Breakaway Lodge – A Unique Property with a Story All Its Own

GEARHART, OR – Most of us have that one special memory from our youth about our time at summer camp. Such an experience still existed up until late August of this year, when Breakaway Lodge closed its doors for the last time. Operating under the Christian faith-based organization Young Life, the Breakaway Lodge, providing life-transforming experiences for young people, held its annual camp season from May-September for over 50 years. While many are saddened over its closing, they are surely grateful for all of the memories which still reverberate within the Lodge walls. Built in 1920, Breakaway Lodge was placed on the market at the conclusion of the 2018 Young Life Summer Camp Season. Located just a few blocks from the ocean (220 Nita Ave, Gearhart, OR, 97138-2685), the rich legacy and effective ministry will not be forgotten.

Breakaway Lodge Lounge
Gearhart, Oregon is an alluring, residential seaside community, neatly tucked away just 4-miles north of the bustling town of Seaside. Only a 90-minute drive from downtown Portland, Gearhart has been a favorite respite for Northwest residents since the late 1800’s. Solitude is plentiful along the 2-mile long, white-sand beach, with ocean breezes blowing the golden grassy dunes. You can quietly wile away the hours in search of razor clams, driftwood or beach treasures. While most residents prefer to enjoy its scenic beauty by foot, Gearhart Beach is one of the few public beaches in Oregon where visitors are permitted to drive on the sand.

Breakaway Lodge Dining Room
Recently celebrating its 100th anniversary, this historic hamlet is also home to two golf courses boasting breathtaking views and well-maintained properties. Gearhart Golf Links, with its spectacular links-style layout, is known as the oldest golf course established in the Northwest and arguably in the Western United States. Gearhart has not only earned a reputation as a popular golfing destination, but as an upscale, laid-back family retreat.

Breakaway Lodge Bunk Beds
When a property as unique as Breakaway Lodge outlives its usefulness from its original intent, the question naturally arises, “What next?” Well, the possibilities seem endless for the immediate future of the Lodge. Listed by Nicki Whittle and Sally Conrad, brokers with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Whittle says, “The Lodge offers an extremely rare opportunity for the right individual, family or company, to transform the space to reflect their identity. Whether it morphs into an ultra-special residence reflecting the Oregonian lifestyle, a family retreat or a destination where a large company may hold its annual summits, this structure, at this location, will surely reinvent itself for its next life.” The Lodge, a local landmark, has been woven into the family tapestry of many residents, Whittle and Conrad included, having attended many family gatherings and special events.

Breakaway Lodge Game Room
The majority of the interior rooms of the Lodge are extremely well-maintained, reflecting an open floor plan and a Pacific Northwest coastal lodge feel, with original hardwood flooring, hardwood paneling on both the walls and ceilings and 2 working gas fireplaces with stone facades. The exterior is reminiscent of a typical Nantucket seaside cottage, sporting weathered cedar siding, and a roof clad in cedar shingles.

Breakaway Lodge Aerial
Whichever vision ultimately transforms this historic property, the soundness of its structure and inherent coastal personality will stand the test of time. CLICK HERE to view the listing.  If you would like a tour of this one of a kind property, please contact Sally Conrad at 503.440.2111 or Nicki Whittle at 503.440.9583 and one of them will be happy to assist!

Breakaway Lodge Firepit


The Morrigan Group knows the Coastal Community

LINCOLN CITY, OR – There’s no question that Lisa Morrigan, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, has a true real estate pedigree. Her lineage dates back a generation, as her father was a real estate developer. It’s no wonder, Lisa has had no difficulty in establishing a robust client and referral base throughout the picturesque communities of coastal Oregon. As a Lincoln City resident, Lisa has extensive experience in coastal communities of Southshore, Whale Watch/DePoe Hills, Bella Beach, Salishan, Bayview, Road’s End and Sahhali to name a few.

Beach Front
Lisa “Understands the value of home is not just in the house itself, but is enhanced by the surrounding environment and community. I am a firm believer that selling real estate is providing clients a personalized service to find the property that fulfills their dreams.” In her search for the ideal place to raise her own family, Lisa discovered the scenic Oregon Coast, specifically Lincoln CIty. What distinguishes her from other brokers? The ability to connect with the needs and wants of those wishing to buy or sell on the Coast, whether their interest lies in a permanent residence, vacation property or investment opportunity.

