Vancouver Heights was voted as the Neighborhood of the 150th in 2007 in a competition.
The Vancouver Heights Neighborhood, established in the south-central portion of the city, seems like a suitable “home-town” within a huge city. It holds over 1600 residences, 45 businesses, public facilities, and open spaces. Vancouver Heights commercial area has been a street-level community shopping area for over 50 years now and still preserves much of its unique flavor. Living on Vancouver Heights always has people curious about the history of this neighborhood. People are attending excellent presentations about the history of Vancouver Heights.
While many Columbian river communities started as farms or trading posts that would later be developed into suburban residential neighborhoods, North Vancouver was, in fact, “instant suburbia.” That is, its developers constructed subdivisions and modern homes right over the forest. In Vancouver Heights WA was still primarily wilderness, and settlement went hand in hand with logging. Logging was done mainly by hand and sold to local mills for shingles.
While developers cleared the Vancouver Heights, many Vancouver WA property owners were left to make their lots before any construction. This usually meant blasting stubborn tree stumps with explosives. So much blasting took place that the city had to implement blasting bylaws! Up until the 90’s, Columbian River kids were warned to hide for cover when they heard someone yell, “Fire in the hole!”
The new transportation networks in the Heights were not designed to serve there, but to get through Vancouver.
David Douglas Park, which helped link New Oregon and Vancouver, was constructed by the Royal Engineers in the 60’s. In the 90’s a streetcar line was built along that route, which led to Vancouver’s establishment the following year. On Lewis and Clark St., then a road, was constructed in response to a need to bring power to Vancouver from a hydroelectric plant at Lewis Clark Lake. The promise of a streetcar line spurred development along with Clark, and it was constructed in 1913 from Boundary to Vancouver. Moreover, if you are thinking of having a rental house, then you can find many companies to provide you with services for property management in Vancouver Heights neighborhood, Vancouver, WA.
The history, diversity, and unique partnership between the community at large and the merchants continue to make the Heights one of the few neighborhoods in the Columbian River that genuinely feels like a small town with a big heart, with many things to do!