Designing a Legacy: Stunning Ranch in Central Oregon is Crafted for the Ages

The hallmarks of a happy family retreat can all be found at the R&B Ranch outside Sisters, Oregon. Think summer days spent lazing on the dock, relaxing sunsets with a glass of wine on the patio, and miles of fragrant pasture and forest trails explored on horseback. Such High Desert pastimes were designed into the fabric of the ranch, thanks to the vision of Rick and Barbara Morrow and their architect, Juan Carlos Ochoa.
Priority number one was to create a destination where the Morrows’ large family and many friends could visit together with ease. “They were really thinking in terms of a family compound,” Ochoa said of his design brief. The stunning result, completed in 2011, includes an impressive 14,666-square-foot main home, plus separate guest and manager houses, as well as high-end facilities to accommodate the family’s love of horses.
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The ranch’s 507 acres came with a local history. In 1885, Alfred Cobb and his wife built their homestead there, sixteen years before the nearby town of Sisters was plated. The Cobbs became known throughout the area for their hospitality, as she conducted a way station for travelers and he operated a blacksmith shop for wagon repair and farrier business. That spirit of companionship with people and horses alike would endure when the Morrows started designing the R&B with Ochoa in 2006.
Ochoa hasn’t forgotten the first time he saw the historic property. “It was just raw land. Nothing but scrub and a lot of pine trees,” he said, recalling that he was so impressed with the landscape—and its views of mountain peaks—that it was overwhelming at first.
“You go to the site and you don’t know where to look with such a vast space,” recalled Ochoa. To address this, he anchored the main home in the setting by making it an elegant, elongated C-shape that backs up to a sizeable pond. That way, most rooms embrace layered views, beginning with the water in the foreground and ending with mountains in the distance.
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This framing starts at the front entry. Once over the threshold, the great room’s expansive windows work in tandem with the exterior roof eaves to frame stunning peaks. “The Sisters mountains were the main focus,” said Ochoa. “In the house, some of the rooms are actually slightly tilted, because the idea was to capture the views as much as we could.”
With the vistas appropriately featured, Ochoa arranged the rest of the home’s layout to allow family members to cohabitate with ease. Thus, the main home includes eight bedrooms and eight-and-a-half baths allotted along its axis, as well as a cook’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, separate wine storage and formal dining room for communal meals.
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As such, wide-plank wood floors complement textured plaster walls and stone clad fireplaces. The pattern and coloration of the stone, called Montana Moss, echoes the surrounding landscape, while also acting as a striking focal point on its own. “The shape of the building and the finishes were mainly driven by what we saw in the area.”
Since shared family recreation was paramount to the overall design, Ochoa incorporated multiple spaces on the property to bring family together. In the main home, an in-house movie theater is complete with comfortable seating, a large screen and balconies.
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A separate recreation barn hosts a half basketball court, game station and pool table. For the horse-loving household, there are top-notch facilities. “The arena was designed so that the grandkids could practice their horse-riding skills,” said Ochoa. Indoor and outdoor arenas are complemented by a quarter–mile racetrack with bleachers, plus miles of trails.
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Ochoa’s attention to detail throughout the design process knitted the large property together as a cohesive unit. One such thoughtful detail is the incorporation of timber beams in the main house and their repetition in the truss work spanning the ceiling in the indoor riding arena.
All in all, such thoughtful design decisions make the R&B Ranch an ode to the legacy of family. “From the theater to the rec room, [the Morrows] were always thinking about the grandkids and how they would be using the space,” said Ochoa. “Everything was really just family-oriented.”
Learn more about the R&B Ranch and see more photos on the full listing.
This article is also published in Cascade Magazine. Learn more about this ranch and many other great properties around Central Oregon on our community page.

