Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Hosts Grand Opening Event for Vancouver Office

On Friday, December 6th, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty’s hosted a grand opening event for its 3,185 square foot gallery-style office in the Riverview Tower located at 900 Washington Street in Vancouver, WA. Over 70 people attended the event.

According to CEO Deb Tebbs, opening the Vancouver office is extra special to her. “Since we opened in Portland a few years ago, we had our eyes on this great town, and we truly appreciate the brokers that helped us launch. I am also excited to announce we recently hired Adam Williams to lead the office as a branch manager. He is exceptional at helping our brokers grow their business.”

The Sotheby’s brand has attracted some of the top brokers in the area, already producing over $100M in sales this year, including Heather DeFord and Donna Roberts two of the top brokers in SW Washington.

The brokerage also announces it is having its best year yet and projects $1.7 billion in closed real estate. 

  • 330 brokers
  • 14 offices serving the Pacific Northwest
  • 59% year-over-year sales growth in Portland Metro including SW Washington

Cascade Living | December 2019

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

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

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The Old House and the Sea

The history of Ilwaco, a small but active port on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, is built into an historic home that sits high on a hill. When the house was under construction in the early 1930s, a nearby Civil War-era fort was being decommissioned, and the staircase from the captain’s quarters was dismantled and rebuilt in the house. It’s just one detail in the house that is filled with character and history.

Ilwaco House Study
That charm is what caught Richard Ellis’s eye almost twenty years ago. He and his wife Marge Ellis were looking to move from Vancouver, Washington to the Washington coast when Richard stumbled upon this house. Staring up at the two-story home, Richard thought to himself, “I bet Marge would love this house.” He knocked on the door and asked if the owner would be willing to sell. As luck would have it, she would.

Ilwaco House Kitchen
Richard and Marge lived there for eighteen years and are now moving to eastern Washington to be closer to family. “We’re so torn,” said Marge. “We just love this house.” The house is as much a fixture in the charming coastal town as the port that draws tourists year-round. Originally owned and built by a local family that owned the whole block as well as the theater and gas station in Ilwaco, the house has been through only three owners in its almost century of life.

Ilwaco House Breakfast Nook

“Finding this much usable space and a well-maintained property in a home of this age, in this location, is a real challenge,” said Cascade Sotheby’s broker Heather DeFord. “It is one of the premiere homes in the area.” When the Ellises moved in, the bones of the house were there, Marge explained, but it did need updates. Richard and Marge were careful to preserve the integrity of the home and its craftsman style.

Ilwaco House Living Room
“I like traditional builds,” said Marge. “No matter how they build today…it just doesn’t have the bones that this does.” They started by chipping away at the paint that had sealed the original large picture windows shut, breathing new life into the home. They took the time to find the era-correct replacements for Art Deco style chandeliers and sconces that were found throughout the home.

Ilwaco House Dining Room
They did preserve the original maple hardwood flooring that was found throughout the first floor and the second-floor landing. Other details like glass doorknobs, ample built-ins, a gas fireplace and French doors that lead into the dining room enhance the historic charm. Seven years ago, they remodeled the kitchen. “We worked really hard to make sure the kitchen blended in with the house,” said Marge. Matching the dark DeWils cabinets to the wide wood trim found throughout the home made the modern kitchen blend seamlessly with the traditional style of the home. They added stainless steel appliances and granite counters as well as an island to the layout for an efficient cook’s dream. They also brought back the booth seating in a breakfast nook of the kitchen that was taken out at some point in an earlier remodel, restoring part of the home’s original history.

Ilwaco House Master Bedroom
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is primed for its next chapter. There is an unfinished basement that could be turned into another living space. The large, unfinished attic, which is lined with large wooden beams salvaged from shipwrecks in the area, could be turned into a master suite. Outside, a recently added Malarkey roof is constructed to withstand heavy coastal storms. Fruit trees dot the large yard, and there is a detached two-car garage with more storage space. Fresh landscaping and white exterior paint add to the 4,500-square-foot home’s curb appeal.

Ilwaco House Bonus Room
“Finding a home on the coast of this vintage and quality, and in such excellent condition, is no small feat,” said broker DeFord. “This home has been lovingly cared for and upgraded over the years, and is perfectly located to take advantage of all the recreational opportunities on the Long Beach Peninsula.” Ilwaco and Long Beach have recently seen a surge in tourism. Locally run small businesses draw families to the region. Ride along the dune trails, hike and search for sand dollars at Leadbetter Point State Park, stroll through the charming historic Oysterville neighborhood and pick up fresh seafood for dinner. In Ilwaco, the Saturday farmers’ market brings out the local vendors along the boardwalk.

Ilwaco House Aerial
From the high perch of the home, Richard and Marge can watch the bustling harbor, with fishing boats moving in and out daily. They also can imagine what Lewis and Clark saw on the last point of their journey, as Ilwaco is the farthest point West of the historic trail. “There’s a lot of history here,” said Marge. This home is listed for $585,000 with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, view the listing here or contact Heather DeFord at 360.608.4321.


