Upcoming November Art Walks

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Raina Stinson

Raina Stinson is an international award winning commercial and fine art photographer based, in Portland, OR. Her work has been published in magazines, books and exhibited nationally and internationally. She is known for her authenticity, creative direction, use of color and thought provoking imagery. With her gift of empathy and joyful personality, she is able to connect deeply with her subjects, thereby creating indelible images that excite and delight audiences around the world.
Please join us Thursday, November 3rd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Raina’s art, as well as live music, wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Bend with Artist MaryLea Harris

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Local contemporary artist, MaryLea Harris, specializes in mixed media and painting. Her whimsical and colorful images of leaves and trees are outlined in creams and whites to analogize the interplay between positives and negatives in space and life.
In addition to her career as a visual artist specializing in painting, mixed media, sculptural books, and fiber arts, MaryLea is a parent, educator, author and founder of Pink and Green Mama, an award-winning arts and crafts website for caregivers of young children.  With over 15 years in the field of Arts Education, MaryLea has degrees in Studio Art and Art History from with an emphasis in painting and print making and holds an MFA in painting.

My paintings have three visual components that connect them: calling attention to detail by showing natural subject matter in a still state, flattening the image to a simplified silhouette, and introducing layers of color and texture.

Please join us Friday, November 4th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy MaryLea’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Vancouver with Artist Earlene Holmstrom

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Earlene has been drawing since she was a child, but she didn’t seriously take up art until after she retired in 2002. She tried various media and subjects, but none gave her the pleasure she finds in soft pastels and the human (and, more recently, animal) face and figure.

I feel very strongly about creating “original” art.  When working from photos, I DO NOT “trace and paint” or “project and paint.”  I believe these practices deaden my creativity.  Instead, my process includes the use of thumbnail sketches (notans), color sketches, and keen observation before I begin putting pastel to paper.

Please join us Friday, November 4th at our Downtown Vancouver Office (402 W 8th St. Vancouver, WA) from 5-8 PM, to enjoy Earlene’s artwork, as well as music and complimentary wine and appetizers.

Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Evelin Peralta Marsh

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Evelin Peralta Marsh is a Salvadorian artist residing in Lake Oswego. Her paintings use acrylics and oils, with a mix of resin. These paintings have a heightened sense of emotion, with vivid colors and abstract imagery. Her unique artistic perspective draws from two very diverse worlds – the intense urban environment of El Salvador with a touch of the serene Pacific Northwest; she weaves together these worlds on the canvas, honoring her personal journey with grace and love.
Please join us Thursday, November 17th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Evelin’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.


Planning an Urban Garden: Three Key Principles for Adding More Greenery to Your Home

Whether you’ve decided to become an urban homesteader or would simply like to incorporate a bit more greenery into your home, urban gardening can work for you. There’s not only one type of urban garden, after all. You could have anything from a small Japanese garden in your background, a vegetable plot in a community garden, or an indoor garden in your condo. Nevertheless, there are three key principles to keep in mind as you plan your urban garden.

1. Space

Space includes macro factors such as temperature and soil type, as well as micro factors such as planter types and the direction of your windows. Micro factors can be especially relevant for urban gardening, since you’re working with more precision.
If you’re looking for a new home in a city but don’t want to give up gardening, consider finding a place with a yard. Large or small, it doesn’t matter. Any yard has potential. Having ground space is important because it gives you more flexibility when you’re choosing crops to plant. Crops like asparagus, corn, berry bushes and other long-lived varieties need several years to take root in the ground before they produce a consistent harvest. If you love these vegetables and berries, you’ll want to find a yard to grow them.
However, if you only have a small indoor space or a balcony, you can still grow an urban garden using containers. In fact, even if you have a yard, you may choose to cultivate part of your garden in containers. For example, if you want to grow frost-intolerant plants like citrus or tropical flowers, you’ll need to use containers. Likewise, plants like mint and Siberian aster are better grown in containers, since they tend to take over the entire garden.
Before buying a stack of containers, though, you first need to consider the needs of the plants you’ve chosen. Herbs are typically the best choice for containers, since they thrive when cultivated in pots. Herb varieties such as sage and rosemary tend to do better in deeper pots, though you may have luck with shallow containers, too. Chives, thyme, parsley, and cilantro are a few varieties which thrive in just a few inches of soil.
Keeping planters, pots, and varying containers of herbs on a patio is a charming option, but these same herbs can also thrive on a windowsill or balcony. You could also hang the containers vertically, a great option for airy lofts.

