Lake Oswego Oregon: “Fore” Reasons to Live Here

The Oswego Lake Country Club and surrounding Lake Oswego neighborhoods

Lake Oswego Living

If you are interested in Lake Oswego real estate, then you are usually interested in golfing, schools, boating, or all three. The Country Club is a huge asset to the community and the desirability of living here. Tucked in around the towering evergreen trees and off Country Club Road in the North Shore – Country Club District is The Oswego Lake Country Club. Walking distance from FIRST ADDITION Neighborhood.

Since 1924 the Oak trees, Douglas Fir and Maple trees have provided paradise for golfers on the par 71 course. Skill and golf pride is truly felt in the fairways at OLCC. The Audubon Society recognized this club with the award for responsible stewardship. There are real grass practice grounds at the driving range with target greens. The practice bunkers and the short-game practice area is all professional. U.S. Amateur Champion Chandler Egan designed the original golf course and there’s no doubt he put a tremendous amount of thought into creating OLCC. Mr. Egan also played a vital part in reworking the links at Pebble Beach back in 1922 and most of us know PB is on most golfers short list to play one day.

Oswego Lake Club membership is an important part of maintaining the quality of play at OLCC. Golf course maintenance is not inexpensive. A large staff is paramount in assisting that everything come together. Please contact the club office for more details on membership but here’s a brief outline. The social membership allows members to use club dining facilities, swimming pool, snack bars and participate in club functions. This level of membership allows use of the driving range and practice facilities and social status invites you to compete in in two-ball events. Proprietary membership opens up members to full club access! The course and range are available to use and there are voting privileges on initiatives that are raised by the club board and its committees. All facilities, events and amenities including junior programs are open to OLCC members at the proprietary level.

Oswego Lake Country ClubOLCC prints a member news magazine called TEE TALK. It highlights events on the club calendar and is a showcase for Men’s and Woman’s Club Champion and Senior Champions with pictures of winners. The magazine also features letters from the club president and reports from the greens department. Here, Golf Course Superintendent Bob Senseman can share his experience on water drainage issues, course sand and divot action and seeding the grass. Another important aspect of fairway playability is the schedule for verifying the course and closures while the grounds settle back down. To many folks this is to much talk about dirt and grass and to the golfers following closely it makes a lot of sense and we take pride in the conditions of the club. Monthly dues are important as well as the costs for capital improvement. Over the years alterations have been made to Oswego Lake Country Club. The course changed in dramatic ways in the 1950’s when the layout was updated. New tees are added in 1993 and fairways were improved to allow better drainage. Greens were enhanced and remain fast and near highest standards in the sport. What a great place to play where you live.

The CC motto is Live Where You Play and for 90 years members have called the OLCC an extension of their own homes. The clubhouse has museum quality golf memorabilia displayed within the landmarks walls. The property promotes comfort and class without being uptight and closed minded. In order to continue the success of these standards there are accommodating membership rates for applicants under age 39. This approach to membership promotes generations of contact with Lake Oswego’s pride in golf. Please contact Tiffany Smith the membership assistant to learn more about the comforts OLCC offers. She can be reached at 503.636.3631.

More info about the Oswego Lake Country Club on the North Shore of Lake Oswego:

20 Iron Mountain Boulevard Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

Schedule a tour of the neighborhood!

Brian C. Olsen is best contacted at 503-899-2968

Stafford Hamlet in PDX

Stafford Hamlet in Oregon’s Portland Area:

If you’re researching Hamlet the idea of a country subdivision is probably not what you’re thinking. Hamlets in Oregon are similar to villages and these are subnational entities that manage themselves as a local government. Look at West Linn as the comanding force in regards to Stafford, Oregon. This is done so the area can run things for themselves as a smaller unit to make decisions easier and quicker for people to run the land. This  community is a model of local government and a village or hamlet is referred to as a community planning organization (CPOs). The purpose of CPO’s is to involve the communities citizens in land use planning in the unincorporated county. An unincorporated area is a region of land administered as part of a bigger administrative division and not governed by its own local municipal corporation. There are four examples of this in Oregon and the hamlets are are known as MulinoBeavercreekMolalla Prairie and Stafford.

Stafford is classified as a hamlet with about 2,200 residents when last counted. This area is approximately 3,900 acres and west of West Linn, South of Lake Oswego and east of Tualatin. A renowned Portland, Oregon pioneer by the name of George A. Steel named Stafford after Stafford, Ohio which was his hometown. In 1892 the Stafford School opened in this community and the following year the Eastside Electric Railway rolled into the area. Urban growth contributed to the area being added to Portland’s boundary in 1995 however in 2006 Stafford became a hamlet as residents voted to do so after fighting with Oregon’s Court of Appeals to not include 830 acres as part of Portland.

Check out other areas around Portland, Oregon and find your perfect Portland Real Estate.

As a village of Oregon, Stafford has clearly defined legal boundaries. Stafford however relies on surrounding resources such as garbage collection, protective services, management of the cemetery, street lighting, building codes and street and highway maintenance. Roads are generally good here and the homes are fun to explore. Stafford Homes are in the heart of Stafford, but with the physical address in West Linn. Some highlighted featured of Stafford homes in the MLS: 6,659 square feet and features four bedrooms with four bathrooms and views of Mount Hood,  Chef of the household will appreciate the sub zero and WOLF appliances, two dishwashers and warming drawer. These are just a few of the points of Stafford real estate.

