When the hit television series The Office ended its nine season run, Andy Bernard (played by the hilarious Ed Helms) remarked “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” This is how I feel about my growing up years in West Linn. Nestled on the banks of the Willamette River and up through green hills and around to the bend of the Tualatin River, West Linn offers tremendous natural beauty, cultured citizens, great schools, and a thriving economy. Neighboring Lake Oswego and Oregon City and just twenty miles southwest of Downtown Portland, West Linn offers all the convenience of the city with the quiet of the suburbs (the population is just over 25,000).
The city of Linn was established in 1839—before the state of Oregon was even admitted into the Union. When a fire burned away the original city, a new one was erected west of the original site and West Linn was founded. Incorporated in 1913, the city celebrated its centennial amidst happy citizens living in an economically stable city.
The homes vary from century and half old farm houses to street of dreams mansions overlooking the gorgeous Willamette Valley. Most of the homes have enormous yards and stunning porches. Many orchards and prime soil for gardening are here, giving birth to many do-it-yourselfers and green thumbs.
The Willamette neighborhood in West Linn has an old-timey, rustic charm with little shops and boutiques run by West Linn residents. Centrally located, West Linn is a short jaunt to the river front, to the city, to the airport, and to the mountains. Traffic is minimal and most of the homes rest on quiet cul-de-sacs where everyone knows everyone.
It’s a safe neighborhood with excellent schools. Successful school sports teams have turned out professional athletes and state championships. Many prominent doctors, lawyers, scientists and authors have called West Linn home and it is not uncommon to see a member of the Portland Trail Blazers picking up groceries at the Safeway in West Linn.
Safe, quiet streets, natural beauty, and gorgeous homes make this beautiful Portland suburb a highly sought after treasure—living in West Linn will certainly make you feel like “you’re in the good ole days.”