I never thought that I would live in Wilsonville. But here I am.
Growing up in SW Portland, Wilsonville was a small town to pass through on the way down I5. Somewhere in my childhood, Bullwinkles came to town. That’s what I knew the town for. Birthday parties and the slightly strange Fry’s (I think it was something else in the 90s?). Wilsonville was fun but not on my radar as a place to live.
Fast forward through college, the recession, and learning to budget. When it came down to purchasing a house, I wanted something with freeway access, a big yard, and affordability. Wilsonville stood out as a place where that could happen - I was pleased to discover the quality of the library, schools, and other public works!
I complain about my commute and traffic daily, but when it comes down to it, I appreciate the life I have. I don’t think I would be so happy if I had a higher mortgage. Part of Wilsonville’s charm is that it’s a great place for young families or people starting out.
I think there are ways to get creative in creating affordable housing. More apartments or mobile homes are solutions but perhaps zoning for duplexes or even a tiny home village could help broaden the range of options.