Tigard Real Estate Information

With a population of about 47,000 residents, Tigard is the 12th largest city in the state of Oregon. Tigard is located in Washington County in northwestern Oregon and is a part of the Portland metropolitan area, meaning the city is located within convenient driving distance of the bustling city of Portland. The city is also located just south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin. Tigard’s motto is “A place to call home,” which is perfect considering Tigard’s relaxing, small town atmosphere.

Similar to that of the other towns situated in the Willamette alley, Tigard was originally settled by just a few families, of course with the most prominent family being the Tigard family. Headed by Wilson M. Tigard, the Tigard family settled in the area in 1852 and became involved in organizing and building establishments including the East Butte School, a general store, which also housed the community’s post office, and the town meeting hall. The community grew quite rapidly during a period between 1907 and 1910, with Main Street blossoming with the construction of several new commercial buildings such as Gemania hall, which was a prominent two-story building home to a restaurant, grocery store, dance hall, and rooms for rent. The arrival of the Oregon Electric Railway in 1910 also spurred development in Tigard, transforming the town from a small farming community into a more developed city as it is portrayed today. The railroad also lead to Tigard’s incorporation as a city in 1961.

Some of the local attractions in the city of Tigard include the John Tigard House, which was constructed by the son of Wilson M. Tigard in 1880. The house has since been saved from demolition in the 1970’s by the Tigard Area Historical and Preservation Association and has been registered as a National Historic Place in 1979. The Portland Rose Festival is also another major attraction, which also consists of the Tigard Festial of Balloons, which is held at Cook Park near Tigard High School every year.