Ron Davis: Experienced and Knowledgeable Rural Property Broker

Ron Davis joined Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty almost 10 years ago and specializes in our Farm, Ranch, and Vineyard properties. Growing up in Montana and spending a lot of time on ranches has led him to becoming an expert in rural properties. He’s been a top producing ranch broker for over 25 years, receiving multiple awards for his work and dedication to the real estate business, even being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame prior to joining CSIR.
If you ever get a chance to sit down and talk to Ron, you’ll learn that there are a lot more interesting aspects of his life besides his real estate expertise and accomplishments.
Ron DavisAfter graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Agriculture, he was hired by the Deschutes National Forest in Bend as a Range and Wildlife Conservationist. He would spend weeks at a time in the mountain ranges of Central Oregon monitoring cattle and wildlife land usage, creating a deep love for this area that would eventually lead to him settling here for the long term.
Ron was drafted into the military during Vietnam and he decided to become a pilot, flying 300 combat missions in the F100 over Southeast Asia and earning 15 Air Medals as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. True to his hardworking personality and dedication to the service and his country, Ron continued his flying career after his tour in Vietnam and returned to the US to train other pilots for combat. After 21 years of military service and a variety of other training and command assignments, Ron retired and spent 4.5 years working in Saudi Arabia managing an aircraft services operation before deciding to return to the place he loved the most, Central Oregon.
As a broker who has been deeply involved with the ranch and property lifestyle throughout his life, Ron and his wife, Liz, after settling in Central Oregon, started a registered Quarter Horse business and currently own 13 horses. Ron, an accomplished rodeo team bareback and saddle bronc rider, shows his horses in Cutting Horse competitions across the US and Canada and has won numerous awards, including a world championship in 2007.
When asked what’s the best piece of advice for someone who is looking to buy a rural property, Ron stressed how important it is to have a knowledgeable broker representing you.
“Buying a ranch or rural property is a lot different than buying a house in town, as there are many facets you have to consider. Whether it’s irrigation rights or property boundaries, there are many complex issues with rural properties you have to review and it can get really costly for a client if something goes wrong.”
As an avid outdoorsman who loves high mountain ranges, skiing, lakes, horses, and the fantastic community of Central Oregon, Ron has no regrets making this beautiful place his home. He shares that same passion with his clients and he’s one of the most knowledgeable brokers when it comes to buying and selling rural properties.
There are few who can match the experiences Ron has had throughout his multiple careers and interesting adventures. His love of the outdoors, dedication to his country, passion for horses and the ranch life, and hard working attitude in everything he’s done provides all the explanation necessary for the success he’s had in all aspects of of his life.
Here is one of the properties Ron is currently representing. With 112 acres and more than 3/4 of a mile of Deschutes River frontage, this Sunriver area home has the added privacy and security of a gated community, Mt. Bachelor views, and possibilities for additional building sites.
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Things to Do in Manzanita, Oregon

Manzanita is a tiny coastal town packed with places to visit and things to do. Although you can walk through the entire town within an afternoon (it’s just one square mile), you can also spend a long time in the area as there are plenty of local activities and things to see! There are stores, restaurants and coffee shops you’ll want to visit again and again, as well as beautiful natural areas to explore in every season.
The town is known for its quirky atmosphere, which sets it apart from most small towns. Even though it’s surrounded by beautiful nature and has a small population, it doesn’t feel isolated. This is partly because it’s been a tourist destination for more than 100 years. It began as a beach resort in 1912, and ever since, it’s drawn Portlanders and other urbanites to its shoreline.
This urban influence is evident in the town’s eclectic character and array of choices. Apart from its coastal location and small size, it’s surprisingly like Portland in many ways. For example, you can find vegan and vegetarian options at many of the eateries and coffee shops around town. Besides this unique urban vibe, here are other reasons why people love calling Manzanita home.

Manzanita Beach

Downtown Manzanita is next to a seven-mile beach of beautiful white fine sand—which explains why the area was chosen for a resort a century ago. With a gorgeous shoreline, plus Neahkahnie Mountain to the north and sand dunes to the east, you can see some of the best sunsets on the coast on this beach. It’s a great way to end a day of surfing, collecting sand dollars, or playing with your dog in the sand.

