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Washougal Home Sales – July Market Report

Washougal is in a rural part of Clark County, WA. For this reason, many homes are on acreage, surrounded by trees, have panoramic views, or are on river waterfronts. Some have all of the above!

Its namesake, the Washougal River, Chinook for “Rushing Water”, is one of the most pristine rivers in the West. Because of its rural location, the small town of Washougal has all the benefits of “nature as neighbors.” It has the peaceful environs of the country, yet easy access to city amenities.

If you are considering a home in Washougal WA, you should know the current market for homes sales*.

Market Report for Washougal WA Home Sales

44 Active from $353,000 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,019
Average $/SQFT – $262

15 Pending from $375,000 to $869,500
Average SQFT – 3,275
Average $/SQFT – $191

27 Sold in last 3 Months from $375,000 to $1,134,000
Average SQFT – 2,916
Average $/SQFT – $209

Median Days on Market was only 38 days – properties in Washougal don’t last long!

*Report is for Single Family Homes starting at $350,000.

Places of Interest in Washougal and Surrounding Area

Washougal is also known as the “Gateway to the Columbia Gorge.” Head east along WA State Route 14 past Washougal to experience towering bluffs and breath-taking views of the massive Columbia River Gorge. Many options for light-to-challenging hiking.

Cape Horn Loop Trail. A bit challenging as nature hikes go, but worth it for the magnificent views of the Columbia River Gorge. Be aware that, at certain times of the year, some peaks are off limits due Peregrin falcons nesting. But, you’ll still hear their whistles as they soar overhead.

Captain William Clark Park along the Columbia River. This area offers running trails, picnicking, boating, and swimming. With the great setting on the Columbia, you will surely want to return for many outdoor activities.

Pendleton Woolen Mills. Visitors to the working woolen mill can take a free tour of the mill in small groups. You can see the process firsthand from their state-of-the-art dye house, through spinning and weaving, to the finishing of their distinctive Indian blankets. And afterwards, you can shop in the Mill Store where you can select from Pendleton’s array of menswear, womenswear, blankets and fabrics.

Our Bar Restaurant. Comfortable, casual restaurant that offers fresh local ingredients prepared in unique, flavorful dishes. Excellent breakfast and lunch menu. Try their home-baked bacon cheddar biscuits!

Looking for a view home in Washougal, WA? Check out our luxury home listing in Washougal.  Or – Start your search here.

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

If you want to receive our Market Report for home sales in Washougal, or any other area in Clark County, contact us.

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July MultiGen Home Sales for Clark County WA. We specialize in multigenerational home sales – two or more generations living under one roof. These are not typical family units of parent(s) raising their children. In fact, “multigen” is where adult family members decide to move back in together. Often, this is to care for the elderly, or share in child-rearing responsibilities.

Our multigen homes are often located on acreage or large lots. They have “elbow room for the soul”, which provides lots of room and privacy.

Find MultiGen Homes for Sale

Since we live in a multigen household, we know how to find multigen homes for sale with separate living quarters. We often find home that are not set up with separate quarters – our was like that. But you can upgrade to accommodate family members. We have the experience of upgrading, so we often identify those homes suitable for modifications for a multigen family.

With this information about multigen home, it’s also important to know the market. So, here is a brief Market Report for Multigen Homes in Clark County WA:

137 Active from $350,000 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,646

Average $/SQFT – $250

58 Pending from $364,900 to $959,900
Average SQFT – 3,154
Average $/SQFT – $191

69 Sold in last 3 Months from $357,680 to $1,685,000
Average SQFT – 3,547
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market was 43 days – down a bit from 44 days in June.  Multigen homes don’t stay on the market very long! 

(Note: Report is for homes priced $350,000 and above, and does not include a spectacular $12,000,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

Multigen Buyers: If you are looking for a home for multigen living, you should check out this Multigen home with permitted ADU.

Multigen Sellers: Call us for a free consultation on your home’s value. We are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

Multigen Homes for Sale

Clark County MultiGen Homes For Sale. We specialize in multigenerational home sales – two or more generations living under one roof. These are not typical family units of parent(s) raising their children. In fact, “multigen” is where adult family members decide to move back in together. Often, this is to care for the elderly, or share in child-rearing responsibilities.

Our multigen homes are often located on acreage or large lots. They have “elbow room for the soul”, which provides lots of room & privacy.

Find MultiGen Homes for Sale

Since we live in a multigen household, we know how to find multigen homes for sale with separate living quarters. We often find home that are not set up with separate quarters – our was like that. But you can upgrade to accommodate family members. We have the experience of upgrading, so we often identify those homes suitable for modifications for a multigen family.

With this information about multigen home, it’s also important to know the market. So, here is a brief Market Report for Multigen Homes in Clark County WA:

126 Active from $395,900 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,699

Average $/SQFT – $231

58 Pending from $365,000 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT – 3,473
Average $/SQFT – $196

69 Sold in last 3 Months from $359,500 to $2,300,000
Average SQFT – 3,601
Average $/SQFT – $180

Median Days on Market was 41 days – down from 62 days in January.  Multigen homes don’t stay on the market very long! 

(Note: Report is for homes priced $350,000 and above, and does not include a spectacular $12,000,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

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

Multigen Sellers: Call us for a free consultation on your home’s value. We are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

June Report – Waterfront Homes for Sale. The Pacific Northwest is known for its vast natural resources – especially pristine waterways. And Clark County WA has its share of exceptional waterfront homes.

Water is a built-in natural asset. Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond, waterfront has a wide appeal to many different buyers. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. And others just want a peaceful place to enjoy the relaxed, meditative environment.

Waterfront homes are also a year-round luxury. In the summer, waterfront property is a great source of activity and escape from the heat. Kids, of course love it! And during the winter, it can be a great source of reflection and natural solace. As we know, being in nature can be very restorative to us all.

If you are interested in waterfront property in Clark County, it will help to know what the current market conditions are. Here is the June 2019 Report*.

82 Active from $395,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT – 3,495

Average $/SQFT – $226

34 Pending from $356,999 to $1,500,000
Average SQFT – 2,751
Average $/SQFT – $212

67 Sold in last 3 Months from $350,000 to $2,300,000
Average SQFT – 2,741
Average $/SQFT – $214

Median Days on Market was 42 days – waterfront homes sell very quickly!

*Averages do not include a spectacular 55-acre property on Lacamas Lake for $13,500,000.

Looking for waterfront homes in Clark County WA? Start your search here.  Give us a call – we have a lot of experience with waterfront and recreational property.

Homes for Sale in Brush Prairie WA

Homes for Sale in Brush Prairie, WA. Many of our buyers are looking for homes in the country surrounded by nature. But they also want to be close to shopping, services, and good schools. So we look in the Brush Prairie/Hockinson area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Brush Prairie/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 services, including Portland International Airport right across the Columbia River. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homes with “Nature as Neighbors.”

Market Summary of Homes for Sale in Brush Prairie:

28 Active Listings – $474,900 to $1,496,000
Average SQFT – 3,783
Average $/SQFT – $213

23 Pending – $450,000 to $1,199,000
Average SQFT- 3,097
Average $/SQFT – $216

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $425,000 to $1,274,000
Average SQFT – 3,550
Average $/SQFT – $199

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

Buyers, if you are looking for homes for sale in Brush Prairie, you can start here.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Brush Prairie, call us for a free pricing analysis.

Biophilic Design – The Relationship between Humans and Nature

biophilic design - living in nature

Biophilic design is based on the premise that spending time in natural settings is restorative. It’s one of the big reasons we specialize in homes located in soothing environments. A growing body of evidence confirms being in nature has a profoundly positive impact on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being

 

This nature-wellness link is resulting in a rising interest in biophilic design. “Biophilia” literally translates to “the passionate love of life and all that is alive.”  Therefore, from corporate offices to personal homes, architects and designers are working to help people feel happier, healthier, and more focused at work, and at home.

Over a decade ago, the so-called Godfather of Biophilia, Stephen Kellert, identified more than 70 elements to help create a strong connection to nature in an indoor setting. Rather than discuss the various architectural nuances of biophilic design, we are focused on how to easily create it in your current home.

A Spirit of Place 

Amanda Sturgeon, author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, believes a structure should reflect a geographic area. An understanding of the region’s ecosystem make us better stewards of the land, and help satisfy our need for a harmonious connection at home.  A “Spirit of Place.”

“Spirit of Place” is defined as the tangible and intangible elements that give meaning, value, emotion, and mystery to a place.

 

Tangible:  Buildings, sites, landscapes (rivers, mountains, meadows), routes.

 

Intangible: Memories, narratives, written documents, rituals, festivals, tradition,                             values, and textures.

 

In short, the soul of a place.

 

How to Increase Biophilia at Home

 

biophilic design - bring nature indoors

 

Obviously, a soothing and pleasing view is a great way to increase biophila at home. However, if your current view is lacking, there are other simple things you can do to to foster.

 

Fresh Air – Make sure you allow plenty of fresh air to move freely about your home. Open windows also allow us to hear the rain, the wind blowing through trees, and the sounds of birds chirping.

 

Play with Light and Shadow – having access to daylight helps balance our circadian rhytmns. Take note of shadows and sunlight moving through your home and landscape. If you have particularly sunny corner on a deck, create little spot to breathe in the outdoors. Try to minimize the boundaries between inside and outside spaces.

 

Natural Elements – Bring nature inside.  Plants, soothing greens, other natural elements ( think wood and stone) and a simple fountain can help connect us to nature.

 

Promote a Sense of Refuge – enclosed spaces help us feel secure, but with the addition of the ability to survey the landscape the space becomes restorative.  Plant trees or shrubs, create a beautiful garden – there are many ways to add a soothing view to a home.

 

Natural Shapes and Forms – Obviously not all buildings have natural form in their design, but we can use patterns from nature as decorative motifs. Think of art pieces reflecting an evergreen tree, fern, or salmon – or another symbols to reflect your particular region.

 

Order and Complexity – Nature is orderly, but quite complex in the detail. Consider while every leaf has a similar shape, the size varies. Bring nature’s designs and principles indoors.

