Cascade Sotheby’s to Host Exclusive Preview of ClearPine

SISTERS, OR – With only 5 lots remaining in phase II, the next chapter in the highly acclaimed and sought-after neighborhood of ClearPine is about to unfold. When completed, the development will be home to approximately 100 individual homes, town homes, and small cottages. Phase III of this beautiful residential community in Sisters, Oregon is now available. Price points for these pristine home sites, surrounded by old-growth Ponderosa Pines, are an exceptional value and represent the continued growth of the Sisters region while maintaining a commitment to collective environmental concerns.
ClearPine Phase 3
To commemorate the release of these lots Terry Denoux, P.C. and Sean Barton of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty are sponsoring a Phase III “Release Party” on Friday, September 7, 1pm-5pm at ClearPine, 305 Heising Dr. Lot # 25 in Sisters. In concert with the Sisters Folk Festival taking place that weekend, there will be a FREE live music event featuring local artists, The Parnells. Refreshments will be served by Laird SuperFood and Three Creeks Brewing Company, delicious food by onsite food truck CurbBQ, and multiple giveaways including a GoPro camera set, sponsored in part by brokers Denoux and Barton of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Prime Lending and the Sisters Chamber of Commerce.
ClearPine Mid Century Modern
The focus of this exclusive “first look” at the next phase of ClearPine development will be the exceptional lot inventory recently made available. Visitors are also encouraged to tour some of the amazing completed homes currently available. Completed homes or those under construction will also provide an illustration of the level of craftsmanship available when partnering with one of ClearPine’s exclusive Select Builders, formed to assure quality construction and long-term value for residents. ClearPine has also collaborated with several top-notch design firms from Central Oregon, available to assist with the design of your new home, or you may choose your own designer or architect. Each has been chosen for their years of experience, and skill level necessary to meet the highest of standards. View available homes.
ClearPine Sunset
Having relocated from the Portland area to escape the rain and cloudy skies so typical of the Portland Metro area, Principal Broker Terry Denoux has been a contributing factor to the phenomenal growth that the Central Oregon area has experienced, having assisted hundreds of families, individuals and investors buy and sell property throughout the region. Denoux says, “To me it’s not just about selling you a home, it’s really about helping you achieve your goals! That is my true passion…helping each and every one of my clients experience financial gain through the acquisition of real estate.” As one of the Central Oregon area’s top 10% in production and sales, Denoux’s primary goal is to guide you through all of the important and often overlooked factors in determining which home will help you to achieve your short-term and long-term goals.
ClearPine Mountain Modern
According to Broker, Sean Barton, “I strive for customer service at its finest – reliable, responsive, and resourceful.” Barton’s experience as an advisor for the Central Oregon Small Business Development Center, where he worked diligently to help grow the local economy, was something he felt compelled to be a part of. Barton says that, “Real estate was a natural progression, and it has proven to be a great step to promote Central Oregon as an exceptional place to live and work.”
ClearPine Prarie


Cascade Sotheby’s Runs for a Cause in Sunriver 5K

SUNRIVER, OR – What began as a preview of the chilly, foggy autumn mornings to come, transformed into a spectacular late summer day. As the calendar turned the page, the first day of September saw a tremendous turn-out for the 8th Annual Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause. The weekend event, staged over two days on routes around Sunriver Resort, and benefitting St. Charles Cancer Services, with more than 600 runners and walkers taking part in three races. Ten-kilometer and 5K races took place Saturday, and more than 200 entries finished the featured half marathon on Sunday.
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Contributions enable St. Charles Cancer Center to offer patients financial assistance through groceries, gas cards, utility assistance and lodging; social workers who support patients through treatment; and integrative therapies including Reiki, acupuncture and massage therapy. These are just a few of the services developed to help cancer patients as they go through the active treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Be The Hope
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty assembled a team composed of front office staff and brokers to participate in the event. Leading the charge for CSIR was none other than Founder, Owner and CEO Deb Tebbs. Tebbs added. “Cascade Sotheby’s is refocusing our future sponsorship efforts toward more charitable endeavors and this event is a perfect example of the philanthropic mentality I want ingrained in our company culture.” Completing the roster of volunteers were Jenn Schaake, Christy Evans, Mary Bartholomew, Jodi Kearney, Melanie Winders & daughter Miata, Ronda Kanitz, Annie Yillik, Sherri Jenison, Dave Myslinski and Kris Carpenter.
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Operating from their Bend, Oregon headquarters since 2006, the company’s primary community outreach program, The Spark Project, supports local and regional organizations such as Saving Grace, Heart of Oregon, Bethlehem Inn, the Boys and Girls Club of Bend and the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity. Tebbs states, “Our wonderful clients make this all possible. We’re so thankful for your support, and we hope you share in the satisfaction of helping these organizations bring hope and healing to everyone they serve.”
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Cascade Sotheby’s – Featured Broker at NW Parade of Homes to Showcase Work of Top Area Builders

