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Aloha - I think of Aloha as part of Beaverton- but it is a distinct suburb- with it's own school district. Beaverton is closer to Portland-Once you get out past SW 175th, you are in Aloha- although the neighborhood boundary isn't that exact. Aloha is a little bit less expensive than Beaverton- and goes all the way out to 209th- where it hits Hillsboro. There are alot of older homes - from the 1950's through the 1970s with large lots- and alot of new subdivisions. If you are trying to keep prices down - this would be a good place to look.

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Beaverton is just 7 miles west of downtown NW Portland in the Tualatin River Valley- covers about 18 squar miles and has about 83,000 residents. It is Oregon 's 5 th largest city. There are over 100 parks encompassing over 1000 acres! And the schools are really good. Some of the neighborhoods it has in it are Raleigh Hills, West Slope, Highland Hills, Denny Whitford and Sexton Mountain. I'll be writing about some of theses neighborhoods in the near future. To learn more about Beaverton- find cool links, maps and photos, click here!
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Cornelius is just outside of Hillsboro heading west along Baseline. It's been growing like crazy the last couple of years with new housing developments going in all over. It doesn't really have a cute little downtown area- it is more just around Baseline. You can go into Hillsboro, which isn't very far, and catch the Max Train into Beaverton or Portland. That is probably why it has grown so fast. Plus, it is still somewhat affordable. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get to Portland. It is set in beautiful farmland, and some of it's land goes up into the rolling hills that have some spectacular views of the checkered fields below and around. Click here to read more about it and find cool links, maps and photos
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Forest Grove is a cute little town just past Cornelius- with farmland all around it. It goes up into the hills and has the most beautiful views I have ever seen! It also goes up to meet Gaston- with it's rolling hills and Haag Lake. The town itself is really cute with a town square and park right near the center. Click here to read more about Forest Grove and find cool links, maps and photos!
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Gaston is a little old farming town way up in the hills- off by itself. The land around it is really pretty- fields and woods and rolling hills. It is about an hour from Portland- and you can go south to the Newberg or McMinnville area too. In the 1860s, the census recorded only about 70 people in the Gaston area. Nonetheless, in 1866, the first Gaston School was founded! So Gaston is historic! Click here to read more about Gaston and find cool photos, links and maps
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Hillsboro has always been an agricultural community of flat, patchworked fields that go on and on until they run into the rolling hills at the edges of the valley- then the fields go up the hills until they reach the trees. It is a beautiful area, nestled half way between Portland and the beach. It is huge- stretches all the way to Scholls to the southeast-and Beaverton to the east- then all the way to highway 26 to the north. It stretches out to Banks to the west and Cornelius to the south. The Max has recently come into Hillsboro- giving it's downtown area a face lift and it's residents a way to get into Portland quickly and easily. Click here to read more about Hillsboro and find cool links, maps and photos!
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Lake Oswego is just south of Portland along the Willamette River- most of it way up on a hill surrounding the man made Lake Oswego- which was created a long time ago by damming up the Tualatin River. The houses here are the most expensive in the whole Portland Metro area- Many of them are right on the lake or one of it's many canals- and most of the others have lake rights for boating and swimming. The downtown area just had a recent facelift- which it needed desperately- and it is absolutely beautiful- with all kinds of resaturants, shops and cafes- some right on the water. Click here to read more about Lake Oswego and find cool links, maps and photos.
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Sherwood was actually first settled in 1853- and it's little downtown area is really cute, and does have some really old historic homes. Sherwood is just SW of Tigard along highway 99W. It has grown like crazy the past few years- with housing developments springing up everywhere. There are lots of farm stands here in the summer, and a real feed store- and it runs right into farmland as you head west. Click here to read more about Sherwood and find cool links, maps and photos to give you a feel for the community.
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Tigard is the first west suburb to the south. It's where I live- and I love it. I can get to downtown Portland in 10 minutes on I-5, (if the freeways are clear), or if there is traffic, I can go in on Barber Blvd and be there in 15 minutes. Tigard has I-5, and 217 running through it- so access to everywhere by freeway is really good. And the new Max train will be coming into downtown Tigard next year! And my favorite part of it is the Fanno Creek Trail System- which goes all the way from Cook Park near Tualatin- through Tigard and ends up on Denny road in Beaverton. Someday it will connect to the Willamette River and the 40 mile look trail. Click here to read more about Tigard and find cool links, maps and photos!
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Tualatin is named after the Tualatin Indian Tribe that lived here a long time ago. In fact many of the names in this area are named after the Native American Tribes. It is the next town south of Tigard on I 5- and has been growing like crazy too. It's downtown area had a face lift about 10 years ago with a little lake, fountain kids can run through and restaurants built around the lake. The Max is coming to Tualatin by 2008 also- right into it's downtown area- so that will help alot with commutes and traffic. Click here to read more about Tualatin and find cool maps, links and photos to give you a flavor of the community.
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West Linn is located between the Willamette and Tualatin rivers with hills rising, sometimes rapidly, from the river banks... so there are a lot of breath-taking views! It is the second most expensive area to buy a home- after Lake Oswego- and there are alot of beautiful homes here. The area has alot of variety. It runs into Lake Oswego on Willamette Blvd- and that is where the cute little cafes, restaurants and Zupans is. It goes out away from the river into some beautiful farmland where housing developements are beginning to sprout. Then it rises up into the hills above the river and has gorgeous veiws. There are some nice parks here, oriented to the river with boat launches. Read more by clicking here- and find cool links, maps and photos.
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Wilsonville is along I-5 just past Tualatin. It is in the beginnings of the Willamette Valley- where the Willamette Valley and Tualatin Valleys run together. There are older homes on acreage, farms, new developments and lots of cond and townhouse developments- so there is something for everyone. If you go into the Stafford Road area, it runs into West Linn and Tualatin- and the houses get pretty expensive because of the area. Click here to read more about Wilsonville and find cool links, maps and photos to help you get an idea of what the area is like
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