Cascade Sotheby’s Brokers Sponsor Annual Bend Beer Chase

BEND, OR – The Beer Chase concept was conceived in the back of a 12-passenger van at 3am while the Cascade Relays staff was running the Bourbon Chase overnight relay in Kentucky in 2013. After completing a 6-mile leg to finish at Wild Turkey at 2am, Founder Scott Douglass was asked by a Distillery representative if he wanted a shot of Wild Turkey 101. Having just finished the leg and still on an endorphin rush, Scott replied, “I didn’t fly out to Kentucky to not shoot that Turkey!” Still choking 30 minutes later in the back of the van, a stroke of brilliance came to mind that Beer and running go together much better after a long run. The idea of running a one-day relay along the Bend Ale Trail to celebrate and sample the amazing craft breweries of Central Oregon was conceived and the Bend Beer Chase was born in October 2014.

The Bend Beer Chase, itself, is a unique, one “beer relay” featuring the region’s best brews! The BBC is a one-day six-person running relay of approximately 50 miles, consisting of 12 legs of varying distance (4-8 miles per leg). The course starts from Bend, travels to Redmond, to Sisters and back to finish in Bend, traversing the spectacular scenery of Central Oregon. Individuals can choose to only do the Keg Leg portion of the race if they do not wish to complete the relay portion. Each time you exchange at a brewery, you will have the option to enjoy a 3-4 oz sample of beer.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of a relay like the Bend Beer Chase is the team aspect of running an event like this provides. Running is often a solitary sport, but in a relay, it’s all about your team. After the relay portion of the race then teams have the opportunity to run together through some of Bend’s best breweries. Teams get in to the spirit by creating elaborate team names and themes, wearing matching outfits, participating in contests, having spontaneous dance parties, cheering on fellow runners, and decorating their vans. The Bend Beer Chase is a race, a celebration, and a vacation all wrapped up in one day of running.

Stephanie Ruiz and Jordan Grandlund, Brokers with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, are 4th year sponsors of the relay. Ruiz says “The Ruiz + Grandlund team at Cascade Sotheby’s is a proud sponsor of Cascade Relays and the Bend Beer Chase. Jordan and I are extremely passionate in our support of friends and local small businesses, especially when there is a charitable component involved.” View Stephanie Ruiz’ listings. View Jordan Grandlund’s listings.

One day, one van, six friends, twelve legs, 12-20 craft breweries hosting exchange points where runners sample their amazing craft. Seriously, what could be better? The countdown to race day is on – June 2!

Cascade Relays is a small, family-run business based in Bend, Oregon. Founders Scott and Carrie Douglass grew up in Bend, met in 6th grade and eventually married five days before the inaugural Cascade Lakes Relay in August 2008. Working closely together, Scott & Carrie are focused on the Cascade Relays Family, including the loyal participants, dedicated staff and volunteers, and local communities that contribute to the success of Cascade Relays events. Cascade Relays currently produces the Cascade Lakes Relay and The Beer Chase Series – with local one-day relays in Bend, San Diego, Coeur d’Alene, and Boulder.


Custom Home in Crooked River Ranch Showcases its Stunning Setting

TERREBONE, OR – In the Summer of 2011, David and Cheryl Keyston were living in Carmel when they took a road trip through the Pacific Northwest and visited friends at Crooked River Ranch. The next morning, they hopped in the car, headed for Route 97 and their next stop: Idaho. “We were just passing through,” said Cheryl. However, five minutes down the road, they caught sight of an intriguing landscape out the window, so David suggested they stop and take a closer look. “We pulled up to the cliff and got out of the car, and just saw this extraordinary vista to the left and to the right,” Cheryl recalled. “David said, ‘It’s like we’re on the Grand Canyon.’”

After appreciating the sight for a few moments, they got back behind the wheel, only to pass a “For Sale” sign seconds later. They soon learned: 6.8 untouched acres overlooking Crooked River Gorge were available for purchase. The incredible view that they had just been appreciating could be theirs every day. “I felt very inspired,” said Cheryl. “You couldn’t take it all in—seeing the eagles flying by and hearing the water—and not think, what would it be like to live here?”

Within a month, the couple purchased the land. Then they tapped their creative backgrounds—Cheryl was a fashion designer and David an architecture enthusiast—to design a home that would suit the beautiful setting. First, this meant positioning the house so that it would maximize the incredible views. “When we sited the property, we wanted to make sure that we could take advantage of the best perspective of the river as well as Smith Rock and Monkey Face,” said Cheryl. “We got it as close to the rim as we could, legally.”

