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Winter Is Coming…What’s in store for us? 

To fans of the wildly popular television series, Game of Thrones, the phrase and motto of House Stark is one of warning and constant vigilance. Not only does Winter usher in a cold and dark period of unknown length, but reawakens ancient humanoid creatures called White Walkers – the medieval fantasy’s version of zombies. Fortunately, the words winter is coming, aren’t so foreboding for the rest of us.

Winter officially arrives in our region at 8:28 AM PST on December 21, 2017. It’s the shortest day of the year too, with sunrise at 7:48 AM and sunset at 4:29 PM.  That translates into seven hours and one minute less daylight than we enjoyed on the first day of Summer, June 21, 2017. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters released their weather predictions for the winter of 2017/2018.

Expect Colder Temperatures This Winter

In the Pacific Northwest, where we live, below average temperatures are expected. We’re part of the so-called Northern Tier of the country extending from Minnesota to our coastline and up into Southeast Alaska. The rest of the country falls into the equal chance category. What, what, what? Apparently, it means there is an equal chance of above, near, or below-normal temperatures and/or precipitation. Sounds like a weatherman’s bye to us.

In all fairness, weather can be very difficult to predict too far in advance. NOAA will be updating their predictions again in mid November. Regardless, there’s one thing we can be sure of, winter is coming.

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Our premise, “Nature As Neighbors”, is based on the notion that we believe living close to nature is a healthy and rewarding lifestyle, and is generally good for you. Now empirical evidence is showing that not only is nature is good for you – it will help you live longer. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded:

“Evidence suggests that exposure to greenness may lower mortality rates…”

That’s a pretty bold statement coming from data-driven environmental scientists. In an eight-year study of over 100,000 women nation-wise, mortality rates were closely monitored. Adjusting for risk factors such as age, smoking, and socioeconomic status, the results showed a 12% reduction in mortality for those who lived with higher levels of green vegetation. Certainly access to physical activity, lower particulate matter in the air, and other healthy factors can be attributed to living in a green environment.  But the study’s conclusion is inescapable:

“Higher levels of green vegetation were associated with decreased mortality.”

More studies will continue, but the paper calls for state, local , and federal policies to encourage planting more vegetation as a way to offset harmful environmental exposure, encourage physical activity, and improve mental health.  The good news is we don’t have to wait for government to act! The simple steps of planting trees, shrubs, or even a garden are well within our capabilities. Even the physically-challenged and elderly can find resources to help them plant or access green spaces.

We’ve been singing the praises of living with nature as neighbors™ and the importance of having elbow room for the soul™,  and it’s always great to get more confirmation from the scientific world.

If you’d like to learn more about buying, or selling, a ViewHome of Clark County, call us today. We are the only Reatlors™ in the county who specialize in this lifestyle.

 

 

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Felida is an area in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River. Once a quiet farming community, with older homes on large lots and acreage, it is evolving as a bustling community with many new subdivisions.  Most new houses these days are on smaller lots due to environmental, zoning, and economic considerations, but a few exceptions can be found.  Many of the homes in Felida feature views of Vancouver Lake,The Columbia River, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas.

Felida Features the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

Even with all the development in the area, Felida still enjoys a natural, verdant environment. For example, Salmon Creek Greenway Trail stretches almost 4 miles from the Felida bridge at NW 36th Avenue east to Salmon Creek Park. The trail lines a scenic natural preserve along meandering streams and wetlands. It offers runners, walkers, and bicyclists sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons and all types of migratory birds.

After your walk or run, enjoy a nice meal at Farrar’s Bistro, a neighborhood grill  just a few miles away.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Felida:

26 Active Listings – $440,000 to $2,199,000
Average SQFT – 4,149

Average $/SQFT – $196

12 Pending – $435,000 to $1,625,000
Average SQFT – 3,419
Average $/SQFT – $202

24 Sold in last 3 Mos – $405,000 to $1,700,000
Average SQFT – 3,672
Average $/SQFT – $188

Median Days on Market was 51 days – homes in Felida do not last long!

If you are thinking about selling your home in Felida, contact us for a free market analysis of your home’s value.
If you are interested in buying a home in Felida, you can start your search here.

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We specialize in view homes of Clark County that usually have large lots or acreage with “elbow room for the soul.” These homes are often well-suited for multigenerational (multigen) living – separate living quarters to share with family or extended family. Since we also live in a multigen household, we are always on the lookout for homes that can meet that growing market demand. Sometimes we find a home on a smaller lot, but will feature it because it has all the amenities for multigen living.

This week we feature a home in Camas that offers a multigen family opportunity

5825 NW 25th Ave, Camas, WA

Conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants, parks and schools, this townhouse in a gated community offers the best of both worlds – multigen living with low-maintenance exterior. This 4 bed/3.5 bath floor plan offers master on the main ensuite w/walk-in closet & laundry area. There is a second master ensuite & laundry room upstairs – great for live-in family or visiting guests. Hardwoods, corner gas fireplace, kitchen with granite, eating bar, stainless steel, & pantry. Library nook with built-in bookcases & desk for a convenient office. Media Room with built-in cabinets and hidden cable-connects. Highly desirable Camas School District. Restaurants, Starbucks, grocery stores all within walking distance. Perfect for lock & leave travel – only 20 min to PDX  International Airport.

If you want to know more about multigen homes, call us – we’re experts.


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!

 

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | View Homes

Multigenerational living, “multigen” for short, is on the rise in the U.S. It has been a tradition in other countries, but in 2014 the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multigen households. That is nearly one in 5 households. This trend continues today as the housing market responds to the demand for multigen homes.

Buying or Selling a Multigen Home Requires the Right Expertise

It’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” – works well for multigen homes, too.  Sometimes they come with separate living quarters, sometimes they need to be modified. We understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find homes suited for this lifestyle.

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 (Note: these numbers do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA as it skews the averages.)

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

65 Active Listings – $415,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,832
Average $/SQFT – $239

17 Pending – $475,000 to $1,395,000
Average SQFT- 3,394
Average $/SQFT – $207

47 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,450,000
Average SQFT – 4,323
Average $/SQFT – $200
Median Days on Market was 44 days and inventory is extremely low. Multigen homes do not last long in this market! 

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!

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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

If you are looking for a home with some acreage, and a view, you should consider homes in Ridgefield, Clark County, WA. Ridgefield has an inviting small town atmosphere. An easy stroll downtown gives you access to historic landmarks, charming shops, restaurants, a community library and beautiful parks.  The city is finishing a recreational loop system of pathways to connect downtown with neighborhoods, parks, schools, and the waterfront.

Recreation is plentiful in Ridgefield where the National Wildlife Refuge serves as the city’s backyard and is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. You can tour via kayak or canoe along a 21-mile water trail between downtown and the Columbia River. One of our favorite events is BirdFest and Bluegrass – a celebration welcoming the birds back to their winter home. It includes hiking, crafts, food, birding tours, and, of course, music!

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.” Our clients are thrilled to find the perfect retreat with ever-changing views of the Wildlife Refuge.

Point of Interest: The Cathlapotle Plankhouse, built by more than 100 volunteers during a period of two years, is based on findings from the archaeological site and other historical references. Visitors will feel a tangible link to those who lived here in the past and it provides a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Here is a Market Report for ViewHomes™ over $400,000 in Ridgefield:

26 Active Listings – $448,900 to $2,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,791
Average $/SQFT – $238

16 Pending – $429,000 to $1,200,000
Average SQFT- 3,248
Average $/SQFT – $213

33 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $1,315,000
Average SQFT – 3,391
Average $/SQFT – $201

Median Days on Market – 32.  Homes sell quickly in Ridgefield!

If you are thinking of selling your home in Ridgefield, call us for a free pricing analysis.
If you are looking for a home in Ridgefield, start your search for ViewHomes™ of Clark County. 

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Living in Camas, WA provides us 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. 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.

If you’re looking for a home with that is close to nature, but also close to city amenities, you should check out the Camas area.  Although you will see many new homes for sale, older homes tend to have larger lots and more room for a growing family, live-in relatives, or visiting friends. You’re also more likely to have space for that garden or just a quiet place with privacy. Homes in Camas offer you opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

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

20 Active Listings –  $400,000 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 4,168
Average $/SQFT $214

6 Pending Listings – $400,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT: 3,638
Average $/SQFT $264

23 Sold in the last 3 months from  $410,000 to $2,400,000
Average SQFT 3,490
Average $/SQFT $200

Median Days on Market – 43 days.  Homes in Camas move quickly in this market!

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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We enjoy visiting the area of Clark County, WA known as Felida northwest of downtown Vancouver. Once a quiet farming community, with older homes on large lots and acreage, it is evolving as a bustling community with many new subdivisions.  Most new houses these days are on smaller lots due to environmental, zoning, and economic considerations.  A few exceptions can be found – for example in The Reserve at Ashley Ridge there are new homes on one-half to one-third acre lots sited with greenbelt backyard views. Many of the homes in Felida feature views of Vancouver Lake,The Columbia River, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas.

Points of Interest: You can access the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail from the Felida bridge at NW 36th Avenue. The trail offers a scenic natural getaway along a meandering stream and through wetlands for 3.88 miles. It offers runners, walkers, and bikers sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons and all types of migratory birds.
After your walk or run, enjoy a nice meal at Farrar’s Bistro, a neighborhood grill  just a few miles away.

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Felida:

30 Active Listings – $440,000 to $2,399,000
Average SQFT – 4,013

Average $/SQFT – $209

11 Pending – $500,000 to $760,325
Average SQFT– 3,258
Average $/SQFT – $191

27 Sold in last 3 Mos – $405,000 to $1,700,000
Average SQFT – 3,722
Average $/SQFT – $186

Median Days on Market was 31 days – homes in Felida do not last long!

If you are thinking about selling your home in Felida, contact us for a free market analysis of your home’s value.
If you are interested in buying a home in Felida, you can start your search here.

Filed under: News | View Homes | Views

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 Hockinson that offers multigen living:

24114 NE 132nd Cir, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

This 5,949 SqFt home sits on a hilltop that offers spacious views of the area.  Lots of room to entertain or for family, with a second kitchen in the huge daylight basement. Downstairs also features a large bedroom and full bath, and extra family room –  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 of RE/MAX Equity Group

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We are experiencing an influx of new buyers from outside of the area – they are looking for affordable homes where they can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities. They want larger lots or some acreage, but also easy access to shopping, services, and good schools. Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a great area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Hockinson has all the amenities of a rural area – rolling hillsides, tracts of timber land, and large horse pastures. Yet, it is within easy driving distance of metropolitan amenities, including Portland International Airport right across the Columbia River. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites with nature as neighbors. This area is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

One unique business neighbors and visitors enjoy is the Hockinson Market. It is located on NE 182nd Ave – basically “Main Street” Hockinson. It has the feel of an old time general store – you can fuel the car, pick up groceries, or sit at the counter for a deli sandwich, pizza, or cold beverage. It even has a tap room featuring local microbrews and cider. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10 minute drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of view homes with acreage in Hockinson:

27 Active Listings – $409,500 to $950,000
Average SQFT – 3,291

Average $/SQFT – $196

18 Pending – $425,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT– 3,334
Average $/SQFT – $194

17 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $845,000
Average SQFT – 2,876
Average $/SQFT – $185

Median Days on Market – 39.  Homes are selling quickly in Hockinson!

If you are thinking of selling your home in Hockinson, call us for a free pricing analysis.  If you are looking for a home to buy, start your search for ViewHomes™ of Clark County here. 

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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.

 

Filed under: Market Reports | News | View Homes

This summer has been a great time to get outdoors. Even with soaring temperatures, we had lots of opportunity to cool off along the many bodies of water we enjoy in the Pacific Northwest. We still have plenty of warm weather ahead, so it helps if you live right on the water. Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond, waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others just want a peaceful place to enjoy the relaxed, meditative environment.

Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

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 Clark County waterfront homes starting at $400,000: 

67 Active from $409,500 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT 3,409
Average $/SQFT $231

30 Pending from $405,000 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT 2,863
Average $/SQFT $247

64 Sold in past 3 months from $400,000 to $1,826,000
Average SQFT 3,323
Average $/SQFT $197

Median Days on Market : only 34 days. Homes on the water don’t last long!

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.

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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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We just spent yesterday touring multi-gen homes with a wonderful family planning to move here from out of state. We are seeing that pattern a lot lately as the demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each month. Families are changing the way they live: baby boomers are taking in their parents to provide better care, millennials are enjoying the benefit of having their children grow up with grand parents in their home. Last year the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multi-gen households.

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 (Note: these numbers do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multi-gen property as it skews the averages.)

80 Active Listings – $419,950 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,374
Average $/SQFT – $224

25Pending – $449,900 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT- 3,749
Average $/SQFT – $219

60 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $1,700,000
Average SQFT – 4,067
Average $/SQFT – $182
Median Days on Market was 43 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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!

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If you are looking for a home with some acreage, and a view, you should consider homes in Ridgefield, Clark County, WA. Ridgefield has an inviting small town atmosphere. An easy stroll downtown gives you access to historic landmarks, charming shops, restaurants, a community library and beautiful parks.  The city is finishing a recreational loop system of pathways to connect downtown with neighborhoods, parks, schools, and the waterfront.

Recreation is plentiful in Ridgefield where the National Wildlife Refuge serves as the city’s backyard and is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. You can tour via kayak or canoe along a 21-mile water trail between downtown and the Columbia River. One of our favorite events is BirdFest and Bluegrass – a celebration welcoming the birds back to their winter home. It includes hiking, crafts, food, birding tours, and, of course, music!

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.” Our clients are thrilled to find the perfect retreat with ever-changing views of the Wildlife Refuge.

Point of Interest: The Cathlapotle Plankhouse, built by more than 100 volunteers during a period of two years, is based on findings from the archaeological site and other historical references. Visitors will feel a tangible link to those who lived here in the past and it provides a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Here is a market summary of view homes with acreage in Ridgefield:

27 Active Listings – $485,000 to $1,625,000
Average SQFT – 3,400
Average $/SQFT – $228

15 Pending – $495,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT- 3,714
Average $/SQFT – $218

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $460,000 to $1,315,000
Average SQFT – 3,714
Average $/SQFT – $194

Median Days on Market – 26.  Homes sell quickly in Ridgefield!

If you are thinking of selling your home in Ridgefield, call us for a free pricing analysis.  If you are looking for a home to buy, start your search for ViewHomes™ of Clark County here. 

Filed under: Market Reports | Nature | News

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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At Nature As Neighbors, our love of nature and wildlife is a big part of our lives – and real estate business. Therefore, we’re very excited ( and proud) for the upcoming BBC/PBS show, Wild Alaska Live. The show is hosted by the well known Kratt Brothers and Steve Backshall. It airs live on PBS and BBC o to over 3 billion viewers worldwide on July 23, 26, and 30.  Juneau’s iconic Mendenhall Glacier was chosen as the centerpiece for the production. The best part, our son, Sean Janes, and several of his staff members at Above and Beyond Alaska, are running safety and support for the project. We’re hoping they might even get some camera time.

Imagine the logistics of hosting a live show from a wilderness location. They can’t use the standard, loud generators out of concerns for the local wildlife. Plus they are using special chew-proof cables on the many cameras placed throughout the area in hopes of capturing wildlife photos. If you love nature, wildlife, Alaska, and adventure in general, be sure to look for it on your local PBS schedule.

These are some of the pre-production shots Sean shared with us yesterday. We thought it was amazing that he was texting photos from the bottom of a hole in the Mendenhall Glacier. Isn’t technology grand?

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We are experiencing an influx of new buyers from outside of the area – mostly for the affordable prices, but also for the quality of life.  Buyers are looking for areas where they can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools, Clark County has all of these features.  Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a good example, and we regularly find homes there that meet this criteria.

