Upcoming January Art Walks in Bend, Oregon

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Christopher Bekins
Christopher Bekins has been painting since 1999. In 2002, he moved to a remote portion of the Central Coast of California, from the San Francisco Bay Area, to pursue painting full time. In 2015, he moved to Portland, OR, to return to an energized, urban environment. Bekins’ paintings have been in numerous shows and exhibitions, receiving multiple awards. You can see more abstract and representational works, at his website www.ChristopherBekins.net.
Please join us Thursday, January 5th at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Christopher’s art, as well as wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Artist Karen Ruane

“I love color, I love nature, I love form.”

This has been the common thread throughout artist Karen Ruane’s career, though her medium and methods have evolved over time. She is fascinated with the marriage between the manipulation of the medium, and the “happy accidents” that happen by chance, when allowing the medium to flow as it wants. Naturally, Karen was drawn to the art of marbling – a method where paints are floated upon a viscous surface where they spread and push other paint and the artist uses tools to guide and manipulate the paint further. From this process, a single contact print is taken, making each piece completely unique. In her more traditional paintings, Karen explores color, nature and form in a more controlled manner, putting the parts of the marbling process she loves under a metaphoric microscope, magnifying the relationship between shape and aligned color. For over 15 years, since graduating from Art School, Karen Ruane has been producing, showing and selling artwork in Arizona, California and now Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Most recently, Karen’s art was featured on the 2016 label of Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale.
Please join us Friday, January 6th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy  artwork, as well as complimentary wine, Jubelale and appetizers.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith is the creator of Visual Lifesavers Art. Her artwork is colorful, happy and intriguing, as it draws the viewer in to look, examine, and contemplate. Jennifer began her professional artistic business in 2012, when she began painting in oil. Jennifer had always been creative, painting and sculpting for fun, but when she began using oil paint after taking a community college summer class, her career began.
It is Jennifer’s goal to grow her business to a point where she can support herself financially on both the sale of her artwork and teaching adults to find and use their creativity. Jennifer has created her own recognizable style through many hours of painting, critiquing and analyzing. As she continues to grow as an artist, she is open to taking classes, learning and collaborating with other artists.
Please join us Thursday, January 19th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Jennifer’s artwork as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

Best Things to Do at a Beach in Oregon

Going to the beach is a basic part of any vacation or life on the Oregon Coast. Although it’s fun to visit coastal towns and drive along Highway 101, you’ll want to spend time plenty of time at the beach, too. They’re beautiful and relaxing, but also perfect for energetic outdoor sports. There’s so much to do at Oregon beaches that you could visit one every day and never get bored.
Featured Image – Haystack Rock
For starters, here’s a list of popular beach activities that are popular among locals. Participating in these activities can be a great way to meet people and make connections on the coast!


You might not imagine the Oregon Coast as a prime place for surfing, but it is! You just need a wetsuit to enjoy some of the best waves in the world. Read about great places to the go surfing on the coast, and get ready for an awesome day out on a surf.


Beachcombers visit the Oregon Coast mainly to look for agates, a unique kind of stone. The stretch of beach between Newport and Otter Rock is especially renowned among agate hunters, including the well-named Agate Beach. You can find sizable agates here and elsewhere along the coast, from little one-inch pieces to impressive stones that weigh several pounds!
Besides agates, you can find lovely driftwood and fossils like petrified wood along the coast. Also, if you visit Lincoln City’s seven-mile beach from mid-October to Memorial Day, you can search for handcrafted glass floats that have been placed on the beach. During this treasure hunt, called Finders Keepers, more than 3,000 floats are put out for you to find and keep!
Lincoln City, Oregon
Lincoln City Oregon


The Oregon Coast has many rocky beaches that are ideal for tidepooling. Popular spots for finding tidepools include Haystack Rock, Yaquina Head, and Arcadia Beach. You can also go on a tidepool walk with a park ranger at a State Park to learn more about the animal species living in the pools.

