At the urging and support of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker Robyn Tuttle and Lorna Nolte, both SRWC members and local realtors, the Power of 100 Program applied for a Charitable Gift from the Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR).
Members of COAR are committed to community involvement and nominate nonprofits for consideration. In 2018, COAR donated over $100,000 to non-profits and events in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties.
Just before the Welcome Event, the SRWC was notified that ten women who donated to Power of 100 would have their $100 donations matched with a COAR Charitable Gift. The gift along with our Power of 100 donations brings us within reach of funding the KIDS Center Project THRIVE—$8,600 of our $10,000 goal.
The KIDS Center Project THRIVE, gives children the opportunity to tell their story when a loved one abuses or neglects them in a child friendly environment. It insures that children in south Deschutes County receive the services they need to be safe and recover.
If you want to be one of the 14 members still needed, join the Power of 100 Program at http://www.sunriverwomensclub.com/the-power-of-100 or send a check for $100 to SRWC, PO Box 3334, Sunriver, OR, 97707
Please Join in the First Friday October 4th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Dee McBrien-Lee.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and by hosted Julie More and Jared Chase.
“Painting is something I have done my entire life. It is Passion, Meditation, and Therapy. To create gives me an outlet for thoughts that keep me up at night or ideas and sights that bring me pleasure. A particular piece may be joyful or full of purpose, depending on the place I inhabit when the work is born. From the very beginning I love to use many layers of acrylic and mixed media to build a deep and interesting piece. Along the way I may add found objects or add textures to bring a richness into the work.”
Dee McBrien-Lee has been painting for as long as she can remember. She is best known for her abstracts and bird paintings which she creates with bold color and lots of texture, often mixing a variety of media for a unique look. Dee studied art at SUNY New Paltz in the 70’s and after graduation took a long hiatus from art. In the mid 2000’s she picked up where she had left off and shortly after began to study abstract painting, gradually moving away from the traditional landscape and western style of her past .
A favorite quote of McBrien-Lee, “I don’t start with a color order, but find the colors as I go” by Helen Frankenthaler is a mantra she lives by. While sometimes an abstract is just an abstract, this artist also explores subjects including current events or issues that we face on a daily basis. Dee has always loved getting fully immersed in her medium and paints with intention as well as just applying color to canvas and letting the mood and the piece take her where it may. Preferring bold color and line combined with many layers to create the finished pieces she seeks to create a mood or draw a reaction with her work and strives to create a dialog amongst her viewers. She loves to experiment with textures and while acrylic is her preferred medium, she works with just about everything in an exploratory and experimental way. The list of artists that have influenced her work is long but a sampling includes Klee, Diebenkorn, Klimt and Matisse.
McBrien-Lee was a founding Partner and former owner/artist at the Red Chair Gallery from 2010 through 2018. She has been juried in to various regional and local shows and her work can be found in private collections from coast to coast and in Europe. McBrien-Lee is currently represented by the Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, Oregon and the TClifton Gallery in Memphis, TN. As of May 1, 2019 McBrien-Lee’s work can be found at Tumalo Art Company in the Old Mill District of Bend, OR where she is a Member Artist.
See more of Dee McBrien’s work here.
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Baby Boomers are becoming Baby Chasers, and Here’s Why
According to the data trackers at Meyers Research’s Zonda, around 25% of boomers (those born between between 1946 and 1964) are choosing to pull up roots and move closer to grandkids after retirement. There are a number of perks fueling this popular trend. Running the gamut from practical and necessary to “I just want to watch my grandkids grow!,” there’s a reason so many retirees are choosing to bid farewell to their homes and move, sometimes all the way across the country, to be closer to family.
While getting in on the fun during those first few baby years with the grandkids is often reason enough to hit the bricks, the opportunity to discover a new community and friends with similar lifestyles is a tremendous benefit that ought not be overlooked. Whether it’s a new partner for pickleball or someone to join for whisky tastings and cigars, finding someone who shares an interest is the perfect way to break the ice in a new place. At the end of the day, grandmas and grandpas deserve a little fun, too, ya know.
