Eastside Luxury Homes
Portland Oregon Luxury Homes and Executive Real Estate can be easily found within the historic areas of the Eastside. Developed by many of Portland’s wealthy founders; the homes have a mark of style and grace.
The majority of Portland’s residents live on the Eastside of the Willamette River. Beautiful older homes line the tree-shaded streets in Alameda, Irvington and Laurelhurst. These areas were developed during the turn of the century and housing styles are Craftsman, Bungalow, Tudor, Queen Ann, English and Colonials.
A little further south of NE Portland lays the area of Eastmoreland, with tall elms and friendly streets and boulevards. Developed during the 1920s, and 1930s the area has a wide range of housing styles including Tudor, Colonial, Stone and Stucco.
A neighborhood where you will find tree-lined streets and older architectural styles of English, Queen Ann, Bungalow and many Tudors. Alameda was laid out as an exclusive sub-division in 1909 and added to the city of Portland. The streets are lined out in the typical eastside grid pattern with some winding streets along ridge lines that offer breathtaking views of the city. Just 15 minutes from downtown Portland for an easy jaunt into the city but with its own local restaurants and coffee shops nearby. 2000 census put Alameda’s population at 4,012 with 1615 households.
Close in residential neighborhood area of 4,550 residents and 1817 households and was built around the beautiful 31 acre Laurelhurst Park. You will see many historic styles of home in Laurelhurst from Bungalo, English, Craftsman, Colonial, Mediterranean, Old PDX to Dutch Colonial. This makes the area interesting and unique. Laurelhurst is just a 10 minute drive into downtown Portland. Although Laurelhurst doesn’t have any local restaurants or coffee shops, it is just a couple minute drive over to the Hollywood shopping area. Laurelhurst is a community with families. It is not unusual to find several generations of families living in this area. Laurelhurst is located in Northeast Portland but a portion lies within SE Portland.
Developed at the same time the distinctive Tudor Gothic buildings of Reed College were being built.
The area is bound on the north by the Reed Campus, on the west by Eastmoreland golf club and close to the historic town of Sellwood with over 50 antique shops. Eastmoreland is an enclave of 5000 residents who live among beautiful streets lined with huge elm trees. In Eastmoreland, you will find a wide range of architectural styles popular in the 1920s and 1930s including Tudor, English, Colonial, Stone and Stucco. Although there aren’t any neighborhood coffee shops or restaurants, most residents just take a couple of minute drive/bike or walk over to Westmoreland and Sellwood for their shopping. And, with the abundance of biking trails, people do bike in Eastmoreland. You will find many local residents sitting with friends over a cup of coffee or lunch at the best bakery in Portland located just over the bridge in the Westmoreland.
Irvington is another close-in residential community, which began around the 1890s. Irvington is the closest neighborhood to the city and is officially regarded as a historic district with broad streets dominated by turn of the century large homes. With close to 7,000 residents, the area also has local restaurants and places to shop along NE Fremont Avenue to the north and Broadway to the south. This area is also close to the Max line and Lloyd Center (Portland’s largest mall). NE Knott Street runs through the heart of Irvington and is lined with some of Irvington’s most beautiful homes; which are open during the Christmas season to the public. Irvington residents tend to be two person families with only 30% of households having children, although during Halloween you would think every household is filled with children as the entire neighborhood is decorated.
West Side Luxury Homes
Portland executive and luxury properties on the Westside are found in almost every city and area. I have included the areas with the largest volume of homes above the $700,000 price range. Other than the West Hills over-looking downtown Portland, most of the areas contain newer homes built within the last 20 years and reflecting the NW traditional style. Burnside Road and later Hwy 26 divides the northwest from the southwest area.
The Westside has rolling hills and mountains with homes built to accommodate the topography. You will find homes built in and among the trees, homes with views, homes with decks over looking green spaces but no backyards and homes built among natural preserved developments.
The West Hills contain the neighborhoods of Portland Heights, King’s Heights, Council Crest, Arlington Heights and Willamette Heights in the Southwest and Forest Heights in the Northwest. Someone once said that Portland’s West Hills was Boston’s Nob Hill without the dress code. The Southwest Hills areas were built before the 1920’s by Portland’s elite, with many homes on narrow winding streets, overlooking downtown Portland with Mt. Hood views. Many folks prefer to live here for the classic architectural style of homes, quality of education and close proximity to a vibrant downtown Portland.
Historic, winding up and down streets, smaller lots, short jaunt into downtown, good schools, old money, could describe the SW Hills. You won’t find a local coffee shop just around the corner but it’s just a short 2-5 minute drive into the Nob Hill area for shopping, restaurants and services.
Forest Heights is located on the backside of the West Hills looking into the Tualatin Valley. The area was built along a ridge 4-5 miles from downtown and many of the homes have views of the coast range to the West. This 600 acre neighborhood, with 1,980 homes, began 17 years ago and is almost built out as of today. Development restrictions have resulted in a virtual cornucopia of building styles from contemporary to traditional with no two homes looking precisely alike. Forest Heights sits next to Forest Park and includes about 200 acres of woods and parks, within the development, set aside for common space. There are also more than 7 miles of walking trails throughout.
