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Come fly with us…over the rooftop and tree tops to get a true bird’s eye view of this special opportunity to live in a spectacular Camas location on Prune Hill. The views and location take center stage. You’re within minutes to everything, yet private and secluded in this English Country Estate.

View Homes in Brush Prairie / Hockinson

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

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

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

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Hockinson:

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

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

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

Median Days on Market – 20.  Homes are selling quickly in Hockinson!

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

Homes With Views in Felida, WA

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

Felida Features the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

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

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

Market summary of ViewHomes™ in Felida:

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

Average $/SQFT – $195

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

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

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

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

We were getting some exercise at one of our favorite spots in Camas yesterday, the Heritage Trail at Lacamas Lake. The Fall color was glorious. Even the parking lot was stunning.

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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

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

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

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

Median Days on Market – 10 days.  Homes in Camas move quickly in this market!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | News | View Homes | Views

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

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

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

Expect Colder Temperatures This Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Felida Features the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail

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

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

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

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

Average $/SQFT – $196

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5825 NW 25th Ave, Camas, WA

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

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


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

 

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

Buying or Selling a Multigen Home Requires the Right Expertise

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

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

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washougal is Chinook For “Rushing Water”

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

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

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

34 Active from $448,000 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,835

Average $/SQFT – $234

10 Pending from $415,000 to $775,000
AverageSQFT – 2,751
Average $/SQFT – $201

32 Sold in last 3 Months from $400,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT – 3,084
Average $/SQFT – $209

Average Days on Market was 45 days – properties in Washougal don’t last long!

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

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

Filed under: Market Reports | News | Washougal

Remember the Baby Boomer “downsizing” trend? Well, recently we’ve noticed a bit of a reversal.  Those same buyers are coming back and now want more space! So what happened? The biggest reason they give is “Room for grand kids 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. So they need more space where friends and family can come and stay, which means an extra bedroom or two, and at least another full bath.

Some of these buyers are looking for larger homes where they can live in the country, 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 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.

Here is a quick market summary of view homes with acreage in Hockinson:
27 Active Listings – $439,950 to $1,550,000
Average SQFT – 3,476
Average $/SQFT – $195

12 Pending – $425,000 to $1,149,000
Average SQFT- 3,413
Average $/SQFT – $197

20 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $1,195,000
Average SQFT – 3,173
Average $/SQFT – $189
Median Days on Market – 34.  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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When you live in a ViewHome™ of Clark County with Nature As Neighbors, even mundane chores become special. Imagine all the changing scenes you’d enjoy from this kitchen window? Let us help you find, or sell, the perfect view. It’s our speciality.

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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:

810 SE 352ND AVE, WASHOUGAL, WA 98671

This 5,660 SqFt home is set up for horses with 5 acres a large barn and shop.  Master on the main with lots of room for family and to entertain guests. The second living quarters downstairs features a full kitchen, and second master with large bedroom and full bath.

This home is ready-made for a multigen household!

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

Listing Courtesy The Hasson Company

Filed under: MultiGen Homes | News | Washougal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filed under: Camas | News

With Fall arriving last week, it was time to clean up the garden beds, add soil balancers, and prepare it for winter.  We needed a tiller to turn the soil, so we set about doing the research and comparing products on line. There are too many options to list here, so we’ll just summarize our process. Size – we first determined a small “mini-tiller” would work fine for our 400 SQFT site. The larger machines work faster, but they are harder to move and store. Plus, the smaller tillers can fit into raised beds easily. Motors – We eliminated electric due to the long stretch from the house, so that left 2-cycle or 4-cycle. We settled on 4-cycle, which eliminates mixing the oil and gas, and is typically not as noisy.

One mini-tiller that kept coming up in positive reviews was the Breez R2 40cc 4-cycle tiller.  The engine seemed powerful enough to do the job, and had the environmental bonus of running on propane. Yes, propane! It uses a small 16.4 oz gas cylinder – the kind you take on a camping trip. The advantage of propane is no mixing, spilling, or smell of gasoline, lower emissions, and it is relatively inexpensive. The down side, environmentally, is these cylinders are disposable and cannot be refilled at a propane dealer.  The internet, however, has myriad DIY solutions for refilling them, so we will explore those options.

Other advantages of this particular engine include:
Simple starting – no choking or priming the engine
No exhaust smoke, and there is only a small trace of combustion odor
Lower carbon build-up helps the engine last longer

So the real test of this mini-brute was in operation.  When we started our new section of the garden, we didn’t have the tools to properly break up and till the soil.  Most of the soil is clay with just a layer of compost we added in Spring. So we needed to dig down through the layer of clay and blend it all up.  These Before and After photos speak for themselves:

It only took about an hour to have the area completely tilled and blended.  The clay sections were a little stubborn, and the tiller jumped a lot – like operating a jack hammer! (Safety tip – wear eye protection.) But on the second pass, it easily turned everything over and blended soil and compost well. It looked so good, we were tempted to plant something, but we will hold off until Spring before starting our garden cycle over.  Next year, we will have the benefit of nutrient-rich soil that we can easily re-cultivate with our little propane tiller.