Morrigan Group
In an effort to provide a more comprehensive experience for all transactions, Morrigan formed The Morrigan Group with Brokers Ed Tanabe and Penelope Perez to provide clients with the highest quality support based on their needs and requirements.

After a long tenure with Boeing, Ed Tanabe transitioned to real estate, applying his multi-discipline background working in finance, industrial engineering, operations, business management and information systems to the real estate market. To Ed, “Integrity, facts/data and communication were the guiding principles I brought with me to my career in real estate. During my time at Boeing, I had been visiting and investigating property on the Oregon Coast and purchased a lot on the ocean in 1991. I continued to visit the Oregon Coast investigating the real estate market and experiencing the local communities. Over time, I felt that the lifestyle and community feeling on the Oregon Coast was a perfect fit and eventually built a home on the lot we purchased.” Ed has transitioned this knowledge and skillset to the real estate market to the benefit of their clients.

Yachats Oceanfront Chateau Estate
Integrating global cultural experiences with local knowledge and small business entrepreneurship, Penelope Perez brings a fresh and unique perspective to the team.  Having lived and worked overseas in Southeast Asia and France as well as California and Washington DC, Penelope’s goal is to “encourage people to follow their dreams, from one fantastic place to the next”.  For the past five years, Penelope has owned and operated a successful French inspired café in the neighborhood of Bella Beach utilizing her vast wine and palate knowledge she has acquired over the years.  Penelope utilizes her expertise to provide clients with an unforgettable and unique real estate experience.

Yachats Oceanfront Living Room

Yachats Oceanfront Chateau Estate

One of the premier listings that The Morrigan Group currently represents is the Yachats Oceanfront Chateau Estate. This magnificent property truly needs to be seen to be believed. Elegant touches, with a multi-generational floorplan, this meticulously maintained oceanfront estate rests majestically on over 2 acres of rugged Oregon Coast frontage. A private gated drive leads you to this spectacular 4,700 square foot. home, adorned with an “old world” feel, yet possessing every modern amenity imaginable. The entry opens to an expansive great room with vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling-wall of windows providing breathtaking views of the Pacific.

Yachats Oceanfront Entry Foyer
There’s a chef’s dream kitchen, with a gourmet island, dual ovens, gas cooktop, built-in fryer and granite countertops. Two master suites, both with a stone surround fireplace, game and media rooms. Located south of the vibrant community of Yachats and to the north of the quaint coastal town of Florence, this residence sits in one of the most picturesque areas on the Oregon oceanfront. Contact Lisa Morrigan to schedule a tour of this impressive property, lisa.morrigan@cascadesir.com.

Yachats Oceanfront Kitchen


Community Support a Family Affair for Julie Allen

BEND, OR – Growing up in Ventura County, Julie Allen shares an affinity for the residents of her former California community. Julie, along with husband Geordan, are embarking on a rescue mission, trekking south near where the wildfires have devasted so many, to deliver supplies and donations to the evacuees from the Camp Fire in Paradise/Chico, and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in the Los Angeles vicinity and Ventura Counties. Hurriedly collecting items since the inception of the blazes, Allen, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty in Bend, Oregon, is determined to provide whatever relief and assistance to her former neighbors.

According to Allen in what drives her inspiration, “It’s important to me to help in times of need, because it connects us to people and the community. Being a Mom, providing a model for my children to be tolerant and giving is vital in this world in which they are growing up in.”

Family
Although, Allen fondly recalls the early years of starting out in Ventura County with her young family, she is vividly reminded of the financial struggles she and many others experienced as a result of the high-priced housing market there. With affordability quickly encroaching on their daily quality of life, the Allen’s elected to relocate to the Pacific Northwest, determined to improve on their situation. Roughly 3 years after landing in Bend, Oregon, Julie and her husband Geordan, a General Contractor, have successfully navigated through many of the similar issues they experienced while in California.

Marta Bolens, Managing Principal Broker for Cascade Sotheby’s Central Oregon region states, “Although they’re becoming slightly more difficult to uncover, there are “diamonds-in-the- rough” throughout the Central Oregon market. The hard part is if you’re able to find one affordable enough, while allowing ample budget for renovation.”

