Follow the Tasty Trail

It’s no surprise that the Oregon Coast is a destination for food lovers. Flavors arise from the forest, the sea, the farms and the markets along the scenic coastline. Fresh, tasty, authentic and delicious are just some of the words that come to mind.

Sharing these culinary riches with visitors to the coast is the goal behind the North Coast Food Trail, launched in 2018.

The trail isn’t literally a trail, but more like a map, or perhaps a menu, guiding visitors’ way from succulent sip to tasty bite, and suggesting food-related experiences along the way.

The communities of Cannon Beach, the Tillamook Coast and Lincoln City came together to create the trail. From restaurants to cooking schools, farms to farmers market, and even lodging and retail, the trail helps you navigate the northern Oregon Coast with no danger of going hungry.

Here are a few food trail highlights to check out along your next northern Oregon Coast adventure.

Nehalem Bay Winery
Wine tasting, wine sales and special events are held in this historic location year-round.

Kelly’s Brighton Marina
Rockaway Beach
Here’s your chance to catch your own meal. Net a Dungeness crab from Kelly’s dock or a rental boat, and they’ll cook it up for you and your hungry team.

de Garde Brewing
Wild fermented, barrel-aged beers are in a trendy little tasting room in the heart of Tillamook.

Tillamook Creamery
This recently rebuilt headquarters of Tillamook’s famous dairy products is a grand destination full of cheese to taste, exhibits to learn from and a viewing deck into the factory itself.

EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School and Restaurant
Cannon Beach
Owners Bob Neroni and Lenore Emery admit that teaching the craft of cooking is one of the most satisfying experiences of their career. Sign up for a class with homework that you can eat.

Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market
Lincoln City
Since 1949, Barnacle Bill’s has offered high quality seafood, sourced locally on the Oregon Coast, and caught and harvested by two commercial fishing vessels.

The Bay House Restaurant
Lincoln City
One of just three AAA four-diamond restaurants in Oregon, the Bay House serves meals of local, organic and sustainably grown foods from their waterfront location.

Oregon Coast Seafood Festivals

Newport Seafood and Wine Festival
February 21-24, 2019

Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival
March 7-10, 2019
Cannon Beach

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival
April 26-28, 2019


Written by Kim Cooper Findling

Cascade Living | Spreading Color and Cheer

When Kathy Deggendorfer was a child, her family owned a beach house in the Taft district of Lincoln City. The time they spent together there and the charms of the ocean were appealing, but to Deggendorfer, the best part of the beach house was what was down the street. “The coolest thing was that there was an art supply store nearby,” she recalled. “I loved visiting that art supply store.”

Deggendorfer’s earliest artistic efforts were to gather rocks and paint them with model paint. Those days at the beach were the beginning of her lifelong, self-taught career as an artist.

Deggendorfer earned a degree in Medieval English with a minor in Italian from the University of Oregon, but soon her interests returned to creating art. “A degree in Medieval English will make you become an artist, apparently,” she laughed. Since the late 1990s, she’s worked primarily as an artist, based in Sisters, Oregon.

Deggendorfer’s original watercolor paintings are easily recognizable due to her tendencies towards vibrant colors, cheerful themes and playful qualities. “There is a lot of angst in the world,” she said. “But my paintbrush won’t go there. There is also joy. Why not record it?”

The natural world, people at play, fishing, camping, dogs, mountains and flowers—these are the themes that turn up again and again in Deggendorfer’s work. “I love patterning,” she said. “As a member of a clothing manufacturing company, it’s all about pattern and color.”

Deggendorfer’s mother is Gert Boyle, the former president and current chairman of the board of Oregon giant Columbia Sportswear. Deggendorfer’s sister and brother are still a part of the family business, which Gert Boyle’s father founded in 1938.

While Deggendorfer doesn’t live in the Portland area and work with the company, as her family members do, the business is still in her blood. She is driven to get her creations out into the marketplace. Much of her work manifests from original paintings into usable products. Her imagery has been transferred to tiles, fabrics, greeting cards and coffee mugs. “I’m from a manufacturing family—I have to go to product,” she said.

