Awbrey Butte Tour of Luxury Homes

BEND, OR – Combining luxurious living with expansive views, Awbrey Butte offers panoramic cityscapes, bordered by the glorious Cascades. It’s a bird’s eye perspective for those wishing to live at a slight elevation, yet just a stone’s throw to conveniences, amenities and the downtown vibe. Offering larger lots, privacy and ample space for outdoor living, these properties are highly desirable. Many residents are attracted to the area by their ability to access local Bend by bike, as well as the expansive network of parks and trail systems available.

Awbrey Butte Open House Tour
Awbrey Butte is one of Bend’s most exclusive neighborhoods, providing mountain views of Mount Bachelor on the southern side, and much of the Cascade Range to the north. There are guidelines governing the aesthetics of each property, which has created a stately and sophisticated community, and most residents appreciate the beauty of neighboring homes as much as their own. The neighborhood has a friendly, tight-knit feel, with many social clubs bringing residents together for wine tasting or a round of golf at one of Awbrey Butte’s many country clubs. Many of the lots in this area of Bend are an acre or more and landscaped with native plants and mature trees, creating a natural, forested feel while providing a home for wildlife. Residents can enjoy waking to the sight of deer nibbling on the grass in the distance and the sound of birds chirping overhead.

There are a number of different neighborhoods on Awbrey Butte, all with different characteristics and attributes. For instance, the homes near the River’s Edge Golf Club were built among century-old junipers and lava rock outcroppings on the northeastern flank of the butte. These homes were tastefully arranged around a Robert Muir Graves 18-hole championship golf course on the shores of the Deschutes River.

Awbrey Butte has some of the nicest parks in Bend maintained by the Parks District. True to its name, Sylvan Park has picnic tables and two tennis courts in a wooded setting. Take a trail from Sylvan Park over to Summit Park and enjoy a tennis match on courts with views of the Cascades or have a picnic amongst the three acres of open space with family and friends.

The tour of homes takes place on Friday, October 12, and is open from 2pm-6pm. Visit all of the homes to be entered to win a gift certificate to the Old Mill. Broker hosts for this event are Natalie Vandenborn, Laura Blossey, Julie Moe, Jared Chase, Betsey Little, all of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, as well as founder, owner and CEO Deb Tebbs.

Homes located on the tour include:


1. 2486 NW Wyeth Pl, Bend, OR (MLS #201805446) – 5 BD | 4 BA | 4,317 SF | .57 AC | $992,998
  • Panoramic views of Smith Rock to Pilot Butte, golf course and city lights
  • Beautifully updated, spacious kitchen
  • Mature landscaping with water features
  • Large deck overlooks beautiful views
  • Close to river trails and shopping

The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group | Brokers
541.312.4042 | julie.moe@cascadesir.com


2. 1168 NW Redfield Circle, Bend, OR (MLS #201802691) – 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 4,144 SF | .91 AC | $980,900

Elegant one-level home with sweeping views of Smith Rock and beyond. Striking great room opens to large deck overlooking wildflowers & native trees. Chef’s kitchen includes Wolf cooktop, double ovens, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets. Two luxurious master suites, with spacious walk-in closets. Custom landscaping, wine cellar, ample storage, enormous 3-car garage.

Kelly Musgrove, Broker | Team Birtola High Desert Realty
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3. 1186 NW Redfield Cir, Bend, OR (MLS #18211918) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 4,451 SF | $1,695,000

  • Views of Cascade Mountains to Smith Rock from every room!
  • Main floor living with master and office on the main
  • Gourmet kitchen overlooking great room
  • Expansive deck, flat driveway and 3-car garage

Natalie Vandenborn & Laura Blossey | Brokers
949.887.4377 | laura.blossey@sothebysrealty.com


4. 1205 NW Remarkable Dr, Bend OR (MLS #201804104) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 4,302 SF | $1,550,000

Exquisite Awbrey Butte home built by Gary Norman. Cascade Mountain, Smith Rock and city views. 4 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Two, half bathrooms. Gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry. 3 indoor fireplaces and large outdoor gas fireplace and gas BBQ. Master bedroom with walk-in closet. Two private patios. Separate guest quarters with elevator access to main home. Front and back water features. Partially heated driveway. Wine room. 3-car heated garage.

John Stone, Broker | Bend Premier Real Estate
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5. 1577 NW Remarkable Dr, Bend, OR (MLS #201804122) – 5 BD | 3.5 BA | 5,123 SF | .52 AC | $1,195,000

  • Majestic mountain views!
  • Gorgeous master suite
  • New rec room with wet bar
  • Attached 2-bedroom guest quarters
  • Detached 2-car garage with bonus above
  • Total 4-car garage

Tebbs & Little Group | Brokers
541.419.4553 | tebbsandlittle@cascadesir.com


6. 3375 NW Starview Dr, Bend OR (MLS #201804893) – 3 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,377 SF | .54 AC | $975,000

  • Beautiful Cascade Mountain views
  • Inviting home with your own elevator
  • Luxurious main level master suite
  • Spacious, open floor plan
  • Triple car, tandem garage

The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group | Brokers
541.312.4042 | julie.moe@cascadesir.com


7. 3318 NW Rademacher Pl, Bend OR (MLS #201804595) – 5 BD | 4.5 BA | 4,950 SF | .77 AC | $1,499,900

Rustic stunner with amazing views that checks all the boxes for luxury living. Designed with a “wow” factor throughout, its attention to detail shows in the quality craftsmanship. At 4,950 sq. ft., form follows function, making day-to-day living easy and enjoyable. Upper master suite with his/her walk-in closets & vanities, plus one-of-a-kind bird’s nest relaxation room. Another master suite on the main level, open concept living flows to kitchen and outdoor entertainment deck. Lower level includes a gym, family room and additional bedrooms.