State Parks

After exploring Manzanita Beach, you can head to nearby Oswald West State Park or Nehalem Bay State Park for more outdoor adventures. Manzanita is nestled between these wilderness areas, which include a nice variety of hiking trails, secluded beaches, and camping spots. You can go fishing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, horseback riding or just enjoy a quiet picnic by the sea.

The Arts

Manzanita wouldn’t be complete without its vibrant community of artists. If you’re an active writer, musician, filmmaker or painter—or if you simply appreciate the arts—you’ll find activities and like-minded individuals to connect with. For instance, you can take part in workshops or attend film screenings at the Hoffman Center For The Arts in downtown Manzanita. This community arts center includes an outdoor area, Hoffman Gardens, which holds concerts every summer.
Writers and readers can also head to the Cloud and Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita’s charming independent bookstore. It’s small yet packed with a fantastic selection of books. The shop hosts writing workshops, book clubs and visiting authors, too.
One surprising hotspot for artsy activities is the local nonprofit recycling center, CARTM. Part of their mission is to “encourage the creative re-use of materials,” which has led to artistic initiatives like the annual Trashion Show and the Trash Art Show. For both events, members of the community create works of art (and fashion) using cast-off materials. Both are incredibly popular among artists and non-artists alike.

Coffee, Newspapers, and Espresso?

Even on rainy days, you can love Manzanita because of its excellent coffee shops. Manzanita Coffee Shop is a good place to start. It opens before any other coffee shop in town and serves great coffee in a cozy atmosphere. If the weather is beautiful, you can sit out on the patio under the large trees, or take a cup to go and sip it on the beach.
For some news with your breakfast, go to Manzanita News and Espresso. You can check out their magazines, read a newspaper and check your email while enjoying coffee and a bagel. You can also browse their assortment of trinkets, from stickers and magnets to mugs and jewelry.

Fresh Fast Food or Delicious Dining

Thanks to Manzanita’s regular influx of visitors, there’s a wide assortment of nice restaurants in town. You can get fresh and fast Mexican food at Left Coast Siesta, which serves delicious burritos so large that they could become two meals. For something fancier, visit Neahkahnie Bistro, located in a small, charming house. They serve some of the best clam chowder on the Oregon Coast. Or you can enjoy the fine elegant upscale dining of Blackbird?
If you’re more in the mood for a sandwich, you can visit the Big Wave Café or Bread and Ocean Bakery for lunch. Bread & Ocean also have awesome cardamom cinnamon rolls—though you definitely need to arrive early to get one before they’re gone. Finally, for tasty craft beer and cider, go to San Dune Pub. They have incredible fish tacos, salmon chowder and an outdoor sitting area that’s dog-friendly, too.

Retail Therapy Anyone?

If you are needing some retail therapy or purchasing a special gift for loved ones back home while you visit, Manzanita boasts some special retail stores such Syzygy, Unfurl, and Finnesterre to find high quality clothing, unique gifts, or coast beach treasures.

Manzanita Homes For Sale

The houses in Manzanita are as diverse, unique and charming as the town itself. You can get a cozy beach house surrounded by acres of nature, an estate like setting with an ocean view or fall in love with a classic mid-century home with glorious beach sunsets. Check out the listings around Manzanita to find a home that’s like no other.
End unit townhouse that’s one block to the beach (view more photos).
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Ocean views, privacy, and steps from the beach and town (view more photos).
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Custom built contemporary in the center of Manzanita Village with beautiful woodwork and tile (view more photos).
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Country style living by the beach (view more photos).
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Art Walks around Oregon

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Chet Malinow
Chet Malinow is a Portland-raised local artist who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at University of Oregon. Chaos and control is an ever-present theme in his work, striving to create a juxtaposition of chaotic patterns and defined images. Chet’s art is primarily mixed media, utilizing spray paint, oil and acrylic.
Please join us Thursday, March 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Chet’s art as well as wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Journeys Art Quilt Group

Journeys is a group of artists expressing their passion for art through creating and sharing their love of quilts and fiber arts. They define art quilts as original work, consisting of fabric, layered and stitched together. Seeking to move beyond the boundaries of tradition quilt making, each quilter develops a unique style.
Formed in 2007, they create a new exhibit annually. Starting in September, their opening show is at the Sisters Art Works; they have additional showings in Oregon, throughout the year.
Please join us Friday, March 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy art quilts as well as complimentary wine and apps.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Aneelah Fazal

An award-winning, international contemporary artist from Portland, OR, Aneela Fazal’s paintings are about experiences, love, joy and sorrow. Each painting starts with a feeling – the subjects are imperfect and raw, abstract and modern. Aneela paints her emotions on the canvas. The vibrant colors and textures are captivating, the stories behind each piece inspiring.
Fazal has developed her own techniques, but her style of painting is constantly evolving. She finds great joy in experimenting with different mediums.

