nature as neighbors: News of Clark County: The Washington Post's Bombshell Article! - 03/07/17 07:27 AM

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 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 #8, 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 … (17 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County: Multi-Gen Market Report - 03/01/17 08:40 AM

Multigenerational households are more than a fad - they have become a mainstream lifestyle. We have seen this trend emerging for several years, and it continues to grow.  Besides the economics of sharing expenses, there are the real social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of 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 multi-gen homes, too.  We are familiar with how to convert homes on larger … (14 comments)

nature as neighbors: Nature As Neighbors - Musings on Winter Waterfowl & Name Games - 02/22/17 08:25 AM
 
Walking along Lacamas Lake the other day we saw a lively display of birds flying about, roosting on logs, and playing in the water.  Given the recent ice and freezing rain, we were impressed with all the activity. It was energizing, hinting of Spring's return. We were familiar with most of them, but one brightly-colored bird stood out - we couldn't quite place it, so we went home to do some research. (More on that later).
What started as a serious research project quickly took an amusing turn. The lake is located along the migratory Pacific Flyway, so it's no surprise there are many varieties of waterfowl. … (17 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County - Camas Market Report - 02/17/17 08:36 AM

We all know about the rejuvenating powers of living close to nature and having privacy and space. It's called EcoTherapy and the bottom line, it's good for us. Add to that the daily pleasures of a fantastic view, and your home really becomes a retreat. Living in Camas, WA, you have many options to experience a lifestyle with "elbow room for the soul", the ultimate luxury.
Also, if you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for live-in family, or visiting friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re like the majority of our clients. Since we specialize in Multi-generational living, we have helped … (7 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County - Hockinson Market Report - 02/13/17 08:33 AM
The Pleasure of Living with Nature As NeighborsIf you are looking for a home with acreage and a view, you should consider homes in Brush Prairie - Hockinson, in Clark County, WA. While they are technically two separate places, most people refer to the area as one. The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Columbia River Gorge to the south. Rolling hillsides - offering territorial views - rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. Combine privacy with the diversity of views, and you … (10 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County - Waterfront Market Report - 01/31/17 08:50 AM
One of the rewards of living in the Pacific Northwest is the predominance of amazing bodies of water - rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. Water has a natural, meditative effect on us -- the sight and sound of moving water puts us in a relaxed, reflective mode. Waterfront properties have a built-in asset that many buyers want.  Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.
However, 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. This can cause frustration for anyone trying to … (14 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County - Multi-Gen Market Report - 01/22/17 08:03 AM
We continue to receive inquiries about multigenerational homes now that the lifestyle has become more popular. Besides the economics of sharing expenses, there are the real social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of 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 multi-gen homes, too.  We are familiar with how to convert homes on larger lots into the potential for additional living quarters. Because we understand and live the lifestyle, we know how … (15 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County - Washougal Market Report - 01/02/17 10:06 AM
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 … (14 comments)

nature as neighbors: Views of Clark County - When Good Trees Turn Bad - 12/21/16 09:14 AM
 
We have been promoting fresh Christmas trees for some time as a green choice for the holidays. Every year, we enjoy the hunt, harvest, and even the hassle of putting up a fresh tree - especially now that we live within 2 miles of a great tree farm.
Typically, with proper care, they keep their aroma and greenery for many days, and last well past Christmas day. This year, though, we were in for a surprise - in spite of faithfully following the National Christmas Tree Association guidelines. We took the tree straight home and prepped it properly for the stand. Every morning we checked the water level, and topped … (26 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County Market Report - 12/19/16 09:32 AM
We've discovered first-hand 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. To us, and many of our happy clients, "elbow room for the soul" represents the ultimate luxury.  Likewise, if you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for visiting, or live-in family, and friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re similar to the majority of our clients. Since we also specialize in Multi-Gen living, we have helped many families find a home suitable for that lifestyle.
In short, we recognize the need to spend … (7 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County - Livingston Mountain Market Report - 12/12/16 09:03 AM
Some of our favorite ViewHomes™ of Clark County™ are located on Livingston Mountain in Camas.This area features a variety of homes on larger parcels of land and many have great views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and Portland city lights.
The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia River. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area … (10 comments)

