Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

It’s officially summer! The days are longer, the nights cooler, and the kids are out of school. It can be challenging finding fun summertime activities to keep your entire family entertained, so we’re here to help!

In addition to the many fun outdoor recreation activities, we gathered a roundup of fun summer events happening near our new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Idaho Summer Activities

Paul Bunyan Days: Labor Day weekend comes alive during St. Maries’ annual Paul Bunyan Days! This three-day festival is filled with logging competitions, water events, moto-cross races, carnival rides and more.

Rathdrum Days: Rathdrum Days is a fun celebration of all things Rathdrum. Enjoy live music, street dancing, beer garden, a classic car cruise, and the annual community parade. There’s plenty of fun activities for the entire family.

Family Art Saturday at the Boise Art Museum: Head to the Boise Art Museum on the last Saturday of the month for a hands-on art workshop that’s perfect for kids 12 years and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). Free with the price of museum admission (BAM Members are free).

Canyon County Fair: Find your fun at the Canyon County Fair! Enjoy the carnival rides, concerts, live stage acts, 4-H and FFA market livestock shows, Latino Festival, and lots more!

Idaho Botanical Gardens: The Garden is in full bloom during the summer and is a great place to explore during the warmer months. There’s plenty of fun events happening around the Botanical Gardens all summer long, including Bug Day, the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series and Great Garden Escape.

Explore the Nampa and Caldwell Greenbelts: The growing pathway system is perfect for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

Here are some more great Treasure Valley area events to enjoy all summer long.

Oregon Summer Activities

Munch and Music Series: Hayden Homes is a proud co-presenter of Munch & Music in Drake Park! This free live music series happens every Thursday evening from July 11th through August 15th in Bend. Enjoy a free music concert, dining, shopping, and youth activities in the kids zone.

Balloons Over Bend: Bring the family out to watch the skies above Bend become filled with the bright colors of hot air balloons. There are several fun events happening over the weekend, including a Children’s Festival and Balloon Blast Kid’s Race, and the Night Glow!

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo: The annual county fair is always a highlight of the summer. This year the Deschutes County Fair will be celebrating its centennial!

Blackberry Jam Festival: The Blackberry Jam festival is a family-friendly community event featuring lots of blackberry jam, great music, car show, fishing derby, quilt show, parade and more.

Washington Summer Activities

Yakima Downtown Summer Nights: Each Thursday evening, head down to downtown Yakima to enjoy free live music. There’s a beer garden, food from Front Street restauranteurs and other vendors, dancing, and arts and crafts for kids in the Activities Area.

Pig Out in the Park: This end of summer bash at Riverfront Park should not be missed! The food and music festival spans 6 days so there’s plenty of time to head out. Enjoy free concerts, delicious food from local restaurants, as well as an arts and craft fair and public market.

Family Movie Night: Head down to John Dam Plaza in Richland for a free family movie screening! A different film will be shown each Friday night throughout the summer. Bring a picnic and some blankets to enjoy the movie once the sun goes down!

Summer is a special time in the Pacific Northwest. These fun events capture the spirit of the communities in which we build in.

If you’re looking for a new home in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, we invite you to visit our website to learn more about our new home communities available throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Moving Soon? Popular Northwest Communities, in Which We Build, For Outdoorsy People

If nature is your paradise, then the Northwest is calling for you. Here in the Northwest, nature is not only abundant, but it’s a place where spending time outdoors in our gorgeous surroundings is a strong community value. Furthermore, the Northwest has some of the most outdoor-centric communities in the entire country. Here are some great choices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that you may want to consider for your future home, especially if you’re looking for popular northwest communities for outdoorsy people.


Bend, Oregon

Bend is the ideal place for someone who wants to enjoy some of the luxuries of a big city (you’ll be wowed by the food and art here), but also wants to escape into the hills for some R&R on a regular basis. With the Cascade mountains nearby, Bend is equipped for nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine. No matter what your outdoor passions are, you’re almost guaranteed to find prime opportunities just a short drive away.