Whale Watching

Although Depoe Bay is the whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast, you can spot whales all along the coast. In winter, you can watch almost 20,000 gray whales pass by the coast as they migrate from Alaska to Baja, Mexico. Then, in the spring, they return to Alaska or take up residence by Depoe Bay for the summer.
In addition to gray whales, you can catch sight of orcas, humpback whales, and blue whales while sitting on the beach. For the best chance of seeing whales, visit one of the top places for whale watching or volunteer during the whale watching weeks in December and March.

Beach Volleyball

Every year in August, fans of beach volleyball flock to Seaside, Oregon for the world’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament. Thousands watch and participate in the huge event, which includes around 140 courts and over 1,400 teams from across the US and Canada. You can enjoy watching the teams play or even register for the event yourself and practice on the Oregon Coast’s sandy beaches.
Seaside, Oregon
Seaside Oregon beach

Building Sandcastles

Sandcastle contests are an annual event in several Oregon Coast towns, including Cannon Beach and Lincoln City. Whether you put your skills to the test in these competitions, or just enjoy a relaxing day of crafting sandcastles, it’s a fun way to express your creativity while spending time at the beach.

Flying Kites

The Oregon Coast has a lot of kite enthusiasts. If you love watching and flying gorgeous kites, be sure to visit one of the annual kite festivals in Brookings, Rockaway Beach, and Lincoln City. You’ll see incredible kite demonstrations, taste delicious local food, and possibly walk away with a beautiful kite and new hobby.

Oceanfront Retreat in South Beach, Oregon

Beachfront Property Oregon Coast
Check out our listings to find beautiful coastal homes with beach access, and prepare to fall in love with coastal living.

The Pearl District in Portland, Oregon

Portland’s Pearl District is one of the world’s coolest neighborhoods, with its mix of eye-catching art, trendy restaurants, upscale shops, green spaces and stylish apartments. At the foundation of all these attractions is a fascinating history, imprinted on the buildings’ architecture and interior design. Although the Pearl District is now a perfect neighborhood for artsy, eco-friendly urbanites, it’s taken many years and several visionaries to realize the area’s amazing potential.
Check out our listings in the Pearl District.
It might be difficult to imagine now, but back in the 19th century, the Pearl District was made up of single-family homes for mainly blue-collar, European immigrants. Then, at the turn of the century, Portland’s Union Station was built in the District, and the railway began to take over the neighborhood. Gradually, more commercial and industrial buildings like warehouses were built, replacing the homes. By 1910, the neighborhood was mainly industrial, not residential.
The area hummed with activity until the 1960s and 70s, when highways were becoming more important than railroads and ships for transportation. Factories in the District began to close or move elsewhere, leaving decaying buildings behind. Few investors were interested in the area, and the price of rent plummeted. According to the Museum of the City, it was possible to rent a large warehouse in the District for just $100 a month in 1979.
Pearl District Portland
Despite the neighborhood’s deterioration in the late 20th century, it still had a convenient location close to the heartbeat of the city. Combined with low rent, this great location began to attract new kinds of tenants, especially artists and entrepreneurs. About this time, in the mid-1980s, the name “Pearl District” was coined by a local art gallery owner, Thomas Augustine. Before then, the neighborhood had been called the “Northwest Industrial Triangle,” but with the influx of artists and start-ups, it was beginning to look less and less like an industrial zone.
Augustine based the name “Pearl District” on one of his friends, Pearl Marie Amhara, who loved the area and imagined it full of creative people. In an interview with a freelance journalist, he used the name “Pearl District” as a way to describe the neighborhood. “These old, crusty exteriors on the buildings are like the exterior of an oyster shell,” he said. “But inside it’s amazing.” The name later appeared in a story the journalist wrote for Alaska Airlines Magazine. Then, Sunset Magazine picked up the term, and after that, the name stuck.
Around the same time, the American Institute of Architects began to study the neighborhood. They published a report of the District called “The Last Place in Downtown,” which became the foundation for making NW 13th Avenue into a National Historic District in 1987.
Pearl District Neighborhood
This historic designation caught the attention of investors and developers. Aided by tax credits for preserving historic buildings, they began converting old buildings and warehouses into chic apartments. Throughout the 1990s, derelict structures were transformed into incredible places to live, shop, work, and eat. Others, too run-down to renovate, were demolished to make way for beautiful green spaces and parks, like Jamison Square and Tanner Springs Park. The Pearl District was in the middle of an urban renaissance.
Now, as you walk through the neighborhood, it looks nothing like the shabby industrial area it used to be. Instead of empty, dilapidated factories and warehouses, you’ll pass thriving businesses, eco-friendly condominiums, and Portland landmarks like Powell’s City of Books.
Nevertheless, the rags-to-riches background of the Pearl District is still evident in the neighborhood’s post-industrial architecture and artistic vibe. Notable buildings have their history posted on the façade to remind you of the neighborhood’s past. Even art hubs like the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and the Blue Sky Gallery are rooted in the District’s hard years, when rent was cheap and artists came together to form small, local galleries.
Portland View from Pearl District Home
Other neighborhoods may have nice restaurants, shops and apartments, but only the Pearl District has the layers of history that make those places unique. Although the neighborhood has changed tremendously since the 1980s, it has remained authentic to its past and done justice to its name—it’s a genuine pearl.
This superb home in the Pearl District is within walkable access to pubs, restaurants, shopping, groceries. Check out more listings and information on our Pearl District community page.
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Pearl District Portland Home