Bathroom
Resolved to providing others with the basics to their formula for happily reestablishing roots in their newfound community, Julie and Geordan are taking full advantage of their knowledge in real estate and renovation to assist clients with affordable home ownership throughout Central Oregon. Her association with Cascade Sotheby’s has provided a reciprocal platform in which to launch such an endeavor, enabling Allen to “speak” to potential clients because of her family’s practical experiences. Being able to assist both buyers, as well as sellers, in the challenges associated with establishing a quality of life, begins with the path to affordable home ownership.

Ceiling
Allen comments, “Being able to afford your dream home can be difficult, we can help make it happen.” As an additional incentive, Allen enlists the assistance of Allen Construction & Design.  Geordan, a licensed general contractor, specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling, and custom woodworking, will consult with Julie, who has an interior design background, to advise in the economical renovation of homes within the client’s price point. Julie suggests, “Find the house that you can afford, and we will transform it into the home that you love.”

Decking
With over a decade working in residential construction, Allen Construction and Design is experienced with projects ranging from new construction to small and large-scale remodeling, as well as renovation jobs. Their team is highly knowledgeable in building requirements and working with an unsurpassed attention to detail and dedication to delivering the highest quality work possible that’s on-budget.

Eunice B. commented on her recent kitchen remodel, Julie has a keen sense of what the customer wants. We are very happy with the choices that we have made and grateful that the process has been so easy!”

Kitchen
Another client, Steve and Tina R. add, “Julie helped my husband and I every step of the way during our master bathroom remodel. She is extremely professional, kind and honest to work with. Julie did an awesome job of quickly determining our wants and needs for our new bathroom. She set realistic expectations for us, and has a calm can-do attitude that we really appreciated throughout the process. Julie did an awesome job of communicating with our contractors. We always felt that all parties involved were on the same page with the design we were wanting to achieve. We highly recommend Julie, and we will definitely work with her again on our next project.”
Decorations
Allen’s blueprint to affordable home ownership includes establishing a realistic budget, targeting a listing that would allow for the estimated renovations and performing a comprehensive inspection on the property to eliminate potential cost overruns. Julie’s approach aligns perfectly with the messaging of Cascade Sotheby’s, in that, “Luxury is an experience, not a price point.”

Cascade Sotheby’s Seizes Market Share in Farm, Ranch and Vineyard Division

Bend, OR – In 2017 Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty hit $1.3 billion in closed sales thanks in part to its robust growth and expansion in farm, ranch and vineyard properties. With growing demand from out-of-state buyers looking to Oregon’s farms, ranches and vineyards for spacious production and recreational properties, Cascade Sotheby’s Farm, Ranch and Vineyard division is booming: the division’s revenue has climbed from $122,165,000 in 2014 to over $200,000,000 in 2018. The average sales price has increased from $2.3 million to over $2.7 million for these working properties throughout Oregon.

FRV - Winery
Part of that growth and volume comes from the brokerage’s unique expertise in the sales and marketing of acreage properties like farms and ranches. Cascade Sotheby’s elite farm, ranch and vineyard team now has 20 dedicated brokers throughout the state of Oregon.  These experienced Brokers have knowledge in agriculture, livestock, soil analysis, hop farming, vineyards, recreational properties, equestrian properties, farm and ranch, fly-fishing, land use, water rights, tax benefits and more.

FRV - Vineyard
Many of these Farm, Ranch and Vineyard Brokers at Cascade Sotheby’s have worked as ranchers, farmers, equestrians, and vintners and bring their diverse talents to Cascade Sotheby’s clients looking to buy or sell extraordinary rural properties.

FRV Lodge
“We are Oregonians; we’ve been raised here on the land, riding horses, hunting and fishing—we have extensive backgrounds in ranching and we understand livestock, farming, septic and irrigation considerations, State and Federal laws, land use and the lifestyle,” says Patty Cordoni, long-time broker with Cascade Sotheby’s and manager of the renowned Farm, Ranch and Vineyard Division. “Cascade Sotheby’s brokers understand what buyers are looking for whether it’s a working ranch in Pendleton, an award-winning vineyard in the Willamette Valley, a recreational property with access to fly fishing, or an equestrian property. Our brokers are setting the standard for knowledge about working properties and what prospective landowners are looking for.”

