6 Points To Add To Your Lake Oswego Homebuying Checklist

You’ve toured a home with your Realtor and checked off all the boxes:

  • Location
  • Square Footage
  • Good size backyard
  • In your price range
  • Excellent schools
  • Updated

What are you forgetting?

Here are a few other things to consider before signing on the dotted line.

NOISE. The World Health Organization considers excessive noise a serious health problem that can disturb sleep, cause cardiovascular and psychophysiological effects, reduce performance and provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behavior. It has risen on enough people’s radar that Realtor.com now has a noise indicator feature on its app. You can also enter an address into Howloud.com and receive a Soundscore™ for that particular location. The app factors in vehicle traffic, air traffic and local sources (restaurants, schools, stores, etc.). The higher the score, the quieter the address. My home scores an 82 with a ranking of “CALM” on each measure.

NEIGHBORS. You can only tell so much about a neighborhood by driving around. Be like some old neighbors of ours—get out and knock on some doors. They were a young couple wanting to make sure that other young families lived in their neighborhood and we assured them they would be in plenty of company at the time. Neighbors can also give you the lowdown on how friendly (and quiet or loud) the neighborhood is. Ask them what they like best about where they live. What are the drawbacks, if any. Do the neighbors seem to get along? Is there anything they think you should know? A little time spent doing this in-person research could leave you feeling much better about your homebuying decision.

SUN EXPOSURE. Location is certainly one factor to consider when buying a home. Its orientation is another. How much natural sunlight you need can be very personal but it’s good to know that about yourself and factor that into the home you are buying. In the Pacific Northwest, south-facing windows receive the greatest amount of sunlight because the sun shines from the south. And depending on your lifestyle, you’ll want to factor in morning (east-facing homes) or afternoon (western exposure). Especially here in Lake Oswego, where our winter days can lean towards dreary and gray at times, reaping in as much natural sunlight as possible can keep our serotonin levels charged.

WALKABILITY. If you’re like my son who has spent the last few years living in San Francisco and London, being able to walk to the grocery store, restaurants and entertainment is important. And if you’re like my wife and I, being able to walk around safely for recreation is also a factor to consider when deciding where to live. Fortunately, you can just type in your address on walkscore.com and it will show where your property falls on their ranking system from 90-100 being a Walker’s Paradise to 0-24 for areas that are car-dependent, requiring a car to do most errands. You will find quite a range in Lake Oswego with the First Addition capturing the Walker’s Paradise title and River Run coming in at a 14. There is also a bike score that seems to factor in bike/pedestrian pathways so a neighborhood like River Run scores higher there, in the 44 range. Again, this is one of those issues that may be more important to some homebuyers than others.

PROPERTY TAXES. If you’re considering buying a newly built home or one that has been remodeled, make sure the estimated property taxes you are factoring in reflect the new appraisal for the upcoming year. New construction and major renovations trigger reappraisals come property tax time so you may not know the actual figure until November rolls around but I usually advise my clients to assume the new tax will be based on an appraisal that is close to 75 to 80% of the sales price. The previous rate, which in many cases is the rate listed with the sales listing, is based on the home/property’s value the previous year BEFORE construction/renovation. In the case of new construction and/or significant remodeling, you most likely will be facing much higher property taxes and want to ensure that those figures are part of your calculation when deciding whether you can afford a home or not.

ASSESSMENTS. If the home you are considering is part of a homeowner’s association, you want to make sure there are no sizeable assessments in the planning stages. This should be identified in the seller’s disclosure but it never hurts to double-check. Contact the homeowner’s association directly and confirm what fees traditionally are and if anything outstanding is on the horizon.

A professional Realtor will work with you to make sure you weigh in all the significant factors relevant to your home purchase. I’ve helped many Lake Oswegans find the perfect fit when it comes to buying a home in Lake Oswego and I’d love to do the same for you. Please give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

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Estimating the Cost of Home Improvements Before You Buy

Unless you’re buying a brand-new home in Lake Oswego, chances are you are looking at a lived-in one that needs some updating.

Knowing what those updates might cost should factor into your decision as to whether or not you can afford the house, and/or what your offer should be.

How do you determine that?

The best-case scenario is to have a builder/remodeler visit the home with you and give you an idea as to what type of budget you’re looking at.

But in the seller’s market we’ve been experiencing, time is not often on the buyer’s side to make an offer, and so having some “rough” idea of costs can help, and is often information a good Realtor can provide.

If you’re able to get your offer accepted, you then buy yourself the time to bring in a contractor and get the more nailed-down estimates you need.

But if you don’t find yourself with that luxury of time, here are some “rough” estimates provided by Remodeling Magazine specific to Lake Oswego.

Of course, costs will vary depending on the size of the project and the materials you choose as you can see with the estimates for a midrange kitchen remodel and an upscale one. In my experience, I have seen some of these updates add more to the resale value than what Remodeling Magazine is estimating, but again, this is where a hyper-local Realtor like myself can provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision.

One item that often comes up when looking at existing homes is replacing the hardwood flooring. According to Bob Villa, former host of This Old House, the national average for hardwood flooring is $8 a square foot. But again, the range is great depending on the materials you choose and he suggests figuring that 50 to 75% of your costs will go towards materials and the rest towards labor.

As for carpeting, materials alone can average $2 to $7 per square foot, reaching as high as $20 or more for high-end options, according to Home Advisor. Labor adds $0.50 to $1 per square foot.

Renovation costs are just one piece of information you need going into making an offer on a home. Local real estate values and appreciation are also key. Let me tap into my over 30 years’ experience as a Lake Oswego Realtor to provide you with the information you need to make the best decision when it comes to buying or selling your home. Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website. I look forward to working with you!

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Make Good on Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions With a Little Help from These Lake Oswego Fitness Centers

If you are starting the New Year off with good intentions to get fit in mind and body, you have no excuse not to follow through with them if you live in Lake Oswego.

That’s because there is a studio, gym, club and/or class for just about every body type, exercise preference and schedule.

Granted, this last year has been tough on these facilities with COVID restrictions; however, most have hung in there and are happy to welcome all well-intentioned resolution keepers!

Here’s a roundup of all your reasons to make 2022 the year you get and stay in shape!

