Hood River Property and Acreage With Stunning Views

“Coming up Highway 35 out of town you can see the mountain pretty much the whole way. Turn onto Whiskey Creek Drive and its lined with trees that are all intertwined above you, then you run right into Thompson Orchard land,” said Lynn Moore, the family representative of Pine Crest, a sixteen-plot site her fifth-generation Hood River family is developing. “You wind up the property through oak, pine and fir trees. Right now, in the open spaces, the little belly button flowers and balsamic root are out. It’s so pretty with all the wildflowers.”
How long does that scenic drive take? “Oh, the property is about six minutes from downtown Hood River,” said Moore, whose father had the foresight to re-zone the family acreage from agricultural to residential in the 1970s. As a result, this rolling swatch of hillside in eastern Hood River is one of the only developments that will ever be built amid the surrounding farms, many of which are run by multi-generation Hood River families.
“I didn’t get very far,” said Moore with a laugh as she pulled a popsicle out of the freezer to give to her granddaughter. “I married the neighbor and moved up the road to Moore Orchard about three miles away. My sister lives where my parents lived before my dad bought a cattle ranch and moved to Wyoming.”
Each of Moore’s three grown children, all boys, have found their way back to Hood River and the family business. The Moores’ eldest “pretty much runs the orchard,” she said. “Then we have a packing house where we pack our fruit and other people’s fruit, so the middle son took that over. And our youngest, who went off to Iraq, has come back and he does all the work on the houses and is learning to run the packing line.”

The Moores are an emblematic multi-generational Hood River family, the type of folks who were drawn to the natural beauty of the area and its bounty. It took a few generations, but word of the Shangri-La-like town, less than an hour from Portland, is out and people are moving here with frequency. While Hood River’s population is still under 8,000, there has been a 30 percent growth in residents since the year 2000.
“The town has really grown up,” said broker Joe Reitzug.“With the tech industry growth, and the built-in flexibility of that industry, people can telecommute or commute to downtown Portland in an hour if they need to,” he noted. “It’s a pretty young community as well—young professionals and families who want the smaller town feel.”
When Reitzug talks to clients and friends about Hood River, the thing he emphasizes most is the lifestyle. “As laid-back as Portland is, Hood River is even more laid-back,” said Reitzug. “It makes it a very appealing location for people who either want a second home, are thinking about retirement, or want a place to call home right now.”
He also believes that the town is just beginning to gain momentum.
“We used to wave at everybody on the road,” said Moore. “Now you hardly see anybody you know but it’s been a good change because the people who have moved in or are visiting, they’re real health conscious. They like to be active.”
It’s as if someone swooped up all the outdoor and adventure friendly topography in the Northwest and tossed it in Hood River County. Located at low elevation on the banks of the Columbia River, the town itself is a Mecca for wind and kite surfers because of a special current that combines with a wind pattern not found elsewhere in The Gorge—or much of anywhere, for that matter. From downtown Hood River, it’s only a forty-minute drive to Mt. Hood, where skiing and limitless forest recreation await. Because of the mild climate, it’s possible to ski, surf and bag another sport—think fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding—in the same day.
Hood River’s location on the eastern tipping point of the Cascades makes for an annual rainfall percentage that is much lower than that of the Willamette Valley. Still, the land is fertile. Farm stands open in June with blueberries and peaches, and close when the last of the pears and apples have been picked in November.
Moore said the downtown area “really got cleaned up over the last decade and there are more fun shops and good restaurants.” A few breweries and a growing number of wineries add to the bustling scene. It’s tough to tell which is more fun: a day outdoors working up an appetite or sitting down to refuel.

At Pine Crest, the local ethos of veneration for the great outdoors is key to its design. Including the onsite Thompson Orchard, run by Moore’s brother, 40 percent of development’s land will remain as green space. Residents of the two-plus-acre plots can enjoy privacy from their home sites and experience the natural wonders around them on foot.
“Deer pass through daily and I have even seen a bald eagle flying with the mountain in the backdrop,” said Moore. “I don’t think there is anything that nature doesn’t provide us in Hood River.”
Learn more about Pine Crest and everything else that living in Hood River, Oregon offers.


Oregon Coast Cottage Homes For Sale

If you’re looking to relocate or find your next vacation home, the Oregon Coast is a great place to consider. The coast offers a relaxed lifestyle with cool, foggy mornings and clear, warm summer days. You’re also never far from incredible hiking, good food, and easy living with plenty of beautiful places to explore. Here are a few cottage-style homes for sale on the Oregon Coast that could be yours.

