Lake Oswego, Ore., is named after the 405-acre Oswego Lake around which it is situated. This Portland metropolitan area community boasts several shopping districts, myriad dining opportunities, a thriving small business climate and a stellar school system, making it a solid choice for people in the market for homes for rent.
Lake Oswego is less than a half-hour drive from Portland, but why take the car when you can travel by trolley? The 6-mile Willamette Shore Trolley runs along the west bank of the Willamette River between Lake Oswego and Portland, and you can expect breathtaking views of the river - except, of course, during the point in the journey when you travel through what has been dubbed Oregon's darkest tunnel. If you'd rather stay closer to home, the city's Parks and Recreation Department manages a sports center on the Willamette River, two public swimming facilities on Oswego Lake, an indoor tennis center and an 18-hole golf course.