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Livingston Mountain Homes

Livingston Mountain Homes. The Livingston Mountain area rests on an impressive hillside just north of Camas city limits. It features beautiful homes with stunning views.  Plus, many homes sit on large parcels 5 acres or more, and nearly all have city, mountain, and valley views that stretch for miles. The area offers a mix of newer and older homes with high end finishes, and access to hiking, equestrian trails, and sightings of wildlife. Local residents enjoy easy access to nature in the forests that surround the area. Plus, multigen families will find lots of room for individual privacy and separate living quarters.

Livingston Mountain – Camas School District

Livingston Mountain homes for sale are within the very desirable Camas School District. Lacamas Heights is the elementary school, Liberty and Camas are the middle school and high school. Students regularly score well above the state-wide standard assessment. If you like the ruggedness of an alpine locale, with panoramic views, and all the amenities of luxury homes, take a look at the Livingston Mountain area. Here is a summary of home sales for June.
7 Active from 515,000 to $929,000 Average SQFT – 3,614 Average $/SQFT – $192 6 Pending from $490,000 to $699,000 Average SQFT – 3,331 Average $/SQFT – $186 12 Sold in last 3 Months from $439,900 to $1,199,500 Average SQFT – 3,369 Average $/SQFT – $178 Median Days on Market was 70 days.
Buyers, if you would like more information about home sales on Livingston Mountain, start your search here. Sellers, if you want to know what your home is worth, ask us for a free Market Analysis.
Filed under: Camas | Lifestyles | Nature

Waterfront Homes for SaleWaterfront Property Clark County

Waterfront homes for sale in Clark County, WA have a built-in natural asset. Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond. Some buyers 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 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. Looking for waterfront homes in Clark County?  It helps to know the market. Here is a brief Market Report for Waterfront Homes over $300,000. (We normally start our reports at $400,000, but this month had to include this artfully restored craftsman cabin on the Washougal River for $319,000.)
76 Active from $319,000 to $2,500,000 Average SQFT – 3,443 Average $/SQFT – $224 36 Pending from $309,900 to $2,100,000 Average SQFT – 2,703 Average $/SQFT – $227 68 Sold in last 3 Months from $307,000 to $2,300,000 Average SQFT – 3,269 Average $/SQFT – $200 Median Days on Market was 22 days – waterfront homes sell very quickly!
Also note: These averages do not include a fantastic waterfront property in Camas, WA listed for $13,500,000. The Annual Increase in Sales Price is a comparison with average prices this time last year. Check out our recent article about how these percentage changes are trending in a downward slope. This is not to say the market is cooling overall, just that the increase in prices has stabilized and will probably level off this year. Yet, even with prices cooling, waterfront homes are holding their values quite well. If you are interested in waterfront homes in Clark County WA, give us a call. We have a lot of experience with waterfront and recreational property.

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! 

Filed under: Lifestyles | Nature | News

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel

 

Kitchen Remodel

Life is busy at our Multi-Gen house with the kitchen remodel update in full swing. Right now, it’s chaos central. Naturally, the biggest headache is trying to cook and clean up. But a Weber grill with a side burner is getting a lot of use. And a utility sink in the garage works well for washing pots, pans, and dishes.

 

My sis and her husband, who live on another level of our home, offered to let us use their kitchen. But, honestly, carrying things up and down the stairs would just add to the workload. Plus, it would be pretty crowded with all of us cooking different meals – especially at the same time.

 

Mom, who lives with us, is a good sport about the remodel and is getting used to the “glamping” aspect of the ordeal. Her morning oatmeal is made in the microwave and we try make sure we still have her favorite foods around. It requires thought, prep, and planning. So far, so good.

What’s up with the Blazers?

 

Plus, mom is a big Portland Trail Blazers fan and has been pretty distracted with her job as their number one cheerleader.  She’s even been wearing her team jersey to her Silver Sneakers classes – we’re sorry they’ve lost the last 3 games, but we also respect and admire the Golden State Warriors.  May the best team win.

 

Patience is a virtue.

 

Back to the kitchen. Hopefully in a few days, we’ll be able to test out the new double ovens. However, installing the new gas stove, the farmhouse sink, and the dishwasher will have to wait until the counter tops are in place. Since the counter fabricators are booked until May 30th, it will be at least a month before we get our new quartz counters.

 

We’ve been warned, remodeling is an endeavor in patience, and it certainly is. , but we know the end result will be worth the hassles. Tonight, we’re taking a break and having take-out. Woohoo! Happy Sunday.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling Overload – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Want to learn more about multigen households and surviving a remodel?  Contact us, we’ll offer some tips.