Being There for Family
Raising a family is tough business, and no one knows that better than someone who’s made it all the way through to the other side and reached that golden age of leisure we like to call retirement. It’s a time to sit back, relax, and watch the next generation of teens make ridiculous fashion choices that they’ll almost definitely laugh at when they get older. Speaking of the next generation, older kids and teens can also be a big help around the house — another perk to living closeby.
Chores are a great way for kids to learn household skills, and it creates moments of bonding and shared experiences which help bridge generational gaps and encourage closer relationships. Whether shoveling snow or just watching a movie together, it’s an opportunity to spend casual time together outside of busy holidays and bustling family events. The support goes both ways, too. Grandparents can be a big help with after-school childcare and on snow days, sick days, and during seasonal breaks from school.
Deciding to move to be closer to family is easy. Deciding exactly how close is a whole other conversation. Here are some common scenarios to think about, as well as a few pros and cons to consider when making a plan to move near grandkids after retirement.
Moving in with Family
This is likely the most affordable option for many people, as it may allow more adults to financially contribute to the household, but there are other budget-friendly options that can offer everyone a bit more breathing room. Adding an additional dwelling onto an existing homesite can be a cost-effective way to create a completely separate living space while still having all the perks of cohabitating with family, like daily breakfasts together or being there when kids come home from school.
There are many benefits to cohabitating, but there are some challenges to keep in mind, as well, like different sleeping and waking schedules, housekeeping styles, and general living habits. It can be hard, no matter how much love is shared, so it never hurts to keep this in mind when considering living with loved ones.
Buying a Separate Home
For those looking to be closer to family, but still wanting to retain privacy and autonomy, a separate home is the best option. Using the profits from the sale of a previous home often means that a buyer has a budget which affords more options and even greater amenities that may not have been accessible previously. Gated communities are a popular option among boomers, as they provide a higher level of security and often include lifestyle amenities, like tennis courts, swimming pools, and clubhouses with resident events — not to mention golf courses, gyms, and other resident perks which afford opportunities to get to know neighbors and build a sense of belonging within the neighborhood.
Buying a Home Together
Parents and grandparents looking to find a home for multigenerational living can choose to pool resources and purchase a larger home or one with an additional dwelling unit (ADU) — a “mother-in-law suite,” as they’re commonly called. This option brings all the perks and challenges mentioned above; it’s also an opportunity to plan for the family’s future through smart real estate investments which can help support long-term financial goals and building assets to pass down to future generations.
Here are a few examples of homes for sale with separate apartments and ADUs in Oregon and SW Washington. If you see something you like, or just want to know more about multigenerational homes, give us a call today for more information.
Making the First Move
If you’re shopping for a new home, a shared home, or just curious to know what’s available near your kids and grandkids, the first step is to contact a reputable real estate agency which can guide you toward the best options in your desired area. Realtors are not just home experts, they’re local fixtures and ambassadors for the community. Getting to know a new place can seem overwhelming, but having a great realtor by your side can make it a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable.
Contact Cascade Sotheby’s now to explore homes for sale in Central Oregon, the Portland area, along the Columbia River Gorge, at the Oregon Coast, and in SW Washington.
Our very own Brian Ladd spoke with Jennifer Hammond of The Jennifer Hammond Show on SiriusXM to talk about the state of real estate in Bend and everything the city has to offer! Listen to the full interview above, or click here.
Central Oregon may be best known as a mecca for beer lovers, mountain tamers, and intrepid cyclists, but this booming mountain-side community is also home to a thriving and exciting arts scene with a yearly tradition that’s made its way into the national spotlight.
Coming into its tenth year, the annual Sunriver Arts Fair has been named a top-ten Best Art Fair in America by Artfaircalendar.com, a patron-voted program meant to encourage attendance by highlighting innovative and exciting shows nationwide. Cascade Sotheby’s is proud to be a Premier Sponsor of the Sunriver Arts Fair, as a way of helping to make art, music, and culture more accessible throughout the community.
Raising Funds for Local Families & Children
The fair serves as the largest fundraising event for the Sunriver Women’s Club, a nonprofit corporation which, since its founding in 1974, has distributed $537,055 to agencies working to provide basic necessities, such as shelter, health, food, clothing, and education to families and children in the Three Rivers and south Deschutes County areas. All net proceeds of the Sunriver Arts Fair directly benefit these children and families.