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Camas, WA is a wonderful small town surrounded by nature and lots of recreational opportunities.  It’s no wonder it was named one of the top ten places in the U.S. to raise a family.  If you are in the market for a home in Camas, here is a great opportunity to live in a gated community close to all the amenities of a big city. Shopping, restaurants, parks, services and the best school district in the region are all nearby this high-end neighborhood.

5825 NW 25th Ave is a 2,860 square foot luxury townhome that features craftsman exterior finishes with stone accents and a private fenced yard with a flagstone backyard patio. High end interiors include hardwood and tile floors, gourmet kitchen, two master suites, two laundries, a library nook, and a spacious media room. The 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms can easily accommodate a growing family or multigen household.  With all appliances included, it is move-in ready.

Priced at $449,000, this home is one of the most affordable luxury homes in the area, and homes move quickly in this desirable neighborhood.

Please drop by on Sunday, September 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon for an Open House. See this incredible floor plan and location for yourself.

Filed under: Camas

More Families Are Buying MultiGen Homes

Families are changing the way they live: baby boomers are taking in their parents to provide better care, millennials are enjoying the benefit of having their children grow up with grand parents in their home. This is multigenerational living, or “multigen” for short. In 2014, the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multigen households. That is nearly one in 5 households. This trend continues today as the housing market responds to the demand for multigen homes.

Buying or Selling a Multigen Home Requires the Right Expertise

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

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

67 Active Listings – $410,000 to $5,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,586
Average $/SQFT – $248

14 Pending – $500,000 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT- 3,446
Average $/SQFT – $236

47 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,400,000
Average SQFT – 4,077
Average $/SQFT – $199
Median Days on Market was 41 days and inventory is extremely low. Multigen homes do not last long in this market! 

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

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

Filed under: Lifestyle | MultiGen Homes | Views

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

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

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

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

Average $/SQFT – $209

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

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

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

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

Filed under: Felida | News | View Homes | Views

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

24114 NE 132nd Cir, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

This 5,949 SqFt home sits on a hilltop that offers spacious views of the area.  Lots of room to entertain or for family, with a second kitchen in the huge daylight basement. Downstairs also features a large bedroom and full bath, and extra family room –  ready-made for a multigen household!

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

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Equity Group

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Livingston Mountain is one of the best spots for views in Camas. Residents in the area really do have Nature As Neighbors™, and large five-acre parcel lots ( and larger) give them plenty of “elbow room for the soul™.”

One of our multi-generational family/clients live in a gorgeous home in the gated Autumn Hills neighborhood. We love to visit the neighborhood as we’re always treated to views of wildlife, plus expansive views of the valley and horizons beyond,  Children attend the award-winning Camas School District too.

ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain                                    

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. It’s a lifestyle our multi-generational family enjoys too. In fact, all of our clients, buyers and sellers, share this love and appreciation for nature and the environment. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ in Livingston Mountain with acreage:

There are currently three Active Listings, the most expensive is priced at just under $1.3 million with 7113 SqFt on 5 acres. The most affordable homes at this time are two listed at $899,900. Our pick is a larger home *nearly 7500 sq ft* with a separate lower third level space suitable for in-law quarters. It has a Sub Zero Refrigerator, Gas Dacor cooktop, 5 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms and incredible views of Mt. St. Helens and the valley from all rooms. It also borders 100 acres of State Owned Land. It’s priced at $1.25 million. 

Four have Sold in the past three months ranging from $569,500  to $899,900.  Median Sq Ft is 4,918 and Average price per /Sq Ft is $177. The Median Sold Price is $800,000. Lower priced homes in the area tend to need updates, or are built with a different level of quality found in most homes in Autumn Hills. 

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy the convenience of the Fern Prairie Market, at 1817 NE 267th Ave.  It is not just a gas station/convenience store, but a miniature supermarket with fresh produce, meats, staples, staples, and frozen foods (with an extensive pizza selection!) Their deli counter also offers fresh custom-made sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes of Livingston Mountain and Nature As Neighbors,contact us today. 

You can begin your search here for Homes in Livingston Mountain and ViewHomes of Camas, WA. 

Clark County, WA has many fine neighborhoods with great schools and amenities – close to shopping, services, and recreation. In addition, there are many area where you can find homes with acreage and “nature as neighbors”, yet still have easy access to those amenities. Washougal is one of those great area if you are looking for privacy on a little acreage with “elbow room for the soul.”

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. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal, WA   

34 Active from $424,900 to $4,900,000
Average SQFT – 3,716

Average $/SQFT – $243

13 Pending from $400,000 to $1,500,000
AverageSQFT – 2,587
Average $/SQFT – $256

32 Sold in last 3 Months from $405,000 to $910,000
Average SQFT – 3,202
Average $/SQFT – $184

Average Days on Market was 40 days – properties in Washougal are moving quickly!