Camas Home Sales With Nature as Neighbors

Camas Home SalesCamas home sales have picked up in the last year. Although one of the oldest towns in the region, it has been discovered as the next “new” place for buyers. Many are relocating from out of state – or just across the river from Portland. And it’s no wonder.  Here, you can find a home close to nature, but also close to city amenities and services. Without the traffic jams!

Although there are many new homes coming on the market, older homes tend to have larger lots and more room for a growing family, live-in relatives, or visiting friends. Add a view, and you can have a wonderful home with “Nature as Neighbors”.

Likewise, you are 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 you love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate your soul.

Here is the May Market Report for Camas Home Sales:

44 Active Listings – $434,800 to $2,950,000
Average SQFT – 4,082
Average $/SQFT – $273

21 Pending – $425,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT- 3,622
Average $/SQFT – $216

37 Sold in last 3 Mos – $420,000 to $925,000
Average SQFT – 3,511
Average $/SQFT – $184

Median Days on Market was 32 days – down from 44 days in April.  The Camas market is heating up! 

(Note: Report is for view homes priced $400,000 and above, and averages do not include a spectacular $13,500,000 55-acre lake-side property on Leadbetter.)

If you are a buyer interested in a home in Camas, give us a call.

Or start your search here.

Filed under: Camas | Market Reports
Multigen Home Sales

Multigenerational Homes Are An Evolving Market

Multigenerational home sales are an evolving niche in the real estate market. This is true in Clark County WA as well. “Multigen” is where two or more generations decide to move back in together. There are many advantages, financial and emotional. Often elderly parents move in with their adult children. This is much more desirable than a nursing home, or an independent living facility, which can be very costly. Sometimes grandparents are capable of share in child-rearing responsibilities. Everyone benefits from this arrangement. Since we live in a multigen household, we specialize in finding and selling those types of homes. Our multigen homes are located on acreage or large lots. They have “elbow room for the soul”, which provides lots of room & privacy. According to the most recent 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 homes in the U.S. are now multigen. Because of this trend, multigen homes will continue to be popular. Likewise, it is a good way to address caring for the elderly in a rapidly aging population.

Work With Multigenerational Home Sales Experts

Working with multigen clients can pose some challenges. In spite of the demand for multigen homes, separate living quarters are not a common feature. So you often end up finding homes that are not quite set up with separate quarters, but could be. Here, it takes some some ingenuity to imagine how a home can accommodate all family members. From our own experience of upgrading an existing home to multigen, we can identify those homes best suited for modifications. If your family is considering a multigen home, it’s important to know the market. Here is a brief Market Report for Multigen Homes in Clark County WA: 102 Active Listings – $415,000 to $4,200,000 Average SQFT – 4,036 Average $/SQFT – $229 48 Pending – $449,000 to $1,445,000 Average SQFT- 3,681 Average $/SQFT – $183 46 Sold in last 3 Mos – $427,000 to $2,400,000 Average SQFT – 3,874 Average $/SQFT – $196 Median Days on Market was 57 days – up from 44 days in April.  But with limited inventory, 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)

Interested in multigenerational home sales?

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!

What can we learn from Nature? 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.”

What Can We Learn From Nature?

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.

Filed under: Events | Gardening | Nature | News | People

Pruning Fruit Trees in Clark County, Washington

 

Spring is almost here and, if you live in the country, you might be thinking about pruning those fruit trees in your yard. Growing fruit trees is not a passive activity – especially on rural property where you often find lots of them. They actually require year-round attention for optimum health and better fruit production. 

Obvious chores include watering and fertilizing during spring and summer. But trees also require attention during the winter, even though they are mostly dormant for that season.  In fact, late winter is the ideal time for pruning and spraying – hence the term “dormant” oil for the type of spray used.

Pruning May Seem Counterintuitive

Cutting off branches from a healthy tree might seem counterintuitive. But careful pruning removes unproductive branches and shapes the tree to produce healthier fruit. After pruning, we spray a light mineral oil that is compatible with organic gardening – no fungicide or herbicide.  The oil coats the branches and seals it from mites and other bugs that might show up during the spring bloom. 

For ideal conditions, trees should be dry with no foreseeable precipitation for at least 24 hours. Likewise, ideal temps should be close to freezing.  Although in some areas, you may be able to prune as late as April as long as the trees have not sprouted leaf buds.

This past winter was a real challenge because it was so wet. Our continuous days of snow and freezing rain made it nearly impossible to get out and take care of the trees.  Finally, with dry weather and temperatures still below 40, we found a perfect day in March. 

