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

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

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

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Fresh cucumbers, walla walla sweets, beans, snow peas, and beets. These are a few of the veggies we’ve been enjoying of late from our Camas garden. However, one interesting squash variety has become a real favorite of our multi-generational family – pattypan squash.

Pattypan squash is generally small, round and shallow, with scalloped edges that make it resemble a flying saucer. We try to pick them when they are on the small side as they are the most tender with a delicate buttery, or olive oil-like flavor. 

The small squash can be braised, steamed, roasted, or grilled whole. One of our favorite ways to enjoy them is to cut them in half, hollow out the center, and fill with turkey sausage, shallots, and mushrooms. A sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan adds the finishing touch. 

You won’t find pattypan squash in most markets. However, the growing popularity of Farmer’s Markets around the county has introduced more and more people to this wonderful variety of summer squash. We first grew it in our garden last year and now can’t imagine summers without it.

Filed under: Camas | Lifestyle | Nature

At Nature As Neighbors, our love of nature and wildlife is a big part of our lives – and real estate business. Therefore, we’re very excited ( and proud) for the upcoming BBC/PBS show, Wild Alaska Live. The show is hosted by the well known Kratt Brothers and Steve Backshall. It airs live on PBS and BBC o to over 3 billion viewers worldwide on July 23, 26, and 30.  Juneau’s iconic Mendenhall Glacier was chosen as the centerpiece for the production. The best part, our son, Sean Janes, and several of his staff members at Above and Beyond Alaska, are running safety and support for the project. We’re hoping they might even get some camera time.

Imagine the logistics of hosting a live show from a wilderness location. They can’t use the standard, loud generators out of concerns for the local wildlife. Plus they are using special chew-proof cables on the many cameras placed throughout the area in hopes of capturing wildlife photos. If you love nature, wildlife, Alaska, and adventure in general, be sure to look for it on your local PBS schedule.

These are some of the pre-production shots Sean shared with us yesterday. We thought it was amazing that he was texting photos from the bottom of a hole in the Mendenhall Glacier. Isn’t technology grand?

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We are experiencing an influx of new buyers from outside of the area – mostly for the affordable prices, but also for the quality of life.  Buyers are looking for areas where they can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools, Clark County has all of these features.  Brush Prairie/Hockinson is a good example, and we regularly find homes there that meet this criteria.

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

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

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

30 Active Listings – $445,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,587

Average $/SQFT – $183

9 Pending – $432,900 to $1,000,000
Average SQFT– 3,012
Average $/SQFT – $203

18 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $744,000
Average SQFT – 3,017
Average $/SQFT – $185

Median Days on Market – 36.  Homes are selling quickly in Hockinson!

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

Filed under: Market Reports | Nature | News

Help support nature as neighbors with special plates from Washington State. A portion of the licensing fees is donated to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for species management.

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The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each month as families are changing the way they live. Baby boomers are taking in their parents to provide better care. Millenials are enjoying the benefit of having their children grow up with grand parents in their home. Last year the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multi-gen households.

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

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

77 Active Listings – $449,900 to $4,670,000
Average SQFT – 4,674

Average $/SQFT – $216

5 Bumpable Buyers $675,000 to $1,380,000
Average SQFT – 4,143
Average $/SQFT – $197

43 Pending – $415,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT– 3,907
Average $/SQFT – $189

34 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT – 3,830
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market was 43 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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

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Summer is really heating up this year, with record temperatures in some areas of the country. Clark County is no exception and when temperatures rise, many people cool off along the Washougal River. Among the many bodies of water in this region, the Washougal River is an especially prized waterway for recreation, boating, fishing, and peaceful living. If you are lucky enough to own a home along the river, you can enjoy these activities year around.  Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area, where properties sell quickly.  

Some of out favorite listings have been along the Washougal – they are always a pleasure to visit and show!  Dougan Falls, for example, is a popular destination spot featuring waterfalls that plunge 19 feet into a narrow trough that widens into a massive, deep pool. This location is ideal for swimming on a hot summer day, Get there early as parking is limited. Note: a Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

Here is a snapshot market report for homes over $400,000 on the Washougal River:

9 Active listings from $427,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT: 3,086
Average $/SQFT: $263

1 Pending at $850,000 with 3,571 SQFT for $238/SQFT 

6 Sold in last 3 months: $405,000 and $660,000
Average SQFT: 2,776
Average $/SqFt: $174

Average Days on Market: 32 days.  Properties sell fast along the Washougal River!

