Lake Oswego is one of Oregon’s premier destinations for community, quality schools, culture and arts. Cottage Magazine Named Lake Oswego one of the Top 10 Best Cottage Neighborhoods in the Country four years straight.. Education is a priority in Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Public Library earned the highest Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) score of all the libraries in Oregon. Lake Oswego teems with trendy shops, fine restaurants, art galleries, and streets decorated with sculpture, hanging flower baskets and fine art.
In 1924, Land developer Paul Murphy built Oswego Lake Country Club to promote Oswego as a place to “live where you play.” Sitting in the center of this thriving city is 415 acre Oswego Lake. The Lake is owned by the Lake Oswego Corporation and is closed to anyone that is not a member, making it the gem of Lake Oswego and often the center of city events and recreation. Lake Oswego also boasts some of the most beautiful luxury waterfront homes in the metropolitan area.
In addition to the bustling down town area, as resident of Lake Oswego, you will also enjoy the Lake Oswego city owned sports center on the Willamette River, two public swimming facilities on the privately owned lake, indoor tennis center, 18-hole golf course, outdoor amphitheater right along the river and a premier Saturday market in the summer. There are 539 acres of parks and open spaces and 14 miles of biking trains. In addition to the city’s parks Tyron Creek State park is Oregon’s only state park within a metropolitan area and is located in the Northeast corner of Lake Oswego. By all standards Lake Oswego is a community that lives up to Paul Murphy’s coined phrased “live where you play”
Lake Oswego is also home to one of the best school districts in Oregon. All of the schools in the district regularly receive “excellent” performance ratings on standardized tests. There are two high schools in Lake Oswego and both offer rigorous college preparatory academic programs, strong athletics, and very high rates of entrance to four year colleges.
For home seekers, Lake Oswego features the best of two worlds: the sense of community and quality of life that are part of small-town living, as well as immediate access to a culturally vibrant, metropolitan city.