AGE-LESS BODY PILATES STUDIO. Age-Less Body Pilates Studio provides Pilates instruction in an intimate setting in small group sessions for teens to adults. 311 B Avenue, Suite Z. 503.381.3281.

ANYTIME FITNESS. With 24/7 access to the gym, you’re going to find it hard to say that working out doesn’t fit into your schedule. Right now they are offering a free seven day pass to try things out. Enjoy a customized workout plan based on your needs and goals once you decide to sign up. The coaching and the equipment is there to support you. Memberships start at $25.99 biweekly.  1171 McVey Avenue, 503.636.1664.

BARRE3. The focus here is on full-body workouts balancing strength conditioning, cardio and mindfulness.   Choose from a variety of packages for single classes all the way up to unlimited. Newcomers are invited to try three classes for $0 or accept the January Challenge: up to 50% off studio memberships and complimentary digital subscription. 4859 Meadows Rd., #167. 503.303.5146.

BURN BOOT CAMP. Join here and you can take advantage of cardio and strength training boot camps along with 1:1 nutritional guidance. Virtual workouts are also available. You can try it out for four weeks for $69 until January 16. 16889 SW 65th Avenue. 503.707.4980.

CLUB PILATES. Enjoy full body workouts with low impact, taking advantage of equipment like the Reformer, TRX Suspension Trainer and springboards. The studio features a variety of classes aimed at balance, strength, mobility and flexibility—you’re sure to find the right fit. They offer a free introductory class if you want to check it out. 3 Monroe Parkway, Suite 300F. 503.822.5473.

COREPOWER YOGA. This studio is located just outside of Lake Oswego near Bridgeport Village and they are currently offering a Holiday Special of $20 for the first month of All Access Membership (regular price is $149/month). You can also choose from studio class packages as well. 7497 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tualatin. 503.206.0650.

CROSSFIT LAKE OSWEGO. Get the support, education, and motivation you need to participate in this fitness program. New members are encouraged to try their first class for free. While classes vary, the format typically covers a warmup, strength exercises, metabolic workout, mobility and core. Choose from a variety of packages that vary in pricing depending on your usage.17425 Pilkington, Suite A/B. 971.206.4407.

IMAGINE YOGA. Find whatever style you are looking for here from calm to power. Try them out for 30 days unlimited for only $40. If you’re a Van Gogh fan as well as yoga, sign up for their one-of-a-kind offering to practice yoga in the midst of the Van Gogh exhibit at the Oregon Convention Center. 425 2nd St., #100. 503.908.7845.

IM=X PILATES AND FITNESS. This studio offers pilates re-invented, re-choreographed and reconstructed to include other physical disciplines like cardio, barre and weight training in both private and semi-private sessions. See for yourself. 436 1st Street. 503.908.0024

JAZZERCISE.  Jazzercise bills itself as the original dance party workout with the potential to burn 800 calories in one 55 minute session. The program has been around since 1969 and in Lake Oswego for quite a long time. Choreographed routines that change regularly blend dance, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and strength training, so you’re covered on most fitness fronts. Check them out for special deals such as their 30-day Kickstarter Program good through January 17 that includes a 30-day digital wellness plan and access to On-Demand (with purchase of recurring monthly membership). 11830 SW Kerr Parkway #206. 503.313.1122.

LEVEL PDX. This is a homegrown interval fitness training studio founded by Lindsay Barney that features: two rounds of treadmill intervals followed by endurance, then aerobic and finished off with cool down/stretching. Enjoy your first class for $20. 145 Evergreen Road. 503.342.6464.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. Class offerings range from Zumba, Nia and Yoga to Boomer’s Boot Camp and Butts and Guts. Other choices include basketball, soccer, cornhole, and slow-pitch softball league play, running club for girls and adults, drop-in basketball and volleyball and adult pickleball clinic. Tennis lessons are offered at the Indoor Tennis Center at 2900 Diane Drive, golf lessons at the Public Golf Course at 17525 Stafford Road and rowing at the Water Sports Center, 350 Oswego Pointe Drive. Check their current catalog for a complete list of offerings.

ORANGETHEORY FITNESS. This five-zone heart rate-based workout will have you spending at least twelve minutes in your “orange zone” to achieve the maximum caloric burn for up to 24 hours after your class. Try the first class for free and then choose from different levels of membership and packages that give you nationwide access to locations wherever you happen to be. 4025 Mercantile Drive #120. 971.808.4700.   

PILATES BODIES STUDIO. New clients are encouraged to sign up for the introductory package of five lessons on the equipment for $225. From there you can continue with private or semi-private lessons or group classes that include Mat Pilates, and belly dancing. 16130 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite A. 503.913.5788.

PROJECT 360. The equipment and support are here to support you in reaching your fitness goals. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, this is your spot. Membership is limited to 200 with full access from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to the extensive range of cardiovascular and functional training equipment. Work alone or let one of their professional trainers guide you. Locker rooms, showers, lounge, and a Trackman Simulator to sharpen your golf game are all included in the membership. Connect online for information. 460 2nd Street.

PROVIDENCE FITNESS CENTER.  Offers cardio and weight training machines, free weights, steam and locker room, showers, and personal training and massage for additional fees. Membership includes access to group exercise classes which include Yoga, Boot Camp, Strength Training and Cardio. Virtual classes can be accessed for $30/month. Check it out with their one free workout offering. Discounts offered to Providence Health Plan members. Call for rates. 5300 Meadows Rd., Suite 150. 503.216.6606.

SNAP FITNESS.  Want to work out on your schedule, not the gym’s? Snap Fitness is open 24/7 and also offers over 1,200 on-demand workouts through its Snap App. Enjoy one free personal training session to check the facility out. Offers group classes, strength training, personal trainers, cardio equipment, free weights and nutrition consultant. 6296 SW Meadow Avenue. 503.968.7627.

STAR CYCLE. These hard-hitting 45-minute indoor cycle sessions utilize invigorating music, choreography, dimmed lighting and upper body movements and weights to ensure a high-energy, full body workout. Child care available. They offer a New Client special of 3 classes for $40. Book your class today. 375 2nd Stsreet. 503.303.4498.

