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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.

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!

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!

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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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 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.

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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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 enjoying selling ViewHomes on Livingston Mountain.  We are almost sure to see some wildlife in this ” Nature As Neighbors,” neighborhood. Recently, while attending one of our buyers’ Open House, we saw a family of five deer on Livingston Mountain Road, and once inside the neighborhood, we saw several more on our way to their house. 

The Summit is surrounded by towering pines, alders, and wildlife. On this particular late winter afternoon, the trees sparkled from a recent rain. We could see the sun setting on the horizon through a hazy cloud cover and the effect was ethereal. 

Area trails are marked for hiking and horseback riding. The people who live at the Summit claim to have more days of the year with sunshine thanks to the higher elevation. If you love snow, this Camas neighborhood is generally one of the first to get a dusting of the white stuff, again due to the elevation.  If you dream of a white Christmas, this area would be a good fit. ( Although, we can’t guarantee it!)

 The Summit at Autumn Hills is a lovely gated community of 95 ViewHome sites located on Livingston Mountain. All sites have a minimum of five acres each.  Children who live in the neighborhood attend top-rated Camas schools.

There are trails throughout the neighborhood and it is managed by a Home Owners Association with CCR’s ( Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions). Be advised, they also have an Architectural Controls and Guidelines committee, also managed by the HOA.

Many of the homes have stunning views of the valley, mountains, and Portland city lights. The Summit is about 12 minutes from shopping and services and only about 22 miles to Portland International Airport.

There are several homes currently for sale on Livingston Mountain. If you’d like to see these gorgeous ViewHomes of Clark County with Nature As Neighbors™, call us today. We think you’ll enjoy having “elbow room for the soul.”™

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Environmentally Sound Practices Can Extend The Life of Your Access Road

(Continued from Part 1)

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.

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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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