Hockinson has all the amenities of a rural area – rolling hillsides, tracts of timber land, and large horse pastures. Yet, it is within easy driving distance of metropolitan amenities, including Portland International Airport right across the Columbia River. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites with nature as neighbors. This area is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

One unique business neighbors and visitors enjoy is the Hockinson Market. It is located on NE 182nd Ave – basically “Main Street” Hockinson. It has the feel of an old time general store – you can fuel the car, pick up groceries, or sit at the counter for a deli sandwich, pizza, or cold beverage. It even has a tap room featuring local microbrews and cider. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10 minute drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of view homes with acreage in Hockinson:

30 Active Listings – $445,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,587

Average $/SQFT – $183

9 Pending – $432,900 to $1,000,000
Average SQFT– 3,012
Average $/SQFT – $203

18 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $744,000
Average SQFT – 3,017
Average $/SQFT – $185

Median Days on Market – 36.  Homes are selling quickly in Hockinson!

If you are thinking of selling your home in Hockinson, call us for a free pricing analysis.  If you are looking for a home to buy, start your search for ViewHomes™ of Clark County here. 

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Help support nature as neighbors with special plates from Washington State. A portion of the licensing fees is donated to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for species management.

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The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each month as families are changing the way they live. Baby boomers are taking in their parents to provide better care. Millenials are enjoying the benefit of having their children grow up with grand parents in their home. Last year the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multi-gen households.

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 (Note: these numbers do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multi-gen property as it skews the averages.)

77 Active Listings – $449,900 to $4,670,000
Average SQFT – 4,674

Average $/SQFT – $216

5 Bumpable Buyers $675,000 to $1,380,000
Average SQFT – 4,143
Average $/SQFT – $197

43 Pending – $415,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT– 3,907
Average $/SQFT – $189

34 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT – 3,830
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market was 43 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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Summer is really heating up this year, with record temperatures in some areas of the country. Clark County is no exception and when temperatures rise, many people cool off along the Washougal River. Among the many bodies of water in this region, the Washougal River is an especially prized waterway for recreation, boating, fishing, and peaceful living. If you are lucky enough to own a home along the river, you can enjoy these activities year around.  Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area, where properties sell quickly.  

Some of out favorite listings have been along the Washougal – they are always a pleasure to visit and show!  Dougan Falls, for example, is a popular destination spot featuring waterfalls that plunge 19 feet into a narrow trough that widens into a massive, deep pool. This location is ideal for swimming on a hot summer day, Get there early as parking is limited. Note: a Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

Here is a snapshot market report for homes over $400,000 on the Washougal River:

9 Active listings from $427,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT: 3,086
Average $/SQFT: $263

1 Pending at $850,000 with 3,571 SQFT for $238/SQFT 

6 Sold in last 3 months: $405,000 and $660,000
Average SQFT: 2,776
Average $/SqFt: $174

Average Days on Market: 32 days.  Properties sell fast along the Washougal River!

If you own a home along the Washougal River and want to receive a free market analysis of its value, contact us at Nature As Neighbors, If you are looking for a home in Washougal, you can start your search here.

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Clark County continues to experience an influx of home buyers from Portland and California – mostly for the affordable prices, but also for the quality of life.  Buyers are looking for areas where they can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools, Clark County has all of these features.

Brush Prairie/Hockinson, is a good example.  It has all the amenities of a rural area – rolling hillsides, tracts of timber land, and large horse pastures. Yet, it is within easy driving distance of metropolitan amenities, including Portland International Airport right across the Columbia River. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites with nature as neighbors. This area is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

One unique business neighbors and visitors enjoy is the Hockinson Market. It is located on NE 182nd Ave – basically “Main Street” Hockinson. It has the feel of an old time general store – you can fuel the car, pick up groceries, or sit at the counter for a deli sandwich, pizza, or cold beverage. It even has a tap room featuring local microbrews and cider. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10 minute drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of homes over $400,000 in Hockinson with acreage and views:

19 Active Listings – $479,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 4,053

Average $/SQFT – $182

3 Bumpable Listings – $525,000 to $680,000
Average SQFT – 3,522
Average $/SQFT – $172

13 Pending – $415,000 to $1,000,000
Average SQFT– 2,975
Average $/SQFT – $193

12 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $775,000
Average SQFT – 3,473
Average $/SQFT – $172

Median Days on Market – 42.  Homes sell quickly in Hockinson!

If you are thinking of selling your home in Hockinson, call us for a free pricing analysis.  If you are looking for a home to buy, start your search for ViewHomes™ of Clark County here. 

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Summer is a great time to get outdoors and explore the Pacific Northwest – and some of the scenic bodies of water in the area.  Whether it’s the ocean, a river, bay, or just a creek, there is something special about being on the water. As you can imagine, waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want – the sight and sound of moving water create a relaxed, meditative environment. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports while others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.  

Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

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 Clark County waterfront homes starting at $400,000: 

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT 3,557
Average $/SQFT $235

37 Pending from $415,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT 3,092
Average $/SQFT $218

40 Sold in past 3 months from $410,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT 3,538
Average $/SQFT $206

Median Days on Market : only 40 days. Homes on the water don’t last long!

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

We are seeing the demand for multigenerational homes continue to grow each month. Baby boomers are taking in their parents to provide better care. Millenials  recognize the benefit of having their children grow up with grand parents in their home. Last year the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multi-gen households.

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 (Note: these numbers do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multi-gen property as it skews the averages.)

77 Active Listings – $449,900 to $3,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,409

Average $/SQFT – $199

2 Bumpable Buyers $682,777 to $798,000
Average SQFT – 3,958
Average $/SQFT – $187

29 Pending – $400,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT– 3,954
Average $/SQFT – $194

32 Sold in last 3 Mos – $406,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,126
Average $/SQFT – $177

Median Days on Market was 47 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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We knew this one would last long. When you combine the luxury of nature as neighbors with a warm and inviting property, people can’t wait to call it home. The buyer will be using it as her weekend retreat until she retires to lives there full-time. It’s a good plan, and we’re excited for her. She obviously cherishes the private setting of this waterfront retreat along the Washougal River. Soon she’ll discover the joy of having “elbow room for the soul.™ ”
ViewHomes of Clark County™ are special properties with a bit, or a lot, of acreage. They evoke feelings of serenity, privacy, and rejuvenation. We are delighted to be the only REALTORS® in Clark County, Washington who specialize in homes that have this all important connection to nature. There’s scientific data supporting the healing nature of nature too – it’s called Ecotherapy.
The thinking behind Ecotherapy is pretty simple, and while most us may not need true therapy, the idea is sound. Basically it uses a variety of practices to help individuals connect with nature, and ultimately, their inner “nature.” Ecophycologists have rediscovered a timeless principle. Immersion in the natural world brings life enhancing peace, joy, zest, the ability to meet life’s challenges with a positive attitude, and to see the interconnectedness of all things.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of living in a home with NatureAsNeighbors, contact us today. We’d love to share our experiences with this lifestyle.

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One-level ranch homes are always in high demand. Add in a great location and larger lot, and you’ve really got a special find. Lucky you, this custom 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Fisher’s Landing is back on the market. The buyers had a change of heart, and their loss is your gain.

The exterior of the home has timeless appeal, and with fiber cement siding and a newer roof, long-lasting appeal too. Inside, light and bright rooms with fresh professional painting and new carpet await your touches. Wide hallways are a big plus and add to the spacious feeling.

We really like the sunny, quarter acre lot. The fenced backyard is great for outdoor entertaining and gardening. Wide streets and a reduced speed zone keep this section of McGillivray Blvd safe and quiet. Wide bike paths line the roadway making it easy to walk, jog, or bike to nearby parks or New Seasons Market.

Fisher’s Landing is a thriving area in East Clark County. There are a variety of shops, services, and restaurants plus, you can be on I-5 or I-205 in mere minutes. Portland International Airport is just 15 minutes away too! Call us today for a tour, before it’s too late.

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You’ll enjoy the location of this custom built one-level home in popular Cascade Highlands. It has approximately 1900 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. The home has new carpet, fresh professional painting, a new roof, and an HVAC system was installed in 2011.

A large sunny lot (.25 acres) is perfect for gardening and outdoor enjoyment. Wide streets, a bike lane, reduced speed area, and sidewalks make this McGillivary home an easy commute to nearby parks, shops, eateries, and services. Stay tuned, or call us today for more details.

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The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year to the point where it has become a mainstream lifestyle. In addition to the economics of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of improved care for their aging parents. 

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 (Note: these numbers do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multi-gen property as it skews the averages.)

57 Active Listings – $439,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,664

Average $/SQFT – $196

2 Bumpable Buyers $594,500 to $798,000
Average SQFT – 3,407
Average $/SQFT – $204

19 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,397
Average $/SQFT – $201

29 Sold in last 3 Mos – $408,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,041
Average $/SQFT – $170

Median Days on Market was 95 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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For several years, we have lived next to my elderly parents, and now share a residence with them.  We have the luxury of enough space for privacy and separate living areas, but the convenience of being able to help them with meals, daily chores, and medical appointments. 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 economics of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of improved care for 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 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 (Note: these numbers do not include the spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multi-gen property featured above as it skews the averages.)

52 Active Listings – $439,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,878

Average $/SQFT – $193

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

17 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,592
Average $/SQFT – $211

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $408,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,053
Average $/SQFT – $175

Median Days on Market was 95 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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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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Clark County is experiencing an influx of home buyers from Portland and California – mostly for the affordable prices, but also for the quality of life.  If you are looking for areas where you can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools, Clark County has all of those to offer.

Brush Prairie/Hockinson, is a good example.  It has all the features of a rural area – rolling hillsides, tracts of timber land, and large horse pastures. Yet, it is within easy driving distance of metropolitan amenities, including Portland International Airport right across the Columbia River. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites with nature as neighbors. This area is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

One unique business neighbors and visitors enjoy is the Hockinson Market. It is located on NE 182nd Ave – basically “Main Street” Hockinson. It has the feel of an old time general store – you can fuel the car, pick up groceries, or sit at the counter for a deli sandwich, pizza, or cold beverage. It even has a tap room featuring local microbrews and cider. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10 minute drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of homes over $400,000 in Hockinson with acreage and views:

11 Active Listings – $449,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 4,416

Average $/SQFT – $163

1 Bumpable – 2,286 SQFT for $415,000 at $182/SQFT  

8 Pending – $449,000 to $1,000,000
Average SQFT– 3,738
Average $/SQFT – $189

13 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $775,000
Average SQFT – 3,246
Average $/SQFT – $175

Median Days on Market – 70.  Homes sell quickly in Hockinson!

If you are thinking of selling your home in Hockinson, call us for a free pricing analysis.  If you are looking for a home to buy, start your search for ViewHomes™ of Clark County here. 

 

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A multitude of headline teases pop up daily on my MSN home page, normally most are ignored. Yesterday, however, one caught my eye and curiosity, The Most Iconic Dessert From Every State. Logic tells me Washington State, where I live, would likely have something featuring apples. Would neighboring state Oregon have something made with filberts? Indulging myself further, I  wondered if Baked Alaska would be the signature dessert of my original home state of Alaska.

Only one of my guesses was correct, Washington’s featured dessert is an Apple Crisp. Oregon’s is a Pear Cake and Alaska’s is Wild Ligonberry jam on a buttermilk biscuit. Baked Alaska was actually invented by a chef in New York to honor the state’s purchase from Russia in 1867. Alaskans enjoy picking wild berries and treasure their berry patches,  often keeping them top-secret.

As for Washington, the choice is obvious. We’re known for our sweet apples and lead the nation in Apple production, growing nearly two thirds of all apples in the country. While Oregon is also known for apple production, the pear ranks as the top-selling fruit crop in the state. Although, I wasn’t completely wrong on that guess, as the article suggests adding filberts (another treat associated with Oregon) to the Pear cake recipe.

Other state treats that caught my eye include:

California – Frozen Yogurt – California leads the nation with 189 establishments offering the frozen dessert. And, with a body-con population, froyo wins out over ice cream.

Colorado – Yogurt with Granola Parfait – It’s a nod to the state’s dairy farming and their health-conscious culture.

New Hampshire – Pumpkin Pie – Apparently the pumpkin is listed as the state’s official fruit. Add some maple syrup for bonus points – it’s another New Hampshire top export.

If you’re wondering about a particular state, here’s a link to the complete list.

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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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We enjoy visiting the Clark County community known as Felida. Its name has an interesting story too. When the Post Office was established in 1890, the name Powley was submitted to honor an area resident. The name was denied, but the Post Office suggested instead, “Polly.” The postmaster thought the name sounded like a parrot and remarked, “they might as well name the post office after my cat.” Therefore, he submitted “Thomas,” the cat’s name, as well as, “Tomcat, and “Felidae,” Latin for big cats. Felida was approved!

Felida, long known for its pastoral settings, is changing because many of the area’s farms were purchased by developers in recent years. Therefore, farmlands have been replaced with large subdivisions. Homes on larger parcels are generally resale, as most builders tend to minimize lot size in new construction projects to increase their bottom line.

However, there are some new custom homes being built on larger lots in Felida. For example, in Ashley Ridge there are some new homes on one-half to one-third acre lots sited with greenbelt backyard views. Many of the homes we enjoy in the area have views of Vancouver Lake, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas.

Points of Interest: You can access the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail from the Felida bridge at NW 36th Avenue. The trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. Paved, tree-lined trails wind along the creek and through wetlands for 3.88 miles and give runners, walkers, and bikers sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons, beavers and many kinds of birds.

Snapshot of ViewHomes™ Market Report for Felida:

20 Active Listings – $558,5900 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,524

Average $/SQFT – $219

1 Bumpable Buyer at $569,500 with 2,380 SQFT for $239/SQFT

8 Pending – $450,000 to $1,325,000
Average SQFT– 3,651
Average $/SQFT – $201

11 Sold in last 3 Mos – $420,000 to $1,495,000
Average SQFT – 3,974
Average $/SQFT – $201

Median Days on Market was 100 days – homes in Felida do not last long in this market!

If you are thinking about selling your home in Felida, contact us for a free market analysis of your home’s vale. If you are interested in buying a home in Felida, you can start your 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!

Rural Lifestyle With City Amenities

Clark County offers many areas where you can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools. Brush Prairie/Hockinson, is one of those areas. It is a region with a population of only 3,000 spread out over 8 square miles. While they are technically one zip code – Brush Prairie, WA is the official mailing address – most people refer to the two areas interchangeably.

It has all the features of a rural area – rolling hillsides, tracts of timber land, and large horse pastures. Yet, it is within easy driving distance of metropolitan amenities, including Portland International Airport right across the river. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites – adding value to your home when it’s time to sell, and pleasure while you live there. This area is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy stopping in at the Hockinson Market. It’s
located at 15814 NE 182nd Avenue. You can fuel the car, buy ice cream, pizza, cold
beverages – it even has a microbrew tap room. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10 minute drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of homes over $400,000 in Hockinson with acreage and views:

11 Active Listings – $449,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 4,259

Average $/SQFT – $163

1 Bumpable – 3,166 SQFT for $639,900 at $202/SQFT  

8 Pending – $449,900 to $900,000
Average SQFT– 3,492
Average $/SQFT – $183

15 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $730,000
Average SQFT – 3,181
Average $/SQFT – $175

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County™, including Brush Prairie – Hockinson. If you want to learn more about view homes in Brush Prairie-Hockinson, contact us today.

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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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A Washington Post writer treads treacherous territory with a controversial bombshell of an exposé.  No, this is not about D.C. politics, this is about something far more critical to our identity as a civilized culture – food!  Yes, Tom Sietsema wrote “The Top 10 Best Food Cities in America” and actually dared to rank them in order – rating many smaller cities higher than better-known metropolitan culinary standards. (Hint: Portland was ranked #1, New York disappointed, and Seattle didn’t make the cut!) As you can expect, it has sparked backlash from loyal food fanatics who felt slighted by his (admittedly subjective) findings.