Aaron Lamb, Broker | Team Birtola High Desert Realty
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8. 1716 NW Welcome Ct, Bend, OR (MLS #201711522) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 3,733 SF | .88 AC | $1,075,000

  • Full Cascade Mountain views
  • Newly remodeled
  • Large kitchen opens to great room and casual dining
  • New deck overlooks large, usable yard

Natalie Vandenborn & Laura Blossey | Brokers
949.887.4377 | laura.blossey@sothebysrealty.com

References
https://www.visitbend.com/about-bend-oregon/moving-bend-oregon/neighborhoods/awbrey-butte/
https://www.northrimbend.com/location/

Inner Southeast Portland Individuality

HERE IS A QUINTESSENTIAL Southeast Portland Story: A couple comes in and buys a “true, beat up old PDX square with broad shoulders and six bedrooms,” said Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker Dennis Coxen. The couple lives there—fixing it up and building a home business in the space they converted to an office, complete with separate entrance. That business is Happy Coffee, a homegrown indie coffee brand turned successful company commanding shelf space in Fred Meyer, New Seasons and Whole Foods.

Coxen was the couple’s broker when they sold the charming home on SE Salmon Street this winter as they moved on to the next phase of their lives. The story is special, yet not uncommon in the industrious, maker-creator-centric hub of Portland’s east side that encompasses the eclectic business districts surrounding Hawthorne Boulevard.

Craftsman Home in Portland

CRAFTING LIVABILITY

This sort of synergy is especially common since the City of Portland began waiving ADU (auxiliary dwelling unit) System Development Charges nearly a decade ago, saving homeowners who want to build an ADU up to $19,000 in fees. As the city encouraged density, buyers converted garages and built back yard units from the foundation up.

Though this waiver is set to run out in July 2018, buyers will benefit from the policy for years to come as homes with ADUs filter onto the market. “This is a huge trend,” said Coxen.

Inner Southeast Portland – Median Home Prices

  • Richmond $529.3k
  • Hosford-Abernathy $593.2k
  • Buckman $666.2k

As gig economy and telecommuting numbers continue to soar, many buyers looking in the inner Southeast Portland neighborhoods of Buckman, Hosford-Abernathy and Richmond are looking for a home office. Buyers who don’t need a home office often seek rental income potential as home prices continue to rise and buyers budgeting less than half-a-million try to avoid being priced out of the area. ADUs provide the option for short- or long-term rental income, or even a multigenerational living situation.

“It’s just desirable to live here,” said Coxen. “There is a peaceful vibe you’d usually only find in a suburb or a semi-rural setting. It’s walkable and pretty serene, sublime really. But it strikes that balance where it feels social, with places to hang out. These neighborhoods are just cool.” View all of Dennis Coxen’s listings here.

Enso Winery

LAY OF THE LAND

Lots vary in size but most have grass and grandfatherly trees, a novel concept for people relocating from other urban centers around the country. While many homes have off-street parking and street parking is free, walkability is the norm and streets draw high bike and walk scores. Young families walk the kids to school and parks, many of which have an off-leash area for dogs.

Morning and evening, a steady stream—rainy days included—of cycling commuters take the grid of bike-friendly roads called Greenways that are accessible within a few blocks of any home. Even from the most eastern reaches of Richmond, the commute to most high rise office buildings is only twenty minutes via bike, through neighborhood streets then over one of the bustling bridges that span the Willamette River and spill into downtown.

Cycling in Portland

EAT, DRINK AND BE AN INDIVIDUAL

The quirky business rows of Belmont and Hawthorne ooze individuality. Vintage-clad shoppers mine thrift stores, looking for trends to bring back into the cultural fold. Independent movie theaters offer craft beer. Perhaps the incarnation of Southeast-cool is the former Washington High School, now called Revolution Hall. It’s a music venue, office building and bar and restaurant hub with roof deck bar views second to none.

Eating and drinking out is a popular pastime. Among famed eateries such as Pok Pok, Ava Gene’s and Salt & Straw, shiny new apartment buildings “tower” four stories high in Richmond’s “Eat Street” row. New restaurants strive to join the ranks of Portland’s top food lists. The American Local on Division Street is a hot contender. Enso is a popular urban winery on Stark Street and sits near Distillery Row.

Portland Urban Art

INTO THE FUTURE

Throughout inner Southeast Portland, infill is happening. On streets once lined only with Craftsman homes: a duplex crops up here; a glitzy and modern single-family home crops up there.

“Everything is so close to the urban core,” said Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty principal broker Kelly Harness. “Down near the river in the warehouse industrial part of the east side, for example, there is a lot of opportunity for growth. We’ve seen permits pulled and new buildings will be more vertical, but I don’t think the unique character of these neighborhoods will disappear.” View all of Kelly Harness’ listings here.


Open Your Mind to Creative Living Spaces

BEND, OREGON – In many ways, the space in which we choose to reside often defines us. Yes, we decorate our humble abodes in ways which reflect our personal style and translate our personality through furnishings, art and color. But, in what one ultimately views as a literal money pit with the only solution being serious demolition, others are able to visualize the inner beauty of unlimited potential.

Brick House
There’s a special something about the inherent charm of something man-made, which wears its age well, like a distinguished old soul with stories to tell. Whether it be an old school house, barn, fire house, or even an old silo or water tower, these unique structures have history, unique features, and spark the imagination. They may be fun to visit and tour, but they’re even more intriguing to live in.

