Christy Benton Has Joined Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Bend, Oregon – Old Mill Office

Originally from Portland, Christy’s adventurous spirit has taken her to Seattle, Alaska, and then in 2003 she fell in love with Bend and moved here to raise her three children with her husband. She is a business owner of a sportfishing lodge in Alaska, a commercial fisherman, and has worked in the customer service industry for over 30 years.

Christy enjoys all the opportunities that real estate can provide and takes advantage of the continuing education courses provided to better serve her clients. With several designations including the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Seller Representative Specialists (SRS), an Earth Advantage Broker/ADU Specialist., She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Central Oregon Association of Realtors.

Christy believes every client deserves exceptional service and brings honesty, integrity, and a positive approach to the table every time. She loves the whole process of real estate. Meeting new clients, helping with staging, highlighting the home in photos, working through the transaction, and seeing the excitement of her clients having their dreams come true.”


Cascade Living | November 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and The Willamette Valley.

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Bend Office Updates

A Fun Place To Work 

This week’s sales meeting for our Bend brokers kicked off with a hotly contested costume competition. The costumes encompassed a vast variety of genres and styles. We saw everything from a surprisingly accurate depiction of a Mesozoic era dinosaur to a domesticated take on Stephen King’s beloved and feared character, Pennywise. The competition was not at all half-hearted but turned rather fervid as brokers were clamoring for the top spots. The vote came down to the wire, but ultimately, Dinosaur Skeleton ‘she’s shorter in person’ Stephanie Ruiz walked away with the coveted victory. 2nd place went to Michelle Anderson and Jaquie Sebulsky with the Huffman & Loughlin ‘too soon?!’ costume followed closely by Brandi Wanker’s Mime, ‘use your words!’ outfit.

Agents of Change

The Scotch Award

After the costume contest, Northwestern Home Loan’s Matthew Bassitt presented Caleb and Ellie Anderson with the “Keeper of the Scotch Coin Award” for the month of November. The inscription on the award reads as follows: “The Keeper of the Scotch Coin represents a commitment made to saving a solider’s life. For the month it hangs on this wall, a warrior suffering from post-traumatic stress will have the opportunity to participate in the Save a Warrior Program because of this business’s generous donation of $2,500. This pledge takes place each month of the year, and started September of 2016 at The Scotch Golf Tournament”. For information about how to get involved or to learn more about The Scotch Award, please visit https://warriorimpact.org/.

Keeping Our Brokers Well Informed

COAR Guest Speaker

Tyler Neese, the Government Affairs Director at COAR, was the featured guest speaker. Tyler updated the group on new policies being implemented throughout Oregon. He talked about the ‘Road to 3000’, which is a new Bend City Council goal of adding 3,000 new housing units by June 2021. Tyler also educated the group on the new Bend Climate Action Plan and Mandatory Energy Audits, which is just a reflection of the same Portland policies that were adopted 2 years ago. For more information about the new policies, please visit COAR’s Government Affairs page.


November First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on November 1st at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Jeanne Debons.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by The Ladd Group.

Artist Bio

Jeanne Debons received a diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School in 2005 and has BS and MS degrees in Forest Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York and a PhD from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University.   

Living in Central Oregon since 2006, she paints and teaches botanical illustration and has developed the Tracing Frame℗ to help students with starting to draw.

Her work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions, and her paintings have been used for the cover of two books, in magazines and as illustrations in several books.

“Botanical Illustration and Painting is a meditation that if you are fortunate will result in plant portrait that captures the magic of the subject.”

See more of Jeanne Debons’ work here


This Is Home | A New Film by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

We proudly present our newest film – This is Home,  a stunning visual showcase of our commitment to local communities and our home here in the Pacific Northwest. Our brokers are real, authentic, and trustworthy. They have deep roots in the communities they serve, know the right places, the right tradesmen, and the right ways to help you. We honor the incredibly diverse lifestyles we serve throughout the region and our brokers are here to find what speaks to you. Whether that’s an oceanfront retreat, a high desert oasis, a high rise condo, or working ranch, we are your partner in fulfilling that dream.  Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty – where luxury is an experience, not a price point.

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October First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please Join in the First Friday October 4th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Dee McBrien-Lee.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and by hosted Julie More and Jared Chase.