2. Light

Many plants prefer full light, meaning about six hours a day of ‘direct’ or unshaded light. If this is problematic—for instance, if you’re cultivating indoor plants with mainly northern-facing exposure—you could supplement your natural light with a grow light or two.
Naturally, plants will receive the most intense exposure when they’re nearest a window, but not all plants need full southern sun. Many leafy greens should have less sun, as some will burn with too much direct light. Each plant variety is different. That’s why you should consider the light levels your space has to offer before choosing your plants.
Following the principles of space and light is probably the most pleasant question: What do you really want, anyway? Your own interests are an obvious key to what you will be cultivating.

3. Interests

Once your yard or balcony is ready, you should make a gardening plan. Think about your interests. What kind of garden do you really want?
Gardening sometimes conjures up the image of a straw hat and a bushel of tomatoes, but for every stereotype, there are also novel possibilities. Don’t be afraid to break outside the mold and try new things. Just remember to choose varieties that grow well together to form a strong ecosystem in your space. For example, flowers (edible or not) draw pollinators, which will benefit your vegetable crops.
One of the most satisfying aspects of urban gardening is the joy of cultivating something personal. Consider what you would like, keeping the space and light in mind, and go for it.
Portland, Oregon is a great city to find a place to grow your garden in. You’ll find living spaces with fantastic yards and open area, condos with lots of light and space, and plenty of urban gardening potential in every single neighborhood. Here are a few examples from some of our listings. Find more great homes on our Portland community page.

Rose City bungalow with a great yard

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Rose City Bungalow

Fabulous potential for landscaping

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Portland Bungalow backyard

Condo with great light, perfect for hanging planters

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Pearl District Loft Condo
Pearl District Loft Condo

10 Homes Built for Nature-Lovers in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is a magnet for people who love nature. The region draws visitors year-round for its outdoor activities, from hiking and bird-watching to skiing and snowshoeing. Anyone who moves to the area is likely to be an outdoor enthusiast, too. That’s why so many homes in towns like Bend and Sisters have thoughtful details that appeal to nature-lovers. If you’re looking for an outdoorsy home in Central Oregon, take a look at properties with these five features.

1. Outdoor Living Areas

If you love being outdoors, it makes sense for your home to include comfortable outdoor spaces for everyday living. For example, the following two homes have large spaces to relax outside in all kinds of weather. One has an interior courtyard and an outdoor kitchen, so you can spend time cooking and eating in the fresh air. The other has a covered entertaining patio that looks like a living room, only with the walls removed. Both have cozy fireplaces to keep you warm. Add pine trees and gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains, and you’ll feel right at home in nature.

Custom home in Bend

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Deschutes townhome in Bend

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2. Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Even if you prefer being outside in nature, there are invariably times when you’ll want to stay indoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows are perfect for those days. They bring in plenty of light and give you the feeling of being outdoors while staying inside.
Famous Tree, a home designed by the renowned architect James Cutler, gives a great example of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The property is perched on a dramatic cliff that overlooks Whychus Canyon Preserve, so you have quite the stunning view through the windows. It’s definitely a home for someone who appreciates nature, exquisite craftsmanship, and modern architecture.

Famous Tree

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However, you don’t need to have a breathtaking view to enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows. Basecamp is a set of luxury townhomes in central Bend that have similar architecture, only with an urban view. The natural light and open floor plans still give you a sense of freedom and spaciousness, like being outdoors, but you’re within walking distance of downtown. It’s the best of both worlds.

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Basecamp Townhomes Oregon

3. Space for Animals

Some outdoor enthusiasts enjoy going out in nature mainly for the wildlife. If this describes you, consider buying a ranch with property so you can keep animals and/or spot wildlife near your home. For instance, Silver Horse Ranch in Bend has 40 acres with pristine pastures, an antique barn, and several arenas with stalls. The property also has extensive trails and views, so you could go out horseback riding for a day without leaving your land.

Silver Horse Ranch

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Silver Horse Ranch
You don’t necessarily need such a grand ranch to enjoy wildlife, though. A log home on 10 acres can still provide enough space for animals, especially when it’s near a private community park. All you need is a barn with a couple stalls and a tack room, and your 10 acres can become a home for a horse or two.

