Cascade Sothebys International Realty Gets Ready for Summer Festival!

BEND, OREGON – The thermostat in Bend is finally heating up, and so are the events, including the 28th Annual First Interstate Bank Summer Festival, which takes over the streets of Downtown Bend the weekend of July 13-15. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is, once again, a proud sponsor of the seasonal tradition. This year, the Bend-based brokerage is kicking things up a notch, by adding professionally stage lounge spaces to both of their booths on Minnesota Avenue.

The main kiosk will feature a residential-themed design, featuring clean lines, cool colors, and statement decor pieces that are contemporary and stylish. The other booth will be represented by the Farm, Ranch & Vineyard Division, representing an inviting rustic-ranch style. The layout of the two spaces will be arranged by Stephanie Brooke of SIT Design, simulating Bend-typical interior environments common in many of the region’s property listings. In addition, there will be meet & greets by Cascade Sotheby’s broker hosts, handing out all kinds of swag.

The Cascade Sotheby’s Jazz & Gourmet Living Street, located on Minnesota Street, should be a huge draw the entire weekend, with well-known musicians performing Friday and Saturday nights. Taking the stage on Friday evening are the Lao Tizer Band at 5pm, the Lloyd Jones Quartet at 7pm, followed by King Louie and Larhonda Steele at 9:15pm. Saturday’s acts include the Maxwell Friedman Group at 5:30pm, the Tom Grant Band at 7pm, then a final set by Soul Vaccination at 8:30pm. Here’s to an amazing few days of food, friends and music!

Cascade Sotheby’s Reports Milepost 1 Neighborhood Approaching 50% Sold

Bend, OR –  Less than a year after breaking ground on Milepost 1, a special collection of two dozen townhomes and single-family homes on the West side of Bend, Arrowood Development, LLC achieved two significant mileposts of its own:  the opening of the model home and the sale of the neighborhood’s ninth home. “We couldn’t be more excited with the progress and activity we are seeing at Milepost 1,” said John Lietz, President of Arrowood Development. “The weather this year has allowed our crews to work efficiently, and homebuyers are obviously responding to the exceptional value and unique location of the homes.”

Tucked between the Seventh Mountain Resort, Widgi Creek Golf Course and PointsWest Townhomes (another Arrowood development), Milepost 1 will ultimately feature 18 single-level and two-story attached townhome floor plans, as well as a half-dozen single-family homes, all literally surrounded by recreational opportunities. Homes ranging from 1,988 to 2,922 square feet afford a great deal of comfort with prices starting at $579,750.

The model, which is already sold, offers 2,862 square feet of modern mountain elegance in a two-level floor plan with three bedrooms and three-and-one-half baths. Master bedroom suites are on both floors with the lower floor including a den.  Architect John Muir and the Arrowood Design Team have provided an open atmosphere with vaulted ceilings in the great room, while adding special touches like solid surface quartz countertops, custom knotty Alder cabinets and solid core eight-foot knotty Alder doors. It is likely to be a popular destination on the COBA Tour of Homes this July.

At other Milepost 1 homes under construction, Muir and the design team give buyers the ability to customize their fixtures and finishes. “We find that giving buyers floor plan options and input in the final stages makes them much more invested in the home,” says Muir. “The location, of course, makes it easy for them to be engaged in their surroundings.” With the slopes of Mt. Bachelor only 15 minutes away, and both Widgi Creek Golf Course and the Deschutes River Trail literally just steps away, Milepost 1 strongly appeals to both full and part-time Bend residents, as well as vacationers. As the community is just outside the city limits, overnight rentals are allowed. What’s more, since the neighborhood association takes care of all building exterior and landscape maintenance, snow removal and insurance, both residents and renters alike can enjoy a maintenance-lite lifestyle all year round.

Like Muir, the sales team of Stephanie Ruiz and Jordan Grandlund of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has worked with Arrowood for many years and in several of its communities. “We recently sold our last home in the PointsWest community right next to Milepost 1,” said Ruiz. “The homes at Milepost 1 give buyers one more chance to take advantage of this resort location close to all that Bend has offer, yet even closer to Mt. Bachelor and the Cascade Lakes.”

“There’s simply no place like it in Central Oregon for providing access to exciting adventures, as well as a long list of creature comforts at the end of the day,” adds Grandlund. “We still have several premium fairway home sites available. But with PointsWest sold out, we don’t expect them to last long.” The model home is open weekends from noon to 4:00 pm and by appointment. To learn more about Milepost 1, visit, or call Stephanie Ruiz at 541-948-5196 or Jordan Grandlund at 541-420-1559.
About Arrowood Development
Arrowood Development, LLC has specialized in the development of townhome communities and custom homes on Bend’s West side. The company currently is building luxury single-family homes at Tartan Druim at Tetherow and townhomes at Tripleknot at Tetherow”.  Previous local communities include PointsWest Townhomes at the Seventh Mountain Resort, Bridge Creek Village, Whisper Ridge, Arrowood Trail I and II, and Tyrion Sky in Broken Top, along with Arrowood Summit.