The trick is being able to retain your own style throughout the medium or technique changes, for me I’d say I want people to feel a sense of comfort looking at my pieces, and if I am able to achieve that then I’ve done what I intended to, to spread a little happiness.

To view more of her pieces, visit www.AneelaFazal.com.
Please join us Thursday, March 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy Aneelah’s artwork and wine.


Upcoming March Art Walks Around Lake Oswego

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Chet Malinow
Chet Malinow is a Portland-raised local artist who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at University of Oregon. Chaos and control is an ever-present theme in his work, striving to create a juxtaposition of chaotic patterns and defined images. Chet’s art is primarily mixed media, utilizing spray paint, oil and acrylic.
Please join us Thursday, March 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Chet’s art as well as wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Journeys Art Quilt Group

Journeys is a group of artists expressing their passion for art through creating and sharing their love of quilts and fiber arts. They define art quilts as original work, consisting of fabric, layered and stitched together. Seeking to move beyond the boundaries of tradition quilt making, each quilter develops a unique style.
Formed in 2007, they create a new exhibit annually. Starting in September, their opening show is at the Sisters Art Works; they have additional showings in Oregon, throughout the year.
Please join us Friday, March 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy art quilts as well as complimentary wine and apps.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Aneelah Fazal

An award-winning, international contemporary artist from Portland, OR, Aneela Fazal’s paintings are about experiences, love, joy and sorrow. Each painting starts with a feeling – the subjects are imperfect and raw, abstract and modern. Aneela paints her emotions on the canvas. The vibrant colors and textures are captivating, the stories behind each piece inspiring.
Fazal has developed her own techniques, but her style of painting is constantly evolving. She finds great joy in experimenting with different mediums.

The trick is being able to retain your own style throughout the medium or technique changes, for me I’d say I want people to feel a sense of comfort looking at my pieces, and if I am able to achieve that then I’ve done what I intended to, to spread a little happiness.

To view more of her pieces, visit www.AneelaFazal.com.
Please join us Thursday, March 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy Aneelah’s artwork and wine.