CAMAS, WA – Excitement is building, as we draw close to the launch of the 2018 NW Natural Parade of Homes. The 41st anniversary of the event, organized by the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA), is happening over three weeks in September (7-23) and will be staged at Parklands at Camas Meadows. The NW Natural Parade of Homes showcases innovative home designs, fully furnished and beautifully landscaped, offering the finest in architecture, materials, heating and appliances. For the first time, SW Washington’s premier home show will be headlining 10 homes over $1M.
Parklands Golf Course
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage in presenting truly exceptional examples of custom home construction from some of the most exceptional local builders.
“The Parklands was selected, in-part, for its location, lot sizes, marketability and subdivision layout being conducive to hosting a show,” said BIA Executive Director, Avaly Scarpelli. The luxury gated community was developed by Kevin DeFord and Aaron Barr, featuring 41 lots ranging in size from 15,000 to 18,500 square feet, according to DeFord. The mixed-use development also includes five commercial buildings, called The Archery, with a total of 90,000 square feet of space, and 24 living units on the top floor of one of the buildings. DeFord, a Camas resident, is president and founder of Nex Generation LLC, a real estate development and acquisitions company. He is excited about the opportunity to showcase the residential portion of development.
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“The site sold itself,” DeFord said. “It will have easy access and plenty of parking, it’s not a constrained site. There are a lot of easy positives that go along with that. From any developer’s point of view [being part of the Parade of Homes] is an asset and something that adds value to the neighborhood. The Parade and the vision that goes with that is a great blessing to have as part of our development.”
Toward the center of the development there are nine acres of open space, which allowed the majority of the houses to be located either along the golf course or green space. There are also walking trails within the development that connect to the Heritage Trail on the south side of Lacamas Lake. Each house’s design is extremely unique, reflecting the styles of all of the builders associated with this project. “What we didn’t want to do is sell all the lots to one builder, and have five floor plans that come in as part of the neighborhood,” he said. “Every home in here is custom designed and built. We think that will make it a truly unique neighborhood that fits Camas, as well as the community.”
According to DeFord, the development was master planned to take advantage of the small-town atmosphere that already exists in other parts of the city. “We think it really fits together well with the surrounding pieces and uses that are already there,” he said. “With all of the other development that is going on around us, I view this as a satellite east downtown Camas. With the amenities we’ve established, once these rooftops start going in, you are going to see people gathering there on Saturday morning for coffee, shopping and walking the trails and bicycling.”
SW Washington’s premier gated/golf course development has been carefully and intentionally designed to meet the needs of homeowners looking for the ideal site to build their custom dream home. This highly-sought after location is truly unique and offers the best of luxury living in one of the fastest-growing population centers on the West Coast. Builders represented with homes in the Parklands at Camas Meadows include Axion Luxury Homes, Cascade West Development, Doriot Construction, Gecho Homes, Generation Homes NW, Sam Vilhauer Construction and Soaring Eagle Homes. View the development video.
Axiom Luxury Homes
Axiom Arcadia
As a premier Portland and Vancouver luxury home builder, Axiom Luxury Homes is continually asking themselves just what makes a home a luxury home. They realize the definition of a luxury home is different for every customer, and therefore they strive to go above and beyond in all aspects of their home building process, making each home a “Luxury Home” for their clients.
Axiom Vista
Axiom Luxury Homes understands that honesty, integrity and overall homeowner satisfaction are the cornerstones to their long-term success. They build every home not only to satisfy their clients at the end of the project, but focus on providing so much more than they’ve expected, that they will use them again in the future.
Cascade West Development
Cascade Cadence
For more than 25 years, Cascade West has provided fine homes throughout the Pacific Northwest with superior value and distinctive styling. They specialize in listening to their home buyers and then customizing a floor plan to translate their needs and dreams into reality. Cascade West is sometimes known for the large, the lavish and the luxurious homes featured throughout the year in tours and parades — but they’re much more.
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Their focus isn’t on selling or building the biggest house, but on understanding their client’s needs. Once the have a comprehensive framework for how their clients plan to use their space, the rest is just filling in the blanks (with a lot of awesome stuff). Working together and becoming totally immersed in the way your home looks, feels and functions is what Cascade West is passionate about.
Doriot Construction
Doriot Timberline
For 34 years, Doriot Construction has built their livelihoods on their unwavering drive to help clients transform their dreams into reality. From the simple to the lavish, they’ve experienced it all, and can assist you in every step of the process. From luxury custom home design and construction, to land acquisition, due diligence, land use issues and engineering, no project is too small or too big for their knowledgeable crews. Doriot also offers a full-service remodeling, specializing in complete interior and exterior makeovers. Partners with the area’s finest suppliers and subcontractors, Doriot provides the highest quality workmanship and pricing.
Gecho Homes
Gecho Maldividian
Innovative homes designed and built by Peter Gecho have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience.
Generation Homes NW
Generation Homes NW - Madison
Locally-owned, Generation Homes NW is a fresh experience in homebuilding, where your ideas come to life with a team of passionate builders, designers and trade partners. Owners, Aaron Helmes and John Colgate bring over two decades of building and design experience and remain focused on providing the best service possible for every client. Known for open designs, large rooms, flexible design options and floor plans, a simple process and clear communication, Generation Homes NW builds beautiful communities in the best locations in Clark County. Generation’s mission is simple: provide the best products, design and customer care.
Sam Vilhauer Construction
Sam Vilhauer Joella
The choice for clientele seeking custom living spaces in the Southwest Washington/Portland Metro area. With over 25 years of experience building spaces clients love to live in and call home, Sam Vilhauer Construction has not only built some of the areas most stunning homes but a reputation as the best. From the design phase, through landscaping, Sam Vilhauer Construction (SVC) is well regarded as a leader in the custom home and remodel arena.
Soaring Eagle Homes
Soaring Eagle Black Pearl
Matthew Clarkson, of Soaring Eagle Homes, has been building custom homes in Clark County for more than two decades. A big part of their success has come from listening. Taking the time to first learn what you envision and how your home must live, allows them to build beautiful, livable homes that stand the test of time for both form and function. They’ve created unique and personal havens for countless families in the Clark County community.
Soaring Eagle Maker
They have a unique ability to artfully blend the talent of hand-selected, experienced craftsmen in this area, which makes each and every home they build go beyond what their clients need, into more than they imagined. Their history of industry leadership allows them to advise on even the most unique requests, their high touch ensures collaboration each step of the way, and the end result is a stunning, one-of-a-kind home that fits the lifestyle of each individual client.