THE BAR METHOD LAKE OSWEGO. This boutique fitness studio offers transformative workouts leading to long, lean, sculpted muscles. No previous dance experience is necessary. Try it free for two weeks online before signing up. 15780 Boones Ferry Road. 503.305.5942.

TRAINER’S CLUB. This club offers cardio machines, free weights, personal training, massage therapy, as well as a variety of group classes from Yoga and Tai Chi, to Zumba and spin. There is also a Pilates studio and chiropractor located on-site. Try it out with a free 7-day pass. 333 S. State Street. 503.636.3900.

TWIST YOGA. Enjoy all your favorite forms of yoga in both hot and non-heated conditions. New members can enjoy 30 days of unlimited yoga for $59 with access to both studio and online classes. 3970 Mercantile Drive. 503.303.4195.

YOGA SIX. Take your pick from six different class types from hot and powerful to slow and mindful. First class is only $10. Choose from unlimited monthly packages to just the Lake Oswego studio or to all local studios or sign up for four classes per month. 101 S. State Street, Suite 4120. 541.299.9642.

LARGER FITNESS CENTERS JUST OUTSIDE OF LAKE OSWEGO

24 HOUR FITNESS. The local center includes a full-size basketball court, three-lane indoor lap pool, Kids Club, sauna, steam and spa, free weights and circuit training, personal trainers, racquetball court, and cardio equipment. Group exercise classes include Yoga, Body Pump, Cycle and Pilates. Membership fees vary and can include access to any of their fitness centers across the nation. Take advantage of their free three-day gym pass to check it out. 17942 SW McEwan Road, Tigard. 503.670.0400.

BAY CLUB PORTLAND. Located just past Bridgeport Village, this top-notch fitness center features all the “to-be-expected” along with some unique offerings including a Rock Climbing Center with 11,500 square feet of climbing surface as well as an Air Fit Studio for high altitude training. The facility also has indoor basketball and pickleball courts, racquetball and squash courts, a six-lane indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor aquatic center, The Edge performance training center, Pilates studio, Kids’ World and café. Most group fitness classes are free to members and are offered in two studios (Exhale which includes yoga, Pilates, Nia, Tai Chi, and Barre type classes and Excite that offers classes along the lines of Zumba, Group Fight, Strength and Conditioning and High Intensity Interval Training). Personal trainers are on hand as well as nutritional counselors. A holiday special included a 2 for 1 experience pass good for 12 visits. A new “shared” membership package allows you to join with up to five friends or family members. 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard. 503.968.4500.

LA FITNESS.  This 45,000 square foot facility features cardio and strength conditioning machines, three racquetball courts, one basketball court, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna in locker rooms, Kids’ Club and classes including Zumba, yoga, water aerobics and cycle and spin classes, SilverSneakers fitness program, and Boot Camp Conditioning. Personal training is also available. Membership fees vary but you can try them out with a free 3-day guest pass. 7405 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. 503.404.0126.

STAFFORD HILLS CLUB. Tennis courts set this club apart from the rest of the local offerings. Stafford features seven indoor and three outdoor courts as well as pickleball courts. In addition, there is an outdoor saltwater pool with six lanes for lap and recreational swim, a small children’s swim area and a splash pad for kids. Family events and children’s programming are offered regularly and childcare is available to family memberships. Group exercise classes run the gamut from Hard CORE and Cycle Strength to Cardio Strength, Zumba and Yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for individual as well as Team Training sessions. A salon and spa and café round out the facilities. Membership rates vary. 5916 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin. 503.612.2400.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to buy or sell your home, give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website. I’d love to help you reach your goals!

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8 Reasons to Start Your New Year in Lake Oswego Off with Something New in January

The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is never one to rest on its laurels. The Winter/Spring activities guide features several new offerings that are sure to pique the interest of someone in your household.

Here’s a peek. If you see something you like, register here.

INTRO TO GUIDED MEDITATION. What if I told you that you could dramatically increase your happiness just by changing the way you pay attention? That’s the impetus behind guided meditation and this class will teach you the why and the how to calm your mind and experience inner peace. Try a FREE introductory virtual class on Tuesday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (#23762) followed by two different virtual sessions, the first that begins January 18 and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Ages 18+. $198 Resident/$227 Non-Resident. Register for #23760 and/or #23761.

FAMILY CHOIR. The family that sings together stays together, right? Okay, I may be taking some liberties there, but if you enjoy encouraging your young ones to “sing like no one is watching” then sign up for this class that’s destined to expand your knowledge, boost your abilities, increase your musicianship and blend your voices in harmony. Geared for ages 5 and up. Resident $97/ Non-Resident $112. Classes begin January 7 and run from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Register for #23519 or 23520.

INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF MAGIC 2. For all those aspiring magicians who have completed the Art of Magic 1, the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is now offering an advanced course to take their skills and showmanship to the next level. Ages 7-10. Resident $104/Non-Resident $120. Classes run on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning January 19. Register for #23659 or 23660.

KITCHEN ORGANIZATION AND CLOSET ORGANIZATION WITH FRIENDS. Tap into the power of group motivation by signing up for one or both of these new virtual workshops where you’ll chat from your kitchens and closets with professional organizer Kaye Silver as she guides you and the rest of the attendees through decluttering and organizing these spaces in your home. Ages 18+. Resident $91/Non-Resident $113. Classes begin February 1 (Kitchen) and March 1 (Closet) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Register for #23473 and/or #23474.

ANIMAL SPIRITS 101. Looking to deepen your spiritual connection with nature? Learn the role that spirit animals may play in inspiring and guiding your everyday life in this virtual dynamic class. Ages 18+. $29 Resident/$43 Non-Resident. Meets April 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Register for #23472.

ECO-PSYCHOLOGY FOR EVERYONE. We’ve all heard how beneficial for us it is to get out into nature. This class will explain the “why” behind that –what nature does for our mental health and how we can use that knowledge to improve our everyday life. Ages 18+. $29/Resident/$43 Non-Resident. Virtual class meets January 13 from 6:00 pm. To 8:00 p.m. Register for #23629.

