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This 1.17 acre parcel is waiting for your plans. Build a large estate, or three homes, your choice. Enjoy the views of the valley, city lights, and Columbia River,

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Welcome to a magnificent spot called McIntosh Ridge in Camas, WA. This is a .57 acre parcel with stunning views. You can live in the small cottage while you build, or perhaps use it for a guest house.

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Come take a quick video tour of this remarkable opportunity to purchase this European inspired home on nearly one acre. The nearly 6 thousand SF home has stunning views of the Columbia River, Portland hills, and at night, the city lights.

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View Homes of the Columbia River – A Natural Beauty To Behold

The Columbia River, the largest in the Pacific Northwest, is a mighty force that literally shaped the face of the region. From shipping and power generation to fishing and water sports, residents of the area have enjoyed its commercial and recreational value for centuries. The hilly topography of Southwest Washington provides many homes the opportunity for magnificent view of this expansive beauty. Located right on the river, Camas is uniquely positioned to offer panoramic views of the Columbia. From Prune Hill to Rivershore, homes with Columbia River views are particularly valued for their spectacular vistas.

We are currently marketing several properties with views of the Columbia, and it never fails to astound us every time we show them. This area is truly fortunate to have such a treasured masterpiece of nature right here to behold.

Market Report for Camas Homes with Views of the Columbia River

7 Active from $649,900 to $1,495,000
Average SQFT 3,493
Average $/SQFT $251

No Pending Sales At This Time

13 Sold in past 6 months from $412,400 to $924,900
Average SQFT 3,331
Average $/SQFT $178

Median Days on Market: 60 days. Homes with views of the Columbia River don’t last for long!

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County with Nature As Neighbors and elbow room for the soul. Why not experience the many healthy benefits of a connection to nature at home too? Exactly. Contact us today.

Filed under: Camas | View Homes | Views

Waterfront Home Sales Waterfront homes have a built-in natural asset many buyers want. Find your waterfront property here.

Woodand WA – Gateway to Outdoor Recreation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buyer, begin your search for ViewHomes of Woodland here. 

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

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

Washougal River

Among the many bodies of water in this region, the Washougal River is an especially prized waterway for recreation, boating, fishing, and peaceful living. Originating in the pristine forests of the Cascade Mountains, it runs undammed for 33 miles from the Pinchot National Forest into the Columbia River. This fast-flowing river offers many sections of whitewater, including stretches that are rated 4, 5, or 5+ (with 6 as the highest) on the International Scale of River Difficulty.

There are many destination points along the river. Dougan Falls, for example, is a popular spot featuring waterfalls that plunge up to 30 feet into a narrow trough that widens into a massive, deep pool. This location is ideal for swimming on a hot summer day, Get there early as parking is limited. Note: as with most public sites along the Washougal, you may need a Washington State Discover Pass,

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

Homes on Washougal River Road

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

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

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We sell ViewHomes™ and multigenerational homes in Clark County, WA. They are properties located on larger parcels which provide more privacy. A majority of our clients are baby boomers. They are looking for a home that gives them plenty of room for visiting ( or live-in) family members and a place to relax. They recognize the important and rejuvenating qualities of living with soothing views amidst natural settings.

We too are baby-boomers, it’s likely no coincidence that we also live in a Viewhome™ and a Multi-generational home at that. We mirror many of our clients in that we have a great respect for the environment, and recognize the importance of good health habits, such as eating organic foods and getting regular exercise. We really don’t consider ourselves old. In fact, there is no way we’d ever call ourselves Senior Citizens. Would you?