FRV - Land

Introducing New Farm and Ranch Brokers in Southern Oregon

Now, the brokerage is recruiting expert talent in Southern Oregon’s emerging destination wine country: Cascade Sotheby’s welcomes the region’s top-producing rural broker, Alan DeVries, to its elite team of farm, ranch and vineyard real estate experts. DeVries, who specializes in vineyard sales and last year alone sold $22 million in properties in addition to supporting the sale of Troon Vineyard, leads Cascade Sotheby’s new farm, ranch, vineyard listings in Southern Oregon with over $22m in active listings. He also recently closed the sale on four properties in Medford and multiple properties in Jacksonville and Klamath Falls.

DeVries Team
Cascade Sotheby’s prides itself on recruiting broker experts in working properties with backgrounds in ranching, the outdoors, diverse land and terrain, irrigation and all of the lifestyle and culture nuances that come with that. The brokerage recently welcomed veteran rancher Matthew Cook and professional jet boat operator, outdoor guide and outfitter Mike Lee to its elite team of farm, ranch and vineyard brokers. The brokers have been immersed in experiential learning that offers the background and expertise they need to better serve clients looking for rural properties.

The Brokerage Has Also Expanded its Presence in Eastern Oregon with New Listings in Prineville, Joseph, Post, Ashwood, Diamond, Canyon City and Dempsey.

Purchasing farm, ranch or land properties in Oregon and SW Washington offers a myriad of opportunities. Every farm and ranch has a unique story whether it be an equestrian or livestock ranch, hay and seed property or award-winning vineyard. As unique as the land, so are the experiences of the specialists who work these types of properties.

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At Home in the Vines

On his very first visit to Oregon, Rollin Soles fell in love with the Willamette Valley. “I knew in my heart that this is where I belonged.”

That fateful trip happened almost four decades ago, in 1979. Soles was born and raised in Euless, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in enology and viticulture at the University of California at Davis. His love of the science of grape-growing and winemaking were firmly in place by the time he first set foot in Oregon. Now, he knew exactly where he wanted to grow his grapes and make his wine.

“The next years were a dive to get vineyard and wine experience,” he recalled. “I came up with a plan to grow grapes and make wine in the Willamette Valley.”

In 1986, Soles came to Oregon for good. He purchased land near Newberg the following year, a gorgeous piece of property that drapes down the southwestern slope of the Chehalem Mountain Range at 400 feet elevation. The land would be ideal for growing wine grapes. But planting it would have to wait. Soles was already deeply immersed in another project—Argyle Winery, which he founded in Dundee in 1987.

Roco Winery Owners
Argyle would go on to become one of the most celebrated wineries in the state—arguably, in the nation. But these were early days, long before the Willamette Valley was proven as an ideal place to grow pinot noir, or even before pinot noir was a well-known wine varietal, renowned by critics and beloved by wine lovers. “My joke was that one small California winery produced all of the pinot noir that America drank,” said Soles, who is as known for his wit as he is for his handlebar mustache and cowboy hat.

“We had an extra tough time of it,” continued Soles, speaking not only of his experience but that of all the winemakers in the region. The rich soils of the Willamette Valley were perfect for growing pinot noir. But the vineyards had to be established from scratch. Experimentation was required, which led to failures and new beginnings. “It blows my mind what we were up against. There were so many strikes against us. But there was nobody more creative, with more passion, than Willamette Valley winemakers.”

The collaboration and companionship within the Willamette Valley winemaking community through those early years is what Soles credits with his survival, and that of others, followed by the subsequent development of the region as a verifiable destination. “We always made space in our lives to lift all of us up at one time. We started doing things collectively that would make Americans like pinot noir. All of the hard work was totally worth it,” he said. “Working together—it was phenomenally gratifying and always had an authentic ring of togetherness.”

Argyle grew to an undeniable success, producing dozens of award-winning wines, focusing on sparkling chardonnays and pinot noirs. Soles could easily have rested on his laurels, winding down the years in the barrel room of Argyle. But his Chehalem Mountain land was calling to him. He and his wife Corby had never even gotten around to planting a vineyard, and the land lay in wait.