The homes in Forest Heights are built-in the hills; which provide some interesting foundations.One side of the street can have a home on an almost level lot with a backyard and across the street a home with a 3 story foundation and decks for a backyard.
A majority of the homes have green space around and a backyard for children.
The area also has a town center for basics and a shopping mall within 5 minutes. The trip downtown is about 10-15 minutes and a decent 20 minute commute to the high-tech area.
Lake Oswego Area
Lake Oswego is considered one of the finest residential areas in Oregon. Although it’s just eight miles from downtown Portland, Lake Oswego is not your typical bedroom community. The thriving city of 35,000 is centered around the 403 acre lake of the same name, and bordered by the Willamette River offering great views and great walks. Lake Oswego just recently renovated their downtown area with a European square.
This has driven up the costs of homes closest to the downtown area and given the entire city a new community meeting and shopping area. Lake Oswego is surrounded by Tyron State Park to the north, the Willamette River to the east and farmland to the south. I-5 borders the north side of Lake Oswego and offers an easy commute to Portland or the airport. Of course, Lake Oswego is also known for its properties surrounding the Lake and some of the best schools in the state.
West Linn Area
Home to about 25,000 residents and is one of the fastest growing communities in the Portland metro area. While other cities have few new developments, West Linn still has some vacant land available for new construction. Most of the executive and luxury homes are concentrated in the hills above the Willamette River with some homes offering mountain or river views.
West Linn has a small town center for basic shopping and two large malls just 20 minutes away. There is also the historic West Linn that sits along the Willamette River. When I think of West Linn I think good schools, children, new homes, well-kept neighborhoods and parks (17 dedicated to neighborhoods).
Only a couple of minutes north of Lake Oswego and 5 miles from downtown Portland. Dunthorpe is an affluent suburb of Portland where extravagant manors sit within a canopy of green next to Tyron State Park. Hedges line the winding streets with long driveways leading to historic or a few new construction homes. Children in Dunthorpe attend the highly acclaimed Riverdale Schools, which serve this small enclave of homes.
Seclusion, privacy with a feeling of a week-end retreat are just some of the amenities to living in Dunthorpe.
The first city heading west out of Portland. High-tech began in Beaverton with Tektronix and then spread out along the Sunset Highway (Hwy 26) towards Hillsboro. With a population nearing 90,000, Beaverton is becoming more diversified, more dynamic and more densely populated than Portland, yet it doesn’t look at all like a city. Beaverton is central to most destinations within the metro area. Shopping is done in town centers located next to neighborhoods and malls such as Washington Square. Newer homes abound on Cooper Mt. with views and tall fir trees.
Murrayhill neighborhood, located on Cooper Mt., has many executive homes in a beautiful planned community. Shopping, walking trails, homes built in and among fir trees and neighborhood schools make Murrayhill one of Beaverton’s most desirable neighborhoods.
Beaverton is known for its highly performing school district and innovative programs with magnet schools, such as the Science and Technology, Science Academy, Arts and Communication and language emersion schools.
Bull Mountain area in Tigard has an abundance of executive homes in developments lining Bull Mountain Road. Originally, the area was a farming area with Christmas tree farms, berry farms and hazelnut farms, just to name a few. Development began with large properties of 2-5 acres and estate size homes. As the area began to see more demand for housing the lot sizes decreased to half acre lots. The largest development on Bull Mt. is Hillshire with some expansive views to the east and Mt. Hood.
Today, we see a shift away from building on larger lot sizes as demand and state land use planning guidelines are implemented but there are still areas with executive and luxury homes.
Located on the north side of Hwy. 26 and in the heart of the silicon corridor, are the neighborhoods of Bauer Oaks, Bauer Creek Estates, Bauer Woods, Burton and Hartung Farms. Developed on flat farmland, the streets are tree-lined winding cul-de-sacs filled with kids and soccer balls.
The homes in these areas are located in Washington County with a Portland address and children attend the Beaverton School District. This area has seen growth and most of Beaverton’s new schools are located in this area. Ideally situated close to the high tech core and a short commute into downtown Portland, with the MAX system close by, make this an area of continued growth.
There are several very nice neighborhoods in Happy Valley with high-end homes. Northern Lights which was the site of the 2014 Street of Dreams boasts half-acre lots, some with Mt Hood views (you can still purchase a lot for around $250k). Homes here average about a million. Altamont, one of Happy Valleys first high-end neighborhoods and also a host of the Street of Dreams is a gated community along the west side of Mt Scott with amazing views! The streets and lots are steep, so if you have a fear of heights, this is not the place for you. Prices range from $800k-$1.2M.
There are numerous nice neighborhoods in the $600-$800k price range with newer homes on good-sized lots. It is still possible to buy and lot and build in some areas of Happy Valley.