The active City of Camas is perfect for families in any stage, with gourmet restaurants, hot new breweries and coffee shops, shopping and entertainment. Just steps away from each property, a therapeutic trail winds through the community and connects to Camas Meadows Golf Course, a highly-acclaimed Parklands-style course. Nearby, Lacamas and Round Lakes call to kayakers and paddle boarders, while hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation is convenient and abundant. Whether you are visiting the course for a round of golf, exploring the trails and natural activities, or simply enjoying the incredible views from your back deck, your home at the Parklands has the location, access and comfort you’ve been looking for.
The last time a Camas development was featured during the Parade of Homes was in 2002. The 2014 and 2015 Parade of Homes, both held at developments in Ridgefield, each attracted approximately 15,000 people. “We’ve had pretty consistent attendance over the past couple of years, but are hoping with this incredible site in Camas that attendance will be significantly increased,” Scarpelli said. Mayor Scott Higgins explained that he anticipates the event at Parklands at Camas Meadows will provide an opportunity to display what is special about Camas. “I have been trying to get a Parade of Homes in Camas for four years,” he said. “I do think this is the best of the best. It’s a great way to showcase Camas. It will be great for the community.” Click here for $2 off the regular price of admission. Buy tickets.
Heather DeFord
Heather DeFord is a SW Washington native, and the listing agent for all remaining lots at the Parklands. One of the top-producing real estate brokers in SW Washington, Heather is known for providing the highest level of personalized service to her clients, tailoring her approach for each property, client and project. Offering more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of property sales, Heather understands the unique needs for luxury residential properties, multi-family, investment properties and developments. She is a skilled negotiator who will leverage her extensive experience and depth of marketing services to help every client achieve their real estate goals in this constantly-evolving market. As a Certified Luxury Broker, she understands that luxury is an experience, not a price point – and Heather strives to ensure that each of her clients has the luxury experience they expect and deserve.
Through her alignment with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Heather has access to the broadest local, national, and international markets available. Backed by a brokerage that has the scope and reach of Cascade Sotheby’s, Heather is prepared to offer clients the absolute best, at levels that far exceed other brokerages in the same market. Heather also believes community involvement is essential to balanced living, and she is invested in many of SW Washington’s philanthropic endeavors and events. Check out Heather’s BLOG page to learn more.
Rachel and Peter Gecho
Offering the highest level of service and unsurpassable attention to detail, Broker, Rachel Gecho, is highly regarded for managing the expectations of her clients with unrivaled personal attention while ensuring that each transaction is as seamless as possible. Working alongside her husband, Peter Gecho, also an agent with Cascade Sotheby’s, as well as a General Contractor, building custom homes, Rachel’s competitive nature makes her a natural negotiator and for going above and beyond what is expected.
Gecho Homes have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience. Nothing short of stellar, The Maldivian, a Northwest contemporary Gecho design, is located in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, showcasing their signature architectural elements.
Donna Roberts
Donna Roberts is a Managing Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s and based out of the Vancouver, WA office. Licensed since 2005, Donna has listings on both sides of the Interstate Bridge and quickly became one of the most successful agents in Clark County. She has consistently been recognized as a top 1% broker in the county. Her dedication to providing her clients personalized, professional service is her number one priority. Donna’s knowledge, integrity, and willingness to work hard have earned her a reputation for excellence with her clients and peers. Leader of the Donna Roberts Group, she has an amazing team of highly experienced associates, knowledgeable in transactions for either state.

References
https://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2016/may/17/camas-meadows-development-will-be-featured-in-2017-parade-of-homes/

Cascade Sotheby’s Partners with Property Management Leader RedAwning

Bend, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that it has partnered with the RedAwning Group to support the brokerage’s entry into vacation rental property management and initiate new lead generation for agents and vacation property sales. Cascade Sotheby’s real estate clients can use the program seamlessly for home sales and purchase or rental property revenue streams.
Adding the RedAwning solution to  Cascade Sotheby’s portfolio of services, gives agents the opportunity to offer clients rental management services that are in high demand, while keeping their focus on real estate.

RedAwning, the world’s largest branded collection of vacation properties with the industry’s widest distribution network, is an end-to-end solution for distribution, reservation, and marketing services for vacation rental owners and provides one-stop access to:

  • All the major online travel websites with listing optimization and strategy support
  • 24/7 reservation and guest support for all reservations
  • Payment processing and credit-card decline handling
  • A listing, bookings, rates and calendar management portal
  • A free mobile app for managing bookings and reviewing revenue on the go
  • A Free RedAwning hosted website
  • Free, Amazon Alexa for Hospitality devices, in-home


“Homeowners in many of our markets are increasingly looking toward vacation rental income to help offset mortgage and home ownership expenses, while expanding their real estate assets,” said Michael Kosmin, COO of Cascade Sotheby’s. “We see this as a great opportunity to capitalize on these market trends, increase the strength of our brand portfolio and ultimately generate more sales and listings for our agents.”
RedAwning will support Cascade Sotheby’s agents by providing rental income analysis pre- and post-sale, and providing tools to support easy ongoing property management combined with complete marketing and distribution through RedAwning’s industry-leading global network. RedAwning will also provide reservations and payment processing, guest communications, and a fully-hosted, Cascade Sotheby’s branded booking website.