If you own a home along the Washougal River and want to receive a free market analysis of its value, contact us at Nature As Neighbors, If you are looking for a home in Washougal, you can start your search here.

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Clark County continues to experience an influx of home buyers from Portland and California – mostly for the affordable prices, but also for the quality of life.  Buyers are looking for areas where they can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools, Clark County has all of these features.

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

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

Here is a quick market summary of homes over $400,000 in Hockinson with acreage and views:

19 Active Listings – $479,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 4,053

Average $/SQFT – $182

3 Bumpable Listings – $525,000 to $680,000
Average SQFT – 3,522
Average $/SQFT – $172

13 Pending – $415,000 to $1,000,000
Average SQFT– 2,975
Average $/SQFT – $193

12 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $775,000
Average SQFT – 3,473
Average $/SQFT – $172

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

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

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Summer is a great time to get outdoors and explore the Pacific Northwest – and some of the scenic bodies of water in the area.  Whether it’s the ocean, a river, bay, or just a creek, there is something special about being on the water. As you can imagine, waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want – the sight and sound of moving water create a relaxed, meditative environment. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports while others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.  

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

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

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

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT 3,557
Average $/SQFT $235

37 Pending from $415,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT 3,092
Average $/SQFT $218

40 Sold in past 3 months from $410,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT 3,538
Average $/SQFT $206

Median Days on Market : only 40 days. Homes on the water don’t last long!

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

We are seeing the demand for multigenerational homes continue to grow each month. Baby boomers are taking in their parents to provide better care. Millenials  recognize the benefit of having their children grow up with grand parents in their home. Last year the Pew Research Center reported that a record 60.6 million Americans now live in multi-gen households.

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

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

77 Active Listings – $449,900 to $3,900,000
Average SQFT – 4,409

Average $/SQFT – $199

2 Bumpable Buyers $682,777 to $798,000
Average SQFT – 3,958
Average $/SQFT – $187

29 Pending – $400,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT– 3,954
Average $/SQFT – $194

32 Sold in last 3 Mos – $406,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,126
Average $/SQFT – $177

Median Days on Market was 47 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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

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We knew this one would last long. When you combine the luxury of nature as neighbors with a warm and inviting property, people can’t wait to call it home. The buyer will be using it as her weekend retreat until she retires to lives there full-time. It’s a good plan, and we’re excited for her. She obviously cherishes the private setting of this waterfront retreat along the Washougal River. Soon she’ll discover the joy of having “elbow room for the soul.™ ”
ViewHomes of Clark County™ are special properties with a bit, or a lot, of acreage. They evoke feelings of serenity, privacy, and rejuvenation. We are delighted to be the only REALTORS® in Clark County, Washington who specialize in homes that have this all important connection to nature. There’s scientific data supporting the healing nature of nature too – it’s called Ecotherapy.
The thinking behind Ecotherapy is pretty simple, and while most us may not need true therapy, the idea is sound. Basically it uses a variety of practices to help individuals connect with nature, and ultimately, their inner “nature.” Ecophycologists have rediscovered a timeless principle. Immersion in the natural world brings life enhancing peace, joy, zest, the ability to meet life’s challenges with a positive attitude, and to see the interconnectedness of all things.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of living in a home with NatureAsNeighbors, contact us today. We’d love to share our experiences with this lifestyle.

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With Spring upon us, more buyers are getting outdoors and thinking about the opportunities to live in the country.  Homes with larger lots and acreage offer a family estate with enough room for live-in relatives, or visiting friends, and room to garden or enjoy privacy. If you are in the market for a home in the country, you’ll love Camas, WA.

Living in Camas provides you with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

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

32 Active Listings –  $400,900 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT 3,552
Average $/SQFT $215

1 Bumpable at $489,500 with 2,818 SQFT for $/SQFT of $174

13 Pending Listings – $425,900 to $925,000
Average SQFT: 3,013
Average $/SQFT $202

20 Sold in the last 3 months from  $410,000 to $825,000
Average SQFT 2,918
Average $/SQFT $182

Median Days on Market was 45 days, so homes in Camas sell fast!  As the Spring season kicks in, homes will continue to move quickly.