Roco Winery Vineyard
“Sometimes there are good things about not having immediate gratification,” said Soles. In the decades that had passed, the wine industry had dramatically changed. “At that point, viticulture had completely utterly improved. And, I’d been farming for twenty-five years.”

In 2001, Rollin and Corby planted the Wits’ End Vineyard on what would become ROCO Winery (RO for Rollin and CO for Corby). “I was able to work with clones I’d used for decades,” said Soles. “I planted on root stocks—we never would have dreamed of doing that in the 1980s. We planted rows with close spacing, which means more leaves, which absorb more sunlight.”

The grapes were pinot noir; the wine was excellent. Two years later, ROCO Winery produced the first vintage of Private Stash pinot noir, showcasing the very best of Rollin’s small-lot winemaking skills in a bottle that was eventually served in the White House. “We were so lucky that we didn’t plant until 2001,” he said. “We ended up getting the best out of the Wits’ End Vineyard.”

Roco Winery Tasting
Again, success was in hand. Again, Soles could have simply continued doing what he was doing, but innovation is in his blood. “With ROCO, the saying ‘never say never’ has never been more true,” he said. “I was just going to make pinot noir. But then Corby said, ‘I kind of like chardonnay.’ So, we planted chardonnay. We began doing new things with sparkling wine. Then we made a tiny bit of rosé.” He laughed, marveling at the journey he’s taken and continues to take. “We’re releasing the first ever ROCO rosé this year! I call it ‘mission creep’. I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned and tweak it, give it the unique ROCO style.”

After more than three decades of growing wine businesses from bare earth, marketing wines to the world, adapting and changing and growing, one singular challenge has been a constant for Soles. “The weather,” he said. “The weather of the Willamette Valley has been the most challenging aspect of my work here. The growing seasons are so different in the Willamette Valley, from one to the next.”

Roco Winery Barrels
And yet, ever the seeker of challenge and innovation, Soles sees the flip side of his primary antagonist. “It’s caused me to be a better grape-grower and winemaker. Without the weather, I wouldn’t have attained the same level of excitement. If we have an easy growing season, I love them, but then I feel a tinge of disappointment that I didn’t get to go toe-to-toe with nature and respond.”

As the Willamette Valley has come into the light, wineries have sprung up all around and wine lovers have poured in, but community is still at the heart of the matter for Soles. ROCO donates wine and money to local nonprofits, contributing to the betterment of the Willamette Valley, and Soles continues to speak out for the wines that he makes and that his compatriots make. “If we speak with one voice to consumers, it brings more attention to us all,” he said. “For the tiny size of the Willamette Valley vineyard acreage, we do get more attention. We punch above our weight.”

Roco Winery Logo
The ROCO logo is an illustration of a bird in the style of an early Native American petroglyph. Rollin and Corby Soles have always enjoyed the outdoors and camping with their three children (now grown). “It brings a whole new flavor to camping and enjoying the Pacific Northwest if you think as if you were a human being 10,000 years ago,” said Soles. “Imagining where petroglyphs might be, finding evidence of human life, adds a new layer to our time outdoors.”

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Third Thursday Art Walk Lake Oswego

Please join us Thursday, November 15th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102) from 4-7pm, to enjoy the Art of MaryAnn Puls. Host for the evening will be Broker Juli Martin, co-sponsor will be Academy Mortgage. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.

 

 

About MaryAnn Puls

Visual artist, MaryAnn Puls uses an intuitive approach while working to create abstract paintings, drawings and assemblages. Her work expresses spontaneous impulses with results that appear strangely familiar, attractive and somewhat quirky. Everyday visual stimuli, especially the interactions of nature and human made elements create constant fodder and themes in her work.


MaryAnn Puls lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Exhibitions include 6 solo shows, numerous juried and group shows and was awarded a Regional Arts & Culture Council grant. Recently many of her pieces were selected by Emily Henderson Design for staging throughout their Dunthorpe remodel project.


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Vandenborn and Blossey Helps Build a New Story

Bend, OR – The donations from the Sotheby’s International Realty® network to New Story have already provided safe homes for families in Haiti, Bolivia, and El Salvadar with a new community underway in Mexico. Thanks to the collaborative effort of New Story and donors like Central Oregon Brokers  Natalie Vandenborn and Laura Blossey, families get to move out of their make-shift tent camps and into new, safe homes following earthquakes or other natural disasters. Vandenborn & Blossey have been instrumental in initiating the campaign to get their office and others involved.