A recent case study involves a transaction by Principal Broker Patty Cordoni, Manager of the Cascade Sotheby’s Sisters, Oregon office, as well as the Manager for the company’s Farm, Ranch & Vineyard Division. Cordoni, the listing agent for a property located in the resort community of Black Butte Ranch, was unable to secure a contract on the vacation property offered at $895,000. She was able to consult with the owners and propose that they consider a rental contract instead, until the market responded with additional interest. After collaborating with the agents from RedAwning on terms, the property was entered into the company’s database with the potential to earn the owners income, while still remaining open to offers. A win for all parties involved.
“RedAwning is thrilled to partner with Cascade Sotheby’s to help homeowners market their vacation properties, help Sotheby’s agents build their business, and provide new high-quality properties to travelers,” said Tim Choate CEO and Founder of RedAwning Group. “Partnering with realtors to enable their agents to drive sales performance, while expanding our base of exclusive properties, is a great way to grow the vacation rental marketplace—and leverage rentals to increase sale velocity.”

Clients will be able to download the RedAwning app to book, browse, and manage their reservations on the go! Homeowners interested in finding out more about the program can visit Cascade Sotheby’s website here.
About RedAwning:  RedAwning Group has been a leading innovator in the vacation rental industry since 2010, with a mission to redefine the customer journey for guests, hosts and managers and to drive new approaches that make the booking and staying experience more consistent, easier, safer and better for all. RedAwning Group presents the world’s largest collection of vacation properties to the largest alternative accommodations marketing network, and includes a comprehensive layer of services and support with every stay.  With over 100,000 unique properties in over 10,000 destinations, all instantly bookable with a common set of terms and services, the RedAwning Collection simplifies vacation rental travel for guests and property managers alike.


Julie Moe Team Welcomes Top Producer Jared Chase

BEND, OR – “Julie Moe & Jared Chase are excited to announce their partnership and the new formation of The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group,” reports Julie Moe, Broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and team leader of her group. Their new slogan will be “Selling the Central Oregon Lifestyle”. Their goal is to provide a resource for anything and everything real estate in Central Oregon. They will assist you in your search for Bend area real estate, learn about the city’s different neighborhoods and much more. Whether you’re looking to move to Bend, buy a vacation home, or sell your existing property in the city, they aim to help you find the answers to your questions. The group continues its long-standing relationship as top-producers for Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
Julie Moe & Jared Chase
Jared Chase has been a member of the Central Oregon community since 1992. After graduating from the first class at Summit High, he became a construction project manager for a local builder. For the next nine years he built projects from subdivision communities to large custom homes. His career in building provided a unique opportunity to work with Realtors, lenders and homeowners from the building perspective.
Today Jared combines his extensive building background with 25+ years in Bend to guide clients through their real estate needs. He works hard to make the client experience as seamless as possible, and strives to be a true professional, takeing great pride in being a Realtor. As a top-selling agent in Central Oregon, Jared is excited to be partnering with Julie Moe and providing a wider range of experience and services to their clients.
Licensed in the state of Oregon, Julie Moe has been a member of the Central Oregon Community since 1972. Julie Moe has been a member of the Central Oregon Community since 1972. As a partner and Listing Specialist, she takes great pride in providing clients with experience, extraordinary service, education and negotiating skills. Along with a proven marketing program, her team concept ensures a smooth buying and/or selling experience from start to finish. Julie promises that her team is dedicated to providing care, compassion and skill to each and every transaction. Her vast experience includes working with the Central Oregon Association of Realtors for 12 years, and has been a licensed Broker since 1996; a total of 27 years combined real estate experience. She is a member of the Local, State and National Association of Realtors, REBAC, the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon and is a Local Director for the Central Oregon Association of Realtors.
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Real estate in Central Oregon comes in an array of shapes and sizes, from golf course properties in communities like Broken Top and Awbrey Glen to waterfront homes, condos and townhouses. The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group knows this market intimately and is available to help clients navigate their way to a successful sale or purchase. Julie and Jared’s exceptional team of Brokers consists of two full-time Listing Specialists, two full-time Buyer Specialists, a Transaction Coordinator/Office Manager and a Marketing Creative Director; all of them have your ultimate satisfaction as their primary goal.
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Looking to invest in real estate in Central Oregon? Need help selling your home in today’s complex market? Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, Realtors Julie Moe & Jared Chase and their group are here to provide you with a complete range of services, from exclusive buyer representation to proven multi-platform marketing strategies. For more information on their full array of services and current conditions of the real estate market in Bend, as well as communities beyond, please don’t hesitate to contact their Group. Or, click here to view, download and share their 10-Year Market Study, published annually.
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No Endless Summer for Oregon Tubers

BEND, OR – VisitBend.com, the region’s source for local information, proclaims, “There’s a law in Bend that says no one shall visit our fair city in the summer months without floating the Deschutes River at least once.” Honestly, that statement could not hold more truth for both locals and tourists. Each year, around mid-June, snow-melt from the Cascades begins to increase water levels of the Deschutes River, creating a nice current perfect for floating. It’s an amazing opportunity to enjoy one of the most scenic, unique, and enjoyable experiences you can have in Bend. Unfortunately, as we locals are full-aware, there is no endless summer in the Pacific Northwest. So, pump up those tubes and hit the river before time runs out on another season!

Bend Parks & Recreation had made it easier than ever to enjoy a float downstream by adding a River Shuttle, a Park & Float facility and on-site outfitters. You can also stay in the river and continue through the state-of-the-art Bend Whitewater Park. The park offers a mildly-wild passageway (amusingly referred to as “da chute” by a few locals) for floaters, plus a whitewater channel for experienced paddlers and a nature habitat channel designed to preserve Bend’s aquatic wildlife.