Next, they took the natural setting as inspiration for the building’s overall form. “We just decided to follow nature’s path,” said Cheryl. From the birds’ flight patterns overhead to the cliffs on the horizon, the couple noticed, “Everything is horizontal here,” said David. Therefore, they decided to keep the home a single-level, and then strove to repeat that horizontality in subtle ways in the interior. For instance, all the Pella windows sport horizontal mullions, and each electrical outlet cover plate was positioned parallel to the baseboards.

Past the custom mahogany front door, every room is punctuated with artistic detail without sacrificing the necessary function. For instance, the colors and veining of the countertops in the kitchen mimic the landscape just outside the windows, while the durable quartzite makes meal prep hassle-free. In the living room, a handcrafted metal screen fabricated by local artist Andrew Wachs borders the fireplace and artfully hides the stereo and television. Four opaque glass doors from Italy are etched with natural scenes, letting light flow throughout the home while also ensuring privacy. A textural plaster coating on all the walls forms thoughtful niches for displaying art and collectibles in every room. In the principle bathroom, the tile floor received inset area “rugs” composed of river rock, an artful feature that also feels good underfoot.

The couple’s contractor, Scot Fetrow, built the house in just ten months while upholding his clients’ dedication to detail. “They made a lot of neat choices that came together really well,” said Fetrow. Under his guidance, even the baseboard received special treatment, as he made sure to round out the corners for seamless joins. “I also made sure to carry the grain around the corner,” he explained. Fetrow brought in several skilled craftspeople to best achieve the couple’s vision. This included Bend’s Cement Elegance, which fabricated several custom counters throughout the home.

Outside, the couple specified an 850-square-foot patio and four Cumaru hardwood decks for ideal indoor-outdoor flow. “It’s a really relaxing place to entertain as well as enjoy the afternoon sun,” said David. Additionally, David strived to ensure the home would use fewer natural resources throughout its lifetime. “While this home is technically not LEED-certified, I followed almost every single protocol for that certification,” he said. Fetrow built the walls at “double thickness,” in order to up the insulation value. The home is also prepped to support a future solar panel array. A hybrid hot water heater and a high-efficiency heat pump and furnace ensure energy saving.
Ultimately, the Keystons created a home that melds with the landscape to form a truly inspiring retreat. “You just never get tired of it here,” said David. Sonja Porter, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent for the property. View the full listing for 5240 SW Badger Road.
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Cascade Sotheby’s Ranks as one of Nation’s Top-Producing Brokerage Firms in RISMedia’s 2018 Power Broker Report

Bend, OR—Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has ranked as one of the top real estate firms in the U.S. in sales volume according to RISMedia’s 30th Annual Power Broker Report. Cascade Sotheby’s, which has expanded throughout the Oregon and SW Washington real estate market, reported $1.3 billion in total transaction volume in 2017, representing $32 million in company revenue and a 325% increase in sales growth in the last two years.

According to the recent announcement by RISMedia, the biggest brokerages have a mutual philosophy: expansion. And Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is no exception.

Cascade Sotheby’s recently acquired the expert talent of high-producing brokerages including Metolius Property Sales in Sisters and The Donna Roberts Group in Vancouver. The firm also signed as the exclusive listing agent for all Franklin Brothers homes and developments in Bend as well as the new luxury home development, Grand Peaks at Sisters. Cascade Sotheby’s also recently recruited a $22 million-a-year broker in Southern Oregon to leverage the emerging vineyard real estate activity there.

The firm’s 10 strategic locations include two offices in Bend, and retail presence in Sisters, Lake Oswego, The Pearl District/Portland, Lake Oswego, SW Washington, and at the Oregon Coast in Gearhart, Cannon Beach, and Manzanita. Together they form the most expansive luxury real estate network in the Pacific Northwest.

Cascade Sotheby’s is one of the elite 25 Sotheby’s International Realty® franchises in the U.S. in the billion-dollar volume category and is one of the top franchises in closed sales revenue in the entire Sotheby’s International Realty global realty network.

“We maintain a laser focus on statewide expansion, broker development, and innovative technology to support sales—all of this continues to strengthen our market share and vital commitment to our growing team of high quality producers,” says Deb Tebbs, founder and chief executive officer, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our brokers have earned an impeccable reputation for white glove services for buyers and sellers at any price point. We welcome all clients who know that the Sotheby’s brand brings a coveted cache at any price level of home or location.”

Since the company’s founding in 2006, management has focused on white glove customer service at any price point—by building an industry-leading team, innovative sales platform, and proprietary technology network for its brokers. As a result, Cascade Sotheby’s added more than 80 new brokers statewide in 2017 and is the dominant firm in Central Oregon, with over twice the market share of the next closest competitor.

“Our brokers offer a white glove experience to all clients regardless of the price of their home and anticipate the clients’ needs to deliver some of the best service in the market—that’s the hallmark of our success,” says Tebbs.

The growth continues and Cascade Sotheby’s is poised to continue shaking up Oregon’s booming residential real estate market.

