Camp Tamarack Teaches Kids to ‘Live More’!

SISTERS, OR ­– With common mantras such as ‘Discover More’, ‘Inspire More’, ‘Dream More’, and especially ‘Live More’, Camp Tamarack could possibly be the Shangri-La of kids’ summer camps – and, well, it may be just that. This local camp was founded over 80 years ago on Dark Lake, just up the road from Suttle Lake. It was originally operated as a horse camp for girls from the Portland area, who traveled there to spend their entire summers in the woods along the picturesque lake.

Tamarack has seen a few different owners in its time, but had fallen into disrepair and was not in operation when Michele Anderson, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, and her husband Charlie, decided to purchase it through a non-profit in 2013 with plans to bring it back to life.

The facility is now a vibrant youth camp that provides Outdoor School to over 2,200 local 5th & 6th graders during the spring and fall months, along with offering traditional summer camp where over 800 campers get to spend a week of their summer. It is truly a place for Central Oregon, although they do have their fair share of campers from the valley as well.

With the launch of their Spark Project just a few years ago, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has encouraged its employees to become more involved with local charities. This is one such charitable organization that is highly visible and actively making a difference in the development of kids in our community – actually owned & operated by a Cascade Sotheby’s agent. Another broker at the company, Jacquie Sebulsky is also a valued member of the Camp’s Board of Directors.

Originally founded by Donna Gill and Lucile Murphy in 1935, Camp Tamarack has served the youth of Central Oregon for over 83 years. The Camp is a place where children can experience the many wonders the outdoors has to offer. Today, over 3,000 students a year experience the freedom of just playing, bonding, taking risks and trying new things. Camp Tamarack evokes community involvement on so many levels, making a difference for kids in our community, and truly wanting to help EVERY kid experience the outdoors.

One of the things that makes Camp Tamarack so special is the connection that people feel to it. The Andersons want this camp to continue to be for the community and that is why they need your support. Contributions are needed to bring ADA accessibility to the facility, as well as being able to fund scholarships for students to attend the camps. Volunteers, such as carpenters, electricians, painters, auto mechanics, and anyone willing to spend some time out at camp working on improvements are also greatly appreciated. Camp Tamarack is a non-profit organization registered with the state of Oregon. All donations are 100% tax deductible. The first $10,000 of their goal will be matched through donations until the end of 2018. Camp Tamarack operates under a special use permit with Deschutes National Forest, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.

The Bend Food Project and Cascade Sotheby’s Partner to Feed Central Oregonians in Need

BEND, OR – A recent company email addressed to ‘Everyone’ read, “It’s that time again, and collections are needed as people typically donate less during the summer, while need increases. Please let me know if you could take a bag or two. I can bring by your office and will be delivering the filled bags week of August 8th.” Myra Girod, a Principal Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, is passionate about giving back. One cause that she is a strong advocate for, is providing food for her fellow Central Oregon neighbors. In fact, Cascade Sotheby’s is a devoted proponent of community support programs. To date, the company driven Spark Project, has contributed thousands of dollars in donations to many different charitable organizations throughout Oregon and SW Washington. As dedicated as she is to promoting the best interests of her real estate clients, Myra has diligently served as a volunteer and through her efforts and infectious enthusiasm, has influenced fellow brokers to assist. One such recipient of her efforts include The Bend Food Project.

Bend Food Project
The Bend Food Project is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the year-round collection of non-perishable foods. Their mission is to provide a consistent supply of food to the local food banks who distribute food to food insecure families in the community. The foundation is structured as a network of food donors and coordinators. ‘Neighborhood Coordinators’ collect non-perishable food from their ‘neighborhood food donors’ once every two months.  A re-usable green Bend Food Project bag is given by the Neighborhood Coordinators to their neighborhood of food donors. All food collected is then distributed to a local food bank in the Bend/LaPine area.

Since 2015, the Project has collected over 200, 545 pounds of non-perishable foods (160,436 meals). Their goal now is to collect 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food EACH year. Many are unaware, that, in our tri-county area (Deschutes/Jefferson/Crook), there are over 20,000 people who access emergency food every month. Thankfully, The Bend Food Project is there to help. Many local schools are operating programs that involve students and their families in the collection of food items for donation.  It is about students learning compassion and awareness of the many individuals and families in Bend who need support.

