Cannon Beach History, Culture, and Scenery

Cannon Beach is one of the oldest and most popular destinations on the Oregon Coast. In fact, it was even visited by William Clark more than 200 years ago during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He journeyed to the beach in January 1806 with several other members of the expedition, including Sacagawea.
The expedition was then spending the winter at Fort Clatsop, about 20 miles north of Cannon Beach. They had heard of a beached whale in the area, and Clark’s party went to look for the spot.
On their way, they met a group of Tillamook Native Americans who had found and stripped the whale that Clark was searching for. The tribe was boiling the whale’s blubber to store for food and oil. After meeting with Clark’s group, the tribe agreed to exchange 300 pounds of blubber and oil for trade goods, such as beads, mirrors and knives.
Successful with their journey, Clark named the nearby creek “Ekoli,” which means “whale” in Chinook. It later became known as Ecola Creek, and the national park close by became Ecola State Park.
A few decades after Lewis and Clark’s expedition, pioneers came to settle around the spot where the whale had been found. Soon after they established their community, a cannon was discovered several miles away. It belonged to the Shark, a US Navy schooner that had wrecked while crossing the Columbia River Bar. This cannon eventually inspired the community’s name, Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach is now one of the loveliest areas on the Oregon Coast. More than two centuries after Clark’s visit, it’s still known for its beautiful beach and surrounding nature. Here are some of the top reasons why people love visiting and living in Cannon Beach.

The Beach

Visitors come to Cannon Beach just to see and experience it’s beach. From Chapman Point in the north to Silver Point in the south, the four miles of sand that stretch alongside the town are famous for two main reasons: Haystack Rock and sandcastle building.
Haystack Rock is one of the most impressive rock formations on the Oregon Coast. Standing 235 feet tall, it rises from the ocean like a giant next to Cannon Beach. It’s an iconic sight as well as a thriving ecosystem. Seabirds nest in its crevices, and starfish and sea anemones make homes in the tide pools around its base. Recently Cannon Beach was named by National Geographic as one of the top beaches in the world.
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Besides admiring this coastal landmark, you can marvel at the incredible sand sculptures on the beach during the town’s annual Sandcastle Contest. Started more than 50 years ago, this event is now an Oregon Heritage Tradition. Both amateur and professional artists take part in the competition, which lasts an entire weekend. Other activities during the weekend include a parade, a 5k fun run, and a beach bonfire with live music.

Art Culture

Cannon Beach’s yearly Sandcastle Contest has been so successful partly because the community has a strong art culture. There’s a local Cannon Beach Arts Association, an active Coaster Theatre Playhouse, and many high caliber art galleries throughout the downtown area.
Thanks to the efforts of these organizations, the town has two arts festivals every year. The first, called Spring Unveiling is held in early May and highlights the work of selected artists in each of the town’s galleries. The second, called the Stormy Weather Arts Festival is held every November and showcases inspiring work ranging from poetry and songs to paintings and sculptures.
Events like these allow local artists to display their projects, as well as meet and share ideas with other artists. This community, along with the beautiful nature around Cannon Beach, can be a great source of inspiration.

Natural Scenery

While Clark was exploring the Cannon Beach area, he once climbed a cliff near Ecola Creek. The view was incredible. He later described it as “the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed.” Cannon Beach’s coastal scenery was breathtaking, even after crossing America.
Much of this natural beauty has been preserved in state parks around Cannon Beach. The town is nestled between wilderness areas; Ecola State Park is to the north, and Oswald West State Park is to the south. Hug Point State Recreation Site is also to the south, just 5 miles away from Cannon Beach. Each of these places offers lovely coastal views, picnicking spots, and walks along the beach.
Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock are famous for Tufted Puffins, a pelagic bird that make their nests and breed on the rock itself drawing hundreds of visitors to see these colorful birds from April to June when the baby birds appear.