Many people have renovated old, often abandoned structures into new lives as homes. Most projects retain as much history as possible, keeping the charm and old functional appeal of the structure intact. And often, the unusual designs of the structure lead to interesting living spaces, such as completely round silo homes, church houses with choir lofts, and barns with wide open spaces and original rafters.

The mere idea of living every day in an elementary school classroom or abandoned church may seem like a bizarre nightmare, but in some cases, it’s a dream come true. What once were candidates for demolition, these nip and tuck dwellings now boast extremely eclectic interiors, plenty of old school charm and modern interiors worthy of HGTV.

Stained Glass
Best of all, these all but forgotten, dilapidated properties, in most cases, may be purchased at significant savings, far below market value, and once restored, with more than a few major upgrades, these uniquely charming homes will net historic profit. Not your average flip, one brave renovator noted, “My favorite part of owning a schoolhouse has been saving this beautiful old building and giving it new life, while at the same time preserving its rich history.”

Church Glass
Beautiful old buildings with highly detailed, well-preserved architectural elements, like stained-glass windows, custom period hardware and authentic light fixtures create truly unique experiences for those able to see past decades of neglect. Wide open layout concepts, vaulted ceilings, original hardwood flooring, tile and handcrafted moldings contribute to the exquisitely curated interior design, complimented by fully renovated kitchens and baths with all the modern necessities.

Compared to the soaring rent prices and cost of living in more popular cities, there has been a revival in the interest to renovate your very own piece of nostalgia, as a primary residence, investment property or even a business. A rare opportunity awaits, to transform truly historic properties into a visionary residence, where outside the box thinking is a prerequisite when it comes to unique real estate opportunities.

Lighthouse Mission Church
Such an opportunity exists in a popular Northeast Portland neighborhood, in the midst of a development revival. Adorned with historic homes, tree-lined streets, city parks and walkable local businesses, 337 NE 47th Avenue offers the best of urban living. While close to downtown, the diverse Rose Quarter area feels well-insulated from the bustle of the city. Though, there is a catch – the property offered for sale is formerly a fully functioning congregational church, listed by broker Tiffany Shleifer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

Church Interior
Teeming with good karma, this former church showcases original design elements such as stained-glass windows, custom lighting fixtures, oak banisters and woodwork, as well as vaulted ceilings. Structurally sound, with infinite possibilities, the floorplan boasts large open rooms, which may easily be sub-divided into specialized or living spaces. The building includes an expansive social hall with stage and a spacious kitchen just waiting for your personal touches.

323 NE 47th Avenue is a detached 4-bedroom, 1 bath home, with 1,619 finished square feet and unfinished basement. Built in 1928, the residence building provides additional living or storage flexibility, as well as great potential for rental income. Totaling over a half acre, the lot also includes a large paved area for parking.

Commercial Ave
Another rare property is 110 Commercial Street in Adams, Oregon, listed by Broker Heather Osgood. A charming 1918 brick schoolhouse on nearly 2 acres of beautiful lawn and gardens. Fully remodeled from top to bottom in 2002, including wiring, plumbing, windows and new septic. The home boasts 7 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with a finished daylight basement and two full kitchens. It also has a 5000 sq ft ‘gym’ with a raised stage, sports court, laundry and more. This property presents amazing opportunity for weddings, events or a B&B.

Commercial Ave Interior

Tips for Converting a Historic or Other Unique Structure into a Home

Don’t expect it to be cheap: Some structures are old, abandoned, and have little value, so they can be picked up for bargain prices. But others may have significant real estate values, especially if they’re located in a central part of town that gives the structure land value. This may be the case with old banks, school houses, churches, and other structures.
Plan to spend time and money on renovations: Most people wouldn’t expect a 19th century school house that’s been sitting vacant for 50 years to be move in ready, but it’s still important not to underestimate the amount of work you may be looking at. Electrical and plumbing systems may need serious updates, walls, fixtures, and kitchen and bathroom equipment may need to be brought in, and older structures may have unusual surprises that pop up in the renovation process.
Heating: With such high ceiling and with some building having outdated heating systems; an important consideration is; financially, how much will it cost to efficiently heat the building? If new ceilings are installed and rooms are created to optimize heat circulation, this is less of a problem. Rooms are often big enough to feature stunning log burners and fireplaces. Another option is to choose which rooms to heat. Another possibility is underfloor heating, which allows for greater residual warmth. If you are unable to make alterations on the building in terms of the construction of new floors, it is worth seeking advice as to what your options are and which would be the most beneficial.
Research zoning: Many repurposed homes are former commercial or industrial buildings. You may need to petition to change the zoning on the structure before you’re able to use it as a residence.
Accept that the building isn’t like regular homes: Converted structures often have unusual shapes, such as completely round silos or even missile bunkers. Traditional furniture may not work, and you may have to build your own or hire someone to create custom pieces for you.
Preserve the building’s historic charm: Part of what makes converted buildings so appealing is their history. Be careful not to bulldoze right through replacing original fixtures, ceiling tiles, or wood flooring unless it just can’t be salvaged.

References
https://houseandhome.com/gallery/unique-homes-that-will-make-you-want-to-move/
https://www.choicehomewarranty.com/23-amazing-structures-repurposed-homes/

First Impression Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

BEND, OR – Though, many lament the dwindling days of summer, most of us are open to turning the page with great anticipation of falling leaves, 24/7 football and best of all, pumpkin-spice overdose. Most climates do, however, experience an unfortunate limited window of opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in the autumn spirit. For homeowners, the mere thought of raking leaves, yard work and maintenance rekindles memories of lower back pain, but for others, it’s time to take stock and make the most out of your outdoor living experience and prep the space so that it easily springs to life next season. If you’ve been contemplating a potential move, now’s the time to ensure that your property’s curb appeal will maximize your asking price.

