ClearPine: Planned Community in Sisters, Oregon

Located on a former timber mill site in Sisters, the ClearPine development represents a new chapter for the Central Oregon town. The name pays homage to the “clear” (meaning knot free) Ponderosa pines milled on site for nearly fifty years, until the mill was shuttered in the 1960s. Originally zoned as industrial property, the site remained vacant for several decades before ground broke on the community now known as ClearPine.
Here, development manager and Central Oregon resident Peter Hall discusses why the time is right for Sisters to join the nationwide trend of planned communities and how Sisters will put its stamp on the project.
What draws people to Sisters versus other Central Oregon locales?
Sisters is located twenty-two miles northwest of Bend. While Bend is a recreational boom town, Sisters offers a completely different experience in a community-minded atmosphere. Artists and musicians are attracted to Sisters for its nationally known events, such as the Sisters Folk Festival and Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Many of Sisters’ 2,500 residents relate on a “first name” basis— expect to see friends and neighbors as you walk the streets of Sisters.
Why do you believe planned housing communities are trending with buyers?
Planned housing communities are highly sought after for their locations and amenities. ClearPine offers small, energy efficient, upscale homes in a semi-urban environment and further intrigues buyers with a strong sense of community, a variety of design options and hundreds of square miles of national forest land on its western border.
In what ways is this project a departure from Sisters’ past residential planning?
Because of professional urban planning, ClearPine has a fresh, custom appearance unlike that of a typical “tract” neighborhood. There is an identifiable balance between open space and housing, as detailed in the master plan. Stringent exterior design guidelines and tree removal standards ensure the neighborhood has a consistent, established feel as each phase is developed, which is key to long-term value preservation in ClearPine.
Architecture design options include American Foursquare, Mid-Century Modern, Craftsman and Prairie. Could you tell us a bit about why these design aesthetics are complementary?
In addition to an “open” category of architecture, in which the architect may present an innovative architectural style, these four traditional styles provide long- lasting beauty and variety to the residents of ClearPine and are instantly familiar to new residents looking to establish their homes in the neighborhood. In the summer of 2016, ClearPine was awarded the 2016 COBA Tour of Homes “Best in Show” and “Best Architectural Design” awards for a Prairie-style home located on Forest Edge Drive.
ClearPine currently offers a mix of home and cottage floor plans, with townhomes coming in a later phase. What are the highlights of each property type and what is the rollout schedule for the five phases of property development?
While primarily a single-family home community, eventually some 30 percent of ClearPine’s year-round and part-time residents will live in smaller townhomes and cottages. The big push in 2017 is to introduce the ClearPine Cottages to the market. The first of nine “modern farmhouse” cottages will be featured on the 2017 COBA Tour of Homes. The two-level plan includes 1,214 square feet, mountain views, and is set adjacent to a common green space featuring a community garden area and fire pit, built for the exclusive use of cottage residents. A 1.2-acre park will be built within the central part of ClearPine in Phase 3, slated to open in 2018. Planned amenities include bocce ball or pickleball courts, plus a covered barbeque and picnic area. Phases 4 and 5 are planned to follow in the coming years.
How else is ClearPine incorporating the region’s natural elements?
To assist in the enhancement of local stream ecosystems, ClearPine is a significant donor of “whole” trees (includes the root ball), to local watershed improvement projects. As trees are removed to create new streets, they are transported and strategically placed to enhance spawning habitat for trout, salmon and steelhead under a comprehensive enhancement plan managed by the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and other entities. ClearPine also has a Mountain Bluebird nesting club. Thoroughly action packed!
For ClearPine sales information, call 541.241.6844 or visit
This article also is also printed in Cascade Living Magazine. Learn more about Sisters, Oregon and real estate for sale on our community page.
Bordering Deschutes National Forest on the Northwest edge of Sisters’ urban growth boundary, approximately 1 mile from downtown.
Green Space
Planned 1.2-acre park with mountain views in center of development, in addition to other open spaces throughout the community.
Trail Accessibility
Hundreds of miles of national forest trails will be accessible from a new trailhead built in conjunction with the Sisters Trail Alliance.
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ClearPine’s professionally managed HOA is designed to enhance the elevated architecture and preserve the carefully crafted architectural character and long-term value of the community.

