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Rockin’ Rapids & California Condors

By David Columbus, August 30, 2019

Just wrapped up a sweet sale on a home out in Clackamas County, located right next to the secretive California Condor breeding program facility. The neighborhood has quite literally gone to the birds.

But in all seriousness, this facility is responsible for bringing this important bird back from near extinction. From a low of 22 total in 1989, there are now more than 400 birds, half of whom are free in the wild. With 52-acres for the birds to roam and fly in, this breeding facility is an amazing example of social responsibility and nature conservation. I look forward to seeing how their work continues to expand the population of these incredible birds.

On a lighter note, one day while we were in process with this transaction I decided to take out my canoe and launch at nearby Carver Park. I immediately hit rapids and rolled the canoe three times. Eventually I was able to land in Oregon City, at which point I took a Lyft back to my car. Wrong boat for that stretch of the river for sure! Happy to say the transaction went much smoother than my river ride!


David Columbus

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 20+ years of experience as a broker and investor. His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients. In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery, delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew. David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back. In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left, and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months. He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club.
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