CAMAS, WA – Excitement is building, as we draw close to the launch of the 2018 NW Natural Parade of Homes. The 41st anniversary of the event, organized by the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA), is happening over three weeks in September (7-23) and will be staged at Parklands at Camas Meadows. The NW Natural Parade of Homes showcases innovative home designs, fully furnished and beautifully landscaped, offering the finest in architecture, materials, heating and appliances. For the first time, SW Washington’s premier home show will be headlining 10 homes over $1M.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage in presenting truly exceptional examples of custom home construction from some of the most exceptional local builders.
“The Parklands was selected, in-part, for its location, lot sizes, marketability and subdivision layout being conducive to hosting a show,” said BIA Executive Director, Avaly Scarpelli. The luxury gated community was developed by Kevin DeFord and Aaron Barr, featuring 41 lots ranging in size from 15,000 to 18,500 square feet, according to DeFord. The mixed-use development also includes five commercial buildings, called The Archery, with a total of 90,000 square feet of space, and 24 living units on the top floor of one of the buildings. DeFord, a Camas resident, is president and founder of Nex Generation LLC, a real estate development and acquisitions company. He is excited about the opportunity to showcase the residential portion of development.
“The site sold itself,” DeFord said. “It will have easy access and plenty of parking, it’s not a constrained site. There are a lot of easy positives that go along with that. From any developer’s point of view [being part of the Parade of Homes] is an asset and something that adds value to the neighborhood. The Parade and the vision that goes with that is a great blessing to have as part of our development.”
Toward the center of the development there are nine acres of open space, which allowed the majority of the houses to be located either along the golf course or green space. There are also walking trails within the development that connect to the Heritage Trail on the south side of Lacamas Lake. Each house’s design is extremely unique, reflecting the styles of all of the builders associated with this project. “What we didn’t want to do is sell all the lots to one builder, and have five floor plans that come in as part of the neighborhood,” he said. “Every home in here is custom designed and built. We think that will make it a truly unique neighborhood that fits Camas, as well as the community.”
According to DeFord, the development was master planned to take advantage of the small-town atmosphere that already exists in other parts of the city. “We think it really fits together well with the surrounding pieces and uses that are already there,” he said. “With all of the other development that is going on around us, I view this as a satellite east downtown Camas. With the amenities we’ve established, once these rooftops start going in, you are going to see people gathering there on Saturday morning for coffee, shopping and walking the trails and bicycling.”
SW Washington’s premier gated/golf course development has been carefully and intentionally designed to meet the needs of homeowners looking for the ideal site to build their custom dream home. This highly-sought after location is truly unique and offers the best of luxury living in one of the fastest-growing population centers on the West Coast. Builders represented with homes in the Parklands at Camas Meadows include Axion Luxury Homes, Cascade West Development, Doriot Construction, Gecho Homes, Generation Homes NW, Sam Vilhauer Construction and Soaring Eagle Homes. View the development video.
Axiom Luxury Homes
As a premier Portland and Vancouver luxury home builder, Axiom Luxury Homes is continually asking themselves just what makes a home a luxury home. They realize the definition of a luxury home is different for every customer, and therefore they strive to go above and beyond in all aspects of their home building process, making each home a “Luxury Home” for their clients.
Axiom Luxury Homes understands that honesty, integrity and overall homeowner satisfaction are the cornerstones to their long-term success. They build every home not only to satisfy their clients at the end of the project, but focus on providing so much more than they’ve expected, that they will use them again in the future.
Cascade West Development
For more than 25 years, Cascade West has provided fine homes throughout the Pacific Northwest with superior value and distinctive styling. They specialize in listening to their home buyers and then customizing a floor plan to translate their needs and dreams into reality. Cascade West is sometimes known for the large, the lavish and the luxurious homes featured throughout the year in tours and parades — but they’re much more.
Their focus isn’t on selling or building the biggest house, but on understanding their client’s needs. Once the have a comprehensive framework for how their clients plan to use their space, the rest is just filling in the blanks (with a lot of awesome stuff). Working together and becoming totally immersed in the way your home looks, feels and functions is what Cascade West is passionate about.
For 34 years, Doriot Construction has built their livelihoods on their unwavering drive to help clients transform their dreams into reality. From the simple to the lavish, they’ve experienced it all, and can assist you in every step of the process. From luxury custom home design and construction, to land acquisition, due diligence, land use issues and engineering, no project is too small or too big for their knowledgeable crews. Doriot also offers a full-service remodeling, specializing in complete interior and exterior makeovers. Partners with the area’s finest suppliers and subcontractors, Doriot provides the highest quality workmanship and pricing.
Innovative homes designed and built by Peter Gecho have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience.