 

The number one rule of biophilic design – go outside and understand your surroundings first. Observe, listen, and learn about your ecosystem – then bring nature’s lessons and gifts inside.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Biophilic Design, you’ll likely enjoy this article, written by Bernie, What can we learn from Nature? Everything! 

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What Can We Learn From Nature?
What can we learn from nature? Just about everything! It turns out, we are surrounded by brilliantly-designed inventions that can teach us a lot. Biomimicry is the science that studies nature’s inventions to inspire innovations for our daily lives. In short, old ideas are new ideas – and they are just waiting to be discovered. Plus, mimicking nature helps identify sustainable solutions that are compatible with our planet.

Natural resource scientist Janine Benyus is a huge proponent who says biomimicry is a new way of inventing. “[W]e live in a competent universe, we are part of a brilliant planet, and we are surrounded by genius. The core idea is that life’s been on Earth 3.8 billion years and that’s a lot of R&D.”

Stories of Inventions Discovered Through Biomimicry

  • Swiss Electrical Engineer George de Mestral goes on a walk with his dog, who often returns with burs stuck to his coat. Curious, the scientist takes a closer look under a microscope, and sees hundreds of “hooks” that latch onto things. But they also release without breaking. He uses this discovery to invent Velcro.

biomimicry learning from natureNature Inspires Great Inventions

  • Japan is developing a high-speed train, but it has a major problem. The super velocity creates a vacuum in tunnels. This not only slows the train, but also emits a loud “sonic boom” when it exits. So a design engineer (who happens to be a bird watcher) studies the kingfisher. This speedy hunter sneaks up on his prey by entering water with very little splash. The scientist analyzes the bird’s face and applies its beak design to the front of the train. This not only eliminates the noise, but also improves speed and fuel efficiency.

  • Scientists studying humpback whales notice how the bumps on its flippers prevent drag while the whale is diving at a steep angle. They adapt this design to wind turbine blades, which greatly improves efficiency. It also helps develop high-speed aircraft wings that are not as susceptible to stalling.

  • Every year, millions of birds fly into windows. This is not just upsetting to homeowners – it creates costly clean-up for owners of high rise buildings. Scientists studying the problem happen upon the common spider web. They inlay “invisible” lines into the glass. Unseen to human eyes, the embedded lines reflect ultraviolet light visible to birds, preventing accidents.

And The List Goes On…

So, what can we learn from nature?  Just about everything!  Biomimicry is not just a “feel good” activity – it is a real discipline based on eons of awe-inspiring nature. The Biomimicry Institute, for example, is introducing its scientific curriculum to K-12, universities, and other educational institutions. Their goal is to create a new generation of innovators who use nature as a guide to invention. And commerce is paying attention. From agriculture to transportation, the movement is helping corporations design innovations that are both earth-friendly and profitable.

Our connection to nature is profound. Many studies indicate that when we are nature deprived, our health suffers. It’s one of the big reasons we love marketing properties in soothing environments – ViewHomes™! We think home should be a place where you relax, rejuvenate, and feed your soul. Interested in learning more? Contact us today.

Washougal Home Sales – Nature As Neighbors

If you are considering a home in Washougal WA, you will want to have this Market Report for homes sales. Washougal is in a rural part of Clark County, WA, so many homes are on acreage, have panoramic views, or are on river waterfronts.

Washougal is Chinook for “Rushing Water”

Its namesake, the Washougal River, Chinook for “Rushing Water”, is one of the most pristine rivers in the West. Because of its rural location, the small town of Washougal has all the benefits of “nature as neighbors.” It has the peaceful environs of the country, yet easy access to city amenities.

Market Report for Washougal WA Home Sales

25 Active from $427,450 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,940
Average $/SQFT – $245

13 Pending from $449,000 to $1,195,000
Average SQFT – 3,525
Average $/SQFT – $200

14 Sold in last 3 Months from $410,000 to $750,000
Average SQFT – 2,272
Average $/SQFT – $224

Median Days on Market was only 42 days – properties in Washougal don’t last long!

Places of Interest in Washougal and Surrounding Area

Washougal is also known as the “Gateway to the Columbia Gorge.” Head east along WA State Route 14 past Washougal to experience towering bluffs and breath-taking views of the massive Columbia River Gorge. Many options for light-to-challenging hiking.

Cape Horn Loop Trail. A bit challenging as nature hikes go, but worth it for the magnificent views of the Columbia River Gorge. Be aware that, at certain times of the year, some peaks are off limits due Peregrin falcons nesting. But, you’ll still hear their whistles as they soar overhead.

Captain William Clark Park along the Columbia River. This area offers running trails, picnicking, boating, and swimming. With the great setting on the Columbia, you will surely want to return for many outdoor activities.

Pendleton Woolen Mills. Visitors to the working woolen mill can take a free tour of the mill in small groups. You can see the process firsthand from their state-of-the-art dye house, through spinning and weaving, to the finishing of their distinctive Indian blankets. And afterwards, you can shop in the Mill Store where you can select from Pendleton’s array of menswear, womenswear, blankets and fabrics.

2 Rivers Bar & Grill. Comfortable, casual restaurant that offers fresh local ingredients prepared in unique, flavorful dishes. Also, the Happy Hour Menu won’t disappoint. Try their Sunday Brunch!

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™.

If you want to receive our Market Report for home sales in Washougal, or any other area in Clark County, contact us.

Every year the Easter Bunny brings big hops and big hopes – and lots of Easter eggs.  We’re not sure which came first, the Chicken or the Egg.  But we do know Easter is the time of year when many thoughts turn to eggs, the universal symbols of rebirth.

Decorating them,
putting them in baskets,
looking for good spots to hide them,
and finding creative ways to eat them.
And a time to reflect.
We know a certain bunny has eggs on his mind. But on Easter, we also reflect on all the Good Eggs we know in life. Like you. (If you’re reading this post, or watching this video, we are talking about YOU!)

In a time when we seem to have so much division, Easter can return us to thoughts of a simpler time in our lives.  When we reflect on what makes us more alike than different. And a time when we celebrate the return of a vibrant season. When the earth comes back to life – hence, the egg as a universal symbol of rebirth.

Easter bunny brings big hops and big hopes

And you may wonder – how did a “Silly Wabbit” become the symbol for Easter? It’s really not clear, but some believe it originated with the pagan festival of Eostre (Easter). She was the goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny.  Known for energetic breeding, it is thought that, from the pagan celebration, the Easter Bunny emerged as a natural symbolize for fertility.

So, Easter – and Spring in general – represent resurrection and renewal in many different cultures. But to children it is one of those magical holidays filled with excitement and wonder. It’s a day when the Easter bunny brings big hops – and big hopes.  And our hope is to always remember to view life through the eyes of a child. With wonder and joy at the season!

We wish you a happy and joyful Easter celebration.

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Multigenerational Homes in Clark County WA

We specialize in multigenerational homes in Clark County WA. Multigenerational or multign is defined as two or more generations living under one roof. These are not typical family units of parent(s) raising their children. Multigen is where adult family members decide to move in together – often to care for the elderly, or share in child-rearing responsibilities.

Our multigen homes are located on acreage or large lots. They have “elbow room for the soul”, which provides lots of space & privacy. According to the most recent 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 homes in the U.S. are now multigen. This trend will continue as one way to address caring for the elderly in a rapidly aging population.

Find MultiGen Homes for Sale

We look for multigenerational homes for sale with separate living quarters, or homes that can be modified to provide that space. We live in a multigen home – modified to accommodate family – so we know how to find homes suited for this lifestyle.

Market Report for MultiGen Homes in Clark County

100 Active Listings – $424,900 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 4,022
Average $/SQFT – $223

36 Pending – $469,900 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT- 3,781
Average $/SQFT – $199

62 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,430,750
Average SQFT – 3,405
Average $/SQFT – $182

Median Days on Market was 44 days – down from 62 days in January.  Multigen homes don’t stay on the market very long! 

(Note: Report is for homes priced $400,000 and above, and does not include a spectacular $12,000,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

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

Multigen Sellers:
Call us for a free market analysis of your home’s value. We are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

Hiking in Columbia Gorge

Columbia River Gorge – Photo Courtesy of The Columbian

Spring Hiking in Clark County, WA

Go Take a Hike – It’s good for body, mind, and soul! The spring hiking season is about to get underway here in the Pacific Northwest. While April’s rainy weather sometimes makes our local trails muddy and slippery, we still try to get out as much as possible.  May will bring an influx of adventurous people in boots and backpacks, ready to exercise their bodies and quiet their minds.

We all know that getting out to nature makes us feel good. But now there is data to experiencing the outdoors has physiological effects on our brains.  A 2015 study published by the National Academy of Sciences finds that spending time in nature significantly affects our prefrontal cortex where most of our negative thoughts process. Hiking especially helps stop the type of obsessive rumination that can be difficult to break.

Tune In, Turn On, Unplug!

In addition, the participants in the study had no electronics as they backpacked through nature. In short, they tuned into Nature, turned on to the environment, and unplugged from electronics.  We’re not surprised to learn a nice long hike, without a cell phone, can reduce mental fatigue, soothe our mind, and increase creative thinking. And, once you invest in suitable shoes and a day pack for emergency provisions, it’s free, except for perhaps a parking pass at a trailhead.

Hiking also burns calories (400-700 an hour)  and builds muscles and bone density. Your body and mind get in shape as nature works its quiet magic. While we agree with the tech-free advice, we think it’s important to carry a cellphone in your pack for emergencies. Peace of mind while you enjoy the peace-and-quiet is also an important consideration.

Popular Local Trails

There are many trails in our area for hikers to choose from, and because of our close proximately to the Columbia River Gorge, there are some pretty rigorous hikes for those in good shape. However, you can easily find trails for nearly every ability in Southwest Washington. Here’s a list of hikes in the Clark County Washington Parks system.

Want to know our favorites? Send us a note – we’ll let you know, and send directions!

Here’s a video recap of a hike we took several years ago. The Cape Horn Loop gives you fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge. A bonus for us, in the spring and early summer months, a profusion of colorful wildflowers dot the meadows.

