Buying Land in Leavenworth | Waiting for Spring Thaw

Starting in December of every year we get buyers who tell us that they have decided to start shopping for a parcel in Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee to build a cabin or dream home on.

Unfortunately, we get a bunch of snow in Leavenworth and winter isn't a great time to look at land.

  •  It's hard to find boundary markers and surveyor's pins under 3 feet of snow.
  • You can't see driveways.
  • You can't locate well heads.
  • You can't tell if the property is a wetland.
  • You probably need snowshoes to travel.
  • You might not have anywhere to park.

It's April now and it is starting to feel a lot like spring. Just remember, this is Central Washington not the Puget Sound lowlands. Just because you had crocuses up in your yard in Seattle in February, doesn't mean that we're snow free here.

As of April 2, 2012 many yards in Leavenworth are recently snow free. There are still big piles around where it has been shoveled and numerous building lots still have 6"- 1 foot of snow on the ground. There is almost a foot in places at this lot on Wilson Street.

Snow in Leavenworth

April 2, 2012 Wilson Street Looking Towards Snow Creek Wall

Up at Lake Wenatchee and Kahler Glen, there is significantly more snow. Here you can see my measuring stick shows almost 2 feet of snow on the Kahler Glen Golf Course.

Snow at Kahler Glen

April 2, 2012 Two feet of Snow at Kahler Glen


At Stevens Pass ski area? They have 155" on the ground still. Yep - Thirteen Feet.

We would love to help you find the perfect building spot in Leavenworth and we already have a couple of clients picking out a Leavenworth home builder, but it might be a few more weeks before it really makes sense to start looking in earnest.

Click here to start your online search for Leavenworth acreage or a building lot.



I passed through Leavenworth last spring, I think it was late March. The area worked its magic on me and eventually my wife. We are hardcore winter athletes and just really enjoyed meeting up with extended family members who live around Lake Wenatchee. When we decide to buy in the area, a bit of snow won't deter us!

I just had to drop another note. I shared the link to this site with my parents. They are super excited. My mom has been planning a retirement vacation for my dad when he 'officially' retires this summer. She's already looking online at real estate in the area and checking out the local scene for fishermen. Glad I found you. Regards Chris Adams

Add new comment

Allyson and Geordie Romer

Leavenworth real estate agents - Allyson and Geordie Romer

For over a decade, Allyson and Geordie have been serving clients in the Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth real estate market. Together, they work tirelessly to stay on top of the regional market and present the most relevant opportunities to their clientele.

When not in the office, they can be found exploring the endless recreation opportunities of the area in all of its seasons.




Geordie provided excellent real estate representation! We appreciated his detailed knowledge of the market, his up front and honest approach, and his negotiation skills.
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Laura Anderson



As “west siders” looking for a getaway near Leavenworth, Geordie provided insight … his knowledge of design features important in a “snowy winter wonderland” was appreciated. Thanks Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  –

- Jean Stern



Geordie made this somewhat complicated transition easier for us…going above and beyond to help us work through issues that came up during the sale of our parents home. We appreciated his knowledge, attentiveness to details and his willing spirit.
Our family is grateful for Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Terry Foster



Geordie was great in every way. We have been looking in the Leavenworth area for some time, and Geordie was absolutely the best for local knowledge, history and depth on neighborhoods, developments and the local market trends. He was very quick to respond (even when he was on his vacation) and worked very diligently to get all of our questions answered in a very timely fashion. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Very friendly, and helped us navigate all of the local options before we made an offer on the property that we purchased. Thank you, Geordie!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Ryan Olsen



It was such a pleasure to work with Geordie and his wife, Allyson on our cabin purchase. They showed us a variety of locations, listened to what we wanted and helped us find the perfect match. Everything was smooth and not stressful, just relaxed and easy. We would definitely recommend Geordie and use him again if the need arises!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Cammie Schlosser


Moving to Leavenworth?

Are you looking for a cabin or a condo in Leavenworth that your family can use as a home base when climbing, skiing or hiking around Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee?

Maybe you rent a house here and have decided to stay, surprised how a summer of rafting somehow turned into seven years.

Maybe it’s time to escape the hustle of the big city (and its rain) and move to Leavenworth with its four seasons.

Maybe you bought a condo years ago, don’t seem to use as much, and it’s time to sell.

Whatever your motivation, we are here to help. If you are buying a home, the best place to start is with our Homebuyer’s Guide to Leavenworth.