Luxury Living in SW Washington: The Parklands at Camas Meadows

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is at the forefront of featuring new developments that focus on communities that provide recreational-friendly, walkable neighborhoods that also feature a wide variety of amenities. One of those offerings is The Parklands at Camas Meadows, a thoughtfully-designed community in SW Washington which focuses on the ‘new urbanism’ that many homeowners are seeking today.
“The Parklands offers a stunning example of luxury dream home living combined with a focus on new urbanism, which offers more public spaces, community and environmental sustainability and healthier, active options for residents,” says Heather DeFord, broker at CSIR and listing agent for The Parklands. “Miles of walking trails, Lacamas Lake water activities, spectacular views, and a vibrant community full of restaurants and brewpubs are all planned for this little slice of heaven.”
With new restaurants and coffee shops, shopping and entertainment, an abundance of outdoor recreation, and a highly rated school district, the active city of Camas is a perfect location for The Parklands, and great place for families in all stages.
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Site work on The Parklands is well underway, and at the time of this article’s publishing, over 50% of lot sites have been sold! This premier gated, golf community has been thoughtfully put together to meet the needs for each homeowner looking to build their custom, new home here.
Learn more about The Parklands at Camas Meadows on our community page.

The Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Difference

Cascade Sotheby’s, which has expanded from Bend into SW Washington and the Portland metro area just two years ago, has become a leader in offering artful, environmentally-friendly living to the region. The Parklands is just one of many incredible communities that CSIR is focusing on in SW Washington, and as a testament to the growing popularity of new urban sites, the recently developed and listed luxury acreage at Cedar Creek in Ridgefield is completely sold out.
So whether you are in search of your dream home or a site to build one, looking to list your beautiful property for sale, or are interested in joining our team of incredible brokers, here are just a few of the things that Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty offers to make sure your experience is the best.

  • A focus on “the art of living” and an understanding of the importance of a sense of place
  • A dedication to representing the “gem” properties of every price range
  • The highest-quality marketing materials and brand assets for brokers
  • A dedicated local marketing team
  • Regional advertising partnerships
  • Cascade Living Magazine – the premier regional lifestyle magazine for the Pacific Northwest
  •, which will launch a fully integrated digital platform from lead generation, social media management, CRM and a responsive website connecting to the Sotheby’s International Realty global network.
  • Knowledgeable brokers with unrivaled industry expertise
  • An acute understanding of the Pacific Northwest sense of place and how to communicate it to the world

Contact one of our offices today to learn even more!

Brenda Menzel: Living The Bend Life

After spending 18 years working in real estate in Texas and Florida, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker Brenda Menzel decided to move to Bend a few years ago. A southern girl from the city, it wasn’t long before Brenda and her family realized how incredible the Central Oregon lifestyle was. In fact, she loved it so much that she started her own blog called Living The Bend Life, and writes about cool local adventures, fun kid’s activities, events, referrals, and much more.
A testament to her hard work and focus on getting involved with the community, Brenda’s website won best local blog in Central Oregon through The Source Weekly’s annual reader’s poll, two years in a row (2016 & 2017)!
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“What started as a hobby, quickly turned into a passion for helping others that are planning a move to Central Oregon, those new to the area, or planning a future visit. This led to a desire to expand and provide even more information to those seeking to call Bend home.”
Brenda has a diversified background in real estate, including over 12 years of working with a national builder. From traveling around the country helping develop real estate projects to connecting with local neighborhoods and communities, she is excited to be focusing her efforts in this beautiful area. Her real estate experience, knowledge of the local area, connections, and hard-working spirit makes her a perfect addition to the CSIR team and those looking to find the perfect home in Central Oregon.
“With a deep desire to help others embrace and call Bend home, I’ve decided to combine this with my real estate expertise and offer my assistance to help make one of the largest decisions most people will ever make as easy and seamless as possible. Whether looking for a new home, or selling your home here in Bend, it is imperative to find someone who will focus on your best interests, matching your needs and goals with the opportunities available within our local market. I would love the opportunity to help with all your Central Oregon real estate needs. Uniting buyers and sellers to achieve a common goal, Living the Bend Life!”
Follow Brenda on her blog – Living The Bend Life, Instagram, Facebook, and visit her CSIR broker page to contact Brenda today if you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Central Oregon.
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Wine and Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Washington

