Beaverton is a city west of Portland with about 94,000 people in population. It is only about 7.5 miles away from Downtown Portland through Highway 26 (NW Sunset Highway). It is bordered by Hillsboro and Aloha to the west, Southwest Portland to the east, Bethany and Cedar Mill to the north, and Tigard to the south. Beaverton has two major Highways running through it including Hwy 26 and Hwy 217, which connects from I-5 to Hwy 26 through Tigard. People commuting to Beaverton from south of Tigard and Tualatin often take I-5 north and take Hwy 217 to avoid Portland traffic. Beaverton has been receiving increasing amount of traffic as the city grew and its presence of large employers including Nike, Beaverton School District, Comcast Cable, Cedar Hills Crossing, Stream Global Services, and Seterus. There are also lots of high tech companies in Beaverton as the city is part of the Silicon Forest of the Northwest with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, which is just a few minutes away.
Lifestyle in Beaverton is a lot more relaxed than Portland. Beaverton is a nice and clean suburb with more space and sidewalks. There are great schools in Beaverton. There are 13 schools in Beaverton School District that scored 5 out of 5 on Oregon School Rating, a state metric that rates schools on standardized testing and other factors. There are lots of parks, trees, sidewalks, and a ton of amenities in Beaverton. Overall, Beaverton is a very family-friendly city with many job opportunities in town.
Beaverton has been rapidly growing as its job market and new developments have been taking off in recent years. With the growth came more traffic in town as well as on highways including 26 and 217 during rush hours. In town, rush hour traffic can be bad on some major streets such as SW Murray Blvd, SW 185th, SW Farmington Rd, and SW Canyon Rd. There are also many MAX stations and park and ride areas in Beaverton as riding a MAX train is a popular choice for downtown commuters.
Entertainment in Beaverton is slowly on the rise. There are many Portland style brew pubs and growlers here now. Downtown Beaverton is also a fun little place where you can find lots of shops, bars, and restaurants in a small town setting. Additionally, there has been some serious urban development with modern buildings around Beaverton Central MAX Station between SW Hall Blvd and SW Rose Biggi Ave near 24 Hour Fitness. This urban development area is right north of the old Beaverton downtown area across the street from SW Canyon Rd. We expect there will be more urban development in that area in the future around the MAX Station.
Beaverton neighborhoods consist of areas including nice residential areas, commercial areas, and older neighborhoods. You will find lots of expensive homes typically in south of SW Farmington Rd in South Beaverton. Neighborhoods that are south of SW Farmington Rd include West Beaverton, Highland, Vose, Denny Whitford/Raleigh West, Sexton Mountain, South Beaverton, Greenway, and Neighbors Southwest. Central Beaverton neighborhood is in the middle including the downtown area, aforementioned urban development and Beaverton Town Center. Neighborhoods north of SW Farmington include Five Oaks/Triple Creek, Central Beaverton and West Slope. West Slope another nice residential neighborhood that is somewhat isolated from the rest of Beaverton and is the closest point of the city to Downtown Portland right north of Raleigh Hills. West Slope, once an unincorporated community in Washington County became annexed by City of Beaverton in 2010. Central Beaverton and Five Oaks/Triple Creek neighborhoods have lots of commercial areas with businesses and employers. There are more multi-family housing units in these neighborhoods such as apartments, condos, and attached houses. It means more entertainment and younger crowds in these places. Detached single family houses are more affordable and are typically ranch style homes whereas in residential neighborhoods south of Farmington, you will see more bigger two story neo- eclectic architectural styles. Schools tend to be better south of Farmington as well.
New Beaverton High School Districts Boundary Change
In preparation of opening a new high school South Cooper Mountain High School in fall of 2017 academic year, school districts boundary map has been changed. The picture of the map is the latest proposed map and was finalized sometime in the spring of 2016. Notice the new map will shift the rest of the high school districts upwards to allow the new South Cooper Mountain District. New home buyers should be aware of these new changes if they have children who will be attending high school in Beaverton so they can choose how closely they want to be located from the school in their district or to choose their preferred high school district. There are current six high schools in Beaverton including Aloha High School, Beaverton High School, South Cooper Mountain High School, Southridge High School, Sunset High School, and West Ridge High School. New home buyer in Beaverton should look into these different schools and find out whether it is right for their teenager as different schools will have different academic performances, extra curricular activities, special AP classes, distance from home and more.
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