As Oregonians, we appreciate our state’s rural heritage and the freedom that can only come from owning acreage real estate. Homes on acreage define much of the northwest lifestyle and Clackamas County is no exception. For some, land means pastures, barns and stables while others see fields for crops or even just just a nice piece of land to stretch out on and raise a family. In the fast pace of 21st century life it’s often easy to lose sight of what really matters. Owning a home on acreage in Clackamas County is a chance for us to slow down a bit and reconnect with nature and enjoy outdoor activities. Whether you want horseback riding in Beavercreek, a horse or cattle ranch in Molalla, riding quads & dirt-bikes in Sandy, fishing and hunting in Estacada, or a cozy ski chalet on Mt Hood you’ll be close to the action while feeling far from the city’s trouble in rural Clackamas County.

Rural Communities In Clackamas County, Oregon


“The Gateway to Mt Hood.” Miles of unincorporated Sandy featuring rural acreage properties surround the town of Sandy proper. Horse-properties, hobby farms and breathtaking views of Mt Hood typify residential real estate in the area.


Known for agriculture and timber, Molalla, Oregon real estate is popular within equestrian, farming and ranching communities. Brokers showing sprawling acreage for horses & crops have plenty of choices in the land around Molalla.


This close-in community has a mix of neighborhoods interspersed with homes on acreage and farms/equestrian properties. Damascus properties are favored by many who work in the city due to the easy commute into greater Portland metro area.


The town of Boring, Oregon is known for excellent farmland as well as smaller hobby-farms and horse properties within easy commuting distance for those who work in Gresham or SE Portland. Real estate demand acreage properties in Boring is strong.


Estacada, Oregon lies on the edge of the Mt Hood National Forest. Formerly supported by the timber and hydroelectric industries, Realtors are quick to note Estacada’s Renaissance of thriving Arts community & local businesses.


This Oregon Hamlet traces its heritage back to the 1850′s. Today, Beavercreek, Oregon is a top pick for those with an equestrian lifestyle and area Realtors who appreciate the area’s exceptional views and of course the ample peace and quiet.

Eagle Creek

Southwest of Sandy and North of Estacada, Eagle Creek is an unincorporated area within Clackamas County. This area features a nationally recognized shooting range as well as an 18 hole golf course. Eagle Creek traces its roots back to the year 1844.


This town is known for its rich soil, gardens, and beautiful scenery. Realtors note that in addition to having homes for sale in the neighborhoods of Canby there are also acreage properties available outside the city limits.

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Agriculture, Hobby Farms & Equestrian Homes

Hobby farms and horse properties in Clackamas County, Oregon have bloomed in popularity as prople seek their own piece of the rural American Dream of land ownership. Whereas, commercial agriculture has expanded in scale the hobby farm generally ranges from a few acres up to about 15 or perhaps 25 acres depending on the area. Some buyers want private land for recreation, low numbers of horses or livestock, expansive vegetable or decorative gardens or just a safe-haven of escape from the rigors of city life. As smaller commercial farms are purchased and consolidated into larger farmland, owners will often divide off additional homes in parcels of a few acres up to 10-15 acres in order to recoup purchase price. Some larger hobby farms may blur the line as home owners may generate significant revenue from leasing out pastures, horse boarding, raising livestock or selling of produce. Other hobby farm type properties are purpose built with this purpose in mind and may feature homes ranging from modest to luxury.

Homes On Acreage In Clackamas County: Lot Size Versus Location

Factors that influence the size of Clackamas County horse properties and hobby farms include the location, acreage included, improvements (home, shop, barn, riding arenas), and of course land (amount of acreage, farmland, timber, suitability for improvement). Close-in areas such as Damascus and Boring fetch a higher premium than further out areas such as Estacada or Molalla. Other areas such as Sandy, OR have increased appeal due to its scenic beauty and close proximity to Mt Hood and its wilderness. Generally, lot sizes in Damascus and Boring will tend to be smaller than lot sizes in further out areas like Estacada. However, for those with the means homes on large acreage lots do come up in prime areas like Damascus, Beavercreek and Boring, OR.