FORESTS, FIRE ECOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE. After last year’s “Prepare to Evacuate” warning Lake Oswegans were issued during the Beachie Creek and Riverside Fires, the threat that climate change poses to our personal safety became very real. This class explains how we got here and what we can do about it. Ages 18+. Virtual class meets January 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $29 Residents/$43 Non-Residents. Register for #23632.

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5 Ideas for Enjoying (not just surviving) Winter in Lake Oswego

Brace yourselves. The shortest day of the year is almost upon us as it ushers in winter which plans on sticking around for the next three months.

While I’ve sung the praises of summer in Lake Oswego on this blog, I must also be transparent and admit that yes, sometimes the winter months can seem looooooong. With colder temps, wetter weather and less daylight, a summer lover like me needs to come up with a game plan to make the best of things.

Here are a few suggestions for not just surviving winter in the Portland metro area but actually enjoying it!

  1. Explore some new neighborhoods on foot. This is something my wife and I have done since Covid paid us all a visit. And while we explore Lake Oswego during the week, we often venture into Portland on the weekends and have had a great time checking out neighborhoods like Alameda Ridge, Laurelhurst, Irvington and Eastmoreland. For Christmas last year, my wife gave me a couple books that have been great resources: Walk There! edited by Laura O. Foster and Portland Stair Walks by Laura Foster as well. Believe it or not, there are lots of stairs to be discovered in Portland, especially if you find yourselves in the Westover Terraces and Nob Hill neck of the woods. Bundle up but as you find yourselves climbing, you may need to shed a few layers!
  2. Try a winter cocktail. I think I’ve shared my wife’s watermelon margarita recipe here and while we still have some frozen watermelon in our freezer, she has found a winter replacement for her favorite summer libation. It’s called The Grave Digger and comes complements of Tieghan Gerard on her Half Baked Harvest blog. Thanks to some tequila and apple cider, you’ll be feeling warm in no time!
  3. Have fun in the snow. Lake Oswego is often blessed with a snow day or two when you can pull out your snow toys and be a kid again close to home. But if you don’t want to wait for that, make plans to head up to Mt. Hood for some snowshoeing or sledding. Warm up at Timberline Lodge with an Irish Coffee or some hot chocolate.
  4. Discover a new coffee shop. One of the things my wife and I often seek out on our neighborhood excursions is coffee shops and as you can imagine, there are plenty to try in Portland. Some of our new favorites include Keeper Coffee on SE 41st and Never Coffee Lab on SE Belmont. (And don’t forget our great coffee spots right here in Lake Oswego).
  5. Discover a new bakery. All that walking and snow activities can work up an appetite, right? Satisfying our sweet tooth is also something we try to incorporate into our neighborhood jaunts, usually with great success! A few of our favorites include Lauretta Jean’s on SE Division (they are known for their pies, but believe me, their morning pastries do not disappoint), VilleVelo on NE Prescott (the list runs long here but don’t miss the biscuits or chocolate chip cookies), and Baker and Spice on SW Capitol Highway.

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5 Exterior House Design Trends Spotted in Lake Oswego

The other day on one of my morning walks with my wife, we passed yet another house being repainted black.

“Is that a trend?” my wife asked. We decided to start counting the black exterior homes on our route and came up with four before we finished.

Then we googled it and yes, everyone from Better Homes & Gardens to HGTV are calling black one of the new hot trends in home exteriors.

Why?

Black exteriors make a bold statement, especially when set against the natural surroundings of much of Lake Oswego. And admittedly, painting a home all black adds a bit of drama and a great contrast against many of the white and crème homes being built. Which means that it works best on some homes and not others. A low-lying modern home with lots of glass—yes! A Victorian—probably not!


What other exterior house trends are we seeing in Lake Oswego?

Two-tone paint colors. There is a new home being built across the street from us and it’s painted both light and dark gray. Other combinations I’ve seen on our still-daily Covid walks are black paired with brown wood, dark brown and tan, and white with gray. While interior walls have been receiving the two-tone treatment for a while, it is now catching on outside of the home. As with the monochromatic black treatment, two tones provide contrast and architectural interest and can add to that all-important curb appeal.

Mixed roofing materials. If you drive around town, you’re likely to see new homes featuring composition shingles on the main part of the home and metal roofing on the garage. Metal roofs have a lot going for them from longevity and durability to safety and environmental friendliness. However, they can also run two to three times more expensive than composition shingles. By mixing the materials, homeowners get the visual appeal and other benefits of a metal roof while keeping costs low.

Creative House Numbers. This has to be one of the simplest ways to update your curb appeal and show your creative side. And Lake Oswegans are doing it—not settling for the tried and true address numbers you pick up at your local hardware store and hang on your garage. Instead, they are creating custom metal signs, posting their numbers on trees and incorporating metal digits into their landscape.

Outdoor Living Spaces. Being outdoors took on a whole new meaning thanks to Covid. And especially here in Lake Oswego when being outdoors in summer is one of the things we do best thanks to great weather and bug-free evenings (something my daughter who spent a cicada summer in Washington DC really appreciates now!). So, it should come as no surprise that there were hundreds of homes in Lake Oswego that have sold in the past 12 months that featured covered patios and/or decks, many with outdoor kitchens. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 60% of homeowners were looking to add outdoor kitchens to their backyards and Lake Oswegans were included in those numbers. I’ve also had several clients who have either bought property with room to add a pool or sought out homes that already had one. There were 40 homes sold in Lake Oswego within the past year with pools in their backyards.

What features are you looking for in a new home? Let me help you find one that checks all your boxes. Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website. I’ve lived in Lake Oswego and been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you!

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Tidings of Great Joy About the Lake Oswego Housing Market

I bring you tidings of great joy! That is if you are Lake Oswego homeowner, or if you are looking to buy a home in Lake Oswego.

First if you own a home in Lake Oswego.

If you find yourself dreaming of making money in your sleep, it could be because you are. The value of your home continues to go up. We have seen an increase of 21.1% in the average price of homes sold in Lake Oswego over this past year to-date. The average sales price of a home in Lake Oswego by the end of October was $1,194,250. That compares to the year-to-date average sales price in October of 2020 of $986,190.

Condominiums and townhomes have seen an 18.2% annual increase over 2020 with the average sales price by the end of October being $434,967.

