Vancouver WA Real Estate
About Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA, is the fourth-largest city in Washington, and offers a wide variety of neighborhoods, many of which are steeped in history. Established nearly 30 years earlier than Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver, WA, boasts the oldest operational airport in the country (Pearson) and was home to the Kaiser Shipyards, which brought thousands of workers to the area during World War II.
Along with the downtown and waterfront areas, Vancouver offers a more suburban feel than its neighbor to the south – Portland, OR. There are more than 60 neighborhood associations in Vancouver, three school districts and more than 70 elementary, middle and high schools. Clark Community College and the Vancouver branch of Washington State University offers students higher learning options close to home.
Downtown Vancouver, WA
Downtown has seen a revitalization over the past two decades. There is an urban feel with several restaurants and bars – and brewpubs! – anchored by Esther Short Park. The park has a large gazebo, a playground, a water feature for the kids to play in during the hotter days, and several benches for resting. During the summer, wine and beer fests take place and live music can be heard on a weekly basis at the park.
From March to April, The Vancouver Farmer’s Market keeps the downtown area lively during the weekends. The Vancouver Farmers Market offers “a diversity of fresh and local agriculture products, quality prepared foods, and original fine artisan products.” With more than 250 vendors on hand, the list of treasures is too long to present here. But check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
Down By The River
Situated on the north bank of The Columbia River, Vancouver has taken full advantage of that location. Several restaurants can be found along the river and several beaches are enjoyed during the warmer summer months.
The Waterfront Renaissance Trail is a paved, five-mile trail open to walking, jogging and biking all year round. Offering views of both the I-5 and I-205 bridges and, on clear days, Mt. Hood., the trail is often incorporated into community runs and walk-a-thons.
Additionally, plans are underway to develop more of the riverfront, including a waterfront park that will feature a pier that extends over the river. Plans also include two restaurant buildings, two apartment buildings and an office building.
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