Perks to Building a New Home in Richland, Washington

Written by Posted On Saturday, 02 April 2016 04:21

Looking for a perfect place to build your new home? Look no further than Richland, Washington.

Richland is located in the southeastern part of Washington state. Together with Kennewick and Pasco, Richland makes up one of three cities known as the Tri-Cities. It is home to just over 250,000, making it seem like one uninterrupted mid-size city. The cities are located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers. With an average temperature of 53 degrees, it’s the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts, families, even retirees looking for an active lifestyle.

But why are more people choosing to build their new home in Richland, Washington?

Maybe it’s because of the wine

In 2015, the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus became home to the Wine Science Center. This center was built exclusively to help educate winemakers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington is not California. The soil is different; the climate is different. To create the best wines possible, it’s important to focus on what wineries in this region need most. And with Washington currently experiencing $10 billion in annual sales (and rising all the time), this new center is the perfect place to bring together researchers, winemakers and grape growers to perfect this growing job market.

Known as the Heart of Washington Wine Country, the Tri-Cities region houses more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius. You’ll find many different types of wines in production, with the most popular being Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Maybe it’s the breweries

With just a little research, you'll discover the Tri-Cities region is perfect for wine. But if wine isn’t your thing, maybe beer is. There are about two dozen breweries in the Tri-Cities area, making it the perfect place to try out a new brew while enjoying great food in the process. You’ll also find three different annual brew festivals to sample new releases and enjoy great company in the process.

Maybe it’s the weather

When most people think of a place so close to Canada, a place in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, they tend to think rain, snow, cold and generally gloomy conditions. Yet that isn’t the case in Richland, Washington.

The Columbia Valley lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain range. The region has a semi-arid climate receiving an average of 6 to 8 inches of precipitation annually. Sure, you may see a few inches of rain throughout the year. And yes, you may get the occasional snowfall. Yet temperatures are relatively constant, averaging in the 80s in the summer months, and never getting far below the 40s in the winter months. You’ll find consistently warm, dry temperatures during the growing season, making it the perfect place to enjoy all kinds of outside activities.

Maybe it’s the activities

Are you looking for a new home in an area where there is plenty of time to spend outdoors? Richland, Washington is the place.

Whether you choose to hike, bike, run or walk, there are always parks or trails mere minutes from your home. You can visit Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve which has different trails for every ability level. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the Columbia River and (on a clear day) the Blue Mountains with panoramic views of the Tri-Cities in between.

If water sports and river activities are more your thing, then you can head out to the Northwest Discovery Water Trail where you’ll find the opportunity to explore the Clearwater, Snake and Columbia rivers. With over 150 launch sites, you can boat, picnic and camp along the rivers whether you’re traveling by motorboat, canoe, sailboat or kayak.

For something a bit more peaceful, but still outdoors, there are numerous opportunities to see wildlife up close and in person. From the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society to any of the many wildlife refuge centers, you’ll be minutes away from the perfect place to use your binoculars and put your camera equipment to use.

With so much to do, you’ll need a new home in Richland, Washington just to have time to do all there is to do.

Maybe it’s the perfect place to call home

What does it take to find the perfect place to call home?

According to Kiplinger, they look for places that have great schools, plenty of libraries and playgrounds, safe family-friendly neighborhoods, high household incomes relative to living costs, and low crime rates. Richland, Washington came in at number two on Kiplinger’s annual 10 Great Cities To Raise Your Kids, and who can argue with that?

Still suffering from a weak economy and lack of job opportunity and growth in your area? You may be interested in Richland, Washington’s number three ranking in Bloomberg’s list of The Best Places To Start Over. With Richland being home to Washington State University Tri-Cities, and the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, you’ll find strong employment opportunities in a variety of areas.

Maybe it’s the perfect home

How do you define your perfect home?

Is it the perfect kitchen where everyone chooses to hang out? Where the kids settle in to do their homework while you have all the tools you need to create great family dinners? A place where gourmet is defined by efficient appliances, the right amount of space, with just the right amount of ambiance mixed in.

Is it the perfect layout for your active lifestyle? Large kitchens and family rooms that make it easy to plan the next get together. Bedrooms that allow you to relax and take all your cares away. A garage that can house everything you’ll need to stay active outdoors, summer and winter. And easy access to everything you need to stay busy all year through.

Whether you choose to build on a lot of your own or are looking for a great neighborhood to call home, look no further than New Tradition Homes to find the perfect home for you. If personalization and customization are at the top of you new home list, New Tradition Homes has the perfect solution for you.

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Kelly Helmes

Kelly Helmes, Vice President of New Tradition Homes, has over three decades of experience in the homebuilding and construction industry. Helmes has extensive design and green building construction knowledge, helping propel this company to the leading ENERGY STAR homebuilder in the Northwest region.

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