Although published in 2015, the writer is still defending his choices based on his three-month gastronomical journey across this country. Unlike Guy Fieri’s titular “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, he expanded his criteria beyond restaurants and bars to food carts, farmers markets, even grocery stores to experience a true sense of the city’s food culture.  He interviewed chefs, food critics, merchants, and diners in each city to uncover the best, and lesser-known examples of “creativity, community and tradition” in the local food scene.

His review of Portland names some of our favorite places, including healthy fast-food Burgerville and New Seasons Market  ( both are located across the Columbia River in Clark County, Washington too) – regional treasures that feature locally-sourced fresh produce and fruit, meats, and seafood. He credits a produce clerk with introducing him to the odd-shaped but wonderful honeysuckle fruit. He also cites examples of food varieties available in the immediate area – including 300 styles of truffles, and berries “so delicate, they don’t leave the state”. With amazing ingredients, and a generation of accomplished chefs, (both pros and amateurs), the area offers an abundance of wonderful food experiences.

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“Legend has it that the willow is bestowed with magical powers capable of fulfilling wishes. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow explaining your desire. Select a pliable shoot and tie a loose knot in it expressing your wish. When your wish is fulfilled, return and untie the knot. Be sure to thank the willow for your gift.”

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Multigenerational households are more than a fad – they have become a mainstream lifestyle. We have seen this trend emerging for several years, and it continues to grow.  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:

47 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,951

Average $/SQFT – $199

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

Average $/SQFT – $257

17 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,048
Average $/SQFT – $212

24 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,980 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,676
Average $/SQFT – $180

Median Days on Market – less than 2 Months.  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!

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This past winter’s unusually harsh weather makes it hard to keep in mind that Spring will be here soon.  And with Spring, as more people get outside to enjoy the nice weather, buyers start thinking about living on or near water.  Water has a natural, meditative effect on us — the sight and sound of moving water puts us in a relaxed, reflective mode. Waterfront properties have a built-in asset that many buyers want.  Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.

The Pacific Northwest has many amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. But regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated 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:

52 Active from $409,900 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,584
Average $/SQFT $248

19 Pending from $400,000 to $1,095,000
Average SQFT 3,107
Average $/SQFT $173

27 Sold in past 3 months from $400,000 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT 2,802
Average $/SQFT $212

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 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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Living in the country has many perks – open space, green vistas, and chickens! Yes, chickens.  Even if you don’t raise chickens yourself, they are usually just an acre or two away from you. From the early morning crow of the rooster, to the regular clucking of the hens – chickens add a decidedly rural feeling to the area.

When you see chickens roaming around someone’s property, you might assume they are low-maintenance.  But they actually require a lot of work and care to keep clean and healthy. So we have opted, for now, not to have them on our property.  But we see and hear them all the time at our neighbors’, and that’s fine with us.  Recently, one neighbor asked if we wanted to be in the loop of a regular fresh egg supply. Yes!  So now we have all the benefits of chickens – daily fresh eggs – without the work! We appreciate the bright yolks, firm whites, and they are great for baking too.

So in addition to the normal benefits of living in the country – clean air, privacy, and “elbow room for the soul”, you can add fresh eggs to the list.  They are often just a good neighbor away. If you’re interested in discovering the many benefits of living with Nature As Neighbors, call us today, we love to share our experiences.

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This little sweetheart turned two years old, yesterday. She is our family’s tiny Valentine. Raegan Leigh Nelson, as you can likely see in her photo, is full of unbridled joy and delight.
Children truly know how to live in the moment. We FaceTimed last night and she sat with a happy smile while we sang Happy Birthday. The biggest takeaway of the day for little Rae was “Cake!”

Happy Valentines Day to you and to your sweetheart(s).

 

 

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The Pleasure of Living with Nature As Neighbors

If you are looking for a home with acreage and a view, you should consider homes in Brush Prairie – Hockinson, in Clark County, WA. While they are technically two separate places, most people refer to the area as one. 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. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites – adding value to your home when it’s time to sell, and pleasure while you live there. Brush Prairie is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy stopping in at the Hockinson Market. It’s
located at 15814 NE 182nd Avenue. You can fuel the car, buy ice-cream, pizza, cold
beverages – even a new microbrew tap room. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10-15 minute (or less) drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of view homes in Hockinson with acreage:

12 Active Listings – $460,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 4,166

Average $/SQFT – $174

10 Pending – $424,900 to $900,000
Average SQFT– 3,492
Average $/SQFT – $180

14 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $730,000
Average SQFT – 3,236
Average $/SQFT – $176

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County™. If you want to learn more about ViewHomes of Brush Prairie-Hockinson contact us today.

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This year, January marks the lunar New Year for Asian Americans, also known as Spring Festival. It is always celebrated on the first month of the lunar year. As a result, Chinese New Year may fall in the second half of January or the first half of February. This year it is on Saturday January 28th.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Unfortunately, it’s considered a bad year for Roosters, those born in a Rooster year. Don’t feel picked on Roosters. According to Chinese tradition, when the year of your birth sign rolls around it’s considered to be back luck. Here are few tips to help stave off potential bad luck. Generally speaking though, it sounds pretty good to be a Rooster.

According to a site we found for the Portland, Oregon, Chinese New Year’s Celebration, Roosters are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. In their everyday life, Roosters are as proud of their homes as they are of themselves. They’re extremely organized individuals as evidenced by the fact that their homes are always neat. Also, Roosters are usually hard-working, multi-talented individuals. They make great salespersons, journalists, and police officers.

As REALTORS, we can’t help but wonder if the owners of the most well-cared for homes we sell are Roosters under the Chinese Calendar. It makes sense, as showing great pride in a home is one of their important characteristics. Still, it’s a great trait anyone can emulate if they hope to sell a home for top dollar and in the least amount of time.


We also really enjoyed reading about the year ahead. In 2017, the warmth of the Fire Rooster is expected to point people in the direction of family and home-related matters. Naturally, since we specialize in Multi-Generational homes in Clark County, Washington, we think this is a good omen. And after all, this lifestyle is one of the fastest growing housing trends in the country.

Happy Chinese New Year on January 28th, and welcome to the Year of the Rooster. Here’s to selling more ViewHomes in impeccable condition, and to more people discovering the many benefits of Multigenerational living.

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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:

51 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,959

Average $/SQFT – $214

2 Bumpable Buyers – $1,700,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 6,552

Average $/SQFT – $301

12 Pending – $425,000 to $699,900
Average SQFT– 3,586
Average $/SQFT – $171

35 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,980 to $1,500,000
Average SQFT – 3,681
Average $/SQFT – $175

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!

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One of the rewards of living in the Pacific Northwest is the predominance of amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. Water has a natural, meditative effect on us — the sight and sound of moving water puts us in a relaxed, reflective mode. Waterfront properties have a built-in asset that many buyers want.  Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.

However, regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated 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:

17 Active from $419,900 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,897
Average $/SQFT $245

18 Pending from $455,000 to $999,500
Average SQFT 3,240
Average $/SQFT $192

34 Sold in past 3 months from $400,000 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT 3,189
Average $/SQFT $211

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.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | Views | Waterfront

You can’t see it, or smell it, or taste it, but Radon gas could be present at a dangerous level in your Clark County, Washington home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. If you live in Washington state, radon is the largest source of radiation for almost everyone. Unfortunately, in Clark County, we have one of the highest rates of radon in the state. And, that’s because of what happened about 15 thousand years ago.

The Missoula Floods refer to the cataclysmic floods that swept through the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the last ice age. In some areas where the glacial Lake Missoula Floods came through, radon can be detected in significant amounts. Environmental Protection Agency maps show certain pockets of Clark County with potential rates of 4 picocuries per liter of air or higher.

The average national indoor level of radon is 1.3 pCi/L. Compare that figure to the average indoor radon levels in Clark County of 3pCi/L as determined by Air Chek, Inc, and you get the seriousness of the problem. Radon can enter a building from the ground underneath it, and the more a person is exposed to it, the higher the risk of cell damage.

Where does Radon come from?

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas. It comes from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found at different levels in soil and rock. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air via ground water and surface water. Radon is present in the air outside and inside. Normally, it’s found at very low levels in outdoor air and drinking water from river and lakes. However, it can be found at higher levels in houses and other buildings, and in well water.

The Dangers of Radon.

Radon breaks down into solid radio active elements called radon progeny. Radon progeny can attach to dust and other particles and can be breathed into the lungs. The process can cause damage to the DNA inside the body’s cells, which creates the potential for lung cancer. The good news, it’s easy to decrease your risk from radon through testing and, if necessary, mitigate the risk in your home. Here are three things that can help reduce the levels of radon in your home.

1. Make it harder for radon to get in. ( Caulking, sealing, vapor barrier)
2. Make it easier for radon to go elsewhere. (RRNC, radon mitigation systems)
3. Increase air exchange to the outside. ( Also, adequate cross-ventilation in crawl space)

The only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon in your home, or potential home, is to test. A professional tester is often hired when radon detection is part of a real estate transaction. As a REALTOR™ and EcoBroker, I understand the importance of living in a healthy and safe environment. However, why wait until you sell your home? January is the month to raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas in homes. If you haven’t had your home tested yet, call a professional today and get peace of mind.

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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:

47 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 5,039

Average $/SQFT – $217

2 Bumpable Buyers – $559,900 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 5,116

Average $/SQFT – $275

13 Pending – $425,000 to $999,500
Average SQFT– 3,888
Average $/SQFT – $161

35 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,980 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,414
Average $/SQFT – $185

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!

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Nature Tweets Sweeter – Black Capped Chickadees

One of our favorite backyard birds is the little cheerful-looking, and cheerful sounding, Black-capped Chickadee. Chickadee is the North American name for birds that are called tits (no snickering please) in rest of the world where these birds are found. Tits is actually an old German word meaning something small. It makes sense to us.
We’ve been filling the feeder with their favorite black-oiled sunflower seeds, as well as suet to help them survive our crazy, cold winter this year. They are quite friendly and don’t seem to mind our presence in the yard with them. It’s interesting to watch them at the feeder too because they exhibit a complex flock hierarchy, allowing dominate birds to feed first.

The North American name for them is based on the sound the birds make, chick-a-dee-dee. However, our favorite tune to hear is their distinctive fee-bee-ee whistle. It always brings us a smile to hear the melodic song outside our windows. We also feel lucky that the fee-bee song is actually distinctly longer for chickadees in Oregon and Washington. We get it, the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is something to sing about.

I found this fun video, an Ode to Songbirds produced by students and teachers involved in an awesome program sponsored by the Tremont Institute, located within the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

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We are also pleased to be the only REALTORS® in Clark County, WA who specialize in Multigenerational properties. It’s interesting too, as we are now seeing a few other brokerages trying to respond, a bit late we believe, to this growing trend in housing. Our passion for this lifestyle grew from our personal experience. However, we also predicted the trend was picking up in popularity and not just for economic reasons as many believe. Instead, families are often choosing to live together out of love – a desire to share as many moments as possible with one another.

We’re working with a Camas family ( mom, dad, and two kids) who want to live in a Multi-generational property with the wife’s parents. The parents currently live in the midwest, are retiring this Spring, and they haven’t had  a chance to really spend a lot of time around their young grandchildren. Therefore, relocation for them is a top priority. The property they’ve decided to buy together will need an area where the older parents can age in place. In other words, living space with ground level access and one-level.

Purchasing a multi-generational property is a process. Since there are more people in the decision making arena, that increases the need for concessions and compromises. Eventually though, we find a good fit for everyone. In fact, the search is part of the fun because we so enjoy getting to know each member of the family. For example, last weekend, we lingered in the kitchen of a home we’d toured listening to interesting stories of the wife’s time spent in Asia as an English teacher – with her own a popular TV show!

Economics can certainly be a benefit of shared living, but often it’s not the number one priority. Believe it or not, the catalyst for a multi-gen move is often based in love. A desire to share life, as many moments as possible, with family members. We live in a property with our elderly parents, the difference in our situation, my sister and her husband also share our large home. We trade off with cooking responsibilities for mom and dad, doctor visits, and try to engage them socially as often as possible. My sister and I chose to go through this together, giving back to two people who gave us such a solid childhood. We think our husbands are amazing men.

Our first-hand experience with this lifestyle gives us a unique perspective that we share freely. The pros, the cons. Although, the cons can be greatly minimized with advance planning and detailed discussions. For example, be sure to consult with a Family Trust attorney to fully understand how to protect the property in a variety of unforeseen circumstances. We also feel that privacy, and having your own space, is a critical consideration for most of us.

In addition, most of our clients, like us, greatly appreciate the healing and soothing aspects of having Nature As Neighbors. Eco-therapy is now recognized by the mental health community as an important aspect of our human need to connect with nature. More and more people are recognizing this link and seeking homes which offer them a retreat for rejuvenation. We find these homes, in particular, make great multi-gen options. A ViewHome™ on some acreage is like having elbow room for the soul.™

We know our most recent multi-gen family of buyers will enjoy the perks of this lifestyle. They’re taking the time to communicate with one another honestly, setting clear expectations and laying down the groundwork of what’s needed to make a property a good fit for all of them. It’s a privilege to be the only REALTORS® in Clark County who specialize in this growing real estate need. If you’ve been considering a multigenerational home, call us today. We’d be happy to share our experiences and expertise to help determine if this is a good fit for you.

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This year, we have experienced two outages, one in December, and one this past weekend. The most recent left us without power for about eight hours. It could have been worse though. We stayed warm and cozy, had plenty of water stored, and even made grilled cheese sandwiches on our wood stove. Still, you could hear cheers throughout our two level home as the lights came back on around 4:00 PM.

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:

47 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 5,121

Average $/SQFT – $218

2 Bumpable Buyers – $559,900 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 5,116

Average $/SQFT – $275

12 Pending – $425,000 to $1,295,000
Average SQFT– 3,919
Average $/SQFT – $175

41 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,980 to $6,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,535
Average $/SQFT – $222

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!

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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™ in Washougal, WA   

Active Listings- 30 from $449,900 to $3,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,923

Average $/SQFT – $223

Pending – 8 from $425,000 to $835,000
AverageSQFT – 2,898
Average $/SQFT – $207

Sold in last 3 Months – 10 from $400,000 to $710,000
AverageSQFT – 2,389
Average $/SQFT – $220

Average Days on Market was 56 – less than 2 months – which shows that properties are still moving quickly.

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

We are 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 – “elbow room for the soul.”

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We recently sold another view home along the Washougal River, and checked in to see how they spent their first Christmas.  They are so grateful to live in their version of paradise -surrounded by nature, with the sounds of the river rushing past their home. They even had a few kayakers paddle by one sunny morning – each waving and acknowledging what a gift it is to be on the water.

Water has a natural, meditative effect on us — the sight and sound of moving water helps put us in a relaxed, reflective mode that seems to ameliorate any disruptions around us. This is one of the many reasons waterfront properties are at a premium – there is a built-in asset that many homes don’t have.  Some buyers want easy access to boating and active watersports. Others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection. Either way, we are drawn to water.

We are fortunate to live in an area where there are many diverse bodies of water – lakes, streams, rivers that are still in their natural state.  But, due to regulations designed to protection our waterways, development of any designated shoreline properties comes with tight regulations, 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.)

These restrictions also create a specialized market, where water becomes a highly-prized feature of the home.  With these restrictions, and limited inventory, you should always work with someone who has experience with waterfront properties and knows how to find that perfect opportunity for you.

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

17 Active from $449,900 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 4,382
Average $/SQFT $289

6 Pending from $459,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT 3,915
Average $/SQFT $245

11 Sold in past 3 months from $407,100 to $6,500,000
Average SQFT 3,904
Average $/SQFT $353

View properties on water tend to move quickly, so if you are interested, now is a great time to buy. Give us a call, we specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County.