Sue and Larry Marceaux are founders of the project. In its first year, the Bend Food Project collected more than 40,000 pounds of food for donation. The Morceauxes, of Bend, state that the program’s quick growth was a pleasant, if not overwhelming, surprise. Anyone involved with the project, including the Marceauxes, are volunteers. Since then they have appointed a board of directors, who have developed a business plan to help the project continue to grow. “We weren’t really sure what to expect, but we also knew Sue and I wanted to be very modest, to build a firm base with a small group of people,” Larry Marceaux said.

Sue Marceaux said the growing popularity of the Bend Food Project relates to its simplicity. “It is modeled off the Ashland Food Project, where community members fill green reusable bags of food every two months and leave it on their doorsteps for volunteers to pick up and bring to a local food bank. In this case, The Giving Plate, a Bend food pantry, being a main recipient. It’s a very simple program, and that’s been the beauty of it,” Sue Marceaux said. “It really builds a sense of community.” In August 2015, at its start, the program had 12 neighborhood coordinators. By October, it had 20. Now it has more than 40. The number of businesses contributing to the Bend Food Project in the last year helped propel it forward.

Beyond its own transformation in the last year, the project has helped change the model of The Giving Plate. The food pantry used to buy most of its nonperishable food with grant money, but now with Bend Food Project donations, that money can go toward fresh food. The Giving Plate now has more meat, dairy and produce to offer its clients: people who fall within the U.S. Department of Agriculture poverty guidelines. And because they have more nonperishable food donated, The Giving Plate has more options for how to give out food. Whereas clients used to pick up boxes of food packed for them by The Giving Plate volunteers, now they will be able to choose the foods they want.

Larry Marceaux said the Bend Food Project has grown to the point where it is collecting food year-round outside the scheduled events, from schools, churches and business. More than 70 volunteer coordinators go around town collecting green bags full of food from about 1,000 donors. Each month, Larry Marceaux estimates the Bend Food Project feeds between 700 and 900 families. Of those in need, the fastest growing group is senior citizens who are on fixed incomes and Social Security, Larry Marceaux said. Only about 4 percent of the food goes toward the homeless, who usually use other options such as shelters and community kitchens, he said. Operating year-round helps fill The Giving Plate beyond the holidays, especially in the summer months when the least amount of food is donated, Larry Marceaux said.

“As the Bend Food Project continues to grow,” Larry Marceaux said, “The hope is to expand and partner with other food banks in the region. “We want to get to the point where we are outperforming The Giving Plate, and hopefully support some of the other pantries in Bend as well,” he said. “The Bend Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food. It’s a donor drive, not a food drive.” The next collection will be on August 11, 2018 – so, go pick up your green bags!

What You Can Do?

  • Volunteer to help grow the organization
  • Become a Neighborhood Coordinatorand build a neighborhood of active food donors
  • Become a food donor
  • Donate money

Items in Need

  • Fruit snacks/fruit cups
  • Protein bars
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Crackers/cookies
  • Oatmeal/Individual cereals
  • Individual drinks/juice boxes
  • Canned meat (tuna/chicken)
  • Individual peanut butters
  • Snack mixes/trail mix
  • Oranges/apples
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Soups/chili
  • Canned meals
  • Boxed meals
  • Mexican food items
  • Rice/dry beans
  • Mac/Cheese and Top Ramen
  • Breakfast items/cereal
  • Bakery items (flour/sugar/etc)
  • Pasta/pasta sauce
  • Drinks
  • Baby food/formula


Ron Davis, Central Oregon Real Estate Fixture Will be Missed

BEND, OR – This past week saw the passing of longtime fixture of the Central Oregon real estate community, Ron Davis. A Principal Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty for over 10 years, Davis passed away early Thursday morning, July 19, 2018. Ron was a top producing ranch broker for over 25 years, receiving multiple awards for his work and dedication to the real estate business, even being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame prior to joining CSIR.

