Tualatin, ‘Tree City USA’ is just south of Tigard and shares the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Located along I-5, this City of 27,000 residents enjoys the beauty of the Tualatin River and direct access to the City of Sherwood to the west (wine country) and the Oregon Coast. Just 12 miles south of downtown Portland, it also offers an easy city commute. More than 60% of the homes in Tualatin have been built since 1980. There is still some new construction available but vacant land is going fast.
There are three major neighborhoods in Tualatin. The first is Indian Meadows which is located on both sides on Boones Ferry Road. Byron Elementary and Tualatin High School are placed in the middle. Most of the homes were built-in the late 70’s with about 25% in the early 90’s. Huge trees cover this neighborhood and give it a great natural feel. Super family friendly with homes starting at about $300,000 and going up to about $450,000. Walking, biking and stroller jogging come to mind. Solid well-kept working class neighborhood.
Ibach Park and the homes surrounding it are larger and newer than Indian Meadows. Most built-in the last 10 years on fairly small lots (priced $450-$525k). Everyone is walking distance to the 20 acre park that has a dinosaur climbing structure complete with water feature. Vitoria Woods (nearby) is the high-end neighborhood in Tualatin. Large stately homes with beautiful landscaping await you (priced $600-$850k).
The third area where houses can be found is on the north side of the City along Tualatin Road to the south and the Tualatin River to the north. Anchored by the private Tualatin Country Club the neighborhoods blend nicely together. Similar to Indian Meadows you can find homes built between the 1970’s and 1990’s.
Tualatin Park is full of activities for large and small groups but also has a boat ramp into the Tualatin River. The river is too shallow for power boats but is very popular with kayaks and canoes (one of my favorite activities). Tualatin Commons is the heart of the city with a man-made lake surrounded by a concrete boardwalk hosting restaurants with lake side dining. Many of the cities activities such as the Farmers Market and seasonal festivals are held here. I guess it wouldn’t be right not to mention the brand new and totally huge Cabela’s that came to town last year!
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