Once Summer officially arrives, a fabulous way, of course, is to spend a hot summer day soaking up the sun atop a gently bobbing inner tube as you float down one of Oregon’s cool, clear rivers. There’s a long list of quality places to float the Beaver State.
Partial to the far-reaching waterway in Bend, the Deschutes River offers one of the most complete adventures, including a man-made whitewater rapids experience, adding an exclusive “theme park” ride element before you casually flow through a residential lagoon, reminiscent of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. You may even be lucky enough to be serenaded by an act performing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, just a stone’s throw from the riverbank. There’s even public transportation available specifically for tubers and their chosen crafts.

An awesome place to float near Portland, the Sandy River won’t disappoint. This is a popular place for urbanites to cool down and relax in the summertime, as it’s only twenty or so minutes from downtown. Although this location doesn’t offer the amenities of Bend, the shores are lined with houses and public beaches, enjoyed by the locals and Portlandians alike. You’ll have plenty of people to share hoots and hollers with along the way. The waters themselves are a bit smoother, and there are fewer category-worthy rapids, making it not a good choice for smaller children as it can get a bit dicey toward the end as the ride.
There are numerous places to float along the Willamette River, though one of the most memorable outings is the yearly Big Float event, in which hundreds of people grab their inner tubes and other floatation devices and set off on a massive floating celebration of the Willamette River. Here, you can catch an awesome view of the Portland skyline and its bridges. What the heck is The Big Float?

The goal of The Big Float, quite simply, is to encourage people to “get into their river” and support its preservation and healthy development as a recreational resource. And to have a whale of a good time in the process. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Human Access Project. Open to all ages, TBF begins with, naturally, a parade. Floaters gather at Tom McCall Bowl Beach (where the Blues Festival is held), then carry or wear their floatation devices and march south along Waterfront Park to the put-in point at Poet’s Beach beneath the Marquam Bridge. Floaters will paddle down river and land on the west bank at the Tom McCall Bowl. Here, Portland’s grandest downtown beach party will be held – complete with music barge and live bands, food carts, beer/wine garden, sponsor booths, and a kids’ activities area.

The Clackamas River, with its combination of natural beauty, lazy pace, and proximity to Portland can draw a crowd, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have the river to yourself. A well-known spot with both hipsters from the inner city and all kinds of Portland suburbanites – but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting though! The Clackamas is a wilder ride, with more rocks and faster rapids. It also has a more secluded shoreline. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, this is your jam. But be warned: It’s a bit more aggressive, so only serious tubists need apply.
If you’re looking for a river float near Eugene, a fantastic option and one of the most picturesque, is taking a trip down the McKenzie River. There are a couple rough spots you’ll want to navigate around, but otherwise it’s quite an easy ride. And many Portlanders forget that there are nearby rivers in Washington, as well, including the Washougal, which is just an hour from Portland, northwest of Vancouver. The drive is pretty enough, the river not nearly as crowded as any of those closer to the city, and the water is refreshingly cold. Another Southwest Washington gem, the East Fork of the Lewis River is beautiful, less crowded than anything closer to Portland, and a bit colder than some of the others on this list.

There you have it, a rundown of the best river floats across the Oregon and SW Washington. Whether you choose to brave the urban waters of the Willamette, or would prefer the scenic beauty and colder rapids of one of the outlying sites, get out there and cool off while exploring the region’s rivers – on a tube!
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty currently operates 10 office locations throughout the state of Oregon and SW Washington. Contact us today for more information on one of the many areas we represent and to receive updates on our exclusive listings.

References: Visit Bend | Only In Your State | Urban Nest PDX | The Big Float | W Week


British Buyers Keeping an Eye on U.S. Destinations – Including Portland, Oregon

Manhattan, New York

Why A decade of construction fervor has transformed New York’s skyline. In the Financial District, the spire of One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—now soars above the haunting 9/11 Memorial.

Further north, West Chelsea’s former factories and old brownstones now border a clutch of contemporary masterpieces— from Zaha Hadid’s sinuous condo to Bjarke Ingels’s twisted towers, which, once complete, will house America’s’ first Six Senses Hotel & Spa—and the High Line, a former railway line turned park overlooking the Hudson.
‘It’s a bit like London,’ says Kirk Henckels of Savills’ associate Stribling. ‘You have areas that heretofore were not so popular— certainly not as luxury residential—[but] money has spread like icing in the past 10–15 years.’
Buy West Chelsea is ‘a beacon of premium prices’, according to Christie’s International Real Estate. ‘Between the galleries, shopping, restaurants and parks, it offers nature, culture and world-class art and architecture,’ says Christie’s International’s Erin Boisson Aries.
Across Manhattan, however, an increase in stock has slowed prices, according to Liam Bailey of Knight Frank, so ‘there are deals to be done’. He tips the Financial District as the place to buy, after projects such as One World Trade Center cemented its appeal.
For Mr. Henckels, the West Village remains ever attractive, but the area to watch is the one covered by the new Second Avenue Subway, which opened last year.

Washington, DC

Why Long the center of political power, now, Washington is leading the way in sustainability—at the end of 2017, it became the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum city, a top accolade.

