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Camas, WA is a wonderful small town surrounded by nature and lots of recreational opportunities.  It’s no wonder it was named one of the top ten places in the U.S. to raise a family.  If you are in the market for a home in Camas, here is a great opportunity to live in a gated community close to all the amenities of a big city. Shopping, restaurants, parks, services and the best school district in the region are all nearby this high-end neighborhood.

5825 NW 25th Ave is a 2,860 square foot luxury townhome that features craftsman exterior finishes with stone accents and a private fenced yard with a flagstone backyard patio. High end interiors include hardwood and tile floors, gourmet kitchen, two master suites, two laundries, a library nook, and a spacious media room. The 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms can easily accommodate a growing family or multigen household.  With all appliances included, it is move-in ready.

Priced at $449,000, this home is one of the most affordable luxury homes in the area, and homes move quickly in this desirable neighborhood.

Please drop by on Sunday, September 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon for an Open House. See this incredible floor plan and location for yourself.

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Livingston Mountain is one of the best spots for views in Camas. Residents in the area really do have Nature As Neighbors™, and large five-acre parcel lots ( and larger) give them plenty of “elbow room for the soul™.”

One of our multi-generational family/clients live in a gorgeous home in the gated Autumn Hills neighborhood. We love to visit the neighborhood as we’re always treated to views of wildlife, plus expansive views of the valley and horizons beyond,  Children attend the award-winning Camas School District too.

ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain                                    

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. It’s a lifestyle our multi-generational family enjoys too. In fact, all of our clients, buyers and sellers, share this love and appreciation for nature and the environment. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ in Livingston Mountain with acreage:

There are currently three Active Listings, the most expensive is priced at just under $1.3 million with 7113 SqFt on 5 acres. The most affordable homes at this time are two listed at $899,900. Our pick is a larger home *nearly 7500 sq ft* with a separate lower third level space suitable for in-law quarters. It has a Sub Zero Refrigerator, Gas Dacor cooktop, 5 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms and incredible views of Mt. St. Helens and the valley from all rooms. It also borders 100 acres of State Owned Land. It’s priced at $1.25 million. 

Four have Sold in the past three months ranging from $569,500  to $899,900.  Median Sq Ft is 4,918 and Average price per /Sq Ft is $177. The Median Sold Price is $800,000. Lower priced homes in the area tend to need updates, or are built with a different level of quality found in most homes in Autumn Hills. 

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy the convenience of the Fern Prairie Market, at 1817 NE 267th Ave.  It is not just a gas station/convenience store, but a miniature supermarket with fresh produce, meats, staples, staples, and frozen foods (with an extensive pizza selection!) Their deli counter also offers fresh custom-made sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain and Nature As Neighbors,contact us today. 

You can begin your search here for Homes in Livingston Mountain and ViewHomes of Camas, WA. 

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Camas is one of the most desirable towns in Clark County, Washington. It’s no wonder too. Great schools, small town charm, plus natural beauty and plenty of recreation make this area popular with a number of home buyers. There are also plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from too; waterfront, rural, urban, suburban, etc.

According to the latest market action reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service, there is just 1.5 months of inventory available in Southwest Washington. Total sales are down a bit over last year, but that’s mainly due to the lower inventory. The average sale price has increased 10.7% over 2016. Year to date, the marketing time average is 56 days.

In Camas, inventory levels are about the same and prices have increased over last year by 10.3%. The median home price year-to-date is $455,200, compared to a median price of $322,000 for Clark County. The total marketing time (YTD) for Camas is 77 days, but homes priced competitively and in optimal condition are selling in 30 days or less.

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County. Homes with enough acreage to give you Nature As Neighbors. Our clients value “elbow room for the soul.”™ We do too! The market for ViewHomes™ is similar to the general market in terms of inventory. However, sellers should expect longer marketing times especially as the price nears $1million. The year-to-date median price of a Camas ViewHome is $637,450.

Sellers: Regardless of a strong seller’s market, homes still need to be priced fairly and presented in good condition. Trust the data, don’t rely on the opinions of well-meaning friends or neighbors. Ask a trusted Realtor for a comprehensive look at the most recent market activity for homes in the area most similar to your own. In addition, ask for objective feedback about the condition of your home. If you know the gutters need cleaning and the roof has some moss on the shady side, take care of it prior to listing. Your home’s current condition tells buyers a whole lot about the history of care, or or lack of care, put into the property. 

Buyers: You will need to have your financial arrangments in order prior to entering the marketplace. Desirable homes are moving quickly, often in multiple offer situations. You can’t expect a seller to accept an offer without showing you can perform. Therefore, you should have a pre-approval letter prior to any home tour.  Cash buyers should be prepared to include a proof of funds letter with any offer.  

Here’s a quick look at the listings for:

 ViewHomes in Camas.

 

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We specialize in view homes in Clark County that have large lots or acreage with “elbow room for the soul.” Those homes are often well-suited for multigenerational (MultiGen) living – separate living quarters to share with family or extended family. Since we live in a MultiGen household, we are always on the lookout for homes that can meet that growing market demand.
This week we feature a home in Camas that offers MultiGen living:

3039 NW Lacamas Drive, Camas WA 98607

Located on the 12th hole of beautiful Camas Meadows Golf Course, this home offers a total of 9200 SQFT of living space, including fully-equipped 2,000 SQFT guest quarters in the daylight basement. Separate entrance offers privacy, but the opportunity to share with aging parents or new family getting started – the best of both worlds. The open floor plans can accommodate large gatherings or intimate parties, with lots of outdoor living. Listed for $1,975,000, this stunning home is located in the luxury home neighborhood of Lacamas Shores.

Buyers: 
If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here.
Sellers: If you have a home that has Multi-Gen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

Listing courtesy of Stalder Realty Group

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Occasionally, we get requests for a multi-generational property with less land. Understandably, not everybody can maintain acreage, or wants to hire full-time landscapers. However, most of our clients still want access to services, shopping, and Nature. This luxury condo has it all. It’s located in popular Stoneleaf neighborhood is perfect for a couple who need a room for mom or dad, or both. It doesn’t have separate living quarters, but with two complete masters, it would be a good fit for a family who cares for an older family member.

The master bedroom on the main floor is a self contained suite with a large bathroom and separate laundry area. The other Master Ensuite is located on the upper floor which also has a library, huge Media room, laundry room, and two other bedrooms with a shared bath. In short this nearly 3,000 square foot home has room for the entire family. The separate levels provide privacy for the family when it warrants.  The home is located in a gated neighborhood and children attend the highly desirable Camas School District. Walking trails are steps away and residents are minutes from hiking, biking, parks and other recreational opportunities.

If you’re looking for a multigenerational home, or considering selling one, keep in mind we are the only REALTORS® in Clark County, Washington who specialize in these properties and understand the lifestyle first-hand. We live in a multi-generational home in Camas. We enjoy sharing our experiences, advice, and tips with our clients.  This lifestyle reminds you the more you give, the more you get.

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Fresh cucumbers, walla walla sweets, beans, snow peas, and beets. These are a few of the veggies we’ve been enjoying of late from our Camas garden. However, one interesting squash variety has become a real favorite of our multi-generational family – pattypan squash.

Pattypan squash is generally small, round and shallow, with scalloped edges that make it resemble a flying saucer. We try to pick them when they are on the small side as they are the most tender with a delicate buttery, or olive oil-like flavor. 

The small squash can be braised, steamed, roasted, or grilled whole. One of our favorite ways to enjoy them is to cut them in half, hollow out the center, and fill with turkey sausage, shallots, and mushrooms. A sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan adds the finishing touch. 

You won’t find pattypan squash in most markets. However, the growing popularity of Farmer’s Markets around the county has introduced more and more people to this wonderful variety of summer squash. We first grew it in our garden last year and now can’t imagine summers without it.

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With Spring upon us, more buyers are getting outdoors and thinking about the opportunities to live in the country.  Homes with larger lots and acreage offer a family estate with enough room for live-in relatives, or visiting friends, and room to garden or enjoy privacy. If you are in the market for a home in the country, you’ll love Camas, WA.

Living in Camas provides you with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ over $400,000 in Camas, WA

32 Active Listings –  $400,900 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT 3,552
Average $/SQFT $215

1 Bumpable at $489,500 with 2,818 SQFT for $/SQFT of $174

13 Pending Listings – $425,900 to $925,000
Average SQFT: 3,013
Average $/SQFT $202

20 Sold in the last 3 months from  $410,000 to $825,000
Average SQFT 2,918
Average $/SQFT $182

Median Days on Market was 45 days, so homes in Camas sell fast!  As the Spring season kicks in, homes will continue to move quickly.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Camas, call us for a free market analysis. We know this area well and know how to market your property for the best result!

If you’re looking for a home in Camas, WA, begin your Camas search here.

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With Spring’s arrival, more people are getting outside to enjoy the nice weather. In this environment, buyers start thinking about living on or near water.  Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others just want a peaceful place for quiet reflection -water has a natural, meditative effect on us, especially being around moving water. 