Spokane WA Great city for Outdoorsy people

Spokane, Washington

Spokane is a city with a long list of accolades including an excellent school system and inexpensive cost of living. It’s small enough to where people know their neighbors, but big enough to have drawn in a wide array of restaurants and entertainment options that you’re sure to love. Of course, Spokane is close to endless outdoor recreation opportunities in the mountains, on lakes and in rivers. And with Coeur d’Alene, ID not far away, Spokane offers close access to all that northern Idaho has to offer.

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Boise, Idaho

Speaking of Idaho, not only does Boise have more days of Sunshine than either of the two cities listed above, but it also offers a slightly slower pace of life, which the outdoor lover may appreciate. For those who love trails for hiking and mountain biking, the 190-mile Ride to Rivers system is a huge draw. Skiing options are nearby, as are parks and bodies of water for numerous other active adventures. Boise is one of the fastest growing areas in the Northwest, and for good reason.

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Sisters, Oregon

Similar to Bend, Sisters is nestled in the heart of the Cascades but it has a unique, western feel. If you love the outdoors, but don’t love crowds, Sisters is the place for you. You’ll love Historic Western Town, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the Sisters Folk Festival and the Sisters Rodeo. The city offers excellent dining and entertainment options as well, and offers quick access to loads of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, rafting, fly-fishing and camping.


Come See Our New Homes Today

Hayden Homes is building new homes in these and other communities throughout the Northwest. These places include Tri-cities, Walla Walla, Yakima, Eugene, Coburg, Redmond, Medford, and more. If you’re a homebuyer who’s buying your very first home, come learn about our available new homes at Hayden Homes. Reach out to us today to learn more and to tour our homes for sale.

New Homes for Sale in Walla Walla, WA

For those who are looking for the charm of a small town, Walla Walla is the place. Located approximately four hours (by car) from Portland and Seattle, Walla Walla offers natural beauty, a sense of community, and brand new homes for families ready to expand and grow.

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Walla Walla is arguably one of the most beautiful places to live in America. Flanked by mountainous hills, this uniquely vibrant town has been recognized for its famous main street, its friendliness, and some outstanding dining and wining options. With over 100 wineries in the valley producing world class wine, Walla Walla has a rich agricultural culture. There are also countless lakes, trails, and other outdoor opportunities to pursue.

If you have children or are planning to have children in the future, you can take comfort in the fact that Walla Walla is a very family-friendly city with a great school system. The economy is growing as more folks move into the area from California and other areas. There is also a university and a college within the city, too.

New-Homes-in-Walla-WallaBuying a Home in Walla Walla

Living in Walla Walla can still be very affordable, despite the fact that the average home price in the city is rising. As reported by Zillow, home prices in Walla Walla have increased by 5. 8 percent over the last year and will likely rise an additional 1.6 percent in the coming year. Currently, the median home value is $226,600.  View our available homes in Walla Walla HERE.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Walla Walla, now may be the time. Currently, interest rates are reasonably low, and with interest rates and home prices expected to increase in the future, starting the home-buying process now is recommended.

New Homes Walla Walla - Blue Mountain CommunityWhy Buy with Hayden Homes?

Right now, Hayden Homes is building communities in three states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – and in many cities including Walla Walla. Our Walla Walla homes are beautiful, incorporate state-of-the-art technology and features, and are for sale right now! These homes have everything you’re looking for in terms of space and size, design and layout, and even come with our Hayden Homes’ new home warranty!

Working with Hayden Homes is not only easy, but enjoyable. In addition to helping you to discover your dream home, our preferred lenders offer convenient financing solutions. We are available to answer any of your questions at every step of the way. Whether you’re buying your first home or your second or third, the homebuilders at Hayden Homes are by your side.