Brewing a Baby in Bend: A Guide for Mammas-to-Be in Central Oregon

BEND, OREGON – Anyone who lives in Bend, Oregon understands it’s a town that caters to an outdoor lifestyle. After a day of skiing or hiking, an afternoon enjoying local beer is often a common pastime. So, when I discovered that I was expecting my first baby this summer, I thought my active lifestyle would change dramatically – I was so wrong! Fortunately, Bend, Oregon is a wonderful place to stay active (and social) during your pregnancy, not to mention an amazing place to raise a family. Here are my top “Brewing a Baby in Bend” tips for Central Oregon moms to be:

Your doctor has likely warned you of the risks of falling, and trail running certainly has its tripping hazards. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up running if it still feels good. A few of my favorite local trails that offer a flatter run with few to no tripping hazards include Tumalo Trail at Shevlin ParkDeschutes River Trail (my faves are Pioneer Park to Archie Briggs & Riverbend south to Old Mill), and the Larkspur Trail.  This trail in NE Bend starts at Pilot Butte and takes you to Reed Market Rd. It’s a mix of pavement and gravel, but is a nice run in a pinch, if you’re on the east side.

While the risk of falling when skiing or riding is pretty high, Central Oregon offers incredible opportunities for winter fun outside of downhill skiing on Mt. Bachelor. Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the snow and forest. From the Meisner Warming Hut, to Todd Lake, there are plenty of trails to keep you busy all winter long! Or pack up for a winter getaway to the Oregon Coast.  Let’s face it, sometimes, it’s nice to get away from the cold weather and relax by the waves. A weekend trip to the coast might be just what you need. Both Newport and Florence are a quick 3 1/2 hours away.

I was in the same boat. We were actually climbing at Smith a week before I found out I was pregnant. I once again, had a moment where I thought one of my favorite activities would have be put on hold, but after doing a ton of research, I found some amazing inspiration from climbing mamas who successfully climbed throughout their pregnancies. I decided that I would continue until I just couldn’t. My amazing husband surprised me with a pregnancy climbing harness for Christmas, and while it took some getting used to, it has kept me going. Climbing can be more than a physical workout – it’s a mental exercise as well and can certainly remind you to breathe (and laugh, especially as your belly grows) as you make your way up the wall.

I get it – there’s nothing like drinking a cold beer outside on a hot Central Oregon summer afternoon. While sipping a pilsner might be out of the question when you’re pregnant, you can still enjoy your favorite brewery, sans alcohol. Many places offer delicious mocktails or fresh squeezed juices with soda water! My favorite fresh squeezed mocks in town come from McMenaminsPine Tavern and the Brown Owl. Or, instead of frequenting your favorite brewery, check out a local juice café like Mother’s Cafe, and sip on a delish smoothie or fresh squeezed juice. Finally, I’ve found that breweries and tasting rooms that don’t offer non-alcoholic options are usually ok with a mama to be bringing in a LaCroix or San Pellegrino (just be sure to ask first). Pro-tip: Those ALSO taste refreshing from a pint glass.

BONUS: When your friends consume too many beers, but you’ve been hydrating with water, you are the one without a headache the next morning. You’ll have plenty of energy to get up early for that trail run!
Staying active throughout your pregnancy is important to yours and your baby’s health. We are so lucky that living in Central Oregon makes it easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your pregnancy. Grab a friend and head out on a hike and grab a nice mocktail afterward as a reward for taking care of yourself!
If you’re looking to make a move to Central Oregon and need some help with relocation, let’s hang out! I’d love to show you all the amazing places that make Bend a great place to raise a family. You can check out my active listings here as well!
If you’d like to reach out about your experience or have additional tips for how to stay active while pregnant, I’d love to hear from you! Or, if you’d like more information about Calling Bend Oregon Home, I’m happy to be your resource.
About the Author:  Haley Overton is a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
**IMPORTANT: Every body and pregnancy is different. Please always consult your doctor or midwife before partaking in activities while pregnant (or not pregnant!). This post is simply my shared experience and personal recommendations.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Supports the Sisters Rodeo

SISTERS, OR ­– Since 1940, “The Biggest Little Show in the World”, the annual Sisters Rodeo has provided cowboys with the stage, not to mention the picturesque backdrop of the snow-capped Cascades, to showcase their western skillsets, including calf roping and barrel racing, as well as, bull and bronc riding. What began as a nearly all-volunteer production, a tradition that has not changed much over the years, has continually attracted the best in the business from the beginning. World Champion cowboys compete every year, with stock supplied from local ranches.

