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Four Reasons to Love the Westlake Neighborhood

By James Peterson, October 23, 2018

Lake Oswego is known as being a family and education oriented suburb of Portland.

With beautiful parks, architecture, and a wholesome community there’s so much to love about this city. Lake Oswego’s neighborhoods have distinct personalities, and Westlake is the new kid on the block! Located immediately north of Kruse Way at the city’s western edge, Lake Oswego City Council voted to recognize Westlake as a neighborhood in 2013.

Home to over 2,500 residents, along with businesses and organizations, there are plenty of reasons to feel right at home in Westlake! Here are 4 reasons why this neighborhood shines.

  1. Ideal location for commuters: Westlake is close to the I-5/217 interchange, which makes commutes to Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsdale convenient!
  2. Westlake Park: Westlake Park is the city’s premier athletic park, with baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a covered playground. In the summer, check out the Summer Concert Series, a great way to spend a warm evening with friends and family.
  3. Centerpointe Shops: This beautiful shopping center has food and retail options.
  4. Family Friendly: Take a drive through Westlake and you’ll see kids playing in their yards or riding bikes. The Westlake Loop is a 2.8 mile beautiful walk that would be great for an evening stroll with the family + dogs too! Schools nearby include Oak Creek Elementary and Lake Grove, with junior high and high schools located nearby.

Find out more about Lake Oswego neighborhoods here!

James Peterson

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

As a licensed real estate broker, James Peterson is passionate about connecting clients with the home that fits their needs, lifestyle and personality. James recognizes the uniqueness of the greater Portland market; its diverse neighborhoods, each with their own vibes and quirks, makes finding the ideal property for a client an exciting and rewarding challenge. James has a true passion for this vibrant city—its people, spaces, architecture, and communities. Combined with his love of design, attention to detail, and creative use of spaces, this passion allows him to bring joy to clients’ lives through real estate. James is also motivated by the nuances of the delicate art of negotiation, the hunt for the right property, and the thrill of closing a deal that satisfies both buyers and sellers. He has chosen to be a part of Living Room Realty, a Certified B Corporation, because it reflects his own values of responsibility and sustainability by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. His philosophy of excellence, enthusiasm, honesty and reliability, unites with his tireless drive to make him a truly dedicated real estate broker. James’ work philosophy has been broadened by his experience as a volunteer fire fighter, EMT, family grief counselor, ICU nurse, and anesthesia provider. Additionally, as the owner of JP Investment Properties LLC, James is experienced in the building and design aspect of the real estate market through construction and project management, home remodeling, and bringing investors and builders together on projects. A devoted family man, James has used this experience to renovate his own family dwelling through home remodeling and the addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) designed to enhance the space in which his family lives, works, and plays. James understands that finding time for play is, of course, an essential part of life. He is an outdoor enthusiast and reenergizes through backpacking and mountaineering; road, cyclocross, and mountain biking; snowboarding; and scuba diving. He also satisfies his creative urge through landscape design and gardening as well as craft brewing. For James, life is about finding balance, discovering harmony, and seeking joy amidst the many demands of modern society. It is this same balance, harmony, and joy that he strives to foster in the lives of his clients.
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