Trends in Real Estate at Fishhawk Lake Birkenfeld Oregon!

June 2020

Much has changed in our world. Including Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community (FLRC)!!


More people are looking for less urban settings, and the chance to work remotely from home as there has been a major paradigm shift happening globally. Not having to drive to work every day, allows more opportunity to live in a beautiful and tranquil setting that balances out a life that can be more hectic in the city.

There has been an increase in buyers looking to move to Fishhawk Lake full time. The proportion of part timers is still higher, but the full timers are definitely increasing! Also, an influx of single women buying and living here full time has been a trend I’ve seen recently, as well. Taxes and prices are lower than in the Portland Metro area and further out, clear outside of Hillsboro, North Plains and even Forest Grove, where the prices have been driven up because of demand.


Higher price points are becoming more frequent as well. Lakefront properties, whether homes or vacant lots still tend to be the #1 choice for would-be buyers, which usually command a better price.

JUST SOLD!! $289,000

June 3, 2020

Two-owner custom built and one of the first to be built on Northshore Drive, this sweet lakefront home now has new owners!

Lakefront Custom Cabin Exclusively with Gayle Rich-Boxman

Open lakefront views!

Calls come in all of the time from buyers who have found my website and realize that I am THE Local Expert out here in all things Fishhawk!!! Even other realtors are saying that and querying me about the particulars of their scrutinizing clients. 

Check out my blogpost “Ten Questions Buyers Ask ” for some answers to the most common questions I get over and over again. Buyers are doing a lot of research and finding my websites and blogs and my Youtube Fishhawk Lake videos before they call me…which they do often afterwards!!

Another trend:  buyers want land. Camping, future building, reasonable pricing, those are all items of interest.

Joe Kim lot water view 1 IMG_6450




Many are looking towards the future, downsizing, traveling more, not wanting a large home anymore, or just the responsibility of HAVING a home. They want to simplify, or look to build some small cabin in the woods or on Fishhawk Lake for a reasonable sum and they are seeing a plethora of choices of vacant lots with utilities either already hooked up or available. These prices can range from a few thousand to over $100,o00 for lakefront. I sold a lakefront lot in about a week that was listed at $100,000 and sold (cash) for $90,900. I have also been noticing that there has been some new construction happening here lately, as well. For several years, I didn’t see that.

Lakefront Lot for sale! Ready to build!

Flat and buildable gorgeous lakefront lot! $118,000



Some vacant land sellers will offer private contract terms. Call me for more details. (503)755-2905

You, as a buyer, have quite a variety of choices here and no two homes are alike, or vacant lots for that matter! As to sellers, when it comes to mostly vacation homes (still about 75% of them here at Fishhawk Lake), there have ALWAYS been buyers, even during the tough times after 2008, because people who have expendable income are SMART about their money; they have been and continue to be.

Gayle C Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® John L Scott Mkt Ctr Direct: (503)755-2905
Birkenfeld OR 97016


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