Since 1954, Lake Oswego residents and neighbors have been experiencing the Christmas cheer of the brightly lighted ships parading along the Willamette River during the holiday season. Starting out as one lone sailboat adorned with bows of green ribbon along its rails, the Christmas Ship Fleet now averages 55 to 60 flotillas ranging in size from 18’ boats to ships over 50’ in length.
While the fleets go out almost every night for two weeks, this season’s excursion to Lake Oswego begins on December 20, 2014. The Willamette and Columbia Fleets will assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina at 5:00 p.m. to begin their journey down the river. Along the way motorists and homeowners display their support and appreciation of the performance by flashing their porch lights and headlights.
The decorated ships are expected to arrive in Lake Oswego between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. The ending point is George Rogers Park where the ships will remain until about 7:30 p.m. then turn around and head back to Portland. The ships are on the water for a total of approximately 3 and one-half hours. To track when the fleet will reach the Lake Oswego viewing areas, spectators can find real time updates via tweets from ship crew members on the Christmas Ship Parade Twitter feed or posted on their webpage at www.christmasships.org.
Prime viewing areas for the Lake Oswego Christmas Ship Parade include:
* Foothills Park at the bottom of Foothills Rd off State Street
* Roehr Park on Oswego Pointe Drive off State Street
* George Rogers Park at the South end of State Street
Other viewing areas on the way to and from Lake Oswego include:
*Waterfront Park near Clay & Front Ave
*Riverfront Park at the Milwaukie Boat Ramp, 11001 SE McLoughlin
*Riverplace Esplanade at the west end of the Marquam Bridge
*Willamette Park at SW Macadam & Nebraska
*Sellwood River Front Park at SE Spokane & Oaks Parkway
*Powers Marine Park on SW Macadam south of the Sellwood Bridge
Lake Oswego Real Estate Market Update:
Homes Recently Sold in Lake Oswego:
45 single family detached homes in Lake Oswego sold within the last month reported by RMLS. Homes were listed for sale for an average of 58 days and the average sold price was $609,654. The average square footage of a home sold was 2656 with the average sold price per square foot at $230.
Homes for Sale in Lake Oswego:
As of December 17th, 2014, there are 172 single family detached homes in Lake Oswego listed for sale in RMLS. The average list price is $1,107.652. The average square footage of a home listed for sale is 3674 with the average list price per square foot at $302.
If you are ready to buy a home or learn what your home is worth in today’s market, visit our website at www.solderaproperties.com , click on “Contact a Realtor” and get moving with a Soldera Realtor.
Patty Smith, Managing Principal Broker, Soldera Properties, Inc., December 17, 2014.