Our guide to Neighbors Southwest, a beautifully developed residential neighborhood at the far southwestern tip of Beaverton.
The neighborhood features a diagonal mesh of interconnected, heavily treed parks, trails, and ponds, making it imminently walkable and a favorite respite for nature lovers. In keeping with the nature spirit, most of the residential streets are named after birds. Who wouldn’t love to live on Snowy Owl Lane?
A series of residential cul-de-sacs provide community, privacy, safety, and noise abatement.
The median year for homes built in Neighbors Southwest is 1994, the second most recent for all Beaverton neighborhoods, just behind Sexton Mountain (1995). Thus, newer construction in builder-planned communities is the norm.
Most Beaverton homes don’t fit easily into a historical architectural style. Perhaps with a perspective of another 100 years, they might be labeled Suburban Traditional.
Related: All Homes for Sale in Beaverton
But planned communities have distinct advantages. In Neighbors Southwest, you’ll see clusters of harmonious residences, designed for a variety of lifestyles and budgets (single family, townhouse, condominium, apartment) with parks, greenways, homeowners associations, and proximity to major services, schools, churches, shopping, and recreational facilities.
Beaverton has a prime example of this type of community in the Oak Hills Historic District. Here’s an excerpt from an article titled, Oak Hills Historic District, Beaverton, Oregon:
“Located in Beaverton, Oregon, the Oak Hills National Register Historic District encompasses approximately 240 acres and consists of a single, master-planned that includes 627 single-family, detached homes, 24 townhouse units in the state’s first FHA-insured townhouse development, an elementary school, a church, a former sewage plant building, a community recreation center, an entrance sign, and two parks. The district’s cohesively designed setting is characterized by a curvilinear road network, single-family residential clusters, townhouse blocks, as well as a centrally located park that includes passive open space, recreational fields, and pedestrian walkways. The individual houses feature a diversified but intentionally limited set of design schemes. A majority of the houses were constructed between 1965 and 1974. A cluster of five lots was subdivided and developed in 1978 and an additional cluster of 27 lots was developed between 1994 and 1995.”
- Naming Portland’s Everyday Houses: From Bungalow to ‘Minimal-Traditional’ | Oregon Live
- Portland’s Everyday Home Styles | Oregon Live
- Rummers In Oregon: A Legacy of Mid-Century Modern Homes | Renovation
Parks | Recreation
Neighbors Southwest is home to several lovely parks with access to nature, trails, swimming pools, tennis courts, toddler play parks, sports fields, picnic areas, trout fishing, and more.
This lovely man-made water feature, with surrounding paved path, is one of our favorite destinations in Beaverton. As far as we know, it doesn’t have an official name. We call it The Pond.
Murrayhill Recreation Association
The Murrayhill Recreation Association provides recreational facilities for dues-paying residents of 700 single-family homes within the Murrayhill subdivision. Facilities include a clubhouse, three swimming pools, hot tub, children’s wading pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, t-ball field, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, and playground.
Barrows Park on the southern edge of Neighbors Southwest provides whimsical play structures created especially for the younger set.
Progress Lake Park
Progress Lake Park provides an active water play and trout fishing destination, plus a tranquil view from Progress Ridge Townsquare.
Murray Hill Park
Murrayhill Park encompasses a long, narrow stretch of parkland, including a lovely wooded trail that diagonally bisects the northern reaches of Neighbors Southwest. Nature lovers, bird watchers, walkers, runners, and cyclists love this park. The park features tennis courts, picnic benches, and a toddler playground.
- Barrows Park
- David’s Windsor Wetlands Natural Area
- Murrayhill Park
- Murray Hill Recreation Association
- Progress Lake Park
- Westside Linear Park
- Westside Regional Trail
Coffee & Sweets
One of the things we consistently see on clients’ preferred lifestyle lists is proximity to great coffee shops and bakeries. Well HELLO Neighbors Southwest.
Press Cafe serves Stumptown coffee, Beaverton Bakery pastries, and house-made sandwiches, salads, and soups. Great place to down a cappuccino and finish off your morning emails. Or drop by for lunch.
We could hang out for hours at Ava’s, and many folks do just that–socializing, working online, studying, reading. The location overlooking Progress Quarry Lake is a plus. Add house-roasted coffee and house-made pastries, and you’ll understand why Ava’s is always packed with locals.
Dining & Noshing
When we think of the Portland suburbs, we don’t always think great food. But Beaverton, and Southwest Neighbors especially, breaks the suburban stereotype. Excellent dining options abound.
There’s no place we’d rather be on a fine weekend morning than on the deck overlooking the lovely pond at Cafe Murrayhill. Whether brunch or lunch, it’s always tasty. And we burn off the calories afterward with a jaunt around the park.