Cape Cod Style Beach Cottage

This 2-bedroom coastal cottage home is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. The home features a great outdoor space with a hot tub, a wonderful open floor plan, and a wood burning stone fireplace. You’ll be able to enjoy the ocean breeze and beautiful coastal evenings right out your front door.
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Wonderful Garden

Modern, yet cozy, this recently remodeled home is absolutely stunning. Enjoy the beautiful landscaping and gardens from almost every room. Inside features a sleek design with a fireplace and wonderful wood finishes throughout the home. You can enjoy a morning of golf or a walk on the beach just a few blocks away from your home.
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Elegant Cottage Home

Located in a traditional coastal neighborhood in Lincoln County, this home makes for an ideal primary or vacation home. Offering a front porch, deck with a hot tub, laundry and mud room, and a beautifully finished basement, this elegant cottage could be perfect for you and your family to enjoy everything the Oregon Coast offers.
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Treehouse Appeal

Tucked away in the trees, you would never realize this 3-bedroom craftsman style home is a quick stroll from downtown or the beach. Enjoy a hot drink while taking in the eye-catching views of the ocean and trees in a home that you could call yours.
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Beach House

If you and your family prefers being close to everything, this cute house is one to consider. Soak up the sun on the large deck or walk down to the beach or state park and enjoy the long summer days on the Oregon Coast. The non-through street and location makes this the perfect place for kids.
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Northwest Cabin

This adorable one bedroom cabin is a gem nestled in the woods and right down the street from the ocean. It features a wood stove fireplace, pine wood finishes, and an established garden to grow your own veggies.
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Cottage Near the Sea

This is a low maintenance, turn-key 3-bedroom cottage, perfect for vacationing or simple living on the coast. The open floor plan is the ideal size for entertaining friends and family or just enjoying everything the Oregon Coast has to offer nearby.
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Beautiful Small Homes For Sale in Portland, Oregon

The city of Portland, Oregon is a wonderful place to plant your roots or start a family. It’s a quick drive from the ocean, mountains, and forests with all the benefits of the city-life; great coffee, tasty food, beautiful parks, fantastic shopping, wonderful places to live, and much more.
The trend of buying smaller homes has grown quite a bit lately, as people are choosing to live more simply. If buying a small home in Portland is something you’re thinking about, there are a handful of reasons to consider downsizing. Bills are significantly less when living in a smaller space. Maintenance and care requires less attention and money. And smaller houses tend to be more affordable which opens up your choices of where to live in the city and allows you to invest in those upgrades you’ve always wanted.
All the time and money saved also means you can take advantage of more opportunities to explore the area around where you live, and a city like Portland offers so much to experience! Here are a few, beautiful smaller homes for sale in Portland that could be yours.

Beautifully Remodeled Ranch

With immaculate granite counters, hardwood floors, tiled bathroom, a gorgeous kitchen, stainless steel appliances, wood burning fireplace, two full-size garages, and an outdoor fire pit, this beautiful, remodeled ranch is move-in ready! Your family will enjoy the living in a top-notch school district and being close to everything in Portland.
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Cute Cottage

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage is just minutes away from the heart of the city, tucked away enough you forget you live so close to downtown. This home has a bright open floor plan with huge windows, allowing for lots of natural light. Cozy up by the fireplace or enjoy a nice walk around Forest Park, which is right around the corner.
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Elegant Victorian

Built in 1905, this 4 bedroom 2 bath Victorian home has been restored for the modern family and has so much elegance and charm. If you enjoy beautiful landscaping and a place to socialize outdoors, there is a back deck and a front porch overlooking the gardens. Just a few blocks away are coffee shops, the river, dining, and much more.
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Mid-Century Ranch

Recently remodeled, this mid-century ranch features stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and an attached garage. The design of the ranch-style home has an effortless flow throughout. There is an over-sized lot and covered patio, perfect for enjoying Portland’s mild seasons. Located just down the road is Columbia Park, where farmers’ markets and live music are held often.
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Cozy 3 Bedroom

Spacious interior, cozy stone fireplace, and a beautiful outdoor space makes this bright 3 bedroom mid-century home just the place you might be searching for. The family-friendly residential area is located close to Clinton City Park and not far from dining and shopping on Division St.
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New Wine Tasting Rooms in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

