Beaverton

Beaverton has parks, trails, a beautiful library and the best farmers market in Portland!

Beaverton Oregon has changed so much in the past few years. It is a huge areas, with all different kinds of neighborhoods, from walkable very urban, all the way out to farms on it’s west borders. Some of Beaverton runs into the West Hills of Portland, with the culture and types of houses being much like Portland, other areas are really new, some neighborhoods are on hills with winding streets and amazing views, some neighborhoods are tied into the MAX train, others are out on the edge of the farmland! I will cover a few of the neighborhoods below under neighborhoods. The east side of Beaverton is just 7 miles west of downtown NW Portland in the Tualatin River Valley. It covers about 20 square miles and has about 97,000 residents. It is Oregon ‘s 5th largest city. There are over 100 parks encompassing over 1000 acres! There is a park within a half mile of every single home in Beaverton Oregon- with 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25 mile network of bike paths!

Old Town Beaverton shops and restaurants
Old Town Beaverton shops and restaurants

It also has the main Max line that connects it to the city- it is the first town to the west of downtown, so you can jump on the MAX and be in downtown quickly. You can even take your bike! East Beaverton is really close to Portland, just a few minutes up over the hill, and you are in downtown. But because the city is so large, and there are only a few main routes into Portland, the outer neighborhoods have a lot of traffic during rush hour, and it can be very frustrating sitting in traffic, trying to get into downtown! Beaverton is huge- it goes all the way from Portland’s West Hills out to Hillsboro. Aloha is kind of a suburb of Beaverton- a little bit to the SW of it. Housing prices in Beaverton have gone up really fast this past year, 2018; but the outer areas are still probably one of the most affordable of all the close in west suburbs -except maybe parts of Hillsboro and beyond. Beaverton is a vibrant, fast growing city, intimately connected with the city of Portland.

portland neighborhood guide, beaverton Max
The Max Train stops in downtown Beaverton and goes on to Portland

Downtown Beaverton is artsy, trendy and cute! It has great little cafes, sandwich shops, ethnic restaurants and shops, the streets lined with overflowing hanging flower baskets. They have put a lot of money into making it nice. Lots of condos are being built for those who want the convenience of living the urban life and being able to jump right on the MAX and go downtown Portland. The nearby streets are charming with homes built in the 1920’s-1950’s. People can be seen walking and biking everywhere.
Most of close in Beaverton is very walkable and bike friendly. The Fanno Creek Trail is an amazing trail for bike rides, especially if you have children. My grandchildren both learned to ride their because it starts in SW Portland, goes through Beaverton and Tigard and you can even connect to the bridge that goes from Cook Park

Fanno Creek Trail is miles and miles long
Fanno Creek Trail is miles and miles long

over into Tualatin. It is a trail that follows the creek with parks and greenways the whole way. There are only a few places you even see cars and have to cross a street. But where you do, there is a pedestrian light and crosswalk strictly for pedestrians.
There is a Trader Joe’s, New Seasons and Natural Grocers for those Foodies. It has a gorgeous library- brand new and huge- right in the middle of downtown Beaverton. It is connected to a park with fountains for kids to run through in summer, and has the best Farmers Market in the Portland Metro area, in my opinion, right on the park grounds each Wednesday and Saturday.
Schools-
There are 46 schools in the Beaverton School District -the 3rd largest district in Oregon. The schools can vary in how good they are, depending on the neighborhood. There are some very good schools, and some not so good schools.
Beaverton Park map– there are over 200 of them! Here is a map showing where all of them are as well as community gardens!
And there are many different neighborhoods, each with it’s own unique features, lifestyle and personality. Below under neighborhoods, you will find a map of the different neighborhoods with a description of many of them! You can always ask me to give you a tour of all the different parts of Beaverton, or any of the suburbs or Portland neighborhoods. It has a lot to offer!

Beaverton Oregon Neighborhoods

I’ll write a little bit about some of my favorite neighborhoods in Beaverton. Here is a map showing the neighborhoods . The map below is the official Beaverton Neighborhood Map that I downloaded from their website in March 2018. It can change, so always check- especially the West Slope area. You can click here for a bigger interactive map

Beaverton Neighborhoods
Beaverton Neighborhoods

West Slope Neighborhood:

west slope neighborhood, beaveerton
west slope neighborhood, beaverton

West Slope feels more like the west hills of Portland, because that is where it is, just a little farther west. One big difference is that the west hills of Portland are usually in the Bridlemile school, where West Slope has mostly Beaverton schools. There are a couple of areas that actually have Bridlemile, Benz Park area and the area around Canyon Lane. They are a Portland zip code and address, but are included in the map above and are Washington County, so lower taxes! I have had quite a few people looking in those neighborhoods because they wanted to be in Portland School, but have Washington County Taxes! As you can see in the map, West Slope is surrounded by Portland, it is a little pocket that is up against 26, Hwy 8, and 87th.
Vose Neighborhood is a newly discovered gem! It is located around Denny Road, both sides, touching Hall Blvd where the Fanno Trail comes across, and going all the way into downtown Beaverton, where the library and farmers market is. The Fanno Creek Trail goes right along the neighborhood, it is amazing! It goes from Tualatin, through Tigard, and all the way to Denny Rd…with just a few breaks. My daughter lives in this neighborhood, and rides her bike to the library, Trader Joes, and the Farmer’s Market in just minutes! The houses are mostly mid century, many of them have hardwood floors and the mid century style and detail, with big yards. Some areas of the neighborhood are run down but it is changing quickly. They just built a brand new grade school which is a STEAM school, meaning science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. It is also a