Keep in mind, the loop is closed between February 1 – to July 15 for nesting falcons. Portions of the trail are quite precarious and exposed, dogs should be on leashes and young hikers should be closely supervised.

 

Do your body and mind a favor this spring – Take a hike! 

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The National Association of Home Builders has released its Home Buyers Survey for 2019, indicating the top features home buyers want most. Although extremely helpful for new home builders, homeowners who are thinking about selling should also pay attention.

The survey identifies 175 items that are rated “essential”, “desirable”, “indifferent” and (just as important) “do NOT want”. An interesting note is that, while baby boomers trended along with general home buyers in desirables, they have stronger opinions about what they do and do not want.

2019 Survey Reveals What Home Buyers Really Want – With Some Surprises

Some features are not surprises – energy efficiency shows up (explicitly or implied) as four of the top 10 items. Surprisingly, laundry rooms are at the top of the essential features buyers want. Although this factors in with the other items baby boomers desire – smaller homes with single-level living and open floor plans. Having a laundry room keeps clutter out of view and helps keep smaller homes organized. Ceiling fans are also big – arguably consistent with the energy efficiency theme.

The Full Survey Identified 175 Features – Here Are The Top 10

Also, consistent with baby boomers’ desire for one-level living, elevators were rated the least desirable feature in a home – one that would cause them not to buy it. Although – another surprise – this was not as much of a deal killer of buyers from other age groups.

It’s Also Helpful To Know What is Undesirable

We also learn from the survey what items will discourage a sale. All are certainly subjective, but informative. Percentages who said “No”:
Elevator – 74%
Wine Cellar – 69%
Second-story Family Room – 59%
Dual Toilets in Master Bath – 57%

While this survey can guide new home construction, by building in features from the start, it also can help sellers of existing homes. Adding a laundry room is not on the list of the best returns for home improvement projects. However, there may be other areas in the home that can be converted easily – like a closet in a bathroom with room for a stackable. Or, even the garage might be an option. Access to utilities will determine the ease and expense of such an addition.

If you are thinking about selling your home, and want to know what buyers really want in a home, contact us.

Home Improvement Projects Worth The Investment

Homeowners who are thinking about remodeling should consider which home improvement projects offer the best return for the money spent. Most upgrades will typically not return 100% on the dollar spent. However, some remodels are better than others. Likewise, your local and regional costs may be different than the national averages.

Kitchen Remodel can pay off

The Right Kitchen Remodel Can Often Be Worth The Investment

Let’s Look At The Numbers

We have been planning a kitchen remodel and wanted to know how much we could recoup on our investment. So we did some digging and came up with the 5 best home improvement projects for the money, according to Remodeling News.*

National Averages:

Project
Cost
Value
Recoup%
Garage Door
Replacement
$3,611
$3,520
97.5%
Manufactured
Stone Veneer
$8,907
$8,449
94.9%
Minor Kitchen
Remodel
$22,507
$18,123
80.5%
Deck Addition
(Wood)
$13,333
$10,083
75.6%
Siding
Replacement
$16,036
$12,119
75.6%

We were surprised to see garage door replacement is at the top. This may be due to the low investment, which makes it a popular project. But it is also a critical aspect of curb appeal for resale. You should note that a “minor” kitchen remodel is up to $30,000 in cost. But it does return 80.5% of the investment on average.

If you step up to a “major” kitchen remodel – somewhere in the $60,000 range – the return is only 62.1%. So, keeping an eye on the bottom line is an important aspect of every project.

Pacific Regional Averages:

(Includes Hawaii and Alaska, which might skew the average costs.)

Project
Cost
Value
Recoup% 
Garage Door

Replacement
$3,785
$4,685
123.8%
Manufactured

Stone Veneer
$9,507
$10,499
110.4%
Deck Addition

(Wood)
$16,511
$14,491
87.8%
Minor Kitchen

Remodel
$24,950
$21,723
87.1%
Grand Entrance

(Fiberglass)
$9,568
$8,147
85.1%

In the Pacific region, a minor kitchen remodel returns almost 87.1% of your investment. Let’s take a look at our local area:

Portland Metro Area:

Project
Cost 
Value
Recoup%
Garage Door

Replacement
$3,626
$3,548
97.9%
Entry Door

Replacement
$1,851
$1,737
93.8%
Minor Kitchen

Remodel
$22,958
$20,290
88.4%
Siding

Replacement
$16,794
$14,424
85.9%
Manufactured

Stone Veneer
$8,809
$7,311
83.0%

In this area, kitchens still do pretty well in terms of return for investment. Plus, as the centerpiece of the home, it adds great appeal to prospective buyers.

In all areas, a Master Suite addition – with a National average cost of $271,470 – was the lowest return, ranging from 50.4% to 56.7%  So, that’s a project you’d want to consider very carefully, or plan to stay in your house a while!

Contact Us if you’d like more information about which home improvement projects are the best for the money.

*© 2019 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

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View Homes of Clark County – The Mighty Columbia River

The Columbia River is recognized as one of the greatest natural assets of this area. It is called the “Mighty” Columbia because it empties an average of 192 million acre-feet into the Pacific Ocean each year. This immense water mass carves natural canyons and gorges in its path. Steep hillsides and vantage points offer many opportunities for stunning views.

Owning a home with a view of the Columbia River is a unique living experience. Likewise, it will typically command a higher resale value when you sell. We receive requests all the time from buyers who dream of having a ViewHome™ with river views. So it’s always a pleasure to help them find the right match. If you are looking for Columbia River views in East County, that’s in Camas or Washougal.

Market Report for Homes With Columbia River Views:

28 Active from $489,500 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT 4,158
Average $/SQFT $214

16 Pending from $434,995 to $1,195,000
Average SQFT 3,394
Average $/SQFT $207

19 Sold in past 3 months from $410,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT 4,088
Average $/SQFT $173

Median Days on Market: 54 days – homes with Columbia River views don’t last long! 

Looking for a home with Columbia River Views, or own a home with a view of the Columbia you want to sell?  We specialize in finding and selling view homes of Clark County with “Nature As Neighbors.”

At Nature As Neighbors, we love the environment with all of its wonderful creatures. We are especially fascinated with frogs and will go to great lengths to ensure their survival.  They are an intricate part of a healthy ecosystem, keeping down the populations of disease-borne flies, mosquitos, and ticks.  Also, (somewhat ironically) they serve are a food source for snakes that keep down the population of crop-eating rodents. But, much like the canary in the coal mine, frogs are the bellwether of our environmental conditions – their decline indicates a problem with the ecosystem.

So, today, on World Frog Day, we are thrilled to read about the recently-discovered Orange-Bellied Starry Dwarf Frog. Named for its brilliant star-like coat, it is a survivor from ancient lineage that was thought to be gone. No bigger than a human thumbnail, it was extremely hard to discover, scurrying about under dead leaves in the isolated mountains of Western Ghats, India. Given its reclusiveness, we marvel at its discovery and celebrate this little creature’s tenacity for survival.

With Spring just here, we hope this is a positive reminder of the amazing resilience of nature.

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Multigen Homes with Nature as Neighbors

We specialize in view homes on acreage or large lots with “elbow room for the soul”. This not only provides homes with plenty of privacy, but also homes that are well-suited for multigenerational living – households with different generations living together. Studies have long-documented this trend in housing which is a projected to continue as our population ages.

Some homes come with separate living quarters, some need to be modified to provide that space. We live in a multigen home, so we know how to find homes suited for this lifestyle.

ViewHomes™ Market Report for MultiGen Homes

87 Active Listings – $429,900 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 4,338
Average $/SQFT – $218

92 Pending – $400,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT- 3,586
Average $/SQFT – $200

52 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,400,000
Average SQFT – 3,578
Average $/SQFT – $180

Median Days on Market was 45 days – Multigen homes don’t stay on the market very long! 

(Note: Report is for homes priced $400,000 and above, and does not include a spectacular $12,000,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

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!

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Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

Washougal WA is one of those areas in Clark County where you can find privacy on a little acreage with “elbow room for the soul.”  Where nature is your neighbor, and sometimes properties are right along the water, which is always a bonus. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and waterfront location – you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

A Bit of History: “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.  

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal

17 Active from $442,500 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 4,438

Average $/SQFT – $238

10 Pending from $429,900 to $995,000
Average SQFT – 2,618
Average $/SQFT – $242

18 Sold in last 3 Months from $410,000 to $810,000
Average SQFT – 3,013
Average $/SQFT – $195

Median Days on Market was 97 days – up from 77 days in January.

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: News | Washougal | Washougal River

Kitchen Remodeling – Cabinets

We are in the planning stages of a kitchen remodel. Oh my goodness. Talk about decisions. The first decision we had to make was a big one. Do we reface, paint, or replace our cabinets? It turns out refacing or repainting is a good option if you love the current layout, have good quality cabinets, and want to avoid the pain of having your kitchen torn-up for weeks, instead of days.

Ours will be replaced. We both like the clean look of shaker style, and also want to add some lighted display cabinets above the upper cabinets. Fortunately, we have plenty of room thanks to vaulted ceilings. There are other cabinet decisions too. For example, adding pull-out shelves and other organizers to make accessing things easier.  Thankfully, those decisions are done, and right now, we are trying to be patient waiting for bids.

The hardware has also been chosen for the cabinets. Designers say you can mix metals, but generally only two. Since our kitchen is part of a great room floor plan, oiled bronze is already in play. The farm sink we both like is quartz, in truffle. Therefore, the faucet we have chosen is from Newport Brass, in antique nickel Happily, we found knobs and pulls we like that pair well with the selections. 

Kitchen Remodeling – Countertops

Countertops proved to be the most fun. We both love marble, but feel the care and upkeep doesn’t match our lifestyle. We both love to cook, and we, honestly, get a little messy at time. Our counters often see spills of olive oils, tomato sauce and red wine. Since marble is porous…it needs to be sealed frequently to protect it from deep stains. Neither of us wants high maintenance.

Like the rest of the world, we are so over granite. We first considered quartzsite. It too is a natural stone, but it also requires regular sealing.   Fortunately, we both remembered a former kitchen with quartz countertops. The quartz was beautiful, and gave us the carefree ease of cooking which we both prefer. No panic when something spills! 

