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Forest Grove Real Estate Neighborhood Guide

ALL ABOUT

The city of Forest Grove - known as the birthplace of Oregon pinot noir - is in the wine-rich Tualatin Valley, just west of Portland and Hillsboro in Washington County. Forest Grove, a community of 21,495 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. Just minutes outside of Downtown Portland, Forest Grove offers opportunities for both business and pleasure, convenitently located halfway between the picturesque Oregon Coast and the Portland metropolis. Forest Grove is home to Pacific University, founded in 1849, the first university west of the Mississippi. The University gives the area a youthful vibe that mixes perfectly with the rich history of the town. The annual Luau at Pacific University is the 2nd largest student run luau in America, and the progressive vibe of the town has resulted in amazing neighborhood resources like the Forest Grove community gardens and the thriving Forest Grove Farmers Market. After a few minutes of exploring the historic downtown's boutiques and restaurants and the beauty of the Pacific University campus, you'll fall in love with the sense of community pride and history evident in everyone you meet. Forest Grove strives to preserve the small-town feel and history of its neighborhoods and natural beauty. The city is known for protecting historical buildings as well as trees, earning the "Tree City USA" designation for the abundant greenery throughout the town. Forest Grove is surrounded by rich farmland and award-winning wineries, and within 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, Forest Grove is the perfect place to raise a family and explore the best that the Northwest has to offer. Check out some of the amazing year-round community events in Forest Grove on the city's website.

FOREST GROVE HISTORY

Forest Grove was founded by Oregon Trail pioneers in the early 1840's, though native tribes of the Tualatin branch of the Kalapuya Indians lived in the Forest Grove area prior to being settled by European immigrants. The first land claim in the area that would become Forest Grove was owned by Harvey L. Clark, an educator, missionary, and early settler in Oregon. Clark was a participant in the meetings that created the Provisional Government of Oregon, and he helped  found the Tualatin Academy that later became Pacific University. In 1869, a 100-ton steamship carrying both freight and passengers began operating on the Tualatin River from Emerick’s Landing just east of Forest Grove. The first rail was established in 1869. This spurred industrial growth around the stop. By 1870, 396 people lived in Forest Grove and the community started to diversify with only 33% of the population employed as farmers. The rest were merchants and craftsmen or professionals working at the school. The City was formally incorporated in 1872. Forest Grove has two historic districts, the eighteen block Clark District and the Painters Wood District. They are Washington County’s only designated Nationally Recognized Historic Districts with homes dating back to the 1850’s. Fifteen buildings in the downtown and the adjacent historic neighborhoods are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The world’s largest barber pole is located on Main Street near to Lincoln Park!

LOCATION AND SCHOOLS

Forest Grove is located is on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area and the Willamette Valley, just west of Portland. Bordered by Cornelius on the east, 25 miles west of Portland, 6 miles west of Hillsboro, 7 miles south of US Highway 26, 30 miles north of McMinnville and 55 miles east of the Oregon coast. 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. Forest Grove 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 of Forest Grove with Hillsboro and Beaverton, via the Tualatin Valley Highway, and links Forest Grove with the Portland region's light rail system (MAX) in Hillsboro.

Historic Sites - Experience 150 years of Forest Grove's architectural history with a walking tour of the historic town center and surrounding neighborhood that encompass the Clark National Historic District–more than 100 houses and buildings with architectural styles that include: Classical Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, Victorian, Classic (Transitional) Box, Colonial and Georgian Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman.

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Forest Grove, as well as Cornelius, Gales Creek, and Dilley, are all part of the Forest Grove School District. The Forest Grove School District serves 6,000 students in ten schools and employs more than 500 teachers, support staff, and administrators. It provides quality education in a safe and fun environment and encourages students to participate in extra curricular activities such as music, drama, speech, debate, FFA and athletics. The District also offers a Talented and Gifted program, special education, and English Language Development (ELD). www.fgsd.k12.or.us

The Forest Grove Library is a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Service, and offers its cardholders access to more than 1.6 million items. Borrow books, magazines, music, audio books, DVDs, language tapes, Spanish language materials and more. Visit the library catalog for more information.

FOREST GROVE RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT

With 357 acres of parkland and open space within the city limits, Forest Grove provides safe and well-maintained areas to meet the daily leisure needs of residents and visitors. You will find fourteen parks, an aquatic center and a skateboard park.

Wine Country Getaways: It was in the beautiful, fertile hills a few minutes from Historic Downtown Forest Grove 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. Forest Grove's 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 Forest Grove were made for golfers. Several outstanding courses are just minutes from Forest Grove.

  • Forest Hills Golf Course www.golfforesthills.com
  • Pumpkin Ridge www.pumpkinridge.com
  • Quail Valley Golf Course www.quailvalleygolf.com
  • Sunset Grove Golf Course, Forest Grove www.oregongolf.com/courses/forest- grove/sunset-grove-gc

Hagg Lake: This 1,200-acre reservoir is nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range, just west of Forest Grove, and 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. http://theintertwine.org

Banks-Vernonia State Trail - This was the first “rails-to-trails” state park built in Oregon. It is built on an abandoned railroad bed that stretches 21 miles from the town of Banks to the city of Vernonia. The trail includes an eight-foot wide hiking and bicycle trail paralleled by a four-foot wide horse trail. The gentle grade allows hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and people of all abilities to enjoy the scenic mountains, fields and forests of Washington and Columbia counties.

Concours d'Elegance - One of four premier vintage car shows in the United States, for nearly 30 years this annual summer event is host to thousands of visitors and hundreds of classic automobiles on the manicured grounds of Pacific University. A team of 80 judges select award winners from among multiple pre- and post-World War II categories.

Annual Corn Roast - Celebrating Forest Grove Every September four tons of locally grown fresh corn is consumed at this historic-themed barbeque. This celebration of Forest Grove features booths and entertainment and plenty of corn, all located on the grounds of Pacific University.

FAVORITE FOREST GROVE SHOPPING

Forest Grove Farmers' Market - The Forest Grove Farmers Market operates between mid-May and mid-October and is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Forest Grove. The Market has grown significantly since opening in 2005 and now boasts between 1,800-2,500 visitors each Wednesday! It features fresh produce and flowers, along the tastiest traditional tamales this side of Mexico. It also offers children’s activities, opportunities for cultural exchange, entertainment, locally made crafts and a mini-photo studio ready to take your family portrait.

First Wednesday - The Forest Grove Downtown merchants open their doors for evening festivities the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy tastings from local wineries, listen to music, take advantage of food specials from restaurants, shop stores offering bargains, peruse art galleries and check out the crafts vendors.

Simply Modern Furniture - 1021 Elm St Forest Grove, OR 97116 - This hidden vintage and mid-century modern treasure trove in Forest Grove has the perfect accent for your new home. You can score some amazing finds from this store, like vintage Ekornes stressless chairs and ottomans and Goodform aluminum office chairs in stunning condition at great prices. The owner, VIctoria is friendly and knowledgeable. Stop on in!

FAVORITE FOREST GROVE RESTAURANTS

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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