Deb Tebbs, Owner and CEO of Cascade Sotheby’s says, “Ron Davis has worked with me at Cascade Sotheby’s for the last 10 plus years. Ron was a dedicated, loyal broker and friend. He was always there to give me a word of encouragement or just a hug! He told me time and time again, how ‘proud’ he was of me. I am going to miss his friendship, grateful heart and spirit… Rest in peace Ron.”

Growing up in Montana and spending a lot of time on ranches led Ron to become an expert in rural properties. After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Agriculture, he was hired by the Deschutes National Forest in Bend as a Range and Wildlife Conservationist. He would spend weeks at a time in the mountain ranges of Central Oregon monitoring cattle and wildlife land usage, creating a deep love for this area that would eventually lead to him settling there for the long term.

Ron was drafted into the military during Vietnam and he decided to become a pilot, flying 300 combat missions in the F100 over Southeast Asia and earning 15 Air Medals as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. True to his hardworking personality and dedication to the service and his country, Ron continued his flying career after his tour in Vietnam and returned to the US to train other pilots for combat. After 21 years of military service and a variety of other training and command assignments, Ron retired and spent 4.5 years working in Saudi Arabia managing an aircraft services operation before deciding to return to the place he loved the most, Central Oregon.

As a broker who was been deeply involved with the ranch and property lifestyle throughout his life, Ron and his wife, Liz, after settling in Central Oregon, started a registered Quarter Horse business. Ron, an accomplished rodeo team bareback and saddle bronc rider, showed his horses in Cutting Horse competitions across the US and Canada and had won numerous awards, including a world championship in 2007.

An avid outdoorsman who loved high mountain ranges, skiing, lakes, horses, and the fantastic community of Central Oregon, Ron had no regrets making this beautiful place his home. There are few who can match the experiences Ron has had throughout his multiple careers and interesting adventures. His love of the outdoors, dedication to his country, passion for horses and the ranch life, and hard-working attitude in everything he’s done provides all the explanation necessary for the success he’s had in all aspects of his life.

If you were ever fortunate enough to sit down and talk with Ron, you soon learned that there are a lot more interesting aspects of his life besides his real estate expertise and accomplishments. Highly respected personally, and across the real estate community in Central Oregon, Ron Davis was a true professional, a mentor, a horseman, and a gentleman. His passing will leave an indelible void in those lives he touched, especially the Cascade Sotheby’s family.

There will be a graveside memorial service on Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m,. at the Deschutes Memorial Garden in Bend, Oregon. Guests are invited to attend a post-memorial gathering at the home of Ron and Liz Davis, following the ceremony, 18455 Couch Market Rd., Bend, OR.

“Ron, a dear friend, a magnificent man – 31 yrs. Airforce fighter pilot with 300 combat missions, a wonderful horseman and fellow real estate broker. We traded sooo many Tumalo horse sales, clients and transactions through the years. I talked with him often and visited one another’s ranches and horses… Good bye.” – Carol Osgood, Broker
“What a great man and a true legend.  I’m so sorry to hear this news. He will missed.” – Shelly Swanson, Broker
“He was a true legend. I am fortunate and honored to have known him.” – Joanne McKee, Broker
“He was an incredible man.” – Stephanie Ruiz, Broker
“You’ll be missed Ron Davis. A true original.” – Ken Renner
“When we were all at our first Sotheby’s meeting down in LA, all of us had such a wonderful time together… the women LOVED our cowboy hat wearing men (Ron and Bobby) from Central Oregon! It is a special memory for sure. It is with a heavy heart I hear of his passing. May peace be with you handsome!” – Martha Gerlicher, Principal Broker
“He was a nice man. Always supported the Veterans. Soft spoken and kind.” – Chris Sulak
“Ron was the whole reason I’m here at the company. He taught me nearly everything I know about real estate and always wanted me to succeed first and foremost. He was the best.” – Chelsey Hadduck, Sr. Listing Coordinator
“So sad… he was such a great man with so much drive! He will be dearly missed!” – Julie Moe, Broker
“He was an incredible man, great mentor. He will be missed by all.” – Pam Mayo-Phillips, Principal Broker
“Very sad – Ron was a true legend and a gentleman in every way. He will be missed by many!” – Norma DuBois, Broker
“Heaven is a better place with You there, Ron. A classy cowboy and a good man. The end of an era. You will be missed.” – Robin Yeakel, Broker
“When I first started at Sotheby’s last summer, Ron was so kind and welcoming.  He had such a rich and interesting life story and had so many amazing experiences.  Wonderful guy who knew how to live.”  – Karen Wilson, Broker
“So sad to hear this news. Ron was a true professional in our line of work and in many others as well… served his country, was a great horseman. I always looked forward to his spirited real estate opinions over the last twenty. RIP Ron.” – Nancy Melrose, Principal Broker
“I was privileged to do my first real estate transaction with Ron! When I saw his cowboy hat, I knew he was a friend and colleague…  as he was to all he met and worked with. There will truly be a place in our hearts for this remarkable professional and kind-hearted man.” – Mara Stein, Principal Broker