Among other things, this approach means that her art is experienced by more people than if she concentrated on only original paintings. Her coffee mugs are held in the hands of hundreds of people each morning; her greeting cards are cheerful finds in mailboxes every day. Larger projects have come her way, too. “My hand-painted tiles have been an entre into public art,” she said. Deggendorfer’s designs grace tile installations in several Portland hospitals including the Casey Eye Institute, First Street Park in Sisters and a large bank in California. “The permanency is greater,” she said of the opportunity to create commissioned work for public display. “Plus, it gives me the opportunity to collaborate with other artists, which is what really rings my bell.”

Fabric is another recent avenue for her work. Maywood Studios, in Portland, began creating lines of fabric from Deggendorfer’s art in 2016. “When you design fabric, an element of a painting can morph,” she explained. Maywood’s designers deconstruct a painting into sub-designs, which are grouped into a collection of fabric ideal for quilt making. One line, called Quilter’s Road Trip, found some fame on a Facebook page called RV Quilters. “It was a win,” said Deggendorfer. “With the help of social media, I became the Kim Kardashian of quilting for a while.”

Art is Deggendorfer’s first love, but philanthropy is never far behind. She has an active presence in the Sisters community and a long history of giving back. She purchased the building that houses her art studio in order to open it up to other artists as an art collective. In 2002, she launched the Roundhouse Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Sisters. The foundation took on a new layer recently, with the purchase of Pine Mountain Ranch, a 100 -year-old working ranch west of Sisters on Whychus Creek.

The ranch is home to several historic buildings, including a 1920s era dairy barn, as well as one of the last three round barns in the state of Oregon. “It’s a retreat space, a place to serve as home to artistic partnerships,” she said. Artists of all types are invited to apply for residencies—six creative artists have been hosted thus far.

As with her aspirations for her art, Deggendorfer is modest, patient and realistic—while also being incredibly determined—about her goals for the ranch and the foundation. “I don’t really know what Pine Mountain Ranch is yet,” she said. “All I can do is make this place where people can create, and talk to each other.”

As the ranch morphs and develops, Deggendorfer will keep getting her cheerful works of art out into the world, too. “Someone told me recently that drinking out of one of my mugs makes them so happy each morning. What better thing could an artist ask for?”

Written by Kim Cooper Findling

Few Homes Remain in Bend's Oakview Development

Oakview offers craftsman style single family homes with customized exterior features to give the neighborhood a custom built look rather than cookie cutter subdivision. The quiet streets are lined with trees, there are no homeowner’s association fees, alley access to attached garages, covered front porches and fencing is allowed. The development is ideal for families, young and old alike, but buyers should move fast–only four homes remain for sale in the development.
Home floor plans in Oakview are designed to maximize space and base models include custom features including stainless steel appliances, solid-surface countertops, hardwood floors in the kitchen and dining room, high efficiency forced air gas furnaces that are A/C ready.  The attention to detail and quality construction is apparent with each home having an individual style and three tones of paint. Full front yard landscaping with underground automatic sprinkling is also included as a standard feature. Homes are priced between $349,900 and $400,000. Home sizes range from 1,500 to 2,300 square feet.
Living in Oakview gives residents access to many amenities including schools, shopping and recreation. Mountain View High School and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School are only minutes away. The Forum featuring Costco, Safeway, Whole Foods and many other retail shops and restaurants is within five minutes as well as Pine Nursery and Big Sky parks. St. Charles Medical Center is also closely located. Oakview residents are close to all of the outdoor benefits that the renowned mountains and lakes of Central Oregon offer: great skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, climbing and hiking at Smith Rock and plenty of trails and beautiful areas to explore.
The following are the remaining homes in Bend’s Oakview development:
1. 2712 NE Black Oak 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | large bonus room | 2100 square feet | $374,900

2. 2716 NE Black Oak 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | large bonus room | 2100 square feet | $374,900

3. 2713 NE Black Oak 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | $389,900

4. 2758 NE Great Horned Place 3 bedroom| 2.5 bathrooms | master main level, 2 additional bedrooms & work loft upstairs | $389,900

For more information on Oakview, contact Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Broker, Becky Breeze.
Becky Breeze

A Blooming Town

In Southwest Washington, Camas is a former mill town that has transformed into one of the best places to live, work and play in the Portland-Metropolitan area.