Laurelhurst Neighborhood in Portland, OR: Beautiful Parks and Peaceful Streets

Laurelhurst is a beautiful upscale neighborhood with many stunning single-family homes. Many of the properties are grand, with sprawling porches, long front walks, and fairytale elements like towers and extra wings. It’s common for a house in Laurelhurst to top a million dollars, but the neighborhood has more laid-back homes, as well. You can find a charming bungalow or smaller Craftsman on the same street as a huge mansion here.
There’s a great variety of architectural styles in Laurelhurst, too. For example, this mid-century ranch home from 1951 is just a block away from a large Dutch colonial home from 1925. Although they’re architecturally very different, both are works of art with well-preserved, original details. Both have a classic beauty and uniqueness that fits the neighborhood, despite their differences in style.
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The variety of lovely homes in Laurelhurst is a result of the neighborhood’s original design, going back to the early 20th century. Back then, Laurelhurst was merely 462 acres of farmland belonging to Hazelfern Farm. This land was sold to the Laurelhurst Company in 1909, which platted a residential neighborhood on the land with the help of John Charles Olmsted, a talented landscape architect.
Olmsted was careful about how he designed the new neighborhood. In fact, Laurelhurst was the first planned neighborhood in the West, and that thoughtfulness is still reaping benefits nowadays. For instance, no hotels, apartments or commercial buildings have been permitted in Laurelhurst since the neighborhood’s beginning. This restriction has allowed Laurelhurst to preserve its historic single-family homes for more than a century.
Olmsted also created a unique layout for the neighborhood. He divided Laurelhurst into four quadrants with a roundabout at the center. Instead of plotting grid streets like the rest of Portland, he designed the streets to be arcs, winding around this central point.
Later, in 1924, a bronze statue of Joan of Arc, donated by Henry Waldo Coe, was placed in the roundabout. Coe was a physician and world traveler who had seen the original statue in Paris. Impressed with its quality, he ordered a replica to be made and given to Portland, his home city, in honor of the American soldiers who had fought in WWI. Thereafter, the roundabout was called Coe Circle, after the physician.
In addition to carefully planning the neighborhood’s streets and homes, Olmsted had a long-term plan for Laurelhurst’s natural scenery, too. He made trees and greenery central to the neighborhood’s blueprint. Besides lining the streets with trees, he designed the nearby Laurelhurst Park to be a future urban forest with picturesque areas for sitting, walking and playing.
Five years after the park was completed, it was called the “most beautiful park” in the West, and its beauty still draws visitors now. Like Olmsted had planned, the trees in Laurelhurst Park have grown to be giants. Families and friends picnic under their shade in the summer, and the many small paths through the forest are pleasant year-round.
The park also has a duck pond, plenty of playground equipment, and a spacious off-leash area that draws dog owners from all around Portland. For sports enthusiasts, there’s a basketball court, volleyball court, tennis court and soccer field, as well as a horseshoe pit for fun. Artists might appreciate the public art and stage for plays, including annual summer performances of Shakespeare. Laurelhurst Park isn’t just a nice stretch of greenery; it’s also an important part of the Laurelhurst community and a regular hangout spot for families in Portland.
With its lovely park and peaceful streets, you might imagine Laurelhurst to be a suburban neighborhood, but in fact, it’s just a short bike ride or drive away from downtown Portland. Although the neighborhood itself is purely residential, it’s surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants and other attractions. You can walk to the Laurelhurst Theater for “the best of modern cinema, Independent, art and classic film,” read the New York Times at Laurelhurst Café, or stop at the Laurelhurst Market Butcher for high-quality meat.
Laurelhurst is also known for it’s high-achieving Portland public school, Laurelhurst Elementary. The K-8 school has strong parent involvement and many families move to the neighborhood so their kids can attend this great program.
In this neighborhood, you’re conveniently situated near everything Portland offers, without giving up peacefulness or natural scenery. And, since Laurelhurst has so many gorgeous single-family homes, you’d have a nice variety of historic houses to choose from, too. Check out the current listings for Laurelhurst to find a home in a neighborhood you’ll love.


Parkland Townhomes in Redmond, Oregon: Convenient Location, Exceptional Parks, Beautiful Community

When you’re ready to buy a new place for your family, one of the questions that may come up is what type of home fits best for your goals and needs. A new townhome is a popular choice for a lot of buyers for many good reasons.

Cost

Townhouses are typically less expensive than single-family homes in the same neighborhood and offer many of the same upgrades and features at a lower cost because of the smaller property and shared wall with another place. You do have to factor in monthly HOA costs but those cover time-consuming activities like yard work and snow removal, give you access to a great community that you might not get with a free standing home, and takes care of external home maintenance.
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Community

When you own a townhome, the support of the HOA comes with it. This usually includes maintenance and upkeep of common areas and exterior home features like the roof and paint. This keeps your neighborhood looking great and is a lot less work and expense on your part. Access to amenities like a community park is also a benefit you can look forward to when buying a townhome.
Unlike apartments and condos, townhomes are built side by side and you don’t have to deal with neighbors above or below you. This means less noise and more privacy for your family. You also get the security of the tight-knit community and being away from home can be less stressful because of that.
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Features

If you enjoy simple living and don’t need a massive place yet want all of the benefits of a single-family house, you’ll find all of that in a townhome. A yard is important for those who have kids, pets, or just enjoy doing a bit of gardening. With a townhome, the yard is smaller and requires less maintenance and time to keep it looking good. New townhomes also feature a garage where you can park your car, store your toys, or use it as a hobby shop. With quality upgrades to the living areas in your home, community benefits, and the pride of ownership at a lower cost, owning a new townhome is a great option to consider while searching for your next house.
There is a new community of townhomes in Redmond, Oregon built by Pahlisch Homes, an award-winning new home builder. Conveniently located near an elementary school, new high school, and exceptional parks, Parkland’s beautiful community atmosphere offers the privacy of your own patio and easy access to everything in price point and location.
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Pahlisch Homes, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, and Ladd Group Real Estate are hosting a townhouse event on Wednesday, February 15th in Redmond, Oregon for agents and owners who might be interested in homes for sale in the Parkland community.
At 8:30 AM agents are invited to attend the Redmond COAR Broker Tour and then stay for brunch and get entered into a $250 Visa gift card drawing.
From 11 AM to 3 PM the new model home in Parkland is open for walkthroughs so all visitors can see up close all of the great features and amenities that are offered. There is also a $50 Visa gift card drawing plus many other great Pahlisch Homes giveaways for anyone that stops by for the open house.
Lastly, from 6 PM to 8 PM, owners and residents can enjoy a wine and appetizers social where they will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card and other Pahlisch Homes prizes. They can also learn more about the benefits they receive when one of their friends or family purchases a Pahlisch home.
Tour the new home at ​3495 SW 28th Street in Redmond, Oregon.


