This month, Where Next visits Hood River with Greater Seattle native, Molly Donnell, and her distinguished team at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. The SeattlebyDesign team puts great effort into ensuring we have a solid network of brokers from around the corner to around the globe so we can assist our clients wherever their journey may take them. When it comes to Hood River, there’s one go-to advisor we are eager to recommend to our clients, Molly Donnell. Without hesitation, Molly was willing to share a little insider knowledge with our team for those considering a move or secondary home in Oregon.
When asked to share about her now-home of a dozen years, Molly offered this:
“The Columbia River Gorge —located just a 3.5-hour drive south of Seattle and a 1-hour drive East of Portland— is the largest designated National Scenic Area in the US. Flowing through a spectacular river canyon, 85 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, the Columbia River separates Oregon and Washington. Offering stunning scenery of the glittering Columbia River framed by the Gorge’s iconic, steep canyon walls, and numerous waterfalls, the Gorge is a world-renowned playground for outdoor adventurers. Offering kiteboarding, windsurfing, foiling, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, year-around skiing, and spectacular trails for hiking, the Gorge has something special for every outdoor enthusiast. With a uniquely diverse agricultural climate, the Gorge offers numerous local wineries and tasting rooms, award-winning breweries, and an abundant selection of fruit and fresh ingredients from local farms and orchards.
Nestled beneath Mt. Hood on the Columbia River sits the community of Hood River, one of the most popular tourist and adventure destinations in the Northwest. While small in size, Hood River’s draw has cultivated a selection of fine restaurants, bars, and amenities that rivals that of larger cities. The region has a strong, diverse economy fueled by agriculture, technology, and manufacturing sectors. Hood River’s unique job opportunities attract driven and skilled workers from around the world.
The Gorge’s abundant opportunity, incredible scenery, and quality of life are ideal for people looking for a place to call home and for those desiring a second home from which to escape, relax, or play! Property styles in the Gorge range from European chateaus, Craftsman’s, Modern view homes, to traditional homes on acreage and more. The average price range for a single-family home in the Central Gorge is $559,000 and the most expensive listing at approximately $3M.”
If you’re looking for a property in one of the seven distinct communities within the Columbia River Gorge, please allow us to connect you to Molly Donnell and her talented team at Cascade Sotheby’s, where Molly also serves as Principal Broker. SeattlebyDesign has already referred business there and we’d be happy to introduce you as well.