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“The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live everyday as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

We have been celebrating the holiday season with Nature As Neighbors. December snow and cool temperatures have given us many delightful moments. We even caught ourselves dreaming of a White Christmas, and it’s likely going to come true. Not here in Clark County though, we’re heading to Bend, Oregon tomorrow to spend Christmas with our son’s family. There’s so much more magic in the air when you celebrate the holidays with children. We did want to take a moment to thank you for your support, business, and in some cases, friendship. Here’s a short video celebrating the many seasonal gifts of nature in December.

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Discover the benefits of living with a fire-breathing dragon. Okay, it’s really a propane torch, but we have vivid imaginations at our Multigen home in Camas, Washington.

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. To us, and many of our happy clients, “elbow room for the soul” represents the ultimate luxury.  Likewise, 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-Gen living, we have helped many families find a home suitable for that lifestyle.

In short, we recognize the need 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 happy to help market your property to candidates most likely to purchase your home. It’s what we do – 100% of the time.

This week, we highlight current ViewHomes™ for sale in Clark County. As long-time property owners in Clark County, and since moving here from Portland 15 years ago, we are sold on the benefits of living north of the Columbia river. Many communities have the charm of a small-town lifestyle, but with all the amenities of a metropolitan area. Most areas are within minutes of Portland International Airport. Many think it’s the best of both worlds.

ViewHomes of Camas WA – A Market Snapshot for December 2016

212 Active Listings  from $415,000 to $4,500,000
Average Square Feet 4,017
Average $/SQFT $213

80 Pending listed from $409,900 to $2,250,000
Average Square Feet 3,205
Average $/SQFT $192

154 Sold in Past 3 Months from $400,000 to $4,300,000
Average Square Feet 3,205
Average $/SQFT $194

The Real Estate Market is still hot, so it’s a great time to start thinking about selling your ViewHome™ of Clark County. Call us today.

Search ViewHomes™ of Clark County here. ( No registration is required)

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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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We are keeping close watch on our feeders this week and leaving our Christmas lights on for longer periods to help provide a source of warmth. The photo of this Anna’s was taken during yesterday’s snow storm when temperatures hovered around 29 degrees. The little bird would sit for extended periods on the strand of lights, and then eagerly sip nectar from the nearby feeder. We suspect he was loading up for a long night hunkered down in the evergreens next to our house. This morning, a feeder with room temperature nectar awaits his return, as do we.

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If you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, we can help. Contact us today and let’s find your ViewHome of Clark County, Washington.

We’ve become big fans of a new development in Felida – The Reserve at Ashley Ridge. The reason? It offers large lots – many with views – and elbow room for the soul. The developer, Pacific Lifestyle Homes, led by Kevin Wann, creates communities that embrace the unique qualities of the location and environment. Ashely Ridge is the embodiment of that: quality green homes that reflect different lifestyles with an appreciation for the environment.

Situated on a plateau overlooking the Columbia River to the East and Salmon Creek refuge to the North, large home sites (up to 20,000 SQFT) are positioned to take advantage of the views, while preserving side lot privacy. Floor plans range in size from 2,000 to 3,756 SQFT, many with master on the main.  Amenities include an additional detached garage where possible, which can be used for an artist studio, hobby shop, or separate home office. Plans are in place for a foot trail to take kayaks down to Lake River right from the neighborhood.

Conveniently located with easy access to shopping, services, and freeways – PDX airport is only 30 min away – The Reserve Ashley Ridge offers an opportunity to live close to everything, but with nature as neighbors. Check out the location in this video, and call us if you’d like to see homes in this neighborhood.

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Many of our clients are also sensitive to the environment, that’s why they choose ViewHomes of Clark County – with Nature As Neighbors, as their lifestyle choice. They too will likely visit one of Clark County’s 350 acres of planted tree farms in the upcoming days. It’s important to support our local growers to help ensure their future longevity.

If you’re interesting in taking advantage of the emotion-evoking magic of this time of year, call us today. We’d be happy to arrange an in-person consultation and evaluation to help determine if this is the right season to sell your home.

 

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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We know that multigenerational living is becoming more popular for many reasons. 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.

Finding the perfect multi-gen home for your purposes can be a challenge.  Certainly, if the house is listed with separate living quarters, that’s a given, but they are not common. However, there might be other features that will make the situation work, sometimes with some minor remodeling. A second kitchen in the daylight basement, or an office over the garage that already has plumbing.  Local zoning codes will also determine what can or cannot be done. This is where an agent who is experienced with multi-gen houses or, better yet, lives the lifestyle, can help you find the right 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 multi-gen features priced starting at $450,000:

70 Active Listings – $450,000 to $23,500,000
Average SqFt – 5,088

Average $/SqFt – $285

26 Pending – $459,900 to $1,295,000
Average SqFT – 3,731
Average $/SqFt – $195

36 Sold in last 3 Mos – $465,000 to $6,500,000
Average SqFt – 4,180
Average $/SqFt – $232

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, or you have a home that you want to sell and it has Multi-Gen features, call us – we are specialists in this field.

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We enjoy visiting the Clark County community known as Felida. Its name has an interesting story too. When the Post Office was established in 1890, the name Powley was submitted to honor an area resident. The name was denied, but the Post Office suggested instead, “Polly.” The postmaster thought the name sounded like a parrot and remarked, “they might as well name the post office after my cat.” Therefore, he submitted “Thomas,” the cat’s name, as well as, “Tomcat, and “Felidae,” Latin for big cats. Felida was approved!

Points of Interest: You can access the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail from the Felida bridge at NW 36th Avenue. The trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. Paved, tree-lined trails wind along the creek and through wetlands for 3.88 miles and give runners, walkers, and bikers sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons, beavers and many kinds of birds.

Long known for its pastoral settings, Felida is changing. Many of the area’s historic farms have been purchased by developers – replacing farmlands with large subdivisions. You can still find older view homes on larger parcels for resale, but most new construction tends towards smaller lots. Fortunately, we can found custom homes being built on larger lots. For example, one neighborhood we have been visiting with clients is the Reserve at Ashley Ridge. While laid out like a traditional subdivision, most homes sit on large lots – some with greenbelts and views of Lake River, or Salmon Creek Greenway. In other words, view homes with “elbow room for the soul”.

Market Snapshot for ViewHomes™ of Felida:
23 Active Listings from $567,400 to $1,799,000
Average Square Feet 4,151
Average $/SqFt $216

7 Pending from $450,000 to $1,250,000
Average Square Feet 3,985
Average $/SqFt 182

16 Sold Listing in Past 3 Months from $470,000 to $850,000
Average Square Feet 3,692
Average $/SqFt $166
Average Days on Market 73

Homes in Felida are moving quickly, so if you are interested, you should act now.
Looking for a home in Felida, or have one to sell? Give us a call!

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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 that multigenerational living is becoming more popular for many reasons. 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.

Finding the perfect multi-gen home for your purposes can be a challenge.  Certainly, if the house is listed with separate living quarters, that’s a given, but they are not common. However, there might be other features that will make the situation work, sometimes with some minor remodeling. A second kitchen in the daylight basement, or an office over the garage that already has plumbing.  Local zoning codes will also determine what can or cannot be done. This is where an agent who is experienced with multi-gen houses or, better yet, lives the lifestyle, can help you find the right 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 multi-gen features priced starting at $450,000:

81 Active Listings – $450,000 to $4,500,000
Average SqFt – 4,934

Average $/SqFt – $217

26 Pending – $459,900 to $4,250,000
Average SqFT – 4,212
Average $/SqFt – $192

38 Sold in last 3 Mos – $465,000 to $6,500,000
Average SqFt – 3,927
Average $/SqFt – $227

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, or you have a home that you want to sell and it has Multi-Gen features, call us – we are specialists in this field.

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If you’d like to learn more about the nuances of multi-gen living, feel free to contact us today. We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County, homes with Nature and Neighbors and Elbow Room for the Soul.™ Family Estates, homes for baby boomers, and multi-generational properties are our speciality.

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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We were on our way to an inspection yesterday when we both felt the joy of a new season. The drive to the Washougal River property was gorgeous, and we both commented on the fall leaves this year – they are exceptionally splendid. It reminded us to showcase the beauty of our region with seasonal videos.  Our video of Spring in Clark County is a popular one, but we didn’t have one for this time of year. Naturally, it didn’t take us long to remedy the situation. Welcome to the beauty of Fall in Clark County, WA.

 

 

 

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We are so grateful for technology and the ability to provide real estate services while traveling. On a recent week-long trip to Estes Park in Colorado, we were able to negotiate an accepted offer on a fabulous waterfront home on the Washougal River. Our buyers contacted us in the Spring to view one of our listings, unfortunately that home sold before they could get their ducks in a row. And, while that home was fabulous, we all think this property will be an even better fit.

Not all river front properties in Clark County come with fishing rights. This one does! It was an important consideration for this couple as the husband is an avid fisherman. Imagine owning 800 feet of waterfront along a pristine river? They are so excited. Today is inspection day, and we are confident things are going to go well. The sellers took care to upgrade, repair, and prepare the home for sale, including a pre-sale inspection.

If you’re looking for a river-front property in Washougal, or anywhere in Clark County, call us today. We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County with Nature as Neighbors.™Our clients all agree, luxury is having “elbow room for the soul.”™

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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™ in Washougal, WA   

Active Listings- 27 from $495,000 to $3,900,000
Average SqFt – 3,989

Average $/SqFt – $234

Pending – 4 from $520,000 to $750,000
Average SqFt – 2,779
Average $/SqFt – $220

Sold in last 3 Months – 12 from $454,500 to $1,340,000
Average SqFt – 3,191
Average $/SqFt – $198

Average Days on Market  was 84, which means properties are moving quickly.

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

We are 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 – “elbow room for the soul.”

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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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The Clark County Parade of Homes runs through October 2 and is located in Ridgefield, WA this year – an appropriate site to feature larger homes on country estates.  An old, established farming community with pastoral settings and rolling hills, Ridgefield is often cited as one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Yet, even new developments boast larger lots, views, and plenty of open green spaces. Having the National Wildlife Refuge nearby provides many outdoor recreation opportunities helps protects the surrounding streams and wetlands, providing natural havens for birds and wildlife.

The Parade of Homes features custom homes built on country estates priced from $900,000 to $1,400,000.  If you are not looking in that price range, you can still find homes with acreage, and a view in that area.   In spite of all the new construction, Ridgefield retains its inviting small town atmosphere.  An easy stroll with give you access to historic landmarks, charming shops, restaurants, and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse cultural heritage site.  The city is finishing a recreational loop system of pathways to connect downtown with neighborhoods, parks, schools, and the waterfront.

VIewHomes™ Market Report for Ridgefield:

7 Active Listings from $475,000 to $1,800,000
Average SqFt – 2433

Average $/SqFT – $360

1 Pending Sale $650,000
Square Footage: 1394
$/SqFt – $466

3 Sold in past 3 months – $495,000 to $637,000
Average SqFt – 3200
Average $/SqFt – $183

We are 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 – “elbow room for the soul.”™

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We know that multigenerational living is becoming more popular for many reasons. 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.

Finding the perfect multi-gen home for your purposes can be a challenge.  Certainly, if the house is listed with separate living quarters, that’s a given, but they are not common. However, there might be other features that will make the situation work, sometimes with some minor remodeling. A second kitchen in the daylight basement, or an office over the garage that already has plumbing.  Local zoning codes will also determine what can or cannot be done. This is where an agent who is experienced with multi-gen houses or, better yet, lives the lifestyle, can help you find the right 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 multi-gen features priced above $450,000:

93 Active Listings – $450,000 to $4,500,000
Average SqFt – 4,728

Average $/SqFt – $223

26 Pending – $489,000 to $4,895,000
Average SqFT – 4,302
Average $/SqFt – $227

39 Sold in last 3 Mos – $465,000 to $2,150,000
Average SqFt – 3,893
Average $/SqFt – $171

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, or you have a home that you want to sell and it has Multi-Gen features, call us – we are specialists in this field. We can help you find the right solution.

 

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We celebrate the arrival of this season, embracing cooler weather, restocking the wood shed, and appreciating the softer light juxtaposed with the rich shades of fall leaves. This morning, we spent time in quiet reflection.

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We always enjoy the Clark County Parade of Homes to view new ideas and designs that complement your lifestyle. This year is especially enjoyable because the theme is a lifestyle that resonates with us – country estates and living with nature as neighbors.  Homes with acreage have the advantage of featuring nature and privacy – the ultimate luxuries.

As more consumers value outdoors as a part of their lifestyles, more builders are featuring nature an extension of the home.  Decks with views, patios with fireplaces, even fully-furnished outdoor kitchens are extremely popular. It’s a recognition that our home is a refuge form the hustle and bustle of today’s busy world. Yesterday’s demand for a media room has become today’s need for an outdoor room.

The Parade of Homes opened Sept. 16th and runs through Oct 2 on Carty Rd in Ridgefield, WA.  All homes sit on acreage, and are larger than 3,000 SqFt – a unique opportunity for builders to showcase their creativity and craftsmanship. This coming Sunday, Sept. 25 is Family Day at the Parade, and features special events for kids and parents from 11:00 am to 2 pm.

Whether it’s a simple patio under the trees, surrounded by Adirondack chairs, or a full-blown entertainment area, outdoor rooms are a great way to sit and enjoy natural surroundings. Especially if you have the luxury of Nature as Neighbors!

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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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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. To us, and many of our happy clients, “elbow room for the soul” represents the ultimate luxury.  Likewise, 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 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 happy to help market your property to candidates most likely to purchase your home. It’s what we do – 100% of the time.

ViewHomes of Camas WA – A Market Snapshot for August 2016

This week, we highlight the current ViewHomes™ for sale in Camas. Since we also 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.

There are currently 34 Active ViewHomes™ listed in Camas priced from a low of $469,900 to $3.2 million. There are 9 Pending from $499,000 to $1,250,000. There were nine sales reported in the last 3 months – the median sold price was $565,000 and the Median DOM (days on market) was 31, so properties are selling fast!

The Summer Real Estate Market is still hot, so it’s a great time to sell your ViewHome™ of Clark County. Call us today.

Preview the ViewHomes™ of Camas at Nature As Neighbors here. ( No registration is required)

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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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We are pleased to be the only resource in Clark County with a specific search for multi-generational properties. It will help our sellers get their homes sold more quickly – and help buyers save time in identifying possible homes. Feel free to explore – and take your time – we don’t force anyone to register. We’re confident you’ll want to call us when it’s time to buy or se

We’ve all been aware of the trend in this country of multi-generational families choosing to live together.  It appeared as a temporary phenomenon during the recent recession years – children moving back into their parent’s home for economic reasons.  But as we emerge from that downturn, the patterns are clear – more families are choosing to live together – under the same roof or on the same property – and not just for economic reasons.

Most families who make that choice report personal or quality of life reasons for the decision: aging parents need attention, but don’t want to move into a facility; they want grandparents closer to grandchildren, and help in childcare; or, they just like doing things together but with separate quarters.  Whatever the reasons, we have seen this trend emerging in Clark County as more of our clients want multi-gen homes.  Yet, in spite of market demand, the options are still somewhat limited, and it takes some creativity to find the right property for many families.

For several years, in order to find a home on the RMLS that had multi-gen potential, you had to search a variety of fields for clues.  Clearly, “2ND-RES” or “ADU” – Auxiliary Dwelling Unit indicates a second residence, but not all lots can accommodate two living units. Likewise, “SEPLVQT – Apartment or Auxiliary Living Unit” or “GSTQTR” – Guest Quarters” are useful fields, if used by the listing agent. But those are sub-fields in obscure locations like “Interior Features” and  “Exterior Features”.