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Oregon Log Home

4. Pacific Lodge Architecture

You can love nature while still loving luxury, too. Pacific lodge architecture is one way to combine these two supposed opposites. Details like vaulted wood ceilings, hardwood flooring and granite counters all give your home a natural atmosphere without losing any comfort.

Central Oregon Lifestyle Home

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Classic Sunriver Lodge Style Home

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5. Waterfront Property

Central Oregon has many rivers and lakes for fishing, canoeing, and other water sports. If you’re drawn to outdoor activities by the water, why not get a home with waterfront property? The Deschutes River is an especially popular location for homes in Bend. A private view of the river is perfect for a romantic dinner or a relaxing morning outside, surrounded by trees and wildlife.

Central Oregon Riverfront Home

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Bend Oregon Waterfront

Deschutes River Views

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Fortunately, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one of the five features. You can easily find a home with several or all of these details. Check out the homes listed in this post, and you’ll see that they include much more for nature-lovers than just great windows or waterfront property. Browse through our other listings, and you’ll quickly see that Central Oregon has plenty of homes an outdoor enthusiast could love.


3 Reasons Why Pacific Northwest Farms Make Great Homes

Owning a farm is a dream many Americans have held right from the country’s birth. Fortunately, the United States has so much rich, productive farmland that achieving this dream isn’t difficult. There are enough farms on the market; the only problem is choosing where exactly you want your farm to be.

Redmond, Oregon

Redmond Ranch and Farm
While the Midwest is known as the nation’s breadbasket, the Pacific Northwest is arguably the best place to be a farmer. Here are three reasons why Pacific Northwest farms are great places to live.

1. Pioneer History

When you live on a farm in the Pacific Northwest, you’re taking part in the region’s agricultural history. Along with lumber, agriculture was the first building block of the Northwest economy. Pioneers who survived the Oregon Trail often started farms after receiving large areas of land for free or little cost. Settlers in the Willamette Valley—a prime destination for pioneers—created the ‘Organic Laws of Oregon’, which granted 320 acres to unmarried pioneers and 640 acres to married couples. The area is still an agricultural powerhouse, especially for berries, vegetables, hazelnuts and wine.
Although modern farms are more comfortable than the farms of the late 19th century, they still belong to the same pioneer tradition of self-sufficiency. You can easily grow all your own food and drink fresh water from clean natural springs on your property. If you want a closer connection to history, you can find a historical farm that’s been renovated. For example, this ranch in Central Oregon was built more than a hundred years ago, back when agriculture was still the primary industry in the region. With over 579 acres and water rights straight from the Crooked River, you’d have plenty of space to build on the past, into the future.

Prineville, Oregon

Prineville Oregon Farm

2. Nature and Wildlife

The Northwest doesn’t just have great farmland. All kinds of plants thrive off of the rich soil, leading to pristine forests and meadows with a diversity of wildlife. Elk, moose, deer and turkeys could all roam your property, along with a variety of birds, from barn owls to bald eagles. In other words, if you left part of your farm untouched and open to the wilderness, it wouldn’t be a waste of space. Rather, it would become a home for wildlife.
In addition to the abundant wildlife, there are mountains all over the Northwest, so it’s easy to find a farm with an epic view, especially of the Cascade Mountains. You could even buy property for your farm near the coast, getting the best of both rural life and coastal beauty.
The weather of the Northwest is also temperate enough for you to enjoy all four seasons. You can watch the seasons change without dreading a scorching summer or bone-chilling winter. Each season has something to love, from colorful autumn leaves to fragrant spring blossoms.

Culver, Oregon

Culver Farm

3. Outdoor Activities

Running a farm can take a lot of time and energy, but even hard-working farmers get days off. If you live in an isolated agricultural region, your recreational activities are often limited. However, in the Pacific Northwest, there’s still plenty to do in rural areas. In fact, some urbanites regularly escape the city by vacationing in the countryside, attracted by its amazing scenery and range of outdoor activities.
Besides hunting and fishing, you can go skiing, camping or hiking in the mountains. If you feel hemmed in by the mountains, you can travel west to the Oregon Coast to spend a weekend by the Pacific Ocean. Go sailing, surfing, or scuba diving, or simply relax on the sandy beaches. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll feel rejuvenated by the natural beauty of the Northwest.
Visit our farm, ranch, and vineyard listings to find your dream property for sale.


