Located in northwestern Oregon, Fairview received its name because it provides a fair view of scenic sites such as the Columbia River, Mount Hood and its namesake lake. Historically a farming town, Fairview has since evolved into a city with a thriving business and tourism base as well. It also provides a wide range of governmental services, including its own court system, street department, parks and recreation department and utility services. According to the 2010 Census, the population of Fairview is 8,920 people.
Shopping and Dining
Fairview’s retail establishments provide residents with a fair amount of shopping opportunities given her size. One unique store the town is known for is The Angel’s Attic, which carries everything from jewelry to cards and gifts. There are also a number of grocery and convenience stores where residents of Fairview real estate can purchase fuel and essentials. Fixing a vehicle isn’t difficult either, with businesses such as Fairview Marine Supply, Yamaha Sports Plaza and Blue Lake Auto & RV Repair providing a huge selection of parts and/or repair services.
Several restaurants in Fairview serve up a variety of delicious grub, and are also popular gathering spots for locals. One is Carlino’s Pizza and Deli, serving a variety of salads, pizzas and pastas for lunch and dinner. Another is 2 Amigos, known not only for its delicious Mexican cuisine, but also for its hearty breakfasts. Fairview also has no shortage of coffeehouses, and is home to local shops such as Jen’s Perfect Cup, Divine Mocha, Coffee Ink, and Stompin Grounds Coffee House.
Parks and Recreation
Fairview’s location makes it the perfect spot for water sports such as fishing, boating, water skiing and tubing. Neighbors also enjoy growing their own vegetables thanks to the Community Garden operated by the town’s Parks and Recreation department. The community garden allows residents of Fairview real estate to rent plots beginning in March each year. The department also manages 25 public parks, containing amenities such as nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and swimming holes.
A fun yet educational attraction is Blue Lake Park. This park has paddleboat, rowboat and canoe rentals, sports facilities, a discovery garden and a nature-themed playground. Guests also enjoy visiting the wetland, complete with trail and a viewing platform. A gold-level disc golf course can be enjoyed even by beginners. Other activities include geocaching, swimming, bicycling and viewing the Nichaqwli sculptures, reminiscent of the Chinook village that was once located there.
Residents of Fairview real estate are well suited to becoming small business owners; however, many also commute to Portland on a daily basis for work. Outside of working hours, opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle abound, allowing people the chance to slow down the pace and relieve the stress of daily living. Homes here reflect that mindset, being on moderate-sized lots that require minimal maintenance, yet contain plenty of mature trees or sweeping views of the water. Buyers can choose from a variety of styles ranging from single-family ranch, Cape Cod and bungalow homes to newer, two-story brick homes with attached garages that would be ideal for extended families.
Schools, Healthcare, and Transportation
The Reynolds School District located in Fairview operates several elementary and charter schools that serve the residents of Fairview real estate. Junior high students attend Reynolds Middle School, and transition to Reynolds High School upon reaching ninth grade. Several quality private schools are located approximately 15 miles away in Portland, including Columbia Christian School, Portland Christian School, and West Hills Christian Academy.
For a town of just under 9,000 people, Fairview has no shortage of physicians. Two that residents often visit are Jolly-Bogwen Pro Active Ortho and Sports Medicine, providing orthopedic care, and Columbia Medical and Endocrine. Several quality hospitals exist only a short distance away, including Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham, along with Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Doernbecher Children’s’ Hospital, both found in Portland.
The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) provides transportation to Fairview and the surrounding area located within the Portland metropolitan area. This bus line is very convenient for those traveling to Portland to catch an Amtrak train at Union Station, a Greyhound bus or a flight from the Portland International Airport.