Real Estate and Equestrian Passions Support At-Risk Youth

LAKE OSWEGO, OR – Riding horses since only 7-years old, Laura Piccard, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Lake Oswego, realizes how fortunate she has been to be able to combine her two greatest passions – horses and real estate. Inheriting her mother’s love of riding, Laura claims that it’s in her blood. Taking care of the horses and cleaning stalls fueled her appetite to ride, as she began competing at an early age. Now, as an adult, Laura maintains an affinity for equestrian activities and any opportunity to ride. An avid equestrian and a horse owner, she is a frequent competitor in hunter jumper horse shows across the Northwest.

Laura has lived and worked in Brussels, Belgium before entering real estate. Having experienced another culture, she has developed a network of relationships with international clients, enabling her to better serve their particular needs and understand that there are unique lifestyle attributes that they might find appealing in the Portland area. With over 10 years of industry credibility, Laura’s exceptional talents in navigating property transactions highlight her invaluable advice, guidance and care to her clients in all stages of their process. Being associated with an iconic luxury brand is what initially drew Laura’s interest in working with Cascade Sotheby’s, but it was also the fact that they were differentiated by their reputation for a high-level of customer service. It’s not just about price point, it’s the story that you’re delivering to the buyer. Laura’s equestrian background has made her an authority on horse properties. Her current listing at 33207 SE 6th St., Mt. Laurel/Washougal, WA, perfectly illustrates the type of residence she relates to. View the property video.

The Oregon High Desert Classics (OHDC) is held in sunny Bend, Oregon on the beautiful 40-acre J Bar J Youth Services Ranch. The two-week hunter/jumper competition showcases top riders from the Western United States and Canada and includes junior athletes and Olympic competitors. With snow-capped mountain views and grass arenas, this show is sure to inspire. The show offers an array of amenities such as six arenas, six schooling/lunging rings, on-site barns for up to 600 horses and great dining and shopping just six miles away in Downtown Bend. Over $150,000 in prize money is at stake as horses and riders of all ages and levels compete throughout the week in classes such as the Grand Prix and USHJA International & National Hunter Derbys. Sponsorships help create the show ambiance and are instrumental to the success of OHDC and J Bar J Youth Services to continue to provide services through their six programs. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is a white-ribbon sponsor of this year’s events: Pre-Adult Equitation, Ariat® National Adult Medal and the OHJA Jr/Sr Medal. Laura is scheduled to compete in the Adult Equitation 40-49, the Ariat® Medal and the OHJA Junior/Senior Medal events.

J Bar J Youth Services offers innovative options for at-risk children, youth and families working toward self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. The program outcome is to produce healthy adults who contribute to society. Founded as a working ranch for juvenile offenders, the agency has grown and now includes eight program areas to address the growing needs of challenged youth in our community.  Stephanie Alvstad, Executive Director, J Bar J Youth Services, says, “The Oregon High Desert Classics raises money to support at-risk youth. We have found the horse show community to be very generous in their compassion for the challenges our youth have to overcome. This show has contributed more than $2.6 million towards helping kids over the past ten years. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you!”

A former resident of the homeless teen shelter summed up his experience with this; “The LOFT (homeless shelter program) has helped me with many things. They helped me get back in school. They help me with my medical and dental needs. They make sure I am eating well. Most of all, the staff at the LOFT makes me feel like there is someone who cares.  Another youth who graduated from the Ranch had this to say; “J Bar J influenced me to become not only a productive member of society, but someone who I don’t mind looking at in the mirror in the morning. I learned how to take accountability for my actions and create a life for myself that I’m proud of.”

