Far from living in the shadows of neighboring Portland, Vancouver – nestled on the Columbia River's northern bank – offsets the big city's cultural diversity with its historic charm. Located between the scenic Pacific Northwest beaches and snowcapped mountains, this portside Clark County jewel remains rich in the natural resources that first drew settlers here centuries ago. The arrival of the United States military instilled Vancouver with a strong maritime economy that has since broadened to include industries from biomedical technology to forestry to tourism.
Though progress has come, the town's 162,000 residents haven't forgotten the town's colorful past. Rather than committing its relics behind plastic cases, the community thrives alongside them. The Victorian-style homes that once housed Generals Ulysses S. Grant and George C. Marshall welcome visitors with doors wide open. Equally inviting are the numerous local parks that offer a variety of recreational options. The aquatically inclined delight in the many opportunities for swimming and windsurfing, while more grounded types will find ample trails for hiking and climbing. Great rivers such as the Columbia and Willamette offer terrific and ample opportunities for fishing.
Aside from serving as an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, Vancouver is also the home to some of the state's best schools and colleges. Students in some parts of Vancouver are under the jurisdiction of the Evergreen School District, a 30-school educational system that garnered a grant of more than $9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Vancouver School District serves students in other parts of the city. To accommodate residents (both current and future), Vancouver boats a diverse real estate market. Single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums offering scenic views and a variety of amenities can be found to fit nearly any budget.
Newcomers to Vancouver will find that the city's real estate market offers homes to fit a variety of budgets, from the conservative to the lavish. And with residential development in the region beginning some 200 years ago, living options in Vancouver vary from stately pre-Civil War homes to condominiums with postmodern prestige. Many residents enjoy living in this suburban enclave of Portland for its tranquility, proximity to Portland, and for its tax advantages.
Homes in Vancouver, WA are priced starting from under $180,000 for smaller, older homes to upwards of $2,000,000 and more for newer estate properties in Vancouver and luxury executive homes featuring acreage and lovely scenic views. Clark County area townhouses and Vancouver condominiums are available from under $120,000 to $1,200,000 and more, depending on size, location and amenities. House-hunters looking to start from scratch will find wooded lots and land priced starting from $130,000. New construction is a strong presence in Clark County with many successful builders offering homes in a variety of price ranges and locations.
"Gloria Matthews : Your Local Real Estate Expert in Vancouver, WA"
Gloria Matthews: Gloria has been in the real estate business for 10 years and currently serves as the Managing Broker/Owner of Principal Property Brokers, where The Principal is always YOU.
Gloria takes great pride in the exceptional service and care that she offers her clients, which is all rooted in her most essential skill—active listening. By listening to her clients, she can further establish their goals and provide the guidance and resources that are needed to achieve their goals. "Whether you are interesting in buying or selling, there are many steps, procedures and processes involved. Like threading a needle and guiding through many loops, a seamless finish is the goal."
In addition to her Broker license, Gloria's other professional designations include Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), e-PRO, Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS).
She is a member of the Greater Vancouver Luxury Homes Group, Council of Residential Specialists, is the Regional Representative of the Washington State Board, and is serving on the Technology/Website/Communications Committee and Chapter with a Heart. Additionally, as an SRES agent, Gloria is fond of senior enrichment activities and issues surrounding senior abuse.
Gloria was born in Vancouver and has lived in the Seattle/Bellevue/Kirkland area for 20 years before returning to Vancouver 14 years ago.
Entrust your next sale or purchase in the hands of Gloria Matthews. Call her today to learn how you can become her next success story.
Vancouver Real Estate Stats and Trends for the week of August 31st, 2015: homes priced around $296,836 compared to $313,137 the previous week, showing a decrease of less than -5%. For Wednesday, September 2nd, the current national mortgage rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage is 3.90%; the 15 year fixed rate is at 2.96%. For a loan larger than conventional conforming loans, or 'jumbo' loan, the 30 year rate is 4.27%, while the 15 year jumbo rate currently is at 3.88%. You can calculate your mortgage rate with our mortgage calculators. Get local info and homes for sale in Vancouver WA. View active real estate listings for different types of properties including new homes, houses for sale, foreclosures, short sales, and price reduced listings. Find information and property resources including prices of recently sold homes, neighborhood information, crime stats, home values, and schools in Vancouver to help you find the best home!