Hillsboro is a fast-growing suburb located just 20 minutes west of downtown Portland. In the mid-1800s early pioneers recognized the area’s agricultural richness and established thriving farming and timber industries. With the arrival of the railroad, Hillsboro became the breadbasket of Portland, supplying the city with dairy, fruits, vegetables and wood products. Surrounding communities include Forest Grove, Cornelius and Beaverton.
Hillsboro is the government seat of Washington County and a thriving center of the agriculture industry. Aptly named the heart of the Silicon Forest, Hillsboro is home to many technologically based companies including Intel. Despite rapid growth, small town charm and tradition remains an integral part of the community. You’ll find residents actively participating in community events, high school sports teams and outdoor activities.
The homes in the area reflect the changing nature of the community. Downtown Hillsboro exhibits a variety of modest and classic historic homes, while being only a short walk away from shopping areas and government offices. Newer residential communities accord any need and style with a mix of upscale row houses, brownstones, live/work units and cottages.
Beautiful scenery and agricultural richness provide the perfect combination for lush vineyards. Wineries are a popular draw for locals and visitors. The Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace is a weekly event downtown where local growers, crafters, artists and eateries exhibit and sell their wares. The summer months are filled with entertaining events. Hillsboro’s annual Fourth of July Parade is the second-largest Independence Day parade in Oregon and Oregon’s largest air show, the Oregon International Air Show, is held at the Hillsboro airport.
Hillsboro is a golfer’s paradise, with nine golf courses. Praised as one of the nation’s premier courses, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club was the backdrop of Tiger Woods’ third consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship. Tucked in the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains and surrounded by dense fir, maple and oak trees, the course’s challenging layout demands strategy and accuracy. Hillsboro also hosts several sport complexes and recreational parks including Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve, a resource for education and home to numerous species of birds.