Making Canon Beach Home

This ideal location has helped make Cannon Beach a popular seaside retreat for Portlanders and a peaceful hometown for nature-lovers and artists alike. All you need is a home with a beautiful view, and you’ll be immersed and inspired by nature every day.
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There are many reasons for visiting Cannon Beach and also numerous ones for making this cute town a new home or second home. While new homeowners come from across the U.S. including the East Coast to purchase homes here, Portland is a significant feeder market for new homes owners in the area. Seattle is a close second source for new homebuyers. Visitors and homeowners from California compare Cannon Beach to Carmel, and for good reason. They both share the beautiful ocean, natural environment, tide pools, strong art focus, are within walking distance to plentiful restaurants and small boutique and retail stores, which many are pet friendly and in close proximity to the beach.
You will never find a Starbucks, Safeway, or any other big box stores in Cannon Beach given the town’s strict building codes that assist with preserving the quaint village look and feel. Come find the charm and enjoy Cannon Beach yourself, you may not want to leave!
Check out Cannon Beach real estate that we currently have available for sale.

Irvington Neighborhood Portland, Oregon

The Irvington community is one of Portland’s more elite neighborhoods, with beautiful homes, elegant gardens, and sweeping stretches of greenery. This exclusive atmosphere goes back to the turn of the century, when the neighborhood was first platted.
Before then, the land belonged to a riverboat captain, William Irving, and his wife, Elizabeth. After William’s death in 1872, Elizabeth began to subdivide and sell part of their land. This was during the Gilded Age, when the US economy was booming for the wealthiest in the nation, while the poor were becoming poorer. Disparity between the upper and lower classes was extreme, even in pioneer cities like Portland.
This contrast between poverty and wealth in the late 19th century made exclusive communities more attractive for upper-class residents. The developers who purchased Irving’s land were among the first to notice this interest in elite neighborhoods. They envisioned a district full of gorgeous homes, strictly for the upper class.
This kind of neighborhood didn’t exist yet in Portland. There were no zoning laws at that time, so developers had to rely on other methods to make the neighborhood exclusive. They created deeded building restrictions, which they included with every lot sale. These restrictions targeted the residential market and appealed to the wealthy.
Upper-class homes began to fill the lots in Irvington, especially after streetcar service reached the neighborhood in 1890. The 1893 Depression put a damper on construction, but only temporarily. The neighborhood experienced a revival of home construction in the early 20th century, as Portland’s population was booming.
The burst of new homes in Irvington was partly thanks to the success of Portland’s Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905. The event had put Portland on the map, drawing more wealthy businessmen and families to the area.
This explosion of activity lasted for about ten years. Then, newcomers began to turn their attention to Portland’s east side, where neighborhoods like Laurelhurst were being developed. Irvington was still an attractive community, but the added competition pushed lot prices down and made the neighborhood more affordable for the middle class.
New homes built in the 1920s and 1930s in Irvington were still lovely, but often less majestic than in previous decades. For example, this English Tudor Cottage was built in 1927. It has plenty of beauty, like hardwood floors and a private garden, but it’s still modest enough for a middle-class family.
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Irvington Neighborhood Home
During World War II, Irvington became even more middle class due to a housing shortage. War-related industries in Portland were drawing factory and shipyard workers to the city, who had trouble finding affordable housing. Many large homes in Irvington were then converted into apartments.
For several decades, Irvington remained in decline. It was no longer a haven for the elite, but rather a mix of apartments and old homes in disrepair. Some homes between Broadway and Tillamook were even demolished to make way for new apartment buildings with spacious parking.
Then, in the 1960s and 70s, residents began to rally to save the neighborhood. They created the Irvington Community Association (ICA), which organized activities to unite the community and highlight the neighborhood’s rich history. They also raised money for projects to improve the neighborhood.
One event became especially popular: the Irvington Home Tour. Started in 1967, the tour allowed the public to view a selection of private, historic homes in Irvington. By visiting these architectural gems, the public became more aware of the neighborhood’s value. The tour tickets also helped to fund home restoration projects in Irvington.
The tour’s popularity has only grown since the 1980s, when it became an annual event. Attendance has gone from a couple hundred tickets every year to one thousand, the current limit. Often, tickets are all sold out in advance.
Thanks to the ICA’s efforts, Irvington is once again a lovely neighborhood of historic houses. While there are still condominiums in Irvington, most homes are single-family. Some have grandiose entrances and large wings, all restored to their original beauty. Irvington is now a vibrant, charming place to live.
Check out our listings in Irvington if you’re interested in seeing more beautiful homes in this area.