We settled on Silestone quartz and a marble look-alike called Eternal Calacatta Gold.  Like most on-screen visuals, you don’t see the true colors, or depth, on-line. When we saw it in person, we knew it was “the one.” It will give us the look we’re going for, without the hassles. It’s stain resistant, maintenance free, durable, food safe, and cleans up with a little soap and water. It comes with a lifetime guarantee too.

Kitchen Remodeling – Backsplash Choices, Oh My

One of the goals of our remodel is to create a timeless kitchen that will withstand the years. We also favor a light, bright, and clean, fresh, but inviting, feel to the space. Subway tile is often one of the first choices for remodel goals such as ours. What delighted both of us was learning about all the different choices in subway tile. Not just colors, but in design options.

This is where we are still wavering in our decisions. Bernie likes a traditional ceramic subway tile, perhaps with a grout to compliment the darker accent paint of our large kitchen island. I’m swooning over a Clé zellige tile in weathered white. It looks like it comes from a European farmhouse. As you can see from the photo above, the irregular tiles and color variations add up to pure charm. At least to me, not so for Bernie.

Chances are, we’ll decide on something in between. A little less gloss, perhaps something like this one, also from Clé. It’s a classic subway tile, but the bevel gives it a little more interest. Although, there may be hope yet for my choice.  This morning, Bernie asked to see photos of zellige tile backsplashes again. Stay tuned…there’s more to come as this adventure unfolds.

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We regularly post Market Reports to show the home sales activity in Clark County. Throughout the year we show activity in many towns in the RMLS, reporting more frequently on the areas where we concentrate our efforts – East County – Camas, Hockinson, and Washougal.  We use a pictograph to show Active, Pending, and Recent Sales, including average prices, etc.

At the bottom of our chart, we show the “Annual Increase in Sales Price” – which is derived from the RMLS monthly “AVG Price % Change” for that area.

The RMLS defines this as the rolling average sale price for the last 12 months compared to the average price 12 months prior. Monthly reports include this change for all of Clark County, as well as specific RMLS areas.

We started to notice an interesting change in this indicator for the past several months.  So we decided to plot it.  Since around 2011, the AVG Price % Change for most areas kept going up year after year.  That continued until 12 months ago.  Now the numbers show a different trend – leveling off, or even heading down slightly.

What does this mean?  The rate at which prices were going up is now cooling.  Average price increases in most areas are still positive, just not as high as previous years. Here are the trends in the areas where we focus our efforts:

Simultaneously, inventory, although still low, has been creeping up slowly as more new construction comes on line in the area.

A quick comparison of the larger Portland market (based on RMLS numbers) shows the same trajectory down in AVG Price % Change. A more comprehensive indicator – the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index also shows that, for the Portland metro market (which includes Clark County) there is a year-over-year decrease in the rate of home price increases.

So, are we entering a cooling off period in the area?  In addition to a lower percent price change, overall closings are trending down.  This could, of course, be due to some of the Fed’s interest rate hikes last year.  The promise of no new rate increases in the coming months might boost overall sales again. Plus, inventory is going up as new construction adds more homes.

The message for Sellers is, when listing your property be very realistic about your pricing.  Inventory is still low, but qualified buyers are clearly expecting lower prices than last year.  Likewise, buyers should be aware of the opportunities as inventory increases.

For now, it appears to be a slight (and needed) pricing correction in the market. Due to the low inventory, we are still in a Sellers market. Buyers who find a home they love, need to act quickly and realistically with offers.

We don’t expect wild drops in pricing, but the trend appears to be downward for now.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out as we continue to track and report on price changes in the coming months.

Filed under: Brush Prairie | Camas | News | Washougal

ViewHomes™ in Felida, WA with Nature as Neighbors

Felida is a town in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River.  Many of the homes in Felida feature views of Vancouver Lake, The Columbia River, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas. One of its prominent natural features is the  Salmon Creek Greenway, a scenic trail in a natural preserve of streams and wetlands. It offers runners, walkers, and bicyclists sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons and all types of migratory birds.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

22 Active Listings – $449,900 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT – 3,970
Average $/SQFT – $208

11 Pending – $519,000 to $829,000
Average SQFT – 3,423
Average $/SQFT – $179

11 Sold in last 3 Mos – $457,000 to $1,325,000
Average SQFT – 3,496
Average $/SQFT – $202

Median Days on Market was 94 days – an increase over the past few months. 

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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Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

Washougal WA is one of those areas in Clark County where you can find privacy on a little acreage with “elbow room for the soul.”  Where nature is your neighbor, and sometimes properties are right along the water, which is always a bonus. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and waterfront location – you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

A Bit of History: “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.  

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal

18 Active from $442,500 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,926

Average $/SQFT – $248

9 Pending from $479,900 to $950,000
Average SQFT – 3,325
Average $/SQFT – $183

11 Sold in last 3 Months from $417,000 to $925,000
Average SQFT – 3,269
Average $/SQFT – $200

Median Days on Market was 77 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: News | Washougal

Camas Homes With Nature As Neighbors

Living close to nature and having privacy and space provide the daily pleasures of a relaxing retreat. Many homes in Camas offer the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  Camas has an award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to Portland International Airport. Even if you choose a home on a smaller lot, you are never far from parks and forests for recreation in a natural environment.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

42 Active Listings –  $449,900 to $2,699,000
Average SQFT 4,391
Average $/SQFT $241

15 Pending Listings – $425,000 to $1,998,000
Average SQFT: 4,140
Average $/SQFT $196

26 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT 3,163
Average $/SQFT $216

Median Days on Market – 70 days. This is up a bit from last month, but homes still sell quickly in Camas!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | News

In a world of black and white, and mostly stainless, we’ve noticed a new trend developing in kitchen design – the return of colored appliances. Beach themed turquoise, cottage blue, seaglass green, mint julep, emerald, sunny yellows, bright orange, and even purples are popping up from a variety of companies.

 

A beautiful red enamel stove has always made us smile, but now you can choose from a wide variety of shades from bright red, to an industrial-themed red, and Viking has a new line in warm, rustic red. It’s pictured in the second photo below. We think it’s warm and inviting.

 


Althought, we would worry about the longevity of a kitchen with all appliances in a custom color. And, as REALTORS®, we know your favorite beachy turquoise will likely narrow the pool of buyers if you decide to sell.

 

Therefore, we’d likely avoid outfitting an entire kitchen with appliances in an unusual color. What if the company discontinues the line and your dishwasher quits? Exactly.  However, we think a statement stove is be a great way to add a touch of color and personality to your kitchen.

 

These two, one in purple, and one in more subdued plum, might appeal to my purple loving friends in the Rain – Ron and Alexandra Seigel(Alexandra) Kathy Streib, and Sally K. & David L. Hanson (Sally).  What do you think ladies? Would you want Santa to bring you one?

 

 

 

Perhaps, pretty in pink is more your style. We wonder if our pal Nina Hollander will like this one.

 


We know this bright yellow, while cheery, is not one we’d consider in our home.

 

Personally, we’re drawn to the more subdued colors. Here’s an example we both really appreciate – we think it’s classic and elegant, and would be at home in a gray and white kitchen with marble counter tops.

 

 

It will be fun to see if more homeowners, and builders, start using more imagination, and color, in the kitchen in 2019.  If you’re interested in seeing some of the other colors available, here are some links. In the meantime, if you’re dreaming of something other than a white Christmas in the kitchen, we hope Santa delivers your favorite color.
Hallman 

Viking

La Cornue

Big Chill

AGA

Caliber

Bertazzoni

Heartland

Verona 

Hestan

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You Can Find Nature as Neighbors in Brush Prairie/Hockinson

Many buyers are looking for homes in the country surrounded by nature, but still close to shopping, services, and good schools. Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a great area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Hockinson has 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 homes with “Nature as Neighbors.”

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ 1 Acre and More in Hockinson:

25 Active Listings – $499,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 3,550
Average $/SQFT – $214

7 Pending – $595,000 to $909,551
Average SQFT- 2,786
Average $/SQFT – $274

19 Sold in last 3 Mos – $428,000 to $717,000
Average SQFT – 2,893
Average $/SQFT – $194

Median Days on Market – 40.  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 in Hockinson here. 

Filed under: Hockinson | News

Camas Homes With Nature As Neighbors

Homes in rural parts of Camas offer the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”. Living close to nature and having privacy and space provide the daily pleasures of a relaxing retreat. Camas has an award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to Portland International Airport. Even if you choose a home on a smaller lot, you are never far from parks and forests for recreation or peace and quiet in a natural environment.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

61 Active Listings –  $439,900 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT 3,971
Average $/SQFT $236

19 Pending Listings – $425,000 to $1,100,000
Average SQFT: 3,158
Average $/SQFT $200

56 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT 3,528
Average $/SQFT $215

Median Days on Market – 45 days.  View Homes in Camas move quickly!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | News

We specialize in view homes in Clark County that have large lots or acreage with “elbow room for the soul.” These homes are often well-suited for multigenerational 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 Battle Ground that offers luxurious living, with separate guest quarters:

14218 NE River Bend Rd, Battle Ground, WA


This beautiful lodge-style home sits on 11 private acres along the East Fork of the Lewis River. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 5 baths, with guest quarters over the 4-car garage, this multigen home has plenty fo room for the whole family.  This is the perfect home for an active family, with a swimming pool, tennis court, and jogging track around the gated property.

 

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 Cascade Sothebys International™

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Nature as Neighbors in Brush Prairie/Hockinson

Many buyers are looking for homes in the country surrounded by nature, but still close to shopping, services, and good schools. Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a great area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Hockinson has 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 homes with nature as neighbors.

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

24 Active Listings – $465,000 to $1,395,000
Average SQFT – 3,603
Average $/SQFT – $210

13 Pending – $415,000 to $715,000
Average SQFT- 2,615
Average $/SQFT – $209

24 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $970,000
Average SQFT – 3,101
Average $/SQFT – $193

Median Days on Market – 29.  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 in Hockinson here. 