And if you’ve listed your home, there is a very good chance it sold in 2021. In October there were 57 new listings in Lake Oswego and 53 homes sold with only 0.8 months of inventory available. That explains the fact that most homes for sale in Lake Oswego only spend about 21 days on the market.

I’m still seeing a great deal of activity in the market; however, the frenzy of earlier in the year has been replaced by a little more level headedness.

That’s where we get to the good news for buyers.

Yes, I know you have to wade through the record appreciation and limited inventory to find it, but there is some to be had.

First of all, when you do buy a home in Lake Oswego, you can feel good about your investment because if you look at the trend in value overall, you’ll see that even in buyer’s markets, homes in Lake Oswego continue to appreciate. Currently, the average yearly change is +6.1% and that’s accounting for the housing market crash back in 2008 when values dropped 29% over the next three years. So, in the long run, you too will make money while you sleep.

Also, it looks as though Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase their loan limits in the near future, making it easier for buyers in more expensive markets like Lake Oswego to get a mortgage. The current conventional loan limits for single-family homes are $548,250 and $822,375 respectively and they are expected to rise to a baseline of $650,000 to close to $1 million in high-cost markets like San Francisco and New York.  

Above that, buyers need to qualify for jumbo loans which typically require a larger down payment and can result in higher closing costs. Interest rates however, don’t always have to be higher with a jumbo loan and in fact, some lenders can offer jumbo loan rates that are competitive with and/or even beat out conventional loan rates, depending on the market conditions. It pays to shop around when you’re looking for your loan. I can be a resource for you in that department when you start your home search.

So, there you have it! If buying or selling your home in Lake Oswego is on your holiday wish list, I think you are in for a very merry season. And if I can do anything to help ensure that, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

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10 Holiday Activities We Love in Lake Oswego in December

#LETITGLOW. Lake Oswego community members are invited to showcase their holiday spirit with festive décor at their homes and businesses. Members who share photos of the displays on public social media accounts with the hashtag #LetItGlowLO and tag the City (@cityoflakeoswego on Instagram, @LOOregon on Facebook or @LakeOswegoInfo on Twitter will automatically be entered into a weekly lottery to win a gift certificate to a local business. Photos may also be submitted via email to Events Supervisor, Jamie Inglis at jinglis@lakeoswego.city.  

Holiday Gift Show at Oswego Heritage House. Get your holiday shopping done early and local at this annual event Wednesday, December 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Oswego Heritage Council, 398 10th Street, 503.635.6373. Selections include:

•SmileyHugs, handmade pocket-sized wool felt comfort plushies

•Pewter Products by Crosby and Taylor

•PDX Coasters

•Peggy’s Handmade Chocolates

•Unique Miniatures by Josef Buchel

•Roman Ruby Soaps

•Raw Oregon Honey

•Granny Fi’s Shortbread

•Oswego Heritage Council Gift Shop

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Stop by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s Holiday Marketplace for a unique gift for yourself or someone on your list. Select from fine art, ceramics, jewelry, handmade one-of-a-kind items, and wonderful prints and cards, among many other fine gifts and home goods. Marketplace is open NOW through Saturday, December 24. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite, A, Lake Oswego, OR. For more information, visit the website at http://www.artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738.

Elf the Musical Jr. is a one-hour condensed, author-approved version of the full-length musical currently showing at the Lakewood Center for the Arts. It was written with the talent of young actors in mind. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Youth. Guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend an in-person indoor performance. Proof of vaccination must be presented by showing your vaccination card in physical form or as a photo on your phone. Saturday, December 11 (sold out) and Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 368 S. State Street. 503.635.3901.

The Peppermint Bear Show: Peppermint Bear and The Toy Elves. This Christmas tradition returns to the Lakewood Center this year sure to delight children and their parents. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Students and include a special holiday continental breakfast ½ hour before the show along with visits from some of the young performers and a big man in a red suit! Suitable for ages 3-12. Performances on Saturdays December 11, 12, 18,19, and 20 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

West Linn Holiday Parade. Join our neighbors in their annual holiday tradition that culminates with a visit from Santa at the fire station. Get there early and you can participate in (or just get a good laugh from) the Ugly Sweater Dash that begins at 8:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at 10th and Willamette Falls Drive. Saturday, December 11.

Tinseltown Trolley. It’s Lake Oswego’s version of the Polar Express. Hop aboard and let your imaginations soar as you enjoy carols, story time, treats and a visit from someone special from the North Pole! Departure times are on Friday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12 at 11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Depart from station at 311 N. State Street. Allow about 45 minutes for the roundtrip to Portland and back. Tickets can be purchased online through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department and SELL OUT FAST! $17/Children 12 and under; $20/Adults. 503.675.2549.

Virtual Evergreen Wreath Design & Wine Class. Create a festive evergreen wreath while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres in the comfort of your home. Participants pick up materials, cheese and charcuterie plate and wine on Sunday before the class. Sunday, December 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee: $125. Offered by Zupan’s Market.

Christmas Ships Trolley Excursions. Tickets to this event are already sold out but I wanted to list it here so you can put it on your list for next year. Guests can see the lighted Christmas ships along the Willamette River from the comfort and warmth of the Willamette Shore Trolley. Trips are scheduled for December 11, 13, 18, 20 and 21st.

Christmas Ships Parade. You don’t need to ride the trolley to catch a glimpse of the combined fleet of up to 60 boats decked out in holiday lights as they make their way from the River Place Marina in Portland to George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. Boats due to arrive around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18. Viewing points: Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive, Roehr Park, 350 Oswego Pointe Drive, and George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street.  503.675.2549.

I’d love to be your resource about all things Lake Oswego if you are thinking to buy or sell a home in Lake Oswego. I’ve been a Realtor living in Lake Oswego for over 30 years so let me put my knowledge to work for you. Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

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Holiday Shopping in Lake Oswego

With supply chain issues threatening holiday shopping, the call to “shop local” has never been wiser. And luckily for Lake Oswegans, local retailers are well stocked and ready to help you check everyone off your list. Here’s a roundup of some of the treasures you’ll find.