April Art Walks Featuring Kristina Sellers, Lindsey Roderick, and Rae Senarighi

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Kristina Sellers

Painting is a bit like putting a firefly in a jar and sharing it with others. Moments, memories and senses are captured, placed on the wall so the viewer can revisit as often as they like. There’s a spark of inspiration in each of my paintings. Sometimes it’s a color harmony or an object I’m nostalgic about that inspires me. Or the pleasure of a perfect day outside painting en plein aire. I use oil paint because I appreciate its tactile quality. I often paint on location and from life.

Kristina Sellers is an award winning impressionist painter. She has participated in local, regional and national art competitions and is now featured in art collections internationally. She resides in the Portland, Oregon area with her husband, calico and beagle. To see more work by Kristina, please visit
Please join us Thursday, April 6th at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Sellers’ art as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Artist Lindsey Roderick
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Lindsey Roderick is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Central Oregon. Lindsey’s paintings are inspired by her Native American heritage and the landscape that surrounds her. Artistic since she could hold a pencil, she started painting in 2013 and has been blessed with an extremely supportive family who has allowed Lindsey to follow her dream. A mix of realism shown through a vibrant acrylic medium, Lindsey’s work is inspired by her love of animals, music, her culture and nature.

I love to explore with color and configuration in a more controlled manner, when painting a traditional piece, while, when working on other creations, the flow is a bit more relaxed and natural.

Please join us Friday, April 7th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy art, wine and apps.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Rae Senarighi
Rae Senarighi is best known for compelling, abstract acrylic on canvas, colorscapes and vibrant, colorful mural work.
Born in Missoula, Montana, Rae began his art studies under his mother’s mentorship. His formal fine art training began at the University of Montana. Rae completed a BFA with distinction, at the Art Institute of Seattle, and was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame. After years of political artwork, his impressionist inspiration, deep admiration for Keith Haring and Mark Rothko, and love of the natural world came together in his first Portland show, Movement.
In his most recent post-graduate show, The Love Series, Rae dedicated his work to spreading a message of love and interconnection, with a collection of a twenty-five large works; this show will be on display at nine locations in Portland and Seattle, through May 2017.
Rae’s commitment to community connectedness and art education is substantial. He has taught art in community programs for LGBTQ youth and served on the Board of Directors for Bent Queer Writing Program. He is dedicating proceeds from his current show to nonprofit organizations Sanctuary Arts and Trans Lifeline, with the hope of spreading love and connection to homeless and transgender youth.
Please join us Thursday, April 20th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy artwork, food and wine.

Rockaway Beach, Oregon Homes and Outdoor Activities

Rockaway Beach has been a peaceful coastal town and vacation spot for almost a century. It began as a seaside resort built in 1909, named Rockaway after Rockaway Beach in Long Island, New York. The resort was connected to Portland by train in 1912, and soon afterward, urbanites were flocking to Rockaway Beach’s lovely stretch of soft sand.
This railway connection was essential for Rockaway’s success. Back then, highways had not yet been built along the Oregon Coast. Without the train, vacationers and residents would have had to use backroads to get to and from Rockaway Beach.
Traveling by train along the coast wasn’t just convenient—it was beautiful. Fortunately, instead of relying on historic pictures or secondhand accounts, you can still experience this railroad yourself. Thanks to Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, a non-profit organization, you can take a train ride between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi, taking in gorgeous views along the way.
As the railroad brought more and more visitors to Rockaway Beach, the community grew to include other industries as well. Entrepreneurs, fishermen, and artists came to the town to set up businesses and live by the seaside.
These other industries have helped make Rockaway Beach more than just a vacationer’s town. While hospitality is a still a significant part of the community, there are plenty of activities and events for locals, too.
Residents come to Rockaway Beach for its laid-back atmosphere, outdoor activities and close-knit community. Living in Rockaway Beach is like being permanently on vacation, only with more friends and contacts in the community. If you join the town’s 1,300 residents, here are some activities and events you might pick up.

