Beaverton Real Estate Guide and Area Information
Beaverton is layered in lush forests, rivers, farms and wetlands, rolling hills and carefully manicured streets. One of the greenest cities in America, the city itself encompasses almost 100 parks with a near 1,000 acres. Along with miles of hiking trails and bike paths sprinkled throughout the area, there is a park located well within a mile of every Beaverton home! Because of the amount of businesses and industry the area attracts, Beaverton hosts an abundance of hotels, restaurants, malls, swimming pools, golf courses, and recreational clubs. It's not just a visitor's town, however, and there are plenty of reasons to call Beaverton home. Fantastic city services, competitive home prices, and a variety of celebrations and resources for the entire family to enjoy, including the well known, and quite large, Beaverton Farmer's Market. Beaverton, said to have got its name for its proximity to a large body of water resulting from Beaver Dams, is a beautiful place to call home!
Known for its high achieving schools and attractive and well planned neighborhoods, you will find a blend of high quality, diverse homes and affordable family housing, all within easy commute to Portland and surrounding cities.
In the spring of 1847, the first land claim (comprising 640 acres of beaverdam) located in what is now Beaverton was taken up by Lawrence Hall. He and his brother built a grist mill near present-day Walker Road. Their mill along with others that were soon built in the area was instrumental in supporting Oregon’s early agriculture communities. Spurred on by a railroad into town built in 1868, the small farming community west of Portland began to grow. By 1893 the City of Beaverton was formally incorporated with a population of 400.
INDUSTRY & BUSINESS
Located in Washington county, the Beaverton area is known as the "Silicon Forest" and has grown into a thriving economy supporting more than 4,500 companies... some 300 of those companies are high technology and are the leading employers in the county. More than half of the manufacturing jobs in the region are in technology.
The Major employers of Beaverton include Intel, Tektronix, and Nike.
Beaverton is located only 7 miles west of Portland and just a little over an hour drive from the coast, mountain skiing, the Gorge and acres of Vineyards. Residents enjoy easy access to a well planned transportation network, including the MAX light rail, and have the privilege of being situated near two major highways. Downtown Portland and the PDX airport are only minutes away!
Washington Square: This well-organized mall has just about everything you could ask for: plentiful and easy parking, great employees, easy navigation between stores, clean and relaxing atmosphere for people-watching, and a good mix of high-end shopping and fun, impulse-buy stores. It's really one of the best malls in Oregon, so take advantage of the tax-free shopping and escape the heat for a day! Fun tip: Washington Square is rumored to have one of the best mall Santas at Christmas time.
Cedar Hills Crossing: 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005 This mall has all of your typical clothing stores, boutiques, department stores, and restaurants, with one major difference: a Powell's Bookstore. If you've been to the Downtown Portland Powells, get ready to have a slightly smaller City of Books close to your Beaverton home! In my opinion, the Cedar Hills Powell's is better organized, and hosts some of the best author events. If you're tired of big box bookstores and Starbucks, check out the Powell's at CHC, with its independent coffee shop and amazing selection of new and used books. It's a local institution!