Not to be confused with its neighbor of the same name to the north, Vancouver, Washington resides just above Portland on the opposite side of the Columbia River. Situated right on the border between Washington and Oregon, Vancouver offers the best of both worlds, as residents can take advantage of no corporate income taxes and low property taxes in Washington, in addition to no sales tax in Oregon. Vancouver's real estate market boasts unique Pacific Northwest architecture as well, with a variety of Victorians, small wartime tract housing, craftsman bungalows in the downtown district, ranch-style homes in midtown, and rural and larger homes along the outer regions of the city.
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In addition to having access to Portland, there is plenty to see and do in Vancouver. A downtown revitalization project which began in 1997 has seen the construction of several new commercial and residential buildings in the area. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District opened a new, award-winning library in 2011. Other planned projects include the Prestige Plaza, a six-story mixed-use building comprised of condominiums and offices; a Waterfront Redevelopment plan envisions a stretch of small and larger retail, housing, parks and walkways along the Columbia River. Vancouver provides many other recreational activities as well, including bike trails, Summer Concerts, picnicking at one of the city's parks, fitness and educational centers and more. And if you're looking to head to the ocean, it is a mere 90-minute drive to the Pacific and the closest beaches.
Vancouver boasts and active arts, cultural and educational scene. In 2010, local artists and gallery owners created a monthly forum known as "Art Conversations." Many of the city's galleries are located downtown, and in 2014 the City Council formally designated this area as an arts district. The Kiggins Theatre, a city landmark, was renovated and reopened in 2011 featuring independent films and community events. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was first formed in the late 1970s and performs regular-season concerts, a chamber music series and theme concerts. Popular annual events include a Fourth of July Fireworks display on the grounds of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The event draws many people to the city, and has been a staple since the 1960s. The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival takes place in August and is considered the largest jazz festival in the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver, Washington offers the benefits of affordable living in the Pacific Northwest, complimented by rich history and a thriving cultural and educational environment. For more information on properties that are currently available in the area, browse our listings and find the home that is the right fit for you.