Great Winter Activities Around Central Oregon

Central Oregon is a paradise for anyone who loves winter sports, but even if you don’t, there are winter activities you’re sure to enjoy. You can go into the mountains for adventures in the deep, fresh-fallen snow, or stay in city for more comfortable winter outings. Either way, if you find yourself in Central Oregon during winter, here are some great activities you can try.
Featured Image – Skiing in Central Oregon


Central Oregon has plenty of places for ski enthusiasts. Mt. Bachelor is the biggest local ski spot, with 71 runs ranging from super easy to double black diamonds. With awesome powder and a range of services, from excellent childcare to guides who can show you around the mountain, it consistently ranks among the best ski resorts in the country. For some variety, you can also go to the Hoodoo Ski Area, which was the first ski area in Central Oregon.
For backcountry skiers, check out Tumalo Mountain, Ball Butte, and Tam McArthur Rim, after skiing Mt. Bachelor’s Cinder Cone. Cross-country skiers can go to Mt. Bachelor, too, or stop at one of the sno-parks on the way. One popular choice is Virginia Meissner, managed by Meissner Nordic. Or, if you want to bring your dog along, you can go to the Wanoga Snow Play area for a 2-mile, dog-friendly ski trail.


Central Oregon has dozens of incredible trails for snowshoeing. You can rent equipment and buy maps in town, then head out into the peaceful winter wilderness by yourself or with friends. Good areas for snowshoeing include the Ochoco Mountains, the Willamette National Forest, Crater Lake National Park, and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
Prefer having a guide? Check out Wanderlust Tours, an ecotourism company based in Bend. They can bring you on a memorable snowshoeing adventure, from a starlit walk with hot cocoa to a New Year’s bonfire with champagne.
Winter in Central Oregon
Winter in Central Oregon

Ice Skating

Ice skating is a simple way to have fun in winter with minimal preparation. You bring small children along during the day, or go skating in the evening with wine and a date. Seventh Mountain Resort, The Village at Sunriver, and The Pavilion in Bend all have excellent ice rinks worth visiting.


Ever wondered what it feels like to ride on a dog sled? You can find out by taking a trip with the Oregon Trail of Dreams, run by a father-daughter team. Both are experienced mushers that have competed in the Iditarod, so you’ll glide through the forest in safe hands.


If you love snowmobiling, Central Oregon is one of the best places in the Northwest to be. Mt. Bachelor and Paulina Lake Lodge both have extensive trail systems, or you can take the popular groomed trail from Dutchman Flat to Elk Lake Resort. You can rent snowmobiles or take a tour with Central Oregon Adventures to visit all the best views and play areas without getting lost.