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Stunning Custom Home in the Bend Golf Community Tetherow Enters the Market

BEND, OR – A recent addition to the Central Oregon property listings, 61462 Weinhard Court, rests magnificently along the 17th tee of Tetherow’s Signature Quarry Hole. This stunning residence, built in 2010, was born of the collaborative visions of the architecture firm of Pique Collaborative and its owners, is an authentic interpretation of the modern home. At 5,652 sq. ft., the inspiration for this home was to seamlessly integrate into the landscape of the high desert, with attention to outdoor living as integral to the personality of the home as its interior.

Showcasing breathability, while maintaining a certain intimacy, the attention to architectural detail and warm tones throughout provide a certain oasis to everyday living.

Gourmet appliances, an indoor rock-climbing wall, an Asian-inspired courtyard, radiant heating and the ultimate patio with fire-pit and outdoor kitchen translate to a resort-like experience for friends and family.

The property is represented by brokers Ellie and Caleb Anderson, of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. The Andersons’ recently hosted a well-received Broker’s Open House at the residence for their fellow Associates.

“This home is a remarkable illustration of quality construction and visionary architecture. While exhibiting modern design qualities, it maintains a warmth that’s not readily evident in most luxury modern-style builds. It will have a broad appeal to many segments of the demographic we touch regularly,” commented Deb Tebbs, founded and CEO, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

With over 18 years of combined Real Estate experience, the Bend Property Pros Team of Ellie and Caleb Anderson have established exceptional credibility within the Central Oregon community with their unsurpassed knowledge and expertise of the local real estate market. Consistently ranked among the top 10 percent of producing brokers in Central Oregon, Ellie Anderson, has received tremendous recognition for her many career achievements in the industry. Caleb Anderson, a top-producer in his own right, was recently ranked in the Top 15 percent of all Central Oregon Realtors. View all Caleb and Ellie’s listings here.


Cascade Sotheby’s Art Walk Events in May Grow in Popularity

Thank you to all the friends, family and local support for our monthly Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty (CSIR) Art Walk Events. These gatherings are a great way to showcase artwork by local talented artists while giving exposure to our broker team and advertising vendors.

Portland Pearl District – May’s First Thursday at the CSIR Portland Pearl District office was a huge success! Host Stacy Butchart, one of CSIR’s dedicated and successful brokers, brought in the masses. Over 100 clients, neighbors and Art Walk lovers dropped by for wine by Maryhill, art by Nicole M. Curcio, and hors d’oeuvre from Academy Mortgage.

The beautiful evening gave attendees a chance to network and relax, while enjoying the local art scene. If you missed First Thursday in the Pearl, come join us in Lake Oswego for May’s Third Thursday. Host Cortney Robinson will be inviting guests to enjoy the local wines and local art from artist Suzanne Vaughn. Expect no less than mountains of food, rivers of wine, beautiful art, and great company.



Downtown Bend – May’s First Friday event carried-over the previous month’s momentum, by drawing ample crowds of visitors, sifting through the CSIR downtown showroom. Hosts for the evening, Jodi and Brandon Kearney, brokers with Cascade Sotheby’s, welcomed guests throughout the night as they made their way through the crowd for a peek at some of the latest pieces by accomplished local artist Michelle Lindblom. Guest partner Academy Mortgage was on hand with Area Manager, Brent Lucas provided generous pours of beer and wine until the party wound down.

Bend Golf & Country Club was also in attendance, offering willing contestants, a shot at a hole-in-one, on a putting green set-up at the site. The recipient of the night’s door prize, Travis Vitello, of Bend, capped off a lively evening with winning a custom made Wine Gift Basket courtesy of Cascade Sotheby’s. We hope that everyone is already in anticipation of next month’s First Friday as much as we are!
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Cascade Sotheby’s Exhibits Farm, Ranch & Vineyard Division Growth

Bend, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is proceeding with its current strategy for continued growth and expansion with the launch of its Associate Recruitment Program. The firm’s Farm, Ranch & Vineyard division (FRV), specializing in rural property listings, is seeking qualified, top producing agents with background and experience in the lifestyle associated with such properties. Preferred qualifications include knowledge of agriculture, livestock, hop farming, vineyards, recreation properties, equestrian, land use, water rights and tax benefits.
The Sotheby’s brand has defined luxury for more than 270 years, generating over $108 billion in global sales volume, and developing a stellar reputation as America’s most trusted residential real estate brokerage. In little over 10 years, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has eclipsed $1.3 billion in total revenue and over 30 million in company revenue for 2017. With 250+ brokers and 10 strategic office locations in Oregon and SW Washington, Cascade Sotheby’s is rated in the top 25 among Sotheby’s affiliates. The company promotes the fact that it represents a diverse selection of properties and that “luxury is an experience, not a price point.”
This month, Cascade Sotheby’s announced the addition of Mike Lee to its FRV brokerage team. The Rogue Valley has been Mike’s home for 38 years, and his previous experience as a Guide, Outfitter, and commercial Jet boat pilot, has given him a unique perspective on what Oregon has to offer to potential landowners. Joining the CSIR Farm, Ranch, and Vineyard Division, Mike’s understanding of the land gives him an expert perspective of the land’s best uses.
For the full list of FRV brokers, click here.  To view Farm & Ranch listings, click here.  To view Vineyard listings, click here.