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This Featured Listing in Felida is a View Home With Lots of Potential

We are big fans of The Reserve at Ashley Ridge in Felida. Known for its natural open spaces, luxurious neighborhoods, desirable schools, and access to recreation, Felida is only a twenty minute commute to both Portland International Airport and downtown Portland.

Our ViewHomes™ listing is located in The Reserve at Ashley Ridge. This gated neighborhood has a kayak trail for residents to use for access to Lake River. Lake River is an eleven mile tributary of the Columbia River and offers great wildlife viewing. Portions of the waterway border the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. 

Completed in July, 2017, the seller traveled a lot for his work and has now been relocated – making this house nearly new. Large windows open up to serene views of the valley, and while the home is located in a neighborhood, the .25 acre lot backs to an open green space, making this house feel quite private.

View Homes for Sale in Felida

Competitively priced at $659,000, this home is 3511 square feet and features main-level living. An upstairs bonus room was custom-finished to support the weight of a regulation pool table.  Skylights add wonderful light to the large and open space. Want to see more? Contact us today for a private tour.

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Camas Homes With Nature As Neighbors

Homes in Camas can offer the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”. Living close to nature and having privacy and space provide the daily pleasures of a relaxing retreat. Camas has an award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to Portland International Airport.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

67 Active Listings –  $460,000 to $1,998,000
Average SQFT 4,189
Average $/SQFT $226

25 Pending Listings – $424,900 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT: 3,022
Average $/SQFT $226

49 Sold in the last 3 months from  $409,900 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT 3,653
Average $/SQFT $211

Median Days on Market – 37 days.  View Homes in Camas move quickly!

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

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

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Woodland WA – Gateway to Nature as Neighbors

Woodland, WA is a fast-growing town about 20 miles north of Vancouver. It is also one of the oldest communities in the state of Washington. The city is technically in both Clark and Cowlitz counties. Its location offers area residents easy access to many outdoor recreational areas, including Mount St Helens National Park, the site of the 1980 volcano eruption. Our favorite ViewHomes™ in Woodland are located along nearby Lewis River or in neighborhoods with views of the Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River.

ViewHomes™ Market Report for Homes over $400K in Woodland:

22 Active Listings – $434,900 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 3,484
Average $/SQFT – $194

5 Pending – $410,000 to $700,000
Average SQFT- 3,418
Average $/SQFT – $163

21 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $1,090,000
Average SQFT – 3,293
Average $/SQFT – $184

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

Buyer, begin your search for ViewHomes of Woodland here. 

 

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Market Report – Waterfront Home Sales

These days, many folks in the region are heading out to lakes, rivers and natural swimming holes to beat the record soaring temperatures.  Naturally, home buyers start thinking they’d like year-round access to waterfront.  Some buyers want easy access to boating and active water sports, while others just want a peaceful place to enjoy the relaxed, meditative environment. Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond, waterfront homes have a built-in natural asset many buyers are seeking.

Buying or Selling Homes on Waterfront

While Clark County offers great opportunities for waterfront living, the challenges of regulations, market demand, and a limited inventory have made this a specialized market. Shoreline protections, alone, can dictate home site footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements that are very different from normal home sites. Buyers and sellers should work with a broker who has expertise in waterfront properties and knowing the market is extremely important:

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ of Clark County on Waterfront

134 Active from $409,000 to $2,790,000
Average SQFT 3,397
Average $/SQFT $226

50 Pending from $400,000 to $1,585,000
Average SQFT 2,768
Average $/SQFT $223

77 Sold in past 3 months from $400,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT 3,146
Average $/SQFT $212

Median Days on Market: 33 days. Waterfront homes don’t last for long!

Looking for a waterfront property? Start your search here.

Have a home on the water you want to sell?  We specialize in selling homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and waterfront location – 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

43 Active from $410,000 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 3,808

Average $/SQFT – $198

17 Pending from $425,000 to $989,500
AverageSQFT – 2,206
Average $/SQFT – $267

16 Sold in last 3 Months from $425,000 to $995,000
Average SQFT – 2,828
Average $/SQFT – $219

Median Days on Market was 39 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: News | Washougal | Washougal River

Ridgefield, WA offers Nature as Neighbors

Nature, recreation, and an active lifestyle come together in Ridgefield, WA where the National Wildlife Refuge serves as a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. Literally the city’s back yard, you can hike in the refuge or tour via kayak along a 21-mile water trail between downtown and the Columbia River.

Point of Interest: The Cathlapotle Plankhouse, built by more than 100 volunteers over a period of two years, is based on findings from the archaeological site and other historical references. One of our favorite Ridgefield events is BirdFest and Bluegrass – a celebration of nature and music welcoming migratory birds back to their winter home.

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

30 Active Listings – $429,000 to $2,700,000
Average SQFT – 3,521
Average $/SQFT – $251

11 Pending – $544,900 to $1,150,000
Average SQFT- 3,302
Average $/SQFT – $214

16 Sold in last 3 Mos – $405,500 to $1,345,000
Average SQFT – 3,378
Average $/SQFT – $230

Median Days on Market – 44.  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. 

Filed under: News

MultiGen Living With Nature as Neighbors

Multigenerational living, “multigen” for short, is on the rise in the U.S. It has long been a tradition in other countries, but in 2014 the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans, or 20%, now live in multigen households. This trend continues today as the housing market responds to the demand for multigen homes.

Finding a Multigen Home Requires Expertise

It’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” – is well-suited 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.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ With MultiGen Features

101 Active Listings – $410,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,381
Average $/SQFT – $254

33 Pending – $400,000 to $1,725,000
Average SQFT- 3,219
Average $/SQFT – $210

51 Sold in last 3 Mos – $430,000 to $1,124,000
Average SQFT – 3,547
Average $/SQFT – $181

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

Median Days on Market was 59 days – multigen homes don’t stay on the market very long! 

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!

Filed under: News

Nature as Neighbors on The East Fork of the Lewis River

The East Fork of the Lewis River flows from Gifford Pinchot National Forest through Clark County to the North Fork of the Lewis River. The two converge in Woodland, WA then flow into the mighty Columbia River. Several regional and state parks along the river offer hiking, swimming, white water and recreation opportunities to the public.

Due to habitat restrictions and shoreline protections, existing homes are extremely desirable. As weather warms up the market for waterfront properties throughout Clark County jumps, yet the market for East Fork properties is constant throughout the year.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ Along the East Fork:

7 Active Listings – $469,900 to $1,975,000
Average SQFT – 3,460
Average $/SQFT – $308

4 Pending – $549,900 to $1,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,121
Average $/SQFT – $243

3 Sold in last 3 Mos – $475,000 to $865,000
Average SQFT – 3,175
Average $/SQFT – $238

Median Days on Market was 76 days – homes along the East Fork do not last long!

 

Sellers, if you are thinking about selling your home along the East Fork – talk to the experts who know the river. Contact us for a free market analysis of your home’s value.
Buyer, if you are interested in finding a home or lot along the East Fork, give us a call.

Filed under: News

Living With Nature as Neighbors in Hockinson

Many buyers are looking for homes in the country surrounded by nature, but still close 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 homes with nature as neighbors.

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

30 Active Listings – $425,000 to $1,395,000
Average SQFT – 3,346
Average $/SQFT – $211

12 Pending – $424,900 to $995,000
Average SQFT- 3,040
Average $/SQFT – $207

17 Sold in last 3 Mos – $40,000 to $1,485,000
Average SQFT – 3,336
Average $/SQFT – $194

Median Days on Market – 39.  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 in Hockinson here. 

Filed under: News

ViewHomes™ in Felida, WA with Nature as Neighbors

Felida is a town in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River.  Many of the homes in Felida feature views of Vancouver Lake,The Columbia River, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas. Here’s a Feature Listing of a home with fantastic views of the Salmon Creek Greenway. 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.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

32 Active Listings – $409,900 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 3,768
Average $/SQFT – $200

9 Pending – $419,900 to $1,200,000
Average SQFT – 3,121
Average $/SQFT – $211

15 Sold in last 3 Mos – $410,000 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT – 3,881
Average $/SQFT – $177

Median Days on Market was 80 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

Camas View Homes With Nature As Neighbors

Living in Camas can provide 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. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

47 Active Listings –  $424,900 to $1,650,000
Average SQFT 3,781
Average $/SQFT $225

28 Pending Listings – $425,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT: 3,538
Average $/SQFT $251

27 Sold in the last 3 months from  $405,000 to $2,011,000
Average SQFT 3,734
Average $/SQFT $202

Median Days on Market – 28 days.  View Homes in Camas move quickly!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | Market Reports | Nature | News

Woodand WA – Gateway to Nature as Neighbors

Woodland, WA is a fast-growing town about 20 miles north of Vancouver. It is also one of the oldest communities in the state of Washington. The city is technically in both Clark and Cowlitz counties, and its location gives area residents easy access to many outdoor  recreational areas. Our favorite ViewHomes™ in Woodland are located along the Lewis River or in lovely neighborhoods providing views of the Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River.

Stay tuned for a special Woodland home we will be listing that features Universal Design features for aging in place.

ViewHomes™ Market Report for Homes over $400K in Woodland:

22 Active Listings – $404,000 to $1,500,000
Average SQFT – 3,461
Average $/SQFT – $203

14 Pending – $430,000 to $885,000
Average SQFT- 3,265
Average $/SQFT – $180

7 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $1,090,000
Average SQFT – 3,325
Average $/SQFT – $185

Median Days on Market – 29. Homes sell quickly in Woodland! 

Buyer, begin your search for ViewHomes of Woodland here. 

Sellers, call us for a free market evaluation of your home’s value.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News

Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and waterfront location – 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

29 Active from $424,900 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,675

Average $/SQFT – $266

12 Pending from $409,999 to $950,000
AverageSQFT – 2,655
Average $/SQFT – $245

19 Sold in last 3 Months from $420,000 to $1,600,000
Average SQFT – 2,797
Average $/SQFT – $226

Median Days on Market was 39 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: News | Washougal | Washougal River

I’m (Debb) part of a group called, 100 Women Who Care Clark County. The goal of the organization is to make a difference by coming together to support the health and growth of our community. We meet quarterly ( once every 90 days) for an hour to hear presentations from three randomly chosen non-profits benefiting the community.  We listen to short heart-felt speeches and then take a vote. Once the non-profit is identified, each of the members donates $100.00, for a total of $10,000.