Generation Homes NW
Locally-owned, Generation Homes NW is a fresh experience in homebuilding, where your ideas come to life with a team of passionate builders, designers and trade partners. Owners, Aaron Helmes and John Colgate bring over two decades of building and design experience and remain focused on providing the best service possible for every client. Known for open designs, large rooms, flexible design options and floor plans, a simple process and clear communication, Generation Homes NW builds beautiful communities in the best locations in Clark County. Generation’s mission is simple: provide the best products, design and customer care.
Sam Vilhauer Construction
The choice for clientele seeking custom living spaces in the Southwest Washington/Portland Metro area. With over 25 years of experience building spaces clients love to live in and call home, Sam Vilhauer Construction has not only built some of the areas most stunning homes but a reputation as the best. From the design phase, through landscaping, Sam Vilhauer Construction (SVC) is well regarded as a leader in the custom home and remodel arena.
Soaring Eagle Homes
Matthew Clarkson, of Soaring Eagle Homes, has been building custom homes in Clark County for more than two decades. A big part of their success has come from listening. Taking the time to first learn what you envision and how your home must live, allows them to build beautiful, livable homes that stand the test of time for both form and function. They’ve created unique and personal havens for countless families in the Clark County community.
They have a unique ability to artfully blend the talent of hand-selected, experienced craftsmen in this area, which makes each and every home they build go beyond what their clients need, into more than they imagined. Their history of industry leadership allows them to advise on even the most unique requests, their high touch ensures collaboration each step of the way, and the end result is a stunning, one-of-a-kind home that fits the lifestyle of each individual client.
The active City of Camas is perfect for families in any stage, with gourmet restaurants, hot new breweries and coffee shops, shopping and entertainment. Just steps away from each property, a therapeutic trail winds through the community and connects to Camas Meadows Golf Course, a highly-acclaimed Parklands-style course. Nearby, Lacamas and Round Lakes call to kayakers and paddle boarders, while hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation is convenient and abundant. Whether you are visiting the course for a round of golf, exploring the trails and natural activities, or simply enjoying the incredible views from your back deck, your home at the Parklands has the location, access and comfort you’ve been looking for.
The last time a Camas development was featured during the Parade of Homes was in 2002. The 2014 and 2015 Parade of Homes, both held at developments in Ridgefield, each attracted approximately 15,000 people. “We’ve had pretty consistent attendance over the past couple of years, but are hoping with this incredible site in Camas that attendance will be significantly increased,” Scarpelli said. Mayor Scott Higgins explained that he anticipates the event at Parklands at Camas Meadows will provide an opportunity to display what is special about Camas. “I have been trying to get a Parade of Homes in Camas for four years,” he said. “I do think this is the best of the best. It’s a great way to showcase Camas. It will be great for the community.” Click here for $2 off the regular price of admission. Buy tickets.
Heather DeFord is a SW Washington native, and the listing agent for all remaining lots at the Parklands. One of the top-producing real estate brokers in SW Washington, Heather is known for providing the highest level of personalized service to her clients, tailoring her approach for each property, client and project. Offering more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of property sales, Heather understands the unique needs for luxury residential properties, multi-family, investment properties and developments. She is a skilled negotiator who will leverage her extensive experience and depth of marketing services to help every client achieve their real estate goals in this constantly-evolving market. As a Certified Luxury Broker, she understands that luxury is an experience, not a price point – and Heather strives to ensure that each of her clients has the luxury experience they expect and deserve.
Through her alignment with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Heather has access to the broadest local, national, and international markets available. Backed by a brokerage that has the scope and reach of Cascade Sotheby’s, Heather is prepared to offer clients the absolute best, at levels that far exceed other brokerages in the same market. Heather also believes community involvement is essential to balanced living, and she is invested in many of SW Washington’s philanthropic endeavors and events. Check out Heather’s BLOG page to learn more.
Offering the highest level of service and unsurpassable attention to detail, Broker, Rachel Gecho, is highly regarded for managing the expectations of her clients with unrivaled personal attention while ensuring that each transaction is as seamless as possible. Working alongside her husband, Peter Gecho, also an agent with Cascade Sotheby’s, as well as a General Contractor, building custom homes, Rachel’s competitive nature makes her a natural negotiator and for going above and beyond what is expected.
Gecho Homes have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience. Nothing short of stellar, The Maldivian, a Northwest contemporary Gecho design, is located in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, showcasing their signature architectural elements.
Donna Roberts is a Managing Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s and based out of the Vancouver, WA office. Licensed since 2005, Donna has listings on both sides of the Interstate Bridge and quickly became one of the most successful agents in Clark County. She has consistently been recognized as a top 1% broker in the county. Her dedication to providing her clients personalized, professional service is her number one priority. Donna’s knowledge, integrity, and willingness to work hard have earned her a reputation for excellence with her clients and peers. Leader of the Donna Roberts Group, she has an amazing team of highly experienced associates, knowledgeable in transactions for either state.