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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!

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.

Prune Hill is a favorite neighborhood for ViewHome™ buyers in Camas, WA.  Situated on a hill overlooking the Columbia River, many locations offer panoramic views of the river, Mount Hood, and Portland city lights. 

The area has a rich local history and it lives up to the name. The cinder cone of a now-extinct volcano, the hill was once covered in prune orchards – earning it the title of “Prune Capitol of the World.”  Today, few of the trees remain – however, there is a notable stand at the intersection of Forest Home Road and NW Astor.

Neighborhoods on Prune Hill are popular with families because of top-rated Camas schools and the small town, family-friendly atmosphere of Southwest Washington. In addition, the address gives residents quick access to I-205 and Portland, as well as, Portland International Airport.

Point of Interest: Downtown Camas is just minutes away. Many of us who live in the Camas area love to visit our charming shops such as Camas Antiques. My Portland friends and family cross the bridge frequently to browse this wonderful store filled with old and new collectables.

Snapshot of Market For Homes in Prune Hill Area

14 Active Ranging from $519,000 to $925,000
Average Square Footage: 3,702
Average Price per Square Foot: $193.

10 Pending Ranging from $515,000 to $809,966
Average Square Footage: 3,708
Average Price per Square Foot: 169.

7 Sold in Last Three Months Ranging from $511,000 to $655,000
Average Square Footage: 3,670
Average Price Per Square Foot: 153. 

It’s a great time to buy or sell in Camas, WA.  Preview the ViewHomes of Camas at Nature As Neighbors here. (No registration required.)

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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.

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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