This month, 100 Women Who Care voted to donate our money to Villages Clark County– a plan not a place – independent living with a community of support. This great non-profit relies on like-minded volunteers who help older seniors age comfortably, and safely, in their own homes. Carefully vetted volunteers do everything from changing a light bulb on a ceiling fixture; to driving, grocery shopping, yard work, spring cleaning, home repairs, and companionship.  

While the name 100 Women implies there are just 100 members, the group can grow and grow. It’s our hope more women will join in our efforts. Imagine the donation power of 1000 Women Who Care. In my opinion, four hours a year and four-hundred dollars x 100 Women ( or more ) is a powerful way to make a positive impact on our community. 

Filed under: News | People

Ridgefield, WA offers Nature as Neighbors

If you are looking for a home with a view, privacy, and surrounded by nature, then you should consider homes in Ridgefield, WA. Nature and recreation go well together 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.

Point of Interest: The Cathlapotle Plankhouse, built by more than 100 volunteers over a period of two years, is based on findings from the archaeological site and other historical references. One of our favorite Ridgefield events is BirdFest and Bluegrass – a celebration of nature and music welcoming migratory birds back to their winter home.

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

16 Active Listings – $465,000 to $2,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,805
Average $/SQFT – $245

8 Pending – $524,900 to $1,150,000
Average SQFT- 2,981
Average $/SQFT – $236

15 Sold in last 3 Mos – $403,000 to $1,160,000
Average SQFT – 3,020
Average $/SQFT – $213

Median Days on Market – 34.  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. 

Filed under: Market Reports | News

Multigen Living is a Major Trend in the Housing Market

Multigenerational (“multigen”) living is on the rise in the U.S. It has long 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.

Finding a Multigen Home Requires 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:

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

65 Active Listings – $410,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,740
Average $/SQFT – $271

31 Pending – $440,000 to $1,725,000
Average SQFT- 3,503
Average $/SQFT – $202

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $433,000 to $3,100,000
Average SQFT – 4,466
Average $/SQFT – $203

Median Days on Market 48 days – multigen homes don’t last very long! 

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!

Filed under: News

Monday, April 30, 2018

We hear a lot of jokes about how much it rains here, and in the Pacific Northwest in general.  However, you might be surprised to see weather statistics for the United States. Florida, Louisiana,  Mississippi, and Alabama are actually the wettest states in the country.  Washington state ranks at number thirty, with about 38.5 inches of rainfall a year. In Clark County, Washington, depending upon where one lives, we get about 40-50 inches of rain each year. The national average is 39 inches a year.

 

 

However, the rain we do get tends to fall over a longer period of time – and we do get some gloomy gray periods from time-to-time. Over all though, we actually appreciate the climate. After all, our annual rain gives us our lush green landscapes – and in the spring and summer months, an abundance of flowers and blossoms.

 

And, all the rain gives us an abundance of pristine water ways which support our region’s wildlife – and gives us plenty of opportunities for recreation and outdoor fun.

And, with the right gear, and the right attitude – what’s a little rain?

In Clark County, Washington we tend to find rainbows in the rain. 

Filed under: Lifestyle | Nature | News

Camas First Friday 

Align with nature…Magic happens.      ~ John Friend

The magic of gnomes and fairies has always been celebrated at our household. The grandchildren, who call me Oma, substitute it for Gn-oma at times, because they know how much I love these mythical nature spirits. 

Therefore, we are especially excited about the Camas First Friday event next month. The Garden Gnome and Fairy Gala on May 4, is in honor of the Camas Plant and Garden Fair which follows in the next week.

 


If you too appreciate Nature, no doubt you know gnomes are often considered the protector of the forest and healers of animals. According to some legends, the fairies work in concert with the gnomes to carry out this large responsibility. 

We think it should be a fun evening in downtown Camas with gnomes and fairies  making a rare appearance throughout in shops and businesses. There’s also a treasure hunt for hidden fairy houses, an enchanted fairy garden cake decorating contest, and fairy and gnome crafts for kids. 


Naturally the businesses will be open late as usual, from 5-8PM, and the local eateries will be eager to serve hungry families. Don’t forget too, you earn tickets to win great prizes for each location you visit. 

At ViewHomes of Clark County we are always game for celebrating Nature As Neighbors. We hope to see you at First Friday on May 4, 2018 in charming downtown Camas.

Filed under: Camas | Events | News

 

According to the Earth Day Network, currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.

 

Of the 33 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. each year,  only about 7 percent is recycled. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a floating mass of garbage the size of a continent where plastic outnumbers plankton. Plus, most plastic is made from oil.

It’s no surprise to learn the theme for this years, May 22, 2018 Earth Day celebration is End Plastic Pollution. 

Filed under: Events | Nature | News

Views Homes in Felida, WA

Felida is a town in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River.  It’s name has an interesting history. 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.

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Offers Nature as Neighbors

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. It is a popular neighborhood spot, especially during their Happy Hour specials.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

21 Active Listings – $439,900 to $1,995,000
Average SQFT – 3,941
Average $/SQFT – $213

11 Pending – $475,000 to $1,200,000
Average SQFT – 4,020
Average $/SQFT – $204

9 Sold in last 3 Mos – $410,000 to $1,505,000
Average SQFT – 4,128
Average $/SQFT – $192

Median Days on Market was 67 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: Felida | News

Camas View Homes With Nature As Neighbors

Living in Camas can provide 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. 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 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.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

34 Active Listings –  $409,900 to $1,650,000
Average SQFT 3,781
Average $/SQFT $228

16 Pending Listings – $400,000 to $1,725,000
Average SQFT: 3,789
Average $/SQFT $230

27 Sold in the last 3 months from  $419,000 to $2,011,000
Average SQFT 3,648
Average $/SQFT $204

Median Days on Market – 64 days.  View Homes in Camas move quickly!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | News | Views

Woodand WA – Gateway to Nature as Neighbors

Woodland, WA is a fast-growing town about 20 miles north of Vancouver. It is also one of the oldest communities in the state of Washington. The city is technically in both Clark and Cowlitz counties, but most residents live in Cowlitz County where the majority of the city lies. Its location gives area residents easy access to recreational spots along the Lewis River and to Mount St. Helens. Buyers looking for homes in the area also consider Kalama, WA just 9 miles north.  Its location right on the Columbia and Kalama Rivers offers spectacular views and easy access to water recreation.

Many people also visit Woodland to see the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Klager was a prolific breeder of lilacs. Her former home and gardens were saved in 1964 from being torn down to make room for industrial development.  The site is now maintained as a state and National Historic Landmark by the Lilac Society.

Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ in Woodland are located along the Lewis River or in lovely neighborhoods providing views of the Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River.

ViewHomes™ Market Report for Homes over $400K in Woodland/Kalama:

17 Active Listings – $400,000 to $1,790,000
Average SQFT – 3,998
Average $/SQFT – $201

2 Pending – $495,000 to $1,090,000
Average SQFT- 2,270
Average $/SQFT – $349

2 Sold in last 3 Mos – $539,000 to $799,000
Average SQFT – 3,698
Average $/SQFT – $181

Median Days on Market – 80. (Last month, Clark County DOM was 81.)

Buyer, begin your search for ViewHomes of Woodland here. 

Sellers, call us for a free market evaluation of your home’s value.

Filed under: Market Reports | News

Market Report – Waterfront Home Sales

Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond, waterfront homes 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. During summer months waterfront property is a great source of activity and escape from the heat.  During winter months, it can be a source of reflection and solace.

Buying or Selling Homes on Waterfront

While Clark County offers opportunities for waterfront living, the challenges of regulations, market demand, and a limited inventory have made this a limited, and specialized market. Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of 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.

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.

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ of Clark County on Waterfront

45 Active from $459,900 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT 3,513
Average $/SQFT $233

27 Pending from $417,500 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT 3,169
Average $/SQFT $200

38 Sold in past 3 months from $403,000 to $3,735,000
Average SQFT 3,476
Average $/SQFT $210

Median Days on Market: 46 days. Waterfront homes don’t last for long!

Looking for a waterfront property? Start your search here.

Have a home on the water you want to sell?  We specialize in selling homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Waterfront

Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

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

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

25 Active from $749,000 to $1,017,244
Average SQFT – 3,754

Average $/SQFT – $271

15 Pending from $420,000 to $1,700,000
AverageSQFT – 2,689
Average $/SQFT – $243

12 Sold in last 3 Months from $436,000 to $895,000
Average SQFT – 3,321
Average $/SQFT – $183

Average Days on Market was 57 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: News

Ridgefield, WA offers Nature as Neighbors

If you are looking for a home with a view, privacy, and surrounded by nature, then you should consider homes in Ridgefield, WA. Nature and recreation go well together 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!

Point of Interest: The Cathlapotle Plankhouse, built by more than 100 volunteers over 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:

16 Active Listings – $465,000 to $2,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,997
Average $/SQFT – $249

9 Pending – $429,000 to $1,150,000
Average SQFT- 3,099
Average $/SQFT – $231

11 Sold in last 3 Mos – $403,000 to $975,000
Average SQFT – 2,752
Average $/SQFT – $217

Median Days on Market – 63.  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. 

We specialize in view homes in Clark County that have large lots or acreage with “elbow room for the soul.” These homes are often well-suited for multigenerational 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 Vancouver that offers luxurious living, with separate guest quarters:

4712 NW Franklin St, Vancouver, WA 98663

This beautiful 1.68-acre,12,335 SQFT estate is truly one of a kind.  Luxurious features include a private and spacious master suite, 3 guest bedrooms, and 5 full baths.  Separate guest quarters with full kitchen, so there is plenty of room for family and visitors. Close to downtown in a walkable neighborhood.

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 Cascade Sothebys International

Filed under: News

Multigen Living is Changing the Housing Market

Multigenerational living, “multigen” for short, is on the rise in the U.S. It has long 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.