Mowing Lawn

Spruce Up That Lawn

While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass to keep things lush. This time of year, weeds aren’t the only thing standing between you and the turf of your dreams. You’ve also got to watch for pests, fungal diseases—and even Fido.  Fall is the ideal time to fertilize and seed. Don’t regret addressing your tattered yard or wishing that your patch of dirt were a blanket of soft blades. “Seeding is the easiest thing for a homeowner to do,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. “It just takes a little soil preparation, the right mix of seed, and lots of watering.” Lastly, consider performing lawn aeration to provide improved drainage, and keep things neat and manicured with some edge trimming and weeding of any paths or walkways.

Plant Something

Plant Something

Once the dog days of summer hit, flower gardens generally start looking tired. Colors wash out, edges brown, blossoms become fewer in number. In addition to getting your lawn looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers. To keep your garden blooming well into the fall, consider a few of the many varieties of fall-blooming perennials. Note, that spent blossoms on these summer-flowering perennials can be clipped to encourage blooming long into the fall.

Highlight That Front Door

Highlight That Front Door

Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint–possibly vivid color choice if you’re daring, can also make your entrance stand out when potential buyers drive by. Don’t forget not to neglect the general maintenance often required of wooden doors. Even custom, high-quality construction will need some form of upkeep. Fill any spacing caused by temperature swelling with a paintable/stainable putty or fill material. This may be necessary on the interior as well and will ensure that your entry is well-insulated and cared for.

Clean Things Up

Clean Things Up

When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Before putting your home on the market, pressure wash the exterior and clean the windows. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance and will often increase your resale value. Don’t forget to address the surfaces of your porch, railings, sidewalks, driveway and other hardscapes. A thorough pressure wash, scrub or even a simple sweep will make an immense difference. You’ll be amazed at the transformation! Also, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, which will protect your home from water damage and reduce the threat of sagging from sitting water unable to drain properly.

Lighten the Mood

Lighten the Mood

As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to not only provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door, but strategic illumination will provide ambiance on tours, as well as in your listing photography and video. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas. Make sure that all exhausted bulbs are replaced and cleaned of insects and cobwebs. Investing in fresh, new modern fixtures that enhance the architectural style of your home will add immediate curb appeal to any space and surely add value.

Check the Mail(box)

Check the Mail(box)

Many newer subdivisions and housing developments now have banks of mailboxes located in central locations to make distributing the mail easier on the postal carrier. But, if your mailbox is located on the street, there’s a good chance it’s seen better days. In fact, it could look more like it was used to house a pipe bomb, and you’ve just stopped paying attention. If it’s affixed to your house, you’ve probably forgotten about it, aesthetically speaking. Paint it, polish it, replace it or simply just perform a clean-up. The trick is to keep it low-key and unassuming. You don’t want to draw attention to something that acts as a receptacle for your bills and junk mail.

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

The autumnal season presents many opportunities to decorate and showcase our love for the holidays, or even our alma mater’s big game. While subtle fall decor – a wreath on the door or pots of seasonal flowers – will make your home look inviting and fresh, going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself. Save your scarecrows and spooky Halloween decorations for another year if you’re serious about getting a buyer’s signature on a contract.

If you do decide to add your home to the market during the fall, or are ready to take advantage of some potential savings on a listing that may be lingering, the highly experienced, exceptional Associates with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty are prepared to assist you. With 10 offices strategically located throughout Oregon and SW Washington, the brokers of Cascade Sotheby’s are prepared to respond to client needs amid the ever-changing trends of the Pacific NW real estate market. View available listings.

References
https://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/7-curb-appeal-tips-for-fall-pictures
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/12-late-summer-yard-and-garden-upgrades
https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/what-is-curb-appeal/

An Insider’s Guide to the Parade of Homes

Camas, WA – Recently I had the pleasure of attending the NW Parade of Homes, an exciting showcase featuring seven of the area’s luxury builders with ten dream homes over $1M. The Parade of Homes is in its 41st year, and this year the Parklands at Camas Meadows was the featured development (get all the details here).
It was my first opportunity to attend a Parade of Homes, and I was excited about the prospect of touring custom built homes in the Camas area. I knew the homes would be unique, the attention to detail unparalleled, and the inspiration unlimited. One of my favorite parts of attending the Parade is collecting ideas that I can implement in my own home.
NW Parade of Homes sponsored by Cascade Sotheby's

Who Should Attend a Parade of Homes?

Anyone interested in amazing real estate! The Parade offers an opportunity to check out the latest home décor trends, as each home is fully furnished and meticulously landscaped. My interest tends toward modern design, though I can appreciate a variety of styles – and that’s what the NW Parade of Homes had to offer. The architecture and design ranged from traditional to farmhouse to modern to glam. There’s truly something for everyone.
In addition to design, a Parade of Homes is an opportunity to scope out either 1) a particular neighborhood or 2) a particular builder. The Parade is a perfect way for prospective homebuyers to compare locations, features, and builders. You’ll also meet brokers that can assist if you are interested in beginning a home search, or listing your own home.