The Pacific Northwest has many amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. But regulations designed to protect our watersheds restrict the development of shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds. This can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway (previous structures are grandfathered in, but there are still limitations on what you can do to the property.)

Regulation, market demand, and a limited inventory all add up to create a specialized market. Whether you are looking for, or want to sell, waterfront property, you should work with a broker who has experience in this specialized market and knows how to achieve that perfect outcome for you.

Here is a snapshot of the current market for waterfront ViewHomes™ of Clark County:

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 3,632
Average $/SQFT $230

1 Bumpable 4157 SQFT for $659,000 at $159/SQFT

20 Pending from $415,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,338
Average $/SQFT $226

24 Sold in past 3 months from $420,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 3,683
Average $/SQFT $195

Median Days on Market – 69

View properties on water tend to move quickly, so now is a great time to buy or sell waterfront property. Give us a call – we specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County.

We were both thrilled to see Trilliums again poking through the green moss and ferns along the Lacamas Heritage Trail in Camas. It’s our favorite local trail and we often take our Golden Retriever, McKinley, there for exercise. Truthfully, it’s for our exercise needs too. The trail winds through woods, and open spaces offer glimpses of Lacamas Lake, Lacamas Creek, and in certain spots, Mt. Hood. Favorable scenery adds to the enjoyment of our workout.

Seasons bring different forms of beauty to the trail, but lately, an onslaught of rainy weather and unseasonably cold temperatures has kept it somewhat bleak, and muddy. This week, a few days of sunny weather has helped, not only is the trail drying out, but the Spring wildflowers are starting to pop. Nature’s gifts often stop us in our tracks and this week was no exception. Bernie and Mac waited patiently while I dug my iPhone out of my pocket to snap a few photos of the delicate rhizome, Trillium ovatum ( western trilllum).

Trillums are easily disturbed, and sadly, picking them will retard the plants ability to bloom. Children too, are enchanted by them and often can’t resist picking numerous blooms to surprise mom. Therefore, many public parks and trails in our area have warnings posted to leave the trilliums alone. It’s the only way to ensure their ability to bring beauty back to the forest floor year after year. In the wild, they grow in open to dense forests in moist low to mid-level elevations, and many times they are found in areas that are boggy in early spring.

By the way, there are a number of ViewHomes™ for sale in the Lacamas Lake area of Camas. If you’re interested in taking a tour and learning about the many nearby amenties, we’d love to be your guides. Contact us today at NatureAsNeighbors.com.

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Several years ago, we bought a townhouse right next to my elderly parents so we could help them out, but still provide them with their personal space.  When they started having trouble navigating the stairs, we found a daylight basement home with single level living on the first floor and separate living quarters below.  We never thought we would be part of a major trend, but this lifestyle has become mainstream and is growing.The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year.

In addition to the economic benefits of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents by not putting them into a facility. Grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000:

51 Active Listings – $439,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,911

Average $/SQFT – $194

1 Bumpable Buyer at $798,000 for 3,074 SQFT or $260 $/SQFT

20 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,319
Average $/SQFT – $206

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $408,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,258
Average $/SQFT – $172

Median Days on Market was 89 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here. Or if you have a home that has Multigen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

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If you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in relatives, or visiting friends, and room to garden or enjoy privacy, you’ll like homes in Camas,WA. They offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

Living in Camas, provides you with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

18 Active Listings –  $400,000 to $1,750,000
Average SQFT 4,216
Average $/SQFT $207

2 Bumpables – $515,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT 5,449
Average $/SQFT $254

8 Pending Listings – $520,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT: 4,665
Average $/SQFT $262

3 Sold in the last 3 months from  $460,000 to $905,000
Average SQFT 4,457
Average $/SQFT $145

Only 3 Sold in the last three months doesn’t mean a slow market – it illustrates what happens when there is low inventory. The Median Days on Market this month was 83 – last month was 100, so homes in Camas sell fast!  As the Spring season kicks in, homes will continue to move quickly.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Camas, call us for a free market analysis. We know this area well and know how to market your property for the best result!

If you’re looking for a home in Camas, WA, begin your Camas ViewHomes search here.

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The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year. Ten years ago, we bought a townhouse right next to my elderly parents so we could help them out, but still have our own personal space.  When they started having trouble navigating the stairs, we found a daylight basement home with single level living on the first floor and separate living quarters below.  We never thought we would be part of a major trend, but this lifestyle has become mainstream and is growing.

In addition to the economic benefits of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents by not putting them into a facility. Grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000:

48 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,810

Average $/SQFT – $195

2 Bumpable Buyers – $798,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 5,168

Average $/SQFT – $295

20 Pending – $435,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,324
Average $/SQFT – $212

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $403,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,925
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market was 2 Months – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here. Or if you have a home that has Multigen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

Living in Camas, WA, provides you with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat.

If you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in relatives, or visiting friends, and room to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Homes in Camas offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

18 Active Listings –  $549,500 to $1,750,000
Average SQFT 4,560
Average $/SQFT $211

1 Bumpable  $2,250,000 with 7,261 SQFT for a $/SQFT of $310

5 Pending Listings – $520,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT: 4,874
Average $/SQFT $293

4 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $905,000
Average SQFT 3,967
Average $/SQFT $151

The Median DOM (days on market) was 100, so properties sell quickly!

If you’re looking for a home in Camas, WA, begin your Camas ViewHomes search here.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Camas, call us for a free market analysis. We know this area well and know how to market your property for the best result!

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Walking along Lacamas Lake the other day we saw a lively display of birds flying about, roosting on logs, and playing in the water.  Given the recent ice and freezing rain, we were impressed with all the lively activity.  It was energizing, hinting at spring’s return. We were familiar with most of them, but one brightly-colored bird stood out – we couldn’t quite place it, so we went home to do some research. (More on that later).

What started as a serious research project quickly took an amusing turn. I know there is an amazing variety of resident and transient waterfowl in the lake, since it is located along the migratory Pacific Flyway.  But, reading the many descriptive bird names, I started noticing connections I hadn’t seen before and couldn’t resist a little wordplay. In other words, you could say the lexicology of ornithology is a hoot.

Some observations:
The international representatives are a worldly bunch: Canadian geese, American Coots, European Starlings, and Eurasian Wigeons to name a few.  Kind of like a gaggle of U.N. delegates.

Not to be judgmental, but the Lesser Scaup, Common Mergancer, Great Blue Heron and Greater White-Fronted Geese, are no superlative match for the Stellar Jays.

Hairstyles and sartorial splendor abound: Bald Eagles, Hairy Woodpeckers, Tufted Ducks strut alongside Black-Capped Chickadees, Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Belted Kingfisher, and Double-crested Cormorants. There hasn’t been this much preening since Paris Fashion Week.

On a more contemplative note, we kept our distance from the Townsend’s Solitaire and the Hermit Thrush, while commiserating with the Mourning Dove and Dark-eyed Junco.  But then we partied all night with Harlequins, Evening Grosbeaks, and Warbling Vireos, thanks to Grey Goose and Wild Turkey.  We gave it a rest before we all got too Pie-Billed (Grebe).

Oh, and that bird we were trying to identify?  It’s a Bufflehead! Kind of how I felt after writing this post.

(Posted by Bernie, aka “The Lacamas Lake Loon.”)

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We continue to receive inquiries about multigenerational homes now that the lifestyle has become more popular. Besides the economics of sharing expenses, there are the real social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents, grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multi-gen homes, too.  We are familiar with how to convert homes on larger lots into the potential for additional living quarters. Because we understand and live the lifestyle, we know how to find the right multi-gen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multi-gen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features priced starting at $400,000:

49 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 5,072

Average $/SQFT – $212

3 Bumpable Buyers – $690,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 6,020

Average $/SQFT – $257

11 Pending – $425,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT– 3,588
Average $/SQFT – $180

32 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,980 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,738
Average $/SQFT – $176

Average Days on Market: 87 – Multi-gen homes do not last long in this market!

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here. Or if you have a home that has Multi-Gen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. Living in Camas, WA, you have many options to experience a lifestyle with “elbow room for the soul”, the ultimate luxury.

Also, if you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in family, or visiting friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Since we specialize in Multi-generational living, we have helped many families find a home suitable for that lifestyle.

Homes in Camas offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls. It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes.

Since we live in the country north of Camas, we have a real fondness for the area. The charm of a small-town lifestyle meets high-tech industry and offers residents quick access to the big city amenities of Portland, including easy access to Portland International Airport.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

17 Active Listings –  $549,500 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 4,855
Average $/SQFT $232

1 Bumpable  $2,250,000 with 7,261 SQFT for a $/SQFT of $310

4 Pending Listings – $450,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT: 4,527
Average $/SQFT $209

7 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $905,000
Average SQFT 3,077
Average $/SQFT $174

The Average DOM (days on market) was 91, so properties are selling quickly!

