Richland - Windermere Group One


The Atomic City

On the southeastern border of Washington State at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia rivers lies Richland. A town often awarded as one of the best places to live. The city features excellent schools, a variety of housing options, and a socially engaged population. Things to do for all ages in Richland include visiting the towns numerous parks, recreation programs, and the library. Richland, Washington is commonly referred to as the atomic city due to the significant role it played in World War II as a former hub of activity for nuclear production. The U.S. Government purchased the once small farm town in 1943 and turned into a bedroom community for the workers of the Manhattan Project, the project that brought us the first nuclear weapons. With the shutdown of the last production reactor in 1987, the area transitioned to environmental cleanup and technology. Today, many of Richland’s residents work on the environmental cleanup mission at the Hanford site. The Hanford cleanup site, as well as the Reach Museum, contain the cities' only remainders of its atomic days.



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A Highly Educated Community

Nowadays, this peaceful town is known for its environmental efforts, the technology sector, and agriculture. The economy is driven by its technology and research efforts mainly in part by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory over the past 50 plus years. Overall, Richland is a city of professionals, and if you enjoy science, Richland has lots of opportunities in town, including physical, social, and life science. Another interesting fact about Richland’s Residents is that we have more people who specialize in computers and math living here, than 95% of the other places in the U.S.
Richland also ranks among the highest in the nation for their level of education. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Richland, 42.06% have at least a bachelor's degree. According to, “the typical U.S. community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree”.
One thing that you will notice about Richland is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young single scholars upwardly starting their careers. Many singles consider Richland an excellent place to live without being in a big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

A Hidden Gem – WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities is one of six campuses in the Washington State University system. The branch campus has a tight-knit community that blends hands-on learning with opportunities for research, access to a multitude of internships, personalized instruction, and active student life.
Advisors at WSU say, “the University is driven by the ultimate goal of engaging students in hands-on learning through internships, co-ops, and project-based courses. WSU Tri-Cities students are well prepared to enter the workforce job-ready and contribute to the economic vitality of this community”.
A little over two years ago our WSU branch campus opened the WSU Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center, “the world’s largest and most technologically advanced wine research and education facility on the Tri-Cities campus” (Tri-Cities Business News).
So, whether you are looking to go into nursing, engineering, viticulture, or a host of other degree programs, look no further! The WSU branch campus here in Tri-Cities creates numerous connections for their students.

Picture Yourself Living in Richland

On the southeast end of Washington, the city of Richland enjoys an arid climate throughout the year. Warm summers and mild winters make outdoor activities easily accessible in Richland all year long. With several national parks and beautiful rivers nearby, outdoor enthusiasts are known to enjoy activities such as kayaking, fishing, and water skiing. Other outdoor recreation areas include hiking at Badger Mountain and biking on the Sacagawea Heritage Trail.
The Richland Community Center is another point of pride for residents, offering beautiful views of the Columbia River. This spot is perfect for hosting family reunions, wedding receptions, and more. The center also hosts numerous classes and courses including dance, yoga, arts and crafts, technology, gardening, martial arts, and more.
Wine enthusiasts will also enjoy the vibrant viticulture industry. Richland's surrounding 7,000 hectares of prime wine country produces some of the most recognized wines in Washington. Meaning there is ample opportunity for taking wine tours in Richland, a popular activity for many residents.

Discover Richland Real Estate

Richland real estate consists mainly of single-family homes. Classic style and modern features are blended effortlessly here to create beautiful dynamic neighborhoods with excellent curb value.
Both existing properties and new communities offer affordable real estate that is perfect for new homebuyers and young families. Community events, outdoor recreation, and quality city services make Richland a desirable community to put your roots down.
In so many words, Richland homes for sale are affordable, with value-adding features such as upgraded kitchens and bathrooms. Typical homes for sale in the area are modern properties, built in the past 20 years. Older mid-century homes are also available in Richland. These properties are mostly renovated to appeal to contemporary aesthetics and standards.
Popular properties feature an open-concept design with integrated living and dining spaces, kitchen islands, and between three to five bedrooms. Many homes contain hardwood or modern laminate flooring in the common areas with plush, new carpeting in the bedrooms.
If you enjoy the outdoors, properties in Richland are ideal for you. Most homes come with ample yard space; perfect for letting the kids play outside and entertaining guests for an outdoor barbecue.
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Richland Community Highlights

Recognized for its environmental efforts and strong technology sector.
Beautiful countryside surrounds the city, perfect for outdoor activities.
The Richland Community Center emphasizes community growth and support.
With three 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole course, Richland is a popular town for golfers.
Home of Washington State University in North Richland.

Town History

Richland is rich in history. Including historical events such as William and Clark visiting what is known today as Columbia Point, the mouth of the Yakima river back on October 17, 1805.
Indian tribes familiar to us today like Yakama, Walla Walla, and Wanapum used the area long before visions for Richland took place harvesting the area for salmon runs. Richland's humble beginnings started with the purchase of over 2,000 acres of land in the early 19th century. The town was officially named Richland in 1905 after a state legislator and land developer, Nelson Rich. Our city, formally incorporated into Washington state on April 28, 1910, had only begun the start of its historical significance.

Housing History

Housing History Richland was created for the sole purpose of housing the workers at the federal Handford site. The U.S. Government owned all the buildings and land offering them to workers for a small rent. The engineers in the Army oversaw much of the city's planning. Homes were allocated based on the size of the worker's family, causing the need for several floor plans known today as the alphabet homes. While Richland is known for a lot more than Handford today, it's historical army roots can be seen throughout the streets running across town. A majority of the roads were named after famous army engineers including the main street George Washington Way (aka G-Way) named after our first president who was a surveyor. If you spot an alphabet house chances are you are on one of these historically named streets.
The city transitioned to private property in the late 1950s after being owned by the U.S. Government. During this time residents working at the Handford site were given a chance to purchase the duplexes they were currently leasing or purchase lots in an upcoming subdivision. At this time the town still had a financial dependency on the Handford site. Seeing a spike in residency with each federal budget increase to the project. The site continued as a weapons production site through the years of the Cold War before transitioning to the environmental cleanup mission.

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