Over the last two decades, Camas, Washington has transformed from a former mill town to a thriving city attracting young families and small and large businesses alike.

Dawn Stanchfield, the owner of Lily Atelier, a boutique located in the historic downtown, has been both an initiator and a witness to the revitalization of this 23,000 person city in Southwest Washington. In 2003, she bought a historic colonial home and moved from a neighborhood on Prune Hill to the outskirts of downtown Camas and opened her boutique. “Downtown was charming and on the verge of revitalization,” she said. “I’ve loved living and working here.”

Today, Camas is home to a host of locally owned small businesses as well as larger investment and tech companies, including Fisher Investments and Hewlett Packard. Its proximity to Portland and the Portland International Airport has been a draw for commuters, who have the advantage of being able to live on the income-tax-free side of the Columbia River.

The Columbia River Gorge, nationally renowned for its recreation opportunities, is also a draw. Within Camas, named for a lily native to the area, the Lacamas and Round lakes attract boaters, and there are miles of connected walking trails around the lakes which are popular year-round.

Heather De Ford, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, said that Camas is a perfect place for those looking for the “live, work, play” lifestyle. In 2018 and 2019, Camas is the host of the Clark County Parade of Homes, a similar event to the popular Street of Dreams tour of contemporary luxury homes.

Single-family homes make up the majority of the residential real estate market, though apartment complexes and high-rises are in the long-term plans for the town’s future to accommodate for the expected growth of the Portland-Metropolitan area. Much of the real estate is new construction that has been built within the last decade. Portland-Metropolitan area. Much of the real estate is new construction that has been built within the last decade.

Population 23,331
Average home sale price $473,000
Home value increased 6.4% in the last year
Median income $84,643
30 minutes from downtown Portland

Young families are drawn to the town for the school district, which has regularly been recognized as one of the top in the state of Washington as well as the country by the U.S. News and World Report.

“Over the years, so many people are moving to this area from other parts of the country,” said Stanchfield. “They’re really looking for the sense of community and a great place to raise kids. We’ve watched it grow and develop as people have moved here and invested here.”

Even with the changes, the town has not lost its sense of community or its friendliness and charm. “There’s a big sense of community and support from families,” said Stanchfield. “It seems like the entire town shows up for the Friday night football games.”

Written by Bronte Dod

Unparalleled Illumination

With the return of winter, it’s time to get cozy, and there’s nothing better in the Pacific Northwest than snuggling up with family and friends next to the warm glow of a fireplace. In any room, a fireplace provides ambiance, decorative charm and a warm place to gather. Thanks to new technology, designing with fire has never been more fashionable, fun or environmentally friendly. Whether you’re starting from scratch or remodeling an existing fireplace, here are some of the hottest hearth design trends to spark up your home.

Move Over Refrigerators, Here’s What’s Cool
Based on heat reflective technology originally developed for use by the military, advancements in fireplace heat distribution are unlocking a whole new world of design opportunities in the home. According to Mara McCloskey-Becker, marketing manager for Bend Fireside, these new heat distribution systems guide the convective heat of gas fireplaces from the front of the unit, just above the glass, to a location higher up on the wall. “This reduces the clearance to combustibles and accommodates TV installations closer to the fireplace,” said McCloskey-Becker. By reducing excessive radiant heat directly in front of the fireplace and maintaining a cool wall surface, cool wall systems reduce energy consumption, permit the placement of art and media around the fireplace without heat barriers (mantels), and enable the use of flammable finishes like wallpaper and wood around the unit, providing unlimited options for elevating the atmosphere and style of your home.

