Discover Wonderful Washougal, Washington

6.19.17 By

An important thing that I recommend to people who are considering relocating to the Portland-Vancouver area is to take time to explore the numerous small cities and communities that surround Portland and Vancouver. Each one offers very distinctive lifestyle qualities that make them unique and special.

At the northeast edge of the metro area is the city of Washougal, in Washington’s Clark County. Located across the Columbia River from Portland and Gresham, Washougal is just a 10-15 minute drive from Portland International Airport.

The Washougal area was first settled in the 1820s, around the time that the European and American explorers of the Hudson’s Bay Fur Company set up camp at nearby Fort Vancouver. The area’s name is thought to have been derived from the Chinook Indian words for “rushing water,” which is apt considering its location just upstream from where the rushing Washougal River meets the mighty Columbia.

Washougal’s proximity to Portland International Airport make the city an ideal home for frequent travelers. Being on the western edge of the beautiful Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area makes it a gateway to one of the most splendorous natural treasures found anywhere. Both combine to provide an exceptional environment for luxury homes.

The city of Washougal itself offers numerous attributes that make it a great place to call home. The estimated population of just more than 15,500 has nearly doubled since 2000, reflecting the area’s vitality and healthy growth. Washougal’s median household income is among the highest in the metropolitan area, and in 2015 voters approved a $57 million capital improvement bond, to help ensure the city’s public schools keep up with growth and expectations of its affluent citizens.

Washougal Town Square and the rejuvenated main street area provide a slice of small town charm and modern amenities that enable residents to stay close to home when they want. In and around town, there’s lots for outdoor recreation lovers to see and do: areas designated for hiking, biking, fishing, birding and watersports are numerous and easily accessible.

Luxury homes in Washougal tend to be situated on large parcels of land that blend seamlessly within the area’s lush, semi-rural surroundings. Many are perched atop forested hillsides, offering both privacy, and stunning, expansive views of the surrounding mountains and Columbia River Gorge. One home currently listed offers a modern, custom design with floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking river, mountain and city views. A video tour shows off all that this stunning luxury home, and the joy of living in Washougal, have to offer.

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Terrie Cox is Oregon and Washington’s premier luxury real estate broker. Recognized nationally and internationally among RE/MAX’s top 50 Realtors in the world, Terrie is uniquely qualified to help buyers relocating to the Portland-Vancouver area learn more about the market, and select just the right city or community for their new home.  Call or text Terrie directly at (360) 607-4100, email terrie@terriecox.net or visit usa-relocate.com.

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