Market: Joseph, OR prices tend to be a bit higher than other towns in our County. The proximity to the lake and the mountains is what draws people to live here or to have a second home. Many enjoy that you can easily walk around town to get coffee, grab some groceries while swinging by the post office. There is a gas station and a grocery along with many galleries, gift and specialty stores.
Established in 1879, Joseph Oregon was the first town in the county. Named in honor of the Nez Perce Chief Joseph, he called the area 'Hah-um-sah-pah', meaning 'big rocks lying scattered around.'
The area is still scattered with white salt-and-pepper granite rocks and real Cowboys working cattle the old way. Due to the mountain streams and 13 to 22 inches of rainfall, Joseph stands like a gleaming emerald in a normally brown Eastern Oregon landscape. Its farms produce some of the best grass and alfalfa hay anywhere, despite the short growing season.
At last count the population stood at 1081, growing by just 26 people in 10 years. The elevation is 4200', and is located 71 miles east of La Grande, the closest major city. There are no traffic lights here, or anywhere else in the county for that matter. Despite its small size, it has great schools and a modern 5000' airport runway capable of landing small jets. In the last 20 years Art and Bronze Sculpture have grown to supplement the agricultural industry.
The listings below are the properties that I represent and where you'll also find more comprehensive information. To receive assistance with any property in Wallowa County, please use the 'Search MLS' link and call me if you have questions or need additional information.
Note: Some of these homes, while having Enterprise addresses, are actually closer to Joseph and are therefore included in this section.
3.72 acres of level and irrigated pasture with fabulous views of the mountains. Just outside Joseph but within city limits. 28' x 32' pole barn built in 2013. Power to barn and well installed. This will make a great building site, and the perimeter is fenced for your livestock. Zoned for a home-based business!
MLS# 18615777 $169,900
Built in 1918 as a bank, this incredible building avails itself to many different uses while offering classic, period finishes that your clientele will notice the moment that they enter. The enclosed, double entry has impressive heavy, wood frame and glass doors that make a statement as soon as you walk in. The 16 foot tall ceilings give a feeling of expansiveness to the space that measures 27x80. In addition to the approximate 2160 sf on the main level, there is a loft work or office space with running water in the rear and also a partial basement that works well for storage. The total square footage according to the tax assessors office is 2888 sf. Currently used as an art gallery and fine jewelry studio and retail store, there are many other potential uses limited only by your imagination. The corner lot offers great visibility with ample parking on 2 sides.
MLS# 18683708 $420,000