Top Parade Tips

If you’re about to attend your first Parade of Homes, I’ve got some advice for you. Here are my top five tips to ensure you get the most out of the event and, most importantly, have a fabulous time.
1. Wear comfortable shoes that come on and off easily. I made the mistake of coming directly from work and wearing high heels. There are golf carts available to transport guests from the parking lot to the homes, but then you are on your own in terms of walking from house to house.
When you get to each home, you’ll typically be required to wear shoe covers before entering. You may even be asked to remove your shoes entirely if the owner requests it. You’ll make your life much easier if you wear shoes that slip on and off.
2. Make sure your phone is charged for pictures. You’re going to want to take a lot of pictures – trust me! There are way too many beautiful details to go without a camera. Charge your phone or digital camera before you go so that you are ready to roll.
Tip: several of the builders have social media contests with prizes available for posting images with certain hashtags. Pay close attention at each home so you can enter!
3. Ask questions. Representatives from the builders and real estate agents are typically available to answer questions – so ask them! Sometimes the home owner is even on hand, which gives you the perfect opportunity to get insider information on the neighborhood if you are in the market to purchase. Be sure to check out the listing materials available, usually found on the kitchen counter or entryway of the home.
4. Visit the sponsors. Look for the sponsorship area at the Parade of Homes and go visit their booths. At the NW Parade, all the booths were in the center near a wine and food area. It’s a nice place to take a break between visiting homes, and you can collect information from/chat with each sponsor. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy supporting local businesses that are actively supporting community events.
5. Be courteous. Some of the Parade homes might be available for purchase, but others have residents who have graciously opened up their homes to the general public. Treat their home as you would your own home – don’t bring in any food or drink, and look but don’t touch.
Overall, the Parade of Homes was a fantastic experience and a unique opportunity to see inside some of Southwest Washington’s most beautiful properties in an exclusive neighborhood. I’ll definitely be heading back next year.
About the Author: Amy Anderson is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Cascade Sotheby’s, representing the Portland Metro Area.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage for the 2018 NW Parade of Homes. If you’re interested in lots available in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, click here.


An Insider's Guide to the Parade of Homes

Camas, WA – Recently I had the pleasure of attending the NW Parade of Homes, an exciting showcase featuring seven of the area’s luxury builders with ten dream homes over $1M. The Parade of Homes is in its 41st year, and this year the Parklands at Camas Meadows was the featured development (get all the details here).
It was my first opportunity to attend a Parade of Homes, and I was excited about the prospect of touring custom built homes in the Camas area. I knew the homes would be unique, the attention to detail unparalleled, and the inspiration unlimited. One of my favorite parts of attending the Parade is collecting ideas that I can implement in my own home.
NW Parade of Homes sponsored by Cascade Sotheby's

Who Should Attend a Parade of Homes?

Anyone interested in amazing real estate! The Parade offers an opportunity to check out the latest home décor trends, as each home is fully furnished and meticulously landscaped. My interest tends toward modern design, though I can appreciate a variety of styles – and that’s what the NW Parade of Homes had to offer. The architecture and design ranged from traditional to farmhouse to modern to glam. There’s truly something for everyone.
In addition to design, a Parade of Homes is an opportunity to scope out either 1) a particular neighborhood or 2) a particular builder. The Parade is a perfect way for prospective homebuyers to compare locations, features, and builders. You’ll also meet brokers that can assist if you are interested in beginning a home search, or listing your own home.

Top Parade Tips

If you’re about to attend your first Parade of Homes, I’ve got some advice for you. Here are my top five tips to ensure you get the most out of the event and, most importantly, have a fabulous time.
1. Wear comfortable shoes that come on and off easily. I made the mistake of coming directly from work and wearing high heels. There are golf carts available to transport guests from the parking lot to the homes, but then you are on your own in terms of walking from house to house.
When you get to each home, you’ll typically be required to wear shoe covers before entering. You may even be asked to remove your shoes entirely if the owner requests it. You’ll make your life much easier if you wear shoes that slip on and off.
2. Make sure your phone is charged for pictures. You’re going to want to take a lot of pictures – trust me! There are way too many beautiful details to go without a camera. Charge your phone or digital camera before you go so that you are ready to roll.
Tip: several of the builders have social media contests with prizes available for posting images with certain hashtags. Pay close attention at each home so you can enter!
3. Ask questions. Representatives from the builders and real estate agents are typically available to answer questions – so ask them! Sometimes the home owner is even on hand, which gives you the perfect opportunity to get insider information on the neighborhood if you are in the market to purchase. Be sure to check out the listing materials available, usually found on the kitchen counter or entryway of the home.
4. Visit the sponsors. Look for the sponsorship area at the Parade of Homes and go visit their booths. At the NW Parade, all the booths were in the center near a wine and food area. It’s a nice place to take a break between visiting homes, and you can collect information from/chat with each sponsor. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy supporting local businesses that are actively supporting community events.
5. Be courteous. Some of the Parade homes might be available for purchase, but others have residents who have graciously opened up their homes to the general public. Treat their home as you would your own home – don’t bring in any food or drink, and look but don’t touch.
Overall, the Parade of Homes was a fantastic experience and a unique opportunity to see inside some of Southwest Washington’s most beautiful properties in an exclusive neighborhood. I’ll definitely be heading back next year.
About the Author: Amy Anderson is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Cascade Sotheby’s, representing the Portland Metro Area.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage for the 2018 NW Parade of Homes. If you’re interested in lots available in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, click here.


