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Cornelius Real Estate Neighborhood Guide


The city of Cornelius - "Oregon's Family Town" - is in the wine-rich Tualatin Valley, just west of Portland and Hillsboro in Washington County. Cornelius, a community of 10,955 people, truly has something for everyone, from the historic downtown to the rolling hills of countryside dotted with vineyards and amazing views of the valley. Cornelius is a nature-lover's haven, with nine city parks
and great fishing, sailing, swimming, bicycling, hiking and picnicking at nearby Henry Hagg Lake. Washington County hosts one of America’s premier wine regions with world class vineyards and tasting rooms within minutes of the town center. Nine beautiful golf courses abound providing a selection to satisfy anyone’s taste. Less than an hour’s drive west is the Oregon Coast, with its green headlands, crashing surf and miles of beautiful sandy beach. Living in Cornelius provides a mix of both the rural and urban, with many local dining options, boutiques, and community services within walking distance of the center of town and many highways offering access to all of the Portland area's numerous attractions and resources. Cornelius is surrounded by rich farmland and award-winning wineries, and surrounding the city you will find high tech, educational, timber, agricultural and service industries taking advantage of the progressive community, skilled workforce, and enviable lifestyle. With great dining, shopping, parks, libraries, and schools, Cornelius is the perfect place to raise a family and explore the best that the Northwest has to offer.


Cornelius was named for Colonel Thomas R. Cornelius, a pioneer of 1845. He was the son of Benjamin Cornelius, who with his family emigrated to Oregon during that year as a member of the Meek party. The City was incorporated in the spring of 1893, and in the 1800’s Cornelius had many small enterprises, a winery cider mill, pickle factory, 2 creameries, 3 sawmills, warehouses, blacksmiths, general stores and drug stores. The founder of the city, T.R. Cornelius, had six children, including two twins. Because of one of those twins' later delivery of triplets and a number of other sets of twins in the family, the town of Cornelius earned the nickname "Oregon's Family Town" and is still a fantastic place to raise a family, large or small.


Cornelius is located is on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area and the Willamette Valley, just west of Portland. Located 25 miles west of Portland, Oregon and 10 miles east of the Coast Range in the fertile Tualatin River Valley, Cornelius is surrounded by high-tech industries, nurseries and farmland. With easy access to Hwy 47 and 26, and Interstate 5, you can be in downtown Portland in less than 45 minutes or to the Oregon Coast in an hour.

Cornelius is within the TriMet district, and public transit service is provided by TriMet's bus line 57-TV Highway, which operates seven days a week. Line 57 connects the city with Forest Grove, to the west, and with Hillsboro and Beaverton to the east, via the Tualatin Valley Highway. It also links Cornelius with the Portland region's light rail system (MAX) in Hillsboro.

The Cornelius Elementary School District was founded in 1851, but was dissolved in 1960, with the western parts of the enrollment area going to the Forest Grove district and the eastern part going to the Hillsboro districts.


Corneius architectural styles include: Classical Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, Victorian, Classic (Transitional) Box, Colonial and Georgian Revival, and Bungalow/Craftsman.

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

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Wine Country Getaways: It was in the beautiful, fertile hillsnear Cornelius that Charles Coury first planted Oregon's famous pinot grapes. Tualatin Estates Pinot Noir captured the Governor’s Trophy, Oregon’s most prestigious wine award, two consecutive years in 1994 and 1995. This is a feat unduplicated by any Oregon winery. Corneius area boutique wineries are still very welcoming and you can often chat with the winemaker to learn the mystique of pinot noir.  After exploring the wineries, venture into town and enjoy its many specialty shops and restaurants or spend time in the soaking pool and restaurants at McMenamins Grand Lodge.

Golf: The beautiful rolling hills and valleys surrounding Cornelius were made for golfers. Several outstanding courses are just minutes from Cornelius.

Hagg Lake: This 1,200-acre reservoir is nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range is perfect for fishing, hiking, boating, and viewing wildlife. The lake reaches depths of over 100 feet and is well-stocked with rainbow trout, some reaching 7 pounds. Small-mouth bass and brown bullhead are also present. Hagg Lake is surrounded by 15 miles of biking and hiking trails, where you might encounter the elk, deer, or coyote that call these woods home. The mixture of habitats around Hagg Lake also attracts a variety of bird life, including nesting pairs of bald eagles and ospreys.

The Intertwine: The Intertwine is the connected network of parks, trails and natural areas in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington region. The Intertwine reflects our region’s passion for quality of life by encouraging recreation, connection to nature, and active transportation like walking, running and biking. As our urban areas grow denser, The Intertwine promotes the health and happiness we, as citizens of the Pacific Northwest, so dearly value.

Cornelius Library - 1355 N. Barlow Street - The Cornelius Library is the 2nd oldest in Washington County established in 1913 by the Women’s Civic Improvement Club. The Library offers free access to a wide variety of books, magazines, videos, compact discs and other materials as well as access to the Internet. The Cornelius Public Library is a member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services, with a combined collection of over 1.3 million books and other materials.


The best restaurants in Cornelius are actually in nearby Forest Grove. Cornelius has a Walmart and some smaller cafes and shops, but is within minutes to the best that historic downtown Forest Grove has to offer.

McMenamins Grand Lodge - 3505 Pacific Ave Forest Grove, OR 97116

SakéOne - 820 Elm St Forest Grove, OR 97116 - Saké One is the United States’ most renowned kura, or saké brewery. Its Japanese parent company established Saké One in Forest Grove near Portland following a nationwide search for the purest groundwater. This busy facility welcomes visitors curious to learn how Japan’s clear brew is created from nothing more than rice and water. After a short tour, visitors partake of low-cost tastings of Saké One’s toothsome products, including coconut-lemongrass flavored saké. Saké One’s gift shop sells every saké variety produced here plus apparel, exotic chocolates, and ceramic saké cups.

Maggie's Buns - 2007 21st Ave Forest Grove, OR 97116

Izgara Bar & Grill - 2036 B Main St Forest Grove, OR 97116

Scotties Drive In - 1702 Pacific Ave Forest Grove, OR 97116

Phil's 1500 Subs - 2834 Pacific Ave, Ste D Forest Grove, OR 97116


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