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Maywood Park: A City within a City

By Natalie Strom, June 8, 2021

With a population of only 995 residents, the City of Maywood Park is nestled in a corner of the world that was once on the outer edge of Portland. After the establishment of Sandy Blvd heading east, Maywood Park became a vision of the developer Commonwealth, Inc, as a planned community, much in the same vein as Laurelhurst as Eastmoreland. Incorporated in 1967, these residents came together to attempt to stop the construction of I-205 that ended up obliterating the west end of the neighborhood of low-lying 1940-era homes. Fortunately, however, the neighborhood rallied for an extra sound barrier and a lower elevation of I-205 as it winds its way along Maywood Park’s current western border.

Maywood Park is complete with their own elected officials, a mayor, and of significance to me as a buyer’s agent, no City sewer service – only cesspools! Large lots, sweet roundabouts, and basketball hoops line the streets under a canopy of old-growth trees that clearly harbor tons of bird life that feels surprising in an area so close to the highway and 4-lane Sandy Blvd.

Congrats to my sweet buyers to have landed a new home in very cool corner of the world. I’m sure they’ll enjoy this spot as their kids grow up here with terrific access to the airport and the Columbia Gorge!

Natalie Strom

Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


“A Zillion Stars” Natalie Strom is a great communicator and loyal advocate. With superior service and expert advice, Natalie delivers unwavering kindness for every client. With skill, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the industry, Natalie navigates and negotiates real estate transactions professionally from start to finish. An upbeat, yet calm demeanor helps people who work with her feel prioritized and understood. Natalie is versatile and experienced in handling residential real estate of all kinds, whether its buying or selling single family homes, investment property, or condos. As a former marine biologist, Natalie worked on major marine oil spills, most famously the catastrophic BP spill, the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. This background underlies Natalie’s interest in our everyday human impact on the natural world, particularly in increasing energy efficiency standards for homes. Natalie has experience in building her own highly energy efficient detached ADU and has been an Earth Advantage Broker since 2018. Natalie’s passionate about nature-based adventure travel, community, and making new friends. She enjoys time with her two teenaged boys, husband, and goldendoodle and has enjoyed SE Portland as her home base since 2000.
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