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be a co-sponsor, along with The Waterfront – Vancouver, for this year’s annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, a weekend full of great music, wine, food, and art. With new roots in Vancouver and SW Washington, CSIR is dedicated to supporting the community and those who live in it.
The 20th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival will be held at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA on August 25th-27th. It features Grammy-winning and internationally acclaimed jazz, blues, gospel, and pop musicians as well as Northwest wine, fine art, food, and exhibitors.
Founded in 1998, 100% of the proceeds for this event benefit the nonprofit Bravo! Vancouver, one of the most successful arts organizations in Southwest Washington. As a sponsor, CSIR will have a 3-day exhibitor booth and a VIP tent on Saturday night.
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Jazz, blues, and pop music will be playing throughout the weekend, from internationally acclaimed musicians as well as local and regional musicians. Over 200 wines will be featured, especially those made in the Pacific Northwest, and will be available by the glass, as bottles, or samples. Fine artists and crafters from around the Northwest and California will feature all forms of artistic genres and media. And to top it all off, a variety of Northwest cuisines from local restaurants will make sure you don’t walk away hungry!
With a history in amazing art and culture, the Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty brand finds a perfect partnership in sponsoring an event that unites the world of Wine and Jazz music with our local community.
We invite you to join us for a fabulous weekend of music, wine, art, and food! For tickets and more information about the Vancouver Jazz & Wine Festival, visit their website. If you’re interested in learning more about real estate in SW Washington, visit our community page.

