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Sue Roy, Home Buyer in Dublin, CA

Is there any good neighborhood just outside of Fishers Landing that would be a safe area to live.?

Asked by Sue Roy, Dublin, CA Sun Jan 27, 2013

Would like to buy a newer home is possible. We are pre-approved for $268,000.

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Troy Jensen’s answer
Hi Sue

Everyone has opinions on where the best areas and locations are, and many can and will build a defense for each area. I would agree with TheCouv on the smell in Camas with the paper mill, but I have many friends in Prune Hill that say it isn't as bad as everyone says. We came up from Santa Barbara years ago and depending on what you are looking for, weather it be the schools, rural surroundings, city surroundings, night life etc.. its all a personal taste thing.

We looked all over on our arrival here from CA, my wife being a school teacher and our kids being elementary age drove our search. We used the school report cards for Vancouver School District and Evergreen School District and then looked at each schools report card. Safety was our next concern so we used crime stats for each area and watch dog for areas with noted preditors http://www.familywatchdog.us/

We ended up liking a nice rural area with good schools, low crime & preditors with easy access for commutes. If we needed to hit the city life Portland is only about 15-20 min away from just about everywhere to include distances from Ridge Field and Camas. If I can be of any help, please dont hesitate to give me a call ok.

Thank you

Troy Jensen, Buyers Broker
Professional Realty Srvc of WA
360-852-7145
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 28, 2013
You should look at living near 187th. We bought a house out in Bella Vista, where where 192nd turns into 18th st. Harmony is considered by many to be the top elementary school in the area. It's right next to Pacific Middle School, another great school. And they would then transfer to Union High School. It's a 5 minute drive to Walmart, Fred Meyer, Safeway. You have some really nice restaurants near by. There is beautiful dog park and a huge soccer field there as well. If you like going to the shooting range, then your in luck there as well. You have several politicians that live in the area so that should tell you that the crime is very low. When I first moved in, my wife accidentally left the garage door open when she left for work. We got home at about 7pm that evening. Nothing was missing. It would definitely be worth the look.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2013
Thank you. When we fly up to Vancouver we will check out that area.
Flag Sat Feb 23, 2013
Hi Sue,

I moved from San Jose over 20 years ago and we live in Fisher's Landing, just on the border between Cascade Park. I'd say this depends on your definition of 'newer' as well. It's my personal opinion that some of the nicest homes in an established neighborhood are in "Cascade SE" and "Bella Vista" it is South of McGillivray and the homes and neighborhood all seem to be pretty well kept with good size lots. The new construction in Fisher's landing typically has smaller lots and sometimes narrower streets, etc. but you'll usually be around younger families with kids which may be a plus.

Vancouver is also very safe, there aren't any truly dangerous parts of town but downtown and anything near 4th Plain can be shady in terms of drugs and property crime. I've never heard of drive-bys or any significant gang activity. Violence is not that big of a concern to me; there are occasional incidents like anywhere but they are very rarely in East Vancouver and it is not anything like the East Bay.

If you've got kids and plan to stay in the same house for a while, you want to locate near Mountain View, Union, or Camas High schools; Skyview HS is good too but it's up in Salmon Creek - nowhere near where we are talking about.

In a roundabout way, I suppose my answer to your question is "not really". There are a few onsie-twosie new construction homes in Cascade Park but if you want newer than 'model year 2000' homes, in a safe and desirable location the only other neighborhood that offers it is Salmon Creek (about 10mi North). Personally, I think East Vancouver's abundance of shopping and proximity to Portland beat Salmon Creek hands down. It is also growing at a much faster rate and has the most potential.

Sidenote: I'd be careful about Camas, for 1 their property taxes are way higher than Vancouver which may or may not be a concern; 2, depending on where you live, the mill smells awful and can be nauseating. I really like Camas, it's quaint, it's close, it's built on a little hill, all cool stuff - but even Superman would be powerless against that rotten broccoli stench.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 28, 2013
Hi Sue, I remember you from the previous inquiries & the job relocation. You still want to be close to FL area for all those reasons, Camas comes to my mind. There are some new constructions going on (to be built) in your price range there. Camas is a growing city, desirable community which kept up its value. I couldn't find anything 'newer' like 2003-2013 in Cascade Park in your price. CP is an older established community, not many lots left in there for grab. Always happy to help, Laura
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
Hi Sue

There are several very nice areas and neighborhoods, really the best way to find your comfort zone is to visit the area as everyone has their idea of the perfect location and can vary widely. Let me know if you have a visit planned and I would be happy to show you the area, I just had some clients from AZ in last night, we looked all today and they found the area they were most comfortable with in Fishers Landing and now we will focus on homes in that area. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call ok.

Thank you

Troy E. Jensen, Broker

Professional Realty Services of Washington, Inc
MBA, BS, BA, AAS, PSS

cell# 360-852-7145
Fax# 360-326-1944

http://www.salmoncreek-realestate.com
http://www.felida-ridgefield-lacenter-realestate.com
http://www.mountvistahomesforsale.com
http://www.HomesInNorthwest.com
http://www.househunt.com/WA/Salmon_Creek
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
There are several nice neighborhoods with newer homes near but not in the Fisher's Landing area. Like all buyers, you will probably not get every single thing you want, but a great agent will make sure you see all the closest possibilities within your budget! When are you hoping to move in to your new home?

Janine
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
Hi Sue Camas by Lacamas Lake is a great area it is an area of newer homes will be a streach for your budget but not impossible. great views and recreation area .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
Cascade park is an amazing neighborhood with great homes. Also you can't beat the high school Mountain View. I moved up here from the bay area in 1996 and all three of my kids have gone through the schools here. Great head start programs for smart kids and athletic programs that still are supported. Feel free to ask anything you want. Happy to answer and happy to have you part of the community!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
I used to live in San Jose in California, and when I moved to Portland and then Vancouver, I thought there might be large areas that were unsafe like there are in parts of California. There are no neighborhoods near Fisher's Landing where I would hesitate to live, though there are certain streets and small subdivisions that are better than others. Cascade Park (the largest neighborhood just west of Fisher's Landing) was THE hot area in the 70's when I-205 went in, and those homes have held their value well, even though every house on everty street is not neat and tidy!

Any good agent will be able to help you find the neighborhood that works best for you!

Janine
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
Hi Sue

I am always here to answer your questions and help in your search as an exclusive buyers agent, working with relocating families is my speciality, and you get 200% of my attention as an exclusive buyers agent working with buyers only. I think the best way to find the right home is to come and visit, I would be happy to show you the area and answer any questions you have about each area, school district, or neighborhood. I look forward to discussing your homes needs and if you ever have a question on any property dont hesitate to give me a call ok.

Thank you

Troy E. Jensen, Broker

Professional Realty Services of Washington, Inc

MBA, BS, BA, AAS, PSS

cell# 360-852-7145
Fax# 360-326-1944


http://www.salmoncreek-realestate.com
http://www.felida-ridgefield-lacenter-realestate.com
http://www.mountvistahomesforsale.com
http://www.HomesInNorthwest.com
http://www.househunt.com/WA/Salmon_Creek
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
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