Joanne Trask has lived in the Westridge neighborhood in Lake Oswego since 1997, and after talking to her, sounds like she doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. She’s happy there, as are many Westridge homeowners which is why Joanne explains, even when the kids grow up, a lot of people stay put.
A 2014 survey taken by the neighborhood association backs up Joanne’s claim. Of the 70 respondents, the average length of residence was 17 ½ years. Roots run deep here.
So what’s so great about Westridge?
1. The people. When you have that kind of history with a place, you tend to be more invested in making it a good place to live. That friendly atmosphere is tops on Joanne’s list of amenities. Neighbors pitch in to help keep up the Westridge playground and the neighborhood association is forming a Prep Westridge group to collectively prepare for an earthquake.
2. Natural setting. Trees create a sense of natural space throughout Westridge, and often Joanne feels like she’s walking around in a forest. “In most places the houses are subordinate to the trees,” she explains. Winding roads and pathways create an ambiance that makes you feel like somehow you’ve gotten away from it all, when actually you’re right at home.
3. Schools. Westridge is part of the award winning Lake Oswego School District with children attending Westridge Elementary, Lakeridge Junior High and Lakeridge High Schools.
4. Hills. “If you’re trying to stay in shape, this is a great place to live,” Joanne explains, with all kinds of inclines to keep your walks challenging. That’s an aspect to the neighborhood that has surprised her—how much she enjoys just getting outside and taking a hike (and that natural setting with all those trees makes it even more enjoyable). Perhaps because of the hilly terrain, there is little traffic, making the streets more pedestrian-friendly and quiet. And when it comes to snow days…there are lots of choices for sledding and if you’re like Joanne, skiing.
5. Location. Located on the southern side of Oswego Lake, Westridge offers convenient access to shopping both in the Lake Grove district as well as downtown Lake Oswego. It’s within walking distance of two parks—Westridge, located adjacent to Westridge Elementary School with a playground and soccer/softball fields, and Cooks Butte that covers 42 acres and offers soft surface trails and beautiful views. Trailheads are at Delenka Lane, Palisades Crest Drive, Westview Drive and Shipley Drive.
If you’re interested in exploring the Westridge neighborhood, please give me a call. I currently do have two houses listed that I’d be happy to show you.