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We are excited about our new homes in Walla Walla, and think you should be too! These homes have everything you could want and are located within one of the best communities in the Northwest. To learn more about our new homes for sale or to walk through a model home in Walla Walla, WA today, get in touch with us by phone or online at your convenience.

Moving to Yakima. What should I know? | Hayden Homes New Homes for Sale

Deciding to move is a big decision, especially if that move involves a brand new home and a brand new town. If you are moving to Yakima and wondering “what should I know?” At Hayden Homes, we understand that moving can be stressful, so we want to with you our favorite things about Yakima. Plus, when you work with us, we make the home-buying process exciting and fun, and provide peace of mind along the way. If you’re thinking about moving into a brand new home, our new homes for sale in Yakima should be at the top of your consideration list.

New Homes in Yakima
What’s so Great About Yakima?
Yakima is a great place for those who love the outdoors, want access to the things that a city has to offer, but also want to enjoy a small-town feel. Yakima has all of these offerings and more. Yakima is located just 60 miles from Mt. Rainier, maintains a population of under 100,000 people (but just barely), and is located in a region known for its wine, hop, and apple production. Favorite things to do in the area include visiting wineries (the region is often referred to as “wine country”), learning more about (and sampling) hops and beer, enjoying fresh produce (you can even pick your own), or doing a myriad of things outdoors, from biking to hiking to skiing to rafting and more.
Yakima Ridge by Hayden HomesYakima and Home Buying – Is Now a Good Time?
It’s not just about loving the new city in which you plan to live; it’s about knowing whether investing in real estate in that city is a smart idea. According to Zillow, the median home value in Yakima is currently just over $208,000*. What’s more, home values have gone up by 9.9 percent in the area over the past year, and Zillow predicts that they will rise another 4.1 percent over the course of the year. With values increasing, getting into the market now is recommended.
The Villas new homes in Yakima WAWhat Makes Hayden Homes Special?
Finally, after you’ve decided that your life is in the right stage to invest in your dream home and the market agrees that it’s a good time to buy, and you’ve found the perfect town in which to live, the next step is finding a trusted homebuilder you can count on. At Hayden Homes, there are multiple reasons to work with us and purchase your new home in Yakima. These include:
  • Our Hayden Homes commitment to quality;
  • Our warranty;
  • Our charitable work – you can feel good about working with us;
  • Our homes – you can count on energy-efficient homes outfitted with the best technology; and
  • Our home-buying process – we make home buying easy with great financing options.
Homes for Sale in Yakima WaLearn More About New Homes in Yakima Today from Hayden Homes
If you’re ready to learn more about new homes in Yakima today, we can help. Contact your new homebuilder at Hayden Homes today – whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to the home of your dreams. Not only are we building in Yakima, but in communities throughout the Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Find out more about our homes for sale now!
* Hayden Homes new home communities in Yakima may have starting at pricing higher than the medium home value. To view our communities and home plans in the area, visit the Yakima City page HERE.

Over Half of Homebuyers consider new homes : 3 TOP Reasons Why

A study titled “Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017” published by Zillow Group explored the ways that those living in America think about where they live, including how and where they buy and rent. We wanted to provide a summary of some of that data, focusing on what’s drawing homebuyers to new homes. Three of the biggest factors that influence new home buying include location, appealing features, and income.

Statistics and reasons behind homebuyers flocking to new homes
What We Know About Homeowners vs Homebuyers

First, a look into what we know about homeowners in America, including things like their reported ethnicity, marital status, income level, and more.

The Zillow report explains that the majority of homeowners are Caucasian (76 percent) and married (68 percent). The median income for the average homeowner is just over $62,000 a year.

Most homeowners purchase a new home as an investment, and some even view their home as a “reflection of who they are personally.” Nearly 90 percent of homeowners say that they have no plans to sell their home within the next three years. What’s more, nearly 50 percent live in the first home that they purchased.

As a note, the demographics of current homeowners and homebuyers are different. The report explains that the average homebuyer in America today is young and educated, and that the annual household income amongst homebuyers has increased to over $87,000.