Finding a Multigen Home Requires 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 averages do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

54 Active Listings – $425,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,791
Average $/SQFT – $265

12 Pending – $459,900 to $3,100,000
Average SQFT- 4,604
Average $/SQFT – $258

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $420,000 to $1,650,000
Average SQFT – 3,699
Average $/SQFT – $180

Median Days on Market was 59 days – multigen homes don’t stay on the market very long! 

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!

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You Can Have Nature as Neighbors in Hockinson

Lately we’ve notice a reversal of the “downsizing trend” by empty nesters several years ago.  So what happened? The biggest reason we hear now is “Room for grandkids to come and visit!”  That 1800 SqFt single-level works fine for just the two of them, but add overnight visitors, and there is too much chaos and lack of privacy – especially with kids.

Many are also looking for homes in the country to enjoy the benefits of privacy and nature, but still be close to city amenities – easy access to shopping, services, and good schools. They miss the yard space with play area for the grand kids, gardening, and private outdoor relaxation. Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a great area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Hockinson especially 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.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

19 Active Listings – $439,000 to $1,795,000
Average SQFT – 3,702
Average $/SQFT – $197

7 Pending – $475,000 to $789,900
Average SQFT- 3,631
Average $/SQFT – $171

10 Sold in last 3 Mos – $417,000 to $1,486,687
Average SQFT – 3,444
Average $/SQFT – $190

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 in Hockinson here. 

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Camas View Homes With Nature As Neighbors

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.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

27 Active Listings –  $400,000 to $1,687,500
Average SQFT 3,877
Average $/SQFT $210

16 Pending Listings – $485,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT: 4,034
Average $/SQFT $234

29 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT 3,530
Average $/SQFT $205

Median Days on Market – 70 days.  View Homes in Camas move quickly!

If you are thinking about 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.

Filed under: Camas | Market Reports | News | View Homes

Homes For Sale – East Fork of the Lewis River

The East Fork of the Lewis River flows from Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the East through Clark County to the North Fork of the Lewis River. The two converge in Woodland, WA then flow into the mighty Columbia River. Unlike the North Fork, the East Fork is a fast, wild river, unobstructed by dams, earning a difficulty rating of 4 out of 6 for some runs. It provides native environments for steel head, salmon, and wildlife along its meandering course. We love it so much, we have owned property along the East Fork since 2004.

Several regional and state parks along the river offer hiking, swimming, white water and recreation opportunities to the public. Due to habitat restrictions and shoreline protections, building a private home along the East Fork has become a regulatory challenge.  This makes existing homes extremely popular if they are right on the river. As spring approaches, the market for waterfront properties throughout Clark County will jump, yet the market for East Fork properties is constant throughout the year.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ Along the East Fork:

6 Active Listings – $560,000 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT – 3,973
Average $/SQFT – $292

5 Pending – $400,000 to $675,000
Average SQFT – 2,893
Average $/SQFT – $174

12 Sold in last 12 Mos – $435,000 to $1,246,700
Average SQFT – 2,875
Average $/SQFT – $229

Median Days on Market was 13 days – homes along the East Fork do not last long!

 

Sellers, if you are thinking about selling your home along the East Fork – talk to the experts who know the river. Contact us for a free market analysis of your home’s value.
Buyer, if you are interested in finding a home or lot along the East Fork, give us a call.

Filed under: News | Waterfront

Views Homes in Felida, WA

Felida is a town in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River.  It’s name has an interesting history. 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.

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Offers Nature as Neighbors

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. It is a popular neighborhood spot, especially during their Happy Hour specials.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

21 Active Listings – $450,000 to $1,995,000
Average SQFT – 4,611
Average $/SQFT – $200

8 Pending – $425,000 to $1,625,000
Average SQFT – 4,020
Average $/SQFT – $204

12 Sold in last 3 Mos – $406,900 to $690,000
Average SQFT – 4,097
Average $/SQFT – $171

Median Days on Market was 66 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: Felida | Market Reports | News

Woodand WA – Gateway to Outdoor Recreation

Woodland, Washington is a fast-growing town about 20 miles north of Vancouver. It is also one of the oldest communities in the state of Washington. The city is technically in both Clark and Cowlitz counties, but most residents live in Cowlitz County where the majority of the city lies. Its location gives area residents easy access to recreational spots along the Lewis River and to Mount St. Helens. Buyers looking for homes in the area also consider Kalama, WA just 9 miles north.  Its location right on the Columbia and Kalama Rivers offers spectacular views and easy access to water recreation.

Many people also visit Woodland to see the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Klager was a prolific breeder of lilacs. Her former home and gardens were saved in 1964 from being torn down to make room for industrial development.  The site is now maintained as a state and National Historic Landmark by the Lilac Society.

Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ in Woodland are located along the Lewis River or in lovely neighborhoods providing views of the Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River.

ViewHomes™ Market Report for Homes over $400K in Woodland/Kalama:
(Note: these averages do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre property in Woodland.)

32 Active Listings – $419,500 to $1,790,000
Average SQFT – 3,643
Average $/SQFT – $205

6 Pending – $474,900 to $1,090,000
Average SQFT- 3,051
Average $/SQFT – $222

16 Sold in last 3 Mos – $425,000 to $700,000
Average SQFT – 3,447
Average $/SQFT – $176

Median Days on Market – 103. (A little higher than other areas – probably due to its remote location.)

Buyer, begin your search for ViewHomes of Woodland here. 

Sellers, call us for a free market evaluation of your home’s value.

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We have sold a number of homes located along the Washougal River Road in Washougal. It’s fair to say the river is one of our favorites in Clark County. The road begins near downtown Washougal and ends about sixteen and half miles at Dougan Falls, a destination point for camping and swimming.

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. Originating in the pristine forests of the Cascade Mountains, it runs undammed for 33 miles from the Pinchot National Forest into the Columbia River. This fast-flowing river offers many sections of whitewater, including stretches that are rated 4, 5, or 5+ (with 6 as the highest) on the International Scale of River Difficulty.

There are many destination points along the river. Dougan Falls, for example, is a popular spot featuring waterfalls that plunge up to 30 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: as with most public sites along the Washougal, you may need a Washington State Discover Pass,

The Washougal is known for excellent fishing: seasonal coho and chinook salmon, cutthroat trout, and year round  run of steelhead. To protect the wild run of steelhead and salmon, some areas are closed to fishing, and some areas are catch-and-release. Before heading out, it’s best to check the Washington State Fishing Regulations or call the local office of Fish and Wildlife.

Homes on Washougal River Road

If you’re interested in looking at homes for sale along Washougal River Road, we’d love to assist you. There are number of issues to be aware of including flood insurance, fishing regulations, and building restrictions.

The homes vary in architectural style, size, and condition. We appreciate the one-of-a-kind plans and know first-hand the pluses and minuses of those currently listed as active. Homes on the Washougal River give its residents nature as neighborhood and elbow room for the soul.™

Filed under: News | Washougal River

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:

39007 SE NICHOLS HILL RD, Washougal, WA

This beautiful 6-acre, 8,196 SQFT estate has panoramic river and city views. With a private and spacious master suite, 5 guest bedrooms, and outdoor living area, there is plenty of room for family and visitors.The outdoor living area has a built-in kitchen, fireplace and TV.  With a second garage, shop, and 2-bedroom caretaker quarters, this home is ready-made for multigen living.

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 RE/MAX Equity Group

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | Washougal

Views Homes in Felida, WA

Felida is a town in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River.  It’s name has an interesting history. 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.

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Offers Nature as Neighbors

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. It is a popular neighborhood spot, especially during their Happy Hour specials.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

18 Active Listings – $425,000 to $1,995,000
Average SQFT – 4,684
Average $/SQFT – $201

7 Pending – $619,000 to $1,625,000
Average SQFT – 3,724

19 Sold in last 3 Mos – $406,900 to $1,032,000
Average SQFT – 3,238
Average $/SQFT – $171

Median Days on Market was 60 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: Felida | News

Living On Waterfront With Nature As Neighbors

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. During summer months waterfront property is a great source of activity and escape from the heat.  During winter months, it can be a source of reflection and solace.

Buying or Selling Waterfront Requires Expertise

While Clark County offers opportunities for waterfront living, the challenges of regulations, market demand, and a limited inventory have made this a limited, and specialized market. Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of 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.

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.

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ of Clark County on Waterfront

45 Active from $419,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT 3,628
Average $/SQFT $233

23 Pending from $415,000 to $1,500,000
Average SQFT 3,522
Average $/SQFT $195

42 Sold in past 3 months from $405,000 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT 3,221
Average $/SQFT $229

Median Days on Market: 62 days. Homes on the water don’t last for long!

Looking for a waterfront property? Start your search here.

Have a home on the water you want to sell?  We specialize in selling homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Waterfront

(Bernie here, it’s my turn to talk about the Holiday season.) 

Over the past few weeks, you have probably taken note of Debb’s total obsession with the Christmas spirit – her touching stories of family getting together in warmly decorated homes sharing messages of peace and love, etc, etc. Puts you in the holiday mood, right? Me, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the holidays as much as the next guy. But I’ll bet the next guy hasn’t endured Hallmark Christmas Movies for weeks on end. Or the almost obsessive tick tick tick countdown from Halloween through Thanksgiving, which officially marks the start of the marathon. 

First, there is the endless procession of Christmas lights dragged out of storage – about half still work. (For some reason, storing perfectly good lights for a year seems to break them.) Then the treacherous ladder climb in the wind and cold to attach lights that will be taken down again in a few weeks. It’s all powered by a convoluted connection of timers, plug-ins, and extension cords that would make Clark Griswold proud. And send a building inspector into apoplectic shock.

Christmas Cord Mess

Next up is the The Annual Hunt for The Perfect Christmas Tree in which we trudge around in the rain,  sometimes ice and snow, sizing up every tree in the woods. After a two hours of chill and debate we usually go back to cut the first one we spied. (I have learned to never say “I told you so.”)

At this point, I turn most of the tree decorating responsibilities over to Debb,  and indulge in some libations. At some point, I will hang my prized gold Elvis ornament in some prominent spot. After it’s in place, my work is done.