Shaping The Tree For Better Fruit

While pruning is not that hard with the right tools, it helps to know what you want to accomplish with the trimming. A fruit tree continues to grow throughout the year, producing new shoots from its limbs.  Unless these shoots have fruit buds, they need to be pruned off. Otherwise, they divert nourishment from the branches that have fruit. Pruning helps direct the nutrients from the tree trunk to branches with fruit.

Likewise, the shape of the tree can determine how productive and healthy the harvest will be.  There are several schools of thought about this, but we prefer to prune the center lead (trunk) out. This helps the outer branches spread out and grow into an umbrella shape. The open center allows more air circulation and sunlight into the remaining branches, which helps blooming. This approach also makes it easier to harvest – as the outer branches bear fruit, they tend to bend down, making it easier to reach.  Proper pruning can help shape a tree into ideal production.

Sometimes Major Pruning is Necessary

You will often see a mature fruit trees laden with fruit at the very top branches. This makes the fruit nearly inaccessible when the tree hasn’t been pruned regularly.  We had a few mature trees on our property when we moved in four years ago.  They were overgrown with misshapen branches that criss-crossed inside the canopy. This not only creates a tangled mess, it also invites bugs and disease.  And, of course, the harvest was lacking.

So, two winters ago, we did a dramatic pruning that cut back many of the thick, older branches, and opened up the centers.  It is a scary proposition and, again, counterintuitive because it looks like the tree will die from all that major surgery.  Plus, trees often appear to “suffer” because they will skip a year in production as they recover.  However, after a major pruning, trees usually bounce back, and are healthier for it.

Proper Pruning Fruit Trees

And that was the case with our trees – there were no apples last summer. But spring weather has brought tons of flowering fruit buds, and the trees are thriving.  Plus, this summer, as the lower branches fill out, the fruit will be a lot easier to reach. Next winter, we will able to return to light pruning.

So don’t be afraid to trim your trees after you’ve determined how you want them to look. Regular pruning and dormant spray will keep them healthy and producing for years.

If you’d like to hear more about life in the country, with Nature as Neighbors, write or give us a call.

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! 

Filed under: Lifestyles | Nature | News

Top 10 Features Buyers Want

As we enter the 2022 home buying season, it is important to know what buyers say they want in a home.  The National Association of Home Builders survey for 2022 is not out, yet, last year’s survey is helpful. One of the key findings is that the majority of home buyers in the study (67%) report the pandemic has not impacted what they want. Yet, there was a slight increase in the desired size of the home – implying that spending more time at home creates a desire for a little more elbow room.

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.

“Survey Says!”

The survey reveals some features are not surprises – energy efficiency shows up (explicitly or implied) as four of the top 10 items. But, surprisingly, laundry rooms continue 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

Top 10 Features Byers Want

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.

Filed under: Market Reports | News

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.

Filed under: Nature | News

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!

Filed under: News

Nature as Neighbors – Waterfront Property

As Spring approaches, we all spend more time in the great outdoors – especially on the water. Some folks want easy access to boating and active water sports, while others just want a peaceful place to enjoy the relaxed, meditative environment. Water activities here are so popular, many buyers decide they want to live year-round on a river, bay, creek or pond.  Whatever venue they choose, waterfront homes have a built-in natural asset that provides years of enjoyment and adds greatly to its resale value.

Buying or Selling Homes on Waterfront

While Clark County offers many 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 knows this market well.

ViewHomes™ of Clark County Market Report* for Waterfront Homes:

75 Active from $400,000 to $2,100,000
Average SQFT 3,508
Average $/SQFT $217

27 Pending from $400,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 2,678
Average $/SQFT $241

43 Sold in past 3 months from $409,000 to $2,430,750
Average SQFT 3,384
Average $/SQFT $209

(Averages do not include the 55-acre parcel on Lacamas Lake for $13,500,000.)

Median Days on Market: 64 days.  This is down a bit from 87 DOM in February – these properties will start heating up as the weather gets better!

*Focusing on homes priced $400,000 and above

 

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

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.

Filed under: Lifestyle | News | View Homes

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

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 | Views

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. 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 is likely to continue as one way to address caring for the elderly in a rapidly aging population.

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.

Here is the ViewHomes™ Market Report for homes suitable for multigen living:

Market Report for ViewHomes™ With MultiGen Features

76 Active Listings – $400,000 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 4,413
Average $/SQFT – $223

32 Pending – $409,900 to $2,495,000
Average SQFT- 3,800
Average $/SQFT – $194

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)

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!