In a bid to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improve residents’ health, the local administration is encouraging people to walk, use public transport or cycle— for visiting cyclists, the best route is the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail, which overlooks the Potomac River and local monuments and sights.
Parks and open spaces now cover 7,600 acres; Rock Creek has more than 1,700 acres, but the Hirshhorn Museum has the most scenic garden, thanks to more than 60 sculptures.
Renewable energy sources power government buildings and many new or upcoming developments have strong Green credentials. One such is 200, Massachusetts Ave NW, designed by Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche.
Another is The Wharf, a waterfront project that brings together apartments, restaurants, shops and a massive concert hall—the Anthem—which has added a stellar live-music season to Washington’s packed calendar.
‘This city offers so much,’ says Jonathan Taylor of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, who recommends eating at Le Diplomate, Rasika and Cactus Cantina. ‘Washington is a world hub that’s coming into its own.’
Buy Christie’s International sees Washington as one of the top five hottest primary home markets for 2018, thanks to high sales volumes and shorter sale times. Luxury property prices averaged $1.5 million (£1.16m) at the end of 2017.

Los Angeles, California

Why The ties between Britain and America’s most creative city have just become closer —LA is the birthplace of The Duchess of Sussex. Beyond the royal connection, the past few years have seen an architectural renaissance—particularly in Downtown

La—in a prelude to the 2028 Summer Olympics. The newly opened Nomad hotel, for example, has breathed new life into Giannini Place, an opulent 1920s building that once housed the Bank of Italy.
At the contemporary end of the spectrum, the 1,100 ft-high Wilshire Grand, California’s tallest building, has added a new focal point and curvy Circa Towers look set to brighten up the South Park neighborhood with their 18,000 sq. ft. LED screens.
It’s not only the changing skyline that’s adding to LA’S buzz. This year sees the opening of several top restaurants—from, among others, chef Jessica Largey’s Simone —and the start of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centenary celebrations, with an exciting program.
Buy The property market below $3 million (£2.3m) is outpacing higher price brackets, according to realtor Ari Afshar, although record-breaking sales above $20 million (£15.6m) continue. The revival of central LA has put the spotlight on Hancock Park, which combines large lots with great values, according to Christie’s International.
That said, Bel Air remains one of the most sought-after places. ‘It offers some of the largest residential parcels, with some of the highest dollar-per-square-foot values,’ says David Parnes from The Agency, Savills’ associate. For prices up to a third lower than Bel Air, Knight Frank’s Mr. Bailey suggests Brentwood.,

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Why Once a whaling port, the Massachusetts island of Nantucket long ago traded harpoons and whaleboats for chic boutiques, cocktails and restaurants (Anthony Lassman of Nota Bene Global suggests CRU for seafood and yacht-watching), but the ‘mere hillock’ made famous by Herman Melville still has ‘more sand than you would use in 20 years’, three working lighthouses and cobbled streets lined by 18th- and 19thcentury buildings.

The 82-mile coastline has superb beaches, from the child-friendly expanses of the North Shore to the wild surfing waters of the South. Madaket Beach, on the island’s western corner, is the place to watch the sun set.
Buy One of the most expensive locations in the USA, Nantucket is the ‘anti-Hamptons’, says Mr. Lassman. ‘It’s more low-profile and boating focused, but every bit as super prime, with a distinctly island feel.’ Affluent retirees and telecommuting buyers are driving the market, according to Christie’s International, which reports that prime property sales increased by 19% in 2017.

Portland, Oregon, and its countryside

Why Ranked sixth in the 2018 US News & World Report’s best places to live in the USA, Portland combines vibrant culture with easy access to the Pacific (visit Cannon Beach, in Ecola State Park, to spot tufted puffins in summer and, with luck, migrating grey whales in winter).

‘Portland is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the Willamette River and gorgeous bridges downtown, acres of lush landscape, views of Mount Hood and wildlife near the city,’ says Mimi Mccaslin of Christie’s International affiliate Luxe Platinum Properties.
However, it’s the magnificent countryside around the city that makes the area particularly appealing. To the east are deep gorges, wildflower-strewn trails, majestic waterfalls and some of Oregon’s best ski resorts, including Timberline, the only year-round ski area in North America.
The rolling hills and valleys to the southwest are prime wine country. ‘Just outside Portland is Yamhill County, which has become famous for its Pinot Noir. You can spend the day picnicking and wine tasting,’ says Michael D. Babbitt of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
Excellent shellfish, truffles, berries and fruit complement the vinous offering (Celilo in Hood River and Sybaris in Albany make creative use of local ingredients). ‘People who move here don’t like to move [away],’ says Mrs. Mccaslin. ‘And why should they?’
Buy The Portland property market is steady, according to Mrs. Mccaslin, but price growth may well be on the horizon after a gift from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, matched by residents’ donations, raised $1 billion (£773 million) for cancer research at the Oregon Health & Science University, drawing specialists from across the world.

Aspen, Colorado

Why An 1800s silver-mining town, Aspen reinvented itself in the 20th century as America’s glitziest ski resort. Today, the Aspen Snowmass complex encompasses more than 5,300 acres, with jaw-dropping slopes, perfect powder and memorable après ski.

However, the town has long been a year-round destination, with a rich menu of music, art, ballet and Broadway-quality theatre, according to Ben Roos of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, plus panoramic walks, shopping (Palladium Properties agents recommend Kemosabe ‘for fabulous western wear’), fine dining (Cache Cache is a favorite), mountain-top yoga and, for the really adventurous, paragliding and hot-air ballooning.
Buy ‘What an amazing place Aspen is. When you land, you pass dozens of private jets, but it’s the most laidback place imaginable,’ says Nick Churton of Mayfair Office. One of the most sought-after neighborhoods is Red Mountain, where prices grew by 19% last year. ‘You’re not straight onto the ski area—you’re very close to it—but the views are incredible,’ says Mr. Bailey. But, add Palladium Properties’ agents, properties anywhere in Aspen hold their value.
References
Carla Passino, Country Life Magazine, August 2018, pgs 82-85.