Tour the Best of Tumalo Luxury Homes

TUMALO, OR – Tumalo, it’s quite a special place where you’ll find tranquility, diverse landscapes, postcard worthy views and abundant wildlife. In addition, this high desert oasis hovers on the outskirts of Bend, a short drive from downtown, and some of the finest homes in the area. One can see why this area has become such a sought-after place to live.
Historically, Tumalo has been known primarily as a farming community. In the early 1900’s, the area held potential to become a larger urban center, until the railroads passed it by in 1911. From there, Bend went on to become Central Oregon’s most populated city, and Tumalo continued to host farms, ranches and family residences.
Tumalo Acreage Views - Open House Tour - 20180922
Today, Tumalo and Central Oregon remain a popular destination for vacation properties and relocation potential. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their outdoor lifestyles year-round. From the majestic Cascade Mountains, with their alpine forest and crystal lakes, to the spectacular Deschutes River and vast high desert open lands, residents and visitors can enjoy skiing, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, rock climbing, river rafting and more right outside their doorstep. Add to that world-class restaurants and cultural activities, plus a thriving business community, and one can see why so many national publications and organizations have anointed the region as one of the top places to live year after year.
Tumalo Tour Map
On Saturday, September 22, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty will play host to the Luxury Homes Tour of Tumalo, hoping to gain exposure for our clients and allow the public a glimpse into these special acreage properties. This special event will begin at 11am, with the open house tour concluding approximately 4pm. Tour organizer Korren Bower, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s has included a special wrinkle into Saturday’s outing. Upon visiting the first home on the tour map, all guests will receive a “passport”, on which they will receive a validation stamp. When all homes on the passport are stamped, the guest will then be eligible to be entered into a drawing to win a tablet. Partnering with Cascade Sotheby’s for the tour will be Academy Mortgage.
Homes located on the tour include:
1. 63820 East Quail Haven Dr, Bend (MLS #201709917) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 5,798 SF | $1,795,000
63820-E-Quail-Haven-Dr
Top of the line finishes, 10 peak mountain views, gourmet kitchen with 270 degree views, built- in surround sound indoor/outdoor, peace, privacy and tranquility.
Natalie Vandenborn & Laura Blossey | Brokers
949.887.4377 | laura.blossey@sothebysrealty.com
2. CANCELED
64420 Old Bend Redmond Hwy, Bend (MLS #201802147) – 5 BD | 4 BA | 6,345 SF | $1,895,000
Huge Cascade Mountain views, 13+ acres, soaring ceilings and arched windows, grand staircase and hand painted murals, floor to ceiling, mossy rock fireplace.
Nancy Melrose | Principal Broker
541.419.9293 | nancy.melrose@sothebysrealty.com
3. 20660 Sunbeam Ln, Bend (MLS #201800071) – 5 BD | 5 BA | 5,236 SF | $1,495,000
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9+ ac w/underground, automated irrigation, water features, walking trails & fenced pastures, efficient & fully equipped gourmet kitchen, impressive vista views & old growth Junipers, two master suites/dual living areas.
Darrin Kelleher | Principal Broker, 541.728.0029 | darrin.kelleher@cascadesir.com
Shelly Swanson | Broker, 541.408.0086 | shelly.swanson@cascadesir.com
4. 20152 Tumalo Rd, Bend (MLS #201806308) – 4 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,965 SF | $799,999
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“Best Interior Design” 20033 Tour of Homes, views of Cascade Mountains & Deschutes River, great room with 19 ft. vaulted, beam ceiling, kitchen w/knotty alder cabinets, tile counters, RV parking.
The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group | Brokers
541.312.4042 | julie.moe@cascadesir.com
5. 65420 Swalley Rd, Bend (MLS #201804537) – 4 BD | 3 BA | 2,523 SF | $899,90065420-Swalley-Rd
5 acres of land with 4 acres of irrigation, lovingly well-kept home, shops and garages, 2 master suites, one upstairs/one downstairs, 40’x48’ shop with additional 26’x36 shop/barn, fenced & cross-fenced with 3-car garage.
Nicolette Rice | Broker
541.241.0432 | nicolette.rice@cascadesir.com
6. 19980 J W Brown Rd, Bend (MLS #201804136) – 5 BD | 4.5 BA | 5,328 SF | $1,895,000
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18.75 acres, surrounded by horse and hay pastures, Cascade Mountain views, guest studio over garage, 4-car garage, barn and storage shed.
Sandy & John Kohlmoos | Brokers
541.408.4309 | sandy.kohlmoos@sothebysrealty.com
7. 19088 Dusty Loop, Bend (MLS #201804828) – 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,487 SF | $1,695,000
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Designed by PIQUE Collaborative, featured on HGTV Extreme Homes, vast views from 3 separate decks, 9+ acres, 11 ft. Fleetwood sliding glass doors
Geoff Groener | Broker
541.639.5551 | geoff.groener@cascadesir.com
8. 18290 Plainview Rd, Bend (MLS #201806379 – 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,810 SF | $1,995,000
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24 acres, 2-Story Northwest-style contemporary, gated entry, off Fryrear Rd., 2 masters with walk-in closet, deck/patio with outdoor Fireplace and hot tub.
Phil Arends | Principal Broker
541.420.9997 | phil.arends@cascadesir.com
9. 67134 Gist Rd, Bend (MLS #201801899) – 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,690 SF | $925,000
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29+ acres, hosted by Tim Collette, 48’x60′ shop w/RV parking & guest quarters, 2nd detached garage/shop, swimming pool and hot tub.
Ken Renner | Principal Broker
541.280.5352 | ken.renner@cascadesir.com
10. CANCELED – NOW PENDING
17955 Plainview Rd, Bend (MLS #201805978) – 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 4,339 SF | $999,999
High quality engineering and design, 23+ acres, captivating views from all rooms, shop with car lift, 12′ roll up door & living, updated interior paint and appliances.
Joanne McKee & Korren Bower | Brokers
541.480.5159 | joanne.mckee@cascadesir.com
11. CANCELED – NOW PENDING
18281 Couch Market Rd, Bend (MLS #201803899) – 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,316 SF | $1,100,000
19.94 acres with 2 acres of irrigation, Cascade Mountain views, canal, ponds and greenery, surrounded by wildlife wetlands, peace and privacy in Pueblo-style home.
Sheila Balyeat | Broker
541.280.5964 | sheila.balyeat@sothebysrealty.com
12. 64601 Horseman Ln, Bend (MLS #201806286) – 3 BD | 2 BA | 1,986 SF | $849,900
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9+ acres, 3 acres of irrigation, single level with Cascade Mountain views, landscaping, shade trees, pond, and canal, barn/shop with bathroom, 36′ metal RV storage
Carol Osgood & Korren Bower | Brokers
541.504.3839| carol.osgood@cascadesir.com
13. 19129 Pinehurst Rd, Bend (MLS #201805564) – 2 BD | 2 BA | 2,160 SF | $1,199,000
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Single-level with Cascade Mountain views, Northwest-style beams, 39.54 acres, 16.3 acres TID irrigation, beautiful barn with tack, 3 stalls, & more, open gourmet kitchen and dining.
Carol Osgood & Korren Bower | Brokers
541.504.3839 | korren.bower@cascadesir.com