Peaceful Homes For Privacy and Solitude on the Oregon Coast

Sometimes, you need a place of your own to work, think, and relax in peace. This solitude can be even more special when you’re by the sea. The ocean’s beauty, along with the fresh seaside air, can help you feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to face the day.
While you can experience this feeling by visiting a secluded beach, it’s even better to live in a peaceful home near the ocean. Then, you’ll be able to feel rejuvenated without needing to leave the privacy of your property. The following homes could all be your private retreat on the Oregon Coast.
This home is perfect for nature-lovers who want a private sanctuary hidden in the woods and meadows of Oregon. With 86 acres and breathtaking, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, you can immerse yourself in nature without leaving your property. There’s even a two-stall barn and corrals, so you can explore your land on horseback. Then, when you get home, you can settle down by one of your two fireplaces and enjoy a quiet evening, far from the chaos of civilization.
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Nestled against Neahkahnie Mountain, this custom-designed home has a view of the ocean in nearly every room. You can even get a glimpse of the sea while working in the detached office or sitting outside in the hot tub. The property is spacious and beautiful, too, with tall trees and mature landscaping. Better yet, the home’s “backyard” is Oswald West State Park! The ocean would stretch below you, a mountain would rise above you, and you’d be surrounded by forest and wildlife.
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This incredible estate is ideal for hosting luxurious, exclusive parties and private events right beside the ocean. Your friends, family, and business partners could enjoy walking on the beach, relaxing in the soaking tub, watching films in the home theater, and sitting by the outdoor fireplace with a glass of wine. They could even arrive by helicopter, using the helipad for ultimate privacy.
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A writer or artist could work in peace while living at this lovely craftsman cottage from the 1930s. The window seats, built-in bookshelves, and covered front porch all give a sense of quiet and comfort. You can breathe in the fresh morning air outside while gazing at the ocean, then sit by the window with a cup of tea or coffee before getting to work.
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Do you love rivers as much as the ocean? Then this light-filled home, tucked in a forest near Young’s River, might be for you. The property includes 15 acres, giving you enough space for privacy and undisturbed peace. It’s close to the Columbia River, too, so you’ll be a short drive away from relaxing freshwater activities, like fishing and canoeing, as well as the ocean. It’s also within easy reach of Astoria, a major cultural center on the Oregon Coast. In other words, you can enjoy the calm of your home while still having plenty of things to do in the area.
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Need space and solitude for your projects and hobbies? Check out this four-bedroom home in the lush woods around Port Orford, a fishing town surrounded by natural beauty. The property has a fenced garden and an oversized shop, large enough to hold all kinds of projects. You can restore antique cars, grow heirloom plants, get into woodworking, craft specialty beer or roast coffee—all in the privacy of your workshop.
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This home is great for anyone with an active lifestyle who wants a private place to rest between adventures. When you get home from a trip outdoors, you can take off your gear in the mudroom, then relax your muscles in the wood-fueled hot tub on the deck, overlooking the dunes and ocean. On days at home, you can keep yourself in shape by walking to the beach or exercising in the complete workout room. Finally, with four bedrooms and spacious living areas, you can invite your friends over before embarking on another outdoor adventure.
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Pacific City, Oregon Community Features and Things To Do

Pacific City, Oregon is the perfect town for anyone who loves being outdoors, especially by the ocean. While there are some nice places to shop and eat downtown, the town’s main draw is its unique location. It’s not only situated by the ocean, but also at the meeting point of two rivers, the Big Nestucca and the Little Nestucca.
This kind of merging, so close to the ocean, is rare and has led to stunning natural beauty. A rich variety of wildlife lives around Pacific City, including a diversity of birds and sea life. You can find them in the nearby estuary, along the shoreline, and in the lakes and streams in the area. This wildlife, along with the lovely scenery, has made Pacific City a perfect home and getaway for outdoor enthusiasts.
The town has been a peaceful destination for vacationers for more than a hundred years. The first tourists arrived soon after the town was established in the late 19th century. These visitors were often Oregon Trail pioneers from the Midwest who wanted to see the ocean for the first time.
They chose the town as a recreation spot because of its special location, close to two rivers as well as the ocean. Back then, they’d have to travel to the area by horseback or horse-drawn carriage. Coming from the Willamette Valley, where many pioneers lived and farmed, a one-way trip took about two days.
Soon, campgrounds and other facilities were built for these visitors. The first hotel was opened in 1895, and wooden planks were placed along Ferry Street for travelers who came by automobile. Pacific City was well on its way to becoming one of the best recreational spots on the Oregon Coast.
Now, the town has many more things to do for visitors. There are several well-maintained campgrounds and parks, as well as a good choice of hotels and vacation rentals. If you need ideas for what to do, you can go to Nestucca Adventures or Moment Surf Company to rent gear and get inspiration. The town even has an airport within walking distance to the beach!
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You won’t be deprived of good food or drink, either. You can grab a hearty breakfast at the Grateful Bread Bakery, try local craft beer and pub food at the Pelican Brewing Company for lunch, and get a bottle of locally-produced wine at the Twist Wine Company Lounge for dinner. In the summer, you can also stop by the Pacific City Farmers Market on Sunday for fresh fruits and veggies. In other words, you can be surrounded by nature and yet still enjoy high-quality and locally-sourced food, beer, and wine.
Pacific City isn’t just a vacation spot, though. It’s a great place for nature-lovers to live year-round. The community is active and welcoming. You can participate in local festivals and events like the Dory Days Festival or Slingball Tournament, or get involved at the local community center, which hosts events almost daily.
Of course, if you love being outside, you might end up spending most of your time on the beach and in the nearby natural areas. You can play in the sand at the beautiful Bob Straub Park or climb dunes at the much-loved Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. You can spend one day surfing, and the next day going horseback riding along the coast.
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If you love seafood, you can easily fill a bucket of clams or catch some Dungeness crab for dinner. There are also plenty of salmon and trout in the area. Even if you don’t bring your fishing gear, though, you can still have fun exploring local rivers and lakes in a boat, canoe, or kayak. You might even see some puffins, bald eagles, or migrating Canadian Geese.
Best of all, when you go home, you won’t be hit with traffic, noise, and pollution. Your house can be right on the beach with large windows looking over the ocean. You can come home to a sunset glowing on the water and go walking on the beach with a cup of coffee in the morning.
Contact us to view available homes in Pacific City, so this beach lifestyle can be yours.

