Friday, April 28, 2017

Washougal is Heating Up!

This local real estate market is heating up in general. Washougal is a city that used to have a reputation for being "way out". I find that silly at best as Washougal is still less than 20 miles to PDX. As pricing in close like Portland and Vancouver bumping buyers out, more people seek relief in the places a bit further out.

Locally there is another trend with higher end properties. Camas has become so expensive that many people are looking for a similar experience at a more affordable price. Cue up Washougal. Rival town to Camas for a hundred years. Over the last decade Clark County's gateway to the Gorge has opened up the hillsides for development and these areas offer spectacular views that rival and in the case of the Gorge are superior to the coveted Prune Hill in Camas.

Homes with sweeping views that would quickly approach and exceed one million dollars in Camas can be found in the $700s in Washougal. Camas has become a desirable spot in Clark County over the last 20 years and it has built up a demand that has pushed prices into the stratosphere for the once blue collar mill town. This in turn has added to the overall demand of the east county area along the Columbia and Washougal has stepped up.

I have been fortunate to be involved with a development in Washougal called, 'Colorado Ridge' and I am very impressed with the amazing properties the builders are producing in this neighborhood. I have the home pictured here listed on the MLS and co-listed with my friend and business associate Bert Girod. The home is brand new just getting the final details done and has some 4200 square feet of living space with a view from nearly every window and two spacious decks. All of it for less than $800k. Washougal is a hot little spot and it offers something truly hard to find in this market; VALUE.

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