The horse show also provides a venue for youth involved in the programs to work. Boys from the Ranch interview for positions as groundskeepers and kitchen staff for the show. The money they earn is often put towards any restitution they need to pay. Girls from the Academy at Sisters serve as wait staff for multiple events under the Patrons Tent during the two weeks of the show. Community service is a strong value in all of our programs and the horse show is a perfect opportunity for the kids to help out.

Originally called the High Desert Horse Faire in 1989, this event was transferred to J Bar J Youth Services in 1992 and renamed the Michelob Classics. J Bar J owns a forty-acre cattle ranch east of Bend and operates a rehabilitation program for boys that have been in trouble with the law. The boys provided the labor needed to transform the property into a suitable show facility. To establish the grass rings, the fields were laser leveled, going down about six feet to put in rock and gravel. This provided a solid base for the grass rings. The boys continue to work the show every year, which gives them the opportunity to earn money to pay restitution. Learn more about J Bar J Youth Services.

Everyone has a different story to tell. Everybody has a different experience to share. And I love that I get to share the stories and experiences of my clients. To learn more about Laura Piccard, watch her broker film.

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.

Multi-Million Dollar Volume Brokers, The Riley Group, Joins Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

SUNRIVER, OR – Premier brokerage and long-time fixture in the Central Oregon real estate market, The Riley Group, moves influential team to Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. The Riley Group now joins Cascade Sotheby’s to enhance listings at the Sunriver branch office and throughout Central Oregon. The 4-broker team specializes in resort and vacation home real estate, new construction and development, relocation services and farm/ranch sales.
The Riley Group has been a premier broker in Sunriver and throughout Central Oregon for the last 20 years—closing over 1,000 extraordinary transactions in their career to date.
“Mike and Kim Riley have long been a powerhouse real estate team in Central Oregon and are some of the most respected and successful brokers in the Sunriver and Bend communities—we welcome this level of talent and respect to Cascade Sotheby’s as we continue to grow market share in 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 The Riley Team’s knowledge and expertise in new construction, relocation and resort sales will help us accelerate our momentum and propel us to our next level of growth in the region.”
The Riley Group includes the husband/wife team of Mike and Kim Riley, and what they call our ‘Millennial Team,’ Kailey Stevens and Ashley Neff, who serve the real estate questions and needs of a younger demographic. And it’s all in the family as The Riley’s children, Shauna Dingman and Casey Riley, are also real estate brokers and just signed with the Cascade Sotheby’s Lake Oswego office.
“This move was strategic business decision for us—Cascade Sotheby’s is the leading real estate brand in Central Oregon with precision platforms, creative marketing services, and the global reach and presence that will better serve our clientele whether buyers or sellers,” says Kim Riley. “It’s an incredible vibe working with the Cascade Sotheby’s team—they are so innovative in their approach to the market and frankly have double the transactions of any other brokerage in Central Oregon.”

Having experienced a high level of success in new construction, The Riley Group latest project, Canyon Crossing, is a collaborative development project with Bend Custom Homes. The Northwest Redmond, Oregon is a 24-home subdivision offering single-level living, RV parking and ADU units (additional dwelling unit). A sample rendering of a front elevation and floor-plan are shown here.

The Riley Group now joins Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, which exceeded $1.3 billion in closed sales in 2017 and continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics:

  • $30 million in company revenue in 2017
  • 325% sales growth from 2015 to 2017
  • More than two times the market share in Central Oregon than closest competitor
  • More than 250 brokers across Oregon and SW Washington
  • than 80 new brokers signed in 2017 alone
  • 33 new agents year-to-date 2018 representing $137 million in sales revenue
  • Average price point for Cascade Sotheby’s agents is 33% higher than other agents in Portland and SW Washington
  • 11 offices in Oregon and SW Washington

“Our team’s motto is ‘a team always outperforms an individual’—we expect to even better serve our clients by joining the powerful and innovative team of Cascade Sotheby’s,” says Kim.

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.
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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.

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