If you’re looking for a home in Camas, WA, begin your Camas ViewHomes search here.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Camas, call us for a free market analysis. We know the area and know how to market your property for the best result!

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We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. Living in Camas, WA, you have many options to experience a lifestyle with “elbow room for the soul”, the ultimate luxury.

Also, if you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in family, or visiting friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Since we specialize in Multi-generational living, we have helped many families find a home suitable for that lifestyle.

Homes in Camas offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls. It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes.

Since we live in the country north of Camas, we have a real fondness for the area. The charm of a small-town lifestyle meets high-tech industry and offers residents quick access to the big city amenities of Portland, including easy access to Portland International Airport.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

18 Active Listings –  $560,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 5,119
Average $/SQFT $233

2 Bumpable – $559,900 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT 4,609
Average $/SQFT $155

8 Sold in the last 3 months from  $465,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT 4,019
Average $/SQFT $193

The Average DOM (days on market) was 96, so properties are selling fast!

If you’re looking for a home in Camas, WA, begin your Camas ViewHomes search here.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Camas, call us for a free market analysis. We know the area and know how to market your property for the best result!

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We have been promoting fresh Christmas trees for some time as a green choice for the holidays. Every year, we enjoy the hunt, harvest, and, even the hassle of putting up a fresh tree and have never considered an artificial tree.  Especially now that we live within 2 miles of a great tree farm. Typically, with proper care, they keep their aroma and greenery for many days, and last well past Christmas day.

This year, though, we were in for a surprise, in spite of faithfully following the National Christmas Tree Association guidelines. We took the tree straight home and prepped it properly for the stand. Every morning we checked the water level, and topped it up when necessary.  We even keep a bottle of water right next to the base for easy refill. But for some reason, it dried out faster than usual.  More needles than usual started dropping, and the bright green color started to fade.  When it started to feel brittle to the touch, we decided as a safety measure, to take it down.

Sure enough, as we disassembled the lights and ornaments, it was clear the tree was a goner. We took it outside and put it on our fire pit. With just the flick of a lighter, it blazed into a small inferno.  We were sad to see it go but relieved that it ignited outside, and not while we were gone for the weekend.

A quick search suggests that some trees don’t absorb as much water as others, so that might be a factor.  The other is the extreme cold we experienced for several days caused us to use the wood stove a lot more, and the air might have dried it out faster. Whatever the reason, we are grateful we noticed it and took action.

We still plan to  a fresh tree next year, and maybe pick a cooler spot for it.  According to the NCTA, “less than .0004% of Real Christmas Trees used each year are ignited in home fires.”  This is still a reminder that, while fresh trees are a great way to celebrate the holidays, it is important to pay attention and take steps to keep it from drying out.

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We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. Living in Camas, WA, you have many options to experience a lifestyle with “elbow room for the soul”, the ultimate luxury.

Also, if you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in family, or visiting friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Since we specialize in Multi-generational living, we have helped many families find a home suitable for that lifestyle.

Homes in Camas offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls. It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes.

Since we live in the country north of Camas, we have a real fondness for the area. The charm of a small-town lifestyle meets high-tech industry and offers residents quick access to the big city amenities of Portland, including easy access to Portland International Airport.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

21 Active Listings –  $509,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 4,795
Average $/SQFT $239

1 Bumpable at $559,900, with 2,972 SQFT for a $/SQFT of $188.
1 Pending at $999,500 with 6,122 SQFT for a $/SQFT of $163.

11 Sold in the last 3 months from  $465,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT 4,019
Average $/SQFT $192.

The Average DOM (days on market) was 70, so properties are selling fast!

If you’re looking for a home in Camas, WA, begin your Camas ViewHomes search here.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Camas, call us for a free market analysis. We know the area and know how to market your property for the best result!

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Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ of Clark County™ are located on Livingston Mountain in Camas.This area features a variety of homes on larger parcels of land and many have great views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.

The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia River. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites.  Livingston Mountain is in the highly desirable Camas School District.

Residents of the neighborhoods located on Livingston Estates literally have “Nature As Neighbors, and it has other unique characteristics not found in many neighborhoods. How about a multi-gen home with an indoor swimming pool and fantastic views? Yep, we sold one there recently.  So, if you’re looking for a home, or have a home you want to sell, you will be better served by someone who really knows the area well – as we do.

Market Snapshot for Livingston Mountain

9 Active Listings  from $509,000 to $2,250,000
Average Square Feet 4,754
Average $/SQFT $222

1 Pending listed for $409,900 at $201/SQFT

7 Sold in Past 3 Months from $465,000 to $1,090,000
Average Square Feet 3,974
Average $/SqFt $184

Median Days on Market 33

These numbers show that there are a limited number of homes available for that area, and they are selling fast.

Begin your search here for properties on large parcels of land in, or around, Livingston Mountain. 

Or Call Us – we know the area and can help you buy or sell a home in Livingston Mountain.

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Launch the holidays in Clark County at the Port of Camas-Washougal Christmas Ships Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade starts at 6 PM – crowds assemble along the docks at the Port around 5 PM to witness this annual tradition. If the weather is bad, you can slip into the Port’s office.

The Christmas Ships Parade has regaled the Portland/Vancouver region with holiday cheer since 1954. What started with a few volunteer enthusiasts has grown to a fleet of roughly 50 to 60 boats. Now two fleets sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers – sometimes together – lighting up the water with Christmas decorations and customized lights and signs. This year the parades run from December 2nd through the 18th – the first night’s parade is farther down river along Marine Drive in Portland.

You can check out the schedule and best viewing locations along each river at the Christmas Ships web site. It is a delightful show for both young and old with themes that run the gamut from traditional yuletide to whimsical nautical. It’s a great way to set aside some time from your busy schedule to meet up with friends and get into the holiday mood.

This activity is a volunteer labor of love – Christmas Ship skippers donate their own fuel and time, and receive no compensation.  The cost of insurance is offset by generous donations from businesses and restaurants located along the waterfront. So support the cause by booking your parties and reservations at the sponsoring restaurants and hotels, and make sure you tell them you’re coming to view the Christmas Ships.

If you want to know more about our favorite spots for viewing the Christmas Ships, just call us.  We’ll be glad to lighten up your holiday!

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ViewHomes™ of Livingston Mountain in Camas WA 

Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ of Clark County™ are located on Livingston Mountain in Camas.This area features a variety of homes on larger parcels of land and many of the homes have great views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.

The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia River. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites.  Livingston Mountain is in the highly desirable Camas School District.

Residents of the neighborhoods located on Livingston Estates literally have “Nature As Neighbors™”.  The Regional Multiple Listing Service often pulls in other listings, not located on Livingston Mountain, and it benefits buyers to utilize the expertise of a local Real Estate who knows the area, as we do.

Market Snapshot for Livingston Mountain

10 Active Listings  from $509,000 to $2,250,000
Average Square Feet 5,200
Average $/SqFt $209

4 Sold Listing in Past 3 Months from $500,000 to $803,000
Average Square Feet 4,670
Average $/SqFt $181

Average Days on Market 83

These numbers show that there are a limited number of homes available for that area, and they are selling fast.

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy the convenience of the Fern Prairie Market, at 1817 NE 267th Ave.  It is not just a gas station/convenience store, but a miniature supermarket with fresh produce, meats, staples, and frozen foods (with an extensive pizza selection!) Their deli counter also offers fresh custom-made sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches.

Begin your search here for properties on large parcels of land in, or around, Livingston Mountain. 

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We’ve discovered first-hand the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. As many of our happy clients know “elbow room for the soul” represents the ultimate luxury.

Also, if you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in family, or visiting friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Since we specialize in Multi-generational living, we have helped many families find a home suitable for that lifestyle.

In short, we recognize the need many of us share to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls. It’s not a one size fits all, our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. We’re also know how to target market your property to candidates most likely to purchase your home.

ViewHomes of Camas WA – A Market Snapshot for October 2016

This week, we highlight the current ViewHomes™ for sale in Camas. Since we live in the hills north of Camas, we have a real fondness for the area. The charm of a small-town lifestyle meets high-tech industry and offers residents quick access to the big city amenities of Portland. Most areas are also within minutes of Portland International Airport. Many think it’s the best of both worlds.

49 Active Listings –  $509,000 to $3,290,000  – Average $/SqFt is $265

8 Pending from $465,000 to $2,250,000 – Average $/SqFt is $206

11 Sales reported in the last 3 months from  $485,000 to $2,225,000 – Average $/SqFt was $187.  The Average DOM (days on market) was only 38, so properties are selling fast!

The Fall Real Estate Market is still hot for homes in good condition and priced fairly, so it’s a great time to sell your ViewHome™ of Clark County. Call us today for a free market analysis.

Begin your Camas ViewHomes search here.

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Camas – What’s not to love?