As Willamette Valley’s reputation continues to blossom, winery tasting rooms anchor the experience for visitors looking to connect with the source. Here are five of our favorite newly opened locations.
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Domaine Serene DAYTON

Opened in May, The Clubhouse at Domaine Serene was designed to evoke an Old World “hilltop village.” The sprawling structure highlights views of verdant terrain, from rolling vine-covered hills to Cascade and coastal mountain ranges. A thirty-four-foot main tasting bar, a club members-only lounge and a vintage library room showcase lavish quality at every turn. Underground, visitors to the private tasting space will find a one-of-a-kind cave system modeled after the one found at the winery owners’ 15th-century Burgundy property, Château de la Crée.

Day Camp DAYTON

Playing on her surname, Brianne Day opened Day Camp wine collective in 2015. The ten-brand collective, which includes Day’s label Day Wines, finished construction of its stunning tasting room outside Dundee earlier this year. Reminiscent of Rummer-style architecture, two walls of windows connect the indoor-outdoor space. Honey-hued cedar and copper surfaces set a serene scene for tasting the wide range of varietals made on site. Innovation is the name of the game with this crop of new-wave winemakers, and their enthusiasm is infectious.

Fox Farm Vineyards DAYTON

“It’s a casual, downtown tasting room serving some of the best wines you’ve never heard of,” said Fox Farm Vineyards owner David Fish. With frequent events ranging from live music to comedy shows, the new tasting room in an historic building has quickly become a gathering spot. The vibe is more “watering hole” than winery, a scene not often found in a tasting room.

Blizzard Wines HILLSBORO

Modern and airy, the white-washed interior of Blizzard Wines’ just-opened tasting room is our kind of blizzard. Winery owners Nick and Dana Blizzard did much of the work on the barn-like structure, with the help of family and friends, on the property of their family-owned vineyard. A rollup door opens onto a patio and the vines beyond. “We are traditional and scientific in our style and are inspired by centuries- old French sophistication,” said Nick. The small-production facility produces an estate chardonnay and pinot noir, in addition to a few other red and white varietals.

Pike Road Wines CARLTON

Housed in downtown Carlton’s historic bank building, Pike Road Wines’ new tasting room isn’t going to be breaking anyone’s bank. The Campbell family (of Elk Cove fame) has put their forty years of Willamette Valley grape growing experience toward a new challenge: quality wine at affordable prices. Kick back in the courtyard with a flight, and order some light snacks or bring in a picnic from one of the many nearby farm-to-table restaurants.

Purple Hands DUNDEE

Without pomp and circumstance, a new eco-minded tasting room opened recently on Highway 99. Quietly working with Cellar Ridge Construction to construct a green building, Purple Hands founder and winemaker Cody Wright and his wife, Marque, have created a space that complements their fine wines. Cody, son of famed winemaker Ken Wright, has expanded the Purple Hands label and his skillset steadily over the years. The understated winery has reached top shelf status through word-of-mouth praise for its exquisite vintages that use grapes from certified sustainable vineyards. The winery’s hands-off marketing strategy translates to a low-key ethos that is evident to visitors who find their way to the tasting room.
For more wine tasting inspiration, check out our vineyards for sale in Oregon.


Central Oregon Fall Activities

From hiking to enjoying your favorite cup of coffee, it’s easy to take advantage of the fall season and everything it offers. Here are a few activities to enjoy the cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and the great community around Central Oregon.

Oktoberfest

To kickoff the fall season, Bend is holding it’s annual Oktoberfest on September 15th & 16th, 2017. Beer, food, wine, cider, music, quirky games, and much more is there for you to enjoy during the free event. This is a great way for local businesses to promote what they have to offer and for visitors to have a good time.

Climbing

The climbing scene in Central Oregon is undeniably great no matter the season, but the fall offers weather for the best days. Smith Rock is the ultimate place to go and has all levels of climbing, from beginner to extreme. But if the weather isn’t cooperating or you’re really new to climbing, Bend Rock Gym is a great place to spend the day. They have a great staff that’s always willing to help give pointers and offer lessons.

Mountain Biking

With the cooler weather, the fall makes for some of the best mountain biking around Central Oregon. There are many popular local areas to visit (check out the list here) or you can head over to Mt. Bachelor Bike Park which has over 13 miles of downhill trails. Traveling or don’t have a bike? No worries, Mt. Bachelor has a fleet of bikes you can rent and there are also a handful of bike shops in Bend that offer tours and rentals, such as, Pine Mountain Sports and Cog Wild.

