Older adults have several housing choices in Portland that cater to them
Nearing retirement age and ready for that next stage in your housing life? The transition to a home in a community solely for those aged 55 and older is a common move, and one to be anticipated! Live amongst friends, take advantage of the great amenities offered…what’s not to love? (And for the record: Assisted living and independent living? Not the same thing.)
Portland happens to have plenty of fantastic options for neighborhoods planned solely around older adults. From its northernmost neighborhoods to just south of Salem, here’s an overview of the nine active adult retirement communities located in the Portland area. As you’ll see, senior living in these neighborhoods is anything but boring.
1. Claremont | NW Portland
For starters, it’s located in the serene and scenic Bethany neighborhood, recently named the best suburb to live in Oregon. Claremont boasts well-manicured grounds with a clubhouse, pool, and nine-hole golf course. The community offers numerous activities, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. Residents are free to choose their level of involvement. Bethany Village, West Union Village, and the Streets of Tanasbourne are all conveniently located nearby.
For an example of a detached home in this enviable neighborhood, take a look at this lovely two-level we happen to have listed.
556 Homes | Attached, Single-Family | Learn more
15800 NW Country Club Drive, Portland, OR 97229
2. Summerplace | NE Portland
Located equidistant from downtown Portland and Multnomah Falls, Summerplace residents enjoy proximity both to city life and to the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.
Enjoy the tennis or pickleball courts, walking paths, or a game of bocce or horseshoes, as well as events like movie nights sponsored at the clubhouse. The community even offers RV storage on the premises.
807 Homes | Condos, Single-Family | Learn more
2020 NE 150th Avenue, Portland, OR 97230
3. Condolea | Lake Oswego
A condo community with a view! Mt. Hood vistas and acres of lush landscaping envelop the residents in Condolea, located in Lake Oswego, one of Oregon’s most affluent neighborhoods.
Pets are welcomed, volunteerism and active involvement are encouraged, and privacy is protected. Don’t forget the clubhouse and the pool!
56 Homes | Attached Homes | Learn more
45 Monroe Parkway, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
4. King City | Tualatin Valley
King City is known as a “55-and-better” community through and through. The clubhouse is a hub for resident activities and home to a woodworking shop, hobby and game room, and a flourishing arts and crafts studio. Classes like line dancing, Tai Chi, and water aerobics foster an active retirement lifestyle. Located along the busy artery of 99W, Oregon wine country is not far away.
1.287 Homes | Attached, Condos, Single-Family | Learn more
15300 SW 116th Avenue, King City, OR 97224
5. Summerfield | Tigard
Yet another attractive senior living scenario can be found at Tigard’s Summerfield. Whether choosing to reside in a condo, townhouse, or detached home, those living at Summerfield can enjoy the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, golf course, library, or fitness center.
Take classes or participate in clubs for everything from quilting to dance to travel, embracing the goal to “have fun and laugh often”. Nestled at the base of Bull Mountain, Summerfield is just down the road from the region’s many wineries.
We happen to have a property coming on the market in this neighborhood as well! CLICK HERE to take a peek.
1.231 Homes | Attached, Condos, Single-Family | Learn more
10650 SW Summerfield Drive, Tigard, OR 97224
6. Highlands | Tigard
Tigard is located smack dab in the middle of Portland’s westside suburbs, thereby convenient to just about everything the metro area has to offer. As well as proximity to parks, dining, and local health care providers, Highland residents benefit from access to a clubhouse with a ballroom, library, billiards area, and plenty of space for community gatherings, events, and clubs.
Looking for a covered front porch or back deck? Many of the residences of the Highlands qualify. Plus, the homeowners’ association covers the cost of exterior home maintenance.
319 Homes | Condos, Single-Family | Learn more
12930 SW Peachvale Street, Tigard, OR 97224
7. Charbonneau Country Club | Wilsonville
Imagine a lovely community for seniors, and Charbonneau just might be it. Gorgeously situated along the east bank of the Willamette River in Wilsonville, one of Portland’s southernmost suburbs, sit several hundred nicely appointed homes.
A fitness center with two indoor tennis courts. Homes that boast golf fairway or water views. Plenty of social engagements like potlucks or jazz concerts. Between the setting and the amenities, senior life at Charbonneau is rich!