Less is More
When it comes to modern fireplace design, minimalism and clean lines are all the rage. “The latest trends in fireplaces that homeowners and designers are really gravitating towards these days are fireplaces that offer a ‘clean face’ frame,” said McCloskey-Becker. “The clean perimeter of the fireplace face really complements the minimalistic contemporary style that’s popular in homes.” This clean face design, with no grills or vents in direct view, delivers a sleek and slim-lined look coupled with large glass viewing areas for a contemporary design that blends seamlessly into its surroundings. It also complements the long, rectangular design of modern linear fireplaces and corner gas fireplaces, trending hot commodities that allow homeowners to create beautiful fireplace feature walls with an arresting aesthetic and eye-catching ambiance. These super-minimal fireplaces leave room for the elements to make their mark.

More is More
Although a longtime living room fixture, fireplaces are a comfort best enjoyed everywhere. In recent years, a fireplace for every room has made a comeback thanks to innovative technology and a growing demand for elemental living. With the advent of the direct-vent fireplace, a chimney and hearth are no longer needed, which means you can pretty much install a fireplace seamlessly into any room without running into ventilation obstacles or space constraints. Position one in your bathroom for a toasty soak in the tub, and place one in the bedroom while you’re at it for a cozy night’s sleep—a well-situated fireplace can make any room snug and warm.

The most popular among homeowners today is the addition of a wood-burning, open-hearth fireplace in the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of every home, and the heart of every home needs a hearth to go with it. A unique wood-burning fireplace designed for cooking adds a welcoming, established feel to a kitchen, creating an intimate space and structural interest. Plus, you can make wood-fired pizza, a delicious luxury born of style and purpose.

Fireplaces—whether gas, wood burning or electric—are a time-honored amenity that never go out of style. No matter what sparks your fireplace fancy, there’s a design that complements your aesthetic sense and personality while showcasing a spectacular fire view in any room of your home.

Written by Mariah Wilson

A Contemporary Castle on the Lake

They say first impressions count, and the first impression of this European-inspired home in Beavercreek, Oregon does not disappoint. Inside this private gated community, the home sits on a two-acre lot surrounded by trees, with a welcoming half-circle driveway and large grass lawn leading to the dramatic entrance of this home that could have easily dropped from the French countryside.

The 5,605-square-foot home is completely wrapped in stonework evocative of old European architecture. The covered front entrance is appointed with a two-level turret topped with a custom finial spire that, along with the steep pitch of the roof, adds a dramatic element to the newly-built custom home.

And that’s all before you step inside the home and are greeted by cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive view overlooking the private Beaver Lake.

“For such a beautiful property, it really requires a prominent statement of a house,” said Brent Gunter, the owner of the home and a Cascade Sotheby’s real estate broker.

Gunter said that the construction of the home did not cut any corners. “The home is built really solidly,” said Gunter.

The home was specifically designed for the lake in a collaboration with John Moist Designs from Portland and Visbeen Architects.

While the exterior has a classic European style, contemporary finishes and an intentionally designed interior combine to produce a timeless aesthetic. One of the ways the architects and builders achieved this was by using natural elements as much as possible. The main floor and staircase are made with three-quarter-inch solid oak. Natural slate was used in the bathrooms and marble was used in the kitchen. In the living area, a grand stone fireplace brings a warm element to the open floor plan.

The kitchen is an entertainer’s dream. The large island with seating and the ample counter space looks out onto a dining area that could comfortably host large gatherings and parties. A farm-apron sink, bronze hardware, carrera marble countertops and a butler’s pantry are just a few of the elements that complete this gourmet kitchen. With windows that look out onto the lake, you’re never far from the incredible views this house offers.

In fact, four out of the five bedrooms have a view of the lake. The master, which was built on the main floor, has one of the best views of the surrounding scenery. A sliding glass door from the bedroom opens onto a private balcony overlooking the lake. The master bathroom includes a double-slipper clawfoot tub that was custom designed and built for the space, along with a large standing shower and separate vanities.

The ground floor also includes a formal den or office space. Upstairs are four bedrooms, each with their own en suite bathrooms. The unique turret space, also upstairs, was designed as a kid’s study.

Below the main floor, the basement includes a wet bar and a bathroom. A large living area opens up onto a covered patio, offering year-round opportunities for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Step off the patio onto a large grass lawn and the shore of the lake.