ADORN. This Portland based shop features brands like Emerson Fry, Sanctuary Clothing, Favorite Daughter and Prairie Underground. You’ll find everything from jackets to jumpsuits along with accessories like jewelry, masks and shoes. Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 369 First Street. 503.303.5614.

DREAM CLOUD BOHEMIAN MARKET.Walking into this store feels like walking into a cloud—everything is soft and dreamy. You can also feel good about shopping here as the collections hail from independent and small-batch artisans who focus on sustainability and ethical faire trade practices. During the holidays Dream Cloud is partnering with Thinker Toys to support the Toys for Tots gift drive. Pop into Dream Cloud with an unwrapped new toy OR simply make a donation online. They will use your donation to purchase a toy from Thinker Toys (to help support other local businesses) and give you 10% off your next purchase. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 364 1st Street, 503.477.9798.

MAPEL BOUTIQUE. This locally owned boutique carries national brands like Z Supply, 7 for All Mankind and as well as local favorites like Ford & Wyatt, The Great PNW and Saressa Designs. Mixed in there are fun and festive discoveries to make your holiday shopping much merrier. You’ll find Pacific Northwest-themed puzzles, holiday graphic tees, and Puffin beverage holders that make any drink look merry. They also offer personal shopping appointments with their stylist either before the shop opens, during store hours and even virtually! Could be just the ticket for finding the perfect gift or for leaving a list for the Santa in your life.  Check them out online or visit their store at 390 N. State Street, Suite 124. Hours Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 503.344.4573.

LUCKY ME. This store gets its name from the expression shoppers say when they visit. It’s filled to the brim with lots of bling and holiday décor including ornaments, pillows and stockings. Speaking of stockings, consider this stocking stuffer central with Oregon keychains, Oregon winery playing cards, finger puppets, jewelry and themed bandages to dress up anyone’s owie. Their usual PJ Salvage offerings are joined by festive holiday-themed PJ sets. Be sure to visit them the day after Thanksgiving for their Black Friday specials! Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 First Street, Suite 115. 503.636.9595.

RAIN SPARK GALLERY.This seasonal art gallery has returned this year after a year of going virtual and moved into the former Sur La Table space on the corner of A Avenue and State Street. Explore the varied collections of art created in ceramics, metal, fiber, glass, paper, paint, photography and more. You’ll find unique gifts for family and friends and if you’re lucky, decorative and functional works of art for yourself and your home.

In addition, Rain Spark is carrying on its tradition of hiding 45 handmade porcelain ornaments throughout Lake Oswego as part of the Lake Oswego Community Treasure Hunt.  Look for clues on Rain Spark Gallery’s website starting December 1. Solve the riddle, find the laminated hummingbird card, bring it to the gallery, claim your hummingbird ornament and have your photo taken for the Finders Wall. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving. 390 State Street, Suite 120.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Stop by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s Holiday Marketplace for a unique gift for yourself or someone on your list. Select from fine art, ceramics, jewelry, handmade one-of-a-kind items, and wonderful prints and cards, among many other fine gifts and home goods. Marketplace is open NOW through Saturday, December 24. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite, A, Lake Oswego, OR. For more information, visit the website at http://www.artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738.

GRAPEVINE. Name dropping is encouraged here. That’s why you’ll find fashions by Splendid, 7 for all mankind, Rails, Vince, Michael Stars and Eileen Fisher just to mention a few. And don’t worry—they stock small runs so you don’t have to worry about showing up at the holiday party with the same outfit as your neighbor! Check their social media pages for new arrivals and DM them if you want them to hold something for you. Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 310 N. State Street, #112, 503.635.6009

GLASSYBABY.  Glassybaby sells hand-blown votive holders that each come with a story. With names like Home, True Love and Wisdom, I imagine there is a votive that would speak to the friends and family on your list. A portion of all sales go towards the glassybaby foundation to support causes close to glassybaby’s mission: organizations that promote hope and healing. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 390 N. State Street, 503.804.5415.

CHICO’S. Whether you’re looking for holiday red, all that shimmers or comfy and cozy, Chico’s has it. Lake Oswego managed to garner one of the 600 locations of this franchise and the location seems to be a good match—Chico’s was one of the original Lake View Village tenants. The company prides itself on personal stylists who work with you to select the right style with the right fit. Share a little with one of their stylists about your recipient—what colors does she like…are there certain styles she gravitates towards…is machine washable a requirement…and let her go to work for you, letting you look good when she opens her gift. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 1st Street, #119, 503.675.6655.

WISHBONE HOME DESIGN. Be sure to stop by here on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a “Sip and Shop” experience with a little mimosa to start your day. Dress up your home for the holidays with seasonal décor that includes elegant ornaments, festive pillows, wreaths and holiday candles. Gift items include jewelry, candlesticks, frames and gift cards. Pick up a little decorating advice while you’re at it from the experts on hand. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 385 1st Street, 503.636.1229.

CITY HOME. This is one of those places that makes shopping fun with its blend of vintage, repurposed and reclaimed furnishings and decorative home pieces. Hostess gifts include holiday soy candles in scents like gingerbread. For all those pet lovers out there, a “Reserved for the dog” or “Reserved for the cat” pillow might be the perfect gift. Other finds include a Christmas tree-shaped cheese board, boat in a bottle kit, terracotta wall planters and a host of furniture and wall art to choose from. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 180 A Avenue, 503.519.7712.

THE GROVE.  It pays to stop in regularly at this neighborhood spot as new merchandise with local makers and exclusive lines are always arriving. Mer Sea’s casual wear is a popular line and has recently been joined by Danish brands Ilse Jacobsen and Henrietta Steffensen. The Grove will be featuring their local makers throughout the holidays with Pop-ups in the store. They also offer to add a little holiday shopping to any private party you may be planning –just give them a call to schedule. Be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.  Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 4473 Lakeview Boulevard, 503.697.9999.

PAPER CAPER. From stocking stuffers to hostess gifts, you can check a lot of people off your list at this store. Holiday aprons, Duck and Beaver ornaments, a book of Kid Jokes, head warmers, holiday crackers and holiday scented candles (Gingerbread and vanilla sound yummy?) are just some of the treasures you’ll find in addition to their wide selection of greeting cards and wrapping paper. Speaking of wrapping paper, they provide that service during this busy holiday season. Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 16829 65th Avenue, 503.620.9460.