About the 2019 Fair
This year, the event features more than 80 artists and makers from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and as far away as Illinois. Each brings a unique aesthetic, mission, and craft to the table, making the diversity of mediums represented truly reminiscent of of Central Oregon, and of the west itself.
With hand-spun ceramics and mosaic sculpture to woodworking, metalworking, textiles, and painting, the fair is an opportunity for attendees to experience creation in various forms and connect with the local art community in an intimate and lively setting. And because no great summer celebration is complete without a live soundtrack, each day of the festival hosts different musical acts to inspire the spirit and, hopefully, the feet with a little incentive to hit the dance floor.
For information about this year’s artists in attendance, explore the full list here.
Tips for Enjoying the Fair
If you are travelling from outside of the area or just making the drive from Bend, you can make the most of your trip to the Sunriver Arts Fair with these simple tips.
- Shade tents will be set up, but hats and sunscreen are still the best bet for saving your skin from a long day of sun exposure.
- Displays and vendors are set up on grass, pavers, concrete, and other terrain, so plan shoes accordingly.
- Reusable water bottles are welcome.
- Pets are welcome/ not welcome.
- If you are in need of local accommodations, the fair organized have compiled a helpful list.
We hope you enjoy your experience with the Central Oregon art community. To stay informed of upcoming local events, including arts and culture, outdoors, and more, subscribe to our blog.
Art Fair Hours
August 9-11, 2019
Fri. and Sat., 9:30am-6:00pm
Some things are so quintessentially summer that it’s hard to separate the season from the sensation. The ease of cold water sipped straight from the garden hose; the way melted ice cream stays sticky between your fingers; the smell of sunscreen and sea air. We learn young about the magic of summer through 12 gloriously school-free weeks each year. That magic tends to dissipate later in life — typically somewhere between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm on any given weekday. But just because we outgrow childhood, doesn’t mean we can’t discover new ways to enjoy the season of carefree living.
The Perks of Coastal Living
There’s a reason people of all ages are flocking to coastal cities large and small all across the U.S. In fact, there’s a lot more than one. Not only does life along the sea’s edge offer myriad lifestyle and recreation opportunities, there are a number of health, environmental, and financial benefits to coastal living, as well.
Wellbeing & Wealth
The desire to reclaim that feeling of summer freedom is driving more and more people to invest in lifestyle properties, like coastal homes. Buying a home on the Oregon Coast is not only a way to relive or even re-imagine those treasured summer moments, it’s also an opportunity to invest in income-generating rental properties which see high tourist rates throughout the year. Yes, summer is the fair-haired season for most beach dwellers, but year-round living and vacationing by the sea offers lifestyle perks and benefits that might surprise you.
Here are a few spacious homes for sale on the Oregon and Washington coastlines. Each offers enough space to host small to larger groups, as well as quintessential ocean vibes that will make any traveler happy to rest a while on these shores.
Craftsman Cottage with a Bar for Salty Sailors
Old-School Beach Cabin
The Cutest Beach Decor You’ve Ever Seen
Find Your Community
Activities like surfing, kiteboarding, fishing, and hiking are tremendously popular in these areas, which can help recent transplants meet new people and become established within the community, which can have an immensely positive impact on self-esteem and wellbeing.
A Perfect Cottage in a Great Community
Lincoln City is a premier destination for visitors and residents interested in a broad range of activities and interests. All the essential seaside sports are here, as well as microbreweries, restaurants, a famous skate park, and outlet malls that are well known throughout the state, so finding something to do is easy for just about everyone.
The Culture Connection
Many coastal towns are known as hubs of culture and the arts, so you’ll often find festivals and special events throughout the year. Not to mention fresh seafood, beautiful wharfs, cute and kitschy shops — all of which are attractive tourist features, making them ideal when investing in an income-generating rental property.
An Ocean-side Arts Hub
Homes for sale in Cannon Beach are sought out by everyone from marine efficianados to art and culture fans. This little town hosts a variety of events, like the Earth and Ocean Arts Festival, sandcastle building contests, and more.
