Forest Park Homes for Sale
Real Estate in Forest Park - Portland
Forest Park is probably one of the most well-known communities in the Portland area. It's also one of the most popular areas. Forest Park is not only a park but a neighborhood and community just west of downtown in the Tualatin mountains. This community is home to about 9500 residents and is rated one of the best neighborhoods to raise a family in the Portland metro area. Read on below the listings to learn more about relocating to Forest Park.
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Relocating to Forest Park
Forest Park is one of the most well-loved and popular neighborhoods in Portland. Nestled in the Northwest Portland area, the neighborhood surrounds a municipal public park just west of downtown. The park itself stretches for 8 miles on hillsides overlooking the beautiful Willamette River. This is one of the country's largest urban forest reserves and a major component of the regional system of parks and trails covering more than 5100 acres. More than half of the forests include second-growth forest with a few patches of old-growth. There are over 70 miles of recreational trails pathways, and recreational activities. The Wildwood Trail segment of the city is a 40-mile loop system crisscrossing the park.
History of Forest Park
Over 150 years ago the area now known as Forest Park was covered by Douglas Fir. In 1851 the acreage was divided into donation land and settlers cleared the area to build properties. But civic leaders still wanted to preserve the natural landscape and in 1899, they formed the Municipal Park Commission of Portland hiring regarded landscape architecture firm the Olmsted Brothers to study the city park system and recommend a plan for future preservation.
Over the decade, the city of Portland acquired small parcels of Forest Park and in 1897, a Portland merchant and real estate developer deeded a 100 and acre tract of land along Balch Creek to the city to provide an outdoor space for patients from a nearby hospital. Different settlers and landowners continued to purchase pieces of land, build out the area, and in 1928, the city councils Delinquent Tax Committee transfer the land to the Parks Bureau for a wildflower garden with others donating acres to create Western Oregon Timber Park, Macleay Park, and forested natural areas. It seems that ever since its inception, there have been parties rallying to keep the natural preserve of Forest Park.
In 1991, Oregon's government began budgeting for what became the Natural Areas Program protecting multiple areas of Forest Park including parts of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas County. It targeted over 320 acres next to or within Forest Park. This major component of a regional network of parks, trails, and natural areas is currently managed by Metro Portland. It is definitely a landmark in the city and just like Central Park is to New York, a welcome Pacific Northwest respite in the heart of the Portland metro area.
Forest Park – the neighborhood
Forest Park is definitely the key component to this neighborhood making up the majority of available land. But, there are homes dotting landscape offering spectacular views with properties in the eastern portion of the neighborhood overlooking the river and the western portion offering views of the massive valley below. Most of the neighborhood homes are relatively new so you'll find properties dating back only to about the 1980s or so. Available lots started around $30,000 with existing home starting about $450,000 up to over $8 million for luxury estates, beautiful views, and custom homes.
Forest Park Schools
Residents of Forest Park are part of the Portland school district and typically are assigned to the Forest Park Elementary, the West still in middle school, the Lincoln high school and the private school of St. Pius X.
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