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We specialize in view homes in Clark County that have large lots or acreage with “elbow room for the soul.” Those homes are often well-suited for multigenerational (multigen) living – separate living quarters to share with family or extended family. Since we live in a multigen household, we are always on the lookout for homes that can meet that growing market demand.
This week we feature a home in Washougal that offers multigen living:

39007 SE NICHOLS HILL RD, Washougal, WA

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

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

Sellers: If you have a home that has multigen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

Listing Courtesy RE/MAX Equity Group

Multigen Living is Changing the Housing Market

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

Finding a Multigen Home Requires Expertise

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

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000 (Note: these averages do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

52 Active Listings – $425,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,740
Average $/SQFT – $266

12 Pending – $425,000 to $1,320,000
Average SQFT- 3,369
Average $/SQFT – $171

24 Sold in last 3 Mos – $420,000 to $2,240,000
Average SQFT – 3,759
Average $/SQFT – $204

Median Days on Market was 49 days – multigen homes don’t stay on the market long! 

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

Sellers:
If you have a home that has multigen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

Filed under: MultiGen Homes

Filed under: Lifestyle | Nature | View Homes

You Can Have Nature as Neighbors in Hockinson

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

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

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

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

13 Active Listings – $439,000 to $900,000
Average SQFT – 3,542
Average $/SQFT – $178

7 Pending – $550,000 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT- 3,910
Average $/SQFT – $199

15 Sold in last 3 Mos – $417,000 to $1,069,488
Average SQFT – 3,081
Average $/SQFT – $195

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

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

Filed under: Market Reports | View Homes

The Summit at Autumn Hills 

We enjoy selling and showing homes in The Summit at Autumn Hills neighborhood on Livingston Mountain. It’s one of our favorite neighborhoods to call home in Camas. It’s no wonder too. The Summit is surrounded by towering pines, alders, and wildlife. A true destination for the “Nature as Neighbors™” lifestyle.

Residents claim they get more days of sunshine, thanks to the higher elevation. And if you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, this neighborhood has a far greater chance of seeing that happen. While we can’t guarantee it, three Christmas’ out of last three years did have measurable snow on the ground.

The gated community is comprised of custom-homes on large 5-acre parcels, many with stunning views of the valley, mountains, and Portland city lights. The Summit at Autumn Hills is about 12 minutes from shopping and services and about 25 minutes from Portland International Airport. Children attend the highly rated Camas School District.

A network of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding are managed by the neighborhood Homeowners Association. Speaking of the HOA, there are Bylaws, Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, as well as, Architectural Controls and Guidelines designed to ensure community values are maintained. Dues are $800 a year.

Sales Activity 

There is currently one home listed for Sale in The Summit: It’s a 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home built in 1997. It needs some updates but has excellent bones. It’s priced at $1,125,000. It’s vacant and easy to show. Call us if you’d like a tour. 

There is one Pending at $1,299,000. We won’t know the final pricing until it’s closed.

There have been 7 Solds within the last six months:  They are priced from a low of $625,000 to a high of $1,250,000. As with most properties, final pricing often reflects the condition/age of the home. 

The Bottom Line

We agree with our clients, the ultimate luxury is having “elbow room for the soul™.” It’s the reason we specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County. If theNature As Neighbors lifestyle appeals to you, call us today to discuss your goals. A home in the Summit at Autumn Hills on Livingston Mountain might be just what you’re looking for…

Filed under: Market Reports | View Homes

One of our favorite trails in the Camas area is Lacamas Heritage Trail. The path is lined with towering evergreens, deciduous trees, and plenty of underbrush as it winds its way along Lacamas Creek and Lacamas Lake. The views are ever-changing too, depending upon the time of day, weather, or the season.

It’s a great trail for spotting wildlife. We’ve seen everything from deer to bobcats, geese, and great blue heron. The sightings add to the enjoyable experience of connecting with Nature. And by now, we all know how beneficial it is to take some time outdoors to soak up soothing views. It’s good for what ails you. 

We tend to use to the trail for exercise, therefore, we either run or walk it at a face pace. Our white Golden Retriever, Mac is usually with us too. There are doggy bag dispensers at both ends of the trail head, so there’s no excuse to leave any dog doo behind for someone else to discover. Rude!

