5 Things You Didn’t Know

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Beaverton, Oregon

August 3, 2022

A known city in its own right, Beaverton is nestled between the Tualatin Valley farmlands and the West Hills and one of Portland’s fastest-growing, thriving suburbs. With a population of 97,494, up from 89,803 in 2010, it’s easy to see why so many people are making Beaverton home. The city’s 16 square mile land mass, Washington County’s second largest city, is only seven miles west of Portland and boasts over 100 parks, restaurants, shops, wineries, historic landmarks, and highly recognized corporations. In 2021, we deemed Beaverton the top Portland suburb. We thought we’d take an even closer look to see what makes Beaverton such a unique city. Here’s what we found. Beaverton, Oregon Wants to Make the World a Better...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Damascus, Oregon

March 14, 2022

If you’ve toyed with the idea of leaving the city and heading to the suburbs, one you might not have considered is Damascus, located between Clackamas and Gresham. It’s populated with 17,223 fiercely independent residents who have fought to live life on their terms. (Read on and you’ll see what we mean.) This small, pastoral suburb, once called “The Smallest Town with the Biggest Ideas,” has much to offer those who want access to the city but prefer a quiet, next-to-nature lifestyle every day. If you’re not familiar with with Damascus, here are a few facts about this quiet, quaint little burg you might not be aware of. 1. Damascus is Loaded with Farms and Nurseries Of the 16.14 square...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Forest Grove, Oregon

March 7, 2022

There’s no doubt that many people find Portland a desirable place to call home yet resist living in the city proper due to real estate prices and a preference for a quieter lifestyle. The good news is that Portland is surrounded by several suburbs, just as desirable in their own right, offering people the possibility of the quieter, more affordable lifestyle they want with easy access to Portland and all its amenities. Forest Grove, Oregon has a lot to offer. Here, we share five things you might not know about Forest Grove, a quiet, growing community located just twenty-five miles west of Portland. Check them out and see if this up-and-coming suburb is a good fit for everything you want...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hillsboro, Oregon

January 31, 2022

Want to live in Portland, but find real estate prices too high for your budget? Or maybe you already live in Portland and are considering a move to the suburbs like so many others have done in the past two years for a quieter, more affordable lifestyle. Each of Portland’s suburbs has its own personality, features, and amenities, so if you’re thinking of a move, it’s important to get familiar with the vibe of each one. Doing a thorough survey can take time, though, so we’re here to help. We took a close look at Hillsboro, one of the top 5 safest Portland suburbs, and found five things you might not know about this thriving community. 1. First Class Transportation...


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bethany, Oregon

November 8, 2021

With more and more people in search of social distance, safety, and serenity after the onset of COVID-19, it’s no surprise many are fleeing the city and heading to the suburbs. Bethany, Oregon is one of the top ranked suburbs in Oregon on several fronts. Bethany is an unincorporated community in Washington County with both Beaverton and Portland zip codes. It’s a place where the city, the suburbs, and nature meet. Its draw must be powerful, because it’s seen a significant population increase from 20,646 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Report to its current population of 26,501. We’ve looked into Bethany and found five reasons why people are flocking to this desirable, growing Portland suburb. 1. It’s a...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cedar Mill, Oregon

June 18, 2021

Ever checked out the lists of top Portland suburbs and felt like you didn’t quite understand the vibe them? That’s what we’re here for. We’ll not only give you an idea of a Portland suburb’s school system or job prospects. Beyond the numbers, we also like to inform folks about the details and quirks that make a community a community. The small things, you might say, aren’t always so small. If you check Niche.com right now, for example, you’ll find Cedar Mill listed as the #2 best suburb to live in Oregon. And it’s not hard to connect the dots as to why. For one, its schools manage to be some of the most highly rated in the area. For...


5 Things You Didn’t Know about Sherwood, Oregon

March 22, 2021

Tucked into a quiet corner of the Tualatin Valley, Sherwood is a suburb of Portland that doesn’t feel like a suburb so much as its own quiet town. Centered around a quaint downtown, this little nook of the greater Portland area exudes history and charm. But while Sherwood maintains a small town feel, don’t mistake that for small town thinking. There’s something for everyone in this community, whether you’re looking for arts and culture, dining, or peace and quiet. Today let’s take a peek at five of the most interesting – and little known – aspects of Sherwood, Oregon, one of the best kept secrets in the Portland suburb market. #1 – Yes, There Is a Connection to Robin Hood...


5 Things You Didn’t Know about Aloha, Oregon

March 8, 2021

Once you cross over the western boundary of Beaverton, you’ll find yourself in a quiet but well-developed area called Aloha. Yes, like the Hawaiian word used as a greeting and as a signifier of peace and unity. (But also… not like that, as you’ll learn below.) Pronounced a-LOH-ah, this little suburb still lives up to its name, though. Remarkable because of its community engagement and natural beauty, Aloha makes an excellent place to settle down and make a home. Keep reading to learn 5 things you perhaps didn’t know about Aloha, Oregon. #1 – There’s a Reason Why Aloha is Pronounced the Way It Is (We Think) Full honesty, the history of how Aloha got its name is a little...


5 Things You Didn’t Know – Milwaukie, Oregon

February 10, 2021

Milwaukie is the kind of suburb that you’ll sometimes hear city-dwellers might as well be part of Portland – but isn’t. In its quaint downtown, you’ll find local retail and dining reminiscent of some quieter Portland neighborhoods. And yet, it still manages to feel like its own cul-de-sac, tucked just south of much less price-friendly Sellwood and Eastmoreland. With easy access to the MAX and its own brand of small town charm, Milwaukie is a suburb not to be underestimated. Read on to find five reasons why not. 1. It’s Home to Two Iconic Oregon Businesses So Milwaukie is just a sleepy suburb of Portland, right? Think again. You might not find a huge Nike campus here, but you will...


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Happy Valley, Oregon

January 15, 2021

When Shakespeare pondered, “What’s in a name?” … he probably wasn’t thinking about neighborhood incorporation and real estate. But the origin of Happy Valley’s name brings a little intrigue to the table. Local lore claims that the name originates from neighborhood youths who got into some hard cider before church services. Their boisterous singing dubbed them the “happy boys from the hollow,” and the name followed. However, even the city’s website acknowledges that this is most likely a tale spun for marketing purposes. Well, we can’t blame them, as the strategy has clearly worked. Happy Valley has been one of the fasted growing cities in Oregon for the past several years, and clinched the number one spot in 2020. PSU’s...