PORTLAND, OR – Spring continues to roar in like a lion, as the Portland market enters its second quarter, 2018. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty closed out a record month closing two significant properties—the prestigious Fountain Plaza condominium at KOIN Tower, and the historic Thomas J. Autzen house. Both sales represent expanded growth for Cascade Sotheby’s as market share continues to escalate west of the cascades. The brokerage currently operates 10 offices across Oregon and SW Washington.
The KOIN Center penthouse, owned by the grandson of Fred Meyer, the namesake of the noted grocery chain, first listed in June of 2017 with an asking price of $2.9 million. This incredible residence, taking up three-quarters of the 30th floor, offers a near 360-degree view of Portland and Mt. Hood.
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the elegant finishes of the dwelling showcase custom fixtures and tile flooring, while the interior layout of the 5,600 sq. ft. unit boasts 5 bedrooms, multiple living and dining rooms, several kitchens and bar areas and an expansive billiards room. Heated balconies add to the already impressive entertaining space. Of note, proceeds from the sale of the penthouse will go to the late owner’s charity, the Chiles Foundation. Sales information was not disclosed.
The Thomas J. Autzen house is a brick-and-stone, half-timbered, Tudor-style residence designed by Kirkland Cutter. This spectacular home, which showcases exceptional workmanship and stunning use of natural resources, was meticulously and thoughtfully renovated over a 2-year period maintaining original design elements with a contemporary influence.
According to Michael Babbitt, Managing Principal Broker at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, “This historic masterpiece, originally offered at $4.3 million, sold in only 15 days.” This relatively quick sale epitomizes Cascade Sotheby’s mission to provide exceptional service to both buyers and sellers of luxury properties. Sales information is not available at this time.
An oasis, this custom-built home rests atop the quarry in Stafford. Surrounded by breathtaking views in a unique setting, this home is complete with all modern amenities, from heated floors throughout to solar panels. Relax in the heated infinity pool or relieve stress in the 2,000 square foot workshop with loft. Invite your friends over for a barbecue with over 4 acres of outdoor living. Or simply treat your family to luxurious living, with 30-foot-tall indoor ceilings that frame the beautiful landscape that is the Pacific Northwest.
The passage between the winter weather outside and the cozy comforts of home inside can be at once functional and stylish. Designer Justin Riordan, owner of home staging company Spade and Archer, knows what’s trending for entryways and how to achieve the perfect transitional space. The goal When Justin Riordan is staging a home—whether it’s in Portland, Seattle or Palm Springs—his goal is for aspirational to meet obtainable. He estimated that in Portland alone, 45 percent of houses on the market hire designers to do staging, and that number is growing. Whether the home is going on the market or is yours forever, a functional and stylish entryway is the key to effortless transitions out and in the front door. Here are Riordan’s tips for creating on-trend transitional spaces. The basics
Every entryway should have four staples: table, lamp, mirror and bowl. Soft lamp light is welcoming. A mirror makes for quick touchups. The catch-all bowl keeps odds and ends from cluttering the table. Choose a functional table that provides storage. It is also helpful to have a bench or a stool to make lacing footwear a breeze. The door or, rather, doors
Incorporate a vestibule, if possible. This is a double-door entry system in which a small room stands between the front door and the door that accesses the home. For new construction, it can be worked into the architectural design. Adding a vestibule to the front of an existing home is also fairly straightforward, and is what Riordan did when he renovated his early-1900s Victorian home. Riordan believes that vestibules will become a hallmark of entryways as concern for energy efficiency continues to grow. Vestibules create a nook for storage as well as a buffer between the elements, a win-win for coziness. Many homes throughout the Pacific Northwest are shoe-free, and a vestibule encourages the habit among guests. Also, install keyless entry. There will be no more fumbling for keys, increasing the ease of all the family’s comings and goings. From mechanical systems that don’t require batteries to interfaces that integrate with your phone, there is a system for everyone.