Recently, our local RMLS addressed this situation by adding a field “Dual Living Y/N”, which is supposed to pick up any indications in any field that separate or auxiliary quarters are available.  While this may help, you still need to carefully screen each listing to see if the situation is right for your client. Even with that search, you may need to be more creative, depending upon your client’s budget. For example, a daylight basement with a bathroom – can a small kitchen be added? Is there enough room on the lot to add a small structure that taps into existing water and utilities?  These, of course, depend largely on your local zoning and building codes that the buyers will need to check out.

For a quick search of Multi-Gen Homes listed in Clark County, check out our website.  Or call us – we are specialists in multi-generational living.

 

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Rural often means a home with acreage, views, and frequent visits from wildlife. We call it living with Nature As Neighbors and plenty of “elbow room for the soul.”™ It’s a lifestyle that we feel very passionate about, as we live it ourselves. Research suggests it’s good for us to live within close proximity to a lot of green. Call it vitamin “N” for Nature, as one Washington Post writer suggests.

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, 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. 

Although currently pending, here is an example of the type of amazing private retreats you can find in the area – especially along the Washougal River.

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ in Washougal, WA   

37 Active listings from $300,000 to $4,750,000
Average Square Footage: 3,861
Average $/SqFt: $235
19 Sold in last 3 months: $300,000 to  $840,000
Average Square Footage: 2866
Average $/SqFt: $175

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™ in the Washougal and Nature As Neighbors, contact us at Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

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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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Growing up in Alaska, I was spoiled with plenty of fresh salmon, halibut, and crab. Bernie also grew up close to fresh seafood, so we are both very particular about what we buy.  Local supermarkets are sometimes OK, but uneven in the quality and availability. So it was a delight to learn last year that B&B Fish Market was coming to Camas.

Opened by the Bellamy family – Zetta (the Mom), Robert & Janel – they come from a line of fifth-generation sports fishermen who have enjoyed the fresh catch and shellfish of the Pacific Northwest for years.  They decided to share their passion for fresh-caught seafood by starting their own shop in a converted old home on 5th Ave in downtown Camas.

As with any new business, we wanted to give them time to get settled before writing a review.  Since then, we have had the pleasure to visit them many times over the year, and we are pleased to report they are doing just fine!  Their fresh selection is always good – including this week, local fresh Chinook salmon.

We recently learned they do quite a bit of smoked fish that they can ship nationwide. Their salmon, steel head, halibut, and sole jerky are all smoked in house using a combination of alder, cherry,  and apple woods.  They also offer a variety of flavors – honey, pepper, even spicy, and a sample pack if you’re not sure which one you’d like.

(Side note: On a recent visit, my husband discovered not only the fresh-caught Chinook, but also “Hoppin’ John’s Best Oyster Knife I’ve Ever Used.”  He was intrigued because, as a kid growing up near the Chesapeake Bay, he is very familiar with all types of oysters and how to properly shuck them. So he did his research, and on his next trip he bought one. Unfortunately, B&B’s oysters are so popular – they were all out that day.  We’ll test drive it and report back!)

So check out their website, and if you’re ever in downtown Camas, drop by.  They are very knowledgeable and friendly, and you can expect the freshest seafood in the area.

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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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Hockinson Market 1928 Hockinson, WA is a somewhat wonderful enigma – rural country life with upscale amenities and sophistication. Its downtown evokes nostalgic images of modest Main Street USA. Yet the area features many spacious luxury ViewHomes™ and estates.

The original general store – Hockinson Market – started as a farm co-op and has been in continuous use since 1928. Today it is a hub of activity for the area. At the intersection of two major backcountry roads, the market is both a convenience store for gas, snacks, and sodas, as well as a full-service ice cream counter for cones, sundaes, and milkshakes. With its recently-added tap room for local craft beers and cider, the market is celebrating its grand opening this Sunday, July 31 with an all-ages Summer Party.

From 2pm to 11pm, the Hockinson Market Tap Room will host scavenger hunts, trivia games, and local vendors onsite with beer, wine, and chocolate.  It is an all-ages event for the entire community.  Intrepid locals who wear their vintage Hockinson Market hat or shirt get a $1 discount on all tap drinks. (You can be an insider, too, by buying a new Tap Room T-shirt.) Guess the owner’s favorite treat on Facebook, and you could win a prize.

Homes in the area are in big demand, due to excellent schools and dramatic topography – rolling hills and steep slopes with panoramic views of the entire area.  The current average sales price of $394,800 compares favorably to the County average of $320,500. Active listings of view homes with at least an acre of land range in price from $459,900 to $1,450,000 with an average of $200/SqFt.

If you’d like more information about event in Hockinson and ViewHomes™ of Clark County, give us a call.  We’re your locals!

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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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Our multi-generational family is nearing the one-year mark of living together. Three couples sharing one structure has been quite the adventure. Compromise, patience, and a good sense of humor all come in handy.

We’re fortunate that our large home lends itself to separate living. My sister and her husband have the entire lower level with a completely private entrance. We live on the upper level, and mom and dad are currently using a section of our home with their own sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The backyard modular cottage is a bit behind schedule ( another story for another time), but we expect they will be moving into their own place this Fall.

We shared some of our advice with you last week, and as promised, this is part two of the important tips we’ve discovered help make life easier when you’re “together again.”

Be Flexible!
Life changes, and so will your living situation. For example, mom and dad have been downstairs, and are now upstairs, due to a delay in their home building process. It’s important to keep in mind the responsibilities of aging parents too. When one of the us has a busy schedule, or is out-of-town, the other couple picks up the majority of care and keeps the house-hold running smoothly.

Respect Differences
I’m sure mom and dad would do a few things differently than my husband and me, and my sister and her husband. We try to accept help and advice when offered. However, our parents are very respectful of our lifestyles, and don’t try to push their will onto any of us. Likewise, we give our parents their privacy and to give them the space they need for their own traditions of living life.

Priorities
We decided to live together to share in the care of our aging parents. Our number one priority is their comfort and health – both mentally and physically. Dad has Dementia so it can create some stress at times, especially for mom. Remembering why we chose to share our lives keeps us focused on what’s important.

A Connection to Nature
Our property offers us a very strong connection to nature. We think its soothing and serene environment helps us all stay grounded. With over an acre of land, there is always a private spot to soak in the sights and sounds. We often sit in chairs on the deck and watch the fir trees sway in the wind, or count the stars sparkling bright in the night sky.

Have Fun Together
Some of our favorite days are when we share the outdoor chores of taking care of our acreage. Gardening is less of a chore when you have someone to share it with, so is chopping wood, or any household maintenance requirement. It’s fun to have a cold beverage at the end of the day as we sit in satisfaction around the outdoor fire pit.

This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but judging from recent reports, it’s popularity continues to grow. We can honestly say, it’s working for us. The precious moments we share today will give us a the wonderful memories for tomorrow.  If we can help you find a Multi-generational home in Clark County, or offer you some first-hand lifestyle experience, contact us today.

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Recently, I was visiting our property along the East Fork of the Lewis River, clearing up the paths down to the river.  It’s in a remote part of the county, but occasionally you hear the normal sounds of civilization – cars on the road and planes overhead.  Yet, while sitting along the bank and listening to the waterfall nearby, nature won out. The sounds of civilization dissolved into the background.

Water has a natural, meditative effect on us — the sight and sound of moving water helps put us in a relaxed, reflective mode that seems to ameliorate any disruptions around us. This is one of the many reasons waterfront properties are at a premium – there is a built-in asset that many homes don’t have.  Some buyers want easy access to boating and active watersports. Others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection. Either way, we are drawn to water.

We are fortunate to live in an area where there are many diverse bodies of water – lakes, streams, and rivers that are still in their natural state.  Protection of these waterways is the focus of the state Shoreline Protection Act, passed by the legislature in 1971. It places strict limitations on any activity that could have “adverse effects” on aquatic natural resources – land, water, and marine life.  Development of any designated shoreline properties comes with tight regulations, setbacks, and mitigation requirements.

This can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway (previous structures are grandfathered in). Jumping through regulatory hoops is no one’s idea of a fun activity, but once you understand the guidelines, the ultimate purpose of preservation is a worthy goal. Especially if it preserves a natural environment where everyday distractions dissolve into the background of nature’s resonance.

Take a few seconds to enjoy the relaxing sounds of nature.

 

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It’s nearly a year later and we not only love each other more than ever, but enjoy one another more than ever. How’s that for a testament to this lifestyle? We think the lifestyle offers numerous rewards and benefits, however we’ve discovered some important guidelines in our own journey of “together again” with mom and dad.

To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.
– John Muir

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We are always thrilled when the right people come along and find the one they’ve been dreaming about in their hearts and minds. Is it serendipity, or great marketing? We think it’s a bit of both. If we can help you sell, or find, your own ViewHome in Clark County, WA, we’d love to help. After all, it’s all we do.

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.

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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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We love the work of this artist. His designs delight us on all levels. The company is called Fantasywire and it’s located in England. We may have to add one of his wire sculptures to our yard.

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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.

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With Memorial Day launching the unofficial start of summer, it’s a good day to kick-start your family activities for the season. In addition to summer camp and trips to the beach, there are many local areas and activities to keep in mind.

This Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day, an annual celebration of trail activities across the country: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. Several locations in the area are hosting events – the City of Ridgefield celebrates with the Big Paddle – an interpretive tour by canoe, kayak, or even paddleboard along Lake River to the confluence of the Columbia River. Registration for the tour is required, but there are other free activities along the waterfront.

But you don’t have to wait until Saturday to get outdoors.  This area offers many close-by opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, or just strolling along the beach to throw a stick for your dog. Some of our favorites include:

Cape Horn, a rigorous hike along the Gorge that offers amazing panoramic views of the Columbia River and Gorge.  Head East on WA State Route 14 to signs at milepost 26.4.

Sunset Falls Park, along the East Fork of the Lewis River.  Kayak along the East Fork, take an easy hike to the falls, or spend the night camping.

Lacamas Heritage Trail is a relatively easy, but extremely scenic hiking/biking path along Lacamas Lake. Parking at either end – off Goodwin Road, or Lake Rd near the Lacamas Lake Lodge.

Captain William Clark Park is a very popular picnicking and swimming area along the Columbia River in Washougal.  Cottonwood Beach can get a little crowded on holidays, but a short hike East around Cottonwood Point offers more privacy.

However you decide to launch your summer activities, Clark County offers many opportunities for views of Nature as Neighbors.

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It’s hard to believe it’s May 2016 already. Memorial Day is tomorrow, but today we’ll be hosting a picnic for family and friends who refused to go camping on this busy three-day weekend. We hope most people will take a moment to remember the why of this important holiday.

It’s a bittersweet time of the year as we honor our late nephew Gene Mills who died, at the age of 21, in Afghanistan on June 22, 2012. It’s still hard to fathom.  His younger brother Jake, who followed in his footsteps, is also a proud Marine. He’s at Camp Lejeune right now.

We have yet another Marine nephew who just returned from South Korea to his base in Honolulu. We know he too is safe this weekend. We are proud of these young men, but often dream of a world where our military is no longer needed. We can dream, can’t we?

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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.

Welcome to ViewHomes of Clark County. Recent Sales: RMLS Data from the last 3 months indicates a final Sales to List price of 97.26%. The most expensive sale reported was for a 50 acre retreat in the Columbia River Gorge area. The nearly 6,000 sq ft home opens to sweeping views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and valley.

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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’re concerned about our dwindling bee populations and will be doing our part this summer. More on that to come. What are you doing to help save the bees? Let us know, we’d love to share your tips and send you a special “Bee the Change,” magnet to say thank you. Help us spread the work and create a good buzz.

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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.

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Hanging Baskets Add Color to Spring Mornings

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Waterfront lifestyles are special. The views are ever-changing, and the abundance of wildlife is an extra bonus.

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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We have been watching our fields for the amazing monarch butterflies as they return on their journey North to the United States and Canada. The monarch has been a marvel of nature for centuries – noted as much for its spectacular beauty as its impressive migration patterns between North and South America. Scientists estimate that some monarchs travel as much as 2,000 miles, returning each year to their warmer resting spots in the South.  East Coast monarchs winter in Mexico, while West Coast flocks – appropriately called “kaleidoscopes” – head to Southern California.

In recent years, though, there has been a recognizable decline in population due to pesticides, loss of habitat, and reduction in milkweed fields – especially in the West. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a survey to determine if the monarch should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Meanwhile, the Monarch Joint Venture is coordinating the efforts of public and private organizations to generate awareness of these problems and protect the monarch migration. As a result, several different programs combine the forces of citizen observers and social media to monitor and track the migration like never before.

The Monarch Joint Venture features a Citizen Science Opportunities page where individuals can participate in these studies. You can choose from Journey North where folks simply email sightings they have – to the more intense Monarch Watch that involves tagging, recapturing and documenting individual butterflies. Each site features migration maps where you can see the reports of sightings in your area. If you want to learn more about preserving monarch habitats, you can download the Xerces Society Milkweed Guide, which explains the importance of planting and maintaining milkweed fields which provide food sites for their migration.  We have planted a mixture of native flowers and shrubs just to attract butterflies.

So, whether you actively take part in the migration monitoring, plant a butterfly garden, or simply sit back and enjoy the sights, Spring is the time to be watching for those beautiful monarchs.

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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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The focus of our weekend has been getting the veggie starts going, and finishing up building the raised garden boxes. It’s quite a chore as we’re terracing them along a slope – there’s lots of digging and “level” checks. “Mac,” our white golden retriever got in the act and supervised at times.

Nothing says “Pacific Northwest” like fresh-caught seafood and microbrews, and now the two best are available in one venue in Ridgefield.  We have been huge fans of Pacific Northwest Best Fish Co. since they opened in 2001.  Originally a small seafood counter located in an improbably rural area, they have thrived and expanded – converting a simple drive-through cart into a sit-down seafood cafe. Their signature dish, Halibut Fish and Chips was voted “Best of Clark County” for 2016, as was their Seafood in general.

Our recent impromptu lunch visit confirmed our personal vote for Best Seafood, and now there is even more to like about the place – 3Peaks Public House and Taproom. Located in a previous cold storage warehouse adjacent to the Cafe, the atmosphere is clearly “Northwest Outdoor Comfort”.  The bar features (at our last count) some 16 taps surrounded by wood paneled walls adorned with photos and art created by local artists.  The menu offered a choice of PNWB dishes (order here, or next door at the cafe – they’ll deliver!) and traditional pub munchies.  Their tap menu rotates regularly – hosting special “Tap Take-over” events by local breweries. They also offer a nice selection of wines.

We usually have the halibut fish tacos – a healthy choice since the fish is grilled, and not at all greasy. Wrapped in a flour tortilla, they are topped with their special slaw made with marinated cabbage and cream sauce – just the right amount of spicy and cool. Add a touch of salsa, and you have the perfect lunch to accompany a pint of cold microbrew.

We sat outside on the loading dock/porch and soaked in the early Spring sun.  The food was great as always, and the beer recommended by the bartender was a pleasant surprise – a slightly floral RPA with a hint of mango. Not fruity at all, and a nice complement to the tacos.

Even after that satisfying meal, we couldn’t resist shopping the seafood counter for fresh halibut – it truly is the best in the area. So take the time to head up to Ridgefield and enjoy the wonderful combination of fresh seafood and local hand-crafted microbrews.

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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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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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The Heights in Vancouver Washington – Market Report 2016

The Heights is a section of Vancouver Washington with over 1600 homes, businesses, public facilities, and open spaces. It’s located in the south central area of the city and has it’s own “home town” feel – as a microcosm of the larger community.

ViewHomes in The Heights often sit on a ridge overlooking Portland City lights and the Columbia River. For example, there is a lovely estate for sale right now on Dubois Drive in Braewood. It sits on .72 acres and has stunning views, a pool, and a private tennis court.

Point of Interest: Historic Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Park and Museum are located within close proximity. For those who enjoy flying, living in The Heights and having access to public hangar storage, and a runway, is highly desirable. Nearby shopping and restaurants – and easy access to Portland make this area attractive to those who enjoy a socially active lifestyle.