We appreciate the welcoming small-town atmosphere in Camas, Washington. Tree-lined streets and friendly merchants make the downtown one of our favorite spots to shop. A sense of community underscores the lifestyle, and plenty of events, hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Parks and Recreation Department, are designed to get people together. One of our favorites is the annual Boo Bash. While this event is designed for children, but we often see everybody getting involved – even the family pets!

Eco-therapy is just what the doctor ordered. We have plenty of that too. Pristine waterways, lush green forests, and snow-capped mountains provide a backdrop for our many Camas neighborhoods. Recreation is literally minutes away with our many parks, trails, lakes, and the mighty Columbia River. Twenty minutes east puts you in the scenic Columbia River Gorge with world class recreation. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, windsurfing, rafting, kayaking, skiing, and fishing to name a few. Our seasons bring us varied landscapes too with colorful wildflowers in the Spring, and the golden tones of the Deciduous trees in the Fall.

The Pacific Northwest, in general, is pretty laid back. We tend to dress casually and put a lot of import on comfort and appropriate weather attire. However, we do enjoy dressing up too, and going to fabulous restaurants, cultural events, or one of the many attractions in neighboring Portland, Oregon. Those of you familiar with the television hit, Portlandia, will be pleased to know there is a grain or two of truth in those funny storylines. Admittedly, we enjoy our close proximity to the Rose city, but always breath easier returning to the slower pace on this side of the Columbia River. We think it’s a wonderful place to call home.

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Nature often surprises us with spontaneous gifts.

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Jimmy Fallon recently quipped on his Tonight Show that “multi-generational housing” is just a fancy way of saying “I still live with my Mom.”  While that is a funny comment, joking about this lifestyle on late night TV shows how mainstream the concept has become. The Pew Research Center reported last month that nearly 20% of all U.S. families – 60.6 million people – live in multi-gen households.  And it’s not just college-age kids staying at home longer. The report shows that the economic impact of the 2007-2009 recession was a major impetus for the trend, yet here we are 5 years later and the number of families choosing that lifestyle continues to rise.
Certainly, there are economic advantages of sharing the cost of housing, but most of our clients report other positive aspects and incentives for adopting that lifestyle. Many households include grandparents, who consider it a privilege to see their grandchildren every day.  They serve as live-in babysitters, built-in mentors, and general contributors to enhancing family life.  There is a bigger sense of community when family members participate in meals and chores together. In our household, the greatest sense of fulfillment is at the end of a day working in the yard, and we are all sitting around our fire pit enjoying a campfire.

 

As a realtor with experience working with multi-gen clients, I can attest to the challenges of finding that “perfect home.”  In today’s market, as multi-gen housing becomes more popular, homes with additional living quarters, or features that can be adapted for that lifestyle, are pushing prices up.  Here is a market snapshot of all multi-gen homes in Clark County over $450,000:

95 Active Listings, ranging in price from $450,000 to $4,750,000.
Average SqFt is 4,730 with and Average $/SqFt at $224
Average Days on Market is 102
33 Pending Sales, ranging from $489,000 to $4,895,000
Average SqFt is 7,181 with an Average $/SqFt of $139
Average Days on Market is 128
27 Sales in past 3 months ranging from $475,000 to $1,425,000
Average SqFt was 4,036 with an Average $/SqFt of $154
Average Days on Market was 103
This also illustrates that multi-gen homes are going quickly, so call us if you’d like to have us help you find that home. Or run your own search with at our specialized Multi-Gen Search Feature.
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If you want to sell your ViewHome in Camas, we’ll let you in on our secret formula. It’s not really a secret, as anyone can do it, but not the way we do. You see, our entire marketing focus grew out our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. We think this one sentence sums it up perfectly. We sell ViewHomes of Clark County with Nature As Neighbors and elbow room for the soul.™

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Our recent trip to Carson, WA (to preview a log cabin listing) turned into a delightful adventure of sights, sounds and regional foods. Only an hour’s drive from Camas, we headed East on highway 14 through Washougal, WA, “Gateway to the Gorge”. Driving along towering bluffs, breath-taking views of the massive Gorge illustrate how the mighty Columbia River forged this region.  We pass Cape Horn Nature Trail, one of our favorite hikes – uphill through a pristine rain forest that loops into Nancy Russell Overlook, one of most impressive panoramic views of the area. Next up is the massive Bonneville Dam, roaring from the powerful current, and the nearby Hot Springs Resort & Spa, offering a quiet retreat.

Along the road is a seasonal native fish market, where we buy freshly-caught King salmon, pulled from the Columbia that morning, and filleted on the spot.  Complemented with local produce from the farmer’s market, our dinner menu is complete!

Just before Carson is the town of Stevenson, noted for its annual music and arts festival, and its four-star resort, the Skamania Lodge. The unique Cascadian-style lodge features sweeping river views, a three-story stone fireplace in the lounge, a choice of first class dining, or causal outdoor pub. Complete with its 18-hole golf course, 900-foot zip line, and easy-to-moderate hiking trails, it is a fun, friendly destination.

In the family of Columbia Gorge towns, Carson is the quiet sibling, set back from the edge of Gorge in more secluded surroundings. Yet, it offers one of the most popular destinations in the region – Carson Hot Springs.  Known for its rustic charm and quiet ambiance, the hotel features an authentic mineral water bathhouse that was founded in the early 1900s. Cap your day of hiking, biking, or golfing in the area with the traditional practice of “taking the water” by relaxing in the natural beauty of the forest.

Then it’s home again, savoring our experience.The original objective of previewing a home for a client turned into a reminder of the wonderful opportunities for adventure we have in the Pacific Northwest.

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Homes with Nature As Neighbors in Camas

Homes on a bit of land not only give you more privacy, they often provide a connection to the harmony of nature. It’s an important connection that calms our brains and soothes our souls. Many of these acreage-homes in Camas have excellent views of the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.

Living with Nature is Beneficial

When we get closer to nature, in the deep wilderness, or sitting under a backyard tree, our overstressed brains can take a breather. Scientist David Strayer specializes in research aimed at how nature affects our brains and bodies. He claims nature does indeed have healing powers. Research in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a substantial impact on stress and anxiety.

Perhaps that’s why we also gave up our more urban lifestyle and moved to an acreage home above Camas/Washougal. It’s been nearly a year in our new setting – and our multi-generational family members can all attest to the beneficial aspects of living with Nature As Neighbors.™

ViewHomes for Sale in Camas WA

51 Active Homes – Average List price $960,000

11 Pending – Average List price $750,000

31 Sold ( Within 6 months) Average Sold price $650,000

Days on Market  48-76

Sales price to List price  96.38%

If you’re interested in learning more about properties with land, and the lifestyle in Camas, Washington, we’d love to help. We specialize in ViewHomes ™- houses with land, family estates, and multi-generational homes. The common denominator? Our sellers and buyers feel that privacy is the ultimate luxury. We call it “elbow room for the soul.” ™

Begin your search now at NatureAsNeighbors.com

Our Featured Camas Listing has it all – and a great location just a mile from Downtown Camas. Be sure to call today for a private tour.

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ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain in Camas WA 

Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ of Clark County™ are located on Livingston Mountain in Camas.This area features a variety of homes on larger parcels of land and many of the homes have great views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.

The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia River. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites.  Livingston Mountain is in the highly desirable Camas School District.

Residents of the neighborhoods located on Livingston Estates have  ” Nature As Neighbors, and plenty of Elbow Room for the Soul.”™  The Regional Multiple Listing Service often pulls in other listings, not located on Livingston Mountain, and it benefits buyers to utilize the expertise of a local Real Estate expert to help get accurate data for the area.

Market Snapshot for Livingston Mountain as of August 2, 2016 ( 3 months) 

8 Active Listings      Median Days on Market 33     Median List $787,000

2 Pending Listings   Median Days on Market 50    Median List  $556,950

1 Sold Listing           Median Days on Market 29   Median Sold  $545,000

The sold listing closed on May 31, 2016 and, relatively speaking, was quite a good value for a home located in a gated neighborhood on Livingston Mountain. The home was built in the mid 90’s and still needs some cosmetic updates however, it does have a new roof, gutters, and heat pump. The five-acre setting has a year round creek and spectacular views of Mount Hood.

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy the convenience of the Fern Prairie Market, at 1817 NE 267th Ave.  It is not just a gas station/convenience store, but a miniature supermarket with fresh produce, meats, staples, staples, and frozen foods (with an extensive pizza selection!) Their deli counter also offers fresh custom-made sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches.

Begin your search here for properties on large parcels of land in, or around, Livingston Mountain. 

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It looks exotic, but is hardy in our climate, as its name implies, “Frostproof.” Our home is located in the hills above Camas and nighttime temperatures are often on the cool side during Spring

Imagine having the best of both worlds! You can own a private slice of heaven located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Camas. This ViewHome™ has plenty of room for the entire family, or visiting family members and friends if you’re empty nesters. It has classic and timeless appeal with a great layout that lends itself to privacy for everyone.