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides are a classic holiday experience, but they’re a good activity for children and couples during the rest of winter, too. Sunriver Resort offers one-horse open sleigh rides along the Deschutes River and through a forest, giving you beautiful views of the Sunriver Meadow and Mt. Bachelor. They have a lovely Victorian sleigh, too, complete with bells and cozy blankets.
For an urban sleigh ride, you can take a trip with Cowboy Carriage in Downtown Bend. You can reserve half hour or hour-long rides, or go on a spontaneous 15-20 minute ride through the city. If you happen to be in Bend during the holidays, you can try to get a complimentary carriage ride in the Old Mill District, with donations and tips benefiting Kid’s Center.
20 Acres in Central Oregon
Central Oregon Winter

Sledding / Tubing

You can find great places to go sledding and tubing all over Central Oregon, since there are hills and piles of snow everywhere. But, if you want to maximize your time on the sled, you can go to the Snowblast Tubing Park on Mt. Bachelor, where lifts will pull you quickly up the slope. The SHARC in Sunriver also has an established tubing hill, where it’s possible to ride down the hill even when there’s no snow. Finally, check out the Wanoga Sno-Park, an inexpensive and popular sledding area among locals.

Sitting in a Hot Tub

After spending the morning out in the snow, you can relax in a hot tub at a pool or resort in the area. For example, if you went tubing at the SHARC, you can slip into their hot tub right afterwards and enjoy their snack bar. Juniper Swim & Fitness has a sauna and steam room, too, along with exercise facilities and fitness classes (in case you still have leftover energy). One place that’s worth visiting for an entire day is the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa on the Warm Spring Reservation. They have a hot springs mineral pool and offer soothing mineral soaks and massages, so you can enjoy an active day outside without any remaining muscle aches.
Of course, if you lived in Central Oregon, you could just sit in your own hot tub or sauna every day. Your home would be your resort and the perfect ending to each winter adventure.
Broken Top Community Home
Broken Top Community

Lake Oswego, Oregon: Near Downtown Portland, Excellent Schools, Beautiful Community

The community of Lake Oswego dates back to 1847, when pioneer Albert Durham built a sawmill on Oswego Creek, which led into the Willamette River. Back then, rivers were more important than roads for trade in Oregon, since rain, mud and thick forests made travel by road slow and frustrating. Taking advantage of Lake Oswego’s location by the river, Durham created a landing for lumber transport, inviting more business into the area.
Featured Image – The small-town feel of Lake Oswego.
About thirty years later, Lake Oswego was no longer a sleepy lumber town. Instead, it had turned into a powerhouse for the Oregon Iron and Steel Company after iron ore had been discovered in the Tualatin Valley. The company wanted to make Oswego into the “Pittsburgh of the West,” a thriving steel city. And, for a while, they succeeded. By 1890, the town had an assortment of stores and businesses, including nine saloons and an opera house.
However, the arrival of the railroad eventually wore away at the industry’s success. An extensive freight railroad system meant more competition from the Great Lakes region, where iron was cheaper and higher quality. This competitive pressure, along with the Panic of 1893, caused the Oregon Iron and Steel Company to close its smelter in 1894.
Fortunately, the railroad also strengthened Lake Oswego’s connection to Portland. With a direct line between Lake Oswego and Portland, the town was able to survive the local steel industry’s collapse. After all, it still had a great location and community. Seeing this potential, the Oregon Iron and Steel Company sold its land for development and built a power plant on Oswego Creek. With electricity, a beautiful lake, and a convenient connection to Portland, the town blossomed as a suburban haven.
By 1920, the rail line between Portland and Lake Oswego was humming with passenger traffic. Every day, 64 trains went by Lake Oswego, going to and from Portland’s Union Station. This train service, called the Red Electrics after its brightly-painted red cars, was the best in the Pacific Northwest. The commute wasn’t just fast—it was also clean and quiet, running on electric power rather than steam.
Although the Red Electrics no longer exists, Lake Oswego is still a popular suburb with an easy connection into the city. It’s an ideal neighborhood for families, in particular, due to its excellent education system. The Lake Oswego school district is one of the best in Oregon, and all of its schools regularly receive excellent reviews and ratings from the Oregon Department of Education.
Lake Oswego Park
There’s a lot to love about Lake Oswego besides its schools, though. Here are a handful of reasons why Lake Oswego is a fantastic place to settle down.
Interconnected Pathways. More than 20 years ago, the city began to create a system of recreational pathways so residents could walk, bike, and skate to different areas of Lake Oswego. Now, there are seven paved loop walks that connect homes to parks, schools and shopping centers.
Programs and Activities. Thanks to Lake Oswego’s awesome Parks and Recreation Department, you can register for a variety of local classes and activities, from cooking and ballet to tennis and Zumba.
Sports Facilities. It’s easy to stay active and fit in Lake Oswego. There’s a golf course, indoor tennis courts, a couple swimming pools, and many local sports leagues, from soccer to softball.
Theatre and Arts. Lake Oswego has a vibrant arts community, especially around the Lakewood Theatre Company, which puts on shows and offers classes year-round. You can get involved in a theatre production, attend the Arts Festival, or simply enjoy a show every now and then.
Shopping. You don’t have to drive to downtown Portland to find fashionable clothes and great gifts. Lake Oswego has several shopping centers with nice restaurants and stores, including a couple of upscale consignment shops. Since Downtown Lake Oswego is located by the waterfront, you can enjoy beautiful lakeside views while walking between stores, browsing the Farmers’ Market, or sitting at a dinner table for two.
Many homes in Lake Oswego are spacious, peaceful, and set in a beautiful outdoor setting. With great schools, shopping, and convenient access to Portland, it’s a great city to buy a house in and raise a family. Here are two great examples of what you might find in Lake Oswego. To see more listings, check out our community page.
Mid-century modern home built on a half-acre. View More Photos
Lake Oswego Home
Charming Ranch home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and backs to the Lake Oswego Nature Preserve. View More Photos
Lake Oswego Real Estate

