The Five Oaks
neighborhood in Beaverton
has a bit of everything, including expansive parks, shopping, grocery stores and residential areas. Curving cul-de-sacs provide insulation and peace while having the advantage of being located close to a major highway. The abundance of green spaces gives the neighborhood a natural, park-like feel. Five Oaks can be found east of Portland on Highway 26 and northwest of downtown Beaverton. The area appeals to young families with children and employees of Nike and Intel, both of which are located nearby. This culturally diverse neighborhood enhances the cuisine and community of Five Oaks.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Beaverton's Five Oaks neighborhood hosts a fairly wide selection of restaurants, from Thai and Indian to the classic Oregon brewpub. Most establishments can be found close to the Sunset Highway in the northern region of the neighborhood.
Fans of Indian dishes should visit PDX Bawarchi Indian Cuisine on Northwest Evergreen Parkway, featuring a stacked lunch buffet with many traditional and popular dishes. With spices and grains imported directly from India, Bawarchi serves up authentic dishes and popular street foods such as tandoori chicken and lamb vindaloo. Bawarchi also serves vegetarian-friendly dishes like veg chettinad.
For a taste of the Caribbean, you need travel no farther than Boriken Restaurant on Southwest Canyon Road. The extensive menu includes appetizers, soups, shish kabobs, steak, pork, fish and chicken meals. Their specialty is mofongo, the signature dish of Puerto Rico. It is made with mashed plantains (a banana-like fruit) and meat. Boriken offers mofongo with your choice of steak, shrimp, conch, crab meat or fried pork. A vegetarian version is available with added vegetables instead of meat. Finish your meal with either a serving of tembleque, coconut pudding topped with cinnamon, or pastelillos de guayaba, a stuffed guava pastry.
Locals head to Golden Valley Brewery for craft beers in a cozy pub setting. McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub is just over the Sunset Highway from Five Oaks, offering a relaxed and arty vibe with craft beers.
History & Culture
The Tualatin Valley and the Beaverton area were once home to the Atfalati Native Americans, whose named was misinterpreted as "Tualatin" by early European settlers in the area. The central village of the Atfalati was called Chakeipi, or "place of the beaver," leading settlers to refer to the area initially as Beaverdam and eventually as Beaverton. The first European land claim in the area was in 1847, and resulted in the creation of a grist mill which catalyzed and supported Oregon's early agricultural communities. A railroad connecting Portland with Beaverton in 1868 brought further development and residents.
Today, Beaverton is a major suburb of Portland with a growing high-tech industry. The closest museum is the Aircraft Aviation Museum in Hillsboro, showcasing classic 20th-century planes and artifacts. Beaverton's annual Art Mix spotlights the thriving art scene in the area.
The location of Five Oaks provides great options for commuters to Portland and other areas with the metro area. You can walk and bike easily and safely within the local area and Beaverton thanks to the extensive trail system. The bus and MAX light rail are both commuting options as well. While you can't hail a cab on the street, local services are available by telephone. Abundant free public parking makes it easy to get around town, as does convenient access to highway 26 and other major highways.
The cost of living in Five Oaks is higher than the Beaverton average. Public transit trips to downtown Portland on Trimet's bus or MAX light rail service cost $2.50 for a 2-hour pass. The median rent for a one-bedroom
residence is 1,013. The typical price of a beer at a local pub is around $3 to $5. Gas prices sit at around 12 percent higher than the national average.
Abundant shopping in Five Oaks takes the form of dozens of chain stores available at nearby Tanasbourne Town Center with specialized shops and ethnic groceries sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.
Five Star Guitars attracts professional musicians and hobbyists alike. The locally owned store stocks guitars, basses, drums, wind instruments and more and also provides in-house lessons and repairs. With over a dozen teachers offering lessons from jazz piano to rock and roll drums, kids and adults alike can hone their passion for music. Every instrument in the shop gets a custom setup by Five Star's in-house luthier, checking every aspect for utmost playability and value.
Beaverton's significant Indian population has brought the wonderful Apna Bazaar to the Five Oaks area, one of the largest independent Indian stores in the Portland metro area. Grocery items such as ghee, spices and chutneys are available by the truckload, not to mention an extensive selection of standard and imported vegetables and fruits. Specialties including incense, ayurvedic herbs and teas can also be found at the store. Fans of Indian cinema geek out at the exhaustive selection of Indian films, available in multiple languages, many with English subtitles.
You can find all varieties of groceries within or nearby the Five Oaks area. Options include Trader Joe's, Safeway, Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet and several small Indian grocers. Suffice it to say you won't go hungry here.
Athletes of all kinds love Five Oaks for the great green spaces and parks, including Willow Creek Greenway,
a T-shaped system of parks with trails for running and walking. The southern portion of the area becomes Waterhouse Powerline Park, with continued trails and amenities including a playground and soccer field, a great destination for the kids. Runners and walkers can connect with other park systems just outside the neighborhood by following Willow Creek as it goes southwest. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
Tualatin Hills Park offers many recreational options all in one place. Multiple soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and basketball and tennis courts are available for public and league use. The park also features an indoor aquatic center along with an athletic center providing sports leagues for kids and adults. Two skate parks and a roller hockey rink are also available to the public. Beaverton hosts a revolving series called Picnic in the Park which features tasty local food and live music.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a large natural area with hiking trails, lies just south of the neighborhood boundary.