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Buying Land in Leavenworth | Waiting for Spring Thaw

Posted by Geordie Romer on April 3, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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    If you’re planning to buy a home in this area, the best place to start is with the Leavenworth Home Buyer’s Guide.

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