Beautiful Homes on the Oregon Coast for Artists to Live

The Oregon Coast is a great place for artists to live and vacation. Besides being a remarkably beautiful area with uncrowded beaches and untouched forests, the coast is dotted with art-friendly towns; from the art galleries in Cannon Beach to the FisherPoets gathering in Astoria. You don’t have to struggle to find a unique home, either. The Oregon Coast has many houses that are well-suited for artists. Here’s a sample of homes on the Coast that an artist could easily love.

1. Victorian Cottage

This historic cottage is nestled among trees next to the sea. Every detail of the home seems to be intended for an artist, from the ornate gold-leafed chandelier to the observation tower with stained glass windows overlooking the ocean.

Cannon Beach/Tolovana Park

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
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2. Oceanfront Panoramas

Located at Chapman Point, this home has panoramic views from Haystack Rock to Ecola State Park. It’s perfect for artists who are inspired by nature. Almost anywhere you sit, there’s a beautiful view of the seashore. Whether you go downstairs to the library, or up the spiral staircase to a crow’s nest office, there are plenty of cozy places for you to concentrate.

Cannon Beach/Tolovana Park

4 bedrooms, 3 baths
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3. Italianate Victorian

Built at the turn of the century, this Victorian home is a good example of Italianate architecture, a 19th-century style that blends Classical and Renaissance designs. In other words, it was thoughtfully designed to value aesthetics. In addition, it has a studio and a workshop, so two artists could share the home with separate creative spaces.

Astoria

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
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4. Craftsman Cottage from the 1930s

This seaside cottage is a historic treasure situated between Yaquina Lighthouse and Otter Rock. It has a peaceful atmosphere and a great nook for writing, with built-in bookshelves, window seats and a covered front porch. Nearly every room has a gorgeous view of the ocean, too.

Lincoln County

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
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5. Private Sanctuary

This charming cedar and stone cabin is the kind of place you retreat to when you need to finish a creative project. With 86 acres and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, rock islands and lush forest, you’ll have peace and solitude to concentrate. There’s even a two-stall barn with corrals, so you can go out horseback riding instead of taking the car.

Port Orford

2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
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6. Designed by an Artist

If you love natural light and unique architectural designs, this home might be your favorite. It was custom-built and engineered to maximize the ocean view and natural light. Sitting in the living room is like sitting on the beach, only with more shelter and comfort. It’s an incredible aesthetic experience built into the core design of the home.

Tillamook County

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
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7. Seaside Japanese Garden

Sitting atop Alsea Highlands, this Victorian-style home doesn’t just have great views of Alsea Bay and Cape Perpetua. It has a small, circular sitting room and an office that would both serve well as artist studios, as well as a serene Japanese garden to give you clarity during your breaks.

Lincoln County

4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms
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8. Classic Beach Cottage

While some artists prefer having private spaces where they can work, others prefer the spaciousness of an open floor plan. This cottage offers exactly that: a large, open space for living and creating art. An open design can be especially great for collaboration between artists, or just a single artist who wants a greater sense of freedom.

Cannon Beach

2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
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Didn’t see what you were looking for? Find more artistic homes by browsing Sotheby’s Oregon Coast listings.


7 Great Hiking Trails in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is a paradise for anyone who loves the outdoors. The area is nestled between the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Ochoco Mountains to the east, drawing skiers and snowboarders in the winter and hikers and backpackers in the summer. Clear lakes and streams offer even more opportunities for fishing, canoeing, SUP, swimming, and other freshwater sports.
Basically, if you enjoy spending time in nature, you’ll likely fall in love with Central Oregon. It’s not uncommon for visitors to return year after year, until they eventually buy a home in the area. To get a taste of what Central Oregon has to offer, check out these 7 great hiking trails.
Visit our Central Oregon community page to learn more about finding a great place to live near all of these amazing trails.

1. Lava River Cave

Central Oregon is historically a volcanic region, which means the area has the most caves in Oregon. Deschutes country alone has over 500 lava tubes. You can explore one of these tubes by walking inside the Lava River Cave, a one-mile hike in the dark. Just make sure you dress warmly and bring flashlights!

