Why We Call Boring, Oregon Home

Welcome to Boring, Oregon

Imagine a place where you can cause eyebrows to raise when you mention where you live, where you can cook using your own produce from you own garden and where you can still be a short distance to snowboarding on Mt. Hood, shopping at a New Seasons or a city mall, or the Portland International Airport. Perhaps you’d like to live in a place where you can enjoy the rural country fresh air when you walk your dog or your significant other walks you. Imagine a place where you can have a goat or two, watch an Equestrian show, or notbe worried about your roosters waking up the neighbors. There is hope for you .. there is a place call Boring.

Boring, Oregon, developed in 1903 is an unincorporated community – not a village, not a hamlet, not a town, not a city, but a rural community in Oregon off of Highway 26 approximately 15 miles outside of Portland on the way to Mount Hood. Boring is named after a real person, W.H Boring, who homesteaded the area in the 1800’s. His grandson, W.H Boring, at age 91 was still a part of our community until 2002.

Many travel through our community on their way to, or returning from Mount Hood. Some even get here by bike, coming from Milwaukie or Portland via the 40 mile Springwater Corridor. They chuckle as they see some of the signs or drive through the short “Main Street”. They take note of the one open Shell station, and the two convenience stores. Perhaps on their way into town they’ve seen one of the several local nurseries, or our garden centers, Boring Bark and the Boring Square Garden Center. (They get a lot of my support, money, during  the spring)  Yet, if they venture off that main drive through our community, they will discover thriving nurseries that help landscape homes and businesses across America, corporations such as Care Service Options, Inc that provides assistance to seniors and their families in over 15 states, the Oregon campus for Guide Dogs for the Blind providing new life and companions for the blind, or such places as Lieopold Farms who puts fresh strawberries on dining room tables throughout Oregon.

As one “googles” Boring, Oregon you can read some funny storieswritten by non-locals that felt a need to write home about something “different”. The sign off of Highway 26 that you see here often gets a laugh or two. (See.. it’s not really Boring that is so boring, it’s Oregon City). But there are indeed hidden treasures here. Go ahead and stop by and get a cup of freshly-brewed coffee at Jeff’s Expresso Depot (serving Bridgestone coffee) next to the Post Office. Enjoy a cup of homemade soup at the Full Moon Tavern on the “Main” street. You’ll enjoy not only the soup, but the spirited locals.  Stop in at our newest restaurant in town called The Red Apple which is serving up some nutritious Chinese and American food.  A new market also recently opened called “The Green Food Market” We encourage you to support our local businesses.

Oh by the way, you’ve got to stop at our Army Surplus Store on 282nd.

The average Boring Real Estate consists of homes sitting either on acreage, or near one of the two golf courses, or in several of the exceptionally well-maintained neighborhoods. Real Estate here is actually more defined by its opportunities and its rural character as well as its people who call Boring home.  Once people move here, they’re not anxious to leave.  And yes, we indeed welcome newcomers. :)

Come visit and discover a treasure.   If you take the time to visit some of the locals, you will see why we don’t feel it is a boring place at all.

Twitter me if you’ll passing through and I’d be happy to take you on a tour of Boring. As the locals will tell you, “It is an Exciting Place to Live”.


About Norm Rice

Works full time as a Realtor serving the Boring area as well as the Portland metro Area.
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