Waterfront Homes Offer Nature as Neighbors

It may seem counterintuitive to talk about waterfront properties during a blustery winter, but it’s actually a great time to consider that lifestyle. We naturally think about being around water during a hot spell in summer – swimming, boating and action sports.  In contrast, winter’s chilly calm can offer us meditative solitude along a peaceful waterfront. Studies indicate that being close to water improves our mental health and well-being. So, basically, every season is a good season to consider waterfront property.

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.

ViewHomes™ of Clark County Market Report* for Waterfront Homes:

72 Active from $400,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 3,437
Average $/SQFT $226

24 Pending from $409,900 to $2,495,000
Average SQFT 2,664
Average $/SQFT $240

50 Sold in past 3 months from $409,000 to $2,430,750
Average SQFT 3,233
Average $/SQFT $201

Median Days on Market: 87 days.  This is up quite a bit from 33 DOM last July – it might be a good time to make an offer!

*Focusing on homes priced $400,000 and above

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.”

The Value of a 3-car Garage

Many of our ViewHomes of Clark County buyers prefer a home with a 3-bay garage. The reasons vary, but the bottom line is needed space. And as the photo shows, the single car garage in Barbie’s Dream House ( a gift for my granddaughter’s upcoming 4th birthday) is already full.

One parked puppy, and suddenly there’s no room for Barbie’s signature pink convertible. Not to mention her SUV, or Ken’s motorcycle. Barbie is an active woman too. Where will she store her camping gear, skis, bikes, jet-ski, and scuba equipment?

Why a 3-Car Garage – Let us Count the Whys

Here are some of the most common reasons we hear from buyers seeking a 3-car garage. And, what we see in garages when previewing ViewHomes™ prior to listing.

Better fit for Larger Cars and SUVs

A third car

Lawn Mowers, pressure washers, etc.

Boats of all kind

Motorcycles

Bikes and other sporting gear

Hobby space

Office

Workshop

Gym

Storage space

Bar and pool table

Potting shed – gardening space

Raising Puppies!

We completely understand the added value of a home with a 3-bay garage. The cost difference when purchasing a home with a 2 car and 3 car garage will vary, but generally speaking, it can a lot of value. For example, in Camas, Washington, a home with a 3-car garage sells for about 8% more than one with a 2-car garage.

In our opinion, the added value is also about preferences and perceptions. Given the current preference for having 3 bays, it makes sense to have a home with the amenities that are most desirable. CC&Rs ( Covenants, conditions, and restrictions), or zoning restrictions might prohibit building a shed, or another type of outbuilding for extra storage space.

Keep in mind though, if the first impression of the house is garage-centric, the curb appeal can be greatly reduced – and perhaps, the value. Oh look, it’s a garage with a house attached! We’ve all seen them.

In more rural areas, where homes tend to be older, many properties have decent sized 2-car garages, with various outbuildings. Zoning often makes it possible to add sheds, RV garages, shops, and barns to make up for any loss associated with the lack of a 3rd bay.

If you’re interested in listing your home with a 3-car garage in Clark County, we know how to price it fairly, and  market it to the right demographic. Buyers, we know where to find the view homes with 3 car-garages, and other options to suit your specific needs.  Call us today, we’d love to help.

 

Begin your search here for homes with 3-car garages in Camas.

Filed under: Lifestyles | View Homes

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.

Filed under: News

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 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 ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

28 Active Listings – $489,900 to $1,496,000
Average SQFT – 4,004
Average $/SQFT – $208

8 Pending – $525,000 to $909,551
Average SQFT- 2,882
Average $/SQFT – $251

13 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $775,000
Average SQFT – 3,228
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market – 87.  

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: Brush Prairie | Hockinson

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

Multigen Homes with Nature as Neighbors

Our firm specializes in view homes on acreage with “elbow room for the soul”. It is no coincidence that many of those homes are also well-suited for multigenerational living.

Sometimes they come with separate living quarters, sometimes they need to be modified. We live in a multigen home, so we get it!  We know how to find homes suited for this lifestyle.

Here is the ViewHomes™ Market Report for homes suitable for MultiGen living:

Market Report for ViewHomes™ With MultiGen Features

87 Active Listings – $400,000 to $4,200,000
Average SQFT – 4,314
Average $/SQFT – $222

36 Pending – $409,900 to $2,200,000
Average SQFT- 3,488
Average $/SQFT – $194

67 Sold in last 3 Mos – $407,290 to $2,430,750
Average SQFT – 3,390
Average $/SQFT – $189

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

Median Days on Market was 62 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!