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You Can Live in Washougal With “Nature as Neighbors”

Clark County, WA has many fine areas where you can find homes with views, acreage and a place in the country, yet still have easy access to city amenities. Washougal is one of those popular areas where you can find privacy on a little acreage with “elbow room for the soul.”  You can also find properties right along the water, which is always a bonus.

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

The town’s namesake, the Washougal River, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities – and its rural quality. As the “Gateway to the Columbia Gorge”, the diverse topography of riverfront and rolling foothills offer many opportunities for gratifying views.  

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

Market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal, WA   

36 Active from $465,000 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,730

Average $/SQFT – $242

7 Pending from $449,900 to $999,900
AverageSQFT – 3,379
Average $/SQFT – $193

25 Sold in last 3 Months from $400,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT – 3,304
Average $/SQFT – $231

Average Days on Market was 50 days – properties in Washougal don’t last long!

Looking for a view home in Washougal, WA? Start your search here.

Have a home in Washougal you want to sell?  We sell homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Washougal

Clark County, WA has many fine areas where you can find homes with acreage and “nature as neighbors”, yet still have easy access to city amenities. Washougal is one of those popular areas where you can find privacy on a little acreage with “elbow room for the soul.”  You can also find properties right along the water, which is always a bonus.

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

The town’s namesake, the Washougal River, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities – and its rural quality. As the “Gateway to the Columbia Gorge”, the diverse topography of riverfront and rolling foothills offer many opportunities for gratifying views.  

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

Market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal, WA   

34 Active from $448,000 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,835

Average $/SQFT – $234

10 Pending from $415,000 to $775,000
AverageSQFT – 2,751
Average $/SQFT – $201

32 Sold in last 3 Months from $400,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT – 3,084
Average $/SQFT – $209

Average Days on Market was 45 days – properties in Washougal don’t last long!

Looking for a view home in Washougal, WA? Start your search here.

Have a home in Washougal you want to sell?  We sell homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Washougal

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 Washougal that offers multigen living:

810 SE 352ND AVE, WASHOUGAL, WA 98671

This 5,660 SqFt home is set up for horses with 5 acres a large barn and shop.  Master on the main with lots of room for family and to entertain guests. The second living quarters downstairs features a full kitchen, and second master with large bedroom and full bath.

This home is ready-made for a multigen household!

Buyers: If you are looking for a home for multigen living, you can start your search here.
Sellers: 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!

Listing Courtesy The Hasson Company

Filed under: News | Washougal

Clark County, WA has many fine neighborhoods with great schools and amenities – close to shopping, services, and recreation. In addition, there are many area where you can find homes with acreage and “nature as neighbors”, yet still have easy access to those amenities. Washougal is one of those great area if you are looking for privacy on a little acreage with “elbow room for the soul.”

The town’s namesake, the Washougal River, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities – and its rural quality. As the “Gateway to the Columbia Gorge”, the diverse topography of riverfront and rolling foothills offer many opportunities for gratifying views.  

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal, WA   

34 Active from $424,900 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,716

Average $/SQFT – $243

13 Pending from $400,000 to $1,500,000
AverageSQFT – 2,587
Average $/SQFT – $256

32 Sold in last 3 Months from $405,000 to $910,000
Average SQFT – 3,202
Average $/SQFT – $184

Average Days on Market was 40 days – properties in Washougal are moving quickly!

Looking for a view home in Washougal, WA? Start your search here.

Have a home in Washougal you want to sell?  We sell homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Filed under: View Homes | Views | Washougal

If you are looking for a view home with privacy, and a little acreage, you should consider the Washougal, WA area. 

The Washougal River, whose name is Chinook for “rushing water”, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities. Homes in the area are typically rural, and open – providing “elbow room for the soul.”

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal, WA   

34 Active from $409,900 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT – 3,504

Average $/SQFT – $215

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

21 Sold in last 3 Months from $425,000 to $849,900
Average SQFT – 2,947
Average $/SQFT – $180

Average Days on Market was 47 – a little over 6 weeks- properties in Washougal are moving quickly!

Looking for a view home in Washougal, WA? Begin your search here.

Have a home in Washougal you want to sell?  We sell homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

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!