Experience the Oregon Coast Highway 101

To experience the incredible beauty of the coastal Pacific Northwest, you need only to drive along Highway 101. While it’s no longer the major highway it used to be—linking Olympia with Los Angeles—it’s still a stunning drive, especially along the Oregon Coast.
Part of what makes Highway 101 in Oregon so remarkable is its location, right next to the Pacific Ocean. It hugs the coast, so you get countless scenic views of the ocean while driving. It also passes through most of the towns along the coast, giving you plenty of opportunities to stop for coffee or lunch at nice coffee shops and diners along the way.
A road trip on Highway 101 is well-suited for spontaneity. There’s so much to see and do that you could make great memories even with no reservations or planning. Still, to get the most out of your trip, here are a few sights worth putting on your vacation checklist.
Featured Image – Highway 101 property


It’s hard to miss the numerous beautiful bridges that Highway 101 crosses along the Oregon Coast. Many of these impressive bridges were designed by an innovative engineer named Conde McCullough during the Great Depression. McCullough was a romantic and didn’t want to mar the grandeur of the coast. As he once said, “From the dawn of civilization up to the present, engineers have been busily engaged in ruining this fair earth and taking all the romance out of it.”
So, instead of building ugly, concrete bridges, McCullough designed graceful works of art. Plan to stop at least once or twice, if not at every McCullough bridge, to admire the unique architecture and get awesome scenic views of the coast.

State Parks

You can visit amazing beaches and walk through pristine woodlands in the many state parks that dot the Oregon coast. From the virgin forests of Oswald West State Park to the great surfing in Ecola State Park, you can take a break from the road by walking in the fresh air of Oregon’s wilderness.

Coastal Towns

Highway 101 is the main street of many towns along the coast, so it’s easy to see the sights of every interesting place you pass on your trip. You can see beautiful artwork in Cannon Beach, attend a festival, go shopping by the beach, and discover what makes each town special. Stopping at the best towns is a great way to try out coastal Northwest cuisine, too. Stop for cheese samples at the Tillamook factory, enjoy brunch at a quirky cafe like Wanda’s, or grab exceptional coffee at a local roaster like Sleepy Monk or Five Rivers Coffee Roasters. You’re sure to find a dish (and town) you love.
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach Oregon