If a new home is on your holiday shopping list, well, I can help with that! I’ve been a top-performing Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put some Ho Ho Ho into your home buying and/or selling experience. Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

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The 2021 Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree in Lake Oswego Starts Here

If you’re hoping to cut your own Christmas tree this year, best to get an early start.
It appears that many of the popular u-cut spots are dealing with a tree shortage in a variety of ways: closing for the season, shortening hours, and/or limiting the size of trees available. The growth cycle for Christmas trees is anywhere from 7-12 years from seedling to harvest so growers and harvesters like us have to be patient.

Below you’ll find a roundup of Christmas tree lots and farms (both u-cut and pre-cut) in and around Lake Oswego. I’ve tried to list the restrictions here but best to call ahead and/or check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

Boy Scout Troop 127. Local Boy Scouts have been selling trees as a fundraiser since 1947, starting at the local Piggly Wiggly before moving to George Rogers Park. Once again, Scouts will be on hand in George Rogers Park. Over the course of about 2½ weeks that the lot is in operation, they will get three fresh shipments for a total of 700 trees, and usually sell out by the end.
Address: George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street, Lake Oswego
Hours: Opens the weekend after Thanksgiving from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Following that, hours are: Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, December 12. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble Fir
Cost: $40+
Other: Scouts make a fresh cut, carry it to the car and tie it on. Wreaths and garland by the foot are also for sale.

Parsons Farms. The family that brings us local produce also brings us trees. Pre-cut and close-in makes this spot very convenient.
Address: Lake Bible Church (Tree Lot), 4565 Carman Drive, Lake Oswego
Hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving, November 26. Hours TBD. Check their Facebook page.
Varieties: Noble, Douglas, and Nordmann Fir.
Other: In the past, they have also offered handmade fresh wreaths, fresh cut greens, pine cones, and centerpieces also available.

Stroupe Christmas Tree Farm. This year, the family is selling pre-cut trees (probably Noble and Douglas Fir) from their other family business: S&H Landscape. Check online for recent updates as plans were still in the making at publication time.
Address: 20200 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin
Varieties: Noble and Douglas Fir
Cost: Check online and/or call S & H: 503.638.1011
Other: Handmade wreaths and swags

Ron’s Christmas Tree Farm. There is no address posted but look for the sign that says, “Christmas Trees.” It’s at roughly 4400 Borland Road, between Stafford and SW 65th. And it’s worth seeing out if you’re looking for a bargain. Ron is the cheapest guy in town!
Address: See above. (about 3 miles from Lake Oswego) Phone: 503.475.7576.
Hours: Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily starting November 26 until about the week before Christmas
Varieties: All Nobles, more on the natural-looking side
Cost: $6/foot
Other: This place is u-pick, Ron-cuts. He has rope to tie it on to your car.

Little Z Christmas Tree Farm. This family farm prides itself on quality and service. This year trees ranging from eight feet to eighteen feet tall are available for purchase and are mainly the classic tapered Noble Fir variety; however, there are also Nordmann, White, Shasta, Fraser, and Douglas Firs. There will also be a good supply of pre-cut 6-9 foot Douglas Fir. Tree preview and tagging day is Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Address: 842 Rosemont Rd., West Linn. 503.453.0573 (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Opens Friday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. through December 22. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a full crew on hand to help you, especially needed for trees taller than 10 feet and Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m. with a skeletal crew on hand. Cost: Price varies, but generally $10/foot
Other: The Zerkels run a u-pick, they cut farm so once you’ve selected your tree, they will cut down your tree with their chainsaws, carry it to your car, and load it or tie it down.

Lee Farms. Talk about tradition! The Lees have been farming in Tualatin since 1869 over seven generations with three generations currently involved in the family farm. This is a year-round operation so if you want to get out there early to tag your tree, you can. This year there is a 8-foot minimum on u-cut to preserve their field trees. No minimum on already-cut trees. Trees will go fast this year, so come early (starting November 19) for the best selection!
Address: 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin. (about 4 miles from Lake Oswego). 503.638.1869.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; noon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed Mondays) beginning November 19 through December 23. Closed for Thanksgiving.
Varieties: Fresh cut and u-cut Noble, Grand, Nordmann & Douglas Firs
Cost: Price varies. Check website.
Other: They will cut, shake, bale and load your tree free of charge. Will also install Davis Tree Stand. Also available: wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces, custom wreath and centerpiece orders, ornaments, decorations. Visit the bakery for donuts and espresso and place an order for a Christmas pie.

Frog Pond Farm. Out goes the pumpkin patch, in come the trees. The Farm is closed November 1 through the 18th to make the transition. Lots to take in here if you make the short trek down to Wilsonville.
Address: 2995 SW Advance Road Wilsonville; 503.475.5997
Hours: Opens November 19. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays through Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Varieties: Pre-cut Noble and Douglas Fir
Cost: Call ahead
Other: The animals will be on hand to greet you: camel, llamas, goats, donkeys. Garland and wreaths are also available. On the weekends enjoy the bonfire, farm store and coffee shop and check the social media pages for updates on when Santa will be visiting.

Sleighbells. This is a one-stop-shop for Christmas with a gift shop packed with holiday décor and Santa on hand on weekends starting after Thanksgiving.
Address: 23855 SW 195th Place, Sherwood. 503.625.6052 (10½ miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Varieties: Noble/Nordmann and Douglas/Grand Fir and some Frazer
Cost: Prices vary so check online.
Other: Pre-tagging is currently being offered. Pick out your tree, mark it, pay for it, and let them know when you want to pick it up. For an extra $10, they’ll have it cut, shaken, and baled for you when you arrive. Food carts are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Complimentary cocoa and coffee.

Merrywood Farm. Plans were to have a “no-frills” opening the weekend before Thanksgiving but call to be sure. Luckily many of Merrywood’s trees bask under the shade of some of the more mature trees, sheltering their crop from much of the burn that damaged other farms. In addition, they have three other tree-growing fields which will supply freshly pre-cut options for visitors.
Address: 12328 South Casto Rd., Oregon City. 503. 307.2495 (20 miles from Lake Oswego)
Hours: Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. May open the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 20-21, for a “no-frills” opening but be sure to call first. Open while supplies last.
Varieties: Normally The Keysers grow a variety of trees including Noble, Nordmann, Grand, White Pine and Douglas.
Cost: Check online.
Other: Complimentary hot cider and warm fire. Twine and hand saws are provided but no baler. Free pony rides for the kids on weekends.