New Story Houses
Blossey speaks passionately about the endeavor, “I was so moved from the New Story video showing a family rejoice over their simple concrete structure – a solid roof over their heads for the very first time, the security that their home won’t be destroyed by the next storm. Brightly painted and joyful, these simple homes brought so much pleasure to this family, yet in our own lives we too often focus on minute flaws or lack thereofs.”

New Story Kids
New Story is a non-profit working to create a world where no human lives in survival mode by providing one of life’s most basic needs – shelter. The organization has funded more than 2,000 homes for families in need in less than four years. Its 100% model ensures that every penny of each donation goes to build homes while organization overhead and R&D is covered by private donors such as Y Combinator, prominent venture capitalists, and other leading executives. The current $6,500 homes are built to last for generations and each donation is paired directly with a family so donors can see their impact. See more and donate at https://impact.newstorycharity.org/campaigns/help-vandenborn-blossey-support-new-story

New Story Porch
Blossey adds, “Please join Natalie and me and donate to our campaign today. We named our campaign “Every Family Deserves a Home” and we are $5,350 towards our goal of raising $6,500 to build a new home – with your help maybe even two! New Story will send 100% of your donation to build a new home and once the family moves in, they’ll send us a video so we know the exact impact we have.”

A common theme of the New Story project remains “For Locals, By Locals.” By training local workers and buying locally sourced construction materials, your donation will not only build a home, but it also stimulates local economies and teaches skills in the process.

New Story Running
New Story recently made headlines with the launch of a 3D printer, made possible through the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. It is the first permitted 3D printer to build homes in the developing world and is scheduled to start efficiently building safe homes in El Salvador soon. When it comes to framing and raising a new build, what once required hours of labor and a hefty budget can now be accomplished in less than a day for a sliver of the cost. Pairing technological advancements from Austin-based startup ICON with donations from partners like the Sotheby’s International Realty network, New Story has created a 3D printer capable of creating a home in just 12-24 hours for the low cost of $4,000 USD. Programmed to create the foundation and walls of the structure via a concrete-extruding printing apparatus, The Vulcan 3D printer produces single-story, 650-square-foot structures that represent a breakthrough in housing relief efforts worldwide. ICON co-founder Jason Ballard says 3D printing is something of a “unicorn technology” for the construction industry, singular in enabling faster, better, and cheaper projects to be completed with new creativity.

New Story Colors
“We are incredibly proud to help advance New Story’s mission to transform people’s lives by providing the foundation of life, a home,” says John Passerini, Global VP Interactive Marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Their innovative approach to not only building homes but entire communities has already made an incredible difference for so many people and with their introduction of a 3D printer, they will be able to streamline the process like nobody has ever done before.”

New Story Jumping
While many families in have already begun their lives in new, traditionally-constructed homes made possible by New Story, more will soon receive a home in the world’s first ever 3D-printed community in El Salvador, and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is proud to play a part in such a life-changing initiative. The 3D printer received significant media coverage including Architectural Digest, Fast Company, Wired, The Verge, PBS and BuzzFeed to name a few.


First Thursday Art Walk in The Pearl

Please join us Thursday, December 6th at our Portland Pearl Office (1321 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR) from 5-8pm where we will be featuring the artwork of Laurie Balmuth. Our broker host for the evening will be Nettie Klein Lu, co-sponsor will be Academy Mortgage. Wine samples and light appetizers will be served. You can find more information at The Official site of Portland’s Pearl District: Explore the Pearl.

 

Laurie Balmuth Bio

Laurie Balmuth was born and raised in Connecticut and spent much of her early life in Maine. She moved to Oregon in 1988 and in 1994 graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland with a BFA double major in Painting and Printmaking. She divides her time between Oregon and Baja Sur, Mexico.

“My paintings flow directly from inside me to the painting surface” says Balmuth about her work.


“Defining the meaning of each painting is completely fluid. I make them as an antidote to literalism so they aren’t about an image so much as how visual information is decoded. I am deeply wedded to the driving force of seeing and making.. The objective of each work is to realize and make real that which is vague and felt or only glimpsed.  I extract shapes that become other shapes; interlocking, separating, merging and transforming. Honesty in image making comes from emotion and the need to paint. Craft comes from inside a particular person. A painting is my perfect world, made honestly and exactly to my specifications.”