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

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

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If you are looking for a view home with privacy, and a little acreage, you should consider the Washougal, WA area. 

The Washougal River, whose name is Chinook for “rushing water”, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities. Homes in the area are typically rural, and open – providing “elbow room for the soul.”

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

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

34 Active from $409,900 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT – 3,504

Average $/SQFT – $215

13 Pending from $425,900 to $925,000
AverageSQFT – 3,013
Average $/SQFT – $202

21 Sold in last 3 Months from $425,000 to $849,900
Average SQFT – 2,947
Average $/SQFT – $180

Average Days on Market was 47 – a little over 6 weeks- properties in Washougal are moving quickly!

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

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

One-level ranch homes are always in high demand. Add in a great location and larger lot, and you’ve really got a special find. Lucky you, this custom 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Fisher’s Landing is back on the market. The buyers had a change of heart, and their loss is your gain.

The exterior of the home has timeless appeal, and with fiber cement siding and a newer roof, long-lasting appeal too. Inside, light and bright rooms with fresh professional painting and new carpet await your touches. Wide hallways are a big plus and add to the spacious feeling.

We really like the sunny, quarter acre lot. The fenced backyard is great for outdoor entertaining and gardening. Wide streets and a reduced speed zone keep this section of McGillivray Blvd safe and quiet. Wide bike paths line the roadway making it easy to walk, jog, or bike to nearby parks or New Seasons Market.

Fisher’s Landing is a thriving area in East Clark County. There are a variety of shops, services, and restaurants plus, you can be on I-5 or I-205 in mere minutes. Portland International Airport is just 15 minutes away too! Call us today for a tour, before it’s too late.

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Looking for a fantastic waterfront property on the pristine Washougal River? Here is a wonderful cedar home retreat with potential mother-in-law quarters right on the river.

Waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want – the sight and sound of moving water create a relaxed, meditative environment. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports while others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.  With Spring’s arrival, more buyers are starting to think about living on the water.

The Pacific Northwest has many amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. But regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

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

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

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 3,689
Average $/SQFT $233

26 Pending from $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,340
Average $/SQFT $235

32 Sold in past 3 months from $410,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 3,543
Average $/SQFT $194

Median Days on Market 59 – Homes on the water don’t last long!

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

You’ll enjoy the location of this custom built one-level home in popular Cascade Highlands. It has approximately 1900 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. The home has new carpet, fresh professional painting, a new roof, and an HVAC system was installed in 2011.

A large sunny lot (.25 acres) is perfect for gardening and outdoor enjoyment. Wide streets, a bike lane, reduced speed area, and sidewalks make this McGillivary home an easy commute to nearby parks, shops, eateries, and services. Stay tuned, or call us today for more details.

Filed under: Fisher’s Landing | News

The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year to the point where it has become a mainstream lifestyle. In addition to the economics of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of improved care for their aging parents. 

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

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

57 Active Listings – $439,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,664

Average $/SQFT – $196

2 Bumpable Buyers $594,500 to $798,000
Average SQFT – 3,407
Average $/SQFT – $204

19 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,397
Average $/SQFT – $201

29 Sold in last 3 Mos – $408,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,041
Average $/SQFT – $170

Median Days on Market was 95 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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

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For several years, we have lived next to my elderly parents, and now share a residence with them.  We have the luxury of enough space for privacy and separate living areas, but the convenience of being able to help them with meals, daily chores, and medical appointments. We never thought we would be part of a major trend, but this lifestyle has become mainstream and is growing. The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year.

In addition to the economics of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of improved care for their aging parents. Grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

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

52 Active Listings – $439,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,878

Average $/SQFT – $193

1 Bumpable Buyer at $798,000 for 3,074 SQFT or $260 $/SQFT

17 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,592
Average $/SQFT – $211

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $408,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,053
Average $/SQFT – $175

Median Days on Market was 95 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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

Filed under: Lifestyle | MultiGen Homes | News

With Spring’s arrival, more people are getting outside to enjoy the nice weather. In this environment, buyers start thinking about living on or near water.  Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others just want a peaceful place for quiet reflection -water has a natural, meditative effect on us, especially being around moving water. 

The Pacific Northwest has many amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. But regulations designed to protect our watersheds restrict the development of shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds. This can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway (previous structures are grandfathered in, but there are still limitations on what you can do to the property.)

