Family neighborhood spotlight: Beaverton, OR

A family looking for a neighborhood to settle down in may wish to check out the friendly suburb of Beaverton. Just 15 minutes outside of Portland following U.S. 26 west, this community features plenty of shopping, parks and good schools. Real estate in Portland, especially in the surrounding neighborhoods, offers a wide variety of housing options at an affordable rate.

The median listing price of single family homes for the first half of April 2012 was approximately $255,000 – an estimated 50 percent price increase from March. The housing market in this family-friendly neighborhood is improving at a faster rate than the national average. Housing inventory has decreased by 2 percent, while the number of days a property is on the market is also significantly below the national average and prices are increasing.

As a result, purchasing a home in the area could result in a better investment with a better overall value. You and your children may enjoy the pleasant atmosphere, high-quality school system and easy commute gained from living within the city limits of Portland. The neighborhood of Beaverton offers family-friendly parks such as those managed by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, low crime rates and wide variety of hobby clubs and organizations. Consider checking out the MLS listings for Portland to find your next home.