Five Fire-Free Reasons to Buy at Fishhawk Lake!

 

In light of the recent fires in many areas of Oregon, it is even more important to some to find a safe haven that wasn’t affected by the fires and a healthy place to find retreat from it.

Whether you are looking for full time or a vacation place to have as a sanctuary, here are five good reasons to put Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community on your radar:.

  • Firewise Accredited Communitywhat it is: Firewise USA® is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community.

We have been part of this program for several years. What that means is that we all work together to rid our community of any hazards that could cause potential fires, like invasive weeds that are easily inflammable, removing dangerous limbs, etc. that hang over our homes/properties that could cause a fire to spread, cleaning our roofs and gutters just to name a few tasks that save our lake community from potential dangers. Our local Firewise Coordinator, Kathy Cardona,

also teaches firepit training to members of our lake community before they can use their firepits. If building a new firepit, the location has to be approved by her as well and any new member must go through the training before lighting a fire!

 

  • Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District (MBRFPD) located just five miles away, we work in supporting them and following the guidelines they set forth during the driest seasons of the year by placing No Fires Today! signs around the community as well as volunteering in both fire and EMS to create a symbiotic and healthy community that stays fire free. MBRFPD has placed more fire hydrants in our Fishhawk Lake community than are even necessary and we have a firetruck located in the small fire station right inside the community both as a result of our ongoing mutually supportive and longstanding relationship.
  • Volunteerisma very important piece to the puzzle of staying educated about how to keep our Fishhawk Lake community thriving, by being or becoming a volunteer for our local rural fire, rescue, and EMS, which not only helps keep insurance costs down, but is monumentally rewarding in giving back to our rural community at large! Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District is always open to seeking out and welcoming new volunteers!! (Resident Volunteer Application link)
  • Emergency Preparedness-Purpose: The Emergency Preparedness Committee shall help the community prepare for and respond effectively to emergency situations that may arise in our community [Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community]. Working in conjunction with MBRFPD, we have plans in place for several potential disasters. There are many parts to this that are coming to fruition with this newer program. Here are a few:
  1. a) Organize, train and manage an Incident Management Team and First Responder network throughout the community to respond to emergency incidents in the community.
  2. b) Conduct formal and informal educational programs in the community that encourage residents to acquire continuing education in first aid, CPR, pet safety, and other emergency preparedness topics.

c)Participate in emergency preparedness plans of Clatsop and Columbia Counties and the State of Oregon and other local communities.

  • In the coastal range and on a lake!-With what just occurred in our beautiful state of Oregon because of devastating fires, I was deeply grateful every single day for the fact that we were untouched by forest fires in our Fishhawk Lake community. Wafting smoke came our way, but otherwise, many found this to be a much cleaner, fresher airspace and safer an area to be staying/living in than several towns in Oregon, both rural and urban. We have counted ourselves lucky to have a moister atmosphere and were heralded with rain sooner than some of the other areas around our state.

View of our gorgeous lake and surrounding area! Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

Just five reasons why I love the Fishhawk Lake and surrounding  community and have lived here since 2003!!!

 

Fishhawk Lake Community Lodge Photo by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

If this piques your interest in real estate on or near Fishhawk Lake, please give me a call: Gayle Rich-Boxman (503)755-2905, REALTOR® John L Scott Mkt Ctr or e-mail me at: richbox@centurytel.net 

 

Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG! Ten Tips to Owning Property

Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG!

Ten Tips to Owning Property

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Why not? I’ve always been a believer in dreams. Having them, shooting for and making  them come true. 

Build foundations under them and dreams CAN come true.

Here are ten tips to BUILD A FOUNDATION to owning property.

 

1. Make your wishlist.

Go for it! Write down everything about that piece of property that would make you deliriously happy! Don’t self-edit. 

2.Find a good loan person.

Like any good advisor, this person can steer you in the right direction for your future investment. Make sure it’s someone who not only understands numbers, but has great communication skills and can advise you on the necessary steps to get your money in alignment with your dream. 

3. Find that right REALTOR® who believes in your dream.

This person needs to “get” you! It might happen right away, or take a bit of time with some ongoing dialogue, but ultimately you want to feel like they know exactly what you are aiming for (sometimes before you even do).  With their expertise, they can whittle down that wishlist into what you absolutely can’t live without and what you can compromise on. 

4. Share that wishlist with your REALTOR®. Let him or her hone in on what’s “wish”ful thinking and what’s reality. Maybe shoot for a bit of both? 

Create a clear vision together. More conversations  that you have, the clearer your dream becomes to your  REALTOR®. And sometimes it’s not just what you need, but what you want. Those intangibles are just as important as making the monthly payment. 

5. Focus on it like a mantra. Keep it uppermost in your mind. 

Have a visionboard or you can write it down on a piece of paper and put it somewhere that is an hourly/daily reminder of  what you are seeking. Write it in a manner that puts it in the present tense. 

I am buying a cabin on a lake now! 

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6. Open up a “Christmas” account.

Remember having to save to buy presents at the end of the year? In college, money was always tight,so I created a Christmas account through my bank and religiously put in money throughout the year. Maybe put a percentage of every paycheck in there. You can even get a big jar and put ALL OF YOUR EXTRA CHANGE IN THERE DAILY. You will be surprised at how it adds up! It is like a Christmas present to yourself. 

7. BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAM.

If you don’t, no one else will. 

8. Surround yourself with those who believe you CAN do it.

If you are reaching for a star and just can’t touch it, there are those who care about you enough to give you a boost UP; that stepstool that gives you that extra heighth to reach that star! 

9. Write down a date to aim for. 

Even if it comes and goes, you have a target. It takes practice to hit the bullseye. Don’t give up if you don’t get there in the time alloted. Create a new date. Keep aiming! 

10. Get creative in making it happen!

When your  REALTOR® presents you with that right property, you might have to S-T-R-E-T-C-H to get it! If you really want it and it feels right, there are usually several ways to get it! It takes thinking outside of the box. Selling stocks, an extra vehicle, writing a contingency, moving money, doing a trade, asking for a private contract, gifting….there are myriads of ways to make that dream happen IF you keep the door of opportunity OPEN and tap into the other foundational aspects that you’ve put into place prior to this. 

Now Get Out There and Dream BIG!

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If you are looking for a cabin on a lake, let me help you fulfill your dream!
Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905

                                                 Birkenfeld OR 97016
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community
                                              “Your Gateway to the Lake!”

Originally posted in ActiveRain 2/9/2016 by Gayle Rich-Boxman

Cabin with Largest Acreage at Fishhawk Lake! 10063 Lakeview Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016

Cabin with Largest Acreage at Fishhawk Lake! 10063 Lakeview Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016

 

 

Exterior of Home

Exterior of Home

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This is the largest property at Fishhawk Lake, with 4AC of land, and you get a tax break having 3AC in forest deferment. Like buying a new cabin in a park-like setting AND having deeded access to lakefront for your pontoon!

Almost completely remodeled, you can walk in with your toothbrush and enjoy!
Here are some of the improvements:
  • New paint inside and out 2014-15, New counter tops and paint in kitchen 2015
  • Tile flooring through living room, kitchen, bathroom and hallways 2015
  • Dishwasher, Stove, microwave with venting to the outside 2008, Washer/Dryer set 2014
  • Bathroom:new sink/vanity, new steel tub&tile surround, new toilet, lighting/fan 2011
  • Connected fireplace/heatilator to heater outlets in all rooms 2008
  • Firewood storage and work area 2008, Fire-pit 2010
  • Hillside run-off trenched and laid around 400 ft. of drain hose along the base of hillside to move water out to roadside ditch 2011-14, Planted shrub, new lawn, parking 2010
   This property includes all lake amenities: water, sewer, fishing, boating, swimming, tennis, social events, snow removal, lake management, hiking, biking, and more included in HOA fees of only $1700.00 per year.
You can have more outbuildings, if you prefer, along with the sheds that are already located on behind the home. OR you could go UP and build onto the existing home. And if you prefer a smaller footprint, stay with it the  way it is! Great views of Fishhawk Lake, a firepit for outside fun, a perfect spot for viewing the July 4th festivities, this is a wonderful location.
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Here is a look at the acreage.
Largest acreage at Fishhawk Lake!

Largest acreage at Fishhawk Lake!

Please note: no farm animals allowed in this lake community.
Check out my website for more about Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community.

http://lakehomesatfishhawk.com/

 

71818 Northshore Drive Birkenfeld OR Lakefront Custom Home for Sale on 1/3AC!

 

Exterior facing Fishhawk Lake

Exterior facing Fishhawk Lake

This lakefront cabin was custom built in 2001 and more remodeling done in the last five years approximately. It has a spacious detached garage, sits on over a 1/3 of an acre with nothing standing in the way of the grand views of Fishhawk Lake that you have from each story of the home.
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With your own dock and an open deck area, you can take in the finest Fishhawk Lake has to offer in any season.

French doors open up to a lower sitting room/family room area with newer stone flooring so no worries about having dogs or kids come in and out while enjoying the deck just outside. Speaking of dogs, there is an invisible fence set up if that’s something you are looking for.

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Some of the newer amenities include: windows, appliances, flooring, exterior paint, baseboards trim and those lovely French doors!

Lower floor also has a spacious laundry room, perfect for dropping off swimwear, outdoor gear, and dirty boots after hiking the copious amounts of trails that surround this remote wonderland!

 

The large master bedroom has a window that offers terrific lakefront views to wake up to. Along with a good-sized walk-in closet, there is a small office space and your own master bath.
Large master suite faces Fishhawk Lake

Large master suite faces Fishhawk Lake

Upstairs along with the master is an open living area for all-season visages of Fishhawk Lake and you can see them from the dining area as well. Galley kitchen will include all appliances and there is also a breakfast bar!

Great room concept with views of the lake and a breakfast bar

Great room concept with views of the lake and a breakfast bar

Lake amenities with HOA fees of only $1700 per year include fishing, boating, swimming, water/sewer, social events, community lodge, snow removal, neighbor watch, lake management and more.

It’s only 90 minutes from Portland to Paradise, and this home will work well for entertaining guests as a vacation home, or a nice workable size for full time living. Call Gayle today for your private showing! (503)755-2905

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www.lakehomesatfishhawk.com is my website.