The Sisters Rodeo Parade, with a route that winds through the heart of downtown Sisters, is the official kick-off to Rodeo Weekend, with participants ranging from Rodeo Queens to Rodeo Clowns. In fact, the Western theme of the city of Sisters was inspired by Sisters Rodeo. Crowds of all ages line the course, and many local businesses open their doors to cross-promoting the Big Show.

One such business, the local Sisters office of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, often goes full-rodeo mode. This season, they’ve partnered with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, who provided samples of Bulleit Bourbon, served to visitors in mini-Mason Jar shot glasses. The Bend-based real estate brokerage has been a sponsor of the rodeo for the past 5 years.

Patty Cordoni, Principal Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s Farm Ranch & Vineyard Division, and a longtime supporter of the event says, “The sell-out crowds that attend year after year, are evident that people still really enjoy “The Biggest Little Rodeo in the World.” Sisters Rodeo Association has maintained its quality of rodeo stock and high purses, guaranteeing that the best in the sport make Sisters part of their annual schedule. On the second weekend in June, Sisters Rodeo has the highest purse in the nation, ensuring that world champions return year after year. With nearly 200 members, the association has also remained a valuable member of the Sisters community, granting annual student scholarships and supporting local charities and other non-profit organizations. Sisters Country, once again, has provided rodeo enthusiasts a most memorable setting and host for this 78th edition of the Rodeo.

Cascade Sotheby’s Brokers Sponsor Annual Bend Beer Chase

BEND, OR – The Beer Chase concept was conceived in the back of a 12-passenger van at 3am while the Cascade Relays staff was running the Bourbon Chase overnight relay in Kentucky in 2013. After completing a 6-mile leg to finish at Wild Turkey at 2am, Founder Scott Douglass was asked by a Distillery representative if he wanted a shot of Wild Turkey 101. Having just finished the leg and still on an endorphin rush, Scott replied, “I didn’t fly out to Kentucky to not shoot that Turkey!” Still choking 30 minutes later in the back of the van, a stroke of brilliance came to mind that Beer and running go together much better after a long run. The idea of running a one-day relay along the Bend Ale Trail to celebrate and sample the amazing craft breweries of Central Oregon was conceived and the Bend Beer Chase was born in October 2014.

The Bend Beer Chase, itself, is a unique, one “beer relay” featuring the region’s best brews! The BBC is a one-day six-person running relay of approximately 50 miles, consisting of 12 legs of varying distance (4-8 miles per leg). The course starts from Bend, travels to Redmond, to Sisters and back to finish in Bend, traversing the spectacular scenery of Central Oregon. Individuals can choose to only do the Keg Leg portion of the race if they do not wish to complete the relay portion. Each time you exchange at a brewery, you will have the option to enjoy a 3-4 oz sample of beer.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of a relay like the Bend Beer Chase is the team aspect of running an event like this provides. Running is often a solitary sport, but in a relay, it’s all about your team. After the relay portion of the race then teams have the opportunity to run together through some of Bend’s best breweries. Teams get in to the spirit by creating elaborate team names and themes, wearing matching outfits, participating in contests, having spontaneous dance parties, cheering on fellow runners, and decorating their vans. The Bend Beer Chase is a race, a celebration, and a vacation all wrapped up in one day of running.

Stephanie Ruiz and Jordan Grandlund, Brokers with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, are 4th year sponsors of the relay. Ruiz says “The Ruiz + Grandlund team at Cascade Sotheby’s is a proud sponsor of Cascade Relays and the Bend Beer Chase. Jordan and I are extremely passionate in our support of friends and local small businesses, especially when there is a charitable component involved.” View Stephanie Ruiz’ listings. View Jordan Grandlund’s listings.

One day, one van, six friends, twelve legs, 12-20 craft breweries hosting exchange points where runners sample their amazing craft. Seriously, what could be better? The countdown to race day is on – June 2!

Cascade Relays is a small, family-run business based in Bend, Oregon. Founders Scott and Carrie Douglass grew up in Bend, met in 6th grade and eventually married five days before the inaugural Cascade Lakes Relay in August 2008. Working closely together, Scott & Carrie are focused on the Cascade Relays Family, including the loyal participants, dedicated staff and volunteers, and local communities that contribute to the success of Cascade Relays events. Cascade Relays currently produces the Cascade Lakes Relay and The Beer Chase Series – with local one-day relays in Bend, San Diego, Coeur d’Alene, and Boulder.