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes New Manager of Broker Relations

BEND, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes a new manager of broker relations, Corinne Burt. Burt will support brokers with both compliance and best practices so they can provide the first-class service which is the hallmark of the Sotheby’s brand. In addition, she will keep the firm current with changing state, local and regional regulations governing real estate transactions.

Corrine Burt

“Compliance and best practices are constantly evolving—these are some of the fundamental tools brokers use on a daily basis to yield the best possible client experience,” says Burt, whose background combines business litigation, business ownership, and real estate practice with Vanguard Properties, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area brand. “Sotheby’s is a superb brand—the company has a corporate structure which focuses on broker support, which, in turn, allows brokers to do the very best job for their clients.”

As a former business litigator, Burt is accustomed to and comfortable with the details of complex business transactions. She brings a profound understanding of the nature of various rules and regulations that impact different types of properties whether farm, ranch, vineyard, oceanfront property, or residential acreage. She also brings a practical and intuitive understanding of the nature of brokers and the way they work.

“Every transaction is different—whether a purchase or a sale—and requires a comprehensive understanding of disclosures, legal knowledge and an understanding of local and state transactions,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “We welcome Corinne’s unique legal experience and real estate expertise to support our growing team of brokers.”


Open Your Mind to Creative Living Spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Ave Interior

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

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

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

First Impression Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

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

Mowing Lawn

Spruce Up That Lawn

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

Plant Something

Plant Something

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

Highlight That Front Door

Highlight That Front Door

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

Clean Things Up

Clean Things Up

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

Lighten the Mood

Lighten the Mood

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

Check the Mail(box)

Check the Mail(box)

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

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

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

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

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

An Insider's Guide to the Parade of Homes

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

Who Should Attend a Parade of Homes?

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

Top Parade Tips

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


An Insider’s Guide to the Parade of Homes

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

Who Should Attend a Parade of Homes?

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

Top Parade Tips

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


The Oregon Coast Market is Gaining Momentum

OREGON COAST, OR – Although its neighbors to the south routinely leave house hunters ‘California Dreamin’, and coastline price points along the great Pacific Northwest typically eclipse Space Needle stratosphere, nest seekers and brokers alike, who previously disparaged the areas trailing the Oregon Coast Highway, have begun to show the magnificent region, albeit long overdue, market-wide recognition. The shores of the Oregon coast are as diverse as any, bounded to the east by the Oregon Coast Range, and stretching approximately 362 miles from the Columbia River in the north, to the California state border in the south.
Haystack Rock
As varied as its geography and its inhabitants, the architectural styles, sizes and value of the homes that populate the coast, range from quaint beach cottages, the recipients of years of wind and sea spray, to multi-million-dollar, cliff-dwelling marvels, straight off the cover of Dwell magazine. Whether you prefer the rugged tranquility of sand dunes and the sounds of surf crashing against spectacular rock formations, lively seaside communities with seemingly miles of boardwalk or majestic views of historic lighthouses, the distinct characteristics of each region are gaining in appeal, especially from international buyers.
Haystack Window
Once a deterrent to those interested in investment properties along the Oregon coast, recent market price points are providing an offset to the sometimes unpredictable, and often inclement weather patterns experienced there. Oregon has experienced an infiltration of out-of-state residents on the lookout for beachfront bargains that are, by far, less expensive than what’s available to them in their native states. While some buyers hail from as far away as Texas and Arizona, California and Washington residents make up the bulk of new clients, says Sally Conrad, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, “They come here and see the difference in price and what they get for their money and they buy,” 1 she says.
Haystack Grass
In Cannon Beach, a waterfront community on the northern Oregon coast known for its long, sandy shore, Cascade Sotheby’s recently sold a two-bedroom home for $483,000, just 2 blocks from the ocean. Conrad says the equivalent home in a smart Californian town that close to the ocean would cost double that amount. In the northern, central and southern markets, each with its own distinct buyer demographic, are all experiencing an influx of wealthy out-of-state buyers, helping to accelerate sales and increase prices, agents say.
Cliff House
Year-over-year price increases ranging from 7%-12% have been typical. Last year, Oregon’s oceanfront housing market saw a 9.5% increase in the number of homes sold compared to 2016, according to data collected by the state’s Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). The average price of a home grew 7.8%, while the average number of days on the market for a home shrank 8.7%. An example of the value that buyers will experience in Oregon, as opposed to others Pacific states is well-illustrated by the listing of an oceanfront home in Gearhart, for sale through Cascade Sotheby’s for $2.29M. The house, on 1.6 acres, measures 2,280 sq. ft., with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. In Cannon Beach, the same agent has another listing, a five-bedroom house on the beach for only $1.99M. 2
Haystack View
Interest among Asian buyers has intensified to the point in which Cascade Sotheby’s has established its own in-house Asia Market Division. Based out of their Lake Oswego location, and who will play a vital role in the development of the Division, Principal Broker Michael Zhang, is highly experienced in international transactions, specializing in the representation of Far East buyers. Zhang states, “Not only do Asian buyers view properties in the Pacific Northwest, primarily the Oregon Coast, as a relocation interest, but also as an extremely viable investment opportunity, considering the alternative price points of Washington and Northern California.”
Rock House
References:

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