Spring is an especially lovely time to be on the Lacamas Heritage Trail. Colorful wildflowers spring forth from the moss and ferns growing in the dappled sunlight under the canopy of the old growth forest. Berries and blossoms dot shrubs and vines creating food and habitat for birds. Small streams and waterfalls bubble happily, full from seasonal rains.

In the Fall, an annual cleanup ensures that the lake stays free of litter. Each year, the water level is lowered dramatically to allow for dam maintenance. That’s when volunteers converge to take advantage of the ability to get to exposed sections of lake bottom for picking up debris. There’s even a contest with prizes for the most unusual, and the most litter hauled out of the lake.

We hit the trail year round, admittedly not as often during the winter months. Although, we’ve sure enjoyed some beautiful walks after a fresh snowfall. In the summer months, we try to go early in the day, before the heat. It’s fun to see the early morning water activity; we often spot people water skiing, SUP boarding, kayaking, and fishermen hoping for a bite.

We’re lucky to be able to access the trail within a short drive from our home. It’s just one more reason we love calling the Camas area home.

 

 

 

Filed under: Camas | Lifestyle

Views Homes in Felida, WA

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

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Offers Nature as Neighbors

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

After your walk or run, enjoy a nice meal at Farrar’s Bistro, a neighborhood grill  just a few miles away. It is a popular neighborhood spot, especially during their Happy Hour specials.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

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

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

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

Median Days on Market was 60 days – homes in Felida do not last long!

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

Filed under: Felida | News

Camas View Homes With Nature As Neighbors

Living in Camas, WA provides us with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space – add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

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

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

14 Active Listings –  $400,000 to $1,687,500
Average SQFT 3,663
Average $/SQFT $218

9 Pending Listings – $485,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT: 4,072
Average $/SQFT $225

11 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $1,300,000
Average SQFT 3,367
Average $/SQFT $203

Median Days on Market – 41 days.  View Homes in Camas move quickly!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | Market Reports

Living On Waterfront With Nature As Neighbors

Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond, waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others just want a peaceful place to enjoy the relaxed, meditative environment. During summer months waterfront property is a great source of activity and escape from the heat.  During winter months, it can be a source of reflection and solace.

Buying or Selling Waterfront Requires Expertise

While Clark County offers opportunities for waterfront living, the challenges of regulations, market demand, and a limited inventory have made this a limited, and specialized market. Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

Whether you are looking for, or want to sell, waterfront property, you should work with a broker who has experience in this specialized market and knows how to achieve that perfect outcome for you.

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ of Clark County on Waterfront

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

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

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

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

Looking for a waterfront property? Start your search here.

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

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Waterfront

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

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

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

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

Christmas Cord Mess

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

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

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

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Find Nature As Neighbors in Washougal

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

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

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

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

Average $/SQFT – $244

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

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

Average Days on Market was 81 days – properties in Washougal don’t last long!

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

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

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Washougal

Ridgefield, WA offers Nature as Neighbors

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

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

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County™ and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. Its “elbow room for the soul.” Our clients are thrilled to find the perfect retreat with ever-changing views of the Wildlife Refuge.

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

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

21 Active Listings – $449,000 to $2,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,786
Average $/SQFT – $263

6 Pending – $525,000 to $825,000
Average SQFT- 3,199
Average $/SQFT – $208

25 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $1,080,000
Average SQFT – 3,367
Average $/SQFT – $208

Median Days on Market – 61.  Homes sell quickly in Ridgefield!