Beautiful Craftsman Homes in Portland, Oregon

While walking through the neighborhoods of Portland, you might have noticed some recurring architectural themes. For example, you might have admired the design of Craftsman homes, an architectural style that’s been popular since the turn of the century. This style was especially popular in the early 20th century, when Portland was rapidly growing and thriving.
For this reason, when you look at historic homes in Portland from the 1910s or 1920s, you’re likely to see at least one Craftsman home, if not several. For instance, this charming Craftsman in Multnomah Village was built in 1922. With hardwood floors, cove ceilings, the home still retains much of its original character.
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Or this beautiful, private riverfront home that was built in 1916 and features a guesthouse, soaking pool, garden, two master suites, and an incredible kitchen.
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Why did Craftsman architecture suddenly become so popular? What exactly makes Craftsman homes special?
To answer these questions, you need to look beyond the US to England, where the design originated in the late nineteenth century. During that time, society was rapidly changing as the British middle class was gaining influence. Until then, architects, landscapers and other designers had mainly served the interests of the upper class. They created lavish Victorian homes for the wealthy, while the lower classes lived in plain, mass-produced houses.
However, with the increasing importance of the middle class, architects and designers started to shift their attention to the needs of this group. They began to reject the opulence of the Victorian era in favor of more simplicity, originality and handicraft.
This new focus led to the emergence of a new design philosophy, called the Arts and Crafts movement. Craftsman homes are just one part of this movement, which affected everything from landscaping to interior design. In other words, when you tour a Craftsman home, you’re not only looking at a type of architecture; you’re experiencing an entire movement, a new way of thinking about life and design.
You can notice this philosophy by comparing Craftsman architecture with its predecessor, Victorian homes. A classic Victorian house has at least two stories and an ornate façade with gables, turrets, and a wraparound porch. Its layout reflects an upper-class lifestyle which included servants. For example, there’s often a back wing with its own entrance, as well as a stairwell connecting the kitchen and pantries to the servants’ quarters upstairs.
A Craftsman looks much simpler while still maintaining a stylish appearance. It has the gables, big porch and square design of the Victorian house, only the lines are cleaner and more straightforward. The façade is modest rather than ornate; there are no turrets, and a second floor is optional. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.
The layout, like the façade, fits the mentality and needs of a middle-class family. You can see this most clearly in the design of the kitchen. Unlike a Victorian house, where the kitchen is hidden away with the servants in the back wing, a Craftsman puts the kitchen near the living area. After all, in that time, a middle-class family relied on a family member—usually a housewife—to do the cooking, cleaning and childcare.
In this context, the kitchen needed to be at the center of the family’s life, rather than pushed to the back. Architects took this dynamic into account when designing the eating area, too. Craftsman homes commonly have a breakfast nook in the kitchen, or else a dining room right next to the kitchen, to better connect the family. Instead of having a servant tidy the kitchen while the family ate (like in a Victorian house), the Craftsman allowed the family to stay together during both the meal and clean-up process.
The practicality and simplicity of Craftsman homes caught on in America (including Portland) not long after the design appeared in England, and its popularity has endured to this day. If you love Craftsman architecture, you don’t necessarily need to find a historic house to own a Craftsman. New Craftsman homes are built every year, like this lovely twin-peak Craftsman built in 2017 in Kenton, Portland.
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These new homes combine historical charm with modern conveniences and energy efficiency. While homes from the early 20th century can be gorgeous, too, they’re not the only options if you’re looking for a Craftsman. Check out our other Portland, Oregon real estate listings to find a Craftsman—new or old—that you love.