Looking for in-law quarters, or space for your college student to live until graduation? This home has a ton of potential with a large lower level with a private entry from the garage. It is the perfect multi-generational home because it gives everyone the breathing room they need for harmony. Large windows and decks create a connection to stunning views and nature, it’s both entertaining and soothing.

Talk about location – nestled in a hillside overlooking charming Camas, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Minutes from recreation on Lacamas Lake, Columbia River, or in the scenic Columbia Gorge. Want to get away to bigger cities for some night life, or travel? Portland, Oregon is a short 30 minute drive, and Portland International Airport is only 20 minutes away.

Newly adjusted price of $669,000.00. Call us today for your private tour.

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Lavender blue dilly dilly, lavender green, When I am King dilly dilly, you shall be Queen. Our love affair with lavender at our rural home in Camas.

It’s tough to find many newer, luxury homes on acreage near downtown Camas.  While this home was built in 2005, it’s timeless design, high-end features and amenities, and the stunning view represent what many of today’s buyers want in a home.

The 4,000 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home sits on a small bluff just a mile from downtown Camas. Many properties on acreage have septics and wells, and natural gas appliances need to be fitted for propane. Not this one, it’s close-in location negates all of the aforementioned.

We think this property has the all important serenity and privacy desired by our clients, but with the convenience of being located with an easy commute of nearly everything. Keep in mind, a steep and sloping driveway gives you access to the home, but the setting it worth the hillside climb.  Call today for your tour.

Take a quick tour of the lifestyle to see if you’re a good match.

 

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We know where to find Multi-gen homes, family estates, and homes with plenty of space for frequent visitors. In fact, we too live the lifestyle in our own ViewHome located in the hills above Camas/Washougal. Privacy and nature abound, yet recently, it was only a 20 minute trip to take our daughter and granddaughter to Portland International Airport for their return flight to Denver.

One advantage of living in Camas, WA is how many places offer amazing views of the area. The geological evolution of heat, ice and floods over eons formed dramatic promontories overlooking deep canyons, creating panoramic vistas from many points. The surrounding areas also morphed into peaks and hillsides, so you don’t have to be perched right on the edge of the Gorge to have views.

Views don’t always have to be spectacular to be satisfying. Sometimes, it just takes the right amount of property with a territorial or pastoral to provide Elbow Room for the Soul.

If this is what you look for in a home, you are in luck – there are many choices for View Homes – most with acreage, or large lots.  Also, a variety of luxury View Homes are available in varying price ranges in Camas beginning in the mid 500’s.

Here is a brief overview of the market for View Homes in Camas:

31 Active from $395,000 to $3,290,000 (the one featured here)
Avg SQFT: 4547 Avg List $/SQFT: $245

11 Pending from $214,000 to $999,500
Avg SQFT: 2605 Avg $/SQFT: $176

24 Sold from $245,900 to $938,000
Avg SQFT: 2891 Avg Sold $/SQFT: $167

If you want a View Home, with Nature as Neighbors, contact us. This area is for you.

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Nature as Neighbors – Gardeners Experience Zen Digging in the Dirt

If you’re like me, digging in the dirt can calm, ground, and refresh your mood, all at once.  It’s truly an enjoyable endeavor that also pays off in beautiful blooms and tasty vegetables and fruits. Studies have shown that gardening can have a meditative, healing effect on people – one study coined the phrase Horticultural Therapy.  It is definitely an area in our lives where we experience “elbow room for the soul”.

In Clark County, WA, you’ll have to adjust your gardening style to the different conditions within our region. For example, those of us who live in East County – Fishers Landing, Camas, and Washougal have gorge winds to reckon with as they can cause problems with our plantings.

Strong winds tug at delicate root systems and prevent optimal growth. In addition, the wind dries out soil, therefore gardeners must be mindful and water deeply and with more frequency to avoid stress.  Pathogens are also carried from one plant to the next, especially when accompanied by rain ( that never happens around here, right?).

Facing the Gardening Challenges of Windy Conditions

You can create barriers for your more delicate plantings ( eg. tomatoes) to help block the winds. Small retaining walls, mesh screens, and trellis panels can be quite effective.  Some gardeners create small recesses within windy slopes or other areas. These pockets are surrounded with a build up of stone or rocks and covered with a heavy layer of mulch to help retain moisture.

Thoughtful placement of trees and shrubs can also provide wind protection for your garden in East County. Consider hardy varieties such as redbud, mountain ash, dogwood, and Japanese maples, to name a few. We like shrubs such as rose hips, lavender, and high-bush cranberry. It’s essential that windbreaks are 50% permeable to filter the winds.

We’ve designed our raised-bed garden on a terraced southern slope that gets more sun and less cold north winds. Terracing makes it possible to garden on a slope with little concern over erosion. The heat stored by the terrace wall above each strip provides a bit of thermal protection for the crops below.

Gardening provides such a feeling of satisfaction. Digging in the dirt is good for the soul and our health. You can’t get much more fresh and local than the harvest from your own garden. Here’s to a great growing season in East Clark County, Washington.

 

 

 

 

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Forget-Me-Not, Dear Father

The story of us has evolved – from the four of us, to the six of us – my husband and me, my sister and her husband, and our parents. My sister and I had a good life while growing up, thanks to our parents. We both feel it’s now our turn to ensure they spend their latter years surrounded by love and support. Therefore, we all moved to the same multi-generational property in Camas last Fall. 

For us, the key to making this work is privacy and cooperation. We consult each other on important matters that involve all of us, and try to give one another the space we need to breath. Admittedly, while we wait for our parents cottage to be built, it’s not ideal at the moment, but we make it work. A good sense of humor, patience, and the knowledge of of “end in sight” is helpful. 

My dad has dementia and it comes with mood swings and moments of frustration. He’s still lucid enough to remember us all, and generally knows what’s going on. However, it’s sad to watch his impatience with himself when he loses a thought or a word. He often repeats himself as if stuck in a loop, especially if he’s stressed or over tired. Things that used to be easy take time.

Mom needs us as much as he does. The illness is often just as difficult for a spouse as it is for the person affected by memory loss. We all work to jog his memory with stories and frequently mention the names of friends and family members. We try not to remind him of his inability to remember things and pretend as if we’ve heard a story or suggestion for the first time, rather than the fourth or fifth. The moods swings take love and understanding. 

My dad’s younger sister and her family came to visit us yesterday. They live north of us in the Seattle area. It was good to relive old memories, and when we couldn’t recall a place or name, we laughed at the normal momentary memory loss most experience as we age. What a juxtaposition I thought to myself, we’re sharing old memories, making a new memories, and visiting together while we can all be remembered. Tears flowed when they left amid exchanges of ” I love you’s.”  “Life moves too damn fast,” someone said. 

Sunday’s are family day at our multi-generational household and we’ll be hosting dinner for everyone at our place this evening. I’m not sure what’s on the menu yet,  as I’m still honoring the feelings of my bittersweet mood this morning. I’m overall grateful though, and happy to be here. I’m certain none of us will ever regret this time spent as a family, together again.  I love you mom and dad.

 

 

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Not far from Camas, there’s a small pocket of six luxurious homes built on large lots with stunning views. So unexpected, not everyone knows about this delightful neighborhood. Deer, eagles, osprey and other wildlife are frequent guests. Downtown Camas is literally a few blocks to the East.

Fortunately, one owner has decided it’s time to downsize. That means you’ll soon have the chance to purchase one of these Camas ViewHomes™. If you’re looking for a large home, close to everything, yet connected to Nature, this might be the one. Children in the area attend the highly regarded Camas School District.

Soon, we’ll be listing this lovely home at Nature As Neighbors. We’re delighted to offer you another ViewHome™ with “elbow room for the soul.”

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One of our favorite events in Camas every year is the Annual Plant & Garden Fair held Saturday just before Mother’s Day (how convenient)! And to get everyone in the mood, the First Friday event May 6th will be the “Garden Gnome Gala.” Featuring a scavenger hunt throughout downtown Camas, the event gives prizes to participants who find the gnomes hidden in various business throughout downtown.  Just visiting the locations will enter you in a drawing to win a miniature fairy garden gift basket from Lizzabeth A. Nuestra Mesa restaurant will host the second night of their Cinco De Mayo party (which, of course, starts May 5th) featuring live music and outside dining and dancing both nights.

Those fun activities are just a warm-up for Saturday’s Plant and Garden Fair, which runs from 9 am to 4 pm downtown. It’s an opportunity to experience a wide selection of plants, trees, garden art and supplies – provided by local growers and artists. The fair is known for its selection of unique hand-made garden art, bird houses, garden furniture, fountains, wind chimes, iron works, and a wealth of other products. It will be hard to choose which gift you want for your mom – or even yourself!