2. Rosary Lakes, Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most epic trails in the US. Extending from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, it’s known for its wild beauty. Part of it crosses through central Oregon. You could hike this entire section of the trail, or just sample one of the highlights by going to Rosary Lakes. All three lakes have clear, beautiful water and great campsites, perfect for a relaxing long weekend in nature.

3. McKenzie River Trail

The McKenzie River Trail has awesome waterfalls, ancient lava flows, and pure hot springs you can soak in. The trail isn’t just great for hiking, either. It’s popular among runners and mountain bikers, too. You can work up a sweat cruising down the trail, then stop to enjoy the cool forest air and mist coming off the 78-foot Sahalie Falls.
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4. South Sister

South Sister is one of the highest peaks in Oregon and the most popular mountain among the Three Sisters. The trail to the summit is about 12 miles out and back, and you won’t need any climbing gear—just a lot of water and food. You can either hike to the summit in a day or camp up in the meadow first, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the 360° view at the top.

5. Three Sisters Loop

If you’re not quite ready for the rigor of hiking up a mountain, you can spend time in the Three Sisters Wilderness instead. This 23-mile loop trail is perfect for backpacking and camping under the stars. You’ll see bubbling creeks, breathtaking viewpoints, and meadows full of wildflowers.

6. Tumalo Falls Trail

This trail is easy enough for a family with young children, yet still beautiful enough for a seasoned hiker to want to visit. You can either take the “long way” or park closer to the waterfall for a short walk. Don’t miss the path that leads down to the bottom of the waterfall, so you can look behind the falls, too.

7. Bend Ale Trail

Bend, Oregon has a relatively small population, but it has enough world-class breweries for a large city. Since many people living in Bend also love the outdoors, it’s only natural for the town to make a “trail” connecting the breweries. Visit 10 breweries on the Bend Ale Trail, and the visitor’s center will give you a souvenir in recognition of your awesomeness.
Thinking of moving to Central Oregon? Take a look at these fantastic homes in the area, all close to great hiking trails!


Historic Turn of the Century Homes for Sale in Portland, Oregon

Portland was one of the largest and most influential cities in the Northwest at the end of the 19th century. It had a busy port and railway station, attracting both tourism and business. However, Seattle was still a powerful rival, especially at the turn of the century. This rivalry helped make the early 20th century an exciting time in Portland history, as its leaders brainstormed ways to keep up with Seattle’s success.
At least one of their plans was amazingly effective. In 1905, Portland became the host city for the Lewis and Clark Exposition, a huge fair that attracted almost 1.6 million visitors. Many of those visitors ended up staying, too. Between 1900 and 1910, the city’s population more than doubled from 90,426 to 207,214. The Exposition undoubtedly contributed to this population boom, raising Portland’s fame and appeal.
The newcomers weren’t poor immigrants, either. Portland had plenty to offer wealthier classes. For example, you could get ornate, high-quality gowns made by May and Anne Shogren, whose dressmaking skills brought clients from all over the Northwest. There were two amusement parks, Oaks Park and Council Crest Amusement Park, which both opened at the turn of the century. Even the city’s streetcar system was famous for its scenic views and efficiency.
In addition to great fashion and entertainment, Portland had many beautiful houses built for the exploding population. These homes from the turn of the century have a level of artistry and attention to detail rarely seen nowadays. They’re city treasures worth preserving.
If you’re looking for a unique home in Portland, check out these four beautiful houses from the turn of the century. They’ve all been updated with modern wiring and appliances, but their original craftsmanship and integrity has been kept intact.

1. Portland Heights

Built in 1904, this 4-bedroom house has hit the right balance between feeling modern and retaining its historical charm. For example, the bathrooms look pristine yet classic, with elegant touches like a clawfoot bathtub. The house also has gorgeous box beam ceilings—dark and cozy in the dining room, light and fresh in the living room. The Master Suite is especially nice. It has a walk-in closet, lots of light, and a front deck, so you can take in the fresh Portland air and scenery every morning and evening.
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2. Alberta Arts

This two-bedroom house was part of the burst of activity that flourished around Alberta Street after 1903, when streetcars began servicing the area. The Alberta Arts District, as it was later called, was born when businesses started operating along Alberta, following the busy streetcar. By 1907, when this house was built, residential neighborhoods were quickly being established near the commercial district. Now, Alberta Arts is still a fantastic place to live. When you walk out the door of this home, you can easily reach the park, community garden, and many restaurants and cafes. Besides, the house itself has enough charm for you to love it on its own.
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Alberta Arts