Southeast Portland Living: Hawthorne and Belmont Restaurants, Shopping, and Homes

The Hawthorne/Belmont area is one of the hipper enclaves in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Situated around two major streets, Hawthorne and Belmont, the neighborhood is a good mix of retail and residential, making it very pedestrian- and bike-friendly. You can find libraries, schools, parks, community gardens, coffee shops and grocery stores all within easy reach.
The neighborhood first began to flourish in 1888, when a trolley line was built through the area. However, Hawthorne Boulevard existed long before then, only under two different names. It was originally called “U” Street, then was renamed “Asylum Avenue” in 1862, when a psychiatric hospital moved into a building on the street.
This asylum, the Oregon Hospital for the Insane, remained on the street near SE 12th Avenue for about 20 years. It closed its doors in 1883, after a state-owned psychiatric hospital was built in Salem, and funding for the privately-owned Oregon Hospital dried up.
Five years later, as the neighborhood began to attract more residents, the street name changed once more. Asylum Avenue was replaced by the more elegant Hawthorne Boulevard, after the physician J.C. Hawthorne, who had founded the Oregon Hospital. This new name matched the neighborhood’s growing population and reputation as a fantastic place to eat, shop and live.
By the turn of the century, a variety of beautiful homes had been built in Hawthorne and Belmont for the families and professionals moving into the area. For example, this stunning Craftsman home was built in 1906 and is perfectly suited for both a family or a classy urban couple. It has an elegant design with spacious rooms for entertaining and living, including 4+ bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It was an ideal home for Hawthorne residents a hundred years ago—and it’s still a wonderful place to live now.
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Although the neighborhood has changed through the years, its distinct, liberal atmosphere and array of local businesses still draw young urbanites to the area. Both streets are destinations for shopping, dining and overall fun. Hawthorne has many interesting and retro stores, while Belmont has more artisanal foods, handmade housewares and upscale clothing boutiques.
To give you an idea of the neighborhood’s eateries and shops, here’s a very small sampling of places that would be within walking distance of your Hawthorne or Belmont home.

Restaurants

The Waffle Window
Get incredible sweet and savory waffles at this popular little spot in Hawthorne. Options include creative waffles like “The Three B’s” (brie, bacon and basil) and classics like the chocolate-dipped waffle, made with Guittard dark chocolate.
Slappy Cakes
Prefer pancakes over waffles? Then head to Slappy Cakes, where you can create your own pancakes on their tabletop griddles. Their toppings range from staples like whipped cream and maple syrup to more specialized ingredients, like lavender honey and local goat cheese.
Apizza Scholls
This restaurant is known for having some of the tastiest pizza you’ve ever tried. You can make your own or order one of the house classics. You’ll want to arrive early, thought—the line tends to be long.
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With a simple mission of serving delicious food that will have you coming back every week, this restaurant has been around for a long time and the owner even still cooks there.
Division Street
One of the more popular destinations in Portland for eating out, the Southeast Division Street area offers a wide variety of must-try restaurants; Travel Portland has a great article that discusses all types of food on Division Street.

Shopping

Red Light Clothing Exchange
Experience the retro vibe of Hawthorne at this one-of-a-kind “fashion emporium” and local favorite. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in their large inventory, you can always go to Buffalo Exchange or Crossroad Trading Co. down the street for more fashionable, secondhand clothes.
Noun
“A person’s place for things” is an apt description for Noun, which sells treasures of all kinds, both new and old. You’ll find everything from vintage typewriters and candlesticks to beautiful notebooks and Japanese tea sets.
Tender Loving Empire
This community-based shop revolves around local art. It’s an art gallery, record label, screen-printing studio and gift store all in one.
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
With over 10,000 square feet of retail space and 200,000+ used and new books, the smaller counterpart of the popular City of Books has weekly author readings and provides a relaxed environment that’s perfect for families.

