Living Closer to Nature

Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc

Deschutes River

The Deschutes River runs through the center of Bend Oregon.

 Last August, we hiked a 5-mile loop through these woods and across the river. Downstream from this spot, people were putting in rafts and paddleboards. This beautiful forest is an integral part of the city of Bend. Hiking, rafting, and paddle boarding are part of the daily routine for locals. Living close to nature is not only fun, it's really good for us too!  

A study published by NIH in the Environmental Health Perspectives  found that people who live in greener areas have a lower risk of mortality. In fact, people living in the greenest places, with the most vegetation within 800 feet of their home, have lower rates of respiratory disease, cancer and kidney disease. It makes sense that places with more vegetation are less polluted. And green spaces encourage people to get outside and walk, run and interact with other people. 




In the Greater Washington D.C. area, there are many parks and green spaces.


Our most famous- Rock Creek Park which winds through N.W. Washington D.C. and up through Montgomery County Maryland. There are hiking, biking and horse trails through the park and beside the creek. In fact, one of the entrances to the National Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park.  Meadowside Nature Center is in Rock Creek Park and features 8 miles of trails. 

Neighborhoods that are close to Rock Creek Park include; N.W. Washington DC, Chevy Chase Maryland, Rockville & Kensington Maryland. 

Sligo Creek Park is several miles long-from Takoma Park to Silver Spring Maryland. Neighborhoods close to Sligo Creek include; Takoma Park, Wheaton & Silver Spring Maryland. 

The Capital Crescent Trail is an 11-mile trail from Georgetown in Washington D.C. to Bethesda Maryland and east to Silver Spring Maryland. Part of the trail follows the old Baltimore & Ohio railroad track. Neighborhoods close to the trail include; Georgetown in Washington D.C., N.W. Washington D.C., Bethesda, Silver Spring & Potomac Maryland. 


 Great Falls Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Virginia. 

The 800-acre park is along the Potomac River. There is a Great Falls Park on the Maryland side but the Virginia park is a local favorite. Neighborhoods near Great Falls include; Mclean, Langley and Arlington Virginia. 

Throughout Fairfax County Virginia, there are parks offering hiking trails and camping. If you are looking for a home near nature, the Washington D.C. area has much to offer! See the links below for more information about buying a home near nature in the Washington Area.


Nature in Fairfax County Virginia

Great Falls Virginia

Sligo Creek Park

Capital Crescent Trail 

Rock Creek Park 

Living Near Nature Linked to Longer Life


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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Isn't Oregon a beautiful state? We hiked the Columbia River Gorge last year and I was blown away by the scenery. The winery at the Hood River was pretty cool, too. In fact, I joined the wine club there, LOL, just to keep reminding me of Oregon (of course).

Nov 29, 2016 08:35 AM #1
Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

We Love Oregon Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Marshall grew up in a small town on the Columbia River just north of Hood River. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Nov 29, 2016 11:07 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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We spend a lot of time in Bend, our son lives there...and we often run that trail you speak about. And yes, Ecotherapy is good for what ails us. Nice tie in to the DC greenspots. 

Dec 02, 2016 09:43 AM #3
Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Thanks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD We love the outdoors and are always looking for new places to hike.

You're lucky to have a reason to frequently visit Bend. We love that city!

Have a great weekend!

Dec 02, 2016 01:39 PM #4
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