It's not every day little White Salmon gets featured in The New York Times. But our small community got a slice of big city recognition -- for better or worse -- on May 12.
In that issue of The New York Times, feature writer Linda Baker produced an article titled "The windsurf's up on the Columbia River."
The feature story describes how an increasing number of people "looking for a second home" are discovering White Salmon, "a sleepy logging town perched on a bluff just across the Columbia River from Hood River, Ore."
"A growing number of second-home buyers and retirees are moving to the quieter Washington side," reads an excerpt. "They come in search of an outdoor lifestyle and the economic incentives of Washington, which does not have a state income tax."
The article touts the city's recent development of an artistic colony.
"The growing arts scene rivals the windsurfing," is one claim the writer makes.
White Salmon's three-block main street has "more than a dozen glassmakers, painters, and artisans ensconced in downtown galleries and studios," the feature points out.
The article tends to focus on real estate, including, for example, what it costs for a 1,500 square foot house (about $300,000); while a "bluff house in need of repair starts at $1 million."
Also noted are the appreciation in real estate prices in White Salmon in recent years.
Among the locals quoted are Mayor Roger Holen, artist John Mayo, Carl McNew of Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate, and Bob Blades of Pacific Rim Brokers.
Now, we wait and wonder: Will the coverage lead to an influx of money from New York City, as deep-pocketed bargain shoppers buy up some of the remaining affordable real estate in the area?