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Hood River Real Estate - About the Areas

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The Hood 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.

The largest 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.

Local cyclists enjoy the many back roads of the Westside area and the famous Post Canyon Mountain Bike Trail System is located in the area at the end of Post Canyon Drive.

The 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.

Heading 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 County.

This 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.

The 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.

hood river downtownVacant 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.

Typically, land prices are higher in the Hood River Area versus other Mid-Columbia areas.

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.

Don't forget to check out the many great areas just across the Hood River bridge in Washington. See Columbia Gorge Real Estate for details.

Hood River and the surrounding Columbia Gorge areas provide a great place to own and invest in real estate!

 

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - shaded green