The City of Ridgefield, situated in the rolling hills north of the Columbia River in southwest Washington, is best known as an important site in the Lewis and Clark expeditions as well as home to the 5150-acre Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is still a small town, with a population of under 5000 residents. However, that number has more than doubled over the last decade, and rapid population growth is expected to continue over the next few years. Ridgefield is about 15 miles north of Vancouver, Washington, and 20 miles from Portland, Oregon; as the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area grows, Ridgefield is also expected to expand.
In addition to its role in the Lewis and Clark saga, Ridgefield is the town where U-Haul got its start and is well-regarded for its excellent potato and plum farming. Ridgefield is also home to the Clark Country Fairgrounds and the summer county fair.
Shopping and Dining
The City of Ridgefield offers a collection of small, one-of-a-kind retailers, including antique shops, new age stores and craft shops. Shoppers can choose from such diverse offerings as Birkenstock Northwest, Sweet Peas children’s store, and Ridgefield Gifts among many others. Most of the major, big box retailers are represented in nearby Vancouver and Portland, and Vancouver offers Westfield Mall.
For a relatively small town, Ridgefield has a large number of eateries. Of course, that's to be expected in the food-conscious Pacific Northwest region. Local favorites include range from cozy to hip, including the 15-table Pioneer Street Cafe and El Rancho Viejo, a favorite spot for Mexican fare.
Parks and Recreation
All Ridgefield Washington real estate is near to a park or other green space. Chief among these is the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, home to a diverse collection of plants, wildlife and fish. There is also Abrams Park, in the heart of the city, and the 88-acre Paradise Point State Park, located north of the city along Interstate 5.
Ridgefield is known for its annual Heritage Day celebration, held each August, a day to remember the town's past, with pioneer food, dress, dance and music, and BirdFest, held each fall at the nearby Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Homeseekers looking at Ridgefield Washington real estate are drawn to the area's bucolic setting and small town life, while for many, proximity to Vancouver and Portland is an attractive plus. Housing options here include a large number of newly-constructed homes, in a variety of price ranges, and properties with acreage along with cozy bungalows in the heart of the city.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The Ridgefield Area School District serves the children of the area, with two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. Parents can also select from a group of private schools including Mt. View Christian School (Pre-k to grade 6) and Cedar Tree Classical Christian School.
There is no medical center directly in Ridgefield, but the town is within a short drive of several excellent facilities, including the six Vancouver locations of the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, as well as Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital..
Ridgefield is located along I-5, which gives residents easy access to Vancouver, Portland and towns throughout the Columbia River Gorge region. The city is about 40 minutes away from Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, the nearest commercial field.
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