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

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

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


First Addition Homes For Sale In Lake Oswego, OR

Lake Oswego Snow 2014All bundled up in this weather, I hope! The city of Lake Oswego has actually done a great job keeping our roads passable and safe. I wanted to take a break and dive back into the First Addition Real Estate market now that 2014 is off to a good start. First Addition is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lake Oswego, and it is filled with character!

If you are thinking about moving to Lake Oswego, then this is a great site to check out different Lake Oswego neighborhoods and learn about Lake Oswego living. If you want to talk to me about different Lake Oswego neighborhoods, schools, etc., I am free anytime and would look forward to making your relocation to Lake Oswego easier all around.  Now, Back to First Addition Homes for sale and real estate market info for the last month…..

First Addition Homes SOLD in last 30 days – just one in the RMLS. In the last 30 days, we have had one large First Addition home for sale close in escrow.   425 G Ave was listed for $1,400,000 and sold for full price on 2/5/2014 after being on the market for 91 days.  It is a Lake Oswego new construction home and has 3890 square Lake Oswego Snow 2014feet, four bedrooms, and 2 baths.  Obviously, the location of this First Addition home is a huge selling point. Proximity to all Downtown LO city amenities is always in demand.

There are 3 First Addition homes for sale that are currently pending in escrow as well as the one which has closed.  These range in list price from $889,000 to $1,250,000 with a median list price of $969,000.  They range in days on market from 0 to 189 days.

So, what is for sale in Lake Oswego’s First Addition neighborhood? There are 6 active First Addition listings in the RMLS currently – single family and labeled First Addition.  These First Addition homes for sale range in list price from $665,000 to $1,050,000 with a median list price of $996,750.  The average dollar per square foot is $253.  These have been on the market for a median days on market of 59 days with a range of 7 days to 208 days.  These homes are located in First Addition on streets such as D Ave, 4th St, 6th St, E Ave, 2nd St, Atwater Rd,  and 9th St.  Among these, you will find presales, new construction, and Lake Oswego properties for sale that don’t have signs out front.  Full details: First Addition Real Estate market 02092014

No matter what Lake Oswego neighborhood you are interested in, Let us help you get started.  Feel free to reach out and let us know how we can help.  Court: 503-899-2968 or

First Addition Neighborhood Real estate Market Update August 2013

Looking at the last 30 days of activity in Lake Oswego, Oregon’s First Addition neighborhood:First Addition neighborhood in Lake Oswego OR

Lake Oswego’s First Addition Real Estate is a hot commodity!  There are buyers looking actively in this neighborhood, so please let us know if you are even thinking about selling.  You might be surprised at how much your First Addition home is worth currently.  We recently sold a beautiful home on A Ave and are looking for inventory!

Here’s the scoop:

Active First Addition Neighborhood Homes Available

First Addition Homes For Sale In The RMLS which are active with no offers.  There are 9 First Addition homes available at the moment.  These range in price from $575,000 to $1,400,000 with a median list price of over a million dollars at $1,050,000. The median days on market for these homes is 21 days with a range of 5 days to 112 days and an average of 38 days on market. The average dollar per square foot of these First Addition listings is $271.  How big is your house? Wondering what updates you may or may not have to do to get it on the market in that dollar per square foot range? We can help and it won’t cost you anything for the information.

Pending First Addition Homes In The MLS

These are the ones with the offers which have not closed yet… There are 7 First Addition homes for sale which are currently pending listings in the RMLS.  They range in list price from $360,000 to $1,195,000 with a median list price of $825,000 and an average dollar per square foot of $304. The median days on market for these is 42 days.

SOLD!  Here are the sold First Addition listings:

Lake Oswego Realtors

Only one actual First Addition HOUSE listing has sold in the MLS in the last 30 days.  There are 2 sales categorized in residential, but one is a subdivided lot 1/2 acre lot located at 425 G Ave which sold on 7/15/2013.  It was listed for $550,000 and also sold for $550,000.   The First Addition home which sold is located at 740 7th St and was listed for $995,000 on 6/20/2013.  It sold on 7/10/2013 for $995,000.

First Addition Buyers looking for an Agent: As you can see from the numbers above, if you are looking at First Addition homes for sale, then there are not many First Addition listings out there and they sell fairly quickly. Terms are important.  Cash buyers are common. Competition is fierce.  You need to only talk to Lake Oswego Realtors who are willing to really structure your offer to stand out. If you are thinking about moving to Lake Oswego and wondering if your relocation should include First Addition, we are happy to talk you through some of the neighborhoods in the city.

More Info:  Court Olsen 503.899.2968