The home was built on one of the last lakefront properties available. “It was built as a custom luxury home for someone who wants to enjoy lakeside living,” said Gunter. The fifty-to-sixty-acre lake is only accessible to the residents in the gated community. The quiet lake offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and standup paddleboarding.

Beavercreek is an unincorporated hamlet less than a ten-minute drive southwest of Oregon City. Its population of less than 5,000 people makes it an ideal place to live for those working in the Portland-Metropolitan area as well as those looking to retire in a quiet neighborhood with access to city amenities.

The westerly facing windows at the back of the house offer stunning sunsets over the lake. “It’s an inspiring landscape,” said Gunter, fit for an inspiring home.

For more details click here.

Written by Bronte Dod

First Friday Art Walk in Bend Oregon

Please join us Friday, January 4th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Jennifer Cohoon. This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your host for the evening Rhonda Garrison, Blake Garrison as well as co-sponsors Nicole Zukas and Brent Lucas from Academy Mortgage who will be serving wine and beer samples.

Rhonda Garrison

It’s all about service at Academy Mortgage, and our company has been meeting the needs of homebuyers across the United States since 1988. We understand how important a home investment is to you and the impact it will have on your life. Therefore, our team of experienced mortgage professionals will make every effort to find the best loan program and pricing for your situation.

Jennifer Cohoon - Teton Dreams

Jennifer Cohoon Bio

Jennifer Cohoon
Given the opportunity to create, JUMP in! You will always be surprised by the results and the sense of accomplishment it brings.

Jennifer Cohoon - Painting 1
Jennifer has been sharing the magic of painting for more than 20 years. Getting her start under the influence of two exceptional Michigan artists she has developed her own unique style.

Jennifer Cohoon - Painting 3
Her pieces are largely inspired by nature and the colors and textures she experiences in her outdoor adventures. She often uses alternative methods such as finger painting to achieve desired textures. She wishes to offer new perspective on the wilderness that surrounds us.

Jennifer Cohoon - Painting 4
You can find more information about Jennifer at For inquiries please contact

Jennifer Cohoon - Painting 5

Cascade Sotheby's Brokers Give Back for the Holidays

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty agents/brokers are involved with several different charities. From boot and sock drives to canned food to warm clothes for veterans, our “Team Blue” family likes to give back!

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast Holiday Food Drive
Our Oregon Coast Brokers continued to give back this holiday by sponsoring local food drives. Offices in Gearhart, Cannon Beach, Lincoln City and Manzanita opened their doors and held festive open houses to gather contributions for the Oregon Food Bank and local food pantries such as the North County Food Bank whose primary purpose is to provide food assistance to people in need from Twin Rocks to the Clatsop County line.
Oregon Coast - Open House
Much fun was had by all as visitors enjoyed refreshments and donated while viewing unique and special property listings from around the world.


Shauna Dingman Gives Back
Our brokers in the Portland Metro area have contributed to several different charities, including the following:
Chelsea’s Closet: Donated money for their “Rolling Closet of Costumes for Terminally ill children”.
Friends of Trees: Planted trees at the Tualatin River Greenway Trail
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: The world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Oregon Food Bank: Collected food donations and also helped sort and package frozen foods at the on site location.
Oregon Food Bank
Make A Wish: Raised money and participated in Walk for wishes
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels: Has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through 34 meal sites in the greater Portland Area
Together We Rise: Collected donations and filled 15 duffle bags with personal hygiene, toiletries, water bottles, and school supplies for foster care children.
LO Moms - Giving Tree
Additionally, our Lake Oswego office is contributing to the Moms Club GIVING TREE. This year all toy donations go to the Women’s Shelter in Wilsonville.