 

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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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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It’s tough to beat the warmth and charm of a log home. We know of a beauty located on about five and half acres in the Washougal area. Luxury and rustic meet in a most delightful way. This 3300 sq. ft, 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths home with a shop, garden, and spring-fed creek awaits you. Discover the joy of ” Nature As Neighbors and elbow room for the soul.”™

Call us today for your private tour@ 360-608-4900.

 

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Save the bees! That’s just one of our mantras at Nature As Neighbors.

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.

If you’re looking for an investment property on the water, we’ve got an option for you. A lovely one-level retreat on the Washougal River. The location is quite spectacular and the property lends itself to interesting possibilities.

It has two completely separate Master Suites with private entrances, plus there are various rooms to tuck to a futon, and a heated 200 square foot bonus room. It’s currently used as an artistic space for creation.

This zen location would be a lovely spot to host small, private weddings, and the newlyweds can stay and honeymoon in their own riverside nirvana. The backdrop includes the magical Lalolu waterfall. We can think of few other spots more beautiful.

The thoughtful layout of the home provides views from most of the rooms, a glass enclosed deck ensures unobstructed enjoyment of nature. If it rains, a stunning and vibrant Solarium Great Room has a propane fireplace to ride out the weather in cozy style.

This waterfront retreat is located about 30 minutes from the Safeway store in Washougal. It sits on an acre + and is gated and fence for security and privacy. Regardless of the reason for wanting a private waterfront retreat – investment or pure pleasure, this one is worth a look.

Filed under: News | View Homes | Washougal

It’s the season for living lakeside, or riverside, in Clark County. Water makes summer so much more enjoyable too. Imagine hosting the season’s most celebrated events at your place. People love to raft and swim on hot days – your house will be the one everyone wants to visit!

In Clark County, there are several areas to live on, or near, a lake, but due to seasonal algal blooms, they aren’t always safe for swimming. That’s why we’re big fans of the Lewis and Washougal Rivers. Both provide year round beauty and recreation.

We think a great option for sale at this time is a gorgeous 2351 square feet one-level home on the Washougal River. While it does have a Washougal address, the home is actually in Skamania County, between the Fish Hatchery and Dougan Falls.

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And what a spot it is for waterfront living! Not only does the home open up to stunning river views, there is also a waterfall – it adds up to a pretty magical setting amid towering fir trees.

The private acreage is fenced and winding paths through the filtered sunlight opens to various gardens. The owners have put a lot of money, and love, into the various plantings. Color blooms from Spring to Fall.

If you want to visit this amazing home, before it’s too late. Call us today.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | Washougal

This is it. The home you’ve been waiting for – a private retreat with Washougal River frontage. Located well above the flood-plain, you’ll have the the luxury of enjoying this lifestyle, without the worries. The home itself is a one-level with two very private master suites, each with their own entry. A glass and wood filled solarium Great Room is the center of this vibrant space.

This waterfront property would be perfect for an artist, author, or any other occupation that lends itself to working from home. There are views from most all of the interior rooms and the connection to nature gives one the feeling of serenity, yet creative energy abounds. The Washougal River and Lalolu Falls are ever-changing which provides for delightful surprises.

Waterfront homes are a commodity in our area, and we think this one is is a true gem. The one-level floor plan, 200 sq foot heated shop, fenced acreage dotted with firs and gardens, and of course the river and waterfall view makes it a true destination worthy place to live. It’s located about 25 minutes to the Safeway store in Washougal ( Between the Fish Hatchery and Dougan Falls).  Call us today for your private tour.

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Special, unique, one-of-a-kind, destination worthy. Do these words appeal to you? Schedule your private tour today. Located about 25 minutes from the Safeway store in Washougal.

This is the time of the year when buyers seem to long for a home along a river. An idyllic lifestyle comes to mind for us too. Lemonade on the deck after a dip in the swimming hole on a hot summer day. Blanket wrapped fall mornings with a mug of hot coffee. There’s so much to celebrate about life along a river. It can feel like a resort vacation – everyday.

We think the Washougal River is one of the most beautiful in our region, and the above photo showcases all the reasons. Pristine water tumbles over rocks and logs, waterfalls cascade from the cliffs above, and towering evergreens line the banks. In fact, the photo was taken near the Fish Hatchery – just a few minutes from a very special property.