Entryways are high water-content areas. Wood and carpet can be problematic under these conditions. Tile is the ideal floor material because it is easy to clean and is resilient. Be sure to check the slip co-efficient on the tile, however. Riordan said that honed or unglazed tile is safest. Regardless of flooring material, it is on-trend to include walk-off mats inside and outside the home. Large format (four-foot by five-foot), commercial-style rugs are popular. Coordinate the look but be sure the outdoor rug is rated as such. The closet
Perhaps your entryway has a closet. If so, hooray! If not, the best solution is an armoire. From new to vintage, there is an armoire for every style. Armoires add character while tucking away the array of textures and colors that make up a family’s collection of outerwear. Use matching, wooden hangers for a uniform look. For industrious types, Riordan recommended retrofitting a TV armoire from the ’90s. Most are the perfect size for an entryway, are conversation pieces and have the added benefit of reducing waste. Repurpose or buy new, but go for quality pieces, suggested Riordan, as furniture makes up the majority of landfill use by volume. The mudroom
Another access point to many homes is the mudroom. Most of the entryway tips apply in the mudroom but there is more opportunity for organizing without hiding behind closed doors. Add a row of cubbies below a line of matching hooks to give all the sun, snow and rain gear an accessible home. After all, the great outdoors could come calling at a moment’s notice.
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INDIO, CA – The modern game of Polo has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years. No longer reserved for the “wealthy and famous” or equestrian aficionados, the sport, although played on horseback, has garnered interest from many highly skilled athletes across the globe, and professionally in 16 countries.
League matches are often held at swanky clubs, offering fields and facilities that rival most professional sporting venues. Spectator popularity is also on the rise, where groups can watch an event field side, while enjoying upscale food and beverage options.
One such club, the Eldorado Polo Club, located in the beautiful Coachella Valley, with its magnificent mountainous backdrop, has welcomed fans and players from around the world for over 60 years. Ronda Kanitz, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, recently had the opportunity to suit up for the Sotheby’s-sponsored team, playing in two Pro Pool tournaments at the famed club.
“I became involved with the sport 3-4 years ago, with the Cascade Polo Club, here in Central Oregon. I attended one of their summer intro clinics, run by Dr. Dan Harrison, and instantly fell in love with the sport. A big horse, little saddle, charging down a green polo field with a mallet – pure heaven!”
Many of the players have some form of equestrian experience. “For me, I appreciate the genuine physicality required from both horse and rider to truly achieve an honest level of performance. It’s kind of like playing hockey, while incorporating a strategy similar to chess but with speed.”
What initially attracted Kanitz to the sport? “Personally, it’s the horses and the camaraderie between the players (and their Polo Ponies), as well as the endless support among players at all levels.”
The Sotheby’s brand made their debut at Eldorado Polo Club this past winter, which, according to Kanitz, is one of the premier settings to take-in a match. Spectators interested in learning more about the “sport of kings” can attend the annual Polo Noir in Portland, OR, this August. View Ronda Kanitz’s listings here.
This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to own the majestic Ellis Lawrence estate! This historic estate home sits on 3+ acres of manicured lawns, with outdoor living areas, complete with fire pits and a pool. The timeless floor plan features a professional-grade kitchen, library, multiple offices, artist studio, gym, bar, caretaker’s quarters, and so much more. The private grounds offer a tennis and bocci court, cabana, poolside dining, and multiple gardens. Just minutes from downtown. This classic masterpiece is on the market now.
April 5, 2018: Portland, OR – What a successful night in the Pearl! April’s First Thursday Art Walk was a wonderful night full of fun times, friends and festivities. Broker Kara Mumma of the Portland Pearl Office hosted the event, offering visitors wine and light appetizers.
Guests chatted, mingling about the office, while viewing some of the latest work by artist Matt Tackett.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and for your continued support of the arts in our community.
April 6, 2018: Downtown Bend – On a seasonably cool spring evening, crowds still made their way to Downtown Bend’s First Friday event for April. Brokers Sonja Porter and Christy Evans welcomed guests to the downtown showroom of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and played host to the latest works by local artist, Joyce Hanson.
Visitors sampled culinary creations by Valentine’s Deli and mingled over live music by local singer/songwriter Sam McQuate and Cascade Sotheby’s own Director of Marketing, Kris Carpenter on drums.
Our many thanks go out to David and Sandra from the Hardwood Floor Company of Bend for generously providing refreshments, as well as to the many who attended. It was fantastic to see so many new and familiar faces. We look forward to seeing you all again next month!
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