Sherwood, Oregon Community Features and Activities

There’s a lot to love about living in Sherwood, Oregon. It has a vibrant community, great schools, a beautiful downtown, and excellent proximity to both Portland and the Willamette Valley. In fact, Money has even ranked Sherwood fifth among the best places to live in the US.
The city’s beginnings were humble, though. It was established in 1889 by James Christopher and Mary Ellen Smock, a pioneer couple who had given the Portland and Willamette Valley Railway permission to cross their property. The Smocks then designed and named the streets around the railway tracks, and called the new town “Smockville.”
This name didn’t last long. Soon after residents moved into the freshly-minted town, a meeting was held to choose a new name. A successful businessman and local resident, Robert Alexander, suggested the name “Sherwood,” since the woods surrounding the town resembled the Sherwood Forest in England. This name was popular, and by July 1891, Sherwood had replaced Smockville as the town’s official name.
At first, the town’s economy thrived on brick-building. A local brickyard produced bricks that were used in constructing buildings in Portland through the early 1890s. This reliable revenue led to rapid growth in Sherwood. The town’s historic district, called the “Old Town,” was built around this time.
However, the brickyard’s success was short-lived. It closed in 1895, during the deep economic depression that followed the Panic of 1893. Worse still, the business district was hit by a horrible fire in 1896, which burned down most of the buildings.
The town survived both these setbacks, though. After the brickyard closed, other businesses developed in Sherwood, including a tannery and a vegetable and fruit cannery. Later, the town’s location also helped to draw residents who worked in Portland, Hillsboro, and Beaverton. Recently, its population has boomed from 3,080 in 1990 to over 18,000 now.
This burst of growth hasn’t changed Sherwood’s friendliness and charm. The heartbeat of the city is still in the historic Old Town, which has a mix of shops, eateries, art galleries, cultural organizations, and services ranging from daycare to yoga. It’s also a hotspot for events like the annual wine festivals and the weekly farmers market.
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Sherwood has become an especially attractive place for families to live. In addition to its top-rate schools and miles of nature paths, the city offers a variety of kid-friendly events and activities, so your children will always have something to do.
For instance, you can attend all kinds of family-oriented concerts and performances at the Sherwood Center of the Arts. African drumming, circus shows, hip-hop dancing, and international folk tales are just a few examples of what your family can experience at the Center. Your kids can also get involved in classes ranging from photography to creative writing. There are even classes for young children, teaching them how to paint or be an actor.
The Sherwood Library has regular events for children and teenagers, too. Besides their five different storytimes—including a STEM-oriented family storytime—kids can participate in fun events like a comedy show, an exotic bird show, a wilderness survival class, and summer reading programs with prizes.
In addition, the library often participates in the many community events and festivals that take place in the Old Town every year. For instance, your kids can get a special treat at the library during the annual Halloween treat-or-treating event in Old Town. In April, during the Old Town Sherwood Spring Art Walk, you can do hands-on artistic activities with your kids at the library after admiring the artwork showcased throughout Old Town.
The Sherwood Family YMCA is also a great facility for high quality health and wellness programs, events, and community support.
Other fun, family-friendly events in Sherwood include the annual Robin Hood Festival and the Cruisin’ Sherwood Car Show. In the summer, you can also watch outdoor movies or listen to free outdoor concerts at Stella Olsen Park in Old Town.
Of course, for everyday family fun, you can just head outside and enjoy the many paths, parks, and greenways in Sherwood. The city is full of natural areas, so your kids can experience nature while still having the advantages and amenities an urban area. You can get involved in the community garden together, cycle from downtown Sherwood to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, or just visit a playground at a local park. One thing is for sure: you’ll have plenty of ways to spend free time with your family in Sherwood.
Learn more about this great place near Portland and property for sale in Sherwood on our community page.