ViewHomes™ of Clark County currently for Sale in The Heights

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This week on Friday, April 22nd, we celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day.  Started by local Camas resident Denis Hayes back in 1972, it has become an international movement that has raised our collective environmental consciousness. Coincidentally, while sitting here starting this post, I kept hearing a sweet chirping coming from a nearby meadow. We are surrounded by song birds this time of year, and often can identify different birds based on their sound, but I couldn’t quite place this one:

Turns out, it is a Wilson’s Warbler, a bright yellow migratory bird that flies over 2,500 miles annually to winter in Central America. As they start to return every spring, it would be easy to mistake this little guy for another bright yellow bird, the American Goldfinch, state bird of Washington. But a closer look (if you can get that) shows the difference. Wilson’s Warbler has light green wings, while the goldfinch has black and white striped wings. I couldn’t actually spot the warbler, but it was nice to hear his song.

Which brought me back to my original theme, Earth Day, but led me to another topic – Gratitude.  Starting way back with Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” – about pesticides killing off songbirds – there have been people sounding the alarm about what we need to do to protect our environment. When Denis Hayes started Earth Day awareness, we were focusing on air and water pollution, and how it affected our health. Through their efforts, we have become more aware of actions we can take to help preserve the environment – from simple recycling to lobbying for legislation.

Sometimes small gestures can lead to big changes, and for this I am grateful.  Because through our environmental-friendly habits, the effects add up to help all creatures on this planet.  Even the small Wilson’s Warbler that happened to greet my morning with its cheerful song.  I am grateful you’re still coming back every year.

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“Timing is everything” is an expression that certainly applies to viewing the blossoming Camas lily field  in Lacamas Lake Regional Park. They are in their prime late April through May, when they explode into hues from pale lilac to deep purple. If you hike along the Round Lake Trail, you will note a sign steering you off the path to a field carpeted with lilies.  It is a spectacular sight, worth visiting during the height of its blooms.

Surprisingly, this beautiful plant was also a major source of food for Native Americans who lived in the area, and also helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition survive their winter here. The flower is edible, as well as the bulb – boiled like a potato, or dried and pounded into flour.  The once flourishing fields and meadows of lilies have been greatly diminished by developments and modern agriculture.  This particular field is protected and will continue its annual display – hopefully for generations to come.

You can reach the field by hiking the Round Lake Trail loop – a relatively moderate stretch of 1.5 miles starting in the parking lot off NE Everett.  There are some steep hills, but they level out eventually. The other option is to hike in from 3rd Avenue in Camas along the Lacamas Creek Trail past Lower Falls and Potholes Falls.  That also presents a few uphill segments, but is worth the trek for the views of the creek along the way.

Your outdoor kids will love this hike because it meanders through towering firs and thick brush, immersing you in nature. A footbridge crosses over loud, swirling rapids that pour over boulders into a churning hydraulic.  The sights and sounds of so much powerful rushing water is impressive. This contrasts nicely to the quiet serenity of the lily fields, where you can sit and meditate on its stunning beauty.

The creek trail ties into the Round Lake loop just South of the lily fields.  Look for a sign directing you to the meadow.

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ViewHomes™ of Battle Ground – Located in the Heart of Clark County, WA 

Battle Ground sounds like a place of conflict, ironically the city is named for the absence of a battle. If you’re interested in the details about the actual history, you can learn more here. The city has undergone tremendous growth during the last 20 years and now has a population of about 20 thousand people.

Battle Ground is located in the center of Clark County, 16 miles northwest of Vancouver and about four miles from Interstate 5. The city is flanked by the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the Coastal Range to the west. Rolling hills and pasture land gave it an unofficial slogan – “The Agricultural Heart of Clark County.”

Point of Interest: Battle Ground Lake Park is located approximately three miles northeast of the city. The state park’s 280 acres are centered on an ancient crater lake of volcanic origin. The park offers five miles of horse trails and a primitive equestrian camping area. The spring-fel lake is stocked with trout and is a favorite of local fishermen.

April 2016 Real Estate Snapshot for ViewHomes of Battle Ground

There are currently 36 Active ViewHomes for sale in Battle Ground at Nature As Neighbors.™ The most expensive is listed at 1.7 million, but is actually an historic home with most of the value in the adjacent acreage. Forty acres with 5 acre zoning make this an interesting investment, and with Battle Ground Lake State Park just across the road, the location is ideal.

Battle Ground ViewHomes are selling well this Spring of 2016. The median days on the market vary from 48 – 106 days. The average list is $547,500 and the average sold is $525,975. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation if you’re considering listing your home in the Battle Ground area. Buyers, we specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County and would enjoy helping you find the perfect spot to find “elbow room for the soul.” ™

Begin your search today.

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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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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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Beaches Restaurant on the Columbia River is our go-to place when we want to sit outside in the sunshine, and just feel good about life. The river activity is always entertaining: huge plodding barges, graceful tacking sailboats, and speedy jet skis – usually zig-zagging between them all. Nature also contributes with Canada geese gliding overhead, harlequin ducks meandering about on the water, and sandpipers skipping along the shore. It’s an ideal location to just sit and watch the world.

But there is something else about Beaches that feels good – the people. You get the sense that the staff genuinely care about you and your experience.  You won’t get the server who recites the canned introduction with artificial endearments – you’ll connect to a real person.  This was demonstrated recently when one of our clients moved here from out of state.

They are a young family relocating from the Midwest, who had a choice of locations all along the west coast. They happened to choose Camas based partly on some of our glowing reports. But they also did their homework and decided the location, outdoor activities and schools matched their requirements.  Even armed with all their data, though, they were still a bit apprehensive about moving to a new place where they didn’t know anyone.  Their apprehension changed after their first visit to Beaches.

During their meal, their server discovered they were from out of town. She made a point of rounding up other servers who came from other states, to come by and share their experience of moving to the area. Our clients said the personal welcome that evening assured them they had made the right choice.

That gesture of kindness is an aspect of their corporate culture – Beaches is known for its community commitment to many activities that benefit kids in the area.  In addition to the Charity Table and their Community Wall – both opportunities for diners to donate to charities, Beaches is best known for its annual Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. A Dr. Seuss-themed event for first-graders now in its 20th year, volunteers serve over 7,000 kids and parents over the course of 5 days.  All of this is orchestrated by the staff of Beaches to help encourage parents to come to the schools and read with their kids.

Speaking of green eggs (dyed of course), did I mention the food at Beaches is always excellent?  So not only can you have a great dining experience, you can also feel good about it while you enjoy the day!

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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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Alpacas make me feel all warm and fuzzy – I just love them! Don’t ask me when this adoration began, it’s tough to pinpoint. Perhaps the moment I laid eyes on my first one. There’s something kind and friendly about them – and whimsical. If they were smaller, I’d ensure we had a dozen! My mom, who lives with us, recently informed me that she loves them too.

However, regardless of our admiration for them and our acre-plus property in Camas, we will not be getting any alpaca’s in the near future. They love company, and as herd animals, it’s not fair to have just one alpaca. And, given our multi-gen family’s four dogs and a designated space for gardening and fruit trees, we really don’t have the room for a barn and the necessary pasture space.

For many country estate owners though, alpacas can be a good alternative to traditional livestock such as sheep, cattle, or even horses, especially if there are young children in the family. Alpacas have an affinity for children, and given the delight on the face of a child after meeting an alpaca, the adoration is mutual.

It seems most of us agree, alpacas are wonderful animals – for pleasure and profit. But before people purchase alpacas they need to investigate the reasons why they want the creatures around, and if for profit, what they can realistically expect. Even if the animals will be kept as pets, as with all animals, it’s important to understand how to properly care for them.

As for mom and me, we’ll just have to drive by the various alpaca farms in our area and admire these wonderful creatures from afar.

 

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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 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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Happy Easter. It seems fitting to reflect this morning with one of my favorite quotes. It pretty much sums it up for me.

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters.

– Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through

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Spring is here – time to get outdoors!

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Some days, when we want to get even closer to nature in the wilderness, we head up to Sunset Falls Park in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Located on the East Fork of the Lewis River, we can choose a day visit for a picnic and hike to the spectacular falls, or reserve a campsite and spend a few days exploring the area.

Kayakers put in a mile and a half upriver, and are known to shoot the falls when water levels allow. During the warmer months, swimming in the pools formed by the falls is an option. Only 7 miles from Lucia Falls Rd in Battle Ground, WA, this easily-accessible site is popular during the spring and summer, so book ahead if you plan to stay.

The East Fork of the Lewis River has earned the national Wild and Scenic designation, which recognizes and protects its unique environmental qualities. In 2014, the river was identified as a wild steelhead gene bank for its pristine waters and breeding areas – terminating the release of hatchery fish into its waters. As a result, fishing is only allowed south of the campgrounds, below Horseshoe Falls.

The drive up to Sunset Falls Park takes you past some other interesting parks and outdoor activities. The Pomeroy Farm is a living history lesson in how the early pioneers managed to live off the land in the area. Moulton Falls is a day-use only site along the river that offers short, easy hikes, picnicking, and swimming during the warm months. Watch for future posts about our our visits there.

As you can imagine, properties right along the banks of the river are prime real estate, due to popular demand for outdoor experiences and living with nature as neighbors. They do come up occasionally, so If you’d like more information about properties for sale in the area, let us know.

 

 

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Goats eat up to 20 percent of their body weight each day. Around here, wild blackberry brambles can become a real issue as an invasive species. Not with goats around! Clark County, like many areas in the US, have herds of goat “weed warriors” they use to control noxious weeds at public sites. In addition, there are Rent-a-Goat options for those who don’t want to own goats full-time.

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.

The 25th annual Crown Park Easter Egg Hunt in Camas gets underway this Sunday, March 27th beginning at 1:30 PM. Children, from 2 – 12 years of age, can search for more than 10,000 candy and toy-filled eggs hidden throughout the park in designated areas.

Parents must accompany all children, but mom and dad are not allowed in hunt area – they need to stay in the section for the 2-3 year olds. The 25th annual Easter Egg Hunt also includes the popular hat and bonnet contest. Participants can show off their fanciest headwear.

The Crown Park Easter Egg Hunt is free, and organizers say credit for that goes to a supportive Mayor Scott Higgins and City Council. The hunt is held rain or shine.  This year, the forecast calls for light rain in the afternoon, so dress accordingly!

Crown Park is well-known for bringing the community together with free family activities – August in the Park events, annual Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween party and many other fun community events. The park is also a popular venue for family reunions, picnics and outdoor recreation, including swimming or a game of tennis.

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As we have noted many times, multi-generational families can be a challenge when it comes to meals – everyone has their own taste. But here is a glazed turkey meatloaf that everyone loves – comfort food at its best (even if it is healthy!) The secret is making the glaze ahead and adding some into the mix. You could also make this recipe with equal parts beef and turkey.

Glaze – make ahead
4  teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 small can tomato paste
1 Tablespoon organic ketchup
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar or honey
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
In a saucepan, sauté the garlic in oil on medium until translucent. Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, vinegar, honey, Worcestershire, and mustard. Blend well, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Set aside.
Turkey Meatloaf
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
(optional) 1 cup fresh mushrooms, rough chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock
2 pounds ground turkey breast
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Glaze (from above)
Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a sauté pan, over medium heat, cook all the vegetables in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil until translucent, approximately 15 minutes. Add the thyme, Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, salt and pepper and stir well.

Combine the ground turkey, egg, panko, glaze and sautéed vegetable mixture in a large bowl. Mix well – use your hands if you want! Shape into a rectangular loaf, spread the remainder of oil on a baking sheet pan. Place the loaf on the pan and spread the glaze evenly on top. Bake for 11/2 hours or until the internal temperature is 160˚ F.
Serve hot with mashed potatoes and a salad, and you have the epitome of Sunday dinner comfort food. 
Leftovers are great cold in a sandwich.

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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.

“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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The solution? Light – and more exposure to the outdoors! Light is our principal environmental cue for how our bodies react – it triggers the suppression of sleep-inducing melatonin. Even artificial light can help, but finding a way to get out into natural light is best. Take some time and notice the changes going on outdoors around you. Nature has remarkable systems for adjusting to seasonal environmental changes – with or without daylight saving.

If you’re interested in learning more about Multi-generational homes and lifestyles in Clark County, 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.” ™

We often run into people who raise their eyebrows or react with disbelief when we explain our lifestyle. Some people actually say, ‘that’s weird.” Others suggest it’s noble, but quickly add, “I couldn’t do it, we’d kill each other.” We’re not offended, and understand it’s still different. However, given the increasing numbers, we’re certain this lifestyle is going continue to gain in popularity. Perhaps one day, it will be the norm.

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…

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year and is encouraging everyone to visit their local park and appreciate their importance in our society. We are fortunate to have one of those national treasures right here in Clark County – the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Much has been written about the Park and its significance as the original 1824 site of the Hudson Bay Trading Company, the first major settlement in the Northwest.  While the Fort is easily accessible by driving East from the I-5 freeway to the Visitor Center, a more interesting approach is walking over the Columbia River Land Bridge.

Designed by famed architect Maya Lin, the Land Bridge reconnects the Columbia River with Fort Vancouver via a footpath from the South over State Highway 14. It is a relatively easy walk, and a meaningful historical experience for all ages. A brief walk from the Columbia River Renaissance Waterfront Trail, past the Old Apple Tree Park takes you to the South Portal to the bridge. Passing under the crossed oars, a slight incline takes you along Native petroglyphs, basket weavings, and indigenous plants.  The path levels out at the first of two lookout points that offer sweeping views of the Columbia River and the flat plain where the original Fort was built. For a virtual walk of the bridge, view the overlooks at River or Land, then continue along the path in either direction.  (Click carefully on the walkway, or you’ll end up on Highway 14!)

The Bridge is a great family outing, and a way for all of us to learn about the connection between the original Native population and the settlement of the region.  A Language Walk, featuring words in several Native languages, describes the land, people and river.  An historical timeline with photo murals shows how the landscape and region has changed over time.  This visual journey serves as a wonderful introduction to the Fort and its historical connection to our region.

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There are currently 10 Active listings for ViewHomes of Woodland at Nature As Neighbors. The Median list price is $677,000. Buyers, you’ll find less competition in this market and if you don’t mind being located farther from Portland International Airport, you’ll discover better values too.

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We have always loved our moments of nature, believing they have a meditative and restorative effect on our well being. Even media institution CBS pays homage to this notion in their weekly Sunday Morning segment “Moment in Nature” which takes time to stop and reflect on its wonders. We recently reported on scientific studies that show a strong connection between time in the outdoors and mental well-being.

Now there are companion studies that indicate silence is also good for you, and provides restorative benefits similar to spending time in nature.  The World Health Organization identifies “noise pollution” as a destructive force in modern society that has adverse effects on our physical and mental health. Silence – or near silence – can put our brain back into a mode that helps us meditate and relieve stress.  A 2013 study by the Research Center for Regenerative Therapies suggests that prolonged silence may even help regenerate brain cells.

While sitting at home with earplugs or white noise, might be an option, any place with ambient traffic noise, cell phones distractions, or loud neighbors can disrupt that solitude. Venturing into the outdoors helps you leave those disruptions behind. Sure, nature is rarely completely silent – especially in the healthy environment of a forest where singing birds and the sounds of wildlife often provide a backdrop. But it is certainly preferable to the industrial noise that surrounds us daily, and is often the best place to reset your mind with the whisper of wind, gentle rippling water, and the golden sounds of silence.

Here is your own moment in nature with the Little Washougal River to enjoy a few seconds of solitude:

 

 

 

 

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Just over the weekend, we noticed this bunch of daffodils suddenly popping out of the soil.  From bulbs that were planted last Fall – they must be loving this early warm Spring. So is the busy bee working away so early this morning.  Maybe he’s the same little guy we noticed last week.  When you’re living with nature as neighbors, you can always expect to be surprised!