Outdoor Activities

Rockaway Beach has seven miles of incredible shoreline, perfect for all kinds of beach activities. You can see people beachcombing, flying kites, and wading in tide pools during the day. Then, at night, you can sit by a bonfire after watching a sunset behind Twin Rocks.
Rockaway Beach is an especially great place to live if you enjoy going fishing, clamming, or crabbing. There are two local marinas, Jetty Fishery and Kelly’s Brighton Marina, which are both excellent spots for catching seafood. You can rent a boat or go hiking and picnicking along the shore. Either way, you can savor fresh local oysters and Dungeness crabs in the crisp Oregon wind and sunshine.
You don’t need to travel far for freshwater fishing and boating, either. Rockaway Beach is next to several lakes with healthy fish populations, including perch, smallmouth bass, and rainbow trout. These lakes are also popular areas for bird watching. You can see all kinds of waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as herons, ospreys, and eagles. Take a canoe or kayak, and you’ll be set for a peaceful afternoon on the lake.

Close-Knit Community

Although Rockaway Beach is a destination for vacationers, it still has a solid community of long-term residents and local activities. You can see this community come alive during festivals, such as the Beach Kite Festival in May. During this event, the sky along Rockaway Beach is filled with a colorful array of kites. There are friendly competitions for both professional and amateur kite fliers, as well as live music, vendors, and delicious food. You can bring your own kite or buy one at the festival to join the celebration of kite flying.
Another popular event in downtown Rockaway Beach is the Pirate Festival and Treasure Hunt. Started in 2011, the festival has been a hit among kids and adults alike. You can dress like a swashbuckling pirate, dance to pirate music, and go on a scavenger hunt, or just enjoy tasty food while watching the performances.
Artists and art enthusiasts can also take part in the annual Rockaway Beach Art Fair, now in its 40th year. A farmers’ market has recently been added to this fair, so you can browse fresh local produce and handmade crafts alongside the art.
Finally, every 4th of July, Rockaway Beach organizes a fun day of festivities and fireworks. There’s a parade in the morning, then activities like a bake sale and a National Guard flyover in the afternoon. To cap it all off, there’s spectacular fireworks show by the beach after sunset.
These celebrations are possible thanks to the close community and fun-loving spirit of Rockaway Beach. Despite being a small town, it has much to offer both its residents and visitors.
Here are a few examples of homes and properties you could own around Rockaway Beach. Find out more information and see more properties on our Rockaway Beach community page.
Oceanfront lots for sale on Rockaway Beach.
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A short walk to the beach from this fantastic 3 bedroom 2 bathroom beach cottage.
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Perfect family beach home right on the ocean!
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Meg Cummings: Off-The-Grid Real Estate Broker and Interior Design Expert

With over 40 years of interior design experience, most notably with Ethan Allen Global, and over 10 years as a real estate broker, Meg Cummings has always been concerned with how people choose to live in their space rather than just selling a piece of property. This is why she has been a great addition to the CSIR team, as her extensive knowledge in home and design has taken her clients’ interests to the next level, really focusing on the importance of life happening around the living space.
“Because all life happens in and around the home, be sure it is your safe sanctuary!”

