Gresham Real Estate Information

Gresham is a charming city located in Multnomah County, Oregon, immediately east of Portland. The city was named for Walter Quinton Gresham, who was an American Civil War general and Postmaster General. With a population of about 101,000 residents, Gresham is the fourth largest city in Oregon.

Gresham was not allowed to establish itself as a city unless it had its own post office and postal code. Therefore, with the support of the residents, a local storeowner offered to use his store as a post office and offered to name the city after Postmaster General Walter Quinton Gresham. In May of 1884, the post office was established in the city, which was prior known only as Campground because the forested area surrounding the city was where pioneers often stopped to rest while making the journey to Portland. It wasn’t until 1905 that Gresham was incorporated as a city, and Lewis Shattuck, the son of a pioneer family, became the first mayor of Gresham.

Gresham is served by three school districts including Centennial, Reynolds, and Gresham-Barlow and the Mount Hood Community College, which is also located in Gresham. Transportation is also offered by TriMet’s bus system, MAX Light Rail line, and the free Sandy Area Metro (SAM) shuttle bus to Sandy, Oregon. Residents and visitors can easily find a mode of transportation to the nearby city of Portland. Some of the notable residents of Gresham include Shannon Bex, member of Danity Kane, Brian Burres, a Major League Baseball pitcher, Randy Couture, mixed martial arts fighter, Mike Ekstrom, Major League Baseball pitcher, Fred Jones, National Basketball Association player, and Angela Via, singer.

One of the largest and most popular events that has been known to put Gresham on the map is the Mt. Hood Festival, which is an annual jazz festival held in Gresham. This fun and exciting festival is produced and made possible by the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association, which is a non-profit, public benefit organization that strives to promote jazz appreciation. The organization also offers other great jazz events throughout the year, yet the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival is their main and signature production.