This year’s fair will include a free potting station, with assistance, at 3rd and Cedar to put your plants in containers you buy before heading home.  Plus, free educational sessions are offered throughout the day at these vendor booths:

9:30 & 12:30        The Soap Chest: Herbal Infusions: Benefits and How-to’s
10:00 & 1:00        Half Moon Farm: Pollinators in the Garden; Education Bee Hive
10:30 & 1:30        Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection: Growing Clematis
11:00 & 2:00        The Water Shed: Water Gardens & Ponds
11:30 & 2:30        Clark County Master Composters: Worm Bin Composting
12:00 & 3:00        Rain Barrel Man: Using Rain Barrels

Also, be sure to check out the booth by Arai Nursery, one of our neighbors, and a family business we will be featuring in an up-coming post.

So, make it a Camas Garden Weekend – troll the gnomes on Friday, and stroll the streets on Saturday to get your fill of plants, flowers, and gardens!

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By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that the founder of Earth Day, Denis Hayes, grew up in Camas and part of his motivation was to clean up his own town’s environment. So what better way to celebrate Earth Day this year, than to help clean up Downtown Camas?

The condition of downtown and our environment have greatly improved since the first Earth Day in 1970, so it shows how effective group effort can be to bring about change. But there is always work to be done, and that is why the Downtown Camas Association organizes an Annual Spring Cleanup and Plant Day.

This year, the event is schedule for Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 4, meeting at the Journey Community Church, 4th and Birch. Be sure to bring gloves and garden tools, and dress to get dirty! There will be lots of weeding, digging, planting, raking, and barkdusting (if that is a word)!  Lots of good clean fun, and a meaningful way to contribute to the community and participate in Earth Day. It’s also great preparation for the upcoming First Friday in May -The Camas Plant & Garden Fair – so check back for more information about that event.  As a bonus, Journey will be hosting a free lunch for participants.

For more information about Camas Spring Cleanup and Planting Day, give us a call.

 

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As REALTOR’s who specialize in family estates, properties with acreage, and multi-generational homes, we think having privacy and space is a huge part of this enjoyable lifestyle. It also helps to be surrounded with beautiful and soothing landscapes with Nature As Neighbors.

This is one of the views we’re enjoying outside our windows this morning. The forecast is calling for sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend. Needless to say, we’re feeling “in the pink” today in Camas, Washington. Wishing you the same.

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Sunday’s are Family day at our Multigenerational Household in Camas, Washington. It’s normally when all three families get together to enjoy life and share a meal.

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Me. Happy Spring – we’re loving the blossoming scene at our Camas ViewHome™ right now.

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Livingston Mountain is one of the best spots for views in Camas. Residents in the area really do have Nature As Neighbors, and large five-acre parcel lots give them plenty of “elbow room for the soul.”

One of our multi-generational family/clients live in a gorgeous home in the gated Autumn Hills neighborhood. We love to visit them too, as we’re always treated to views of wildlife, plus expansive views of the valley and horizons beyond,  Children attend the award-winning Camas School District too.

New construction in the area is being built in Diamond Estates by Copper Creek Homes, and Livingston Estates by Quail Homes. If you’re interested in taking a tour of these new neighborhoods, we’d be happy to assist.

ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain                                    

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or  grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. It’s a lifestyle our multi-generational family enjoys too. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes in Livingston Mountain with acreage:

There are currently seven Active Listings, the most expensive is priced at $2,500,000 with 7,261 SqFt on 40 acres. Since the property is actually two tax parcels, the second parcel hs the potential for a second building site. The most affordable homes at this time are two currently listed at $699,900

3 have Sold in the past 6 months ranging from $580,000 to $1,200,000.  Average SqFt was 5,336, and Average $/SqFt was $160. The Average Sale Price was $920.665. (Clark County average for 2015 was $298,300.) 

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy the convenience of the Fern Prairie Market, at 1817 NE 267th Ave.  It is not just a gas station/convenience store, but a miniature supermarket with fresh produce, meats, staples, staples, and frozen foods (with an extensive pizza selection!) Their deli counter also offers fresh custom-made sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes in Livingston Mountain and Nature As Neighbors, contact us a Harcourts USA -The Carl Group. 

You can begin your search here.

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The home was built in 1901 by John Roffler who left a legacy of lovely Victorian homes throughout the Camas area. Roffler was just 22 years old when the Pittocks hired him to build the two and half story structure. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

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The monarch butterfly starts its migration this month from Mexico up into Canada. We expect to see them in this area soon and we will report it.

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“If you want to be happy for the rest of your life” – choose a ViewHome and eliminate strife. Well, we obviously can’t promise “nothing but blue skies ahead from now on,” but we can promise a more serene and enjoyable experience at home if you’re craving Nature As Neighbors and “elbow room for the soul.” ™

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ViewHomes of Clark County™ grew out of our love for nature, beautiful surroundings, and a peaceful environment. We recently moved our multi-generational household to an area located in the rolling hills north of Camas-Washougal. Our property sits on an acre-plus with towering trees, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and we get seasonal views of the Little Washougal River. Our family loves having Nature As Neighbors.

If you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for visiting, or live-in family, and friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re similar to the majority of our clients.. Since we also specialize in Multi-generational living,  we have helped many families find a home suitable for multiple generations. In short, we recognize the need many of us share to spend time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

One of the key elements that our family recognizes is the need for each of the three couples to have their own space and privacy. If we choose, we can go for days without seeing one another. However, that’s not the case. We have over an acre of land too and often share in the upkeep and maintenance of the buildings and grounds. We’d be happy to share our tips and experiences if you’re considering this lifestyle.

If you have a multi-generational home to sell, we’d be happy to explain how our unique focus can help market your home to rise above the rest. If you’re interesting in purchasing a Multi-generational ViewHome, we know the inventory and carefully sift through the listings on an on-going basis. We’ve found many homes with the potential for dual living situations not emphasized.

There are 49 Dual Living homes listed on the MLS with a Median List price of $729,900. Currently, there are 19 Pending, and 51 Sales in the last 6 months. The Median DOM ( days on market) ranges from a low of 58-92. The Median Sales Price to LIst Price is 97.24%. It’s a great time to sell. Call us today for your complimentary market analysis.

We just returned from a quick weekend trip to Bend, Oregon. Not only do we enjoy the little mountain town and its high-desert climate ( think sun!), we especially love to visit our son’s family and three grandchildren. Since our youngest grandson is about nine-months old and crawling, we left our white Golden Retriever Mac at home this trip. He and their boxer tend to play a bit too rambunctious together, and we didn’t want any baby mishaps.

What peace-of-mind it gave us to know our family was caring for Mac in our absence. Plus, because we live on a multi-generational property, we knew someone was around to keep an eye on our house too! Tonight is my sister’s turn to host the Sunday dinner, so we don’t have to worry about cooking after our three and half hour drive home either.  Pretty cool, huh? We’re all looking forward to razor clams.

These are just some of the many perks we’ve come to enjoy as part of sharing life and space with people we trust – and love. It’s no wonder this lifestyle is rapidly becoming more popular in our county. Even new home builders are recognizing the increasing demand for homes with enough space for multiple generations. For many families, such as ours, it’s not necessarily a financial decision, but peace of mind. Our parents are in their late 80’s and my sister and I wanted to share the responsibilities of caring for them.  Good thing we have husbands with a sense of adventure.

In our experience, having a connection to nature, and plenty of “elbow room for soul,”™ inside and outside, is critical. If you’d like to learn more about multi-generational living, and the housing options for ViewHomes of Clark County, we’d love to hear from you.

Multigenerational ViewHome of the Week:

Our featured Mult-Gen ViewHome this week, is a lovely property located in the Forest Home area of Camas. WIth nearly 7,400 square feet of living space on 2.3 acres, this estate has a full second-living space on the lower level with a Master suite, family room, kitchen, game room and a hot tub/lap pool. Private – and yet minutes to everything!  We especially appreciate the amazing views and five fireplaces!  This is an appointment only home for tours, and all buyers need to provide proof of fund prior to any showing.

 

 

 

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Multiple crews will be on the streets in bucket trucks as they replace lights. The City of Camas reminds all of us to be courteous and slow down as you move around vehicles.

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(By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4538449)

We recently wrote about Rufous Hummingbirds our region. We’ve always known the Anna Hummingbirds winter over in the Pacific Northwest, but we were a bit surprised to learn some Rufous do too. My husband thinks a female Rufous may have visited our feeder this week, I suspect it’s a female Anna’s hummingbird.  Both are more drab in color than the males, but Anna’s have a sheen of green feathers along their sides, while the Rufous have a subtle red shading. Anna’s are a bit larger than the Rufous too. They also have a long, straight and slender bill.

Perhaps, we’ll spot a Rufous soon. We know for certain they’ll be visiting later this Spring. In the meantime, what do you think – Anna’s or Rufous?

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We are a multi-generational family of three couples – our parents, my sister and husband, and ourselves. Each individual has his or her own preferences in dining.  My parents are a more traditional meat-and-potatoes style, but Mom often likes healthy options as well. My sister and brother-in-law are similar to us, more experimental and willing to try new and unusual cuisine.