Metolius River

Central Oregon is full of gorgeous places, and there are some spots out there during the fall season with lots of changing colors you have to check out. Located just north of Sisters is the beautiful Metolius River, great for hiking, fly fishing, and enjoying a beautiful autumn day. In Bend, the Pilot Butte trail is a great hike and offers miles of views.

Beer

Central Oregon has a great selection of local brews and fall also offers a few awesome seasonal beers. Maps for the Bend Ale Trail are available at the Bend Visitor Center where you can get all the stamps and claim your prize. The Brew Bus is a great and fun way to travel around the breweries around Bend too!

Thrifting

If you enjoy shopping or an interesting activity on a rainy day, then thrifting might be your answer. Bend is full of awesome thrift shops to add a little spice to your spaces. The Humane Society Thrift is a good choice knowing proceeds are going to the local animal shelter. Other local thrift shops that are great for finding treasures include City Thrift, Possibilities, and Starburst. Gear Fix is also a great resale shop for used outdoor equipment.

Coffee

There’s something about cozying up in your favorite sweater and drinking a delicious warm drink. Thump Coffee, Backporch, Lone Pine, and Megaphone all roast their beans locally. In addition to those selections, there are many more wonderful local coffee shops in Bend that offer a different vibe, perfect for a cool autumn day.
To learn more about everything Central Oregon has to offer, check out our community page and contact one of our brokers today!


Oregon Real Estate Broker Job Opportunities with Cascade Sotheby's International Realty

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty expertly represents the most distinctive properties at every price range, and thanks to exceptional service, continual innovation, and unrivaled market knowledge, we achieved over a billion dollars in sales in 2016. Our brokers are masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to effectively grow and expand our market, now up to 11 strategic locations throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
Michael W. Kosmin
As part of our continued support and marketing efforts, CSIR has brought on Michael W. Kosmin as Chief Operations Officer to focus on growing our market share throughout Oregon. Kosmin, who most recently was the managing director at Pronghorn Resort in Bend, brings elite experience driving profitable growth for myriad international resorts and real estate developments. He’ll be responsible for Cascade Sotheby’s next-stage growth including market development, leveraged marketing opportunities for brokers and clients, and overall day-to-day operations of the company’s presence throughout Oregon.
“With our expansion to the Portland metro market, Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley wine country, Cascade Sotheby’s hit $1.3 billion in 2016—and we are on track to double that growth with the support of a talent like Michael,” says Deb Tebbs, CEO and founder Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Michael brings the rich experience in market development, recruitment and international operations that will lead our company into its next stage of advancement. We welcome his leadership which will help us even further leverage the Sotheby’s brand and support our brokers and clients like never before.”
With recently opened brokerages in Portland Metro and Oregon Coast markets, this is a great job opportunity for real estate brokers who would like to join the fantastic team here at CSIR. Here are a few statistics that reflect the success that we’ve had over the last couple of years.

  • 20% growth in market share in Portland metro and SW Washington from Q1 to Q2, 2017
  • Tripled sales volume in Portland Metro market from 2015 to 2016
  • Average price point for CSIR agents is 33% higher than other agents in Portland and SW Washington
  • Double the market share from its closest competitor in Central Oregon in total sales volume in the region for 2016
  • Grown from four offices in Central Oregon to 11 offices and 240 brokers throughout Oregon and SW Washington in just 12 months; signed 65 new brokers in the Portland/SW Washington markets in its first year

“This is an incredible opportunity to work with Deb Tebbs who has grown this business, its structure and organization incredibly during this first phase—she is a recruiter bar none and brokers know she delivers on her vision for company success,” says Kosmin. “Now with a new vision for operations and market maturation we welcome a growing team of producers. If you are a broker looking to expand with an unparalleled growth opportunity, now’s the time to make the move. Having the Sotheby’s brand behind this real estate engine brings the stability and integrity we all look for.”
If you’re interested in becoming part of the successful team at CSIR as a broker, then check out our website (whycsir.com) to learn more about the benefits of working with us. With over $1 billion in sales in 2016 and a Central Oregon market share that’s more than double that of our next nearest competitor, we are recruiting the best brokers to keep up with the growth opportunities in Portland, the Oregon Coast, and SW Washington. Contact us today to join one of the most respected luxury real estate brands in the world.