Cascade Sotheby’s – Sisters Brokers Donate Trees

SISTERS, OR – In celebration of National Arbor Day, the Sisters brokerage team of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty delivered 80 pine seedlings to Sisters Elementary School. The donation, on May 2, was on behalf of the kindergarten and one 4th grade class. On hand to present the trees were Patty Cardoni (Principal Broker and Manager of Cascade Sotheby’s Farm, Ranch & Vineyards Division), Mark Morzov, Ellen Wood and Suzanne Carvlin, Brokers with the local Sisters office.

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. In fact, the tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. As a formal holiday, it was first observed as far back as 1872. Pioneer Julius Sterling Morton, editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper utilized his forum to profess his enthusiasm for trees. Morton’s ideas about environmental stewardship encouraged everyone to set aside a specific day to plant trees. Morton was quoted as saying, “The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.” Let’s get together and celebrate the importance of trees!

The trees, 14″ Ponderosa Pine saplings, were purchased from the Arbor Day Foundation for the children to plant in their backyards with their families. Mylee Card, both a teacher, as well as the mom, of a student attending Sisters Elementary School offered high praise for the donation, “Thank you so much for the trees yesterday! The kids were so excited! My son being one of them, had it planted by the time I got home, in the perfect spot!”
View the current Sisters property listings.

Ronda Kanitz – A Cascade Sotheby’s Polo Adventure

INDIO, CA – The modern game of Polo has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years. No longer reserved for the “wealthy and famous” or equestrian aficionados, the sport, although played on horseback, has garnered interest from many highly skilled athletes across the globe, and professionally in 16 countries.

League matches are often held at swanky clubs, offering fields and facilities that rival most professional sporting venues. Spectator popularity is also on the rise, where groups can watch an event field side, while enjoying upscale food and beverage options.

One such club, the Eldorado Polo Club, located in the beautiful Coachella Valley, with its magnificent mountainous backdrop, has welcomed fans and players from around the world for over 60 years. Ronda Kanitz, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, recently had the opportunity to suit up for the Sotheby’s-sponsored team, playing in two Pro Pool tournaments at the famed club.

“I became involved with the sport 3-4 years ago, with the Cascade Polo Club, here in Central Oregon. I attended one of their summer intro clinics, run by Dr. Dan Harrison, and instantly fell in love with the sport. A big horse, little saddle, charging down a green polo field with a mallet – pure heaven!”

Many of the players have some form of equestrian experience. “For me, I appreciate the genuine physicality required from both horse and rider to truly achieve an honest level of performance. It’s kind of like playing hockey, while incorporating a strategy similar to chess but with speed.”

What initially attracted Kanitz to the sport? “Personally, it’s the horses and the camaraderie between the players (and their Polo Ponies), as well as the endless support among players at all levels.”

The Sotheby’s brand made their debut at Eldorado Polo Club this past winter, which, according to Kanitz, is one of the premier settings to take-in a match. Spectators interested in learning more about the “sport of kings” can attend the annual Polo Noir in Portland, OR, this August. View Ronda Kanitz’s listings here.

Cascade Sotheby’s Celebrates Grand Opening in Sisters

Bend, OR (March 23, 2018)—Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty formally declared they are “open for business” at their new Sisters location with a ceremonial Chamber ribbon-cutting. The event marked the January 2018 acquisition of Metolius Property Sales, which increases Cascade Sotheby’s presence in the Central Oregon market. The Sisters location is the latest of 11 strategic offices operating throughout Oregon and Southern Washington.
The office will be managed by premier broker Phil Arends, and supported by eleven elite brokers. “We are building a growing footprint of listings in Central Oregon and Phil’s knowledge and expertise in vacation home and resort sales will help us accelerate our momentum and propel us to our next level of growth in the region,” commented Deb Tebbs, founder and CEO, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. The company now controls more than 22% of the Sisters, Oregon real estate market.