The Oregon Coast Market is Gaining Momentum

OREGON COAST, OR – Although its neighbors to the south routinely leave house hunters ‘California Dreamin’, and coastline price points along the great Pacific Northwest typically eclipse Space Needle stratosphere, nest seekers and brokers alike, who previously disparaged the areas trailing the Oregon Coast Highway, have begun to show the magnificent region, albeit long overdue, market-wide recognition. The shores of the Oregon coast are as diverse as any, bounded to the east by the Oregon Coast Range, and stretching approximately 362 miles from the Columbia River in the north, to the California state border in the south.
Haystack Rock
As varied as its geography and its inhabitants, the architectural styles, sizes and value of the homes that populate the coast, range from quaint beach cottages, the recipients of years of wind and sea spray, to multi-million-dollar, cliff-dwelling marvels, straight off the cover of Dwell magazine. Whether you prefer the rugged tranquility of sand dunes and the sounds of surf crashing against spectacular rock formations, lively seaside communities with seemingly miles of boardwalk or majestic views of historic lighthouses, the distinct characteristics of each region are gaining in appeal, especially from international buyers.
Haystack Window
Once a deterrent to those interested in investment properties along the Oregon coast, recent market price points are providing an offset to the sometimes unpredictable, and often inclement weather patterns experienced there. Oregon has experienced an infiltration of out-of-state residents on the lookout for beachfront bargains that are, by far, less expensive than what’s available to them in their native states. While some buyers hail from as far away as Texas and Arizona, California and Washington residents make up the bulk of new clients, says Sally Conrad, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, “They come here and see the difference in price and what they get for their money and they buy,” 1 she says.
Haystack Grass
In Cannon Beach, a waterfront community on the northern Oregon coast known for its long, sandy shore, Cascade Sotheby’s recently sold a two-bedroom home for $483,000, just 2 blocks from the ocean. Conrad says the equivalent home in a smart Californian town that close to the ocean would cost double that amount. In the northern, central and southern markets, each with its own distinct buyer demographic, are all experiencing an influx of wealthy out-of-state buyers, helping to accelerate sales and increase prices, agents say.
Cliff House
Year-over-year price increases 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%. An example of the value that buyers will experience in Oregon, as opposed to others Pacific states is well-illustrated by the listing of an oceanfront home in Gearhart, for sale through Cascade Sotheby’s for $2.29M. The house, on 1.6 acres, measures 2,280 sq. ft., with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. In Cannon Beach, the same agent has another listing, a five-bedroom house on the beach for only $1.99M. 2
Haystack View
Interest among Asian buyers has intensified to the point in which Cascade Sotheby’s has established its own in-house Asia Market Division. Based out of their Lake Oswego location, and who will play a vital role in the development of the Division, Principal Broker Michael Zhang, is highly experienced in international transactions, specializing in the representation of Far East buyers. Zhang states, “Not only do Asian buyers view properties in the Pacific Northwest, primarily the Oregon Coast, as a relocation interest, but also as an extremely viable investment opportunity, considering the alternative price points of Washington and Northern California.”
Rock House
References:

  1. Troy McMullen, The Financial Times, July 2014, pg3.
  2. Troy McMullen, The Financial Times, July 2014, pg3.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Signs Top Luxury Broker Matthew Tercek

LAKE OSWEGO, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty continues to grow its presence in the high-end luxury home market with new premier brokers signing on under the internationally-renowned Sotheby’s brand. Already in 2018, the brokerage has welcomed 47 new agents in Oregon representing $401.4 million in closed revenue.
Now, Cascade Sotheby’s welcomes one of Portland metro’s premier luxury and new construction real estate experts and top producers, Matthew Tercek. Tercek, who leaves another prestigious luxury real estate company in Lake Oswego to join the Cascade Sotheby’s team, produced more than $30 million in closed sales in the last 12 months and brings many of his illustrious listings with him. Click on the photos below to view more information.

“I made the move to Cascade Sotheby’s to better serve my clients—the internationally-recognized Sotheby’s brand has the established presence and prestige in markets that are now looking to relocate in the Pacific Northwest,” says Tercek, who sees a significant influx of prospective buyers from the Bay Area, Seattle and Asia looking in Oregon and recognizes the power of the network. “The implementation of digital services has always been an important aspect of my business. Being able to leverage the innovative marketing tools, technology and team that Cascade Sotheby’s offers brokers will result in a better client experience from start to finish.”