Drinks

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
Love dogs and good beer? Then check out this pub on Hawthorne. It has high ceilings, a rustic atmosphere, and excellent craft beer—and you’re welcome to bring your favorite canine.
Bagdad Theater & Pub
One of the iconic landmarks of Portland, and certainly a must-visit in the Hawthorne District, the theater presents a beautiful interior of brilliant mosaics and ornate wrought-iron fixtures, luxurious rocker seating, and a casual pub with outdoor seating in the summertime.
Coava Coffee
Get a cup of single-origin coffee at this local roaster. Coava sources its beans straight from coffee producers and builds relationships with individual farms, leading to all-round better coffee.
Happy Sparrow Café
The owners of this local hub come from Texas, where they learned to make scrumptious kolaches—a sweet, filled bun originally introduced by Czech immigrants. Come for these and other sweet treats and stay for the cozy, artsy atmosphere.
Walk along Hawthorne Boulevard and Belmont Street, and you’ll find many more stores, restaurants and coffee shops to love in this neighborhood. Buy a lovely home nearby, and you’ll be living the quintessential Portland life. View our Hawthorne/Belmont listings to see more.


Prineville, Oregon History and Community Features

Located at the mouth of Ochoco Creek on the Crooked River, Prineville is a small, prosperous city surrounded by nature. It was founded in 1868 by Francis Barnett “Barney” Prine, who started the town one day by constructing its first building by himself. This building was one story high and held all the town’s necessities under one roof: a hotel, saloon, general store, blacksmith shop and dwelling house.
Even before he built Prineville, Barney Prine was known to be an excellent athlete. Strong and husky, he was a soldier in the First Oregon Infantry and could outrun and outwrestle everyone else in the regiment. With his strength, he could also haul the heavy logs for Prineville’s first building without needing much help.
Initially, his settlement attracted some of the toughest men in the region. Although their fierceness may have caused more fights at the saloon, it might have also helped to make the town more resilient.
For example, in 1911, the railroad tycoons Edward H. Harriman and James J. Hill overlooked Prineville while laying track through the area. Not having a railroad could have led to the town’s demise. However, its residents rallied and voted 355 to 1 to construct their own railroad and link it to the main track 19 miles away. Instead of becoming a ghost town, Prineville thrived thanks to the tenacity of its residents.
The City of Prineville Railroad turned out to be a good investment, too. Timber harvested from the nearby Ochoco National Forest was transported by rail, providing the city with significant revenue throughout the 20th century.
Nowadays, the city’s main draw is its beautiful location. It’s close to the Ochoco National Forest, which holds gorgeous natural areas like Walton Lake and Steins Pillar. Prineville is also a short drive away from the Ochoco Reservoir and Prineville Reservoir State Park, both great spots for boating and water sports.
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There are lovely natural areas right inside Prineville’s city limits, too. Ochoco Wayside State Park is worth visiting just to get a stunning panoramic view of the city (locals call it “View Point”), though it’s also a pleasant, quiet park for a picnic lunch.
Tubing, fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities can quickly fill up your free time in Prineville. However, if you ever want to spend a day in a more cosmopolitan place, Bend is also nearby. You’ll be able to enjoy all of Bend’s amenities and activities, while still living in peaceful Prineville.
Prineville isn’t lacking in its own activities, shopping and restaurants, though. There are many locally-owned stores and eateries to enjoy, like The Hub, a comfortable bookstore, coffee shop, and local coffee roaster in one. If you love a good steak with beer, Prineville has several excellent restaurants to choose from, like Club Pioneer, Barney Prines, or Toni’s BBQ. If you enjoy brew pubs, check out Ochoco Brewery and Crooked River Brewing Co.
For children’s activities, you need only to head to the local library, which regularly organizes family-friendly events. You can sing and dance with your toddler during Family Storytime, or do crafts together and interact with live animals during the bi-monthly Animal Adventures. Teens can watch movies with friends at the library during Teen Late Night, or get involved in the Teen Library Commission to plan events themselves. There is also a bowling alley and The Pine Theater that plays first run movies.
In addition to its appealing location and local attractions, Prineville has many beautiful, unique homes which alone could make you want to move to the area. For instance, a pilot would appreciate this custom-built, 3-bedroom home in Dry Creek Airpark, which includes a personal airplane hangar and access to a private runway!
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For a true recreational retreat, look at the amazing Lake Springs Ranch in Mill Creek Valley, surrounded by the National Forest. The property has 185.9 acres of pine forest and meadows, with Mill Creek frontage and two stocked ponds.
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These two homes are just a small sampling of the great listings around Prineville. With a nice community and beautiful wilderness in every direction, you could definitely find your dream home here.