Real Estate in Clark County
So what about buying your home and
settling down in Clark County? There are many cities & towns, homes are
expensive and you want to do it right the first time.
A quick overview of Amboy,
Battle Ground, Brush
Prairie, Camas / Washougal,
Yacolt is listed below to help start your home search.
First of all, if you're new to the area, your job location may play a very
important decision in where to live. You may even work in Portland and live here
taking advantage of the State Income Tax situation. If this is the case, then
you may choose to live close to either I-5
or I-205 bridges which are the only local routes
into Oregon. The rush hour traffic situation is clearly worse on
I-5 during commute periods, but if your job is
in the core of down town Portland, you're going to hit traffic either on
I-5 or on I-84
heading into Portland.
If you are fortunate enough to not travel during the heavy commute periods or
if it's just worth it to go further and get further away from it all, then the
rural areas of North Clark County may be the place for you.
Yacolt are really away from it all and growth will not be as intense as
areas along I-5. This is based on the way
that most cities and towns develop around main tributaries such as interstates. What you will be giving up us the convenience
of what suburbia has to offer in the way of shopping, restaurants, etc. What you
will be gaining is you will be in the middle of the beauty of North Clark
For an in between,
Battle Ground may be just the ticket. It sits virtually on the edge of the
beauty of the outdoors in North Clark County with wonderful parks and outdoor
adventures very near. Closer to the lakes and streams that attract most of us, even if
we're not fisherman. Battle Ground is a very fast growing community that now has all
the amenities of any Vancouver metro area with major department stores, plenty
of restaurants and a couple of strip malls with a variety of different stores.
An area that is not yet well developed is
Brush Prairie. I say yet, because it goes without saying that it most
certainly will grow, being between eastern Vancouver and just south of Battle
Ground. This area may be just the right spot for many people with the option of
heading north or south for shopping and business needs.
Further North are
La Center and
Woodland is at the most northern tip of Clark County and in fact it splits
into Cowlitz County as well. Located on I-5,
access north and south is easily at hand. Working back south to
La Center, it is not far off I-5 and is
currently a small quiet "almost" rural location. It should be noted that a large
Casino is planned fro the area that will have some impact on what happens here.
Opinions on whether this is going to be good or bad is polar opposites. Finally
Ridgefield which is not far off of I-5
only headed toward the Columbia River. A small quaint down town area the most
compelling virtue seems to be the Columbia River. There is in fact boat launches
here which are popular with the many boaters in our area.
To the east of Vancouver are
Camas and Washougal. I suspect that the earlier growth in this area was
mostly attributed to the Paper Mill that is still located and operating here. Be
aware that many changes have been made to better filter the emissions that do
accompany a Paper Mill, but it is still a somewhat noticeable factor. One of the
real advantages is being close to the Columbia River and the absolutely
beautiful scenery of the Columbia Gorge. The potential down side to this area is
that the Columbia Gorge does produce considerable strong winds year around. With
this wind is also the issue of cold weather that does take sometimes days longer
to scourer out snow and ice conditions during winter months. To put this in a
somewhat kinder frame the winters here are considerably milder than most parts
of the US and years can go by without any snow whatsoever.
I would also say that downtown Camas has a very well developed down town area
that is truly well done.
Vancouver is of course the primary City or core of Clark County. Not from a
geographically centered perspective, but from where most of the population and Clark
County Government is located. It's our Big City, not like the skyscrapers and
intensity of Portland Oregon, but certainly more densely populated, many more
businesses and more cultural activities as well. Living in Vancouver has it's
own and growing amenities while being in some cases only a mile from Portland
Oregon. Even living in say the Western part of Vancouver, you're still not far
from a beautiful park at