Can you think of anything better than 300 days of sunshine just a couple of hours drive from Seattle? How about sitting waterfront with the beautiful night sky clear of any city lights, traffic or smog? Here are a few places popping up in Central Washington that could become your major escape destination. Bear Mountain Ranch in Lake Chelan boasts a premier golf course ranked by PGA Touring Professionals in the top 6 new resorts of America. Bear Mountain has bare lots for your future dream home or custom “Bandera” homes constructed from 10 different floor plans up 3,800 square feet. The Ranch plans call for an orchard, vineyard, equine center and inn with a spa. The gated community overlooks the beautiful Lake Chelan and is just a few minutes drive from downtown. Traveling east from Wenatchee The Resort At The Gorge is just getting underway and they’ve got big plans including: a RV park, a water park, bungalows and a 120-unit hotel. Just minutes from the popular Gorge Amphitheater and eyeing the 300,000 patrons that it brings seasonally, the Resort At The Gorge should have no problem stirring up interest. Suitably appointed cliff-side bungalows start at $189,000 for 1,000 square feet. RV Park lots start at $75,000. Other attractions include wineries, climbing, the Columbia River and 850 acres of beautiful canyon land.
Finally, Zillah Lakes is located just south of Yakima in the heart of Washington wine country. Developers started construction this month on the golf course at the center of this new residential community. The Zillah Lakes plan includes homes and townhomes constructed along the man-made lakes, a tournament golf course, commercial spaces for a bistro, wine-tasting room, convenience store, coffee shop, bed & breakfast, boutique retailers and live-work office spaces. The Town Center may also include a preschool, motel and brewery. It appears that Central Washington has a lot to offer the weekend traveler. Sunshine, wine and waterfront seem to be the common attractions. Maybe I’ll get lucky soon…I’d love to add golf clubs or a wakeboard to my home inspection tool bag. Give me a call to inspect these properties so I can make a memorable weekend out of it!