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

Here is a snapshot of the current market for waterfront ViewHomes™ of Clark County:

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 3,632
Average $/SQFT $230

1 Bumpable 4157 SQFT for $659,000 at $159/SQFT

20 Pending from $415,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,338
Average $/SQFT $226

24 Sold in past 3 months from $420,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 3,683
Average $/SQFT $195

Median Days on Market – 69

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

We were both thrilled to see Trilliums again poking through the green moss and ferns along the Lacamas Heritage Trail in Camas. It’s our favorite local trail and we often take our Golden Retriever, McKinley, there for exercise. Truthfully, it’s for our exercise needs too. The trail winds through woods, and open spaces offer glimpses of Lacamas Lake, Lacamas Creek, and in certain spots, Mt. Hood. Favorable scenery adds to the enjoyment of our workout.

Seasons bring different forms of beauty to the trail, but lately, an onslaught of rainy weather and unseasonably cold temperatures has kept it somewhat bleak, and muddy. This week, a few days of sunny weather has helped, not only is the trail drying out, but the Spring wildflowers are starting to pop. Nature’s gifts often stop us in our tracks and this week was no exception. Bernie and Mac waited patiently while I dug my iPhone out of my pocket to snap a few photos of the delicate rhizome, Trillium ovatum ( western trilllum).

Trillums are easily disturbed, and sadly, picking them will retard the plants ability to bloom. Children too, are enchanted by them and often can’t resist picking numerous blooms to surprise mom. Therefore, many public parks and trails in our area have warnings posted to leave the trilliums alone. It’s the only way to ensure their ability to bring beauty back to the forest floor year after year. In the wild, they grow in open to dense forests in moist low to mid-level elevations, and many times they are found in areas that are boggy in early spring.

By the way, there are a number of ViewHomes™ for sale in the Lacamas Lake area of Camas. If you’re interested in taking a tour and learning about the many nearby amenties, we’d love to be your guides. Contact us today at NatureAsNeighbors.com.

Filed under: Camas | Lifestyle | Nature | News

Clark County is experiencing an influx of home buyers from Portland and California – mostly for the affordable prices, but also for the quality of life.  If you are looking for areas where you can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools, Clark County has all of those to offer.

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

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

Here is a quick market summary of homes over $400,000 in Hockinson with acreage and views:

11 Active Listings – $449,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 4,416

Average $/SQFT – $163

1 Bumpable – 2,286 SQFT for $415,000 at $182/SQFT  

8 Pending – $449,000 to $1,000,000
Average SQFT– 3,738
Average $/SQFT – $189

13 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $775,000
Average SQFT – 3,246
Average $/SQFT – $175

Median Days on Market – 70.  Homes sell quickly in Hockinson!

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

 

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Several years ago, we bought a townhouse right next to my elderly parents so we could help them out, but still provide them with their personal space.  When they started having trouble navigating the stairs, we found a daylight basement home with single level living on the first floor and separate living quarters below.  We never thought we would be part of a major trend, but this lifestyle has become mainstream and is growing.The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year.

In addition to the economic benefits of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents by not putting them into a facility. Grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000:

51 Active Listings – $439,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,911

Average $/SQFT – $194

1 Bumpable Buyer at $798,000 for 3,074 SQFT or $260 $/SQFT

20 Pending – $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,319
Average $/SQFT – $206

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $408,000 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,258
Average $/SQFT – $172

Median Days on Market was 89 days – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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

Filed under: Camas | MultiGen Homes

A multitude of headline teases pop up daily on my MSN home page, normally most are ignored. Yesterday, however, one caught my eye and curiosity, The Most Iconic Dessert From Every State. Logic tells me Washington State, where I live, would likely have something featuring apples. Would neighboring state Oregon have something made with filberts? Indulging myself further, I  wondered if Baked Alaska would be the signature dessert of my original home state of Alaska.

Only one of my guesses was correct, Washington’s featured dessert is an Apple Crisp. Oregon’s is a Pear Cake and Alaska’s is Wild Ligonberry jam on a buttermilk biscuit. Baked Alaska was actually invented by a chef in New York to honor the state’s purchase from Russia in 1867. Alaskans enjoy picking wild berries and treasure their berry patches,  often keeping them top-secret.

