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Aloha Real Estate Guide and Area Information


Aloha, Oregon (pronounced uh-low-a, not a-low-ha like the Hawaiian word) is a community located in unincorporated Washington County west of Oregon, with a population nearing 50,000. Part of the "Silicon Forest," Aloha provides business and residential opportunities for everyone. Aloha is located near lush forests, rivers, farms and wetlands, rolling hills and carefully manicured streets. Along with miles of hiking trails and bike paths sprinkled throughout the area, there is a park located near most homes in Aloha. Because of the amount of businesses and industry the area attracts, the Aloha and Beaverton area hosts an abundance of hotels, restaurants, malls, swimming pools, golf courses, and recreational clubs. It's not just a visitor's town, however, and there are plenty of reasons to call the Aloha area home. Competitive home prices and a variety of celebrations and resources for the entire family to enjoy make the area perfect for a growing family or anyone new to Oregon. Known for its high achieving schools and attractive and well planned neighborhoods, you will find a blend of high quality, diverse homes and affordable family housing in the Aloha real estate market, all within easy commute to Portland and surrounding cities.


Most sources say Aloha was named by Robert Caples, a railroad worker, but the true origin is a mystery. The Aloha post office was established in 1912, and was possibly originally named "Aloah" after a lake resort in Wisconsin but the last two letters were witched in a transcription error, resulting in the current spelling while keeping the original pronunciation. Another story comes from another former postmaster of Aloha. According to him, the name may have come about during a dinner party at which several of the more prominent citizens as well as some railroad men were gathered. During the party, one of the guests sang "Aloha Oe" and suggested the Hawaiian word as the name of the town, though "Aloah" is also a word from the native Indian tribes. Aloha attempted to become an official city in the 1980's, but remains a part of unincorporated Washington County.


Located in unincorporated Washington county, Aloha is part of the area known as the "Silicon Forest" and has grown into a thriving economy supporting more than 4,500 companies. Some 300 of those companies are high technology and are the leading employers in the county.  More than half of the manufacturing jobs in the region are in technology. The Major employers of the Aloha area include Intel (who's Aloha campus is puctured at right), Tektronix and Nike. For NIKE area housing, entertainment, dining, and shopping, checkout the McDonald Group NIKE area neighborhood profile here.


Aloha is located just west of Beaverton and Portland and east of Reedsville along the Tualatin Valley (TV) Highway, also known as Oregon Highway 8. Aloha just an hour's drive from the coast, mountain skiing, the Columbia River Gorge and acres of  vineyards. Aloha residents enjoy easy access to a well planned transportation network, including the MAX light rail, and have the privilege of being situated near major highways. Downtown Portland and the PDX airport are only minutes away!

Local schools in Alhoa include Aloha High School, Hazeldale Elementary School, Tobias Elementary School, Butternut Creek Elementary School, Indian Hills Elementary School, and Reedville Elementary School. Parks in Aloha include Willow Creek Park, Alohawood Park, Melilah Park, Scott's Place Park, Arleda Park, Arnold Park, Whispering Woods, Papageorge Park, and Butternut Park.

If you're interested in Aloha Real Estate, land and homes for sale in ALoha, or have any questions about relocating to Portland and Portland area suburbs, don't hesitate to contact the McDonald Group Realtors, your guide to Aloha Real Estate.

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Rainy Day Games - 18105 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy - This store carries old-school games, perfect for family gatherings or rainy Sunday afternoons. Most of their products are non-electronic games and gaming supplies. They have an event center with seating for leagues, tournaments, learn-to-play sessions, and paint classes. They have the largest selection of games in the region, and one of the best selection across the country, including many European style board games and puzzles!

Washington Square: This well-organized mall has just about everything you could ask for: plentiful and easy parking, great employees, easy navigation between stores, clean and relaxing atmosphere for people-watching, and a good mix of high-end shopping and fun, impulse-buy stores. It's really one of the best malls in Oregon, so take advantage of the tax-free shopping and escape the heat for a day! Fun tip: Washington Square is rumored to have one of the best mall Santas at Christmas time.

Cedar Hills Crossing: 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005 (503) 228-4651: This mall has all of your typical clothing stores, boutiques, department stores, and restaurants, with one major difference: a Powell's Bookstore. If you've been to the Downtown Portland Powells, get ready to have a slightly smaller City of Books close to your Beaverton home! In my opinion, the Cedar Hills Powell's is better organized, and hosts some of the best author events. If you're tired of big box bookstores and Starbucks, check out the Powell's at CHC, with its independent coffee shop and amazing selection of new and used books. It's a local institution!

Aritzia: 9585 SW Washington Square Rd. Portland, OR 97223 This cute women's boutique has amazing employees and a great selection of quality, classic clothing, from winter coats to leather jackets to great accessories. The great staff will help you plan a great outfit or simply chat with you as you browse the styles, and they often have amazing sales. You can't beat that!


Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club - 4805 SW 229th Ave - At The Reserve, a unique rotating format enables public golfers to access two distinct 18-hole championship golf courses designed by award-winning architects John Fought and Bob Cupp and rated among the elite handful of the Pacific Northwest's most stunning tracks. Looking out onto the course you get a great sense of what golfing in Oregon is. The plush green grass, the high thickets, tree groves, and the rippling pond water. It's a great place to play during any season. The club house restaurant is really well run. The food is always good and service is excellent.

Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant - 20413 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy - Authentic Mexican cuisine with a great kids menu and full bar. The lunch specials are hard to beat - good food at a great price. The service is always top-notch, it's just a perfect place to eat some comfort food with the whole family.

Cooper Mountain Bar & Grill - 18855 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy - This place is great for happy hour when you want a good mix of refined and laid-back. The staff here is very professional and caring and make a point of remembering anyone who comes in more than a couple times. There's even a lovely fireplace to enjoy while eating  your dinner - try the shrimp, it's fantastic!

Nearby Beaverton has your typical suburban chain restaurants, but unlike other suburbs, it also has a phenomenal dining scene all its own. From vegan, gluten free goods at Cafe Yumm! to the Italian crowd-pleasers Pastini, Nonna Emilia Ristorante Italiano, Mingo, and Decarli, to breakfast and brunch spots like Cafe Murrayhill and sandwich joints like Beaverton Sub Station, you really can't go wrong. Beaverton is one of the most culturally diverse areas of Oregon, and nowhere is this more evident than in the wide variety of amazing restaurants - from Japanese (Yuzu and Toshi's) to Hawaiian (Hapa Grill) to Thai (Typhoon and Rama Thai Restaurant) to Korean (Spring Restaurant, Hae Rim, and Du Kuh Bee) to Mexican (Azteca Mexican Restaurant) to Vietnamese (Jin Wah Restaurant and Pho Hung), Chinese (China Bay Restaurant & Lounge and House of Good Fortune), and North and South Indian (Abhiruchi South & North Indian Cuisine and Swagat Indian Cuisine) - you'll be sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.


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