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

Filed under: Market Reports

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

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

1671 NW Juneau Ct, Camas WA

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

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

Buyers: If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here.
Sellers: If you have a home that has Multi-Gen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

 

Nature As Neighbors – We Love Live Christmas Trees

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

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

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

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

Here Are Some Great Articles About Live Christmas Trees

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

Filed under: Lifestyle | Nature | News

MultiGen Living is a Major Trend

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

Finding a Multigen Home Requires Expertise

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

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000 (Note: these averages do not include a spectacular $23,500,000 165-acre multigen property in Woodland, WA)

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

62 Active Listings – $425,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,839
Average $/SQFT – $247

11 Pending – $420,000 to $1,650,000
Average SQFT- 3,544
Average $/SQFT – $190

28 Sold in last 3 Mos – $450,000 to $2,450,000
Average SQFT – 3,607
Average $/SQFT – $222

Median Days on Market was 57 days – multigen homes sell fast in this market! 

Buyers:
If you are looking for a home for multi-Gen living, you can start your search here.

Sellers:
If you have a home that has multi-gen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

View Homes in Brush Prairie / Hockinson

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

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

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

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

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

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

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

Median Days on Market – 58.  Homes are selling quickly in Hockinson!

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

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Homes With Views in Felida, WA

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

Felida Features the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

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

After your walk or run, enjoy a nice meal at Farrar’s Bistro, a neighborhood grill  just a few miles away. It is a popular neighborhood spot, especially during their Happy Hour specials.

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

29 Active Listings – $435,000 to $1,995,000
Average SQFT – 4,436
Average $/SQFT – $196

9 Pending – $444,900 to $1,625,000
Average SQFT – 3,460
Average $/SQFT – $198

17 Sold in last 3 Mos – $435,000 to $1,032,000
Average SQFT – 3,269
Average $/SQFT – $186

Median Days on Market was 50 days – homes in Felida do not last long!

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

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Our white Golden Retriever, McKinley, aka Mac, is a delightful part of our family. He is the essence of pure love and joy. You’ll find him tagging along on some of our video adventures in Clark County, and beyond.

Perhaps you’ve seen our video series called, “Mac Moments.”  Mac stars in short productions with mini-lessons about life. Mac, aka McKinley, like most people, has many facets to his personality. However, he’s definitely not an alpha male. At times,  he’s a bit shy, erring on the side of caution, and that’s okay. Once he warms up, you’ve got a friend for life.

When we recently purchased our large decorative light-up pooch for the porch, Bernie worked on the introduction. Even a treat failed to get suddenly shy Mac to come closer. In this Mac Moment, we think he’s reminding us all to stay true to ourselves, “It’s okay to be shy, or quiet, or silly, or…”

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

Living in Camas, WA provides us with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space – add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

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

Market Report for ViewHomes™ in Camas, WA

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

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

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

Median Days on Market – 48 days.  Homes in Camas move quickly in this market!

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

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

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Living On Waterfront is Rewarding Year-Round

Whether it’s a river, bay, creek or pond, waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others just want a peaceful place to enjoy the relaxed, meditative environment. During summer months waterfront property is a great source of activity and escape from the heat.  During winter months, it can be a source of reflection and solace.

Waterfront Properties Are a Limited Commodity

While Clark County offers opportunities for waterfront living, the challenges of regulations, market demand, and a limited inventory have made this a limited, and specialized market. Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

Whether you are looking for, or want to sell, waterfront property, you should work with a broker who has experience in this specialized market and knows how to achieve that perfect outcome for you.

Market Summary of ViewHomes™ of Clark County on Waterfront

61 Active from $415,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT 3,640
Average $/SQFT $219

24 Pending from $410,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT 2,951
Average $/SQFT $223

45 Sold in past 3 months from $415,000 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT 3,145
Average $/SQFT $220

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

Looking for a waterfront property? Start your search here.

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

You Can Live in Washougal With “Nature as Neighbors”

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

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

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

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

Average $/SQFT – $242

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

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

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

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

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

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Ridgefield, WA offers Nature as Neighbors and View Homes

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

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

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County™ and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. Its “elbow room for the soul.” Our clients are thrilled to find the perfect retreat with ever-changing views of the Wildlife Refuge.

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

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

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

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

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

Median Days on Market – 24.  Homes sell quickly in Ridgefield!

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

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