Central Oregon

Our main office in Bend has several different ways to give back this season including:
Bend Boot Challenge: Because warm feet are happy feet! Step up to the challenge and let’s make sure all Central Oregon kids have happy feet this winter.
Bend Food Project: A sustainable process to collect donated food and deliver to food pantries in the City of Bend Oregon.
Finance of America Sock Drive: Bring a new pair of socks to help local families in need.
Heart of Oregon: Empowering a generation of young people to believe in themselves and achieve self-sufficiency.
Operation Warm a Veteran: A community partnership serving Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and Homeless Veterans.
Operation Warm a Veteran
Rotary’s Polio Plus: In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.
Sisters Kiwanis Club: An organization for men and women who want to improve their communities through participation in service projects of LOCAL, national and international importance
Youth Build: Unleashing the intelligence and positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives.
The Ladd Group gives back to the following:
DESCHUTES LAND TRUST: Conserving land for wildlife, scenic views and communities.
BETHLEHEM INN: A community-supported emergency shelter that provides a warm, safe place to sleep, nourishing meals, and case management services for adults and children experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon.
DESCHUTES RIVER CONSERVANCY: Restoring Streamflow and and improving water quality in the Deschutes basin.
SPARROW CLUBS: Sparrow Clubs not only provides financial and emotional support for children and their families in medical need, but also empowers kids (elementary to college age) to help others through charitable service in their communities.
HEALTHY BEGINNINGS: Healthy Beginnings believes that all children should enter kindergarten healthy and prepared to learn. Our work fosters healthy, nurtured children, families and communities by bringing accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five.
STREET DOG HERO: Our Mission is to help street dogs around the world. Street dogs are taken into rescue all around the world, treated and prepared for adoption into loving homes in the Pacific Northwest.

Cascade Sotheby’s Acquires Prestigious Park Place Real Estate

Portland, Oregon – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has acquired the prestigious Park Place Real Estate effective immediately. Park Place was formed in 2004 by the husband & wife team of Steve and Evelyn Rosling who bring 22 years of local expertise in the Portland Metro Area & SW Washington real estate market along with a team of 25 top performing brokers.

CSIR Beaverton - Evelyn & Steve
With the addition of Park Place, Cascade Sotheby’s increases market share in the luxury, new construction and land development sectors and enhances local presence west of the Cascades.

When approached by Cascade Sotheby’s to join forces, the Roslings felt it was the right time and the right brand for partnership: “Portland continues to grow and attract new residents nationally and internationally—the distinctive Sotheby’s brand, its global presence and sophisticated marketing platforms will allow us to readily reach these markets and further elevate our value and services to our clients.”

CSIR Beaverton - Park Place Awards
Park Place Real Estate, which has produced $120 million in closed sales in 2018, has received accolades from the Home Builders Association of Portland (HBA), Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR) and the Portland Business Journal (PBJ) and has earned a solid reputation in the community for its people, service excellence and award-winning marketing.

“As always, our strategy is to look for acquisitions that fit our growth trajectory and that most importantly bring a great team with the intelligence and integrity that mirror the way Cascade Sotheby’s does business,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Roslings and Park Place bring the excellence in customer service and a dedication to advanced industry education that make them masters at serving the needs of their clients. We welcome this exceptional team to our brokerage.”

CSIR Beaverton - Conference Room
Steve & Evelyn Rosling built Park Place realizing that a company’s good name and reputation is built not just by one member but by each and every person associated with it. They now bring to Cascade Sotheby’s a team of goodhearted agents who share in their core value of honesty, integrity and trust—all brokers who are steadfast in putting their clients’ needs and interests first and foremost.

The Park Place Real Estate team now joins Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty which is on track to exceed $1.6 billion in closed sales in 2018 and continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics:

• Company on track to achieve $42 million in company revenue in 2018
• Sales revenue growth from 2015 to 2018 is 38%
• More than 2.5 times the market share in Central Oregon than closest competitor
• More than 325 brokers across Oregon and SW Washington
• 99 new agents year-to-date 2018 representing $399 million in sales revenue
• Average price point for CSIR agents is 33% higher than agents in Portland and SW Washington
• 12 offices in Oregon and SW Washington

CSIR Beaverton - Hoteling Station
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.

A Vision for the Parrott

Heidi Lael had been renovating historic properties for nearly two decades when she took on her most personal — and epic — project to date. A gorgeous historic Queen Anne Victorian home, built in 1891 on Parrott Creek in Roseburg, had gone back to the bank during the economic recession. Lael, who had longstanding ties to the community, could see the house’s future in her mind: a beautifully renovated destination restaurant. Now, in 2011, it was coming up for auction. Lael didn’t know if she could pull it off, but she knew that she had to try.

