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Old 07-05-2007, 09:18 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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I am looking for property in the Hood River area on both OR and WA sides of the river. Can anyone tell me how far away from the river you have to be to avoid the extreme winds, and if they are a seasonal or all year long thing? It seems like Cascade Locks is where the wet stops and the dry begins, correct?

Also, property seems to cost less on the WA side - any reason?

Thanks for your input
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:02 PM
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The key to not getting Blown away is >>>hang on for Dear Life! I drive " the Gorge " Daily and for the past twenty years i can say the wind and wet are the two constants in the area. the closer you get to troutdale and fairview the less rain HOWEVER the wind will drive you crazy on the south end of the Gorge!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:07 PM
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Oh also Property on the west side in wa. is in an unpopulated area with a somewhat Hilly terrain ALSO you will have to do some commuting to the Oregon side so Check OUT the TOLL BRIDGES!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:26 PM
Location: Oregon
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Well...... There is a reason all the windsurfers flock to Hood River! You may have to go south to Parkdale/Odell to get away from the winds. Yes, the wind blows year round in the gorge, so you have to learn to live with it. I lived in The Dalles for many years and have relatives in Hood River, trust me the wind is a constant. Having a picnic? Better bring something to weight down the table cloth and the paper plates, napkins, etc. Like canman said, the bridges at Hood River and Cascade Locks are both toll bridges, so bring change with you if you commute from the washington side. The closest bridge that is not a toll bridge is in The Dalles (20 miles east of Hood River).
Good Luck in your property search.
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Old 07-05-2007, 02:32 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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Default Blown away in Hood River

Thanks for the input everyone. I knew I should take the realtor's "it's only windy March thru July w/ a grain of salt!
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Old 07-05-2007, 04:19 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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You should have already been blown away by the prices in HR... It has changed significantly. Several of my builder friends now find themselves without affordable properties, soon to become WalMart greeters . Yesterday we looked at a 50x100 lot at $150k, nothing special. Remember your additional costs for developing bare land. (utilities, permits, frontage improvements, potential impact fees, then landscaping...)

Difference in price OR vs. WA is probably due to
1) more jobs in OR
2) OR is the 'trendy' location, and WA used to be 'hicks-ville' (not the case anymore).
3) Property Taxes are likely lower in OR (but this varies depending on lots of issues / new vs. old, growth of local market, what bozo's are paying for props (both are based on Fair Market Value). The difference is that OR has a tax increase limit (3%?) that has not yet been blocked by the high court (as it has in WA). OR also does not tax based on 100% of FMV, there is a lower 'offset' value, sometimes as much as 50% (in the case of new built)
4) but... OR has an ~8% income tax (WA has no income tax, but an ~ 8% sales tax
5) OR has the 'Downhill' (big bucks) ski industry, while WA is x-crty and snowshoeing.
6) a lot of restricted land on each side (CGNSA or USFS)
7) more buildable sights on OR side.
8) OR has I-84 which allows folks to commute to PDX in 50 min.

the bridge toll is $1/ each way at Cascade Locks and $.75 at HR. But you can buy books of tickets that reduce each fare by ~ 10%

Remember if you live in WA, but work in OR or get income from an OR source you pay OR income tax.
If you live in OR and work in WA you WILL ALSO pay OR income tax on any income gained in OR.

basically WA = more laid back, but fewer jobs
OR = trendy ('The place to be'), adequate coffee shops and brewery's

It is really quite difficult to tell the difference between folks of the different sides, and there is little strife between them. Which has not been the case in the past. After all those of us on the border spend almost = time on each side. (I've been over 3x in 24 hrs) it is only ~ 2 minutes between the two states (shorter by air !).
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