Lake Chelan is in the news again, making the 5 best shoulder season locations for








Orchards and vineyards surround the sparkling waters of Lake Chelan, located in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Locals hit their lake homes and dominate the area in the summer, but autumn in Lake Chelan is just as impressive and comes with 70-degree days and a plethora of things to do. The hiking and biking trails provide perfect views of the fall foliage, and there’s an 18-hole golf course at Gamble Sands, Lake Chelan Municipal & Bear Mountain Ranch.

With nearly 30 wineries, there are always activities going on, including wine stomping, tours and, of course, tastings. The Lake Chelan Crush Festival takes place October 3–4 and 10–11, and the Fall Barrel Tasting takes place right after Thanksgiving, from November 27–29. For the more adventurous wine lovers, Chelan Seaplanes offers scenic flights from downtown Lake Chelan to Rio Vista Wines, a boutique winery on the banks of the Columbia River. Sunshine Farm Market offers the opportunity to learn how to press your own apple cider, and Campbell’s River Room Spa provides necessary massages after a hard day of pressing apples and tasting wine.

Where to Stay:

My Chelan Vacation has been the trusted site for vacation rentals in the area for years. It lists 175 vacation rental homes, cabins, and condos, making it your best bet for finding shoulder-season deals.

Mountain View Lodge & Resort is located in the peaceful community of Manson, just 7.5 miles from Chelan. The property is surrounded by boutique wineries, and artisan shops in the heart of the recreation area. There’s a resort pool, fire pit, and hot tub, in addition to an outdoor pavilion with full kitchen facilities.


Cruzin Chelan Car Show

Have you been looking for a great time to come over to the Lake? The weather is suppose to be impeccable Saturday and Sunday will be around 98 degrees. It is sure sign that the Cruizin Chelan Car Show will have many people walking around and looking at these restored beauties.

If you’re in town stop by the RE/MAX office in Chelan and say Hi to Nick Bowler. With the beautiful warm weather your sure to want to look at or buy Lake Chelan Real Estate wether it is Waterfront, Community Waterfront, View Property or Acreage.


Emerson Acres

Chelan County PUD is in the process of extending power to Emerson Acres. The unique properties are increasing in value do to this. In the past the these properties have been solar powered. Most have water pumped from the lake. There is currently 4 properties for sale consisting of 2 homes and 2 lots. Now is the time for you to get in on this great opportunity!


Check out the properties listed at Emerson Acres!


According to recent reports in Investors, a stress test conducted last April by the FHFA found that under falling home prices or changing interest rates, Fannie and Freddie would need a Treasury draw of as much as $190 billion.  The last bailouts of the pair cost taxpayers $188 billion.

Mel Watt, a chief architect of the last housing crash, has been appointed to regulate Fannie and Freddie by President Obama.  Mr. Watt has already slashed credit requirements and reduced down payments while pledging to assist borrowers with bad credit.  These are exactly the types of risky loans that created the last housing melt down.

His most recent actions are requiring Fannie and Freddie to modify loans, reducing interest-rates  and even forgiving principal when low-income borrowers are late on payments or “upside down” on their mortgages.

The last housing crisis hurt everyone but especially hurt low income and minority home owners who were most likely to default.  Who would have though history would repeat itself in only ten years.

Brisk demand has pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013 according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Pending Home Sales Index.

The index rose 1.7%in January, which is 8.4% above levels a year ago.  In the western region demand was even higher.

The Pending Home Sales Index rose 1.7 percent in January to a 104.2 reading – 8.4 percent above levels from a year ago.  The pending sales index for the western region  climbed 2.2 percent in January and is 11.4 percent above year ago levels!  Boom!

If you are selling, I hope you did not take your home off the market “for the slow winter.”


When the developer  of a major new subdivision is accused of first-degree malicious mischief, it adds a bit of irony to the development’s name, The Lookout.  I suppose it is fortunate it wasn’t named the Hideout!

Apparently the trees were impeding the views from his development and he may have thought that a bunch of salt around their bases might be the solution.  What happened instead is that George “Ted” Schroth was arrested on suspicion of first-degree malicious mischief.

He is the developer of The Lookout in Chelan and Seabrook on Washington’s ocean coast.  How sad that he thought that would be productive.


12695 S Lakeshore Rd

Rarely do deals like this come along. 12695 S Lakeshore Rd these two homes have a great location near Kelly’s Resort. They were listed for $499,000 and recently had a $64,000 price drop. That is right two homes for the price of one only $435,000.

13000 S Lakeshore RD

This fantastic home located at 13000 S Lakeshore Rd on Lake Chelan is listed $699,000 from the lower level, you walk right out at waters edge. The 2552 sqft home offers 3 bedrooms and 3.25 baths. This homes should move fast.

Opportunities usually doesn’t hang around for long!



Even though we typically do have over 300 days of sunshine each year at Lake Chelan, this week we have had an inversion holding in low clouds.

That hasn’t damped anyone’s spirits in looking at properties though.  Even last week, without any big events, many of us in the office were booked with showings.

With Winterfest the next two weekends, it should be a busy time at Lake Chelan!  Let me know if I can help you with any local real estate.


Having a look at the two maps, it seems we could replace most of the census with a satellite image, if population is all we are measuring:

NASA light map versus Census dot map

Wouldn’t it be interesting to also see a map showing public ownership of lands?  I bet that would take up most of the dark areas.