Oceanfront Homes

You could easily spend an entire vacation enjoying the sights along Highway 101 in Oregon. Better yet, you could turn this road trip into a search for the perfect coastal home. With a house on the Oregon Coast, you’d have the whole year to explore every beautiful beach, quirky town, and hidden treasure on Highway 101.
Search for great Oregon Coast homes on our community page.
For example, you could stop at this 4-bedroom historic gem off Highway 101 in Newport, nestled between Yaquina Lighthouse and Otter Rock. Built in the 1930s, this seaside cottage has been carefully preserved and renovated. It balances modern design with traditional craftsman details, like built-in bookshelves, window seats and a covered front porch. In addition to its historic beauty, it has rare oceanfront acreage and awesome views from nearly every room—a true beach home.
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Oregon Coast Home
Oregon Coast Backyard
Another incredible estate worth seeing is south of Sisters Rock State Park, in the middle of coastal woodlands. Built from massive old growth logs and locally-sourced materials, this home has the best of everything. You get breathtaking ocean views, deeded beach ownership, wooded acres with wildlife, a private helipad, high-end appliances, and exquisite finishes like quartzite flooring, hand-scraped acacia hardwoods, and knotty alder cabinetry. Touring this estate would be a fantastic way to close a coastal road trip—and begin a new life in the Northwest.
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Gold Beach Home
Gold Beach Porch View

The Best Waterfalls in Central Oregon

Central Oregon has more than a dozen beautiful waterfalls, and each one is unique. Some come at the end of a long hike, like a prize you win for enduring a journey. Others are easy to reach and perfect for an afternoon picnic in the summer. Every waterfall has a distinctive atmosphere, so your favorite one might change depending on your mood.
Here’s a list of waterfalls worth seeing in Central Oregon. It may seem like a long list at first, but it’s definitely possible to visit them all during one or two visits to the area. Ideally, though, you would move to a local city like Bend and spend a year exploring the paths and forests around the waterfalls. Then, you would really discover what makes each waterfall special.
Check out our Central Oregon community page to learn more about moving to the area.

Tumalo Falls

The dramatic splendor of this 100-ft waterfall makes Tumalo Falls (featured image) one of the most photographed locations in Central Oregon. It’s at the end of an easy one-mile hike, so you can take your best camera equipment without breaking too much of a sweat. Then, once you’ve gotten shots from every vantage point, you can continue upstream to see several other small waterfalls.

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

These two waterfalls capture everything that makes Oregon’s wilderness so amazing. Both are large and powerful, filling your ears with the sound of roaring water. To reach them, you hike through an old-growth forest of Douglas fir and red cedar, starting first at 100-ft Sahalie Falls, then dropping down to 70-ft Koosah Falls. You can get up close to the massive drop and, like many visitors, stare in wonder at the strikingly blue water.
Sahalie Falls
Sahalie Falls

Paulina Falls

Paulina Falls is inside the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, an area with hot springs, twin lakes and breathtaking volcanic cliffs. You can look at the 80-foot waterfall from above, then hike down the trail to feel the mist from below. You can also ski to the waterfall during winter, perhaps catching ice climbers in mid-climb. It’s one of the only local waterfalls that occasionally freezes over during the coldest parts of the year.

Benham, Dillon and Lava Island Falls

These three waterfalls are pretty close together on the Deschutes River Trail. Benham Falls is the largest and most popular, followed by Dillon Falls, but all three are worth seeing. There are lava beds, churning water and obsidian rock, somewhat like Hawaii—only instead of palm trees, you smell a forest of Northwest pine.

Steelhead Falls

You’ll need to drive longer to reach Steelhead Falls, but the journey is part of the experience. The waterfall is located in a Wilderness Study Area, a place set apart for its pristine beauty. The remoteness of the falls is one reason why it can be difficult to find, but once you’ve discovered the parking lot and hiked through the winding canyon, you have a perfect waterfall and swirling pool for swimming, fishing and picnicking.

Waterfalls on the Peter Skene Ogden Trail

After taking in the grandeur of the previous eight waterfalls, this trail offers you a different experience entirely. No single waterfall stands out from the rest on this 8-mile roundtrip hike. Instead, the Peter Skene Ogden Trail has a handful of charming waterfalls with swimming holes and rock waterslides, so you can cool off in the water between stretches of hiking. It’s a great place for escaping the summer heat, especially since you can camp at the trailhead. You can easily turn the hike into a memorable weekend trip with friends and family in the outdoors.
Want to live near these beautiful waterfalls in an area known for a variety of outdoor activities? Check out all of our latest Central Oregon listings here.

