A picture is always worth 1000 words... and I've provided 99 of them here of the property, and the community amenities! But there's still valuable details to read in the text below as well.
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MILLION DOLLAR COLUMBIA RIVER VIEWS & ACCESS
for a fraction of the cost!
THE RIVER RANCH COMMUNITY
Tired of sweltering in the summer heat and shoveling snow in the winters? Do you have a penchant for fishing and boating, or perhaps just like to laze around on a sandy beach at river's edge, and watch the big ships go by?
Well you don't need a million dollars to have it all at River Ranch. This small, rural community is the idyllic spot for year round vacation living, or perhaps a destination second home.
The community is located just over the county line in Clatsop County, with a Clatskanie (Columbia County) mailing address, and essentially a Clatskanie serviced area - Clatskanie schools, Clatskanie based trash services, and the inexpensive Clatskanie PUD power.
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Read River Ranch CC&Rs and Bylaws
If you don't know to look for River Ranch, you'll never find it. It's well off the beaten path about 9 miles to the west of Clatskanie, sited on a sandy peninsula right on the mighty Columbia River. You not only have front row seats to watch the ships as they navigate the river, the territorial views of the Washington hills and Puget Island - which sits in the middle of the Columbia between Westport, OR and Cathlamet, WA - are knock your socks off gorgeous. And those afternoon river breezes are heavenly during the summer.
The community has HOAs to maintain the private roads, including the access rural roads you travel, winding thru the cool of trees, plus the community's beach, playground and b-ball court area. It also maintains the community's private dock and boat launch in to the Westport Slough that gives you quick easy access to the Columbia. Or, if you prefer, just drop your fishing line and stay in the area's extensive network of slough waterways for some lazy boating, kayaking or canoeing.
The community is "gated"... sorta. Well, let's say that after you've run thru some country dikeland roads, you come to a keypad entry gate. The gatekeepers? The local cows and horses.. not your usual sentries. Once you go thru that gate, you travel about another mile, past the launch ramp, before you emerge in to the river front community.
But fishing and boating are not the only sports available. Just under 3 miles to the east is Jones Beach - approximately a mile of sandy beach and the second hottest spot in Oregon for wind surfing. Looking for hiking, ATV/4 wheeling trails or camping? Clatsop State Forest is about 15 minutes to the west.
Despite feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere, there's grocery shopping in Clatskanie. Or, if you need the big box stores, Longview, WA over the Lewis & Clark Bridge is 30 minutes away. If you want to head west to the mouth of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, Astoria is approx 35 minutes via Hwy 30 through Clatsop State Forest. Need to catch a plane flight? Portland's PDX is 75 minutes drive.
River Ranch shows in a FEMA flood hazard area, but per owner and FEMA site, this home's elevation has resulted in removal from the SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area). The owners keep a flood policy at a reduced rate by choice but have never needed it their 28 years of residency in River Ranch.
FEMA notice of removal from Special Flood Hazard Area
THE HOME'S FEATURES
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CLICK HERE to see the county layout of home, deck and garage.
As you'll see by taking the narrated, photo tour provided above, this home is an appealing mix of the rustic look of a cabin/chalet with a custom modern home. The entire main floor has tongue and groove ceilings with beams plus tongue and groove walls. The living room's vaulted ceiling and soaring chalet windows provide a relaxing space to soak in the magnificent views of the Columbia River. Those views are also available from the kitchen open floor plan, and from the upper loft with 4th unofficial bonus bedroom and foyer entry.
In the corner of the living room is a propane Vermont Castings stove to keep you cozy during our Oregon winters, and a ceiling fan for air circulation.
The kitchen has a dual fuel down draft Jenn-Air stove with griddle and grill that is propane gas, and electric oven. And there is ample cabinet space. For additional storage, the owners turned the original coat closet in to extra pantry space. Do you want the coat closet back? It's easy to remove the shelves and reconvert to it's original usage.
The two bedrooms on the main floor also have the beamed/wood ceilings as well. There's one full bath located on this floor.
The lower level was originally was garage space, and the sellers converted it in to a family room, plus master suite with walk in closet and full bath. There is a third full bath, and the laundry room, on the lower level as well.
The upper loft area has a beamed vaulted ceiling with skylight and, unlike many loft areas, is partitioned off for privacy (in case you do want that 4th bedroom in the main house).
Since you really want to be outdoors for the view and river breezes as often as possible, the home has 915sf (per county records) of wrap around deck for entertaining and lounging. Since the property has a propane tank source, the deck has a gas hook up near the kitchen door for BBQ or propane heating lamps. This also gives you the option to convert any of the electrical appliances to gas as you choose.
Additionally the deck leads to a bonus finished, and vaulted, loft area over the garage, which can be used as a studio or guest quarters. It even comes equipped with a second Jenn-Air stove for your guests' convenience.
The home has high speed DSL service - a real plus for rural areas. The water is from Westport Water Association. The 40 year, high wind rated Malarkey roof, was installed in 2002.
The two car garage doubles as a shop with workbenches, and equipped with it's own main panel and 220V. Both garage doors are Craftsman operated door openers.
There's a shipload of photos in a tour above for you to go thru, but there's nothing like experiencing River Ranch first hand. Imagine the charm - a small, rural area off the beaten path with million dollar Columbia River views *and* access to all... and for a fraction of the price for other river front properties. Your year round vacation home beckons!
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