Cascade Living | November 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and The Willamette Valley.

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Central Oregon
Oregon Coast
Columbia River Gorge

Portland
SW Washington
Willamette Valley


Bend Office Updates

A Fun Place To Work 

This week’s sales meeting for our Bend brokers kicked off with a hotly contested costume competition. The costumes encompassed a vast variety of genres and styles. We saw everything from a surprisingly accurate depiction of a Mesozoic era dinosaur to a domesticated take on Stephen King’s beloved and feared character, Pennywise. The competition was not at all half-hearted but turned rather fervid as brokers were clamoring for the top spots. The vote came down to the wire, but ultimately, Dinosaur Skeleton ‘she’s shorter in person’ Stephanie Ruiz walked away with the coveted victory. 2nd place went to Michelle Anderson and Jaquie Sebulsky with the Huffman & Loughlin ‘too soon?!’ costume followed closely by Brandi Wanker’s Mime, ‘use your words!’ outfit.

Agents of Change

The Scotch Award

After the costume contest, Northwestern Home Loan’s Matthew Bassitt presented Caleb and Ellie Anderson with the “Keeper of the Scotch Coin Award” for the month of November. The inscription on the award reads as follows: “The Keeper of the Scotch Coin represents a commitment made to saving a solider’s life. For the month it hangs on this wall, a warrior suffering from post-traumatic stress will have the opportunity to participate in the Save a Warrior Program because of this business’s generous donation of $2,500. This pledge takes place each month of the year, and started September of 2016 at The Scotch Golf Tournament”. For information about how to get involved or to learn more about The Scotch Award, please visit https://warriorimpact.org/.

Keeping Our Brokers Well Informed

COAR Guest Speaker

Tyler Neese, the Government Affairs Director at COAR, was the featured guest speaker. Tyler updated the group on new policies being implemented throughout Oregon. He talked about the ‘Road to 3000’, which is a new Bend City Council goal of adding 3,000 new housing units by June 2021. Tyler also educated the group on the new Bend Climate Action Plan and Mandatory Energy Audits, which is just a reflection of the same Portland policies that were adopted 2 years ago. For more information about the new policies, please visit COAR’s Government Affairs page.


New Office Now Open in NorthEast Portland

On Thursday, October 24th, we celebrated the opening of our 15th office in Oregon and SW Washington. Collaboration with our brokers has been the essential ingredient for our growth to 325 brokers. We are the 11th largest Sotheby’s affiliate in the world in 2018 as well as being ranked the number 1 brokerage firm in Oregon by the number of transactions. We provide exceptional service to buyers and sellers in all price ranges. Please contact one of our market-savvy brokers to help you achieve your real estate objectives.


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics:

  • 325 brokers
  • 15 offices in Oregon and SW Washington
  • 2X market share in Central Oregon than nearest competitor
  • $1.5 billion company-wide sales volume in 2018

Cascade Sotheby’s affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty offers a distinctive advantage to reach an affluent global audience. With over 20,000 sales associates in approximately 960 offices and 72 countries and territories, and 108 billion in sales, the Sotheby’s network provides a profound international reach to market properties in Oregon and SW Washington.

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November First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on November 1st at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Jeanne Debons.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by The Ladd Group.

Artist Bio

Jeanne Debons received a diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School in 2005 and has BS and MS degrees in Forest Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York and a PhD from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University.   

Living in Central Oregon since 2006, she paints and teaches botanical illustration and has developed the Tracing Frame℗ to help students with starting to draw.

Her work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions, and her paintings have been used for the cover of two books, in magazines and as illustrations in several books.

“Botanical Illustration and Painting is a meditation that if you are fortunate will result in plant portrait that captures the magic of the subject.”

See more of Jeanne Debons’ work here


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 Power of 100 | The Sunriver Women’s Club

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


October First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

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.

Artist Bio
“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.


Cascade Living | October 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and The Willamette Valley.

Click below to see the newsletter for your region:
Central Oregon
Columbia River Gorge
Oregon Coast
Portland
Southwest Washington
Willamette Valley


Moving Closer to Family

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. 

Manzanita Separate Suite
Bend Extra Studio Unit
ADU in Tigard
Separate ADU in Washougal
Room for family on 12 acres in Sisters

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.