Historic Oregon Theaters Continue to Thrive

Revel in the glamour of three restored theaters that harken back to an era when gloves were worn for style over warmth.
Liberty Theatre | Astoria

1920s decorative architectural glamour lives on in Astoria. The rehabilitation of Liberty Theatre, a former motion picture “palace” built during the golden age of the big screen, has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents to downtown Astoria since reopening in 2005. Within the gilded walls, quality performing arts productions provide culturally rich events across a variety of disciplines in the downtown venue. Up coming performances include a Texas Tribute to ZZ Top, The Oregon Brass Quintet, Randy Linder’s Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute and the Astoria Music Festival. For tickets, go to LIBERTYASTORIA.ORG.
Tower Theatre | Bend

It was built in just three months in 1940 but the historic Tower Theatre’s presence in downtown Bend has stood the test of time. Adding character to the arts community, the Tower hosts world-class acts. Up coming performances include Westside Village ‘School of Rock’, Animal House movie screening and The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker. For tickets, go to TOWERTHEATRE.ORG.
Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland

Approximately 6,000 theatrical lights illuminate the famed “Portland” marquee on Broadway in downtown Portland outside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, a fully-restored landmark building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic Italian Renaissance-style theater is home to the last of the grand stages that once graced the arts-centric street, though the theater—which opened in 1928 and ran under various names as a movie theatre until 1972—was always the most impressive. Crystal chandeliers and marble structural details bring old world charm to the building’s multiple lobbies. Inside the auditorium, rows of seats sweep six stories above the stage in a design that showcases acoustic mastery during the musical performances that take place here. Up coming performances include Joshua Bell, Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’, Audra McDonald and Bon Iver. For tickets, go to ARLENESCHNITZER.ORG.


Cascade Sotheby’s – Sisters Brokers Donate Trees

SISTERS, OR – In celebration of National Arbor Day, the Sisters brokerage team of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty delivered 80 pine seedlings to Sisters Elementary School. The donation, on May 2, was on behalf of the kindergarten and one 4th grade class. On hand to present the trees were Patty Cardoni (Principal Broker and Manager of Cascade Sotheby’s Farm, Ranch & Vineyards Division), Mark Morzov, Ellen Wood and Suzanne Carvlin, Brokers with the local Sisters office.

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. In fact, the tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. As a formal holiday, it was first observed as far back as 1872. Pioneer Julius Sterling Morton, editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper utilized his forum to profess his enthusiasm for trees. Morton’s ideas about environmental stewardship encouraged everyone to set aside a specific day to plant trees. Morton was quoted as saying, “The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.” Let’s get together and celebrate the importance of trees!

The trees, 14″ Ponderosa Pine saplings, were purchased from the Arbor Day Foundation for the children to plant in their backyards with their families. Mylee Card, both a teacher, as well as the mom, of a student attending Sisters Elementary School offered high praise for the donation, “Thank you so much for the trees yesterday! The kids were so excited! My son being one of them, had it planted by the time I got home, in the perfect spot!”
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The Clatsop Association Realtor’s Dinner Honors Top Producers

Robin Risley, President of the Clatsop Association of Realtors, honored realtors across the county during the appreciation dinner on April 24th, 2018. Among those honored and recognized was top producer, Sally Conrad. The celebration honored 2017 Realtor of the Year, 2017 Realtor Spirit, and 2017 Top Producer at the Astoria Golf and Country Club.

About Robin Risley

Based out of the Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Gearhart office, Robin is a fifth generation Oregonian whose ancestors arrived on the Oregon Trail in 1845. She made her home in Cannon Beach, Oregon in the 1970s. She has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and is best known by her clients as providing the best possible transaction experience. Check out Robin’s featured listings on her broker website.

About Sally Conrad

Sally is a top-producing broker servicing the Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside, and Manzanita markets. Her business is strongly referral-based, servicing both individual buyer and seller clients with residential properties, condominium conversions, and developments. Sally is an avid equestrian and has volunteered for many years assisting with Therapeutic Riding Programs. She’s a graduate of the University of Washington and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Oregon Association of Realtors. Check out Sally’s featured listings on her broker website.