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Meg Cummings

When Meg permanently to Central Oregon, she was still traveling extensively with Ethan Allen as a North American Trainer. She quickly realized how much she loved the area and decided to instead focus on a career in real estate because of her love of homes. This allowed her to continue working in the interior design industry, paired with real estate, and enjoy all the benefits of being home and everything Central Oregon has to offer.
After obtaining her real estate license in 2006, it didn’t take long for Meg’s career to take off. Within 3 years she was able to acquire her own real estate company, Lake Chinook Realty, and soon after that she partnered up with CSIR as an associate. Meg’s husband Kent works with her as a broker’s assistant and does all the photography, signage, and is very knowledgeable with solar and generator systems – which has proven to be invaluable with many of her clients.
“We were overwhelmed with the professionalism (so similar to Ethan Allen), the structure, and the level of enthusiasm at CSIR. We have been very pleased and proud to be associated with this company, and we never thought we would find a company that rivaled EA, but we did.”
Meg and Kent currently live in a gated, off-the-grid community, 3 Rivers Rec, which is on the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook. With over 600 properties, 26 miles of roads (95% paved), a private beach, marina, and many other amenities and resources for residents, the active community utilizes solar, wind, gas, diesel, and propane generators with cell phones and TV/internet service provided by a dish.
Meg loves her lifestyle so much that she specializes in “off-the-grid” properties for her clients. She not only works tirelessly as a real estate broker but also stays very active in the local community. Meg and Kent are Rotary Club members, and she serves as president of the Rotary Club of Jefferson County, helping accomplish humanitarian projects all over the world. They are both active members of the Jefferson County/Madras Chamber of Commerce, assisting in on-going volunteer projects for 3 Rivers throughout the year. Kent also stays busy as a community snow plow driver during the winter. Recently they retired from over 10 years of volunteer service from the Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue Department as EMR’s and Wild Land Fire Fighters, putting in countless hours of training and performing fire department duties.
Here are a few properties that Meg is currently working with; find more on her website and Facebook page.


With expansive lake views, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, a 1200 sf triple garage, and plenty of storage, there aren’t many properties like this one.
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Wonderful cabin retreat on 5 acres in 3 Rivers Rec with private access to Lake Billy Chinook.
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Exceptional views, two living spaces, and a huge pole barn to store all of your toys in makes this property one-of-a-kind. It’s the only permitted duplex in 3 Rivers on Lake Billy Chinook.
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Mount Tabor: Portland, Oregon Park and Neighborhood

Mount Tabor is a family-friendly neighborhood located next to a large, gorgeous park by the same name. In addition to this beautiful park, residents and visitors are drawn to Mount Tabor because of its walkability and proximity to trendy areas of Portland, like Hawthorne/Belmont. It’s close to great restaurants and shops, but also forests and hiking trails.
This balance between peaceful nature and vibrant city life makes Mount Tabor an especially attractive neighborhood for couples and young families. There are many single-family homes, ranging greatly in style and price. You can find a historic Craftsman home, a lovely English Cottage, or a charming Bungalow all on the same street.
Although it’s possible to find modern houses in Mount Tabor, many homes were built in the first half of the 20th century, after the neighborhood became part of Portland. Before then, it was a farming community that grew and shipped fruit to California. During that period, fruit was in demand because of the gold rush, making fruit-growing a profitable business.
This farming community in Mount Tabor had existed since the 1850s, when it was settled by Plympton Kelly, the son of a pioneer Methodist pastor named Clinton Kelly. Pastor Kelly had moved to Oregon from Kentucky to get away from slavery and the strife it caused. He went with his two brothers and family of 10 children, including Plympton, who was then 20.
Soon afterward, Plympton began farming in the area. He claimed 350 acres near where Kelly Butte Park is now located, and cleared 200 acres for cultivation. He called his land Kelly Butte Farm and the surrounding area Mount Tabor, after a mountain in Israel.
Plympton farmed his land for many years, living long enough to see his community become part of Portland in 1905. His family became an important part of the area surrounding Mount Tabor. You can now walk Clinton Street or visit Clinton Park, both named after his father.
However, Mount Tabor didn’t belong to the Kelly family alone. For example, the crown jewel of the neighborhood, Mount Tabor Park, originally belonged to Chauncey Hosford, another pioneer minister and farmer.
Hosford’s land caught the city’s interest in 1894 due to its elevation, 400 feet above the rest of Portland. At the time, around the turn of the century, Portland needed water reservoirs for its growing population. Elevated land was perfect for this project, so Portland purchased Hosford’s property and built three reservoirs on the land.
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These reservoirs were beautifully constructed. The pump houses look like medieval buildings, and lovely wrought-iron railings surround the water. As the water flows between the reservoirs, it produces electricity that powers the equipment and lights in the park.
Alongside these reservoirs, a spacious park was planned for Portland’s burgeoning east-side population. The city set aside 196 acres for Mount Tabor Park, making it the largest park in Portland until Forest Park was created in 1947.
Initially, Portlanders thought Mount Tabor was just a hill. However, years after the park and reservoirs were well-established, the city discovered that Mount Tabor was, in fact, a cinder cone volcano.
Fortunately, the volcano was extinct. Its presence only brought the park more charm, as remnants of the volcano were turned into recreational spaces. For instance, volcanic rock has been used to build performance venues. In addition, the craters remaining from past eruptions have become lovely spaces for events like weddings.
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Mount Tabor has now become a beloved park in Portland. There are trails that weave through meadows and old-growth forests, ranging from toddler-friendly trails to scenic pathways that climb up the hill.
The park’s expansive acreage is not only great for getting away from the city. It’s also an important refuge for local wildlife and bird species. There’s enough space for Portlanders to hold fun events—including an Adult Soap Box Derby—without disturbing the park’s habitat.
If you live in the Mount Tabor neighborhood, you can regularly escape into this wilderness—yet still live close to vibrant areas of Portland. You can soak in an incredible sunset at the top of Mount Tabor, then spend the rest of the evening at a hip restaurant or bar on Hawthorne Boulevard. You won’t need to choose between nature or urban life; you’ll get the best of both worlds.
Check out our listings around Mount Tabor.