Fanno Creek Trail and parks
Fanno Creek Trail and parks

Spanish Immersion. My grandaughter is in 4th grade and has learned Spanish since Kindergarten, with part of all classes in Spanish. It is pretty amazing!
Denny Whitford Raleigh West is another neighborhood that is surrounded by Portland. It is South of Beaverton Hillsdale, goes down to Scholls Ferry, and also has lots of trails throughout the neighborhood, plus you can access the Fanno Creek Trail at Denny from the west side of the neighborhood. It has winding streets that go through forest and trees, it is pretty woodsy. The schools here are ok, not very highly rated, which is kind of strange because it is so close to Portland.
Greenway is a neighborhood I like because it has trails all the way through it, the houses are on big

greenway disc golf, beaverton
Greenway disc golf, Beaverton
Whole Foods Scholls Ferry
Whole Foods Scholls Ferry

lots, and the Tualatin Hills Rec Center, which is awesome! They have a huge pool, all kinds of classes and recreation events, and if you live in Beaverton, you have access for a really low price. I also like the fact that Greenway is so walkable to all the shops around it, like Whole Foods, McMenamins, restaurants, gyms, really anything you want. It feels like you are living in the suburb, but most of the neighborhood is pretty walkable! The Fanno Creek Greenway Trail also has a huge disc golf area, that alot of people like, also wetlands with ducks and beavers and all kinds of birds. It is like going on vacation for me to ride my bike through there!
Hiteon Neighborhood is not an official neighborhood, it runs between Greenway and the Murray area, but it is a super popular one, partly because of the schools, which are top rated, also there are trails all through the neighborhood, it has the Tualatin Hills Rec Center, and it is close to Murray Hill with all the shops and restaurants. Greenway school is not rated very high, but Hiteon is, so if you are looking for a house in that area and care about schools, check on which grade school it is.
Sexton Mountain Trail, beaverton
Sexton Mountain is a really nice neighborhood of Beaverton Oregon in the hilly area west of Murray. People seem to love this neighborhood, it is community minded, there are lots and lots of trails, people are out walking all over, and some of the houses have views. Houses are mostly built in the 70s and 80s, the area is well kept, and the schools are good.
Neighborhoods Southwest

new seasons progress ridge
new seasons progress ridge

This neighborhood of Beaverton Oregonis pretty amazing, they have changed it so much, and it is probably one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Beaverton Oregon. Murray Hill is in this neighborhood, with lots of restaurants, a 24 hour fitness, massage…not a strip mall but a center. Then on the other side of Scholls Ferry is a New area called Progress Ridge, with New Seasons, a lake you can fish in, fountains and waterfalls, restaurants and all kinds of shops. I go there all the time. It is tied in to pedestrians with trails that go all around the area,on both sides of Scholls Ferry.
West Beaverton Neighborhood is between Sexton Mountain and Canyon Rd, and has lots of trails, parks, is very community minded, you see people out walking all over on trails, sidewalks and the streets. The house mostly have big yard, good schools, and it seems like there are lots of young families moving in. Houses are probably mostly built from the late 1970s to the 1990s, people keep their yards up well, it is hilly yet pretty open with power lines running down through it…the trail follows the power lines. The huge Tualatin Hills Nature park is right near here, with miles and miles of trails, and the Beaverton Creek Wetlands Natural area.
Central Beaverton is really the business area including the MAX train, all the stores along Hall, Beaverton Hillsdale, Canyon, Lombard, all the way out to Cedar Hills. There is a New Seasons out there, and all kinds of really good restaurants, bike stores….every thing you can think of!
Five Oaks Triple Creek Neighborhood includes the Almonica area all the way out to 26, and from 185thto 158th. There are lots of trails and parks in this area, including continuation of the High Volatage Trail, plus many other Greenway trails that run through little neighborhoods. It is not very walkable, and is the last area to the west that is considered part of Beaverton.
Hiteon Neighborhood is not an official neighborhood, it runs between Greenway and the Murray area, but it is a super popular one, partly because of the schools, which are top rated, also there are trails all through the neighborhood, it has the Tualatin Hills Rec Center, and it is close to Murray Hill with all the shops and restaurants. Greenway school is not rated very high, but Hiteon is, so if you are looking for a house in that area and care about schools, check on which grade school it is.
There are more communities that have a Beaverton Address, but are not really neighborhoods. I can sum them up a little below.