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If you’re longing for a retreat, one that has the potential for serenity, creativity, and fun, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. This one-level custom home sits on the Washougal River with a gorgeous private waterfall to delight, mesmerize, and entertain. You can’t help but feel as if you’re at a destination resort on these grounds.

To say it’s special is an understatement. It’s a one-of-a-kind location and property. If you’re sick of cookie-cutter homes and long for a unique floor plan, and something different from all the same colors and finishes we see, ad nauseam, this home might be the one. Two master suites, located on each end of the home, open up interesting possibilities.

The magical location alone is worth the price of admission, add the house, the gardens, and your own vision for a personal masterpiece.  A scenic 25 minute drive from the Safeway store in Washougal takes you the gated driveway of this private retreat. If you’d like to see if for yourself, contact us today, before it’s too late.

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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We have a property for sale on the Washougal River with a million dollar view. Fortunately for you, it’s bargain priced at $499,900. The sellers are throwing in the house and gardened landscape for free! You’re not going to find an offer like this one everyday.

Seriously, this property really does have a million dollar view and we think this one-level custom home is priced qute fairly. Afterall, it has two-master suites with separate entrances, a 200 square foot heated shop, a vibrant solarium Great Room, and endless possibilities.

As you enter the front gate, winding paths through tree-filtered sunlight open to delightful and varied gardens. The mood is one of reflection and relaxation. You feel a million miles from everywhere, yet you’re only about 25 minutes to the Safeway store in Washougal.

A bubbling fountain greets you at the front door, and as you enter, views of the Washougal River and Lalolu falls take your breath away. It’s simply stunning. Nature’s handiwork is everywhere you look.

Sliders lead to the deck from various rooms in the home lending it to seamless indoor/outdoor living space. A glass and steel deck railing was built with preserving the view in mind.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind property. If you’re sick of seeing all the same finishes and color themes in newer homes or remodels, you’ll find this one quite refreshing. And of course, there is that million dollar view.

Contact us today for your private tour.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | Views | Washougal

The mercury is climbing, and so is the demand for homes with the cooling fun of the Washougal River. Washougal riverfront homes provide year round pleasure and relaxation, but for some people, it takes hot weather to remind them.

If you’re dreaming of summer fun along the gorgeous Washougal River, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. Welcome to the Washougal River House Retreat. It’s located about 25 minutes from the Safeway store in Washougal and it’s worth every minute of the drive.

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We doubt you’ll find a more magical location. Tucked back amid towering firs, a custom one-level home has been designed to capitalize on stunning views of the river, and a gorgeous waterfall. Lalolu Falls shrinks and expands with the level of the river, creating amazing shows similar to a geyser.

Steel ships stairs lead down to the river and give easy access to a perfect swimming hole. This home is well above the floodplain, an important consideration for those who want to live along the water. Gardens line the wooded drive into the property and are connected with winding pathways.

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We think you can have it all. Call us today for your private tour and discover your perfect opportunity for the fun and relaxing lifestyle on the Washougal River – plus a waterfall.

* We think you’ll enjoy a blog site hosted by the owners, visit The Washougal River House Retreat and discover even more information about this amazing property.”

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Imagine waking up to this view everyday. You can, and because this home has been thoughtfully built to honor the views, you’re going to see it from most rooms. One-level living is centered around a vibrant glass solarium Great Room. Your guests will feel as if they’re visiting a destination resort.

Two master-suite quarters are located on each end of the home, providing for privacy and possibilities. This is not the usual ho-hum with the all the latest finishes you quickly tire of seeing in every newer home or remodel in Clark County. This is a home filled with warmth and character.  It’s unique, special, a true one-of-a-kind property.

The Washougal River and Lalolu Waterfall view is the star of this show, but winding trails through gardens amid towering fir trees are in themselves a true delight. If you’ve discovered the zen of working in a garden, or appreciate the beauty of shrubs and flowers, you’re going to love what the current owners have created. We think the entry acreage to the front door feels like a wooded retreat. On either side of the driveway, gardens are tucked into wooded openings and each spot engenders relaxation and reflection.

