Relocate to Happy Valley, Oregon:
Happy Valley is a terrific place to live, work and play.
There are many reasons that people chose to live in Happy Valley
when relocating here from out-of-state.
Happy Valley sits on the Interstate 205 Corridor which
connects many freeways for whatever someone's needs may be.
Head North to Vancouver, Washington, Head South to
Tualatin/Wilsonville or head West to Portland down Interstate
84. Here are a few reason people chose to live in Happy
1. Happy Valley is located on the East side of Portland and
is more accessible to Mt. Hood and other rivers, lakes and
2. Happy Valley is very short commute to downtown Portland if
you work there.
3. Happy Valley is located in Clackamas County which has
lower taxes and more friendly to small business then Multnomah
4. Happy Valley is in the Clackamas School District which is
a newer and better rated school district than the Portland
5. Happy Valley is located just a couple miles East of the
Clackamas Town Center. Clackamas Town Center is a huge
shopping and dining mecca on the east side. It has a huge
newly updated mall, great restaurants and brand new movie
theatre and food court.
6. Happy Valley now has the Max Line to Clackamas Town
Center. The Max is Portland's Light Rail system of
transportation. It's very convenient if you want to go
downtown and watch a Blazer game or Beaver's Game because you
don't have to worry about parking and you can chat with your
friends on the way. If you work in Hillsboro you could
also take the Max there too if necessary.
7. Happy Valley just happens to be the most overbuilt area of
all of Portland Metropolitan area. In a nutshell here's
what happened: Oregon's previous largest builder Buena Vista
Custom Homes and many other large and small builders alike
bought up land and started building thousands of beautiful and
nice large home back in 2004-2008. These homes were very
attractive because Happy Valley only had 4000 residents at the
time, they were building a new town center, there are a few
small mountains in Happy Valley so many of these homes had
terrific views of Mt. Hood or Portland and lots of money was
being dumped into the Clackamas mall, Happy Valley Town Center
and Max lines. Also most homes featured 2500-5000 square
feet, 6-8 inch mill work, 10 foot doors, incredible kitchens, 3
car garages and very nice exterior masonry. What
happened though is that the overabundance of homes caused the
demand for $450,000 - $800,000 range homes to fall dramatically.
This caused land values to drop faster than the builders could
sell the homes. Most of the builders all ended up losing
lots of money and ended up auctioning their homes or letting
them go back to the bank. In fact you'll see in many
subdivision still today in Happy Valley they are not completed.
You'll see a plat of 50 homes that have 5 homes and no others
around them. Ok so you ask what's currently happening?
Well because thousands of people paid $400,000 or more for their
home they are all upside down on their homes by 20% or more.
Not to mention many people who purchased these homes could not
afford them at the time. If they could afford them they
may have lost their jobs since which has caused them to sell or
get rid of the home. These same owners were not able to
sell because the market values dropped so much so their only
options were short sales or foreclosures. So now in Happy
Valley you'll find this area has a much higher rate of
distressed properties than other areas.
I know and understand Happy Valley better than anyone else
and would be happy to help you purchase a very nice place and
make sure you get a great value. Feel free to call me
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