The Ridge Woodfired Pizza & Pub
You’ll find an extensive menu at The Ridge, but the woodfired pizza is the star. Seriously good.
Casa Lola Kitchen de Mexico
The authentic cuisine of Central Mexico in the heart of Neighbors Southwest. Tip: Order the Pozole.
Dinner and a movie? This is the place. Grab your tickets at Cinetopia on the way in and enjoy a fireside nosh before the movie.
The Beaverton Farmers Market, held year-round in downtown Beaverton, serves all Beaverton neighborhoods. It’s one of our favorite Portland Metro markets.
Neighbors Southwest has a good selection of grocery stores for a neighborhood its size.
- Haggen Food & Pharmacy (Barrows Crossing )
- New Seasons Market Progress Ridge (Progress Ridge Townsquare)
- Walgreens (Murray Scholls Town Center)
- Walmart Neighborhood Market (Murray Scholls Town Center)
- Safeway (Murrayhill Marketplace)
- Murrayhill Marketplace
- Murray Scholls Town Center
- Progress Ridge Townsquare
- Village on Scholls Ferry
- Murray Crossing Shopping Center
Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers
Each year, the April issue of Portland Monthly Magazine delivers a treasure trove of revealing numbers on Portland’s ever dynamic housing front. for both the city and the suburbs.
- Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018: The Suburbs
In this much-anticipated report, you’ll find interactive stats on real estate, people, crime, livability, urban migration, and lifestyle for each of Portland’s 95 neighborhoods and 28 suburbs.
In 2018, the cost per square foot in Portland Metro ranged from $153 per square foot for May Wood Park to $352 per square foot for Sauvie Island. Beaverton came in at $209 per square foot, compared to Portland at $248 per square foot.
Or sort on Parks and Natural Areas (Acres) to see that Beaverton has more parkland at 1,277 acres than all but 3 (Sauvie Island, Gresham, and Vancouver) of 29 Portland Metro communities. Portland has 13,350 acres.
Now imagine yourself in this rural wonderland, surrounded by tall trees, lakes, and wetland–much of it accessible and interconnected via Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) 60-mile urban trail system.
You can learn so much about a Portland neighborhood or suburban city from perusing these statistics.
For additional stats, check out Portland-area real estate: 15 most in-demand neighborhoods, with South Beaverton at number one.
Beaverton by the Numbers (2018)
Portland Neighborhoods By the Numbers provides data for Portland Metro cities, but not for individual neighborhoods. Here’s a look at Beaverton in its entirety for 2018.
- 1-Year Median Price Change: 11%
- 5-Year Median Price Change: 40%
- Average Price: $366,038
- Median Price: $362,500
- Cost Per Square Foot (Average): $209
- Days on Market: 24
- Homes Sold: 1,397
- Year Built (Average): 1958
- Adjusted Population: 94,865
- Median Age: 36
- % with Bachelor’s Degree: 29.7%
- % below Poverty Level: 13.4%
- Parks & Natural Areas (Acres): 1,277
- Minutes by Car to Downtown: 14
- % Commute by Bike: 10
- Walk Score: 48
- Transit Score: 24
Neighbors Southwest By the Numbers (2010)
For statistical information on Neighbors Southwest, see the Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Census Profile.
Beaverton Neighborhood Maps
- Beaverton Neighborhood Associations Interactive Map
- Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Map
- Murrayhill Neighborhood Map
- Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Map
- Beaverton Neighborhood Associations
- Murrayhill Owners Association
- Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Association Committee
- Beaverton School District
- Beaverton School District 2015-2016 Boundaries
- Beaverton School District Elementary Schools
- Beaverton School District Middle Schools
- Beaverton School District High Schools
County | Zip Codes
- County: Washington
- Zip Codes: 97005, 97006, 97007, 97008, 97075, 97076, 97077
- Washington County Zip Code Map
- Beaverton History
- Beaverton Historical Society
- Historical Photo Gallery
- Washington County Historical Society and Museum
Neighborhood Statistics & Facts
- Beaverton QuickFacts
- Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Census Profile
- City of Beaverton 2010 US Census Demographics
- City of Beaverton
- Beaverton Chamber of Commerce
- Washington County Elections Division
- Washington County Intermap
- Washington County Visitors Association
In the News
- Gratitude and Anxiety: A Thanksgiving State of the City | Portland Architecture
Homes for Sale in Neighbors Southwest
Homes for Sale in Bordering Beaverton Neighborhoods
For more in-depth information on Portland neighborhoods, check out our Beaverton Neighborhood Guide (coming soon).
For our growing photo collection on the Neighbors Southwest neighborhood, be sure to visit our Neighbors Southwest Photo Gallery.
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