Mountain High Neighborhood Bend, Oregon

If you’re looking for a place to live in Central Oregon with large home sites in a parklike setting filled with towering pines and mature native plants and shrubs, then check out Mountain High neighborhood in Southeast Bend. This premier gated community has many great looking custom homes, an active association with tennis courts, a swimming pool, and lots of green space and walking trails, and even a public golf course. It’s just a short drive to the shopping, restaurants, and entertainment Bend has to offer and it’s also ideally located for those who enjoy skiing Mt. Bachelor and hiking in the Cascades.
If you enjoy the Sunriver neighborhood feel but appreciate being closer to Bend, then Mountain High neighborhood could be the place for you. Here are a few examples of homes in the Mountain High neighborhood. To see more potential properties for sale, visit our community page; to learn more about the homeowner’s association there, visit the Mountain High HOA website.
At the end of a cul-de-sac and on over half an acre, this single level home has been meticulously taken care of and features large windows in the living and dining area that look out to beautiful landscaping and lush greenery. The back deck and property is perfect for entertaining and there is also a built-in spa that is easily accessible from the master suite. Enjoy his and her closets, separate office space, a 3-car garage, and plenty of room for storage.
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Relax on your beautiful deck and enjoy the abundant wildlife and peaceful setting in this 3 bed 2 bath home in Mountain High neighborhood. Features include see-thru fireplace, large bedrooms, jetted tub, and a large garage.
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This beautiful custom home on a large lot with mature trees offers ultimate privacy and plenty of features for your enjoyment. The two-story home has wood burning fireplaces, custom built-ins, Pozzi wood windows and wood shutters, skylights, and an oversized laundry room.
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Homes in Mountain High usually aren’t for sale for long, as buyers are appreciating the value of a large lot, privacy, community features, convenient location to Bend, and the beautiful mature trees and open space that the neighborhood has.
If you’re interested in learning more about this beautiful neighborhood and homes for sale there, contact one of our associates for more information.

Urban Core: Life in Portland’s Vibrant Pearl District

Portland is growing up in the limelight, as lifestyle hounds flock to this green city that always makes the top livability lists. For residents of the Pearl District, the hottest and most vertical neighborhood in Oregon, the appeal is encompassed in one tidy sliver drawn by the Willamette River, NW Broadway, West Burnside Street and I-405.
“Having the hustle and bustle of urban life where you can live and enjoy a high concentration of culture within a walkable distance is pretty new in Portland and really is only available in the Pearl,” said Kelly Harness, principal broker at Cascade Sotheby’s in the Pearl.
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This industrial segment of Northwest Portland was the last frontier for growth in the heart of the city when developers began reimagining the raw land and warehouses in the late 1980s. Early adopters from the art world were already here, working to turn a grimy industrial sector into an urban chic oasis with art walks in this neighborhood they had dubbed the Pearl (legend has it) for its special, yet obscured beauty.
By the early 2000s, the Pearl’s artsy transformation had spread from the original core of high rise developments and warehouse conversions on and around historic Hoyt Street. Riverfront condos, tree-lined brownstones, lofts, faux lofts, three parks, streetcar lines and nationally acclaimed galleries and restaurants took shape throughout the district.
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Now a world-renowned example of urban development for its design and commitment to energy efficiency, the Pearl came into its own with relative speed while maintaining a sense of charm and history. Iconic businesses include Powell’s Books and Bridgeport Brewery—both of which predate the renaissance. Restored buildings are peppered among new high rises with more than 900 businesses now giving color to the district. Most of the newer businesses are located on the ground floors of mixed-use developments and encompass all the needs and desires of urban dwellers—from well-appointed galleries to fine dining and grocery stores to medical services.
“The Pearl District draws people who seek a minimalist lifestyle,” said Harness. “We have a lot of people who move here from New York or Chicago, already understanding the benefits that come with truly urban neighborhoods. Others are worried about giving up their garage or their garden, but are so happy when they finally make the leap.”
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Around 6,000 people live in the Pearl. The market is hot, with the average price per square foot at $538. Less than 100 units are on the market in the entire downtown area, of which the Pearl is just a portion. This will change some in the coming years as projects are completed in the northernmost blocks and construction begins on the last untouched segment of the Pearl: the former post office site.
The city continues to implement pedestrian and bike friendly plans in the Pearl. From baby boomers to tech industry types, three out of four residents said they drive less since moving to the Pearl, with more than half of all residents walking, biking or taking transit to work, according to the City of Portland. Pearl residents, employers and visitors travel by car half as much as the regional average.
“You can check out galleries and boutiques during the day, have a delicious meal and then go see a play at The Armory,” said Jennifer Pepin, who decided to open J. Pepin Art Gallery (319 NW Ninth Ave., in the Pearl after attending a summertime First Thursday Art Walk in 2013.
“There is great variety of flavors and environments that are central and easy to access,” said Pepin. “Feeling the energy of the filled streets on a summer night with the restaurants bursting and live music in spots was something I wanted to be a part of.”
This article is also published in Cascade Magazine. Learn more about the Pearl District in Portland and find homes for sale there on our community page.