Why buyers choose new homes

Things that Draw Homebuyers to New, Never-Before-Lived-In Homes

So, we know that homeowners want to invest in a home as part of their financial plan, and want to live in their home, but why do some people choose brand new homes over older homes?

When looking at homebuyers’ wants and needs, we’ve found some key takeaways. Some of the key wants and needs of homebuyers today include:

  • Air conditioning (which was rated as being more important than a yard or patio)
  • Safety
  • Ample parking
  • Great bathrooms (58 percent say that the preferred number of bathrooms is a requirement)
  • Location
  • Appealing kitchens (preferred finishes for countertops, flooring, etc.)
  • Energy efficient appliances

Location is one of the most important features in a home for a potential buyer, with things like proximity to work, friends and family, and a preferred school district making a big difference. As stated above, safety – which is dependent upon location – is also a big priority. Whether or not public transportation is in place is key, too, with almost 50 percent of buyers saying that proximity to public transportation matters to them.

A huge thing to note is that over half of homebuyers are considering new construction homes as opposed to older, already existing homes. 43 percent say that this is because of the desirable location of new construction homes, and 39 percent say that appealing features (like custom finishes and energy efficient appliances) make them want a new home. Those who make more money are more likely to buy a brand new home, with 65 percent of buyers who make over $100,000 per year considering brand new homes.

New Homes for Sale in the Northwest

New Homes for Sale in the Northwest

If you’re looking for your dream home in the Pacific Northwest, we’re building attractive, friendly communities in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. We have homes for sale you’ll love, and want to be your homebuilder of choice. If you’re buying your first home or looking for a new place to live, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.

New Homes for Sale in Kennewick

Hayden Homes is pleased to announce brand new homes in the Kennewick and Tri-Cities areas. These homes are affordable, beautiful, and brand new. If you live in Tri-Cities or are thinking about moving to Kennewick, here’s a look at why our new homes are the right choice for you and your family.
New Homes for Sale Kennewick
Why Buy a New Home?
There are dozens of reasons to become a homebuyer, starting with the fact that when you choose to buy instead of rent, you will be paying into your equity every month, rather than giving your money away to a rental or property company. In terms of buying something brand new vs. buying an older home, consider that when you buy new you will usually benefit from a new home warranty, you may be eligible for financing options through the new home builder, and you shouldn’t have to worry about costs of repairs and upgrades for years to come.
Kennewick WA New Homes for SaleWhy Buy a New Home in Kennewick, Washington?
It’s not just about buying a new home; location matters too. And when it comes to location, the Tri-Cities area is a fantastic place to invest in right now. In fact, according to Zillow, home prices in Kennewick are on the rise, with a 7.1 percent increase in median home value over the past year, and an additional 4.9 percent increase forecasted. Currently, the median home price is just under $250,000, which means that homes are still affordable for the time being. As the area grows and becomes more popular, prices will surely increase, making now the perfect time to invest.
Full Nest FamilyWhy Buy Your New Home with Hayden Homes
You now know the benefits of buying in the Tri-Cities/Kennewick area; the value of buying vs. renting; and the advantages of buying a brand new home; but do you know why you should buy your new home with Hayden Homes?
Hayden Homes is committed helping homebuyers like you get into their dream homes, whether you’re buying your first home or moving from a current home to a new and improved version in a better location. More than just building homes, though, we are passionate about building communities. When you become a Hayden Homes homebuyer, you become part of a network of people throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that make it possible for dollars to be reinvested year after year in communities throughout the Northwest.
Hayden Homes also has a wide selection of homes for sale in Kennewick and other up and coming areas of the Northwest, and offers a lot of benefits, like convenient financing options and new home warranties that provide peace of mind.
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The Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to live, and has been named as one of the top 10 places in the nation to raise a family, not to mention a place where food, culture, and nature combine to create an amazing location to call home. To find your brand new home in Kennewick from Hayden Homes, reach out to us now!