In 2011, the City of West Linn was the Top-Ranked city in Oregon on the CNN/Money Magazine ‘Best Places to Live 2011′ list. West Linn sits at the junction the lush Willamette and Tualatin Rivers and is a central point for outdoor recreation in the summer. It is home to 17 dedicated parks and an abundance of open spaces.
On summer evenings, residents bring their picnic dinners to the many concerts in the park to relax, socialize and enjoy the music. Locals also flock to a revitalized downtown area, Historic Willamette, which offers a farmer’s market, street dances and the annual, 100 year running, Old Time Fair.
Just a short 25 minute commute to downtown Portland, West Linn is home to approximately 25,000 residents that are among the best educated in Oregon and earn incomes well above the state average.
Most of the older historic homes are located near the river that runs from the North to the Southeast side of the city. Homes on the hilltop, are primarily the newer homes, enjoy sweeping views of Mount Hood, the rivers and the valleys.
The residents of West Linn form a tight community and are active in the events that take place around the small town. Most people will tell you that living here is like stepping back in time. Historic Old Town Willamette even has an old fashioned hardware store where long time veterans meet in the morning for coffee and kids stop by after school for a soda. You can even pick up a hammer on your way home from work.
West Linn high school is the pride of the community and it is not uncommon to see the stands full at the Friday night sporting events. West Linn fans love to spend their Friday nights cheering on the team! West Linn High School athletic teams are highly successful and boast 5 State Championships in the 2012/13 school year! In addition, the academic rigor and access to advanced placement classes has catapulted West Linn to being ranked as one of the best high schools in the country:
“America’s Best High Schools”
“America’s Best High Schools” Award from Newsweek
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Residents of West Linn also enjoy the vast amount of outdoor activities right in their “back yard”. The Motto of West linn is, “City of Hills, Trees, and Rivers” and just minutes from any location in the city is the boat ramp at Willamette Park which provides easy and fast access to the river for the day. If you prefer a round of golf, head up Pete’s Mountain road to The Oregon Golf Club, or if you just want to go for a run, the 8 miles of trails at Mary S. Young State Park should offer plenty of space.