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About West Portland Countryside
Yamhill County is listed as one of the 20 hottest neighborhoods to live in the Portland Metro area- according to the Portland Monthly. It is some of the most gorgeous farmland you have ever seen- rolling patchwork hills going on and on- between Portland and the Ocean. It is less than an hour commute to the city- and once the bypass that will go around Newberg and Dundee is done, the commute will be cut in half! The land has already been purchased, and the work will begin soon! And once it gets finished, the demand and price of this area will go up up and up!!  Here is a description of some of the towns in Yamhill County. Just click on the photo of the area you want to learn more about.

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Amity | Banks | Carlton | Clatskanie | Dundee | Gaston | Lafayette | McMinnville | Newberg | Raineer | Scappoose | Sheriden | St Helens | Vernonia | Willamina | Yamhill

Amity is a little farming town at the south edge of Yamhill County on Highway 99W. It was incorporated in 1880 and was the middle ground between two families who were disputing as to where to put a school. The name Amity was given it once they decided. It means friendship! It is a really good place to raise a family- and according to the 2000 Census, most of the families there have lots of children- especially babies, preschool and grade school age.Click hereto see photos, links and maps and learn more about this little town.

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Banks, If you drive out away from Portland on highway 26 towards the coast, you will go right past Banks. It is the next town after Hillsboro and is a farming and logging community. The farmland is gorgeous- lots of rolling hills with checkered fields of different colored crops. It is about an hour to Cannon Beach and about half hour into Portland if the traffic on 26 isn't bad!
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Carlton If you take 99w towards the coast, turn north on highway 47 and it will take you through Lafayette and right into Carlton. Carlton is right in the middle of beauiful farmland with rolling hills and forested mountains all around it. It is a cute little town- incorporated back in 1899 with a population of just 1500. Click here to read more about this little town, the history, the schools and parks .
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Clatskanie, Surrounded by the forested foothills of Northwest Oregon's coastal mountain range, the town of Clatskanie is located in the beautiful green valley where the Clatskanie River flows out of the mountains and into the wide plain of the Columbia River. It was first settled by pioneers of European descent in the 1850’s, that were drawn here by the towering forests, the fish-filled streams, and the fertile farm land. Click here to read more about this town and find cool links, maps and photos!
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Dundee is right along highway 99- just out of Newberg heading towards the coast. It is right in the heart of Oregon 's wine country,and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside and hillsides that are covered with vineyards -rising up out of the valley's rolling countryside. It is becoming world famous for it's excellent wines! Dundee is approximately 26 miles from Portland. Click here to read more about Dundee and find cool photos, maps and links!
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Gaston is a cool little town up in the hills south of Hillsboro. The drive up to Gaston from Hillsboro or Scholls is gorgeous- you go up winding country roads that first go through beautiful rolling fields of picturesque farmland- as you get up into the hills, look back and you will see a breathtaking, spectacular view of some of the most beautiful land in the world! There are all kinds of patchwork colors, changing with the seasons- so each time you go up, it looks a little bit different. Gaston is up near the top of the hills. It is right near Hagg Lake. Click here to read more about Gaston and find cool maps, links and photos!
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Lafayette Nestled in Oregon 's wine country is the antique town of Lafayette . Lafayette is located in beautiful Yamhill County , which is in the heart of the Willamette Valley and wine country of Oregon .  It is just 35 miles southwest of Portland and 25 miles north of Salem - and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and agriculture land. Click here to learn more about Lafayette- find cool links, maps and photos!
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McMinnville McMinnville is often compared to the wine regions of France and Germany. It is right along highway 99W on the way to the Oregon Coast from Portland- right in the middle of beautiful farmland! The town has been there since 1876, so alot of the houses and town are historic. It is a really quaint town- the main historic district is awesome! I love the top outdoor deck of McMinnemens! Click here to read more about McMinnville and find cool links, photos and maps!
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Newberg> is just past Tigard and Sherwood along highway 99W heading west to the coast. It is a cute little town along the Willamette River with a couple of nice parks and boat launch. There are lots of old historic homes here- and older commercial buildings. Hudson Bay Company trappers populated the first European settlement in the area in a place called Champoeg, which is located approximately seven miles southeast of Newberg way back in 1843! And Newberg was incorporated into a town in 1889! Click here to read more about Newberg and find cool links, maps and photos!
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Raineer is on the Columbia River - along highway 30 headed north west out of Portland towards Astoria. The Columbia River veers pretty far north before it hits the coast- so Raineer is actually right across from Longview Washington! So it's easy to go across the river and get right onto I-5! The town, which is just a short distance across the Lewis and Clark Bridge, was at one time a small trading post known as Eminence. Click here ro read more about Raineer, find cool links, maps and photos!
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Scappoose If you take 405 to Highway 30 heading west out of Portland, you will pass the St John's Bridge and be in Scappoose in about 15 or 20 minutes. It is right on the Columbia River, and has been growing like crazy! There is still alot of countryside and acreage you can buy- but it is getting more and more expensive because it is so close to the city. It is a pretty big town, with grocery stores, department stores etc. The hill goes up to the southwest away from the Columbia- so alot of the land is up in the hills. Click here to read more about Scappoose and find cool links, photos and maps!
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Sheriden is a cute little farming town about an hour from Portland between Portland and Lincoln City. The land is pretty flat out here- and almost all agricultural. It was actually platted as a town in 1880 and the post office was established in 1866 so it is a pretty old town and does have some cute old historic homes. Out here you can still buy acreage that is affordable- and build your dream home in the country! Click here to read more about Sheriden and find cool maps, links and photos!
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St Helen's is right along the Columbia River and highway 30 just past Scappoose- about the same area as Woodland Washington- just in Oregon! You can still find a good deal here- and you can sometimes find affordable acreage. It is the county seat of Columbia County-and was founded by Captain H. M. Knighton, a native of New England in 1845 as Plymouth- so it is pretty old and has historic homes. Click here to learn more about St Helens and find cool links to maps, entertainment, schools and see photos!
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Vernonia The City of Vernonia is located in the beautiful North West coast mountain range of Oregon. It is centrally located between the Oregon Coast and Portland Oregon and approximately 35 miles south of the Columbia River.
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Willamina is a tiny little farming town close to Sheriden. It is a cute little town in the hills above the valley- with affordable acreage if you want to buy 5 acres and build a house! My daughter, Hayley, just bought a beautiful piece of buildable 5 acres with a view of rolling farmland below for just $125,000! She is specializing in the west countryside- so if you are interested in finding a house or land out in the country, contact her! Click here to read more about this town and find cool links, maps and photos!
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Yamhill The main part of town is located on the John B. Rowland donation land claim. At first North Yamhill was just a store along the stage road to Tillamook and was operated by a Mr. Jim Fryer. With the coming of the Southern Pacific Railroad, North Yamhill became the starting point of the Tillamook Trail. With the need for accomodations for travelers, a hotel was built, a livery barn was needed, a postoffice was established and other businesses sprang up around the village. This development took place along the western end of what is now Third Street.
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Amity | Banks | Carlton | Clatskanie | Dundee | Gaston | Lafayette | McMinnville | Newberg | Raineer | Scappoose | Sheriden | St Helens | Vernonia | Willamina | Yamhill
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