As for Washington, the choice is obvious. We’re known for our sweet apples and lead the nation in Apple production, growing nearly two thirds of all apples in the country. While Oregon is also known for apple production, the pear ranks as the top-selling fruit crop in the state. Although, I wasn’t completely wrong on that guess, as the article suggests adding filberts (another treat associated with Oregon) to the Pear cake recipe.

Other state treats that caught my eye include:

California – Frozen Yogurt – California leads the nation with 189 establishments offering the frozen dessert. And, with a body-con population, froyo wins out over ice cream.

Colorado – Yogurt with Granola Parfait – It’s a nod to the state’s dairy farming and their health-conscious culture.

New Hampshire – Pumpkin Pie – Apparently the pumpkin is listed as the state’s official fruit. Add some maple syrup for bonus points – it’s another New Hampshire top export.

If you’re wondering about a particular state, here’s a link to the complete list.

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If you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in relatives, or visiting friends, and room to garden or enjoy privacy, you’ll like homes in Camas,WA. They offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

Living in Camas, provides you with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

18 Active Listings –  $400,000 to $1,750,000
Average SQFT 4,216
Average $/SQFT $207

2 Bumpables – $515,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT 5,449
Average $/SQFT $254

8 Pending Listings – $520,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT: 4,665
Average $/SQFT $262

3 Sold in the last 3 months from  $460,000 to $905,000
Average SQFT 4,457
Average $/SQFT $145

Only 3 Sold in the last three months doesn’t mean a slow market – it illustrates what happens when there is low inventory. The Median Days on Market this month was 83 – last month was 100, so homes in Camas sell fast!  As the Spring season kicks in, homes will continue to move quickly.

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

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

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

We enjoy visiting the Clark County community known as Felida. Its name has an interesting story too. When the Post Office was established in 1890, the name Powley was submitted to honor an area resident. The name was denied, but the Post Office suggested instead, “Polly.” The postmaster thought the name sounded like a parrot and remarked, “they might as well name the post office after my cat.” Therefore, he submitted “Thomas,” the cat’s name, as well as, “Tomcat, and “Felidae,” Latin for big cats. Felida was approved!

Felida, long known for its pastoral settings, is changing because many of the area’s farms were purchased by developers in recent years. Therefore, farmlands have been replaced with large subdivisions. Homes on larger parcels are generally resale, as most builders tend to minimize lot size in new construction projects to increase their bottom line.

However, there are some new custom homes being built on larger lots in Felida. For example, in Ashley Ridge there are some new homes on one-half to one-third acre lots sited with greenbelt backyard views. Many of the homes we enjoy in the area have views of Vancouver Lake, Salmon Creek, or peaceful territorial vistas.

Points of Interest: You can access the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail from the Felida bridge at NW 36th Avenue. The trail offers a scenic natural getaway in northern Vancouver. Paved, tree-lined trails wind along the creek and through wetlands for 3.88 miles and give runners, walkers, and bikers sightings of deer, rabbits, raccoons, beavers and many kinds of birds.

Snapshot of ViewHomes™ Market Report for Felida:

20 Active Listings – $558,5900 to $1,850,000
Average SQFT – 4,524

Average $/SQFT – $219

1 Bumpable Buyer at $569,500 with 2,380 SQFT for $239/SQFT

8 Pending – $450,000 to $1,325,000
Average SQFT– 3,651
Average $/SQFT – $201

11 Sold in last 3 Mos – $420,000 to $1,495,000
Average SQFT – 3,974
Average $/SQFT – $201

Median Days on Market was 100 days – homes in Felida do not last long in this market!

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

The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year. Ten years ago, we bought a townhouse right next to my elderly parents so we could help them out, but still have our own personal space.  When they started having trouble navigating the stairs, we found a daylight basement home with single level living on the first floor and separate living quarters below.  We never thought we would be part of a major trend, but this lifestyle has become mainstream and is growing.

In addition to the economic benefits of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents by not putting them into a facility. Grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000:

48 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,810

Average $/SQFT – $195

2 Bumpable Buyers – $798,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 5,168

Average $/SQFT – $295

20 Pending – $435,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,324
Average $/SQFT – $212

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $403,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,925
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market was 2 Months – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

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

Rural Lifestyle With City Amenities

Clark County offers many areas where you can live in the country, but still be close to city amenities like shopping, services, and good schools. Brush Prairie/Hockinson, is one of those areas. It is a region with a population of only 3,000 spread out over 8 square miles. While they are technically one zip code – Brush Prairie, WA is the official mailing address – most people refer to the two areas interchangeably.