If you get the idea that we’re big fans of this magical home, you’re right. We recognize the special nature of this home and its location. Imagine making it your own. We think a wonderful opportunity awaits – will you be the one to capture it? Call us today for your private tour.

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Dougan Falls is one of the most popular spots in our region for cooling off during the warm summer months. Admittedly, it’s truly a magical design from Nature. However, we think those of you who enjoy a more soothing cool-off will love our listing which is located about a mile and a half from Dougan Falls. 

It too has a marvelous location, and we think Mother Nature has again created a masterpiece. It also offers fun along the Washougal River and a waterfall. The difference? This wonderful spot is private. Let’s face it, after a certain age, most of us still enjoy the fun of a summertime dip in the water, albeit a bit more toned down than our teenage years.

This property is one of the best locations we’ve seen with a house attached – and as Realtors® specializing in ViewHomes™ of Clark County, that says quite a lot. The list of amenities and the natural gifts that accompany this home is lengthy. And, with a custom one-level design featuring two private sections to the home’s Master Suites, we think this property lends itself to intriguing possibilities.

If you’d like to schedule a private tour of this property, contact us today, before it’s too late.

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Perhaps it’s Time to Chase a Waterfall at this Washougal River Home.

This is one waterfall you won’t want to miss. This is one property you won’t want to miss. Zen, magical, and magnificent are all words visitors use to describe this incredible property. We believe it’s a one-of-a-kind retreat.

A rare one-level home on the water awaits you. The two-master suite design lends itself to interesting possibilities. A solarium designed Great Room provides the vibrant energy in this private retreat. Walls of glass give you ever-changing views of the Washougal River and Lalolu Falls.

The one-acre parcel is fenced and gated. A winding path through the towering fir trees lead to garden after garden. Native and non-native shrub and plants bloom from Spring through Fall. Gardeners and flower lovers will delight in discovering all of the delightful spaces.

Sights and sounds of nature fill your soul. Heron, eagles, and osprey soar overhead. Visiting otters may float by, and an occasional deer may pass through – hummingbirds and songbirds round out the entertainment. This is a true Nature As Neighbors ViewHome.

The Washougal River is accessible too, with steel ships stairs leading from the deck to the water below. A large pool lends itself to swimming and a concrete deck is a great place to warm up in the sunshine. Imagine the summer-time fun for visiting friends and family.

We think Lalolu Waterfall is the true star of the show, creating much of the magic in this retreat along the Washougal River. The Falls change with the level of the river, which can rise and fall within four to five feet in just a few hours. This shift can result in a geyser-like spray shooting up into the air and bouncing off rocks and trees as sheets of mist.

Intrigued yet? We think you’ll find waterfall chasing to be a delightful adventure. Imagine owning your own Washougal River home with a private waterfall view? Call us today and discover the beauty of “elbow room for the soul,” and the magic of Lalolu Falls.

 

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One of the many advantages of living in the Pacific Northwest is the opportunity to see wildlife throughout the region. We are especially fortunate to have two of the largest wildlife refuges right here in Clark County – Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake in Washougal.  Both are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and provide residents with unique opportunities to view and photograph birds and other native species in their natural habitat. This is especially true during Spring when the refuges serve as natural “landing spots” for migrating birds.

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Columbia River in Washougal, Washington and is a birder’s paradise. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect spot to slow down and enjoy nature. The refuge includes wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and Oregon white oak trees.

The easy 2.8 mile loop trail is family friendly as there is little elevation gain.  The refuges serves as a migratory crossroads for a number of bird species.  The land also provides valuable habitat for resident wildlife. We think this short video does a great job of showcasing the importance of this local resource. Plus,  a walk along the Gibbons Creek Art Trail can prove to be scream inducing. ( See what we mean at 1.35 in the video)

 

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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.

Waterfront Retreat in Washougal – Skamania County

Welcome to the RiverHouse Retreat. You’ll feel as if you’re a million miles away from everything, but in reality, you’re only about 25 minutes to Washougal. This vibrant home is a conduit to creativity, nature, and serenity.  A thoughtful layout ensures most rooms take in the dramatic views of Lalolu (Law’ low loo) Falls and the Washougal River. It has two very private Master Suites for dual living options, or couples who prefer their occasionally prefer their own space.