1,500 Homes | Attached, Condos, Single-Family | Learn more
8. Woodburn Estates & Golf | Woodburn
Meandering along I-5 South from Portland to Salem, you’ll hit Woodburn, a diverse city full of history, culture, and agriculture, widely known for its outlet mall. Within this small town, Woodburn Estates & Golf has the distinction of being the largest active adult retirement community in the state.
An eighteen-hole golf course, billiards room, fitness center, and down-home Country Cottage Restaurant are standouts for residents. Here, you’ll have the chance to take up bunco, poker, water volleyball, or even the ukelele. Or just relax in the good company of neighbors at the weekly dances. That’s the way to feel young again!
1,510 Homes | Single-Family Homes | Learn more
1776 Country Club Road, Woodburn, OR 97071
9. Salemtowne | Salem
Finally, don’t leave out Salem as a retirement possibility. Oregon’s capital city boasts the established country club community of Salemtowne. As a resident, you can take advantage of the nine-hole executive golf course, cultivate your plants at the on-site greenhouse, or even match wits at nearby Willamette University‘s biannual mock trials. Plus, get a load of what must be one of the loveliest indoor swimming pools in the Willamette Valley! Invite the grandkids to join you once lap swim is over.
460 Homes | Attached, Single-Family | Learn more
2900 Oakcrest Drive NW, Salem, OR 97304
Varying degrees of housing offer the opportunity to age in place
For a more in-depth review of these planned communities for active adults aged 55 and older, you’ll find a great overview, along with additional photos and descriptions, at 55Places.com.
Each of these areas has been planned especially for older adults. By providing varying types of housing, many offer the attractive opportunity to age in place. When the time comes, do the research to see which may be the best fit for you!
We’d love to help you find that perfect retirement property! Drop us a line, or in the meantime, check out our active listings HERE.
Looking to add an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) to your property? Here are some considerations to take into account from a realtor who went through the process.
We’ve got a great batch of buyer’s agents! CLICK HERE to meet more of the crew.
Radon exists everywhere, but we have a higher incidence here in Portland.* The colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is generally harmless outdoors as it is widely dispersed, but it can accumulate in the closed spaces of buildings (especially basements) over time.
In light of this, it’s a good idea to have any home you’re looking at purchasing (as well as your current home) tested for this invisible, dangerous gas.
Test for radon in 3 steps
Testing for radon is a relatively inexpensive and simple process. It’s also commonplace within the real estate transaction; we recommend testing for virtually every property. While there are many radon testing companies, we trust and recommend the good people at Precision Radon Measurement to all of our clients. Give them a call to schedule an appointment and they’ll take care of the rest. The process takes a couple of days and you’ll get on-site results.
What if my home has high radon levels?
If your home has levels of radon accumulation over 4.0 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter), you’ll need to have a mitigation system installed. That basically means that there are about 9 atoms of radon decaying in one liter of air per minute. The layout of your home and the cause of accumulation (cracks in the foundation, gaps in construction joints, etc.) will determine the exact structure of the mitigation system. Contact a radon specialist such as Ecotech to set up a consultation. A specialist will consider the aesthetics of your home and create a system that will get rid of radon without being intrusive.
We can’t tell you exactly what an individual home’s mitigation system will look like, but there is a general recipe for removing radon.
- Sealing of foundation cracks and openings.
- A primary mitigation system involving a vent pipe system and fan.
Ecotech does a good job of making sure the mitigation system blends with the design of your house. They will also ensure that the system runs at maximum efficiency to keep energy costs low.
Radon facts and resources
Radon should be taken seriously, but it is a relatively inexpensive and easy threat to eliminate. Take a look below for some radon facts and links to resources.
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US aside from smoking (those who smoke have an increased risk of cancer when exposed).
- One in every four houses in the Portland area accumulates radon.
- Radon levels are higher in the winter, the best time to test.
- Mitigation systems can reduce levels by 99%.
- Though it is a radioactive gas, radon will probably not cause the zombie apocalypse.
New Data Shows Some Areas in Oregon Are At High Risk Of Elevated Radon Levels
Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction – Environmental Protection Agency
Radon Levels in Portland Area by Zipcode (a long-term study done at PSU)
Radon testing & mitigation services
Radon testing: Precision Radon Measurement
Radon mitigation system installation: Ecotech
* If you’re really curious about the how and why behind higher radon levels in the Portland area, feel free to dig into how the Missoula Floods shaped the Willamette Valley and left behind granite-infused sediment that is relatively high in uranium. Radon is a byproduct created by the breakdown of uranium. There’s your science lesson for today.
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