For many home buyers in the Leavenworth, Plain and Lake Wenatchee area buying a riverfront home has been a lifelong dream.
There a number of rivers to choose from:
The Little Wenatchee River and the White River flow into Lake Wenatchee from the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. There are a few opportunities here, but they are rare. Homes on these rivers are far from services and are likely to feel very remote. Winter access is something to think about – skiing or snowmobiling in may be your only option.
The Wenatchee River provides most of the opportunities for riverfront living. The Wenatchee River starts at Lake Wenatchee and heads down to Leavenworth (via Tumwater Canyon) and then on past Peshastin, Dryden, Cashmere and Monitor to Wenatchee where it meets the Columbia River.
Some neighborhoods that have Wenatchee River frontage are Bretz Road and Bretz Drive, River Road, Plain Ranches, Alpine Acres, Ponderosa, Alpensee Strasse, Icicle Road and Riverbend Drive.
The Chiwawa River
The Chiwawa River flows 37 miles from its start at Chiwawa Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness to the Wenatchee River east of Lake Wenatchee. Most of the Chiwawa River is located in land managed by the U.S. Forest Service, though some private riverfront is available near the mouth.
Neighborhoods that have access to the Chiwawa River include Chiwawa River Pines and Shugart Flats.
Nason Creek flows into the Wenatchee River near the Nason Creek Campground which is adjacent to the South entrance of Lake Wenatchee State Park. Nason Creek flows from the Stevens Pass area and is close to Highway 2 for much of its downhill journey.
Icicle Creek flows from Icicle Canyon down to the Wenatchee River near downtown Leavenworth. Much of Icicle Creek flows through land managed by the U.S. Forest Service in Icicle Canyon.
Neighborhoods with Icicle Creek access include Icicle Island, Icicle Road, East Leavenworth Road, and Old Bridge Road. It is important to note that the river on your right when you head out Icicle Road from Leavenworth is actually the Wenatchee River!
The following creeks are a little smaller - babbling brooks that may dry up at the end of a hot summer -Chumstick Creek or Little Chumstick, Bjork and Eagle Creeks. If you are looking for "riverfront" these creeks may disappoint you. I happen to have a small creek in my backyard and I love it.
The Market for Riverfront Homes
In 2006, 13 riverfront properties sold in the Leavenworth and Plain area. The average home sold for $654,000 with a median sales price of $625,000. The average riverfront home was just over 2000 square feet.
Currently we have 11 homes on the river for sale in Leavenworth. The least expensive home is $500,000 and the average asking price is $840,000.
2007 brought Leavenworth its first riverfront condominium project - The Boulders. These 6 luxury condos are located on Alpensee Strasse within walking distance of downtown Leavenworth. Each 2 bedroom unit is 1500 square feet and comes with 2 fireplaces, 10 foot ceilings, granite countertops and awesome Wenatchee River views. Prices start at $595,000 for the 3 available units.
My partner Allyson has a nice 3 bedroom home on River Road for sale. This house has a short trail down to some great low bank waterfront on the Wenatchee River and great views of the river from the house and the deck. You can see a tour of this Wenatchee River home here.