Dougan Falls is about 1.3 miles away, but the owners say the popularity of the summertime destination has little impact on their lifestyle. The acre plus property is gated and fenced for privacy and security. Since the river runs lower during the summer months, it makes it difficult for rafters to work their way downstream. A deep swimming hole does provide for nearly year round fun and cooling.

Call us today for a tour of this exceptional property. Take a short tour now of the magical setting located on the banks above the Washougal River.

 

 

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We specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County – 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. If you are looking for a view home with privacy, you should consider the Washougal River area. 

The river, whose name is Chinook for “rushing water”, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities. It provides “elbow room for the soul.”

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal River homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

For a private retreat on the Washougal, check out this amazing home with it’s own stunning waterfall view.

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes on the Washougal River with room for privacy: (Note there is a total of 10 Active Homes in the Washougal River neighborhood, but these are the 4 listed with river frontage. 

4 Active listings from $569,900 to $835,000
Average Square Footage: 3,632
Average $/SqFt: $187
1 Pending Sale listed for $760,000
2937 SqFt, $259/SqFt
5 Sold in last 6 months: $640,000 to  $1,075,000
Average Square Footage: 3,875
Average $/SqFt: $206

Destination Point: Dougan Falls is a major waterfall along the Washougal River. It rushes down 19 feet into a narrow trough, then widens out into a massive deep pool. Picnic tables and toilets are provided in the day use area. Great place to bring kids for a picnic or day outing.  Note: Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes™ on the Washougal River and Nature As Neighbors, contact us at Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

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The Washougal River and Lalolu Waterfall provide an amazing backdrop for a custom ViewHome located on the Clark County and Skamania line.

Washougal is about 15-20 minutes from the Portland International Airport and there is a small local airport, which serves private pilots. Be sure to take a few minutes to enjoy the short video about the many wonderful reasons people choose to call “Washougal,” home. The video was created by the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association to help promote the City for business development.

We feel fortunate to live surrounded by nature, yet in close proximity to the amenities of a big city, especially great restaurants. Now that East County is growing, there are more choices for excellent dining experiences nearby. Our recent venture to Hearth Wood Oven Bistro in Washougal was no exception.  Our multi-generational family has a wide range of tastes from traditional to the eclectic – and all were satisfied.

Located in the newly-revitalized downtown Washougal on Main street, the interior exudes a mix of modern flash with homey warmth.  The red brick oven centerpiece sets the tone and provides an appetizing aroma as you walk in the door. We were seated quickly and offered an array of drink and appetizer specials on the Happy Hour menu, as well as the full dinner menu.

We opted for the roasted brussel sprouts and mixed green salad for starters. The seasonal menu featured fresh seafood from the region, including Spring salmon and Willapa Bay oysters, so we had to try their fried oysters. Most of their dishes are baked or roasted in the wood oven, so even vegetables emerge with a rich smoky flavor. The brussel sprouts were among the best we’ve ever had, and could even make a non-vegetable eater a convert.  The fried oysters were prepared just as we like them – lightly sauted with a thin coating rather than crusted corn meal.

Their signature artisan pizzas range from the traditional cheese, pepperoni, or sausage toppings to the creative, eclectic Thai chicken or bacon pesto. All are hand made and wood fired for that smokey glaze that accentuates the fresh ingredients. Drinks included local microbrews on tap, a reasonable selection of red, white and sparkling wines, and specialty cocktails.

The service was very friendly and efficient, and the staff made us feel right at home.  This is another great spot we will add to our options when looking for a satisfying dining experience.

Imagine a Washougal Riverfront retreat with an additional view of your own private waterfall. Talk about Nature As Neighbors and “elbow room for the soul.”™ This is the spot! Coming soon…

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.

Pendleton Woolen Mills – Still Weaving Woolen Fabrics  in Washougal

We’re huge fans of Pendleton Woolen Mills.The colors and designs of their fabrics speak to our love of nature and the Northwest lifestyle.  We own three of their legendary blankets. One of our favorites, a teepee design with evergreen trees, was given to us by a Great Aunt. It’s actually classified as an antique and dates pre-1942. You wouldn’t know it, the colors are vibrant and the blanket shows few signs of wear.

