Relocation: Forest Grove, Oregon
Long-time residents and new transplants relish the energy that hums through Forest Grove, especially during the city’s many annual events when friends, families and visitors gather to shimmy to live music, nosh on local fare or snap photos of sidewalk chalk art masterpieces. Our prime location in the North Willamette Valley means year-round access to the highest concentration of wineries in the Portland Metro area, many of which provide intimate wine tasting experiences with the vintners themselves. You can pick up a bottle of wine then stop for farm-fresh produce and meat before heading home to whip up a locally-inspired feast. And on those days when cooking is a chore, historic downtown Forest Grove offers a refreshing variety of restaurants to give you a break from the kitchen.
If it’s food for the soul that you’re after, Pacific University’s calendar of cultural events and performances as well as Theatre in the Grove’s local productions will feed your senses. Forest Grove’s enchanting collection of art galleries, antique and specialty stores just might inspire you to cook up a new decorating scheme to take home. On those glorious Oregon summer days when you just can’t stand to be indoors, the Coast Range foothills are home to some truly outstanding recreation sites: don’t forget your bird book on a stroll through Fernhill Wetlands; load up the kayaks and take a paddle around majestic Hagg Lake; or pack up for a weekend camping excursion with the kids in nearby Tillamook State Forest.
Not only are Forest Grove residents lucky to have a satisfying variety of local activities, our city also boasts a refreshing housing market, with housing costs approximately 12% below the Metro area average; and our Forest Grove School District has received exceptionally high ratings. For those long summer days when schools is out and organized activities are in order, check out Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Department’s sports programs, or round up the neighborhood kids and head to one of the city parks for a pick-up game of basketball, softball or tennis.