Vancouver is a city with a rich history, and although it shares its name withthe larger city across the Canadian border 300 miles to the north, Vancouver, Washington, is actually the original city to have the name. Home to Clark Country and its endless outdoor activities, a host of beautiful and varied buildings, a wonderful Fourth of July fireworks display, and 'Dogtoberfest', a great event for dog lovers,Vancouveris a small city that packs a punch.
The city of Vancouver has a relatively small population of roughly 165,000, though it is the 4th largest city in the state of Washington. Median income for the city is just shy of $50,000, with per capita income rates of about half that. Average house sales stand at about $310,000, with median rates of $170,000. On average, roughly 400-500 houses are sold every month in the city, which is in line with the size of the metropolitan area.
The major attractions in the city focus on its interesting history and wonderful landscapes. If you are a lover of the outdoors, you'll be in heaven, with beautiful scenic walks, hikes, bike rides, and more all available in easy distance from the city. On clear days you'll be able to see Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood from the city, while beautiful forests and state parks are all available for exploration in the area. Esther State Park is worth a visit, with movies and concerts during the summer, while the Water Resources Education Center is certainly a great place to take the kids. Here you'll find several exhibits and galleries, along with wetland preserves that showcase the areas flora and fauna. For a look into the city's historical past, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an absolute must, showing off the region's history from its Native American roots to its days as a fur trading post. The Pearson Air Museum is a great site for lovers of planes and air combat history, while the Clark County Historical Museum is also worth a look.
Vancouver isn't short on cultural and artsy attractions, either. While it plays host to some wonderful historical sites, it also showcases some popular modern cultural attractions. If music is your thing, the city is a veritable playground for your senses. If it's classical music you love, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is certainly worth a look. Esther Park has the Pavilion for live music performances, while Sleep Country Amphitheatre also shows off some excellent acts throughout the year. The Clark County Historical Museum, as mentioned above, is in the old public library, where lovers of literature can explore the many stacks of books there, with more than 400 unpublished works available from a global array of writers. In the downtown area you'll also find several art galleries, while performing arts, particularly Hawaiian inspired Polynesian festivals, are also popular here. Of primary interest in Vancouver is the Three Days of Aloha, an event not to be missed for those who love music, dance, art, and fun!
If you're looking to live in a city that has a great community feel and is extremely family-friendly, Vancouver might be just what you're looking for. Rent to own homes, houses for sale, rental properties: they're all available throughout the city's 66 neighborhoods.
Here are just a handful of the best areas:
Parkside:Are you looking for the ideal neighborhood for you and your young family? If so, Parkside might be just what you're looking for. There is a lovely small church, schools, and open parks in the area, all near downtown.
Hudson's Bay:In the southwest corner of the city is Hudson's Bay, a neighborhood characterized by apartment buildings, condominiums, quaint old houses, and some light industrial locations as well. With a diverse sense of character, the neighborhood is one of the most interesting in the wider community, and has some important historical links as well, being the old home of the Hudson Bay Fur Company and the Chinook Indian Tribe.
Fruit Valley:Any neighborhood called Fruit Valley is likely to be an enticing place to live. It is the largest region in the city and is home to Vancouver Lake, the Port of Vancouver, Ridgefield Wildlife Sanctuary, and more. It is also home to about 1,000 homes, making it a very popular area for families who buy or rental houses here.
Ellswood Springs:South of Downtown Vancouver, Ellswood Springs is a quiet neighborhood. It is diverse, with a range of ages and ethnicities calling the area home. The Ellswood Springs Woods are this area's most notable landmark. Again, families looking for a property to buy or rent will commonly look to this neighborhood to set down their roots.
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