Parrott House Dining Pavillion
“I built my whole business plan around the house before I even owned it,” Lael recalled. “I still have the original drawings detailing my vision.” Lael won the bidding war, and purchased Parrott House that year. Then the real work began. “When I bought it, there were four-foot-tall weeds all around the house. The lower level windows were boarded over, after they’d been broken out by vagrants. There was no kitchen. And the whole house was gutted.”

In order to try to recoup some of their investment, the previous owners had scraped the home clean of everything, from doorknobs to light fixtures to the fireplace mantel. But the house had good bones, and the previous owners had completed dry rot removal and wiring improvements. And then there was Lael herself, who came to the project with plenty of skill and experience.

Parrott House - Heidi Lael
After graduating high school in Roseburg, Lael had gone on to cut her teeth on home renovation on the East Coast, in New York City and New Jersey, before following the market to Las Vegas and renovating properties there. In the early 2000s, Lael’s mother had been working in real estate in Roseburg, and told her daughter to come back home and buy and renovate properties in the Umpqua Valley. It seemed like the right move, so home Lael had come. “I bought my first house in Myrtle Creek in 2003, and had bought several more in Roseburg’s historic districts by the time of the Parrott purchase.”

Now, more than ever before, the whole community was watching. Lael began scouring secondhand stores and building supply stores for materials to renovate the Parrott House. Astonishingly, she found the home’s original fireplace mantel in Aurora at Aurora Mill, an antique store. The owner agreed to sell it back to her for the price he’d paid the home’s original owners. “I had put everything into the auction—I was totally cash poor,” Lael said. “I paid him layaway for a year.”

Parrott House - Bourbon Bar
The renovation took years. But to gaze upon the completed product today, it’s impossible to say that all of the effort didn’t pay off. Almost all of the details of Lael’s original vision in those early drawings she still has have come to fruition. The Parrott House opened in January of 2017 as a resplendent restoration of its original glory, and a farm-to-table fine dining destination on par with any in Oregon.

The original home houses two dining rooms, decorated in eclectic elegance. The kitchen is upstairs—a compromise so that most of the home’s space could be available to guests. An interior bar is distinguished by a madrone tree that rises from the back wall, as well as more hip-meets-historic décor.

Perhaps the property’s real gem is the semi-detached pavilion out back. Massive reclaimed timbers form the structure that is otherwise entirely glass. Lael’s aesthetic is to use as much reclaimed and recycled material as possible. “The beams came from the original Rainier Brewery in Seattle,” she explained. The room is expansive and gorgeous, marked by a 110-pound crystal chandelier hanging overhead.

Parrott House - Pizza Oven
Through the glass, guests see a brick and stone pizza oven outdoors to one side of the pavilion. To the other side is an outdoor patio and an outbuilding, which was originally the washhouse and is now a bourbon bar. “Originally I was thinking wine, but bourbon is so big right now,” said Lael. “And the rustic shed was perfect for it.” The dark and moody interior holds 130 bourbons, as well as vintage bar mirrors and stools.

A delicious French-European menu draws on produce and products from local farms and vendors. Menu highlights include heirloom tomato carpaccio, wild mushroom risotto and pizzas from the brick oven. The site can host weddings and events, under a lovely white trellis reclaimed from nearby attraction Wildlife Safari.

The Parrott House shines again, and Lael couldn’t be more delighted with the response she’s received from the community. “People just love this old house. When they walk in and cover their mouths in surprise, that’s the reward right there.”

The Parrotts

Moses and Tennesee Parrott built the Parrott House in 1891. Moses Parrott was one of the finest shoemakers on the West Coast. The couple raised ten children in the home, also becoming the founders of the Roseburg Academy, a private school for children. Their youngest daughter, Rosa, was a schoolteacher her entire career, and lived in the family’s home until the 1950s. There is a photo of her in the Parrott House living room near the fireplace.

This article is a feature in Cascade Living – Fall 2018