More than 200 guests celebrated the occasion, mingling to live music and toasting to future success in the community with the “Sotheby’s Slinger”, a signature cocktail created specially for the event by Cascade Street Distillery. Attendees enjoyed savory Mexican fare by Isla Rios, and delectable desserts from Sisters Bakery. Cascade Sotheby’s COO, Michael Kosmin stated, “We are extremely appreciative that the community has welcomed us so warmly, coinciding with the Sisters Fourth Friday Art Stroll, and it’s our hope that we play a role in the continued growth and development of the area.” View the Sisters office current listings.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Tapped As the Exclusive Listing Agent for Grand Peaks at Sisters

The contemporary luxury neighborhood in Sisters, Oregon is being developed by Hunter Renaissance Development LLC. The agreement is part of Cascade Sotheby’s plan to grow its position and market share in the thriving new homes category in Central Oregon.
Grand Peaks at Sisters is an exclusive upscale community offering progressive home design featuring natural, sustainable materials and a number of extraordinary design options for buyers. Exceptional design and features coupled with the community’s wealth of recreational & outdoor amenities—and extraordinary views—offers buyers an ideal Central Oregon neighborhood and lifestyle.
“We were looking for a strong, cohesive and highly-experienced team that knows how to market what we think is a very distinct and special property—the Cascade Sotheby’s reputation and team rose to the top as an elite group of real estate professionals we want to work with,” said Jeanmarie Kapp, chief operating office of The Renaissance Companies and partner in Hunter Renaissance Development LLC. “The Sotheby’s brand offers the prestige and cache that we believe best represents our unique communities and homes.”
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Development and lot sales are currently underway with the first model under construction. Developers plan for first home occupancy this summer 2018. A Grand Opening of the community is being planned for this summer.
“Grand Peaks offers a unique opportunity to buy a new-construction luxury single-level home close to the lovely town of Sisters, Oregon which enables buyers to live the Central Oregon lifestyle to the fullest,” says Kimberly Gorayeb, Cascade Sotheby’s new development manager in Sisters and lead listing agent for Grand Peaks. “This development is indeed unique—the location, the amenities, the sweeping mountain views and access to all of the recreation and lifestyle advantages of the area make it an ideal community.”

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty taps top Central Oregon producer to lead Sisters team

Bend, OR (March 7, 2018)—Premier broker and long-time fixture in the Sisters business community, Phil Arends, today moves his influential brokerage to Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. The former Howells Realty Group lead producer joins Cascade Sotheby’s as manager of the Sisters branch office. Arends specializes in resort and vacation home real estate at Black Butte Ranch and throughout Central Oregon with more than $25.7 million in annual production in 2017 alone.
Cascade Sotheby’s recently acquired Sisters real estate pillar Metolius Property Sales and its 11 elite brokers. With that acquisition and now the recruitment of Arends, Cascade Sotheby’s creates an even bigger presence securing more than 22% of the Sisters, Oregon real estate market.
“Phil Arends is one of the most respected and successful brokers in the Sisters and Black Butte communities—to welcome his level of talent and respect to Cascade Sotheby’s is a huge asset to our recent expansion in Sisters and the region,” says Deb Tebbs, founder and CEO, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are building a growing footprint of listings in Central Oregon and his knowledge and expertise in vacation home and resort sales will help us accelerate our momentum and propel us to our next level of growth in the region.”
Arends has been a premier broker in Sisters, Black Butte and throughout Central Oregon for the last eight years—he leads the market there as the #1 producing sales agent with 43 extraordinary properties sold in 2017. Please take a moment to view his webpage and current listings.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty partners with Evoker, Inc. to showcase passion, personalities of brokers

Bend, Oregon (February 16, 2018)— Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has a keen understanding that real estate success is all about bringing its brand to life and building personal relationships with clientele. With that mission in mind, the brokerage has inked a deal with Evoker, Inc., a Chicago-based micro-branding company, to create short films that tell the passion, commitment and stories of Cascade Sotheby’s brokers.
Cascade Sotheby’s first set of Evoker films launch today on YouTube and Vimeo. Please take a moment and view some of these amazing films. They represent brokers in four main regions – click on one of the following links to view the playlists: Central Oregon, Portland, SW Washington and the Oregon Coast.
“In real estate like in any business, decisions are made based as much on personal relationship and engagement as they are on the reputation of the corporate brand,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer and founder of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “These individual broker films are literally works of art that really set our elite team apart in the market as we continue to build relationships with buyers and sellers alike throughout Oregon and SW Washington.”
What makes a Cascade Sotheby’s broker remarkable? Commitment to what they do. A passion for serving people. A love of the place they call home. The brokerage believes Evoker films distinguish both the Sotheby’s global luxury brand and the remarkable talent that choose Cascade Sotheby’s to call home. The stories are compelling and engaging—and offer a truly personal look into the passion and lives of some of the company’s top talent.
“We expect these exquisite films to really position the talent Cascade Sotheby’s has recruited to the team, and set our brokerage apart as clients are seeking exceptional services and global marketing reach in a very competitive landscape,” says Michael Kosmin, chief operating officer, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “After seeing the first round of film production, there’s no question these compelling and passionate creations will win the attention of clients looking to work with the best.”