Hood River Real Estate - About the Areas
River Area of the Mid-Columbia Gorge includes property from the City
of Hood River, both its Westside and Eastside, and all
of the areas of Hood River Valley south to the town of Parkdale.
and most active areas, real estate-wise, are the City of Hood River and
the Westside. The exact boundaries between these two areas have blurred
over time as the City has annexed areas within the Urban Growth Boundary.
The Westside of Hood River tends to have larger parcels, newer construction
and some farm uses.
cyclists enjoy the many back roads of the Westside area and the famous
Canyon Mountain Bike Trail System is located in the area at the end
of Post Canyon Drive.
Eastside of Hood River is separated from the City by Highway 35 as well
as the Hood River itself as it meanders towards its confluence with the
Columbia River. The more citified area of the Eastside near the Columbia
River includes some homes with big views of the river and generally larger
parcels than the City itself.
The western access to the popular Twin
Tunnels/Mark Hatfield/Columbia River Highway Trail is located in this
area. Traveling south on Eastside Road one will have expansive views of
the Hood River Valley and will also encounter cyclists. Many orchards
are located in this area with very large parcels. Panorama Point Park provides an excellent viewpoint for the valley and Mt.
Hood and it is accessed off of Eastside Road. The small community of Pine
Grove is also in the Eastside.
south on Hwy 35, considered the eastern portion of the "Fruit Loop," is the town of Odell. Continuing south from Odell
is the small town of Mt
Hood/Parkdale. It marks the "bottom" of the Fruit Loop before
turning north again on the western portion of the Loop, Dee Hwy/Hwy 241.
Taveling north from Parkdale
on Dee Highway is the small community of Dee. Parkdale
is at the southern boundary of the Hood River Valley at a higher elevation
of approximately 1300 feet. Heading due west from Hood River is the town
of Cascade Locks. All of these cities/towns are located within Hood River
general area also includes the small town of Mosier
due east approximately 7 miles on I-84 which is in Wasco County. The
Dalles is a larger city approximately 20 miles east of Hood River also
in Wasco County.
Hood River Valley has some natural and geographical boundaries which,
coupled with Oregon's land use laws and our National Scenic Area designation,
help to preserve the unique qualities of our area and curb over-development.
This area has experienced a market correction but we have been spared
a major downturn and the Hood River real estate market continues to improve.
Check my market stats page for my monthly
update for Hood River statistics.
land is available but has become more scarce over time. A typical City
lot is 50 x 100 ft. Moving out from there, the lot sizes increase and
range into 1 - 2 acre parcels or much
larger properties. The price tag tends to increase with the parcel size
and mountain or river views.
Rural Zoning designations in outlying areas should be carefully researched
as many restrictions can apply. There is also the
issue of irrigation water which can be addressed on a case by case basis.
land prices are higher in the Hood River Area versus other Mid-Columbia
From 2004 - 2016 Hood River has been included in the top Best Places for
small towns and for popular outdoor sports easily accessed in our area.
Hood River is also located within the Columbia
Gorge Wine Region and offers many opportunities for scenic winery
tours and tastings. The microbreweries of Hood River are thriving and
Hood River boasts its own beer festival Hops Fest in the Fall.
forget to check out the many great areas just across the Hood River bridge in
Washington. See Columbia Gorge Real Estate
River and the surrounding Columbia Gorge areas provide a great place to
own and invest in real estate!
River Gorge National Scenic Area - shaded