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“Nature is fuel for the soul. Often, when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.” – Dr. Richard Ryan, Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester.

Living in a home with Nature As Neighbors gives you “elbow room for the soul,” and raises your joy level. There are studies backing up what we believe too. A connection to nature is life affirming and renewing. Recently. while on a flight to Denver for our granddaughter’s first birthday, we noticed an article in the onboard magazine. Rather than restate each point it made about managing stress, here’s a link. We weren’t surprised to read that getting outdoors – and avoiding pavement – is good for what ails you.

In fact, a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that being outdoors, specifically in nature, can give us more energy and even increase our body’s ability to ward off disease. More than 10 years ago, the term “nature deficit disorder” was coined. Since then, some research indicates that many of our mental health disorders lies in our increased urbanization. However, until recently, there was little conclusive evidence.

Matthew P White, a social psychologist, and his colleges decided to find a credible link. They studied 10,000 individuals to explore the relation between green space and well-being. The report by the American Chemical Society, and funded, in part, from the Economic and Social Research Council, did conclude that people who moved to greener areas were happier during all three years that their health was tracked after relocating.

Our real estate niche, ViewHomes of Clark County with ” Nature As Neighbors “™ grew out of our love of nature and beautiful surroundings. We’ve always loved the outdoors and appreciated the environment, but after listening to the many stories from our clients who love having ‘elbow room for the soul,” we knew there was something big about the lifestyle. Therefore, we recently made the move and now live in our own ViewHome with Nature As Neighbors. Oh joy, oh joy.

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Wide tree-lined streets give South Cliff, DuBois Park and Braewood neighborhoods classic charm and add to the livability. Yet residents are minutes to shopping, dining, and other services, including a large hospital.

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A crucial component of natural plant and tree cultivation is pollination – fertilization spread by bees, butterflies, even hummingbirds.  Today, we are finding this is more important than ever, so we are sending out seed packets to help in this cause.  Let us know if you’d like a free sample.

Last year, we set up a “Bee and Bee” and we have already started seeing the pollinators emerge, and here are many variations of honey and bumblebees out there to see. Our biggest concern is they may be threatened due to overuse of pesticides and destruction of their natural habitat.
Here are 5 things you can do to help preserve bees in your environment:

  1. Reduce or eliminate pesticides used on foraging plants
  2. Plant a bee-friendly pollinator garden in your yard
  3. Register your area with S.H.A.R.E.
    (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment)
  4. Check out the many bee-friendly devices you can hang in your yard
  5. Support your local beekeeper – buy local organic honey

Also, check out this Illustrated Guide To a Pollinator-Friendly Garden by another bee-friendly author Chris McLaughlin.

If you’d like to learn more about our Save The Bees campaign, give us a call.  We’d love to hear what you’re doing to help preserve our little earth-friendly friends.

 

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Multi-generational living continues to grow in popularity. It’s no wonder, the lifestyle gives us not only practical benefits, but often provides peace-of-mind. We know, first-hand, the joy of sharing our lives and home with those we love.

For nearly ten years, my husband and I lived in attached townhomes with my parents next door. It worked well, but with the bedrooms upstairs we knew it was time to get my parents into a one-level home to lessen the risk of falls.

In addition, my father suffers from dementia.  His increasing need for support ( and my mother’s need for emotional support ) led us to an even bigger family commitment. My sister and I decided to look for a property suitable for all of us. ( We have great husbands.)

Therefore, last Fall, we purchased a ViewHome in Camas with enough room for my sister and her husband, my husband and me, and our parents. Since we were all craving “Nature As Neighbors,” we left the suburbs to live in a rural location on acreage.

To say this lifestyle has brought us closer, and provided more joy in life, is an understatement. It nearly brings me to tears to write about this amazing adventure. There isn’t a day that goes without marveling at how truly fortunate we are to be together.

Our connection to nature, and plenty of “elbow room for the soul,” 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.

Multi-generational Home of the Week:

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This week’s featured property is a luxury home located on five-plus acres in beautiful Gee Creek Estates in Ridgefield. This gated neighborhood gives you plenty of “elbow room for the soul,”™ but is just minutes from Interstate-5. If you love to entertain, this home might be perfect. It has three kitchens and a gorgeous covered patio for year-round outdoor gatherings.

Details about this home.
Note; If this link no longer works, it’s possible this home has sold. Feel free to search through the ViewHomes of Clark County and call us to determine if a property might be easily modified for multi-generational living.

Nature As Neighbors – ViewHomes

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While Mount Hood is physically located across the Columbia River in Oregon, its majestic peaks are the backdrop for many ViewHomes of Clark County.  The eroding glaciers that formed the Columbia Gorge left craggy peaks and promontories overlooking the entire region. We are fortunate that, with so many hills, plateaus and highlands, Mount Hood will suddenly grace us with its appearance in the background. Sometimes it’s bright and shiny, showing its jagged ridges and glistening snow-covered peaks. Sometimes it’s more subtle with soft watercolors and hazy shadows that reflect the early morning sky – just as it was this early morning from a hillside in Camas, WA.

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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 enjoy visiting the Clark County community known as Felida. Its name has an interesting story too. When the Post Office was established in 1890, the name Powley was submitted to honor an area resident. The name was denied, but the Post Office suggested instead, “Polly.” The postmaster thought the name sounded like a parrot and remarked, “they might as well name the post office after my cat.” Therefore, he submitted “Thomas,” the cat’s name, as well as, “Tomcat, and “Felidae,” Latin for big cats. Felida was approved!

Felida, long known for its pastoral settings, is changing because many of the area’s farms were purchased by developers in recent years. Therefore, farmlands have been replaced with large subdivisions. Homes on larger parcels are generally resale, as most builders tend to minimize lof size in new construction projects to increase their bottom line. However, there are some new custom homes being built on larger lots in Felida. For example, in Ashley Ridge there are some new homes on one-half to one-third acre lots sited with Greenbelt backyard views. Many of the homes we enjoy in the area have views of Vancouver Lake, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas.

Points of Interest: You can access the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail from the Felida bridge at NW 36th Avenue. The trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. Paved, tree-lined trails wind along the creek and through wetlands for 3.88 miles and give runners, walkers, and bikers sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons, beavers and many kinds of birds.

ViewHomes Real Estate Market: There are currently 13 Active ViewHomes of Felida. They range in price from $1.595 million to the upper $500’s. The list price is $210 a square foot, and the sold price is about $187 a square foot. In the last month, the Median Sold price is $604,500 and the DOM (days on market), is 126 days, but that varies. For example, one property was under contract in 2 days. It’s a great time to sell your ViewHome of Felida.

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Yesterday, we put up the first hummingbird feeder for our new home in the country. We know they are all over this area during spring and summer, but we were hopeful we could attract some to our feeder during this last part of winter. After all, spring is less than a month away, so our expectations are pretty high!

We did some research on our favorite bird web site, Journey North and confirmed the rufous hummingbird is very common in the Pacific Northwest from California to Southeastern Alaska – nesting farther north than any other hummingbird. There are sightings of the rufous (named for its reddish brown color) during winter months, but not its cousin, the ruby-throated hummingbird, which migrates to Central America during the winter. A quick glance at the winter sightings maps shows a distinct difference in their habits.

Hummingbird Sightings

Apparently, although most rufous migrate south to Mexico and Central America, some are able to winter-over in this area. They accomplish this by going into a state of torpor or dormancy, where their metabolic rate drops substantially to preserve energy. Hard to imagine a hummingbird sitting still, but that’s what keeps them alive. It also explains why you can spot them at feeders during the winter – it helps build up their food reserve when natural sources are not available.

So, with nature as our neighbor, our odds are pretty good we will see the rufous at our feeder soon.  When we do, we’ll report our sighting on the Journey North web site and post pictures here.  Check back in a few weeks to see how we did…

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Sundays are family day at our Multigenerational family estate. My husband and me, my sister and her husband, and our parents live together. Every other Sunday, the two younger couples host the family dinner for all six of us. The rest of the week, we trade days to cook for our parents. Friday, we choose a restaurant to explore. Sometimes we venture across the bridge to Portland, or stick close to home. Recently, we suggested a Camas restaurant and all agreed Neustra Mesa earned the right as one of our family’s local favorites.

We each have our space and plenty of “elbow room for the soul,” inside our homes, and out.  It’s a lifestyle we’re seeing more and more of in our Nature As Neighbors Real Estate business. ViewHomes of Clark County™ features homes on acreage with views of nature, and plenty of room for privacy.   Over the past several years, we really enjoyed helping our clients sell, or purchase, their own ViewHomes. One day, we realized our souls too were craving a different lifestyle. We enthusiastically said goodbye to our suburban neighborhoods, and have adapted quickly to our rural lifestyle.

For example, we often share the tasks of maintaining the homes and our acre-plus grounds. Recently, we enjoyed an afternoon of clearing brush and pulling out blackberry brambles. We’ve discovered chores are a lot more fun when you do them with people you love being around. My sister has a great sense of humor and her comedic routine makes the most mundane project feel like a party.

If you’re considering a multi-generational lifestyle, we’d be happy to share what we’ve learned. Plus, we frequently sift through the ViewHomes of Clark County inventory and identify those properties with current, or potential, multiple living spaces. Each Sunday, in honor of this increasingly popular lifestyle, we feature a “pick of the week.”

This week, we chose a mid-century 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with two separate, large guest cottages. It sits on nearly seven and half acres in Washougal and features views of the valley and the Columbia River. The buyer’s financing failed after a two month effort, now another family has a chance to scoop this one up.  Priced at $649,900 we don’t expect it to last long. ( Update – it’s now Pending, don’t worry we have others we’d be happy to show you.)

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Orchards Feed Mill is a great resource for area Farmers and those who appreciate living a rural lifestyle.

If you live in a ViewHome in our area, chances are you have a well. We have a well on our rural property located north of Camas. It’s 320 feet deep and provides plenty of water for all of us. Prior to buying, we carefully did our research to determine the gallons per minute produced, and had the water tested.

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.”™ One of our clients was thrilled to find the perfect retreat with ever-changing views of the Wildlife Refuge.

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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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ViewHomes of Clark County™ are in Demand! 

Don’t wait, it’s time to sell. The latest market action shows our real estate sales are brisk, and prices are still inching upward. We have limited inventory too, that means shorter marketing times, and generally speaking, a solid sales price. Homes in good condition, and priced fairly, are selling in about 60 days.

If you have a ViewHome on acreage with “Nature As Neighbors, you’ll be pleased to know it’s the type of property that’s appealing to more and more buyers. We completely understand the trend and we’re part of it too! Not long ago, we gave up our suburban neighborhood for a home that gives us “elbow room for the soul.”™

According to a retirement study by Merrill Lynch, an increasing number of Baby Boomers are upsizing to homes with enough space for other family members to visit, or even live with them. Most also want a yard, large enough for gardening and other outdoor pursuits. They’ve discovered having views of nature, soothes the soul.

Perhaps you’re ready for another adventure, if so, we’d love to help you sell your ViewHome. We completely understand its value. Plus, we’re confident that we are the only real estate team in the county with a singular-focused marketing plan to net the “right” buyers. After all, ViewHomes are all we sell- homes on acreage, family estates, and multigenerational lifestyles.

Call us today, we’d love to sit down and discuss your goals. If it’s time for a move, we’ll make sure the sale of your current home is handled in a manner that alleviates concerns or stress. Nature As Neighbors is our passion, let’s put it to work for you.

 

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Living with Nature as Neighbors, you regularly see and hear wildlife right outside your window.  We recently heard frogs and worried that it might be too early for them. (Turns out, they’re just fine.) The next day, we saw robins in the yard and wondered the same thing.

So we did some research to find out how early robins are sighted in the U.S. We were amazed and delighted to find a host of public and private web sites dedicated to monitoring everything from Aphids to Zebra mussels. Here, social media and public participation come together to help nature. With data from sightings, scientists and governmental agencies can monitor changes in wildlife population and habitat, which typically indicate environmental changes. These findings help promote further research to design protective measures or changes in human behavior where necessary.

Our favorite web sites include All About Birds and Journey North, which promotes “citizen science” by encouraging the public to report nature’s indicators: whooping cranes, monarch butterflies, even tulip blossoms from their test garden. This is where we learned that over 157,000 robins have already been sighted since January 1st – apparently our nature neighbors weren’t early at all.

We also found a flock of Twitter handles dedicated to tracking any number of migratory and local birds. A quick search will lead you to #birds, #birding, #birdwatching, plus a herd of other #wildlife designations.  You are limited by time and imagination only!

So, next time you spot a robin, hear a great horned owl, or notice the first sprout of Crocus – report it on your favorite web site, or tweet it. Citizen participation in Nature as Neighbors is educational, informative, and can actually help our environment.

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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.

Today is February 7, 2016 and Super Bowl 50. We’ll be watching the big game at our multi-generational estate with my parents, sister and brother-in-law, and other visiting family members and friends. My brother-in-law spent many years in Fort Collins and is a true fan of the Denver Broncos. He also has the largest television set, one the newer curved screen styles, so we’ll be enjoying the festivities on their level of the main home this afternoon.

My husband is making his baked wings recipe, he claims they’re healthier. My parents can’t handle much spice, therefore, we’ll have a mild version and a spicy version. The weather is going to be wonderful in our neck of the woods too. Therefore, we’ll likely get out for a while this morning and do some yard work. We’ve discovered it’s a lot more fun to take care of our acreage and home maintenance when you share the workload with people you enjoy ( and love!).

Our real estate business, ViewHomes of Clark County™ grew from our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. We specialize in family estates, multi-generational living, and homes with large lots or acreage. Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbow room for the soul.”™  After selling a number of these properties over the last several years, we recently migrated from a more urban setting to discover first-hand, the joy of having Nature As Neighbors.™

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, and Sunday’s in general, as it’s the one day we make sure to share a meal as a family, we’ll kick off a weekly series called “Sunday’s Pick.” We’ll feature one of our multi-generational ViewHomes of Clark County.Today’s pick is a recently listed  property in Hockinson. While not listed as “dual living,” an omission we see quite often in our MLS, the home has the potential for separate living space in a huge bonus area with its own bath and wet-bar.

The nearly 4 thousand sq ft home sits on 2.5 acres with a creek and mountain view. We both appreciate the 6-burner gas stove in the kitchen, and avid golfers would love the putting green in the back yard. Anyone who craves Nature As Neighbors and realizes that privacy is the ultimate luxury would be happy calling this property “home”

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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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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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“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

Planets Align

Living in a rural area with clear skies offers us amazing sunrises, sunsets, and star-gazing.  For the next month, an added bonus will be an alignment of five planets not seen for over a decade. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye for a window of time from 6:30 to 7:15 am in the Southern sky. Although binoculars can help, they’re not necessary.  As Washington State University astronomer Guy Worthey was recently quoted: “These were the five planets known to the ancients.”

Although this alignment occurs again this summer, Mercury and Venus will be lower in the horizon, making them harder to spot. So take a moment in the morning over the next few weeks and observe a spectacle that has been around since the beginning of time. Experience the same wonder as the ancients and take a moment to dream.

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The Pacific tree frogs are back with their chirpy serenades. A cacophony of love sonnets, warning shouts, and weather reports. Nature’s harmonic chorus is a welcome sound in the early morning dawn.

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Great Horned Owl Cropped

Hoos Your Neighbor?

When you live with nature as neighbors, you will often hear sounds of the wild – sometimes in the middle of the night. The other night, I was awakened by a great horned owl, with its distinctive haunting “Hoo-Hoo-Hoo Hoo-Hoo”.  It might be a bit unsettling, but they are just calling out for a mate, or staking their territory.  Here’s an audio sample, with one owl calling, and another responding:

In spite of the scary stereotype in horror movie backgrounds, they are neither dangerous nor threatening – unless you are a small animal wandering around in the dark!