Sellwood and Eastmoreland Portland, OR: Quiet, Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

Every neighborhood in Portland, OR has a unique atmosphere and identity, making each section of the city feel like a small town. This sense of community is especially true in the neighborhoods of Sellwood and Eastmoreland, where you’ll find quiet streets, family-friendly parks, and locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops.
The two neighborhoods are divided by Portland’s Rhododendron Gardens, Crystal Springs Lake, and the historic Eastmoreland Golf Course. Although the communities share many similarities, they have certain key differences rooted in their history and geography. Here’s an overview of both communities to help you narrow down your perfect place to live in Portland.

Featured Image – Sellwood waterfront


Located on high ground by the Willamette River, Sellwood seems almost like a beach town, only with fresh water. There are quaint stores and great places to eat, like Papa Haydn—where you’ll find some of the best desserts in the city—and Grand Central Bakery, famous for their old-style crusty loaves of bread. You can find antique treasures at the Sellwood Antique Mall, or go to Sock Dreams and browse a huge assortment of stockings, socks and leg warmers. Great dining and shopping are benefits of living in Sellwood—but what sets the community apart is its history.
Part of why Sellwood seems like a picturesque town rather than an urban neighborhood is because it actually was an independent farm town back in the 19th century. In fact, Sellwood was once even a rival of Portland until it was annexed in 1893, joining rather than competing with Portland. However, it’s still one of the oldest communities in the Portland area, and it hasn’t lost any of its old charm and friendliness.
The neighborhood’s rich history is evident in its variety of homes, from upscale craftsman and Victorian houses to newer townhomes, apartments and condominiums. This mix of old and new makes the neighborhood’s population more diverse, too. You can find young professionals, older couples and families with several children all living in Sellwood. Each group has found something to love in this neighborhood, from the nearby amusement park, Oaks Park to the lovely Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
Interested in Sellwood Portland real estate? Check out our Sellwood community page to find great homes for sale and learn more about this beautiful area.


Like Sellwood, Eastmoreland is peaceful. It has wide boulevards, neat gardens, and a homey atmosphere. Walking through the area, you might immediately notice the lush landscaping and elm trees lining the road. Although Sellwood is closer to the river, Eastmoreland is more closely connected to Crystal Springs Lake, Berkeley Park, and the Rhododendron Gardens. It also has easy access to the sweeping stretch of greenery and trees in the Eastmoreland Golf Course. In other words, if you love walking beneath trees in nature, Eastmoreland could be your favorite Portland neighborhood.
The community has significant history, too. In the northern part of Eastmoreland, you can walk the grounds of Reed College, a private liberal arts college established at the turn of the century. It was named after Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Reed, who were entrepreneurs in trade along the Columbia River. In Simeon’s will, he suggested that his wife use part of his estate to develop the fine arts in Portland. He wanted to “contribute to the beauty of the city and to the intelligence, prosperity and happiness of the inhabitants.”
Now, looking at Reed College, Amanda seems to have succeeded. The institution is regarded one of the most intellectual colleges in the country. To families in the area, though, it’s not only a historic landmark—it’s a fantastic place to go on a picnic. You can explore the acres of beautiful grounds and spot wildlife between the trees. It’s yet another great place to walk and relax outside in Eastmoreland.
The natural beauty of Eastmoreland draws quiet couples and families, who enjoy the peacefulness and tend to keep to themselves. Many of the properties are single-family homes built in the mid-1900s, when Eastmoreland was being developed. You can find a classic Craftsman, an expansive Ranch, or even a gorgeous Mediterranean-style house in the neighborhood. Regardless of architecture, the majority are spacious and beautiful, matching the lovely atmosphere of the neighborhood.
This beautiful Eastmoreland home is surrounded by trees, has a wonderful manicured yard, and is a perfect place to raise a family. View More Photos
Eastmoreland Home
Interested in Eastmoreland Portland real estate? Check out our Eastmoreland community page to browse new listings and find out more information about this wonderful place.