Quality Of Life

After a lifetime in the fast lane, Cornelius may be just what you have been looking for.

Cornelius is located about 25 miles west of downtown Portland and enjoys all the advantages of the Pacific Northwest's most diversified major metropolitan area: the culture, the restaurants, the transportation, and the business opportunities. However, Cornelius is not a suburb. Cornelius has a history dating back over 100 years.

Still, the area has a country feel. It is a small quiet town with stately pioneer homes and abundant park lands.

The settlers arrived in the area in 1842, and their influence can still be seen in our historic homes, some dating back to the 1850's.

In the Spring of 1893 the Town of Cornelius was incorporated. Cornelius was named after Colonel T. R. Cornelius, a wealthy farmer who had come to Oregon with his parents, brothers and sisters in 1845 and settled in the Tualatin Plains. He served in the Indian Wars and spend 26 years in the State Legislature.

The Cornelius lifestyle is affordable. The average price of a single-family home in this part of Washington County is currently just under $120,080.

The 7,000 or so residents of Cornelius work hard, but they play even harder. And with good reason: you would have to look a long time before you found a region with more to offer recreationally.

Close at hand, there are six city parks from which to choose. There is also great fishing, sailing, water-skiing and picnicking at nearby Hagg Lake.

Moreover, the vineyards and tasting rooms of the Oregon wine country start just outside town, along with six golf courses.

Less than an hour's drive west is the craggy Oregon Coast, with its green headlands, crashing surf and miles of deserted white sand beach. An hour east, the mystic Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area beckons with towering waterfalls and miles of hiking trails through fern lined grottoes. The gorge is also home to some of the world's best windsurfing, at Hood River. Towering over all, 11,035--foot Mt. hood dominates the skyline; with historic Timberline Lodge, breathtaking year-round skiing and forested wilderness areas.

You will even have the weather to enjoy it all. The Cornelius area averages just 39 inches of precipitation a year. That is enough to keep things fresh and very green; but is actually less than the average rainfall in places like Atlanta, Houston, and Miami. In fact, the moderate climate makes it one of the best nursery growing areas in the U.S. Our long, warm summers give way to crisp, sunny autumn afternoons, their light filtered through a canopy of richly colored leaves. In winter, we rarely get more than a dusting of snow. In spring, the surrounding farmlands come to life again and the cycle begins anew.

It is a natural place, intimately in tune with the changing seasons as it was 150 years ago, when the first pioneers arrived.

This article submitted by the Cornelius Chamber of Commerce.

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