3. Richmond-Hawthorne

The turn of the century saw the end of the Victorian era, but such a classic style didn’t easily lose its popularity. This lovingly restored 3-bedroom Victorian home is a perfect example of how homeowners resisted the transition to modern architecture at the beginning of the 20th century. The house was built in 1904, but virtually every feature has been updated, from the incredible gourmet kitchen and hardwood floors to the spacious 2-car garage and English gardens. It’s clear how much each owner has really cared for this house.
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4. Buckman-Hawthorne

This light and bright 4-bedroom home was built in 1906 and is still filled with period detail and charm. From the beautiful grand entry to the formal living and dining room with soaring box beam ceilings, pocket doors, and exquisite period lighting, this home has just the right balance of modern amenities and classic finishes.
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Looking for a historic home in the Portland area? Browse our listings to find a turn of the century house that’s perfect for you.


Great Places on the Oregon Coast to Own a Home

The Oregon coast is so stunning, it’s easy to want to live or vacation there regularly. However, choosing an exact place to buy a house can be more difficult. The Oregon coast has many towns you could love. Still, here are seven great places you might want to look at first.

Yachats

Yachats is a tiny coastal town surrounded by natural beauty. You can go to the Suislaw National Forest to the south or wander the almost untouched coastline. Despite the town’s small size, there are several great restaurants and coffee shops, so you don’t have to travel far to get a nice breakfast or dinner out.
Yachats

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the Oregon coast, and that popularity is well-earned. The town has a beautiful downtown with an equally beautiful beach, memorable for its giant Haystack Rock. It’s a perfect place for artists to live, too. The town has a vibrant art culture, kept alive by the Cannon Beach Arts Association, and art galleries are scattered throughout downtown. It’s also close enough to Portland for a day trip, so you can easily visit the city for concerts, festivals and other events.
Cannon Beach

Manzanita

Although Manzanita is only one square mile, every inch of the oceanside town is worth visiting. It has seven miles of sandy beach to walk on, and the downtown has a quirky atmosphere. Nestled between two state parks—Oswald West to the north and Nehalem Bay to the south—the town is nice place for outdoor enthusiasts to live. Both State Parks have secluded beaches, hiking trails, and places to go fishing. You can also go paddle boarding, kitesurfing, camping, horseback riding… The list goes on. Then, after day trip to the beach, you can enjoy food from the local Tillamook cheese factory, just 25 miles away from Manzanita.
Manzanita

Astoria

If you love good local beer, Astoria has a few excellent microbreweries for you to try out. You can get beer from Fort George, Wet Dog, and Buoy, all with breweries in downtown Astoria. These pubs are also a meeting point for the FisherPoets Gathering, a community that celebrates commercial fishing through poetry, song and prose. Besides great beer, culture and coastline, Astoria has many beautiful Victorian homes for sale. Each house has a unique touch, from bamboo heated floors to clawfoot bathtubs. These homes are alone a reason to move to Astoria.
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Rockaway Beach

If you’re planning to raise a family on the Oregon Coast, you might want to live in Rockaway Beach. It has a fantastic beach with soft sand and an active community with family-friendly festivals, including a Pirate Festival, a Kite Festival, and an art fair. Perhaps most importantly, Rockaway beach has the best school district on the Oregon Coast, so you won’t have to sacrifice your kids’ education in order to live on the coast.
Rockaway Beach

Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay is the Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast and a perfect town for anyone who’s passionate about ocean life. From March to December every year, you can see the pod of grey whales that live by Depoe Bay, along with other species that pass by. Humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, porpoise and blue whales have all been spotted near the town. You could easily see 5-15 whales per day in the summer and fall, and many more in the winter! Just sit on the shore or go out in a boat, and you’ll spot a whale. You can also get involved at the Whale Watching Center to stay up-to-date on the sightings and whale migration.
Depoe Bay

Neskowin

A quiet and friendly community in Tillamook County, Neskowin is a hidden gem along the Oregon Coast with less tourists, a small population, and plenty of beach to enjoy.
Neskowin
Find more beautiful Oregon coast homes and places by searching through our listings.


