Fishhawk Lake Real Estate Trends Winter 2016

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

There continues to be an influx of buyers interested in vacation homes at Fishhawk Lake as well as those looking for full time living in an environment far different than the urban sprawl that has taken hold of Portland and the surrounding suburbs in the last year. Oregon being the 6th highest state for people moving to (with Washington being the 5th) and 68,000 people who've moved to Oregon in the last year, the housing market is being squeezed for inventory in Portland and its outer fringes and this has sparked a new interest in more rural areas with lower taxes and lower price-point.

There are trade-offs to living full time in a more rural setting. Quiet, activities that require being outside more, far less traffic and more wildlife on the roads, neighbors more spread out. You won't find a Trader Joe's a mile down the road, so you will have to plan ahead when doing your weekly shopping. Living at Fishhawk Lake year round might require buying that stand-alone freezer and stocking up for the winter when weather may take a turn towards snow and ice and the dark nights come faster, making driving a bit more challenging.

Interested buyers for both vacation AND full time lake properties are coming from out-of-state lately, too;  Arizona, Utah California, just to name some recent areas of inquirers. Many are coming from just 90 minutes away, too. It's surprising to see so much interest in December and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Lake Properties for $200,000

At this moment, the vacation home properties and potential full time living homes of interest all lie in the $200,000 range or the very inexpensive vacant lots. There is still a variety of choices to be had in that price range for homes, most of which I am familiar with as to their history or current condition. Do call or e-mail when you are ready to do a tour of Fishhawk Lake or want to know more about our community, the seasons and all of the other questions that come up about our slice of paradise!

Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905

Birkenfeld OR 97016
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community
"Your Gateway to the Lake!"
(Fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife,& so much more!)
My website
Originally published on fishhawklakerealtors blog by Gayle Rich-Boxman 2016 All Rights Reserved. 

Comments (9)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Thanks for the glimpse of Fishhawk Lake real estate, Gayle. Stepping back from the hectic world has great appeal for many people, and you've shown us many glimpse of your appealing area.

Best wishes to you in 2017.

Jan 02, 2017 11:02 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, benefits of being a full time resident of Fishhawk Lake sounds great to me, whether looking for a vacation home or a place to call home, buyers would be wise to contact you.

Jan 02, 2017 11:19 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice profile on what is happening in Fishhawk Lake.  Happy Monday, we have gray skies that look like they are going to burst any minute...No complaints we love the rain.  A

Jan 02, 2017 11:19 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

How's your area for power outages?  We are planning on a propane whole house generator for our next home.

Jan 02, 2017 01:55 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - If anyone can find the perfect Fishhawk Lake retreat for urban refugees, it's you - you know this market, its homes, and its lifestyle intimately.

Jan 02, 2017 02:00 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 That picture depicts exactly what I dream when I think of fishhawk lake. Nice market report Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 

Jan 02, 2017 05:57 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When I hear Fishhawk Lake, I immediately think of your beautiful smiling face, I am sure everyone else does as well.

Jan 03, 2017 08:16 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Lottie Kendall you nailed it! Thanks for your thoughts and here's hoping for prosperity for all of us.

Beth Atalay Having lived in so many different capacities out here, it's afforded me the opportunity to answer many questions and be a guide.Thanks for speaking to the value of that. Have you done your visionboard yet?

Ron and Alexandra Seigel yesterday was a beautifully sunny cold day and a great walk was had in the snowy woods. I was up very early and saw FIVE shooting stars out our bedroom window!!! A great sign! Did you guys get your needed rain?

Tammy Lankford, that question is one that will promote a future post, I'd say. I've addressed our many power outtages before, and we have a full generator system in place--goes on for everything in the house after about 15 seconds. I highly recommend this to my potential full time buyers. You won't regret doing it!



Jan 03, 2017 08:26 AM
Beth Atalay

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, still working on it, had it ready but wanted to make some changes to it so I'm still playing with it.

Jan 03, 2017 08:30 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dick Greenberg mind it I steal that great phrase, "urban refugees"? Sounds like a perfect way to address these potential buyers! 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington we are in the process of purchasing this lovely log cabin...and it will become my office and meeting place for buyers and sellers. Cool, huh?

Brian England ahhh, shucks, buddy! I would hope that they go right from that to falling in love with the lake...I'm simply the vessel. Thank you... (blush, blush).


Jan 03, 2017 08:30 AM