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Old 07-26-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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Any thoughts and opinions on which is better in terms of:

House pricing
schools
family friendly atmosphere
parks

Thank you!!
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:33 PM
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Any thoughts and opinions on which is better in terms of:

House pricing
schools
family friendly atmosphere
parks

Thank you!!
Fisher's Landing the gated development or Fisher's Landing the area? The area is in the Evergreen school district which has a reasonably good reputation, as do Camas schools. Both areas should be the same, although there are pockets of "McMansions" in both places that are outrageously priced for what you get. "Camas" can refer to a fairly large area, from downtown out into rural horse country back in the hills.
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Old 07-26-2007, 06:50 PM
 
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Any thoughts and opinions on which is better in terms of:

House pricing
They'll be pretty comparable. Although, in some of the seedier areas of Camas the pricing will be substantially lower than the upper-middle class homes of Fisher's Landing. But if you're comparing apples to apples, you'll find similar home prices.

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schools
Fisher's Landing schools are part of the enormous Evergreen SD, which is very well run and usually ranked highly in the state for spending per student, teacher/student ratio, and test scores.

I prefer significantly smaller districts. Camas SD and Evergreen SD are pretty fairly matched. However, Camas has a superior Autism program and is also apart of the Homelink program for home schoolers. Camas also has a manget high school program available beginning for the 2007 9th graders.

Your Schools: (http://www.camas.wednet.edu/magnet/index.html - broken link)

Camas schools have the advantages you'd usually find in larger districts, but still retains that small-town atmosphere where the people are usually very friendly and helpful.


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family friendly atmosphere
Again, fairly similar. Camas has more of a community feel to it, though. Fisher's Landing is just a neighborhood in a much larger city. Camas, itself is a self-contained city with lots of activities for families. Everything from music in the park to the annual Camas Days events.

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parks
What do you mean by simply "parks"? Like how many, how nice, or parks and recreation programs? Both areas have some nice parks. But, Camas being its own city has several parks along with a VERY active parks and recreation program.

Here's the link to Camas' Parks and Recreation page:
City of Camas Parks and Recreation Home Page (http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/parks/index.htm - broken link)

Here's a link to Camas' page listing all the city parks:
Parks Index - City of Camas (http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/parks/parksi.htm - broken link)




Hope this info helps. Feel free to PM me if you have some more specific questions.
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Old 07-27-2007, 01:41 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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both these are basically adjoining suburbs, and the west side of Camas = Fishers Landing, in fact the Fishers are a heritage Camas family, complete with their very own subdivision on the border between the two places. (to the east of Parker St, and south of 'NW Pacific Rim Blvd')... But, as DD noted Camas is a real town too, complete with all that goes along with it. I feel more 'Family friendly", and community support than just being a group of subdivisions, as Fishers Landing is. IF... Fishers Landing had some clout (Like Hazel Dell, who has fought annexation and actually has an identity) it would be ok, but it is really just a name of an area between Vancouver (Cascade Park) and Camas... nothing special, lots of homes, traffic and big box stores. Camas has an identity, and elections and services...(taxes)

Fishers Landing elementary is top ranked, but has a cap, and is hard to get into, then there is Middle School... then HS... I think you might be safer in the Camas District for a comprehensive 'best bet'.

AFAIK - Homelink is still a part of Battleground district, and 'River Campus' is physically in Camas, but administered by BG. Camas and Washougal are not too keen on homeschool and really put the screws to the parents and kids, especially when it comes time for Running Start, (college in place of Jr / Sr yr) but many folks still fight the system and do it anyway. Contention is probably a legacy for the early Home School era with the Moore Foundation based in Washougal. The stated objection is "You are taking scholastic and leadership kids out of the district and burdening the remaining program". Probably some issues with WASL too, as most schools spend a few months 'tutoring' to get the kids to make the school scores look good....too bad the teachers cannot put that time into teaching.

Camas Days starts today! be there...
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:56 AM
 
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Let's not forget, Fishers landing is down wind from the Camas paper mill. It can make for some ripe evenings. LOL

As pointed out, F.L. is a neighborhood in Vancouver, Camas is a separate town. F.L. is upper middle class with low crime and nice neighborhoods. Watch out for the area around the Hewlett Packard plant. Very Stepfordwife-ish gated community's. F.L. has a new high school opening this year in the area, Union HS, that is part of the Evergreen District yet physically in the Camas city limits.

My only complaint about Camas is the Prune Hill area. Very upscale, large homes. However, it is a large hill with dead end cul de sacs abounding. Not bad unless it snows or we get a ice storm, then your stuck in your house until it melts.

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Evergreen School District has a very good home schooling program too called Home Choice.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:26 AM
 
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Let's not forget, Fishers landing is down wind from the Camas paper mill.

Rarely is this even an issue anymore. The Camas paper mill is really on it's last leg, employing only a fraction of what it did back in its heyday. I recently read an article about the 100 Best Places to Live in the US and even with the mill, Camas was rated with an exceedingly high air quality. Here's a link to their fairly detailed rating of #63:

MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2007: Camas, WA snapshot

Last edited by diggitydot; 07-27-2007 at 11:27 AM.. Reason: Had too many commas and it changed the meaning of the sentece...
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