Here is what you see on Cooper Mountain Beaverton
Here is what you see on Cooper Mountain Beaverton

Cooper Mountain is the farthest south neighborhood of Beaverton Oregon, you hit the Tigard area if you go south of that. It is a beautiful area that rises up out of the valley on Cooper Mountain. Some of it is a little bit of open space with farmland, there are all ages and prices of neighborhoods, depending on when they were built, some are really expensive and high class, others are older and not as nice. They are building lots of brand new developments up here. If you are on the Tigard side, it seems like the houses are nicer, and then come down on to Scholls Ferry. If you are on the west side, near Grabhorn Rd and Kinton area, this is all gorgeous farmland, that rises up from the Valley. I take this route to get to outer Beaverton from Tigard quickly, and the drive and views are breath taking! Lots of farms! If you are on the north side of Cooper Mt, the houses feed down on to Farmington; many of them are lower quality homes, townhomes and little neighborhoods of houses crammed together with very small yards, if any. Traffic to get into town along Farmington is a nightmare. Schools aren’t very good. But what I do love about it is, if you just go out to 209th, the Urban Growth boundary stops, and you run into miles and miles of Farmland! There is a brand new high school, Mountainside that is on Scholls Ferry and 175th, which is supposed to be a really good school. This neighborhood had to go to Aloha before, which has a poor rating.
Aloha is the area just below Cooper Mt to the north. The area is mostly lower priced homes, built from the mid century all the way up through mostly the 1990s, although housing is still going in. The housing that was built during the 1990s through today is mostly lower quality and cheaper. The schools are not very good, so young families usually stay away from this area.

History of Beaverton Oregon

Beaverton Oregon was originally inhabited by the “Atfalati” tribe- which the settlers pronounced as Tualatin. They lived along Fanno Creek and the Beaverton Creek, and called their area Place of the Beavers- which is where Beaverton Oregon got it’s name. In 1847 the first land claim of 640 acres was made in Beaverton Oregon . He built a grist mill where Walker Rd is now. Thomas Denny also settled in 1849 and established a sawmill in Beaverton . In 1850 the territorial government created the Portland-Tualatin Valley Plank Road Company to build plank roads from Portland to Hillsboro along Canyon Road . The road was completed as far as Beaverton Oregon by 1860. The railroad came into town in 1868, and the small farming community west of Portland began to grow. By 1893 the City of Beaverton Oregon was formally incorporated with a population of 400. Tualatin Valley Plank Road Company began building a plank road- which later became Canyon Rd- in 1849. Before that it was a dirt wagon road!

Parks and Farmers Market

There are so many Parks and trails in Beaverton Oregon that I cannot name them all! The Beaverton Library is in a park, with the farmers market right next to it. Beaverton Park map– there are over 200 of them! Here is a map showing where all of them are as well as community gardens! Here are a few of my favorites-
Beaverton farmers market
Beaverton Farmers Market is probably the best and biggest farmers market in Portland, and it has been recognized in both Sunset and Country Gardens magazines! It runs May – Oct- on Saturdays and Wednesdays from June on. It has all

kids club farmers market
kids club farmers market

kinds of fresh produce from local farms, mostly organic, in fact it’s the largest agricultural growers market in the northwest, usually between 90 and 100 growers are there! It also sells hand made crafts, health remedies, and lots of different ethnic yummy food! I go there to get my pickling cukes, garlic and dill, my boxes of organic tomatoes for yummy sauce, and other fresh organic produce! It’s a fun outing to do with your family or grandkids! And it is HUGE! The Beaverton Library is right next to it, with it’s kids fountain for splashing in, picnic tables large grassy lawn. It is right by Old Town Beaverton Oregon, so easy to walk to shops, cafes and restaurants from there, or ride your bike around the quiet neighborhood streets that surround it!
Tualatin Hills Nature Park

This is Wendy’s family hiking on the trail in Tualatin Hills Nature Park

This park has 5 miles of trails with lots of deciduous trees which has gorgeous filtered light in the summer and brilliant colors in the fall! It is 222 acres with wildflowers in the spring and summer, a breeding pond for rough skinned newts and a variety of native birds. It is right next to the Nike campus.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
I love to go here when I am craving wide open spaces and rolling farmland views. It is breathtaking with the colors to the West and the wildflowers. There are parts of the trail that are very sunny with an untouched prairie that has been there hundreds of years and some parts that are shaded with deciduous oaks and conifers. So, once again beautiful in the fall.
Fanno Creek Trail and Greenway
fanno creek trailThis is one of my favorite trails for bike rides because it starts in SW Portland, goes through Beaverton Oregon and Tigard Oregon and you can even connect to the bridge that goes from Cook Park over into Tualatin. It is a trail that follows the creek with parks and greenways the whole way. There are only a few places you even see cars and have to cross a street. But where you do, there is a pedestrian light and crosswalk strictly for pedestrians. You pass through forests, wetlands and so many great parks!
Here is a link to a bunch more parks that you will adore- Tualatin Parks and Recreation. You will also find Dog Parks, community centers and community gardens on this site.

Beaverton Oregon Neighborhoods