There are several owls species throughout the Pacific Northwest, the most prominent being the great horned – “horns” being the two tufts sticking out of its head. To anyone who loves nature, it should be reassuring to hear them roosting in the area. Owls are part of the natural cycle – they are predators of mice and rodents, which helps keep that population down. They also are not known to carry or transmit any diseases threatening to humans or domestic animals. But they are known to prey on smaller domestic animals and birds that are not housed or enclosed. Owls are protected under federal and state wildlife laws, which require a license to handle them.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes of Clark County and Nature As Neighbors, contact us at Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

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(Part 1 of a 2-Part Article)

Once you decide to buy a home in the country, you will be amazed at the number of tools you need to keep the place well-maintained. (We’re assuming, like us, you prefer to do a lot of the work yourself – otherwise your landscape crew already has a good handle on this information.)  Besides the ubiquitous garden tractor seen on many properties, another invaluable tool is a chainsaw. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have always owned a chainsaws – I’ve had several over the years for different properties and uses.

If you heat with wood, or just live in an area with lots of trees, you will quickly appreciate the variety of jobs you can accomplish with a good chainsaw.  Besides cutting firewood, they also come in handy for salvaging fallen trees, pruning dead limbs, or eliminating intrusive brush.

Buying one can be a daunting task for a first-timer because there are many decisions and options to consider. But with a little research, you can find the right tool for the job. We strongly encourage you to go to your local power tool shop or vendor. You might get a slightly better price at a big-box store, but the experience, guidance, and maintenance you will receive from a small town shop are invaluable. Plus, you can learn a lot just by talking to the proprietor and asking questions. I always stop by Camas Power Equipment for service and to buy supplies.

Chainsaws come in two basic fuel-types: electric and gas.

Unless you are trimming small branches in the immediate vicinity of the house, you won’t have as much use for the plug-in variety.  There are battery-operated models, but those will have limited power and can cost as much as a gas-powered.  An electric saw might be a good backup option when you want to cut smaller items. The advantages of a gas-powered saw include portability, power, speed and efficiency of cutting. The disadvantages include weight, maintenance, and safety – issues you can deal with as you become more proficient.

More…  (Continue to Part 2)

For more information about rural living and ViewHomes of Clark County and family estates, contact us at Harcourts The Carl Group.

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(Chain Saws – Continued from Part 1)

For gas-powered models, the first consideration is the length of bar and size of the engine – both determined by the types of cutting you will do. Most engine models will be rated for a range of bar sizes, so there are several variables you can work with. There are many bar/engine charts available on the internet, but here’s a quick summary: Anything over 20” is considered professional grade.

Most homeowners will be happy with a bar that is 16” to 18” long, depending on the average size of tree or limb you expect to cut. That also gives you the range of engine sizes you will need, considering the load on the engine and level of activity.

The final step is to pick up and try out a few models to get the feel for its weight, handle location, safety features, etc.  You also need to consider if someone else with less strength and mobility will be using it – you may need to down-size to accommodate all users. This is where your local power tool shop will help you the most.

There are many brands of chainsaws, but nowadays, some of the brands like Poulson, Husqueverna,and McCullough are made interchangeably by the same manufacturers – much like kitchen appliances.  So always ask about the manufacturer and their reputation.  Stihl is one company that designs and manufactures its own products and has always been a leader in professional equipment. They also make excellent small farm and homeowner grade tools, which I swear by for performance and long-term durability.  You will probably pay a higher price for the Stihl brand, so it’s important to consider how much you will actually use your chainsaw and if you can justify the premium.

Whatever your choice, always closely observe basic safety guidelines, especially being mindful of the potential for kickback – hold and cut to your side as much as possible, and never cut over your head. 

For more information about rural living and ViewHomes of Clark County and family estates, contact us at Harcourts The Carl Group.

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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.

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.™”

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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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Uptown VillageWhile we love living with Nature as Neighbors, and the quiet solitude it provides, some days we just want to go downtown for an urban experience of shopping and strolling. Uptown Village is a wonderful shopping district located on Main Street in Vancouver, WA. Comprising approximately 11 blocks between 15th and 26th St, it bisects a residential neighborhood bordered by Columbia Street to the West and D Street on the East.

A day-long shopping trip along Main Street will take you to an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and antique stores, ending at the Clark County Historical Museum. Originally built as a Carnegie Library in 1909, the site houses a permanent collection of native art, historical artifacts from the region, and the largest collection of unpublished Richard Brautigan manuscripts.

Two of our favorite restaurants in the area are in Uptown Village right on Main St – La Bottega, and Charlie’s Bodega.  Owned by the same family, they are a quick study in contrast. La Bottega has an old-world Italian ambiance and menu, and houses a deli complete with Italian meats, cheeses, olives and wine. Charlie’s modern decor is the perfect atmosphere for Spanish tapas (small plates) and a unique whiskey bar with artistically-inspired cocktails.

For a nice break in a walking neighborhood, head over to Uptown Village and enjoy the culture, shopping and restaurants in the area.

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Rivercrest Estates Homeowners Association is comprised of 94 custom homes with views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, and Portland city lights. The neighborhood is located off of the East Old Evergreen Highway in Vancouver, WA.

Annual dues for the neighborhood are $100 with a one time fee to join of $500, which is collected at escrow. The HOA was established as a non-profit in 1989 with CC&R’s ( covenants, conditions, and restrictions) and by-laws put in place by the developer.

Anyone considering purchasing a ViewHome™ in Rivercrest Estates should request a copy of the CC&R’s to ensure you can live within those guidelines.

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We realize most books are accessible with our smart devices, but both of us are big fans of good old-fashioned books and libraries. Libraries continue to be a great resource in our communities, and Cascade Park Community Library is no exception.

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As one might guess from the name, this lovely neighborhood is nestled on the banks of the Columbia River. Residents in Rivershore see plenty of area wildlife including, eagles, osprey, heron, and occasionally a jumping salmon.

Residents of Rivershore also enjoy tideland rights and the ever-changing views of the river, Mt. Hood, and city lights. Most of the homes are built to ensure privacy and take advantage of the fabulous views, as well as the frequent, stunning sunrise and sunsets.

If you’re interesting in taking a look at ViewHomes of Rivershore Landing, call us today. Nature As Neighbors is a great choice.

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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 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 2016 Seed Swap and Giveaway takes place on Sunday, January 31at the Old School House at 24309 NE 209th Street in Battleground. The annual event is sponsored by the Verersborg Community Club.

Gardeners and wanna-be gardeners, soon we’ll be digging in the warm soil again. Thanks to a few generous people there will again be a wide selection with many varieties at the Seed Swap and Giveaway. Organizers encourage you to bring your own extras to give away.

Flowers, veggies, herbs, ornamentals and edibles, oh my! Many are local saved seeds, non-gmo, heirloom and more. Last year’s bounty included basil, beans, beets, borage, broccoli, calendula, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, dill, fennel, kale, lettuce, marigold, melons, nasturtium, nigella, onion, parsley, peas, peppers, poppies, pumpkins, radish, squash, sunflowers, swiss chard, tomatoes, and zinnias.

Last year,  people also swapped or donated  house plants, canna lily bulbs, garlic, horseradish, iris rhizomes and garden related items to share.

Don’t have seeds to share? No problem! Bring something for the very informal soup/snack potluck or a non-perishable item for the North County Community Food Bank. Volunteers are also welcome to help set-up/clean-up.

We both appreciate gardening and having enough land for “Elbow Room for the Soul.” If you’d like to find a ViewHome in Venersborg, with Nature As Neighbors call us today.

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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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As an EcoBroker, I can show you how to live in a more beautiful, comfortable and healthier environment, and save you money! Living in harmony with nature makes good sense. We specialize in Eco-friendly family and multigenerational estates – with “elbow room for the soul.” ™

The wind, the rain, the mountains and rivers, the woodlands and meadows and all their inhabitants; we need these perhaps even more for our psyche than for our physical survival.

–Thomas Berry

We’ve both felt a strong connection to nature for years. When my husband lived and worked in downtown Portland, he used to spend his free time on property he owned. Hiking the gentle hills, cutting firewood, and camping in his rustic cabin restored his soul. For me, the same applies. Growing up in Alaska helped foster an appreciation and kinship with the environment. It’s simply restorative. Or as some say, ” it’s ecotherapy.”

Ecotherapy is a different kind of mental health treatment. Basically, it’s about teaching mindfulness, recognizing our “connection to the rest of life.” Therapists often use nature as a metaphor for challenging events or things that come up in life. Roger S. Ulrich is a Texas A&M researcher who studied the healing aspects of nature views outside hospital rooms. Richard Louv is a San Diego journalist who came up with the term “nature deficit.” Both men believe our lack of a relationship to the environment can cause mental health problems in children and adults.

Elbow Room for the Soul™ is Good for What Ails You.

Proponents of ecotherapy say the practice in general is addressing our culture’s need to get back to nature. The more outside time, the more engagement with nature, and the more access to healthy food, the better off we are as indivudals, and a society. A British Study published in September 2015 showed a high exposure to natural environments ( green space and gardens) was associated with fewer mental disorders among older people.

We wholeheartedly believe that living in homes with Nature As Neighbors and Elbow Room for the Soul™ is life affirming and healing. Our clients do too. If you’d like to learn more, call us today at ViewHomes™ of Clark County – Harcourts USA, The Carl Group.

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Illuminate history and the dark winter months of January and February with a Lantern Tour at Fort Vancouver. The lantern-lit journey is designed to give you and your family a glimpse into the past. Even after sundown, you’ll discover, Hudson’s Bay Company employees worked much more than eight hour days.

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Men-Chefs

With more homes becoming multi-generational households, we’re seeing more men taking on (or at least sharing) the task of cooking. Men in the kitchen is definitely a growing trend. Credit popular TV shoes such as Top Chef, Chopped, and the notoriety of famous male chefs who frequent The Food Network. Bobby Flay, Michael Chiarello, Robert Irvine, and Guy Fieri are portrayed as masculine and adventurous, and yes they happen to cook well too.

 

Regardless of the reason, more and more men are getting comfortable with a role in the kitchen. A consultant for the Food Republic, a website for male chefs, is celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Samuelsson says, “The kitchen is the new garage. The cool gadgets and tools are now in the kitchen.”

 

A first for Butterball – Manning Up for their turkey hotline

This trend isn’t lost on one of the country’s biggest poultry producers. Butterball’s Turkey Hotline had been staffed with women operators for 32 years, before a change in 2013. The female operators offered advice on how to handle the often overwhelming tasks of turkey making during the holidays.

For the first time ever, in 2013, Butterball added male operators to their popular Turkey Talk Line. According to the company, when the talk line started in 1980, only 9% of the calls were from men. But now, it’s one in four.

Manning Up the Home Buying Process.

Those of us who sell homes should pay attention. With more families joining forces to live together, it would be outdated thinking to assuming a male buyer is only interested in the garage. The kitchen has become just as important to men and women. We recently helps a family buy a multi-gen home in Livingston Mountain.  And what was the first remodeling job for the man of the household?  A complete re-make of the kitchen – complete with moving walls, opening ceilings, and all new high-end appliances. 

If chef Samuelsson is right, and the kitchen is the new garage for men, both builders and Realtors would be wise to take note. If manning up in the kitchen continues as a growing trend – it may well change the face of homes and home-buying preferences.

It’s certainly changed the way we Talk Turkey. these days!
If you want to learn more about multi-gernerational housing and fantastic kitchens, contact us.

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Here’s a reminder for  Clark County pet owners,  it’s nearly time for the  annual Doggie Dive for the Southwest Washington Humane Society .

A Doggie Dive is not a low rent establishment where pets go to get down and dirty. Quite the opposite. The Doggie Dive gives your furry friend an afternoon of good clean fun – and for a great cause.

The outdoor pools at Lakeshore Athletic Club will go to the dogs on Saturday, September 27th, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM . The club is located at 2401 NW 94th Street in Vancouver. Your $10 donation goes directly to the Southwest Washington Humane Society.

If your dog’s a bit shy, Humane Society Volunteers will be on hand to help encourage all dogs to safely join in the fun.  Little dogs and big dogs will be swimming in separate pools. Sorry, no human swimmers will be allowed in the pools the day of the event.

You’ll need to fill out a release waiver before Fido hits the water,  and donations are accepted at the door. It sounds like a lot of fun for pets and their owners, but, we don’t think either of us would want to be the one cleaning out the pool filters at the end of the day!

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Bee’ing Part of the Solution.

Honey bee populations are disappearing at alarming rates around the world. While we can’t point the finger at just one reason for their mass die-off, there is strong evidence linking pesticides to the conditions causing Colony Collapse Disorder.

In recent years, chemicals called neonicotinoids have been linked to bee deaths, and Europe recently banned the use of the pesticides for two years. The EPA has yet to take action in the United States, and it’s overdue according to many environmentalists and bee-keepers.

One of our favorite grocery stores in the Camas-Fishers Landing area has installed bee hives on the roof-top of the store. New Seasons did the same thing at its Happy Valley, Oregon, store and may put hives in 9 other stores in the Portland area.

A Portland beekeeper recently moved 50,000 bees to the Fisher’s Landing market with hopes of the rooftop population growing to more than 120,000 by next spring. A New Season’s spokesman says it’s the grocery chain’s “Bee Part of the Solution,” campaign.

The Columbian newspaper has reported that New Seasons might start selling its own brand of honey. Another goal of the project is to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators and the risk to their survival from pesticides, parasites, and disease.

If honey bees disappear, so does a third of our food supply. Foods we’d likely miss too, including many fruits, veggies, and certain seeds and nuts. It may take scientists time to determine the exact cause of CCD, however neonics are a prime suspect that could be taken out of our backyards, fields, and orchards.

Be mindful of what you use at home in your gardens, even so-called organic pesticides can cause problems for critters. Roundup, thought to be safe to use for killing weeds, is also coming under more scrutiny. Try to find other methods for weed control. It might not be as effective, but in the long run, if it protects the environment, it’s worth it.

If you too are concerned about the link between pesticides and honey bees, let the EPA know. Tell them not to wait until 2018 to ban bee-killing pesticides. And the next time you visit New Seasons, tell them thank you for BEEing Part of the Solution.

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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.

Earth Day 2014 – A day to celebrate all of the gifts from nature. So much to celebrate – so much to lose. Will you commit to taking the steps to help ensure the future of our planet and its creatures? If not now, when?

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Rains in the spring bring benefits to those of us who live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lush green forests filled with evergreen trees and ferns, vibrant wildflowers, and pristine water-ways. Naturally, all of this outdoor beauty gives brings us all kinds of recreation to enjoy.

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The Power of Trees – Benefits to Homeowners

Most REALTORS®, including this one, know that mature landscaping adds value to a home. One of the best investments you can make is in professional landscaping. Well chosen plants, shrubs, and trees can increase the value of your home, and get it sold faster. Landscaping takes about 5 -7 years to mature, so it’s one of the first steps to consider when you move into a new home.

A Clemson University study found that homeowners can expect 100% return on the money they put into landscaping. However, be mindful of what grows well in your zone. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional landscaper. He (or she) can provide a great blueprint for design, even if you decide to do a majority of the work on your own.

Trees Good for You – Good for the Planet

Surveys done in 2007 by the University of Washington and the National Gardening Society suggest the well-landscaped yards with mature trees and shrubs fetch higher prices and sell more quickly than houses with little or no landscaping. Beautiful, mature trees often provide the ultimate in curb appeal.

Trees are also beneficial to you, and your community. They produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, help prevent erosion and run-off, and can save you money in utility costs. In addition, they give us privacy and are known stress reducers. Trees also provide a haven for a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Earth Day is April 22nd and National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April. Perhaps, this year, to celebrate one, or both events, you’ll consider adding a tree to your landscape. As you’ll see in the following infographic – there are many benefits to the power of trees.

 

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