Darron Welch: Oregon Coast Masterbrewer at Pelican Brewing Company

When Darron Welch was a University of Oregon history major clicking away at the typewriter keys, writing his senior thesis on prohibition in Oregon, he couldn’t have known what the bygone era would mean for his future. Welch had already fallen in love with beer during his gap year in Germany, but the meticulous researcher still had years of fine tuning ahead of him before he would become the brewmaster who created Kiwanda Cream Ale, the internationally-acclaimed flagship brew at Pelican Brewing Company that was inspired by the pre-prohibition era ale.
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Flash forward past more travels, including the time he met his future wife while they were studying abroad in Hungary, and his brief career buildings organs (the kind that play music), and Welch was still the same beer- loving guy. The guy who, as a minor, convinced his dad to buy him homebrewing supplies so he could at least try to replicate the robust flavors he developed a taste for while abroad.
“The Kiwanda is my interpretation of the All-American beer,” said Welch of the cream ale, one of only two beer styles truly homegrown on U.S. soil. “With immigration to this country came light lager transitions, a cold storage ale and lager combo. Then so much tradition and heritage was lost during prohibition. Out of that time came this homogenization of beer that lasted until the ’80s and early ’90s.”
It is some combination of his predilection for history and a nearly reverential dedication to process that have turned the soft-spoken Welch into the decorated darling of the craft beer industry the world over, with a combined seven “Brewer of Year” awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. This year alone he has led the brewery to seventeen international honors. This marks the third-time Pelican was named Champion Medium International Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards, which is the largest annual competition of its kind in the world that judges both draught and packaged beer. Add this year’s decorations to the brewery’s 300-plus awards over two decades and it’s tough not to take notice of the froth coming out of the Oregon Coast.
In 1996, Welch was ready to move back to Oregon after having dipped his toes in the Midwest brewing industry. At the same time a couple on the Pacific Coast, Jeff Schons and Mary Jones, was brushing some sand off a vacant oceanfront pizza joint in Pacific City and hatching a plan for Oregon’s only beachside brewpub. The perfect storm came together when Welch saw the couple’s handwritten advertisement for a brewer on a corkboard at a small Oregon brewing conference that year. “I got the gig and became a partner in Pelican with them a few years later,” said Welch, now 49.
Tucked in a mid-coastal plot of land not touched by Highway 101, Pacific City was the type of town one had to discover. Maybe you heard about it from a surfer friend. Perhaps you navigated to the green swath of southern Tillamook County looking for Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area—the cream ale’s eponymous forest begins just past the sand dunes visible from Pelican’s flagship pub—using the hair-thin lines of a crinkled map.
Today, Pacific City is a summer tourism hotbed, even though the hamlet’s year-round population barely reaches four digits. Vacation homes and cars packed full of families craving salty air have continued to crop up around the successful brewery and its perch overlooking Haystack Rock. With consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican sales are up more than 500 percent from 3,500 barrels in 2013 to 16,000 barrels in 2016. For comparison, the designation “microbrewery” is reserved for breweries producing less than 15,000 barrels of beer annually. The company doubled its brewing and bottling capacity with an expansion at its Tillamook facility in 2013 and opened a new brewpub in Cannon Beach this year. All three locations have brewing capacity with similar water flavor profiles and all three Oregon Coast sites brew the iconic Kiwanda Cream Ale.
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Welch said he appreciates his twenty-plus years of coastal living during his regular commute. It takes about forty-five minutes to drive from his home in Neskowin, just south of Pacific City, where he and his wife are raising their two teenage sons, to the Tillamook facility where Welch leads the brew team, which brews in 14,000 square feet of high tech mastery. Glistening chrome tanks reflected in Welch’s glasses as we toured the facility. “The bottling line machinery does 165 bottles a minute…” he said, walking the warehouse floor while summarizing the scene with measured surety. “Here, this equipment helps us achieve optimal pitching… Over here is where we manage attenuation levels… This is the Hopinator.”
It took a bit of probing before Welch confessed his role in the high-tech tank’s creation. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that in his quest to brew the perfect beer, Welch found a company, Portland’s Metalcraft Fabrication, to collaborate on the development of the Hopinator—a two-story R2D2- like apparatus that creates optimal aroma and flavor stability during dry hopping. The machine’s oxygen management efficiency yields better flavor profiles than the standard process and uses up to 30 percent less hops, in addition to being safer for brewers to use and more sanitary.
While many people look at Welch and see a beer savant, Welch sees himself as precision oriented. “We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today with just my mindset. It’s important for me to coach and persuade the team to create assertive yet balanced flavors,” he said. “I design processes so that we can achieve exactness in our flavor profiles.”
And designed and coached, he has. Welch’s sparse square of an office has just a few photos hung on one wall, next to pinned up documents and chicken- scratch technical notes. In each image, Welch stands next to one of his young brewers who has gone on to achieve brewing success elsewhere: Travis Zeilstra of Wyoming’s Black Tooth Brewing; Jason Schoneman, who started Steel Toe Brewing in Minnesota; Portland’s Gigantic Brewing co-owner and brewmaster Ben Love.
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“Pelican was my first real brewing job,” said Love. “Darron taught me how to brew and gave me the skills and a strong foundation for how to make incredible beer. Working with him set me on the path that lead to the opening of Gigantic.”
Most of Welch’s brewers have been recruited from outside of Tillamook County, but the majority of Pelican’s staff are locals, even if there are more cows than people in the county. “There is a mechanical aptitude in this agriculture-based community,” said Welch. “We are deeply tied to the coast as a company.”
Welch described the Tillamook taproom and brewing facility and the new Cannon Beach brewpub as natural steps in the brewery’s evolution that stay true to the brand. