s Mountain along the eastern side is home to the private Oregon Golf Club. Schools are the West Linn/Wilsonville district with some of the highest ratings in the State. Shopping is in Wilsonville (5-10 minutes) complete with a Costco, Target and Fred Meyer. Wilsonville does not have an old downtown area, everything is pretty much new. What it does have is an abundance of parks. With I-205 and I-5 close by, driving into Portland and the surrounding areas is pretty easy. You can live in Stafford and commute to downtown Portland. (30-40 minutes).
Parrett Mountain or Ladd Hill
This area is located south of Sherwood over looking the Tualatin Valley. Originally, the area was composed of farms on rolling hillsides. There are still farms located along Ladd Hill Road, giving the area a unique feel. Homes are a mix of old and new but there is a consistency that you don’t always find in rural areas (like Oregon City). Great roads make this a favorite for cyclists looking for some challenging terrain. Hunter Jumper barns and horse boarding facilities are easy to find. There are homes built all over Parrett Mountain and along Ladd Hill road with new construction in planned communities of 1-2 acre parcels.
Commute time into downtown Portland can be a bit tricky due to the traffic jams on Hwy 99, I usually tell Buyers that it’s too long unless they work off hours. Sherwood which is a city of about 22,000 has everything you could want and is just a short 5-10 minutes away. There is even an Old-Town with a few shops and cafe’s centered around a very new and very large library. Sherwood is small enough that there is a very strong sense of community and the schools are great. The high-tech area of Wilsonville is about a 20 minute drive time.
Oregon City probably has the most land available in the Metro area for new construction and planned acreage communities. The rural areas around Oregon City to the south and east still have the look and feel of the farming era with picturesque farms and homes along the roadside. The area is also closer to Mt. Hood with more tall trees than other areas. Oregon City has acreage properties that are not what I would call estate style properties. Most are homes built-in the 70s and 80s with room for kids and animals. So if you are looking for room to spread out, this could be a reasonably priced fit. Depending on how far out you go, the commute into downtown Portland for work is pushing an hour. Prices start in the high $300’s.
The Beavercreek area which was the site of the 2007 Street of Dreams has a few neighborhoods of high-end homes on 1-2 acres. You will find developments in this area built around a lake, homes in gated communities and custom homes built on land purchased from owners.
I-205 is 10 minutes away (depending on where in Oregon City you live) and shopping within 5-10 minutes. Clackamas Town Center is within a 15 minute drive and the Portland Airport is about a 30 minute drive. Most of Oregon City is located on a mountain up above the Willamette River but there is the old downtown at the base of the mountain along the river. The old downtown has become quite trendy of late and has a farmers market every Wednesday night during the Summer. The downtown is also the location of the small but recently renovated bridge over to West Linn.
Areas to the South
19 miles South of downtown Portland along Interstate-5 is the Willamette River. Once you cross over the river you will find yourself surrounded by farmland and small communities. The communities of Canby, Aurora and Hubbard (Canby is the largest) are commuting distance into Portland and are made up of primarily a small city area and a large rural area. If you don’t live within the city limits (most folks don’t) you live in whats called ‘unincorporated county”. It is possible to find homes on small acreage nestled in amongst the large farms and nurseries. This area is flat and part of the fertile North Willamette Valley.
Areas to the West
West of downtown Portland is Hillsboro. Hillsboro is one of the largest suburbs of Portland (nearly 100,000 people) it also has a large amount of land outside the city limits where homes on small acreages can be found. Hillsboro is the hub of our high-tech employment and is still commuting distance into downtown from most areas. Some properties are quite a distance for Hwy-26 making the drive a good 45 minutes. The cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius are just a couple of miles west of Hillsboro and offer more of the same.