Mt. Hood Tree Farm. Head here on a clear day and get a view of Mt. Hood as an added bonus.
Address: 17472 S. Harding Road, Oregon City
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 11:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays from November 29 through December 15.
Varieties: Douglas, Grand, Noble, Nordmann and Turkish up to 12 feet. Some pre-cut.
Cost: Check online or call ahead: 503.932.7967.
Other: They’ll provide help cutting, transporting and loading your tree. Saws, baler and shaker available. Enjoy hot cider, candy canes and cookies around a warm fire. Wreaths and garlands also available.

Hemphill Farms. This farm opens for business the day after Thanksgiving, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offers carefully harvested trees along with a lot of other holiday festivities to make your trip out memorable.
Address: 20324 S. Redland Rd., Oregon City; 503.307.0181
Hours: After opening day hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Varieties: Noble, Douglas and Grand Firs
Cost: Noble $12/foot; Grand $10/foot; Douglas $8/foot; Limited selection of pre-painted trees for an additional $25 fee
Other: You can also enjoy complimentary hot drinks, train rides, hayrides, a warming fire, Santa visits, handsaw and knee pads and free shaking and baling.

Misty Ridge Tree Farm. Owner Allison Bruns is considered a “youngin’” in this industry, entering her sixth season as a grower but she has created the holiday experience that visitors rave about. She’ll be open for business the weekend after Thanksgiving but indicates that u-cut supplies are limited.
Address: 19400 and 19304 S. Mosier Road, Oregon City; 503.789.3511
Hours: Weekend after Thanksgiving 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After that 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Weekends and 12;00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekdays.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann and Turkish
Cost: check online or call
Other: Visit the farm animals – pig, miniature donkey, cattle and horses. They will bale, wrap and help load your tree. This year’s “Cowboy Christmas” will feature Western-style rope wreaths, Western art and ornaments.

Furrow Farm. The trees here are celebrities having appeared in several episodes of Grimm’s TV series and also Better Homes & Gardens and Fred Meyer ads. Due to this summer’s heat, the selection of u-cut Nobles and Grands will be limited this year but as always, reflect the loving care by third-generation owners, Matt and Dana Furrow. Be sure to check out their fresh-cut Nobles that they grow in higher elevation (Nobles do best higher up) and harvest daily for your convenience.
Address: 25877 NW Union Rd, Hillsboro (20 miles from Lake Oswego) 503.647.5288
Hours: Opening Friday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Then hours will be Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while supplies last. Please do not enter for u-cut after 4:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Grand, Douglas
Cost: All trees are $10/foot except for Douglas Fir which are $8/foot
Other: Free tree baling and twine provided. Mistletoe, wreaths, garland and tree stands also available. Farm animals will be there to greet you. Tractor rides TBD.

Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm. This popular pumpkin patch has done a quick transformation and will be ready for Christmas tree seekers starting Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll find lots of seasonal fun to enjoy here.
Address: 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Road, Portland (about a half-hour away from Lake Oswego) 503.645.9561
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays beginning the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 20 for three to four weekends.
Varieties: Noble Douglas, Grand , Nordmann and a few Blue Spruce
Cost: Douglas are $9/foot; All other varieties are $12/foot
Other: Saws provided. Free shaking and baling. Visit the store for hot drinks and pumpkin donuts, garland, wreaths and mistletoe. Feed the animals and rent a firepit for ½ hour complete with a s’mores kit to enjoy.

Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm. This popular spot was also hit hard by the summer heat, losing 1/3 of its seedlings. As a result, it will only be open for one weekend this year, November 26, 27 and 28 but it may be worth the trip because it looks like quite the experience. They will also have a selection of natural untrimmed pre-cut Christmas trees to choose from also.
Address: 12814 NW Bishop Rd., Hillsboro; 503.334.0905.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. November 26, 27, and 28 only
Varieties: Noble Fir, Grand, and Turkish
Cost: U-cut $65 any size; Pre-cut $50 any size; Douglas Fir $40 any size
Other: tractor-train rides, tree field pick-up, an open fire pit with free marshmallows, snow (artificial) every five minutes, photo-op with The Grinch in his sleigh, a shop full of unique gifts and lavender products.

JTB Christmas Trees. This is another farm that is looking at a shortened season due to limited supply of trees, so once, again, the early bird gets the tree! Check their website after closing on Sunday, November 28 for updates going forward.
Address: 18124 SE Richey Road, Gresham
Hours: Opens November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and then weekends only
Varieties: Noble, Grand and Douglas Fir
Cost: U-cut $60/Noble and Grand any size; $50/Douglas
Other: They will shake, bale them and supply saws and twine to tie down the tree to your car. Candy canes for the kids. Cash or Checks with ID only!

Christmas Mountain Choose and Cut
At 1500 foot elevation, you may get a little dusting of snow along with your Christmas tree at this farm. Last year Christmas Mountain instituted a reservation system that worked well to manage traffic flow so they are bringing that back this year. Tickets are $4.95 per vehicle Monday-Friday and $8.95 per vehicle Saturday and Sunday for two-hour visits.
Address: 25470 NW Dixie Mountain Rd. in Scappoose. 503.621.3169.
Hours: Opening November 27 through December 12. Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last time slot at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last time slot at 3:30 p.m.
Varieties: Noble, Nordmann, Alpine and White Pine ($11/ft. up to 11 feet; $13/ft. for 12-14 and $16/ft. for 15-17) Douglas and Grand Fir $8/ft. up to 11 feet Other: Santa will be visiting from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 26,27,28 and Decem ber 4,5,11 and 12. The farm has wagon rides and beverages on-site for purchase. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Christmas Mountain on November 27, 28, 29 & December 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13 until 3 p.m. Wagon rides, gift shop, saws provided, free shaking and baling and twine provided for tying the tree to your car.

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