5 Oregon Ranches and Farms with Beautiful Views

The Northwest has some of the best views in the United States. Whether you love mountains or beaches, forests or meadows, the Northwest has something for everyone.
The views can be especially beautiful in the countryside and wilderness of Oregon, where many farmers and ranchers live. If you own a ranch or farm in Oregon, you’re likely to have a gorgeous view at your doorstep. Here are five Oregon ranches and farms with particularly awesome views – and they’re all for sale.

1. Government Mountain Ranch

Government Mountain Ranch is located at the entrance to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, a particularly beautiful mountain range in Northeastern Oregon. When exploring this property, you’ll find expansive forests, 3 miles of the North Fork River, and an abundance of wildlife visiting your front yard every day. Enjoy the gorgeous views on this historical property from your house and cabin.

Milton-Freewater, OR

3453 acres
$3,250,000
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2. Thunder Ranch

At Thunder Ranch, you’re surrounded by the majestic Cascade Mountain range. The ranch is located in Oakridge, the mountain biking capital of the Northwest, 35 miles from Eugene, Oregon. Thunder Ranch has much more to offer than mountain biking, though. You can go hunting, fishing and horseback riding on the property, or drive a few minutes away to go golfing or skiing. No matter what you do, you’ll have breathtaking views of meadows, forests and mountains. You might even see the herd of elk that reside on the property.
Thunder Ranch also comes with a spacious bunkhouse and ten RV hook ups, so you can welcome guests to enjoy the view and outdoor activities with you. The property even has fresh aqua fore springs and bottling water rights, so you can serve your guests fresh bottled water from the area! The purity of the water is evidence that the grounds are as pristine as they appear.

Oakridge, OR

171.42 acres
$2,750,000
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3. Patterson Ranch

Patterson Ranch has a completely unobstructed view of three famous peaks, called the Three Sisters. These mountains are popular for climbing, hiking, camping and fishing, but they’re also just awe-inspiring to look at. You can see them everywhere on Patterson Ranch, reminding you of the area’s beauty.
Located on the boundary between the Willamette National Forest and the nearest town, Sisters, the ranch has the best of both nature and town life. Its ideal position won’t change either. Even though Sisters is growing rapidly, it can’t extend into the protected forest. In other words, Patterson Ranch will keep its gorgeous view for a long time.
Patterson ranch has been owned by the same family for 40 years. It has successfully raised Arabians, llamas, and Rocky Mountain Elk. It also has one of the only water rights out of Pole Creek.

Sisters, OR

345.66 acres
$7,600,000
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4. Charming Farmhouse

This little farmhouse comes with sweeping views of the Cascades. You can stand by the wooden fence and gaze at the mountains, or walk up the nearby hills to get a more expansive view. Then, after taking in the fresh air and rural scenery, you can return to the warmth of the fireplace and evening drinks at the cozy farmhouse.

Madras, OR

80 acres
$489,500
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Madras Oregon Farm
Madras Oregon Farmhouse

5. Confluence Estate Vineyard

If wine is more of your style, then the Confluence Estate Vineyard in Roseburg, Oregon offers hundreds of acres of beautiful views, including fruit trees, a vineyard, ponds, and 4000 feet of meticulously landscaped frontage on the Umpqua River. Sit on your porch enjoying the scenery with a glass of wine from your own grapes.

Roseburg, OR

560 acres
$6,900,000
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Confluence Vineyard
Vineyard Grapes
Whether you’re looking to move away from the city, or trying to find a better view and a little peace and quiet, or just want get your hands dirty working the land you own, there are many different types of farms and ranches in Oregon that can suit your needs. Browse our Farm, Ranch and Vineyard listings to find your dream property.


Upcoming October Art Walks

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Teri Tompkins Read

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Teri Tompkins Read is fascinated by nature’s textures and patterns, captivated by the colors and shapes and especially drawn to the interplay of light and water. Teri’s inspiration comes from travel, getting outdoors and seeing what is around her; she discovers new things, by looking harder in familiar places.

Taken individually, my photo might convey a whimsy, an emotion, a curiosity. Taken together, my photos should evoke movement and joy, color and pleasure.

Please join us Thursday, October 6th at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Teri’s art, as well as live music, wine, appetizers and spirit sampling courtesy of Crafted Life.
 
