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Wilsonville Real Estate Guide

ALL ABOUT WILSONVILLE

Known as the "Gateway to Oregon's wine country," WIlsonville is a conveniently located suburb just south of Portland, offering a mix of natural beauty and neighborhood communities along the Willamette River, with many green spaces and park land. The city's location provides real estate opportunities and easy access for commuters to the Portland metropolitan area. The city of Wilsonville is comprised of several neighborhoods and planned communities, including Charbonneau and Villebois, elegant communities complete with farmers' markets, shopping, restaurants, cafes, and more. Copier and printer manufacturer Xerox operates a large facility in Wilsonville, and is the city's largest employer, along with several car dealerships, distribution centers, and industrial businesses along Interstate 5. Wilsonville also provides the perfect starting point for many picturesque tours of the Willamette Valley. The "Sherwood Loop Tour" will take you through the North Willamette Valley, past views of the spectacular Mt. Hood, and will give you the opportunity to visit the Caprice Farm Nursery, featuring peonies, day lilies, and Japanese irises. There are several other loop tours that begin in Wilsonville, each offering a different way to sample the best of the Wilsonville area. More information on the tours can be obtained from the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce.

WILSONVILLE HISTORY

One of the Willamette Valley's first settlers, Alphonso Boone - grandson of Daniel Boone - established the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River in 1847, resulting in the small community of Boones Landing in what would become Wilsonville. The original town of Boones Ferry was a traditional Oregon ghost town which eventually grew into the current city, and is preserved as the Old Town neighborhood. Originally, the area was part of what became Yamhill County, but was transferred to Clackamas County in 1855. Wilsonville became the name of the community on June 3, 1880, named after the first postmaster, Charles Wilson. The city was incorporated in 1969 with a population of around 1,000. The population was 13,991 at the 2000 census, and as of 2008 was estimated to be 17,940.

WILSONVILLE LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

Wilsonville is located just south of Portland, primarily in Clackamas County, though a portion of the northern section of the city is in Washington County. The city includes the planned community of Charbonneau on the south side of the river. The city is bisected by Interstate 5 and includes Interstate 5's Boone Bridge over the Willamette River. 

Wilsonville students attend schools within the West Linn-Wilsonville and Canby school districts, including one traditional high school in town, Wilsonville High School. Clackamas Community College and Pioneer Pacific College both have campuses in the city.

WILSONVILLE REAL ESTATE & HOME STYLES

Wilsonville offers luxurious hilltop abodes overlooking the area as well as a wide assortment of beautiful historical homes. Wilsonville divides the city into 16 neighborhood groups, designated A through P. Within each of these planning areas are individual neighborhoods, and occasionally a neighborhood spans several of these groups. For instance the Villebois development covers areas D through G. Individual neighborhoods include Charbonneau, Wilsonville Meadows, Canyon Creek North, Town Center, RiverGreen, Frog Pond, and Old Town. Wilsonville’s Old Town is the oldest of the neighborhoods, and is located south of Wilsonville Road along Boones Ferry Road adjacent to the landing of the old Boones Ferry and contains the original portions of the town.

If you are interested in homes for sale in Wilsonville or condos and estates in the Wilsonville real estate market, contact the McDonald Group Realtors, or click here to Search for Homes in Wilsonville.

WILSONVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION

Located in the midst of Wilsonville, Town Center Park is an attraction with activities for all ages. The park includes a large interactive waterfall and wading pool, a half court basketball court, a pavilion, play structures, picnic tables and benches for enjoying warm summer days. The park is situated near the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Champoeg State Park is located south of Wilsonville, and features ten miles of hiking and biking trails. The paved bike trail winds through old growth hardwood forests, while the hiking-only trail curves along the scenic banks of the Willamette River, as well as through the shady forests.

Golfers will want to try Charbonneau Golf and Country Club, a twenty seven hole public golf course. The executive course is open all year, and the beautifully maintained layout will give every golfer a challenge. Wilsonville is only an hour away from all of the recreational opportunities of the Cascade Mountains and the ocean beaches. Also, the cultural, shopping and recreational activities of the Portland metropolitan area are just 17 miles north.

FAVORITE SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT

Wilsonville/Villebois Farmers' Market: Offers a variety of local entertainment, fresh seasonal produce, baked goods and other Oregon farm-produced goods from cheese to honey to wine. Additionally, local artisans, florists and nursery vendors have booths at the weekly event. The market is held in the Village Center at the heart of the distinctive Villebois community. Join us Sundays between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bridgeport Village: The opposite of your typical mall, Bridgeport Village is truly a shopper’s dream – outdoor setting, an insane variety of services – including valet parking, restaurant reservations, package carryout, and a courtesy shuttle to vehicles – gorgeous water fountains, an Italian gazebo, and gorgeous architecture. It’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon people-watching, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the gorgeous bistros, or just stroll along the cobblestone-paved paths and enjoy the air. That is, of course, when you’re not shopping! Bridgeport features some of the best shopping and dining opportunities in the Portland area, including everything from Saks Fifth Avenue, White House Black Market, Cole Haan, Coldwater Creek, Anthropologie, American Apparel, McCormick & Schmick’s, Crate & Barrel, J. Crew, J Jill, Talbots, Borders Books & Music, California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and Romano’s Macaroni Grill among others, including several spas to relax after a day of shopping. A Regal movie theater provides an escape from the sun or rain, and boasts an IMAX theater for an extra-special cinematic experience. You’ll get transported by the antique streetlamps, peaceful outdoor music, and gorgeous landscaping. Tired after shopping? Have a customer service representative call you a shuttle to bring you and your goodies to your car. Now that’s a memorable shopping experience.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

Dar Essalam: 29585 SW Park Place, Ste A, Wilsonville, OR 97070 - The family that owns this lovely Moroccan restaurant is comprised of wonderful people who will come up to your table and just made you feel like part of the family. You'll find subtly flavored, fastidiously prepared dishes and attentive service.  The staff genuinely seem to care about how your meal experience turns out. All dinner entrees come with 4 courses. Normally this means some hummus and pita, some lentil soup, salad sampler, and your entree. They are a semi-casual restaurant for lunch but a semi-formal one for dinner.

San Francisco Carniceria: 8750 SW Citizens Dr. Wilsonville, OR 97070 - San Francisco Carniceria is a Butcher shop, Bakery, Tortillaria, Grocery store and Restaurant all rolled into one. You would never know this place is also a restaurant driving by. Outside it looks like a store, but inside you'll find some amazing authentic Mexican food! Their menu is quite substantial with tacos, burritos, tortas, platos de pescados and carnitas, plus when you're done with lunch you can take home a stack of their freshly-made tortillas and salsa to bring the experience home!

Abella Italian Kitchen: 8309 SW Main St. Wilsonville, OR 97070 - Real Italian food with good prices and wonderful service. You'll love to have a locally owned place with a sense of style and an interesting menu. They've got a nice wine list and cocktails, and a cute small patio out front that is really popular on summer evenings and they occasionally offer live music or wine tasting events. Excellent place to have anything from a quick lunch to a romantic date!

Thai Village: 8633 SW Main St. Ste 200 Wilsonville, OR 97070 - Good food, friendly service, with reasonable prices, even if the decor is a bit odd. Thai Village is a reliable, pleasant place for a business lunch or some delicious take-out. The restaurant is relatively large with booths on two levels and a second dining room which is good for groups. Service can be a little on the slow side during the lunch rush, but they serve you soup while you wait for your meal.


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