When Christmas Eve finally rolls around I’ve forgotten most of my misery and  catch myself enjoying the festivities. So remember when you’re in the thick of it, and ready to book a ticket for one to a deserted island – where there is noholiday season – hang in there.  It’s worth it, just ask Debb.

Filed under: Events | Lifestyle | News

Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

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

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

32 Active from $465,000 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,829

Average $/SQFT – $244

9 Pending from $449,900 to $999,900
AverageSQFT – 3,447
Average $/SQFT – $183

15 Sold in last 3 Months from $416,000 to $775,000
Average SQFT – 2,687
Average $/SQFT – $204

Average Days on Market was 81 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 of Clark County that 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

1671 NW Juneau Ct, Camas WA

Complete, high-end remodel of an original Prune Hill home. Nearly 5,00 SQFT, located at the end of the private cul-de-sac, with amazing views of the city & valley. Wraparound deck to enjoy scenery from all over. Separate living quarters downstairs on one level with its own entrance – perfect for multigen living.

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: Camas | Lifestyle | News | View Homes

Nature As Neighbors – We Love Live Christmas Trees

As promised, as a follow up to our 2016 post about live trees in the Pacific Northwest, and specifically, Clark County, here is our 2017 Christmas Tree.

The twist this year is the light dusting of snow (flocking) on the branches. I really had to twist Bernie’s arm to get his approval since he is a traditionalist when it comes to trees.  The natural and uncultivated shape of this 9 foot Nordmann fir won him over.
2017 Nordmann

Other good news, the flocking material used by Joe’s Place Farms is non-toxic and fully biodegradable. Both were important considerations for us. We also wanted our live tree to look natural, so we asked for a light dusting, with most of the material concentrated on the ends of the branches.  We think it looks similar to one of our outdoor trees after a light snowfall.

Last night, we built a cozy fire and finished decorating. We are delighted with the results, and at night, this year’s Christmas tree positively glows. 

Here Are Some Great Articles About Live Christmas Trees

National Christmas Tree Association – How to Care For Your Farm-Grown Christmas Tree
Back Yard Boss – Caring For a Live Christmas Tree

Filed under: Lifestyle | Nature | News

View Homes in Brush Prairie / Hockinson

Lately we’ve notice a reversal of the “downsizing trend” by empty nesters several years ago.  So what happened? The biggest reason we hear now is “Room for grandkids to come and visit!”  That 1800 SqFt single-level works fine for just the two of them, but add overnight visitors, and there is too much chaos and lack of privacy – especially with kids.

Many are also looking for homes in the country to enjoy the benefits of privacy and nature, but still be close to city amenities – easy access to shopping, services, and good schools. They miss the yard space with play area for the grand kids, gardening, and private outdoor relaxation. Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a great area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Hockinson especially 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.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

22 Active Listings – $415,000 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT – 3,254
Average $/SQFT – $216

12 Pending – $469,900 to $849,900
Average SQFT- 3,501
Average $/SQFT – $171

18 Sold in last 3 Mos – $428,000 to $1,195,000
Average SQFT – 3,407
Average $/SQFT – $190

Median Days on Market – 58.  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. 

Filed under: News

Camas, WA is a Great Place to Own a Home Close to Nature

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.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

12 Active Listings –  $425,000 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 4,261
Average $/SQFT $256

6 Pending Listings – $400,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT: 2,600
Average $/SQFT $276

13 Sold in the last 3 months from  $410,000 to $2,400,000
Average SQFT 3,569
Average $/SQFT $207

Median Days on Market – 48 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.

Filed under: Camas | Market Reports | News

You Can Live in Washougal With “Nature as Neighbors”

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

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

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

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

Average $/SQFT – $242

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

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

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

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

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

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Washougal

Ridgefield, WA offers Nature as Neighbors and View Homes

Are you looking for a home with a view, privacy, and surrounded by nature?  Then 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:

21 Active Listings – $448,900 to $2,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,691
Average $/SQFT – $257

9 Pending – $449,900 to $874,900
Average SQFT- 3,199
Average $/SQFT – $216

29 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $1,315,000
Average SQFT – 3,378
Average $/SQFT – $205

Median Days on Market – 24.  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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An Ode to Chimney Sweeps

Up where the smoke is All billered and curled
‘Tween pavement and stars Is the chimney sweep world

We are so excited with our gift for each other this year. It’s a beautiful cast iron Vermont Castings wood stove in a soft creamy white. Bernie even managed to sell our old wood stove for a surprising sum of money. I guess those who love the Quadra Fire brand have a real affinity for the old stoves. Granted it was a good heat source, but too much for our living space. It nearly cooked us out of the room at times.

The new stove is better suited for our Great Room space and even comes with a spark screen for fireplace-like viewing when the doors are open, or removed. Ambiance baby. As stewards of nature and the planet, we are also thrilled that it’s made from 100% recycled materials and production processes that utilize renewable energy. In addition, it’s clean burning so we won’t be adding as much pollution to the air.

Once the buyers of the old stove removed it from our hearth, we had Matchbox Chimney Sweeps come to make sure things were in order for the new stove, and the new burn season. We are so happy we found Matchbox, they do a thorough job.  In addition to cleaning out any creosote, he gave us some burning tips for preventing future buildup.

  1. Avoid burning low and smoldering fires.
  2. Only burn firewood that is dry and has cured at LEAST 12 months.
  3. Burn smaller fuel loads and larger air settings are key. ( Hotter fires)

We were familiar with the first two, but like many owners of wood stoves we load up our stove at night and tamp down the air. The idea, keep a low smoldering fire burning until morning. The problem is that when warm smoke meets a cool chimney, it creates the creosote that can cause chimney fires. Without regular proper cleaning, the creosote builds up in layers eventually glazing the inside of the chimney. Once it gets to this stage, it’s a bit more challenging to remove.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | People | View Homes

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; 

Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree. 

I shall smile when wreaths of snow Blossom where the rose should grow; 

I shall sing when night’s decay Ushers in a drearier day. Fall, leaves, fall

                                                                                             -Emily Brontë

The leaves are piling up in many Clark County yards and blowing onto our streets. Leaf-clogged storm drains and plugged culverts often lead to flooding. Therefore, officials remind residents that raking, sweeping, or blowing leaves onto county roads violates code and constitutes littering.


To help with the problem, Clark County and the city of Vancouver offer disposal coupons that allow residents to drop off up to 5 cubic yards of leaves ( for free ) at one of four locations. The program runs from October 1 through December 31, 2017.

City Bark, 2419 N.E. Andresen Road, (360) 253-8461. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in October; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November and December. Check in advance for holiday hours.

• H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., (360) 892-2805. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in October; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday in November and December; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Check in advance for holiday hours.

• Triangle Resources, 812 S.E. Union St., Camas, (360) 834-7253. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check in advance for holiday hours.

• West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, (360) 737-1727. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Check in advance for holiday hours.

Leaves must be emptied from bags at the disposal sites. Free disposal is for leaves only. Regular disposal fees apply to other yard debris and mixed loads.

Please remember to cover your loads before driving to one of the four disposal sites.

Other disposal options include applying leaves as winter mulch or using yard debris collection carts available from Waste Connections of Washington.

You can print your leaf disposal coupon here.

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MultiGen Living is On The Rise in U.S.

Multigenerational living, “multigen” for short, is on the rise in the U.S. It has long 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

61 Active Listings – $410,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,748
Average $/SQFT – $251

17 Pending – $425,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 3,544
Average $/SQFT – $190

43 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,450,000
Average SQFT – 4,294
Average $/SQFT – $203

Median Days on Market was 25 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!

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | People

View Homes in Brush Prairie / Hockinson

Lately we’ve notice a reversal of the “downsizing trend” by empty nesters several years ago.  So what happened? The biggest reason we hear now is “Room for grandkids to come and visit!”  That 1800 SqFt single-level works fine for just the two of them, but add overnight visitors, and there is too much chaos and lack of privacy – especially with kids.

Many are also looking for homes in the country to enjoy the benefits of privacy and nature, but still be close to city amenities – easy access to shopping, services, and good schools. They miss the yard space with play area for the grand kids, gardening, and private outdoor relaxation. Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a great area where we regularly find homes that meet this criteria.

Hockinson especially 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.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

22 Active Listings – $439,950 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT – 3,548
Average $/SQFT – $191

11 Pending – $469,900 to $1,149,000
Average SQFT- 3,133
Average $/SQFT – $207

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $425,000 to $1,195,000
Average SQFT – 3,460
Average $/SQFT – $180

Median Days on Market – 20.  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. 

Homes With Views in Felida, WA

Felida is a town in Clark County, WA that lies northwest of downtown Vancouver along the Columbia River.  It’s name has an interesting history. 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™ in Felida:

29 Active Listings – $440,000 to $2,199,000
Average SQFT – 4,080

Average $/SQFT – $195

11 Pending – $435,000 to $1,625,000
Average SQFT – 3,418
Average $/SQFT – $202

21 Sold in last 3 Mos – $405,000 to $1,700,000
Average SQFT – 3,409
Average $/SQFT – $190

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.

Camas, WA is a Great Place to Own a Home Close to Nature

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.

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

17 Active Listings –  $410,000 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 4,288
Average $/SQFT $217

6 Pending Listings – $400,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT: 3,850
Average $/SQFT $229

20 Sold in the last 3 months from  $410,000 to $2,400,000
Average SQFT 3,423
Average $/SQFT $202

Median Days on Market – 10 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.

Filed under: Camas | News | View Homes | Views

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.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News

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.

 

 

Filed under: Lifestyle | News

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.

Filed under: Felida | Market Reports | Nature | News | Views

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!

Filed under: Market Reports | News

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. 

Filed under: News

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.

Filed under: Camas | News

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: Felida | 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

Filed under: Lifestyle | News

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: Camas | 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

Filed under: Camas | Lifestyle | News

More Families Are Buying MultiGen Homes

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.

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

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. 

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

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

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

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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. 

Filed under: Market Reports | Nature | News

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.

Filed under: News | View Homes | Waterfront

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.

Filed under: Camas | Nature | News | View Homes | Views

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.

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!

Filed under: Camas | Lifestyle | Nature | News | View Homes | Views

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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