A Forward-Thinking Brokerage with Deep Local Roots Gets a New View
By Jessica Dudley
One year ago, Columbia River Realty moved across the hall in Washougal Town Square to the larger office suite #222 to accommodate rapid growth. Their loft-style office overlooks Reflection Plaza and a brick tower marking Washougal’s first water pump, which was dug in 1882 and greatly helped the new town blossom.
Owner and Designated Broker, Charline Wright, says the always-in-sight tower reminds her and her brokers to help Washougal grow responsibly and to give back to the community so that it’s a desirable place to live now and for future generations.
Since opening in 2013, Washougal’s first brick-and-mortar brokerage has grown from seven to 24 brokers and has given to several fundraisers and non-profit groups that enhance the quality of life of residents in Washougal and surrounding areas, including the Downtown Washougal Association, Dinner in White on the Columbia, Washougal Festival of Trees, and Skamania County 4-H.
Shortly after moving to their new office, the brokerage began to further incorporate community into their overall business plan.
The brokerage is active on social media and often honors community features like parks and trails, and shares local history using photos and information provided by the Two Rivers Heritage Museum.
They also promote local events with a monthly event calendar and use their blog as a platform to support local businesses and share what makes Washougal a great place to live.
“Our brokers are backyard experts who share their perspective of what it’s like to live and work here,” says Wright. “We believe it’s important to cultivate an appreciative community and inspire others to get involved and give back, because better schools and community features attract more residents and businesses to the region and create more opportunities for all of us.”
Since 1979, Wright has lived on a 90-acre farm 2-miles east of Washougal with her husband, Ron. The land was purchased by her husband’s great-great grandfather in 1870 and President Ulysses S. Grant signed the land grant in 1877. The land grant hangs in one of the brokerages new conference rooms, which are named after notable settlers.
One of the conference rooms is named after Louisa Wright, who was the first female doctor in this area and also a distant relative of Charline’s. “I love that Louisa was a feminist pioneer who paved the way for women like myself, and I hope that what I do as a brokerage owner now will also benefit others who live here down the road.”
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“It’s an honor to recruit and train the brokers that serve our community and to give back to the local area in meaningful ways, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to own a business in revitalized downtown Washougal and to be a part of the town’s history and growth.”