If you just aren’t excited about paying Portland rent, apartments that are a little less urban may be more your style. Lake Oswego is a lovely community of over 36,000 people, and with 573 acres of parks and open space, you definitely won’t feel as though you’re living in the heart of the city. This town has many amenities including a water sports center, tennis center, community center and golf course. Naturally, Oswego Lake is also a highlight. Lake Oswego is located right near the Willamette River and boasts a lovely trolley that runs between Lake Oswego and Portland (this comes in handy when you’re in the mood to take the scenic route). If you commute to work, it’s good to know that this community is just a short drive to the downtown Portland area. Lake Oswego is also very mindful of the natural resources it has, making it a great place to live if you are concerned with living a sustainable lifestyle.