It has all the features of a rural area – rolling hillsides, tracts of timber land, and large horse pastures. Yet, it is within easy driving distance of metropolitan amenities, including Portland International Airport right across the river. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites – adding value to your home when it’s time to sell, and pleasure while you live there. This area is in the highly desirable Hockinson School District.

Point of Interest! Neighbors and visitors enjoy stopping in at the Hockinson Market. It’s
located at 15814 NE 182nd Avenue. You can fuel the car, buy ice cream, pizza, cold
beverages – it even has a microbrew tap room. It’s a handy resource for locals and within about a 10 minute drive from most of the area neighborhoods.

Here is a quick market summary of homes over $400,000 in Hockinson with acreage and views:

11 Active Listings – $449,000 to $1,350,000
Average SQFT – 4,259

Average $/SQFT – $163

1 Bumpable – 3,166 SQFT for $639,900 at $202/SQFT  

8 Pending – $449,900 to $900,000
Average SQFT– 3,492
Average $/SQFT – $183

15 Sold in last 3 Mos – $415,000 to $730,000
Average SQFT – 3,181
Average $/SQFT – $175

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County™, including Brush Prairie – Hockinson. If you want to learn more about view homes in Brush Prairie-Hockinson, contact us today.

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Living in Camas, WA, provides you with the luxury of nature as neighbors, with “elbow room for the soul”.  We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat.

If you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in relatives, or visiting friends, and room to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Homes in Camas offer you many opportunities to spend more time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

It’s not a one-size-fits-all, either – our ViewHomes™ of Clark County come in unique shapes and sizes. An award-winning small-town lifestyle with easy access to city amenities, including close proximity to an international airport, makes Camas a very desirable area.

Market Report Snapshot for ViewHomes™ Camas, WA

18 Active Listings –  $549,500 to $1,750,000
Average SQFT 4,560
Average $/SQFT $211

1 Bumpable  $2,250,000 with 7,261 SQFT for a $/SQFT of $310

5 Pending Listings – $520,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT: 4,874
Average $/SQFT $293

4 Sold in the last 3 months from  $400,000 to $905,000
Average SQFT 3,967
Average $/SQFT $151

The Median DOM (days on market) was 100, so properties sell quickly!

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

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

Filed under: Camas | Market Reports | News | Views

A Washington Post writer treads treacherous territory with a controversial bombshell of an exposé.  No, this is not about D.C. politics, this is about something far more critical to our identity as a civilized culture – food!  Yes, Tom Sietsema wrote “The Top 10 Best Food Cities in America” and actually dared to rank them in order – rating many smaller cities higher than better-known metropolitan culinary standards. (Hint: Portland was ranked #1, New York disappointed, and Seattle didn’t make the cut!) As you can expect, it has sparked backlash from loyal food fanatics who felt slighted by his (admittedly subjective) findings.

Although published in 2015, the writer is still defending his choices based on his three-month gastronomical journey across this country. Unlike Guy Fieri’s titular “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, he expanded his criteria beyond restaurants and bars to food carts, farmers markets, even grocery stores to experience a true sense of the city’s food culture.  He interviewed chefs, food critics, merchants, and diners in each city to uncover the best, and lesser-known examples of “creativity, community and tradition” in the local food scene.

His review of Portland names some of our favorite places, including healthy fast-food Burgerville and New Seasons Market  ( both are located across the Columbia River in Clark County, Washington too) – regional treasures that feature locally-sourced fresh produce and fruit, meats, and seafood. He credits a produce clerk with introducing him to the odd-shaped but wonderful honeysuckle fruit. He also cites examples of food varieties available in the immediate area – including 300 styles of truffles, and berries “so delicate, they don’t leave the state”. With amazing ingredients, and a generation of accomplished chefs, (both pros and amateurs), the area offers an abundance of wonderful food experiences.

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“Legend has it that the willow is bestowed with magical powers capable of fulfilling wishes. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow explaining your desire. Select a pliable shoot and tie a loose knot in it expressing your wish. When your wish is fulfilled, return and untie the knot. Be sure to thank the willow for your gift.”

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