If we can assist you in viewing properties in Stafford, Oregon or surrounding areas you must call on us. Contact us today and we will schedule the tour of Oregon’s villages, hamlets and neighborhoods of West Linn.

Contact Brian Olsen at 503.899.2968

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Relocating to Lake Oswego Oregon: First Addition Neighborhood Highlight

First Addition Lake Oswego

Relocating to Lake Oswego, Oregon:  First Addition Neighborhood Highlight

First Addition Real Estate: Lake Oswego’s First Addition neighborhood is located in Clackamas County. Currently, the median house value is $975,000 compared to $375,025 for Clackamas County which says a lot about how desirable the First Addition neighborhood is. $715 per square foot of house is the median. Wow, this neighborhood is valuable. Median house values in Lake Oswego as a whole is a little less at $699,900.  You can find all homes in Lake Oswego that are for sale in the MLS here:  Lake Oswego Homes FOR SALE

The multiple listing service currently has six active First Addition properties for sale. They range in price from $999,000 to $540,000 for 2,377 square feet and three bedrooms plus two bathrooms. The most expensive property has 3,328 of newly constructed home in 2014. Loaded with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and elegant craftsman detail and warmth. This home specifically has gracious master suite with dual closets and designer master bathroom. Keep in mind this is desirable as part of the historic First Addition package due to the fact many of the homes are originally built in the early Nineteenth Century and have been updated to modern standards, or have not. Homes with older bathrooms tend to be smaller with less storage. The First Addition homes FOR SALE have high walking scores right around 80 out of 100 meaning very walkable. The charming city of Lake Oswego is right down the street.

A Little About Lake Oswego’s First Addition Neighborhood History:

For starters the FIRST ADDITION neighborhood of Lake Oswego plays an important role in our history. In order to get to know the quaint architecture take the guided walking tour so you can see the different styles. Buildings like craftsman, gothic, colonial revival and vernacular and English cottage. The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce provides maps to explore. Back in 1847 Oswego was founded by Albet Alonzo Durham who was inspired by Oswego, New York to name our area.

The first Lake Oswego, Oregon industry was a sawmill on Sucker Creek. In 1878 the Oswego Iron Company was created when purchased from the original owners that discovered iron ore in the Tualatin Valley. The railroad was laid down through Oswego in 1886 which led to development and hundreds of workers settling here to work at the Oswego Iron and Steel Company. This industry quickly developed our region and neighborhoods like First Addition became home to people investing in entrepreneurial ventures. An opera house was created and churches, general stores, banks, saloons, drug stores and hotels were constructed to settle Lake Oswego. Today, homeowners in First Addition enjoy strolling to the Lake Oswego PUBLIC LIBRARY and the famous farmers market. Neighbors walk to grocery stores and restaurants and Millennium Plaza Park is really close. Here children can play in water fountains and on grass fields while folks watch boaters out cruising Oswego Lake.

Please let us know if this sort of lifestyle is what you are looking for. We can assist you in exploring Lake Oswego’s First Addition neighborhood and all of Portland’s suburbs. We love what we do!

Brian Olsen, Lake Oswego Realtor  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate


Mountain Park Neighborhood in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Mountain Park is a community that is part of Lake Oswego, Oregon.

If you are interested in Mountain Park homes for sale or Lake Oswego real estate, then it is important to know that Mountain Park is one of the most extensive planned communities in the United States, established in 1968 over 700 acres of wooded hillside. Mountain Park offers 175 acres of common property for residents and there is eight miles of recreational trails. These a great to get out and move around. There are parks and tennis courts with staffed clubhouse that’s really great! It’s like a recreational center for the neighborhood. The list of amenities goes on and on such as programs for children, yoga, exercise classes heated pool and basketball courts.

The Mountain Park Clubhouse and more…

The Mountain Park Clubhouse is located at 2 Mount Jefferson Terrace Lake Oswego, OR 97035. This facility provides a very friendly environment, two pools, hot tub, sports court, two fitness studios, cadio/weight room, game room and saunas with adjacent steam rooms in each of the locker rooms. There is also a preschool that accommodates children from ages 18 months to six years old and the play school at Mountain Park is clean and professional to serve the needs of parents. The motto for the play school at Mt. Park is Dream, Explore & Discover. Contact the office for details on the next OPEN HOUSE at 503 635-3561.

Improvements to the community and its facilities continue year round. Recently Mountain Park implemented a “brand”. The Mountain Park community is called Nature’s Neighborhood and monuments have been upgraded at all of the important intersections and entrances to Mountain Park. The Mt. Park logo on each of the monuments is white and a leaf is part of the design. Some folks think it sort of looks like a whale tail. Seasonal landscaping around the monuments features flowers and native plants that highlights the quality of this community. There is a monthly issue of Parkways magazine for schedules and events at the recreational center. There are programs for kids at KidZone and classes for children and adults. The Mountain Park Homeowners Association is another way for adults to get involved with the community.

Need A Mountain Park Real Estate Agent?

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to see any Mountain Park Homes for sale. I am happy to show you these and more.
Brian Olsen
Cooper Jacobs Real Estate