Farmland, Timber, Horses or Livestock

Clackamas County, Oregon homes on acreage in areas such as Beavercreek have become highly prized for their finely crafted custom homes and large acreage lots. In the RMLS real estate listings of homes for sale terms like “horse-lover’s paradise” have become nothing short of ubiquitous. Clackamas County homes for sale in Beavercreek often have features like riding arenas, climate controlled tack rooms, stables, barns, shops and rolling fields of lush pastures featuring orchard grass for summer grazing or certain types of clover depending on site drainage and other factors.

The rural real estate surrounding Molalla, Oregon has also become an excellent area for those with horses or livestock. For those with more industrious aspirations there are also many large commercial farms growing crops such as strawberries, raspberries, in addition to other farming and commercial cattle and dairy operations. Other rural real estate around Molalla, Oregon boast salable timber that may be logged or simply kept for its natural, aesthetic beauty. To the north of Molalla are smaller communities such as Colton, Oregon where country living is a cherished tradition.

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Natural Beauty, Outdoor Recreation

Another subset of those who wish to live in the country simply want to experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. Sandy, Oregon’s view properties with panoramic landscape views including Mount Hood at sunrise are the perfect way for some Oregonians to wake up. What better way to enjoy all seasons of our state’s epic scenery than with a mountain chalet that provides easy access to Skiing, snowboarding and a host of year-round activities are what drive the move out of the city. The outdoorsy types that so often live in Oregon find ample opportunity for hiking, hunting, fishing and much more that await all unique types of adventurers in the Northwest’s great outdoors.

Rhododendron, Welches & Government Camp

For those that want to find real estate listings in a more alpine setting the communities of Rhododendron, Welches and Government Camp, Oregon provide a scenic mountain setting that’s just minutes from Mount Hood’s ski slopes and year-round recreation. Whether you want a beautiful log home, a cozy and inviting ski chalet, or a home within walking distance to “The Resort at The Mountain” golf course and country club you can find it on or around Mount Hood. For today’s tech-savvy ski-bums the option of telecommuting to work to take care of business for a little bit followed by cutting fresh tracks through Mount Hood powder at one of Oregon’s premiere ski resorts is a good way to balance work and play.
With reasonable rates and family discounts on season ski/snowboard passes you’ll find the area’s vast acreage of skiing/snowboarding terrain a welcome getaway. For those looking for a second home there are options to recoup costs or even generate income on some properties. Many home owners in these areas open their homes as vacation rentals when they are not staying there as a way to help pay for your play. Days of enjoying Oregon’s winter-wonderland followed by cozy evenings with loved-ones in front of a crackling fire. You’re not shopping for Mt Hood real estate, you’re pursuing your dreams.


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Not only are we real estate agents for Clackamas County, we’re also SFR (Short Sale Foreclosure Resource) Specialist certified Realtors and we take our commitment to helping people with all things related to short sale. Whether you purchased a home in Sandy, Oregon and a job transfer or career change means you need to short or if a medical emergency means that a horse property in Molalla, OR no longer fits your lifestyle. Our experience in helping home owners in all walks of life obtain debt forgiveness makes us a top recommendation amongst clients and colleagues alike. For others, simply a desire to downsize and take the stress out of their lives is reason enough to call us for short sale specialist services.

We are discreet, confidential and we have the specialist certification along with the hands-on experience needed to help you reduce or eliminate debt. At our clients’ request we usually don’t use yard signs because even though your property is listed on RMLS homes for sale, there’s no need to make it neighborhood gossip. When we shake hands on your completed short sale in Clackamas County, you’ll be another one of our clients who tell us they feel immense relief and again feel hope for a bright future for their themselves and their family. Sometimes it’s just time to make a fresh start and put the past behind you; and we’ve helped countless home owners put their upside down mortgages behind them for good.

Whatever rural living means to you, we’re here to help you find it in rural Clackamas County, Oregon. Homes on acreage, bare lots or new construction we are Realtors experienced in the area ready to give you our best. Oregon Realty Company is the largest independent real estate brokerage in the state and as Realtors we’re glad to be a vital part of our firm’s almost seven decades of helping our neighbors. If you need to buy or sell real estate in Clackamas County, Oregon make us your first call. More than real estate agents, for us being Realtors is about serving our community and helping people make their dreams become reality.