Welcome to Gresham, Oregon located just east of Portland on the Columbia River. This is a city of approximately 109,400 in Multnomah County below Mount Hood in one of the most scenic areas of the Pacific Northwest. It’s the fourth largest city in the state and the second largest community in the Portland Metropolitan area.
Dining and shopping
Gresham real estate includes the historic downtown area with restaurants and boutiques along with the Gresham Station Shopping Center easily reached on the MAX Light Rail. Chain restaurants and stores are found at Gresham Station while the renovated historic downtown area features local restaurants and boutiques. The downtown area offers 150 shops, restaurants and services
Local restaurants range from Asian Thai Bistro and and Sunny Han’s Wok and Grille to the Wildwood Cafe. Italian cuisine is found at Bocelli’s Ristorante and Spinella’s Off-the-Wall. Mexican food is popular at The Tamale Factory, Mojave Grill and Cantina and Uly’s Taco Bar.
Beer drinkers find their way to the Hoppy Brewer that offers locally made ale and brewing equipment.
Visit the Gresham Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from Mother’s Day until October for fresh foods and handicrafts.
Recreation and Parks
Gresham offers easy access to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on Interstate 84 east. This is the Oregon side of the river with several parks, campgrounds and hiking trails along the falls. Bridges connect Oregon with Washington State on the north side of the river.
Mount Hood National Forest is located just south of Gresham. This includes the famous Timberline Lodge and ski area. Hiking, fishing and camping are offered around Mount Hood.
Gresham real estate includes 300 acres of city parks and 840 acres of natural area trails. An off-leash dog run is located at Main City Park.
Gresham’s trail system includes the Butler Creek Greenway Trail with a 135-foot long pedestrian bridge, the Gresham Butte Saddle Trail and the 4.8-mile Springwater Trail. The trails are part of the InterTwine trail system that connects Gresham with trails in Portland and other neighboring communities. The trails are accessible and open to bicycles and leashed dogs.
The City of Gresham also maintains three community gardens, including one at city hall. Aquatic centers are located at Mount Hood Community College and Gresham High School.
Gresham has several zip codes within its city limits. There are several neighborhood associations that are part of Gresham real estate. These associations work on various community projects. The Nextdoor for Neighbors is a private online information sharing program for associations sponsored by the city.
Neighborhood associations include Gresham Butte, Mt. Hood, Powell Valley, Rockwood, Historic Southeast, Kelly Creek, Hollybrook and other areas in the coalition of Gresham neighborhood associations.
Homes include single family detached units, condominiums and apartment communities. The median income for families is approximately $46,000. Homes range in price from $175,000 for town homes to $450,000 and up for three and four bedroom homes.
There are large homes available for $500,000 and up in areas such as Gresham Butte which offers mountain and river views. Median price for homes in this neighborhood is $480,000 for 3,200 square feet or larger. Smaller homes are available for under $300,000 in this neighborhood.
Many homeowners volunteer to work on the associations and participate in city activities. Clean and Green is an annual volunteer activity for residents who help clean up watershed areas along the creeks running through the city.
Schools, Healthcare, and Transportation
Gresham is served by three school districts. The Gresham-Barlow School District is the largest with 11 elementary, five middle and three high schools. The Center for Advance Learning, the ACE Academy for architecture, construction and engineering and the Metro East Web are charter schools in the district.
Mount Hood Community College is located in Gresham by Kelly Creek. This college offers two-year degrees and certificated programs.
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is part of Gresham real estate. The center has a hospital with emergency care and offices for doctors. OHSU, Oregon Health and Science University, is another major health care provider in Gresham.
The TriMet MAX blue line service connects Gresham with downtown Portland, neighboring Beaverton and Hillsboro. The blue line connects to the red line with service to the Portland (PDX) airport. The MAX rail service is a major reason for the growth of Gresham and other Portland suburbs.
Gresham is a pleasant, growing community for families in the Portland area.