We were a little apprehensive about suggesting Nuestra Mesa for our weekly family dinner outing.  Our parents idea of Mexican food leans more towards Americanized dishes where size matters – “big is better”. My husband and I had been to Nuestra Mesa several times and appreciated that they emphasized handmade fresh ingredients, and rich, unique flavors over portion size.  We hoped the food would appeal to everyone.

We arrived on a Friday night and, although busy, were promptly seated and greeted by a friendly waiter.  He was polite and helpful without that over-the-top enthusiasm you sometimes get at chain restaurants. He explained the menu items, made some recommendations, then promptly delivered our drink orders.  Their margaritas are impressive – maybe the best in town!

We were surprised when our Dad ordered the Queso Fundido, an appetizer of melted cheese, black beans, salsa rojoa, & cilantro. He opted for the warm corn tortillas. With a bowl of corn chowder with roasted green chiles, he had a full meal.  Even more surprising,  mother liked it, too. Pretty soon we all had a taste and it was definitely the favorite at the table – especially the cheesy crust that formed on the bottom of the cast iron pan.  Each of us had very satisfying and flavorful entrees: enchiladas, quesadillas, and a fine assortment of tacos. But we all agreed the Queso Fundido was the hit dish- we would order more next time, so we can all share, and let poor Dad have more.

The best part of the evening was that everyone commented on how satisfying the meal was without having huge portions. The verdict fresh flavorful dishes beat our portion size any day, especially the unique hand-crafted flavors at Nuestra Mesa.

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Visit us at Nature As Neighbors™ and explore the homes we’ve carefully screened to match the type of ViewHome™ we know you’re looking for in Clark County. Our blog, News and Views, is updated frequently with articles and videos highlighting rural lifestyles, nature, news, views, events and people in Clark County.

One of our favorite Downtown Camas events involves an evening filled with chocolate (and who doesn’t love chocolate?) This First Friday, Feb 5th from 5 to 8 pm “A Chocolate Affair to Remember” features shops throughout downtown serving or selling chocolate. As a bonus, to celebrate the final season of Downton Abbey, participants are encouraged to dress in vintage costumes, which will qualify them for a gift basket drawing – containing vintage treasures donated by Camas Antiques.

It’s a perfect pre-Valentine theme to start thinking about and shopping for unique gifts for that special someone. Among the evening’s activities, participants will be able to:

  • Guess the amount of candy in jar located throughout downtown, and enter to win that candy and other great Valentine’s themed prizes!
  • Attend a wine and chocolate tasting at The Liberty Theatre, and also see a special viewing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 6:45pm and Chocolat at 3pm and 8:00pm.
  • Kids crafts are also available with a Valentine’s theme at the Downtown Camas Association table in Journey Community Church.
  • A Red Hot Chocolate theme by Truly Scrumptious Bakery will be featured at Arktana Shoes, (with 10% off anything red).
  • Lizzabeth A will host a drawing for 5 different Moonstruck candy bars and will offer 20% off all Moonstruck chocolate purchases.

There will be many more sweet surprises if you head down to “A Chocolate Affair to Remember” in downtown Camas tomorrow night, Feb 5th from 5 to 8 pm.

If you’d like to hear more about living in the region with small town charm and big city amenities, call us today.

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Environmentally Sound Practices Can Extend The Life of Your Access Road

Most homes in the country or on acreage are accessed over a gravel road. Usually it’s a private road or driveway that leads back from the main road, and gravel is an affordable alternative to paving, which can be three times as expensive. The county typically does not maintain these roads, so it’s the responsibility of the homeowners.

Obviously, getting in and out is an important issue – especially during winter months when weather can be hard on a road. Keeping a minimum amount of gravel on the surface can help, but it won’t do any good unless you observe the common adage about proper road maintenance: “drainage, drainage, drainage.” Water and gravity are natural forces that must be addressed in road design and maintenance. Even paved roads need to follow basic design rules – unless water is drained off properly, it will erode the surface. Plus, it’s a serious environmental issue –  road erosion can create sediment and pollution issues for local streams and rivers.

The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies (yes, there really is such a thing at Pennsylvania State University!) states that most roads should have a “crown” – a center that is higher than the sides.  This ensures the water will drain to either side – then properly dispersed either into a ditch or broad shoulder.  Crowns should be at least 1/2 inch high for every foot of width. E.g., a 20-foot wide road, (10 feet on either side) should have a 5 inch crown from side to center.  The exception might be roads on a slope – they often drain better if allowed to flow to one side. The key is to observe the natural draining patterns of the landscape and work with nature to accommodate water flow.

Environmentally Sound Practices Can Extend The Life of Your Access Road

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Here is a visual comparison – first an improperly maintained road. It’s easy to see where the water will sit and eventually erode through the surface:

Improper Slope

Compared to a properly crowned road:

Proper Crown

If you’re want more on this, check out the EPA’s “Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance For Dirt and Gravel Roads” for comprehensive guidelines.

So, when you are evaluating that beautiful view home in the country, here are some (literally) down to earth tips on the access road:

  1. Pay attention to the current condition of the road – is it relatively smooth and without potholes and standing water?
  2. Does it appear to be regularly maintained? Are side ditches and culverts cleared and not overgrown or clogged?
  3. Who is responsible for maintenance? Is road access shared with others, and is there a road maintenance agreement? Is so, make sure you get a copy and read through it to understand your shared responsibilities.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes in Clark County and Nature Not Neighbors, contact us at Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

We have come to learn that living out in the country, with Nature As Neighbors, creates a more calming environment. The quote from Lao Tzu reminds us of our own challenges; to slow down our pace and savor the moments. Too often, we rush through our days. Yet, life is not a race. The sounds from the nearby Little Washougal River and the huge fir trees swaying in the winter winds quietly remind us to be more aware, more mindful.

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The name Prune Hill might sound a bit odd to you, and while the name is peculiar, once you learn its rich local history, it will make more sense.  Prune Hill in Camas, Washington is actually the cinder cone of an extinct volcano and was once home to a major agricultural product. 

As the name implies, at one time, Prune Hill was planted with many prune orchards, beginning with the largest, which was planted in the 1880‘a by a man named Mr. Boyer.  According to the Camas – Washougal Historical Society, many other settlers after Boyer also planted Prune orchards, and at one time Clark County was known as the prune capitol of the world.

Sadly, the depression was the beginning of the end for that status. As once the market for prunes collapsed, most of the trees were put to better use – as firewood. For quite a few years, most of Prune Hill remained forested with only a few scattered residences.  But in 1971, with the addition of two new water reservoirs and sewer improvements, Prune Hill finally became “the place to live in Camas Washington.”

Today, the Prune Hill neighborhood remains one of the most desirable of addresses in Camas, and perhaps in all of Clark County. After all, it’s close and easy proximity to I-205, Portland and the airport, make it a great choice for business people. And given it’s access to the Columbia River Gorge and recreation, it’s a popular choice for active families.

Today there are a few remaining Prune trees left, most notably a stand near Forest Home Road and NW Astor. But if you’re looking for a home in Clark County, especially a home that offers you outstanding views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood or Portland’s city lights, there’s no better place to live than Prune Hill in Camas, Washington. If you’re interested in Finding (or Selling ) your ViewHome in Camas, contact us today. Or begin your research here. 

 

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The Pleasure of Living With Nature As Neighbors in Livingston Mountain

If you are looking for a home with some acreage, and a view, you should consider homes in Livingston Mountain, Clark County, WA.

Livingston Mountain View

The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia River. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites.  Livingston Mountain is in the highly desirable Camas School District.

ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain                                    

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or  grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. Its “elbow room for the soul.™”

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes in Livingston Mountain with acreage:

2 Active Listings for $2,500,000 with 7,261 SqFt on 40 acres, and $1,795,000 with 8,840 SqFt on 6.6 acres.  Each is a custom luxury home with privacy and magnificent views.

4 Sold in the past 6 months ranging from $490,000 to $1,200,000.  Average SqFt was 5,900, and Average $/SqFt was $130. Average Sale Price was $764,875 (Clark County average for 2015 was $298,300.) 

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy the convenience of the Fern Prairie Market, at 1817 NE 267th Ave.  It is not just a gas station/convenience store, but a miniature supermarket with fresh produce, meats, staples, staples, and frozen foods (with an extensive pizza selection!) Their deli counter also offers fresh custom-made sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes in Livingston Mountain and Nature As Neighbors, contact us a Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

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The Little Washougal River is one of our favorite neighborhood treats. It’s located a few steps from our ViewHome™ in Camas. On clear, winter days we can see a part of the river sparkle through the tall pine trees on our front property line. It makes us nearly giddy, as both of us treasure the energy of moving water.

One of our favorite features of our Camas home in the country (besides the view) is the privacy.  We don’t have neighbors looking over our back yard or parked out front.  There is a lot of room between homes up here, and it provides a serene sense of calm.