 

First Friday in Bend with the Sundance Art Quilters

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The Sundance Art Quilters was formed in 2011; members include Barbara Doust-Boggess, Helen Brisson, Dianne Browning, Julia Jeans, Kris Lang and Leotie Richards. These artists come from varied backgrounds but are joined by their desire to inspire, create and critique pieces. They individually focus on their own unique style as well as work collaboratively, all the while growing as artists and friends.  Additionally, all are members of the local chapter of SAQA – Studio Art Quilters Association.
Dianne Browning ~  Inspired by music and nature, Dianne loves designing in a large graphic style and creates patterns with lots of motion by using curved piecing (piecing or pieces?). Her use of silk, suede and decor fabrics gives her art enhanced texture and variety.
Helen Brisson ~  Helen’s work reflects her illustrative and graphic design background and her desire to take designs to the next level is often reflected in her dimensional pieces.
Barbara Doust – Boggess ~  Barbara enjoys using  her hand dyed fabrics to create abstract pieces, incorporating curved lines to instill life and balance.
Kris Lang ~ Kris’ creative style is to work intuitively, exploring unique embellishment ideas in order to create one of a kind art quilts.
Leotie Richards ~ Leotie listens to jazz music to get into a loose and intuitive state of mind, as she creates her abstract art quilts. Experimenting with fresh new combinations of color, shapes and lines, she incorporates both ready-made and hand dyed fabrics into her designs.
Julia Jeans ~ With a diverse background, Julia creates an array of unique one-of-a-kind pieces that depicts mood and feeling, using hand dyed and printed fabrics.
Please join us Friday, October 7th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy quilted artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

 

First Friday in Vancouver with Artist Jennifer DeWeber

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Jennifer deWeber is a painter, sculptor  and inventor, with a passion for light, color and painterly realism created in a direct painting method. She paints commissioned portraits, landscapes andflorals. She also does ink painting on silk scarves, designs greeting cards and has invented a patented plein air easel that is lighter, more efficient and easy to carry than standard easels. Now residing in the lovely Woodland area of Washington state with her childhood sweetheart and best friend Kevin, she enjoys spending time with her family, raising chickens, ducks, goats and one giant golden doodle dog.  When she isn’t reading books, having tea parties, or spending time in the gardens, she creates works that reflect her love for beauty in landscapes and the ever intriguing human face.
Please join us Friday, October 7th at our Downtown Vancouver Office (402 W 8th St. Vancouver, WA) from 5-8 PM, to enjoy Jennifer’s artwork, as well as live music and complimentary wine and appetizers. For more information on downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk, visit here.
 

Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Anna Porter

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Anna Porter began painting watercolors in art therapy in 1994, and has been painting ever since. Her  paintings are directly influenced by her love of nature and photography, which became both a passion and profession later in her life.

I am happiest when I am painting and photographing outside, at one with nature. I carry my digital camera with me everywhere, capturing images that move me. I am also an avid gardener, and my flower gardens provide constant inspiration for my photography and my paintings. I learned how to paint using watercolor as my only medium. While some artists consider watercolor unforgiving and difficult, I love surprises! I love the way that the water and paint effortlessly flow across the paper, creating unique surprises within my paintings. Since then I have branched out to embrace other media like fluid acrylic, gouache, pastels, collage, photography, digital media, and even a sculpture or two; however, watermedia and photography remain my favorite mediums.

 
Anna has been an active member of Oregon Society of Artists since 2012, and has shown work in the OSA Gallery in Portland on a regular basis in monthly group exhibits. As an art student, her work was featured in the annual Sylvania Student Art Exhibitions in the North View Gallery at Portland Community College, where she was honored to receive multiple awards.

I am honored and thrilled to have my artwork displayed at Sotheby’s beautiful offices in Lake Oswego, OR in my first solo art exhibit titled Anna’s Gardens, from October 20 to November 16, 2016. The exhibit will feature floral paintings and digital photography from my artist gardens in Lake Oswego, OR, as well as from public gardens in the Portland metro area, and from nature. My hope is that my artwork will help people notice and appreciate the beauty that is all around us, and that they will experience the same sense of awe and tranquility that I do in nature.

For more information, please feel free to contact Anna at info@annaporterartist.com or visit her website at  www.annaporterartist.com.
Please join us Thursday, October 20th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Anna’s artwork, as well as live music, complimentary cocktails and appetizers.