Artist Bio
“Painting is something I have done my entire life. It is Passion, Meditation, and Therapy. To create gives me an outlet for thoughts that keep me up at night or ideas and sights that bring me pleasure. A particular piece may be joyful or full of purpose, depending on the place I inhabit when the work is born. From the very beginning I love to use many layers of acrylic and mixed media to build a deep and interesting piece. Along the way I may add found objects or add textures to bring a richness into the work.”

Dee McBrien-Lee has been painting for as long as she can remember. She is best known for her abstracts and bird paintings which she creates with bold color and lots of texture, often mixing a variety of media for a unique look. Dee studied art at SUNY New Paltz in the 70’s and after graduation took a long hiatus from art. In the mid 2000’s she picked up where she had left off and shortly after began to study abstract painting, gradually moving away from the traditional landscape and western style of her past .

 A favorite quote of McBrien-Lee, “I don’t start with a color order, but find the colors as I go” by Helen Frankenthaler is a mantra she lives by. While sometimes an abstract is just an abstract, this artist also explores subjects including current events or issues that we face on a daily basis. Dee has always loved getting fully immersed in her medium and paints with intention as well as just applying color to canvas and letting the mood and the piece take her where it may.  Preferring  bold color and line combined with many layers to create the finished pieces she seeks to create a mood or draw a reaction with her work and strives to create a dialog amongst her viewers. She loves to experiment with textures and while acrylic is her preferred medium, she works with just about everything in an exploratory and experimental way. The list of artists that have influenced her work is long but a sampling includes Klee, Diebenkorn, Klimt and Matisse.

McBrien-Lee was a founding Partner and former owner/artist at the Red Chair Gallery from 2010 through 2018. She has been juried in to various regional and local shows and her work can be found in private collections from coast to coast and in Europe. McBrien-Lee is currently represented by the Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, Oregon and the TClifton Gallery in Memphis, TN. As of May 1, 2019 McBrien-Lee’s work can be found at Tumalo Art Company in the Old Mill District of Bend, OR where she is a Member Artist.

See more of Dee McBrien’s work here.


Sotheby’s International Realty | This is Who We Are

Building on the centuries-long reputation of the preeminent auction house, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is recognized globally. Our service is tailored through technology, making us the modern go-to for real estate professionals and clients who expect the very best from the very best. 


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty acquires Avenue Properties in Hood River, Oregon

Portland, Oregon (June 3, 2019)Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has acquired Avenue Properties Oregon serving the entire Columbia River Gorge on both sides of the river in Oregon and Washington effective immediately. Avenue Properties Oregon was formed in 2018 by top real estate producers and partners, Molly Donnell and Renee England, who join the Cascade Sotheby’s team with five other area agents.

With the addition of Avenue Properties, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty increases market share in the luxury, vacation and second home, and farm/ranch/vineyard sectors and enhances its regional presence in the Pacific Northwest. Hood River and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge region have seen growth as a destination location for vacationers, hikers, kite sailors, retirees, among others seeking the beauty and quality of life of this special region.

In addition, the area is an emerging wine and vineyard destination with dozens of wineries catering to a growing tourism sector. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has long excelled at serving the farm, ranch and vineyard real estate markets and is poised with dedicated brokers to serve that market in the Gorge.

“Acquiring such an elite brokerage in Hood River is a natural extension of our strategy to serve the luxury, second home and emerging vineyard market in the Columbia River Gorge,” says Deb Tebbs, founder and chief executive officer, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Avenue Properties aligns perfectly with the Sotheby’s brand—the founders join us in putting client service and innovation at the forefront of everything they do.” When approached by Cascade Sotheby’s to join forces, Donnell and England felt it was the right time and the right brand for partnership—and true collaboration with a solid team: “Any brokerage can say they offer client-focused innovative marketing and technology and elite agents who are true experts in the business, but Cascade Sotheby’s delivers on that—100%!” says Donnell, who founded Avenue Properties Oregon. “The international reach, Sotheby’s long-standing reputation for excellence and the local leadership of Deb Tebbs were a huge draw for us—and we know those assets are our key differentiators as we continue to serve our clients here in the beautiful Gorge.”