Goodbye, City Life… Green Acres is the Place for Me!

OREGON/SW WASHINGTON – Just a few lines into the classic ‘60’s sitcom Green Acres, and your mindset is pretty easily transformed from “never in a million years,” to “well… maybe.” “Farm livin’ is the life for me; Land spreadin’ out so far and wide; Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.” What was once a popular idealistic movement away from the stresses associated with city culture, has returned – with the help of modern technology. While there is still quite an abundance of us who would willfully trade our more metropolitan conveniences in a New York minute, the opportunity to openly commune with nature, while earning the same salary as you would in a Silicon Valley office, is too appealing not to actually consider.
The future of work will enable knowledge workers to live where they want, which may mean taking a conference call while strolling through your own private rolling vineyards Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley. A trend in the future of employment is the ability to live in a low cost of living geography while earning in a high cost of living geography. Is this merely this decade’s take on the 1950s model of suburban executives commuting into cities for white collar jobs? Similar, but with one glaring difference – the job now comes to the employee, instead of the other way around.

For knowledge workers, it often doesn’t matter whether they’re located near the office. It’s increasingly relevant that knowledge-worker skills supersede geography because, according to a report from the White House, “Over half a million of today’s open jobs are in technology fields like software development, digital marketing, user interface design, and cybersecurity—many of which did not even exist a decade ago.” Those jobs won’t dictate that you live near your employer. So why not earn like a Brooklynite and enjoy the view from your porch in Oregon’s lovely McMinnville, which is home to great vineyards and even a UFO festival.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, headquartered in Bend, with 10 offices throughout Oregon and SW Washington, has been ahead of this curve for quite some time. Established in 2006, with deep roots in the rural surrounding communities, the brokerage employs an experienced team of exceptional brokers, highly knowledgeable in farm, ranch and vineyard properties. Much of their targeted demographic for this division includes the transition of urbanites to more pastoral lifestyles. Helping to facilitate the demand has been the ability of high-earners to work remotely. Educated and skilled individuals from the tech communities of Seattle and Northern California have been flocking to the “Beaver State”. Not relegated to the age of “Baby Boomers”, Millennial transplants are becoming more commonplace.

Millennials have become the largest generation in our labor force and recent research shows that they vastly prefer experiences over possessions. Fidelity Investment recently released research showing that Millennials so vastly prioritized quality of work life above compensation, that they’d take a $7,600 pay cut to enhance quality of work life. These studies are extremely consistent with enabling employees to enjoy the quality and geography of life they desire while attracting and retaining talent that’s heavily in demand.
Workers have historically considered where the jobs are when deciding where to live. The geographic link between home and office becomes lessened the more someone’s skills lend themselves to working remotely. Instead of saving for your vacation home in Dundee, Oregon, skilled knowledge workers can skip the primary residence and go straight to Dundee! This leads to ascending real estate values in the most beautiful vacation spots, though it will take some time for that trend to accelerate as people reluctantly leave more ‘target rich’ (from an employment perspective) environments for the tranquility of their desired turf.

Over time, higher paid knowledge workers and so-called ‘road warriors’ (who spend much of their time traveling for work) will be even less tethered to a geographic location. Ping pong tables and espresso machines are less important to the Millennial work force than the ability to immerse themselves in experiences. Managers who understand this will realize that enabling workers to be productive remotely will benefit as their recharged workforce will appreciate the ability to go camping while being technologically available to their employers (even if only in spurts) rather than having a foosball table in the break room.
Reference
https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardzimmerman/2016/09/22/future-of-work-telecommuting-from-oregon-while-earning-like-brooklyn/#5f6c04331808


Cascade Sotheby's Lists Home Featured in "Pop Classic" Twilight Saga

ST. HELENS, OR – The Pacific Northwest has seen its fair share of media exposure over the past few years, as affordable production costs and ethereal environments have provided backdrops and sets that help bring scripts to life. From the original television series Portlandia, to a laundry list of cinema classics such as Animal House, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Goonies and Stand by Me, and more recently the movie Wild, starring Oscar Winner Reese Witherspoon, Oregon has often been featured in the starring role, due to its diverse landscapes, and most importantly its proximity to Hollywood.

Enter Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, who have just listed the charming home prominently featured in the Twilight movies and affectionately known by fans as “Bella’s House.” The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author, Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts. The first installment, Twilight, was released on November 21, 2008.  The second installment, New Moon, followed on November 20, 2009, breaking box office records as the biggest midnight screening and opening day in history, grossing an estimated $72.7 million.  The third installment, Eclipse, was released on June 30, 2010, and was the first Twilight film to be released in IMAX.

The series was in development since 2004 at Paramount Pictures, during which time a screen adaptation of Twilight that differed significantly from the novel was written. Three years later, Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the film. After Twilight grossed $35.7 million on its opening day,  Summit Entertainment announced they would begin production on New Moon; they had acquired the rights to the remaining novels earlier that same month.  A two-part adaptation of Breaking Dawn began shooting in November 2010 with release dates of November 18, 2011, and November 16, 2012, respectively.

The current owners of “Bella’s House” share some of their memories of what it was like to play a “role” in the Twilight Saga.
2002 – “I got a call from a friend telling me about this house in St. Helens that was about to be listed. I drove out and made the corner onto 6th street. Going up the small hill past the no outlet sign the house rose up majestically and I said out loud ‘Wow! This place could be used in a movie.’ ”
2007 – “While sitting down with a bowl of chicken soup for dinner there was a knock on the door. The man at the door said he was a location scout for a movie company. He said the director really liked the house and was wondering if he could shoot some photos of it. After that I had many visits from the production staff.”