nature as neighbors: View Homes of Clark County - The Reserve At Ashley Ridge - 12/05/16 09:22 AM
We've become big fans of a new development in Felida - The Reserve at Ashley Ridge. The reason? It offers large lots - many with views - and elbow room for the soul. The developer, Pacific Lifestyle Homes, led by Kevin Wann, creates communities that embrace the unique qualities of the location and environment. Ashely Ridge is the embodiment of that: quality green homes that reflect different lifestyles with an appreciation for the environment.
Situated on a plateau overlooking the Columbia River to the East and Salmon Creek refuge to the North, large home sites (up to 20,000 SQFT) are positioned to take advantage of the views, while preserving … (2 comments)

nature as neighbors: ViewHomes™ of Clark County Market Report: Ridgefield, WA - 09/28/16 01:53 AM

The Clark County Parade of Homes runs through October 2 and is located in Ridgefield, WA this year - an appropriate site to feature larger homes on country estates.  An old, established farming community with pastoral settings and rolling hills, Ridgefield is often cited as one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Yet, even new developments boast larger lots, views, and plenty of open green spaces. Having the National Wildlife Refuge nearby provides many outdoor recreation opportunities helps protects the surrounding streams and wetlands, providing natural havens for birds and wildlife.
The Parade of Homes features custom homes built on country estates priced from $900,000 to … (9 comments)

nature as neighbors: 2016 Clark County Parade of Homes Celebrates Outdoor Living - 09/21/16 01:15 AM

We always enjoy the Clark County Parade of Homes for new ideas and designs that complement our ever-changing lifestyles. This year is especially enjoyable because the theme is a lifestyle that resonates with us - country estates and living with nature as neighbors.  Homes with acreage have the advantage of featuring nature and privacy - the ultimate luxuries.
As more consumers value outdoors as a part of their lifestyles, more builders are featuring nature as an extension of the home.  Decks with views, patios with fireplaces, even fully-furnished outdoor kitchens are extremely popular. It's a recognition that our home is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of today's busy world, and if we can enjoy … (10 comments)

nature as neighbors: Silent Saturday - From Our Garden - 07/30/16 02:18 AM

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nature as neighbors: Rural Lifestyle in Downtown Camas Location - Best of Both Worlds - 07/23/16 12:35 AM
Imagine having the best of both worlds! You can own a private slice of nature located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Camas. This ViewHome™ has plenty of room for the entire family, or visiting family members and friends if you're empty-nesters. It has classic and timeless appeal with a great layout that lends itself to privacy for everyone.
Looking for in-law quarters, or space for your college student to live until graduation? This home has a ton of potential with a large lower level with a private entry from the garage. It is the perfect multi-generational home because it … (10 comments)

nature as neighbors: Silent Saturday - To Sit in Solitude - 07/02/16 12:53 AM
 
 
To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.- John Muir
 
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nature as neighbors: Silent Saturday - Summer on The River - 06/11/16 01:04 AM

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nature as neighbors: Views of Nature to Kick-Start Summer Activities - 05/30/16 02:15 AM

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, it's a good day to kick-start your family activities for the season. In addition to summer camp and trips to the beach, there are many local opportunities in Clark County, WA to keep your family busy.
This Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day, an annual celebration of trail activities across the country: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. Several locations in the area are hosting events - the City of Ridgefield celebrates with the Big Paddle - an interpretive tour by canoe, kayak, or even paddleboard along Lake River to the confluence of the Columbia River. … (17 comments)

nature as neighbors: Silent Saturday - Nature As Neighbors Celebrates a Blue Angel - 05/28/16 12:29 AM
We think the drops of rain on the leaves of a Hosta plant is quite meditative. Hostas are a wonderful addition to shade gardens and we think the large varities make quite a statement. This one is called Blue Angel and it produces white, bell-shaped flowers on tall stems. We can't wait for ours to bloom. 
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Camas, WA

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Debb Janes and Bernie Stea have been a real estate team for over a decade in Clark County, WA, where they specialize in ViewHomes™, family estates, multi-generational living, and homes with large lots or acreage.


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