You can even live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle due to abundant local natural resources, especially water. Living coastal virtually eliminates the need to water outdoors and makes hobby farming and sustainability farming more efficient. Not to mention the fact that many people report feeling a great sense of ease and peace when near water.
A Little House with a Lot of Beach
This Cannon Beach home is perfect for anyone looking for a low-maintenance home that allows you to walk straight from your living room onto the sand. If you want the benefits of living near water, it doesn’t get much closer than this, unless you’re an actual fish.
Accessible Price Points
Homes on the Oregon Coast range from very affordable to top-tier luxury, so there’s often a home to match every price point, depending on where you choose to purchase. The closer to the beach, the more you’ll likely pay, but there are some great options out there for those who don’t mind a little more space between their home and the waves.
Well Priced and Well Placed
This home for sale in Lincoln City offers beach access at a relatively low price point. It’s a great option for anyone looking to buy a beach home for year-round living, vacationing, or to use as an income property.
High-End at a Mid-Range Price
For brilliant views and beach access, this well-priced home in Depoe Bay is one you’ve got to experience in person. The home features windows in all the right places, as well as beach access only a few steps down the pathway.
Worth Every Penny
If you want to sip your morning coffee over views of an endless ocean horizon, this home for sale in Gleneden Beach gives you million-dollar vistas at a discount.
There’s More to Sea
Find your perfect coastal vacation home, rental property on the Oregon Coast, or charming seaside home for everyday living by exploring our favorite beach houses for sale right now. You’re also welcome to explore all our listings right here. If you’re just not done looking at beach homes for sale on the Oregon Coast, here are a few more to tide you over.
Open Spaces & High Ceilings
A Woodland Charmer
Please Join in the fun Friday August 2nd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Janet Rawlings.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts Silvia Knight and Sheila Balyeat, along with co-sponsor Sabrina Norton from First American Title Company, who will be serving wine and beer samples.
Janet Rawlings is an Award-winning Fine Artist using Soft Pastels or Charcoal in soft realism. Janet has received numerous awards, including “Painting of the Year” from Southern Oregon Society of Artists in 2007 and 2011.
Her art shows exceptional light, color and strong values. “I have an eclectic taste, so you will find any number of subjects in my portfolio; portraits, still- life, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and more.” Rawlings is also available to paint commissions as requested.
Although disabled from fibromyalgia, Rawlings says, “being able to create art is the best therapy I can imagine”. Rawlings is a member of the Pastel Society of Oregon, Plein Air Painters of Oregon and the SageBrushers Art Society in Bend.
Rawlings tries to display as much of my art as possible through shows in the area, including coffee shops, libraries and the Senior Center along with many specialized shows. You can also see her art by requesting an appointment at her “in-home” Studio.
For more about Janet please go to Rawlings Fine Art website
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker Diane Flansburg is on the Board of Directors of Kindred Matters, a 501(c)(3) which works to reunify siblings living in separate foster homes for a week at camp and now various activities throughout the year and through an annual summer camp program called Camp To Belong Oregon. She is thrilled to be a part of this endeavor and aims to help focus more attention on what is being done throughout the entire state.
Camp To Belong is an international camp program founded by Lynn Price in 1994. After discovering that she was in foster care and had a sister at the age of 8, Price founded Camp To Belong to provide separated siblings with opportunities to make memories together that she did not have. With member camps all over the United States and Australia, Camp To Belong camps have served nearly 13,000 separated siblings.
Since bringing Camp To Belong to the Northwest in 2006, nearly 2,000 youth have been served. Now serving primarily Oregon youth, two sessions of Camp To Belong are held each summer. Camp To Belong is a one-week long residential camp experience designed specifically to provide siblings with opportunities to make positive, childhood memories together, despite living separated. Activities at camp include an all camp birthday party, carnival night, sibling scrapbooks, campfires, arts and crafts, swimming, boating, rock climbing, archery, and so much more.
Camp To Belong has proven to be a powerful intervention for siblings living separated. In 2017, 97% of campers reported making positive memories with their siblings at camp and 85% reported that attending camp made their sibling relationship stronger. Beyond that, 92% reported that their time at camp made them more hopeful about their futures.
To learn more about the campers experience and help support Camp To Belong, click here.