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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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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.
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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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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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%.
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.
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.