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Image titleSmall town charm, life on the waterfront, easy access to big city amenities – all of these describe the “City of Dogwoods”. Founded in 1847 on the banks of the Willamette River, the city was incorporated in 1903 and is noted as the birthplace of the Bing cherry. Yum! Milwaukie was settled in 1847 by Lot Whitcomb, a mid-19th-century entrepreneur who built the first steamship on the Willamette River. He named it for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and some accounts say that they used an alternate spelling to prevent confusion at the post office.

Milwaukie is seeing some improvements in the coming year. As of 2012, construction of the MAX Orange Image titleLine, a light-rail connection between Portland and Milwaukie, is underway. It is planned for opening in September of this year. Milwaukie Riverfront Park is getting a big face lift, including an amphitheater, a children’s play area, an additional restroom facility, a plaza with a fountain, new boat ramp and parking.

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In addition to over a dozen small neighborhood parks, Milwaukie is home to North Clackamas Park. The park covers 45 acres of fields, waterways and groves of mature oak trees. Park featuresinclude shaded picnic areas, a covered picnic shelter, a softball field and fenced horse arena. Amenities include playground equipment, walking paths, horseshoe pits, ball diamonds, fenced dog run and a large open meadow.The one-acre formal Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden is located immediately south of the entrance to North Clackamas Park. The Rose Garden’s central red brick plaza is surrounded by manicured rose beds.

Also in Milwaulkie is the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, which features six swimming pools, three water slides, a young children’s pool (6 years old and younger) with Sammie the Seal slide and a 29-foot rock climbing wall.The state-of-the-art wave pool generates four-foot waves. Milwaukie Residents can also enjoy the Milwaukie Farmers Market. Every Sunday from Maythrough October, you can find produce, a wide variety of prepared foods, cut flowers, plants, and countless gift items at the Market the Oregonian called the Best of 2012. And be sure not to miss Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store, part store, part bakery and part restaurant. Here you can have breakfast, spend an hour browsing through their huge bulk foods section, and munch on their fresh baked cookies, all in one visit.

Milwaukie is an eclectic mix of homes, from houses built in the 60’s & 70’s to new construction and condos. It is the closest suburb in the south part of PDX, with convenient access to the city and the waterfront. Here you still have the amenities of Portland close by, yet can enjoy lower property taxes, larger yards and home lots. If you think Milwaukie might be the place to live, check out homes for sale here.

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Shawn Skinner

Your Portland Metro Broker with over 15 years experience Shawn remains continuously updated on market trends, financing and legal reforms, so he can help you make informed decisions. The real estat....

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