Riverfront Homes For Sale in Central Oregon

If you’re looking to find the perfect place to live in Central Oregon, it can be a difficult decision. With so many great areas that are close to excellent outdoor activities, great schools, and friendly communities, narrowing down your options could take some time. But if you love the water, then you should consider some of the opportunities we have to live right on the river in Central Oregon. But first, here are a couple of reasons why you should consider buying a riverfront home.
When you own a riverfront home you get more privacy. Instead of having to look at the back of someone else’s house, you get to experience the beautiful views of the river. With less distractions it means a calmer and more peaceful setting for you to enjoy. Whether it’s socializing with your friends on your deck or spending a quiet evening at home with your family, a waterfront property offers a more relaxing environment and private setting.
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A riverfront home is a great investment. With only so many homes with riverfront property in Central Oregon, you’ll have the security of owning a place that offers something that many other properties can’t offer. This limited supply means that properties retain their value longer and can also be a great investment for your future family.
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Playing in the water is just steps from your home. From boating to swimming, living on the river means you could be enjoying the convenience of parking a boat at your own dock or jumping into the water to cool off during the summer.

Riverfront Homes For Sale

Here are a few really nice riverfront homes for sale in Central Oregon that might interest you. Check out the rest of our real estate listings in the area if you’d like to see more properties that we offer.
This Sunriver area home has over 3/4 of a mile of Deschutes River frontage and is part of the gated community of Crosswater. The beautiful 2,640 sf ranch-style home sits on 112 acres, has a dock on the river, and gorgeous views of Central Oregon including Mt. Bachelor. This property is riverfront living at its finest, with options for more building sites.
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Overlooking the Deschutes River, Tailwind Farm is an equestrian estate property, with 61 acres, 13.4 of them irrigated, and only minutes from Bend. You’ll find river views from nearly every room of the 3,234 sf, 3 bedroom/3 bath home and includes a 8 horse barn with tackroom, indoor arena, 9 paddocks, Eurowalker, half-mile track, trail system, garden, and manager’s home.
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This 4,043 sf home features premium riverfront views, impeccable landscaping, vaulted ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, and large windows which provide plenty of natural light for all of the living spaces. Relax on the large deck overlooking the river and experience the serenity of living by the water.
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With stunning Cascade mountain views and Deschutes River frontage, this 33.5 acre property includes 3 homes, 2 cabins, storage buildings, and a barn. River access for swimming and boating, a secluded setting with lots of trees and open pastures, and plenty of space for recreation and hiking make this property one of a kind!
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This beautiful Deschutes riverfront home is only a few blocks from downtown Bend. The 4,969 sf, 3 bedroom/4 bathroom estate comes with a custom theatre room, wine cellar, high end finishes, extensive stone masonry, cathedral ceilings, 5 car garage, and a 611 sf guest house with a fireplace and hot tub. The property has 3 riverfront lots with views of the water from many of the windows and patio area of the house. If you’re in the market for luxury, waterfront living, and being within walking distance of downtown Bend, this home is perfect.
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Wilsonville, Oregon: Community Features and Real Estate

