The city of Troutdale was incorporated in 1907 and given it's name for the country home of Captain John Harlow, one of the area's earliest settlers.
As a well-established town, there's a lot of history to Troutdale. If you love historic buildings, you're certainly in the right place. There are also newer areas to the city, so you'll be able to find rental property of shapes and sizes, within reason. Although Oregon gets a bad rep for its rainy climate, it actually has extremely pleasant warm, dry summers. Sure, you might get a bit soggy during the winter in Troutdale, but if you look good in a cagoule this might just be the town for you.
Renting in Troutdale
Finding places to live in Troutdale is quite a standard procedure. If you've ever rented before, you know the drill: look for property, view property, rent property. Okay, it might be a little more complex than that, but as long as you have your rental history or references, proof of income, credit history and ID, then you'll be moved into your new apartment or house rental in no time. As a fairly small town (it had a population of 15,962 at the 2010 census), there won't be a humongous list of homes on offer at any one time, so it's best to give yourself at least six weeks to search for that perfect rental property.
The type of property you want to rent will probably influence the neighborhood you choose to live in. Some contain older properties than others, and some have larger homes than others.
Pleasant Home: This is the largest of Troutdale's neighborhoods, but homes are more spread out and often situated on larger plots. It's a little out from the center, but is picturesque, with Oxbow Regional Park to the east of the area. This neighborhood mostly contains larger houses, but there are some apartment complexes to be found.
City Center: It goes without saying, but the city center is where you'll find most of the town's shops and other amenities. Properties tend to be a little smaller, but what you give up in space, you gain in convenience.
Corbeth: Rental property in this neighborhood is generally medium-sized or large. Most homes are newer, having been built between 1970 and the present day.
Columbia River: A lot of properties in this neighborhood are on the smaller side, with a fair amount of apartments available to rent.
Life in Troutdale
Although there might not be all that many amenities in Troutdale, it's in a truly stunning location. The Columbia River Gorge on the outskirts of town has some unmissable sights, including the Wahkeena Falls (Wahkeena is a Native American word for "most beautiful" and you can really see why) and Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area, off State Highway 30.
If you can't live off beautiful scenery alone, rest assured that the town is just 16 miles away from central Portland, where you can experience more in the way of culture. Many people drive to get around, as it is a relatively rural area, but there are some public bus services and it's possible to get around much of the town on foot or by bicycle. Savvy shoppers might spend a little too much time at the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlet, where you can pick up some killer bargains. However, some might prefer to visit Troutdale General Store, which has existed in this spot since the late 1800s, and still retains an old time feel.
There are a number of city parks in Troutdale, the largest of which is the 20-acre Columbia Park, which has soccer fields, baseball diamonds, six acres of woodland, nature trails and more. All kinds of community events go on throughout the year, so there's plenty to get involved with, if you're so inclined. Highlights include SummerFest at Glenn Otto Community Park, the Troutdale Cruise-In and the City in Lights festival.