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Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ of Clark County™ are located on Livingston Mountain in Camas.This area features a variety of homes on larger parcels of land and many have great views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.

The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia River. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites.  Livingston Mountain is in the highly desirable Camas School District.

Residents of the neighborhoods located on Livingston Estates literally have “Nature As Neighbors, and it has other unique characteristics not found in many neighborhoods. How about a multi-gen home with an indoor swimming pool and fantastic views? Yep, we sold one there recently.  So, if you’re looking for a home, or have a home you want to sell, you will be better served by someone who really knows the area well – as we do.

Market Snapshot for Livingston Mountain

9 Active Listings  from $509,000 to $2,250,000
Average Square Feet 4,754
Average $/SQFT $222

1 Pending listed for $409,900 at $201/SQFT

7 Sold in Past 3 Months from $465,000 to $1,090,000
Average Square Feet 3,974
Average $/SqFt $184

Median Days on Market 33

These numbers show that there are a limited number of homes available for that area, and they are selling fast.

Begin your search here for properties on large parcels of land in, or around, Livingston Mountain. 

Or Call Us – we know the area and can help you buy or sell a home in Livingston Mountain.

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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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We have been getting more requests for 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.

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.  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:

74 Active Listings – $450,000 to $23,500,000
Average SqFt – 4,974

Average $/SqFt – $277

17 Pending – $450,000 to $1,295,000
Average SqFT – 3,577
Average $/SqFt – $202

41 Sold in last 3 Mos – $460,000 to $6,500,000
Average SqFt – 4,222
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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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’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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Homes with Nature As Neighbors in Camas

Homes on a bit of land not only give you more privacy, they often provide a connection to the harmony of nature. It’s an important connection that calms our brains and soothes our souls. Many of these acreage-homes in Camas have excellent views of the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.

Living with Nature is Beneficial

When we get closer to nature, in the deep wilderness, or sitting under a backyard tree, our overstressed brains can take a breather. Scientist David Strayer specializes in research aimed at how nature affects our brains and bodies. He claims nature does indeed have healing powers. Research in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a substantial impact on stress and anxiety.

Perhaps that’s why we also gave up our more urban lifestyle and moved to an acreage home above Camas/Washougal. It’s been nearly a year in our new setting – and our multi-generational family members can all attest to the beneficial aspects of living with Nature As Neighbors.™

ViewHomes for Sale in Camas WA

51 Active Homes – Average List price $960,000

11 Pending – Average List price $750,000

31 Sold ( Within 6 months) Average Sold price $650,000

Days on Market  48-76

Sales price to List price  96.38%

If you’re interested in learning more about properties with land, and the lifestyle in Camas, Washington, we’d love to help. We specialize in ViewHomes ™- houses with land, family estates, and multi-generational homes. The common denominator? Our sellers and buyers feel that privacy is the ultimate luxury. We call it “elbow room for the soul.” ™

Begin your search now at NatureAsNeighbors.com

Our Featured Camas Listing has it all – and a great location just a mile from Downtown Camas. Be sure to call today for a private tour.

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