Kelso, WA Real Estate & Living

Are you looking for real estate in Kelso, WA? Are you thinking about calling Kelso home? Pacific Northwest Realty Group is a full-service real estate brokerage serving Kelso with exceptional real estate services whether you're buying or selling.

About Kelso, WA

Kelso, WA, located in Cowlitz County, is located in the southwest part of Washington and is the second-largest city in the county. According to the 2010 census, 11,925 people call Kelso home. Kelso was founded in 1847 by Peter W. Crawford, a Scottish surveyor, and incorporated in 1889.

Three rivers run through the city of Kelso including the Cowlitz, Columbia, and Coweeman. The Cowlitz River is well known for smelt fishing and became known as the Smelt Capital of the World in 1956 by the Kelso Chamber of Commerce. Today, the smelt run has declined significantly due to overharvesting, climate change, and habitat loss.

Kelso is conveniently located along Interstate 5, the main north-south interstate in Western Washington. Locals can easily access Portland, 45 minutes to the south, and Seattle, 2 hours north, via Interstate 5. The Pacific Ocean lies 2 hours west of Kelso, and 2 hours east you'll find the Cascade Mountains including Mount St. Helens which is famous for the eruption in 1980.


The Kelso School District is made up of the following schools, click each school to view available homes for sale:

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High School


The City of Kelso maintains several parks throughout the city including:

Tam O'Shanter Park
Heerensperger Field
Rister Stadium
Catlin Rotary Spray Park
Kelso Veterans Park
Lads & Lassies Park
Rhododendron Gardens
Rotary Park
Rotary Skate Park
Scot Hollow Park
Kelso Senior Center


If fishing is your stress reliever than you have endless opportunities within minutes of Kelso. The Columbia River is home to American Shad, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead, White Sturgeon, and Lamprey.

The Cowlitz River, which flows through the city, is home to Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and Coho Salmon.

The Coweeman River, the lesser-known fishing rivers in Southwest Washington, begins in the hills west of Mount St. Helens and flows for 30 miles before emptying into the Cowlitz River. Anglers will find mostly steelhead in the Coweeman River.

Pacific Ocean

Just 90 minutes west along Highway 30, residents arrive along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The most popular destinations are Long Beach, Ocean Park, and Seaside. During the summer months, the beach towns are bustling with locals and visitors alike enjoying everything the beach has to offer. During the fall and winter months, the beaches attract people from all around the area wanting to experience the giant waves, high winds, and blinding rain as the winter storms roll into the coastline.

Cascade Mountains

Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, or a day at the lake, you'll find something for everyone year-round in the Cascade Mountains. Two hours to the northeast, up Highway 12, you'll find the White Pass Ski Resort and two hours southeast you'll find Timberline Lodge & Ski Resort. The Cascade Mountains are home to the infamous Mount St. Helens that erupted in 1980 blanketing the region with ash.

Kelso Real Estate

If you're looking for Kelso real estate and home for sale you've come to the right place. Pacific Northwest Realty Group is a full-service brokerage and our professional Real Estate Brokers are available seven days a week to show you homes.

The Kelso real estate market offers something for every buyer. Whether you're a first-time buyer, looking to size up or down, need a home with acreage, or prefer a stunning upscale home with gorgeous river views, Kelso has options for every price range.

Below is a current list of available homes for sale in Kelso. Our direct MLS feed is updated every 15 minutes with the latest real estate listings, and we show you every home listed. Whether buying or selling real estate, we stand ready, willing, and able to meet your real estate goals.

Kelso Real Estate & Homes for Sale

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