Because we have a big focus on Ecuador… many readers mistakenly think we are promoters of Ecuador. Actually this is not quite true. We are more lovers of small towns and Ecuador has some great small towns and villages. Anyone who reads our Ecuador messages will see that we do not write much about living in the big cities of Quito or Guayaquil.
However we have also always had a focus on Smalltown USA and now that real estate prices are so affordable in the US… we are looking at this more.
Merri and I just returned from a West Coast USA trip…. California, Oregon and Washington.
There are some great places there as I thought that the note below from a reader is worth sharing:
View of Mt. Hood from small town Oregon property for sale.
Gary, I just joined your Ecuador Living Service and am looking forward to those aromatic Mother’s Day Roses! I’d like to start the new membership with my contribution to your Small TownUSA pool of choice properties.
I’m Gary’s age and have been a one woman rodeo, wearing several hats over the decades, TWA instructor, herbalist, Naturopath, Real Estate Broker, custom log home builder. Building a log home model, landing a few projects, selling and repeating the process enabled me to live rurally & happily. I rode with the natural feast & famines, took some falls, got back up, dusted myself off and kept on going.
I’ve finally started listening to my body and realize that it’s been screaming at me for sometime. I have been so busy with other things and our Non Profit Rescue/Sanctuary that I’ve not taken the time to tune into my own body and the broadcast that it’s been repeating over and over.
Now is the time for me to make some dynamic life style changes, to slow down the pace, stop burning that candle and look more at the quality of life in connection to my body than to look at how much work I can push through in a day. Even computers have their limits on how much they can multi process.
Rather than incur debt and spend my sacred energy to finish this product, I’d like to be wiggling my toes in the Ecuadorian sand this time next year and be sitting around one of your Shamanic Circles. I’ve lived in 5 countries, have traveled to 80 (including Ecuador) and want Ecuador to be our new home. While a vacation would be an obvious solution, it’s just not practical for us. I thought your creative readers might be interested in benefiting from this piece of Small Town USA..
Growing up in Portland you may already know Goldendale? Unlike Portland, 40 years has not changed many things here, same dog- same corner!
People still wave at you, still no traffic signals. The work ethic is strong and cowboys still show up at local restaurants wearing their spurs. Twice yearly traffic jams may inconvenience you 15 minutes or so while families herd their cattle, on horses with herding dogs, to the lush high country spring grass and another 15 minute traffic jam as they are rounded up and herded home in the fall.
Goldendale is in the Columbia River Gorge area at the base of the Simcoe mountains, where the wet, rainy west meets the moderate, sunny (300 days yearly) central part of the state. A town with less than 4,000 population may not have everything you want, but it has everything you need, not the least of which is tranquility!
We enjoy the undulating fields of alfalfa, rodeos, organic cattle ranches, bison, nearby wineries, mouth-watering fruit, outdoor concerts, world-class fishing, birding, hiking, noted observatory, horse trails, rock climbing, petroglyphs, wind surfing, skiing, snow-mobiling, golf, organic foods and more horses than people!
This is the potential ultimate primary home “get away”, multi-generation property, corporate retreat or retirement lodge style home offering just about every amenity required in a dream home of dignified proportions and rural surroundings.
An impressive 20 acre site, all usable, forested with pines in the front and back for privacy, compelling views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, the Simcoes, western sunsets, fantastic sunrises, pasture & great fertile soil. Truly the ultimate for the discriminating home owner near unlimited recreational opportunities and located near the end of a dead end, maintained, gravel road, just 1.5 miles to pavement.
Main portion of home needs finishing with interior touches such as flooring, counter tops, professional kitchen range, some paint, closet furniture/doors, baseboard, window trim. Nothing beyond the average ability of any homeowner. Exterior needs some 2nd story siding, fascia, some window trim.
Attached/separate conference/rec room & upstairs suite needs to be finished, it is to the dried in stage. Handy folks could easily finish this project, estimate including materials for about $50,000, others could spend that much on landscaping.
Property would benefit from expanded photovoltaics & batteries.
Plenty of room for an indoor riding arena to enjoy out-the-driveway-and-to-the-hills-riding.
Replacement costs today, this location including improvements about $763,120, finished listing price would realistically be in the neighborhood of $1,200,000, this type of home appreciates due to:
multi generational capability
Columbia Gorge area location
Cash is a great motivator, will also consider Ecuadorian property exchange + cash.
Rustically Elegant Hand Hewn Log Home
12 miles outside Small Town USA
45 minutes to The Dalles Oregon and 2 hours to Portland
20 acres with breathtaking views
Off grid, with Photovoltaic, small wind generators, grid available
4,300+/-sq ft 6 x 14″ ogs
Multi generational capability (Nanny, family, business conference) separate access suite consists of laundry, bath, kitchenette, bedroom, spacious living room .
Below is a conference/home theater with planned wet bar, framed to dry in stage.
Main portion has 3 bedrooms plus loft, 2 full baths, 2 half baths
Hi tech control center, entire home “smart” wired rough in, multiple phones, data, network, security
Hi speed, wireless internet access, the only one on this street, with 14 mile line of site access
Hand crafted efficient, full masonry “Rumford” radiant fireplace w 4 x 4 firebox
soaring interior radiant stone chimney with stone hearth & life size metal Bison head on tile border
Fireplace not showing 4 x 4 fireplace/hearth.
European style clay “Bakeoven” for tasty European style breads & pizzas
toasty warm ceramic tile floors with radiant floor heating
8′ wide front entry steps, 8′ wide rear deck steps
Central vac w kitchen dust bin, rough in, new unit in box
24′ x 48′ shop/barn with 10′ side extensions for storage or horses
24′ x 36′ upstairs of shop/barn has “caretaker” quarters, gas hook up, full bath, kitchen area
50 x 50 Medicine wheel garden & Feng Shui perfect picket fence, with Mt. Hood View through arbor
property fenced with 5′ no climb horse fence/cross fenced, 6′ no climb w rail road ties for stallion area
Front pasture gate.
Some interesting websites of the area:
http://www.klickitat-trail.org/ Klickitat Trail Conservancy
http://wdfw.wa.gov/viewing/birds/index.htm Birding in Klickitat County’
http://bchw.org/lnt/main/BCHWhistory.htm Back Country Horsemen of Washington
http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/ Maryhill Museum
For details contact Toni Reita at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neither Merri or I are involved in this offer in anyway and are just passing this along as part of our Smalltown USA focus.
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