Set against a backdrop of rolling farmland, beautiful estates, and tree-lined boulevards, Wilsonville is a fantastic place for young families, older couples and urbanites who love the outdoors. It has an active community of about 21,000 residents, and the population continues to grow.
Many families and couples use the city as a home base for jobs in Salem or Portland, but the town offers much to do, as well. There are regular community events, many places for kids to play, and natural areas to wander in.
Wilsonville has developed a strong community partly because it has existed for so long. Its roots go back to 1847, when Alphonso Boone—a grandson of Daniel Boone—settled in the area. He began to run a ferry across the Willamette River, called “the Boones Ferry,” which brought more settlers to the area.
Eventually, a town called Boones Landing grew around the ferry. This name was changed to Wilsonville in 1880, after the town’s first postmaster, Charles Wilson. It was no longer just a ferry stop, but had become a well-established community. By the time the railroad arrived in 1890, the town had several hotels, stores, a bank, a saloon and a tavern.
Wilsonville remained independent from Portland for nearly 100 years before it officially became a suburb. It was incorporated in 1969 with about 1,000 residents, and ever since, its population has boomed thanks to its family-friendly environment and balance of natural beauty and urban activities.
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Close to Nature

Although Wilsonville is near Portland along the I-5 corridor, it’s still nestled in natural surroundings. Besides the Willamette River, the city has many small waterways, like Arrowhead Creek, Meridian Creek, and Coffee Lake Creek, to name a few. These streams have led to lush greenery and wildlife in the area, as well as plentiful gardens in the city.
If you live in Wilsonville, you’ll have dozens of parks and natural areas to visit for a picnic, hike, or sports game. For example, you can go to the 126-acre Wilsonville Memorial Park for a range of outdoor activities, from large playgrounds to hiking trails in the woods. It’s an especially great place to hang out in the summer. Kids can play in the interactive fountain, dogs can run in the off-leash dog park, and couples can hold their wedding in the park’s historic barn.
Another beautiful area for hiking, birdwatching and picnicking is the Graham Oaks Nature Park. Opened in 2010, Graham Oaks has 250 acres of trails and scenic views. You can go jogging or biking through the park’s wetland, oak woodland, and conifer forest—or simply rest on one of the many benches, enjoying the fresh air.

Family-Friendly Activities

In addition to the city’s parks and creeks, Wilsonville has several places for families to go for fun. One popular spot is Bullwinkle’s, a huge amusement center with everything from zip lines and go karts to miniature golf and a rock wall. Bullwinkle’s two-story arcade is alone worth a visit.
Otherwise, if you or your kids love cars, you’ll want to go to the World of Speed, a museum dedicated to motorsports. It has a wide variety of classic racing cars on display, including vehicles from NASCAR, Indy, and drag racing. You can also try out their race simulator and see who’s the fastest among your family or friends. There’s even a children’s area with fun activities for younger kids, giving the whole family something to enjoy.

Thriving Community

Even if you don’t have kids, Wilsonville can be an excellent place to live because of its sense of community. You can see this community spirit in the city’s sports teams, farmers’ market, community garden and local library events. Local artists are recognized, too, during Wilsonville’s annual art festival. There’s even a community-centered festival every August called Fun in the Park, which aims to bring together everyone in Wilsonville for lighthearted entertainment and amusement.
Through community organizations and events like these, you can quickly make connections and build relationships in Wilsonville. You may be drawn to the city because of its proximity to Portland, but in the end, you may stay because of the friendships you’ve made in the community.
Check out our latest listings and more great features that Wilsonville, Oregon offers.