According to a recent report by the real estate professional’s resource Keeping Current Matters, a trend that has been emerging for some time now is the contrast between inventory and demand in the premium and luxury home market versus the starter and trade-up home market, and what that in turn is doing to prices: inventory continues to rise in the luxury home market which is causing prices to cool.

One of Cascade Sotheby’s principal managing brokers in the Lake Oswego office Michael Babbitt points out that as the premium and luxury home market is turning into more of a buyers’ market, there is all the more reason sellers need brokers expert in selling higher end homes. In fact, of special note, the average price point for Cascade Sotheby’s agents is 33% higher than other agents in the Portland and SW Washington market.

“Cascade Sotheby’s is honored to sign such premier agents like Mathew—he’s a proven expert in the luxury home and new construction categories and we welcome him to the team,” said Deb Tebbs, CEO and franchise owner, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “Signing so many new brokers already this year is an incredible testament to the reputation of our team, the power of the Sotheby’s brand, a world class network, and global reach to larger markets.”
Kitchen Island
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. With 300+ brokers and 10 strategic office locations in Oregon and SW Washington, Cascade Sotheby’s is rated in the top 25 among Sotheby’s affiliates.
“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.


Ryan McGlone Cycles Give-Back Through Community Efforts

BEND, OR – For cycling enthusiasts, early September signals the official kickoff to Cyclocross in Central Oregon. And when it comes to bike racing, the annual MBSEF Thrilla Cyclocross Series is by far the most well attended. For six weeks, 200 plus riders will gather on Thursday evenings at The Bend Athletic Club for some down and dirty competition. This will be the fifth consecutive year that The Athletic Club will be playing host to the races. Presented by Bowen Sports Performance, the series will take place Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 17 and October 4.
Cyclocross Racers
Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October-February), and consist of many laps of a short (2.5-3.5 km or 1.5-2 mi) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands. If you have thought about trying out Cyclocross, but have never done it, the Thrilla is perfect, with Cat 5, the beginner category. OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing Association) licenses are required which you can purchase day of at the Thrilla.
Cyclocross Thrilla
The Thrilla Cyclocross series is a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. The Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic and personal goals. Molly Cogswell Kelly, Event Director says, “The Cyclocross is all about having fun, with a certain degree of silliness, and a lot of dirt and mud. We’re super spectator friendly!”
Ryan MCGlone
Ryan McGlone, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of the event. Both he and Cogswell Kelly ride for the Boneyard (Brewing) Cycling Team. A team officer, McGlone states, “For several years now, I’ve been a sponsor of this event, because I want to see it continue. I want to support the community I love and focus on giving back.” Boneyard Cycling started in 2010, encouraging cycling and supporting the local community through sponsor promotion and volunteerism. Their purpose is to enjoy riding bikes, support local businesses and create a positive influence in the community. Boneyard Cycling continues to encourage the local cycling community with racing, riding and volunteering. Their flagship events are the Bend Bike Swap and the RHFT (Ride Hard Finish Thirsty) cyclocross race.
Bend Bicycle Film Festival
Another cycling-related charity that McGlone is passionate about, is the Bend Bicycle Film Festival, held September 7, at the Tower Theater, Downtown Bend. This fundraiser benefits the Bend Endurance Academy, and anyone can submit bicycle-related videos to the festival. At the conclusion of the screening, attendees vote for their favorite. Throughout the evening, there are various raffles and giveaways, provided by local sponsors. The Bend Bicycle Film Festival (BBFF) launched in 2009 with two purposes in mind: to showcase local short films featuring the unique cycling culture in Central Oregon and to create a social gathering where all can reunite to get excited about riding bikes.
Bend Bicycle Film Festival Stage
The goals of the Festival are very relatable to the Bend Community, “Our mission is to celebrate artistic expression and stimulate excitement within and around our local cycling community. Cycling, as represented by the films and our festival, represents a diverse array of interests from physical health to environmental stewardship to strengthening community because so many Central Oregon residents ride bikes in their daily lives.” Proceeds from admission and raffle tickets directly support the The Bend Endurance Academy, a local non-profit offering youth, junior and masters development programs for cycling, rock climbing and Nordic skiing. The Academy promotes healthy living through active, outdoor experiences, with an emphasis on teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.

In-conjunction with the Film Festival, Ryan McGlone’s other passion project, the Bend Bike Swap, takes center stage. According to McGlone, “I am a sponsor and deeply connected to these groups. For the past 4 years I’ve presented checks to the beneficiaries of the Swap during intermission. This year I will be giving away just shy of $9,000 to the non-profit beneficiaries of the Bend Bike Swap. The Swap is an event I started 5 years ago. What is unique about this year’s presentation is that I will be announcing that the event is going to be given to Bend Endurance Academy to run in the future.”
Bend Bicycle Swap
The Bend Bike Swap began as the brainchild of McGlone, who was looking for new ways to give back to the local community. After sharing this idea with other Boneyard Cycling team members, it was clear that Bend was in need of a bike swap. As word spread, local business owner Matt Massingale generously stepped in and offered up Cascade Rack’s retail space as the first venue location. Armed with a shoestring budget and limited planning, the First Annual Bend Bike Swap boasted serious promise. Annual yields in excess of $10,000 annually support local nonprofits that promote various aspects of youth cycling. Driven by his love for the outdoor amenities that make Central Oregon so special, Ryan brings profound local knowledge, seasoned professionalism and an unsurpassed drive for excellence in his craft. Ryan is also a huge advocate for giving back to the local community so that Central Oregon continues to be a special and unique place for everyone.
Boneyard Bicycle Rider
Buy tickets to the Bend Bicycle Film Festival (BBFF) here.