Spacious Oregon Coast Home With Breathtaking Ocean Views

Paul Wesselink was ready for retirement. He had spent decades at the helm of his family’s California-based custom home business. He built the homes while his wife, Kathy, and mother, Mary Wesselink-Fox, decorated the interiors.
“I’ve been building homes since I was sixteen years old,” said Paul. He purchased his first house as a senior in high school in 1972, fixed it up, and sold it by graduation.
Years later, retirement beckoned. “I’d always dreamed of doing nothing at 50,” he said. A fishing cabin on the Oregon Coast was also part of that dream. In 2008, he and his family began scouting potential sites.
The search ended when they found an intriguing property off Highway 101, in Gold Beach. “The lot was very unique,” said Paul. “You actually own the sand. It’s one of a very few properties left (in Oregon) where you own the beach because of a very old title.” The listing included thirty acres and a quarter mile of private beach, which is a rarity in a state where most of the coastline is publicly owned due to the 1967 Beach Bill. The family snapped up the location and began the process of designing and building a home to equal the magnificent site.
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First came the necessary preparation. A construction team spent three years grading, digging French drains and installing rock retaining walls. Next, Paul designed a lofty, 10,000-square-foot log cabin for the main residence in the style of grand National Park lodges. The exterior is clad in old growth logs imported from Canada, which were originally six feet in diameter.
“This house is not a kit home,” said Paul. “It was built on-site from real wood. It was hand done one piece at a time.” That includes the interior walls as well, which are enveloped in local cedar that was all cut, peeled and mortised by hand. “There’s no drywall in this house,” said Paul.
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The native Californian was impressed with the craftsmanship level fostered by the local crew throughout the years it took to execute the build. “The guys up here are artisans,” he said.
For the interior layout, Paul made the room dimensions generous, specifying 3,000 square feet for the great room—which hosts the living, dining and kitchen areas. The two primary bedroom suites are equally capacious, ranging from 2,450 to 3,300 square feet. “When I build, I like large expanses in rooms,” said Paul.
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Substantial windows bring in the light and exterior views, while an earthy materials palette conveys warmth and hominess. For instance, the floors throughout are sheathed in hand-scraped Acacia wood, which Paul said is a hardier species that can stand up to the moist coastal air and resist buckling. To add interest and contrast, he also incorporated a quartzite path into the wood floor to designate activity zones within the main room. The path then flows through the downstairs hallway and outside. “Each piece of that was cut like a puzzle,” he said. “It’s a very intricate pattern that continues through the entire house.” A thirty-five-foot-tall fireplace composed of rock from the Rogue River completes the main room tableau and echoes the home’s exterior.
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Kathy and Betty enjoyed the challenge of outfitting the home in a more rustic and relaxed style. “Sourcing was a lot of fun,” said Kathy. In order to ensure that the scale of the furniture suited the size of the home, the women commissioned a number of craftspeople for bespoke fixtures and furnishings. Their choices included a carved Madrone dining table, iron chandeliers that are nine feet in diameter and custom carpets from El Paso in graphic motifs. They made sure to employ textural accents in every room to maintain consistency. In the principal bathroom, the bathtub was fashioned from copper, and then finished with 200,000 hits of a ball peen hammer for a lovely patina. In one guest room, a bed frame was crafted from pieces of driftwood.
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In addition to the main home, Paul has since added a solarium, private helipad, entry gate with pond and two barns—effectively making his retirement non-existent. “I’ve been building my whole life and just never stopped,” he said.
Amid such industry, he and his family also take time to relish the natural beauty surrounding their home: whether they’re whale watching from the living room or admiring starfish in the tide pools on their private stretch of sand. “It’s absolutely incredible here,” said Kathy.
To inquire about this Oregon Coast home, contact Ted Wood at 503.730.0820 – you can view more photos on the listing page.
This article is also published in Cascade Magazine.