“As the film was to shoot both inside and outside of the house, I met the production designer before filming. He said that he loved the fact that the house had its original windows and doors and that it hadn’t had all of its character remodeled out of it. They painted most of the inside of the house and told me after they finished filming, they would restore it to my colors or they’d paint it any color I’d like or I could keep their paint job. The designer said if I kept their colors, I could stand in one corner of any spot of the house the room might be blue, the hallway would be yellow and the next room would be green, and all three room colors would compliment each other. The yellow would be the color at the center of the house that would tie it all together. It’s really amazing how beautiful the paint colors are in the house. If you ever have the chance to have your room colors picked by a production designer, you won’t be sorry. They had every door in the house dipped to remove 80 years of enamel paint and did a hand rubbed oil finish on them.”

“I’ve kept the house as it was from the movie. The choices the filmmakers really made the house shine. Production was done and the film was about to be released. I sat down to watch the television and a trailer for Twilight came on the screen. To see a picture of the very house you’re sitting, in followed by an image of the very room you’re in, is a sensation that very few will ever know.”

“When we first saw the movie, we watched it in the Columbia Theater in St. Helens. The town was used as a stand-in for the town of Port Angeles. There is a close-up shot of Bella standing in the kitchen right in front of a small square cabinet left of the fridge. My wife leaned over and said, ‘Hey! I know what’s in the cupboard.’ I myself, always think of the scene where Charlie meets Edward for the first time. He’s cleaning a gun at my dining room table, in my dining room, sitting on one of my chairs. That is really a crazy thing to see on a big screen.”

Want to live in a movie house in St. Helens, Oregon? You’re going to love all of the charming details including the leaded glass dining room china cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout this wonderful home. Contact Principal Broker, Andrew Ferranti for a tour. View the full listing.


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and Polo Noir – A Perfect Match!

WEST LINN, OR – Polo in Portland? Who knew? Actually, a great many of Oregonians are proud followers of the longtime equestrian sport and culture surrounding the “Sport of Kings.” Scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018, the 3rd Annual Polo Noir, will be held at the Portland Polo Fields, home to the Hidden Creek Polo Club. It’s a majestic 88-acre property that is privately owned and maintained. The event will be held on one of the three Polo fields, the Championship Field – 300 yards long by 160 yards wide. This is the equivalent of nine NFL football fields or 10 acres.

With incredible action, one of the world’s oldest games is also one of the fastest. Balls can travel up to 110 mph. Horses gallop and cut at 30 mph. Player and horse work in partnership to get a ball through a goal, while using every possible strategy to prevent the opposing side from doing so. What happens on that quest is both brutish and beautiful.
The game of Polo and the luxury real estate brand, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, form quite a natural fit, as partners for the event. A sponsor of Polo Noir, and the sport itself, the Central Oregon based brokerage currently operates Portland Metro offices in The Peal District and downtown Lake Oswego, as well as several Oregon Coast cities and SW Washington. The firm is an active supporter of company-branded teams which compete at Polo clubs along the west coast. Guests are invited to visit the Cascade Sotheby’s hospitality tent to enter a drawing for an authentic Cascade Sotheby’s Team Polo jersey. Brokers from the local offices will be on hand to chat real estate and offer giveaways.

Avid Polo enthusiasts will savor watching the play of Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, an Argentine native who started playing polo at the age of 9 and turned pro at 17. He has a 6-goal handicap and is recognized as one the world’s greatest polo
talents – sometimes referred to as the “David Beckham of Polo.” He has also been the face of Ralph Lauren’s Black Label line since 2005. Nacho will be playing the Championship Match at Polo Noir and will be available for photographs on the field after the match.

Part of the fun of Polo is the sophisticated yet celebratory dress code. Typically, people opt for separates and sun dresses, or wear chinos or dress pants with a dress shirt. The Polo spirit is bold – dare to add a splash of color. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, a blazer or sport coat is a useful “layer” and very occasionally a guest might want to wear a tie or a panama hat. Brogues, loafers, driving shoes, wedges, or flats are excellent footwear choices, as sharper heels risk sinking into the freshly-mown grass, even on the driest of days. For the signature Polo touch, sunglasses and binoculars are an excellent addition.

There will be 3 hours of Polo with a divot stomp included. A highlight of the day! Guests can take the field during the second and final Polo match to help repair the field by flipping over the divots. Professionals will deal with the horse droppings. Divot stomping is a long-standing Polo tradition. Spectators converge on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the ponies’ hooves. It becomes, without fail, quite festive just a few minutes.
The event is a single-day experience, accompanied by live music and featuring world-class wine from the Willamette Valley. The Youth Music Project (YMP) will take the main stage as the opening act. YMP is an amazing non-profit based in West Linn, OR providing music education for youth and teens enrolling 3,000+ kids annually! The headliner, formed in Seattle by a group of northwestern transplants, The Head and the Heart is an indie folk band whose influences include Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque pop. They will provide the perfect energy after Polo with their chart-topping sing-a-along hits and will also ramp down the evening to conclude the day. Some guests will stand and dance, some will roll out their blankets and enjoy their last bottle of Rosé. Either way, there is something for everyone!
Polo Noir is committed to supporting two local charities, The Children’s Cancer Association, an amazing organization that prescribes joy to seriously ill children and their families, founded in Portland over 20 years ago, and Harper’s Playground, which is dedicated to making the world more inclusive, one playground at a time.
Tickets start at $89, with gates open at 11am. Players will take the field promptly at 11:45am.