The Hills

In low-key Cedar Hills, families find their niche.

May15_MovingTo_CedarHillsNorth of Beaverton, but still close to downtown Portland and Hillsboro, the Cedar Hills neighborhood is marked by mature trees, spacious lots, wide streets and well-kept lawns.

Dawn Guildner, who has lived in Cedar Hills for six years with her 10-year-old daughter Maia, says families looking to buy in the area should walk or ride bikes to get a sense of different streets, looking not just at homes for sale, but the surrounding community. “When you have kids on your street, there’s no need to go out and do things,” says Guildner whose daughter frequently plays with their neighbors.

This 1,584 square foot house is on the market in Cedar Hills for $315,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on an oversized lot.

This 1,584 square foot house is on the market in Cedar Hills for $315,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on an oversized lot.

Housing market Realtor Tom Hoffman with Re/Max Equity Group says families looking to buy in Cedar Hills will find a good mix of affordable, but not necessarily “starter” homes, from modest mid-century ranches to larger, more modern structures. The average home price in a recent period was $280,000, with an average home size of 1,434 square feet. The higher home prices are offset by lower property taxes, at least compared to close-in Portland neighborhoods.

Houses in Cedar Hills average 40 days on the market, according to Hoffman. Slower-selling homes tend to be those that are in need of repair or priced above what the market will bear.

This Cedar Hills house was recently on the market for $335,00, and also has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s 1,550 square feet and is just a few blocks from Cedar Hills Park.

This Cedar Hills house was recently on the market for $335,00, and also has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s 1,550 square feet and is just a few blocks from Cedar Hills Park.

The Homes Association of Cedar Hills, according to their website, “maintains the architectural integrity of the entire community, preserving and protecting the value of homes.” Homeowners fees fund maintenance and improvement projects in the community.

Guildner describes the association’s restrictions as a double-edged sword. You won’t see chicken coops, abandoned vehicles or deteriorating homes in the neighborhood, but you will certainly receive a letter in the mail if you leave your garbage cans on the street beyond pick-up day or fail to mow your lawn in a timely manner.

Local schools Public school students in Cedar Hills are within the boundaries of the Beaverton School District where nearly 50 percent of students are students of color, primarily Hispanic/Latino. Students are distributed between seven elementary schools which feed into Cedar Park Middle School and Sunset High School.

Nearby private schools include Catlin Gabel, Jesuit High School and the International School of Beaverton.

Family Fun Cedar Hills families are close to parks, playgrounds, two tennis courts and both the Beaverton and Hillsboro farmers’ markets. Hungry for more? Visit Pastini’s Pastaria, Panera Bread or the Hall Street Bar & Grill. According to Guildner, children are always welcome at Karam, a neighborhood Lebanese/Syrian restaurant,.

A New Seasons Market, Trader Joe’s and two Fred Meyer stores are close by. At Cedar Hills Crossing, explore a forest of page-turners at Powell’s Books, see a movie or grab some ice cream.

The Cedar Hills Recreation Center offers an indoor playground program for young children and their parents on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Child care is available for parents who are using the gym as well as for those who need to leave the premises, and staff will walk children to and from classes within the building. The center is also home to an educational preschool program and a K-5 after-school program which includes transportation from several area schools.

The Commute Cedar Hills Boulevard bisects the neighborhood, which is near the intersection of highways 26 and 217. Downtown Portland is less than 10 minutes away by car at low-traffic times, and Hillsboro is about 20 minutes away. Cedar Hills is served by two light rail stations, Park & Ride locations accessible by car, bike or on foot, or several
bus lines.

Heather Lee Leap

Heather Lee Leap

Heather Lee Leap’s articles and essays about parenting, family and health have appeared in two dozen regional parenting magazines across North America. When she is not driving her three daughters to soccer practice and music lessons, she looks for new ways to supplement their education. Heather writes from her home in northeast Portland.
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