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: View Homes | Views | Washougal

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

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

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

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

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

Average $/SQFT – $196

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

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

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

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

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

Camas is one of the most desirable towns in Clark County, Washington. It’s no wonder too. Great schools, small town charm, plus natural beauty and plenty of recreation make this area popular with a number of home buyers. There are also plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from too; waterfront, rural, urban, suburban, etc.

According to the latest market action reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service, there is just 1.5 months of inventory available in Southwest Washington. Total sales are down a bit over last year, but that’s mainly due to the lower inventory. The average sale price has increased 10.7% over 2016. Year to date, the marketing time average is 56 days.

In Camas, inventory levels are about the same and prices have increased over last year by 10.3%. The median home price year-to-date is $455,200, compared to a median price of $322,000 for Clark County. The total marketing time (YTD) for Camas is 77 days, but homes priced competitively and in optimal condition are selling in 30 days or less.

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County. Homes with enough acreage to give you Nature As Neighbors. Our clients value “elbow room for the soul.”™ We do too! The market for ViewHomes™ is similar to the general market in terms of inventory. However, sellers should expect longer marketing times especially as the price nears $1million. The year-to-date median price of a Camas ViewHome is $637,450.

Sellers: Regardless of a strong seller’s market, homes still need to be priced fairly and presented in good condition. Trust the data, don’t rely on the opinions of well-meaning friends or neighbors. Ask a trusted Realtor for a comprehensive look at the most recent market activity for homes in the area most similar to your own. In addition, ask for objective feedback about the condition of your home. If you know the gutters need cleaning and the roof has some moss on the shady side, take care of it prior to listing. Your home’s current condition tells buyers a whole lot about the history of care, or or lack of care, put into the property. 

Buyers: You will need to have your financial arrangments in order prior to entering the marketplace. Desirable homes are moving quickly, often in multiple offer situations. You can’t expect a seller to accept an offer without showing you can perform. Therefore, you should have a pre-approval letter prior to any home tour.  Cash buyers should be prepared to include a proof of funds letter with any offer.  

Here’s a quick look at the listings for:

 ViewHomes in Camas.

 

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

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

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

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

Here is a snapshot of Clark County waterfront homes starting at $400,000: 

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

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

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

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

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

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We both really love Sundays. It’s a great time to work on a joint project, or catch up on things put aside earlier in the week. My sister and I trade off hosting the family meal and today is her turn. Therefore, we’re free to spend most of the day doing what we choose. We might even head to a favorite trail instead of tackling chores.

The sun is rising through the big fir trees, we can hear the hummingbirds chirping at the feeders, and our white Golden Retriever, McKinley is napping now, after waking us up promptly at 6:00 AM. Our mugs are filled with hot coffee and we’re enjoying a relaxing morning.  Our parents are still sleeping and there is little noise coming from elsewhere.

My sister and her husband live the separate, and private, daylight level of our house. Mom and Dad live in a wing of the house on the upper level with my husband and me. Our plans to build them a separate ADU (accessory dwelling unit)  were can canceled due to health requirements for dad.  We’ve reconfigured things to ensure more privacy for us.

Living in a Multigenerational home requires a lot of open dialog and patience with one another. Misunderstandings, feelings of resentment, and differences in personalities can create tension. Family issues from long ago tend to crop up again with a vengeance. Especially those issues where healing and growth are still needed.

In our opinion, it’s all worth the effort. The perks far outweigh the struggles and we can’t imagine mom and dad in a nursing home. Naturally, that may be the best option for other families, and we understand. There’s no right or wrong, figuring out what’s the best for your own particular situation is personal business. This works for us, and we know this lifestyle has brought us all closer in the last two years.

The ability to handle the health issues of aging parents is just one of the reasons the Multi-generational home is gaining popularity in our country. Financial benefits, emotional support, and social enjoyment are also big factors listed my many of our clients. It really helps us understand their needs since we too live this lifestyle.

We specialize in selling homes, and multigenerational homes, on acreage in Clark County, WA. Having Nature As Neighbors and elbow room for the soul soothes emotions and offers relaxation from a busy life, and a chaotic world.  If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a multi-generational lifestyle, contact us today.

Filed under: Lifestyle | View Homes

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

3039 NW Lacamas Drive, Camas WA 98607

Located on the 12th hole of beautiful Camas Meadows Golf Course, this home offers a total of 9200 SQFT of living space, including fully-equipped 2,000 SQFT guest quarters in the daylight basement. Separate entrance offers privacy, but the opportunity to share with aging parents or new family getting started – the best of both worlds. The open floor plans can accommodate large gatherings or intimate parties, with lots of outdoor living. Listed for $1,975,000, this stunning home is located in the luxury home neighborhood of Lacamas Shores.

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

Listing courtesy of Stalder Realty Group

Filed under: Camas | Lifestyle | MultiGen Homes | News

More Families Are Buying MultiGen Homes

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

It’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home. It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.

Market Report for Multigen ViewHomes™ in Clark County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filed under: Market Reports | Nature | News