There’s much to celebrate in Beaverton’s Highland neighborhood. Residents enjoy ample parks and nature areas, as well as close proximity to restaurants, shops and the Nike campus. From the Beaverton Transit Center, the Red and Blue MAX lines offer a 30-minute trip to downtown Portland. And the City of Beaverton has taken on the goals of cultural inclusion, public safety and long-term livability. Their progress has been noted by the National Civic League and Livability.com, which ranked Beaverton the No. 3 Best Place to Raise a Family. 

WHAT NEIGHBORS SAY: “We live in Hyland Hills [a subdivision in Highland] and have such a wonderful block of humans. Block parties, neighbor gatherings … we have soup nights where everyone brings a favorite. We gather at the bistro table in the front yard of Mr. Nader, our 80-year-old Iranian neighbor, on summer evenings, bringing the
party to him.” — Carli Schultz, Highland resident and mom to an 11-year-old son. 

SCHOOLS: Highland is part of the Beaverton School District. Private-school options include nearby German International School, Catlin Gabel, Jesuit High School and Oregon Episcopal School.

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PARKS: Highland families have a multitude of close-by choices when it comes to green spaces, from Hyland Forest Park to the paved Fanno Creek Greenway Trail to the skatepark at Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY DINING: On Southwest Allen Boulevard, kid-welcoming Sushi Ikenohana serves up outstanding rolls and tempura. A few minutes away in Central Beaverton, Du Kuh Bee dishes up heavenly hand-pulled noodles. Pro tip: Ask for “no heat” if your kiddo is spice-averse.

GO: Beaverton is more diverse than Portland, with a higher population of Latino and Asian families. And the city celebrates its diversity with the annual Welcoming Week of events September 13-22, including the Beaverton International Celebration on Saturday, September 14. Welcoming Week aims to connect refugees, immigrants and those born in the United States. 

HOUSING COSTS: $369,200 — median price of homes sold in Beaverton

$1,885 — median rent in Beaverton. 

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$421,100 — median home value for Highland. 

SOURCE: ZILLOW

Denise Castañon
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