On the other hand, it is nice to interact with our neighbors. If we’re out working in the yard and we see someone out in their field, we’ll sometimes stop by the fence line just to chat and catch up on what’s happening in their lives. It’s a nice break from work, and we’ve gotten to know some very nice people that way.

One neighbor in particular – Brian – has always been very friendly, but polite and reserved.  We never worry about him dropping in on us unannounced or being intrusive.  He’s our favorite “fence chatter” neighbor.

So it was surprising the other day when the door bell rang, and I opened to see Brian standing there.  He had a wooden bowl in his hand – I didn’t recognize it as ours. So I asked if one of his dogs might have found it and brought it home to him. Instead, he handed me the bowl and said “Here, I just made this.”  A solid applewood bowl, fresh off the lathe in his woodworking studio.  “Hand polished with food-grade oil, so you can use it right away!” he added.

“Wow”, I said, not knowing what else to say. “This is beautiful.”

He shrugged, “I’m also turning some candlesticks out of maple blocks for the neighbors up above.”  He quietly left, heading towards the fence.

Brian's Engraving“Thank you” I called to him, and he just waved.  His neighborly act was complete – his handcrafted gift a pleasant surprise that made my day.  They say “fences make good neighbors”, but I would add – “especially if you stop and chat awhile!”

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We have an energy-efficient wood stove in our home, but we don’t have enough seasoned wood on site for firewood. So we ordered our first load of alder and oak this week. In our area, you can buy firewood several ways: as logs to cut and split yourself (typically not seasoned), cut rounds to split, or pre-split pieces. Split wood is often delivered by dump truck, emptied into a pile in the yard. Stacking is an extra service, but we like the exercise, so we usually do it ourselves. It’s repetitive physical work, and over time amounts to a decent workout. But the bonus, once you settle into the rhythm of stacking, is the subliminal brain exercise and reflective meditation you experience. Making order of that huge mess can elevate the drudgery to an almost Zen moment of clarity.

When you stack firewood, you are basically solving a geometry problem. Trees start out round, are cut into lengths, then split into halves or quarters. So the challenge is: how do you fit those random-sized pieces back together again to form a nice, cohesive formation? Since a cord is a stack 4’ X 4’ X 8’, it helps to visualize building that polyhedron from the ground up. If you don’t have a wood shed, you can build the stack between metal fence posts.

Start with pieces that are semi-circular, placing the flat side down to form a base. Then, adding the next level, look for the best combination of angles that will result in as much of a flat surface as possible. It’s never really flat – but you can approximate as you add layers. Here’s where the mental acuity comes in – you will start to see patterns and combinations that work best and your brain quickly assesses each irregular piece to assign the right spot for it. Once you settle into that rhythm, your brain switches to auto drive, and you start to slip into the meditation of the moment – moving, measuring, solving, moving again. Over time, you can zone out all thoughts except to focus on the activity. I wasn’t even aware this was happening until I heard “Last piece of wood” and I emerged from my neurological nap!

It is a great way to spend a cool, crisp autumn day – exercising your body on the outside while exercising your brain and mind on the inside. Once you are done you have the satisfaction of a nice stack of wood and the refreshing comfort of a mindful meditation.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about ViewHomes of Clark County – Nature Not Neighbors. Harcourts The Carl Group

The Lacamas Heritage trail is well-loved by my family. My husband and I are frequent visitors along with our white Golden Retriever, McKinley. When my out-of-town children come to visit they too use the trail for walks with their children, or for running. 

This weekend, we all noticed the signs of fall, including the sweet smell of damp leaves and the sounds of small creeks, streams, and waterfalls are once again filled with water. Mushrooms have popped up, seemingly overnight, in the moist earth beneath the heavy canopy of trees. Snowberry and Red Elderberry bushes dot the landscape with bright cheer.

Mud-puddles create obstacles, to run around, or run through. “Mac, aka McKinley,”  always chooses the latter course.  The path is spotted with fallen leaves and drops of water from overhead branches occasionally drip down in a surprising splash. Geese often honk in the sky above, circling to land on the glassy surface of the lake. 

Going the Distance at Lacamas Heritage Trail

You can do a 7-mile roundtrip on the Lacamas Heritage Trail, or turn around at any spot along the way for a shorter outing. Distance markers help to keep tabs on your stamina. The path is mostly dirt and gravel, making it knee-friendly for those of us who prefer not to pound the pavement.  It’s also wide enough for strollers, and you’ll frequently see young moms and dads out for a run while pushing junior. 

You can park at either trailhead and there are restrooms for your convience. When the weather is good, you can expect to hunt for a place to park, especially at the NE Goodwin Road entrance. You will probably have better luck at the trailhead lot off of Lake Road. However, as the weather turns cool and rainy, you’ll normally have plenty of spots to park. 

One of our Fall traditions is to run the trail on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a festive outing and makes it easier to say yes to that pumpkin pie or eggnog. Regardless of when or why, you should definitely plan to walk or run along the Lacamas Heritage Trail during the months of Autumn. 

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As with most stories, ours is evolving. First of all, my sister and her husband have joined the group. All 3 couples with be sharing responsibilities ( and life ) on an acre (+) in Camas. We each have our own space, and each of us has territorial and pastoral views. It’s simply serene – and quiet! We were all craving views of Nature As Neighbors and Elbow Room for the Soul.™

If you’re looking for a home in the Camas area with room for frequent guests, or live-in family members, you’ve got some great choices.  One of our favorite specialties is multi-generational housing solutions. As baby boomers who live on a multigenerational family estate, we are eager to share our experiences and knowledge with other families facing this situation. We’re pleased to report successful outcomes for numerous families in Clark County. Be sure to ask for a list of our references from happy clients.

These homes are all located in the highly sought-after Camas School District and this report specifically highlights the homes with separate guest houses, living quarters, or homes that could be easily modified to create at least two separate living quarters. As my father will tell you, “it’s important to have enough space and privacy that we could go an entire week without seeing one another, if that’s what we choose.” My father is a wise man. Blending generations and lifestyles is an art, but ensuring privacy and alone time can make the process much easier for all concerned.

This is a general overview of homes with guest houses or separate living spaces in Camas at this time. Currently there are 5 homes with guest houses, ADUs, or a separate space with living quarters, or suitable for separate living quarters with simple modifications. For example, homes with daylight basements are often easily modified. It’s especially cost effective if the area already has a bath, and or wet bar/kitchen area. 

Here’s an example: this luxury home is 5,360 SqFt, listed for $1,200,000. It sits on 5 private acres, in the Little Washougal River Estates, and has a separate entrance for the second living quarters.

Multi-Gen House

If you’d like to learn more about this type of home, and available inventory contact us to set up an appointment to evaluate your specific goals. We’d love to show you the advantages of living with Nature as Neighbors.

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Earth Day founder, Denis Hayes was born in Wisconsin, but grew up the charming small town of Camas, Washington. His experiences growing up in the Pacific Northwest helped instill his  love of and appreciation for nature. His passion for protecting the environment came from witnessing the harm the local paper mill was doing, at that time, to the pristine environment, and its populace.

Camas sits at the mouth of the wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge. What a dichotomy to have the local employer spewing out toxins into the stunning landscape. To further confuse the matters, Hayes’ father, and most of the men during that time, worked at the mill. Most of the locals tolerated the sulphur dioxide and other chemicals thrown off by the paper mill and called it, “the smell of money.”

Fortunately, times have changed. New Environmental Protection Agency “cluster” rules require pulp and paper mills to significantly reduce air and water emissions. Steam scrubbing systems now strip pollutants from the pulping process and incinerates them. In addition, the scrubber eliminates 80 to 90 percent of the eggish smell notorious for mills.

Hayes, an environmental activist and solar power proponent, rose to visibility in 1970 as the coordinator of the first Earth Day. He also founded the Earth Day Network, and in 1999, Time Magazine honored him with the title “Hero of the Planet.

Since 1992, Denis Hayes has been president of The Bullit Foundation in Seattle, Washington. He remains a leading advocate for environmental and energy policies, not only in the Pacific Northwest, but around the world.

Earth Day is here once again. It has grown into one of the most widely celebrated secular holidays in the world.  On April 22, 2015, let’s celebrate our planet, and pay homage to our local “Hero of the Planet.” Thank you Denis Hayes.

 

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Camas is alive with the sound of frog’s courting. Yep, it’s frog breeding season in the Northwest again. Male frogs are puffing up their air sacs and singing as loud as they can to attract females. Any spot near a pond, runoff, lake or other water source will likely have some frog populations.

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He impressed me from the very first day I saw him, in early 2007, while running the Heritage Trail in Camas. Tipping his blue hat, and giving a jaunty forehead salute, he wished me a cheerful “Good Morning.” The good-energy vibes radiated from his bo

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As I crossed one of several bridges, I spotted this couple enjoying a morning bath. You’d think I’d be sensitive enough to give them a private moment. Instead, I grabbed my iPhone and shot a quick little video. I can’t resist when nature calls.

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