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Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes New Manager of Broker Relations

BEND, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes a new manager of broker relations, Corinne Burt. Burt will support brokers with both compliance and best practices so they can provide the first-class service which is the hallmark of the Sotheby’s brand. In addition, she will keep the firm current with changing state, local and regional regulations governing real estate transactions.

Corrine Burt

“Compliance and best practices are constantly evolving—these are some of the fundamental tools brokers use on a daily basis to yield the best possible client experience,” says Burt, whose background combines business litigation, business ownership, and real estate practice with Vanguard Properties, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area brand. “Sotheby’s is a superb brand—the company has a corporate structure which focuses on broker support, which, in turn, allows brokers to do the very best job for their clients.”

As a former business litigator, Burt is accustomed to and comfortable with the details of complex business transactions. She brings a profound understanding of the nature of various rules and regulations that impact different types of properties whether farm, ranch, vineyard, oceanfront property, or residential acreage. She also brings a practical and intuitive understanding of the nature of brokers and the way they work.

“Every transaction is different—whether a purchase or a sale—and requires a comprehensive understanding of disclosures, legal knowledge and an understanding of local and state transactions,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “We welcome Corinne’s unique legal experience and real estate expertise to support our growing team of brokers.”


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty acquires John L. Scott Real Estate in Lincoln City

Lincoln City, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has acquired the Lincoln City real estate pillar John L. Scott Lincoln City office effective immediately. With the acquisition, Cascade Sotheby’s creates an even bigger presence securing twice the market share of its nearest competitor in the luxury market on the Oregon Coast, and welcomes the talent of 12 top performing new brokers to the Cascade Sotheby’s team.

Lincoln City Aerial
“As always, our strategy is to look for acquisitions that fit our growth trajectory and that most importantly bring a great team with the intelligence and integrity that mirror the way Cascade Sotheby’s does business,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Managing broker Leslie Green has built an incredibly productive team, secured some of the finest listings in the region and has just done a superb job of building an enviable partner for our brokerage.”

Lincoln City Overhead
Longtime managing broker and franchise owner of the Lincoln City realty, Green brings 40 years of real estate experience, 12 top performing brokers, and 49 current listings to Cascade Sotheby’s.

“Cascade Sotheby’s offers my clients superior services and a global reach that is recognized worldwide,” says Green. “The Sotheby’s network offers incredible collaboration and marketing tools unlike any other—and the panache the Sotheby’s name carries will really support our efforts to grow our footprint on the central coast.”

Lincoln City Exterior
According to a recent article in The Financial Times, year-over-year price increases on the Oregon Coast ranging from 7%-12% have been typical. Last year, Oregon’s oceanfront housing market saw a 9.5% increase in the number of homes sold compared to 2016, according to data collected by the state’s Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). The average price of a home grew 7.8%, while the average number of days on the market for a home shrank 8.7%.

Lincoln City Patio
On the coast, Cascade Sotheby’s enjoys an average price point that is $35,000 over its nearest competitor and $100,000 over the next competitor. The brokerage produced $130 million in sales in 2017 and is projected to increase that by 30% this year in their coast markets.

Lincoln City Firepit
The Lincoln City John L. Scott team now joins the growing team at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, which exceeded $1.3 billion in closed sales in 2017 and continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics:

  • $30 million in company revenue in 2017
  • 325% sales growth from 2015 to 2017
  • More than 2.5 times the market share in Central Oregon than closest competitor
  • More than 300 brokers across Oregon and SW Washington
  • More than 80 new brokers signed in 2017 alone
  • 47 new agents year-to-date 2018 representing $400 million in sales revenue
  • Average price point for Cascade Sotheby’s agents is 33% higher than other agents in Portland and SW Washington
  • 10 offices in Oregon and SW Washington

Cascade Sotheby’s affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty offers a distinctive advantage to reach an affluent global audience. With over 20,000 sales associates in approximately 960 offices and 72 countries and territories, and 108 billion in sales, the Sotheby’s network provides a profound international reach to market properties in Oregon and SW Washington.