Their products are a major part of our lifestyle and Western Heritage in the Pacific Northwest.  If you’ve ever owned a Pendleton blanket, sweater, or classic wool shirt, it’s a connection to a long history which started in the late 1800’s. In 1910, the company established itself as a purveyor of fine products with a socially responsible mission statement. Today, the company continues that philosophy by choosing many “green” business practices.

For example, the company recently developed “Eco-wise Wool.” From the sheep to the shelf, It passes strict standards of sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship. Not only is the fabric created to leave the lightest impact on the earth, it is richly colored and delightful to touch. The best part, a special treatment lets it get softer every time you machine wash and dry it – and the colors remain true wash after wash.

Pendleton has its company headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The original plants in Pendleton, Oregon, and Washougal, Washington, are among the few woolen mills still in operation in the United States today. By the way, Pendleton woolen fabrics and blankets are still woven at the two aforementioned mills. The Washougal Mill is open daily and free tours are available on Monday through Friday – you’re asked to call ahead @ 360-835-1118.

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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.

Some days we all find ourselves scurrying here and there. We don’t always take time to notice what nature is trying to offer.  Recently, we were a bit early for a listing appointment near Dougan Falls.  We decided to take the time to look and listen to the winter sounds.

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.

We love to hike – the three of us, my husband, Bernie, our dog, Mac, and me.. Right now, the wet weather is keeping us from many of our favorite trails. Muddy, slick, and washed out sections can create treacherous trail conditions this time of year. Spring can’t come soon enough for us

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.

Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal is pretty well-known in the pro-racing circuits. On July 23, 2016, the park will host the Washougal National. The legendary race marks Round 9 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro-Racing.

The track itself is located in the scenic foothills above the Washougal River. It sits amid a forest of towering fir trees. Some say it’s one of the most beautiful Motocross parks in the world. It is also within hearing distance of many homes. Some of those owners have had an on-going battle with the track over the noise created during the events.

However, I’m not taking a political viewpoint on this one. Be forewarned, if you buy property along the Washougal River Road, prepare to have slow traffic when the track hosts races. In addition, some neighborhoods, such Bear Prairie, are impacted with noise from the park.

To me, knowledge is power, if noise bugs you, buy elsewhere. Some folks choose to live in the area as they have children who participate in the sport, and in the races. Remember, one man’s paradise may be another man’s hell.

We can all agree the Washougal Motocross Park has certainly put Washougal and Camas on the map for a lot of families who love the sport of Motocross Racing.

The Pleasure of Living With Nature As Neighbors On The Washougal River

If you are looking for a home with some acreage, and a view, you should consider homes on the Washougal River, Clark County, WA.

Washougal River Rescaled

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 and the Columbia River. The Washougal River is an especially prized waterway for recreation, boating, fishing, and peaceful living. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal River includes the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts.

ViewHomes of Washougal River               

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 view homes on the Washougal River with acreage:

8 Active listings from $335,000 to $1,399,000
Average Square Footage: $2,954
Average $/SqFt: 228
2 Sold in last 6 months: $495,000 and $667,000
Average Square Footage: 3,825
Average $/SqFt: 152

Point of Interest!

Dougan Falls is a major waterfall along the Washougal River. It rushes down 19 feet into a narrow trough, then widens out into a massive deep pool. This location is ideal for swimming on a hot summer day, if you get there early – parking is tight. Picnic tables and toilets are provided in the day use area. Great place to bring kids for a picnic or day outing. Often, when the water is high enough, you will see kayakers enjoying the thrill of running the falls. Note: Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

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

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.

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

Thanks to the “The Poetry Post Man,” and his friendship with the sellers of a home in Washougal, Washington, my buyers are getting the only house in the county with a Poetry Post! What a delightful surprise when we stumbled upon a lovely post while exploring the back yard during the inspection.
Mrs. Buyer dabbles in poetry and is a huge fan, therefore, she was both intrigued and charmed when she discovered this poem inside of a plastic box attached to the post – A History of Weather by Billy Collins.We both hoped the post and the poem came as result of these sellers as it indicates similar appreciation.