Community Features, Events, and Things to Do in Gresham, Oregon

Located about a half-hour drive away from downtown Portland, Gresham has a good mix of urban amenities, natural areas, and community events. Its population has boomed in recent decades, going from about 10,000 residents in 1970 to over 105,000 residents in 2010, making it the fourth largest city in Oregon.
However, even with a larger population, the city hasn’t lost its sense of community. You can make connections and get involved in a variety of local events and activities, ranging from Bike Month in May to the Gresham Arts Festival in July.
Far from being exclusive, these events embrace a range of ages, interests, and skill levels. For example, Gresham’s Bike Month this year included activities for schoolchildren, working professionals, experienced cyclists, older adults, and mobility device users. There was a slow-paced, family-friendly bike ride for all levels, as well as a 25-mile ride for experts. Awards were given to teams that biked the most, but also for teams who had the most fun.
The Gresham Arts Festival has the same inclusive spirit. Regardless of your abilities or interests, you’re likely to find something to enjoy during this community festival. You can sip a glass of wine while browsing a silent auction, or bring your children to the “Kids’ Village” for music, face painting, and hands-on activities. You can also volunteer, participate in the “Gresham’s Got Talent” show, or display your own artwork in the downtown area.
Besides yearly events like these, there are fun activities that happen every week in Gresham, like farmers’ markets and sports competitions. You don’t need to search long to find interesting activities, either. Simply visit the city’s calendar of events to browse a list of upcoming events and things to do throughout the city.
Another hub for local events is the Gresham Library, which has been an important part of the city for over a hundred years. It started as a modest collection of books gathered from community members and stored in the town’s general store. There were about 100 books at first. This collection was so popular that it quickly grew to 200-300 books and magazines within three years.
Although this collection was a good start, the community needed something larger. Community members—especially members of women’s clubs—worked to raise money for a proper library, gathering about $1,900 for land and materials. This goal finally became a reality in 1912, when Gresham received a generous grant of over $13,000 from the Andrew Carnegie library fund.
The Gresham Carnegie Library opened soon afterward. It had about 3,000 books, housed in a beautiful Tudor-style building. Commitment to this library has continued ever since. Its collection has steadily grown, pushing the library’s capacities until a new library had to be built.
This new library is the second largest in the Portland area. It can hold up to 75,000 books and includes skylights, a children’s room, a community room, a teen study area, and a media center/computer lab. Meanwhile, the original library has become a historical museum and community resource for genealogical research.
The Gresham Library is much more than just a place to read now. It offers classes and workshops, like “How to Plant Terrariums” or “iPad/iPhone Help.” You can meet up with various clubs and groups, like Mah-Jong or Yarn Club.
The Gresham Library can be an especially helpful resource if you’re a parent. Besides attending parenting classes, you can bring your children to a range of fun events every week. For example, this summer, kids can learn how to be detectives in a series of forensic science classes. Or, they can celebrate Wonder Woman Week with coloring pages, trivia sheets, and crafts to take home. There are also storytimes for babies and toddlers, a Pokémon club, a teen anime club, and a chess club for children and teens.
For outdoor activities, you don’t need to look far, either. Gresham has over 25 parks and miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, and horseback riding. The city has more than 300 acres of land dedicated to parks and 840 acres for natural areas. Many of its parks include playgrounds, picnic shelters, and areas for playing sports like soccer or disc golf. Some have unique features, like the Imaginative Children’s Garden in Vance Park.
Even outside of the Gresham’s parks, you can find beautiful places to walk and cycle. The community values natural beauty and cares for its trees, especially. The city government has even adopted certain trees, chosen for their special location, age, functionality, uniqueness of shape/species, or relation to a historical event. You can tour these “significant trees” by downloading a map from the city’s website.
This dedication to natural beauty, as well as the surrounding community, has also made Gresham a great place to buy property. There are large trees and beautiful homes with acreage, and yet you’re still close to Portland.
Contact us to discover more about this community and find a home you love in Gresham.