Beaverton Real Estate: Where to find one-level living

By Kimberly Shute

Ranch, Atomic Ranch, Rambler are names commonly used when talking about one-level homes. Originating in the 1920’s they became popular during the 1940’s – 1970’s. And as ‘baby boomers’ have transitioned, and are transitioning, into their second and third half of life these styles of homes have resurged with popularity.  I myself enjoy the look, style and ease of living they offer.

We often think of them when it is time to remove stair climbing from our daily living, although another key benefit is that it can aid in the prevention of falling, which is actually the number one death by injury for people 65 and older. Given that from 2010 – 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older, it is worthwhile knowing where to find one-level style homes.

With all the building around us that is occurring, and given what we know about our population, one would think that ranch style homes would definitely be being built. However, due to the limited resource and value of land, builders are building up, rarely wide.

In Washington County alone, 76,183 individuals are 65 or older. With that said, where does one-find one-level homes? There are several cities that have neighborhoods with pockets of ranch style homes, such as Cedar Hills and Vista Hills in Beaverton, Summerwood and King City in Tigard and in Tualatin to name a few.

If you are thinking of downsizing and moving into a single story home, it is always good to speak to your Realtor and include them in the planning. Given that the number of one-story homes is not as predominant as multi-story, Realtors can be helpful in the timing, as well as the search.

If you would like to learn more about real estate and move management services, please contact Kimberly at 971-227-1302 or visit  At PDX Mature Moves, we serve seniors through real estate and move management services.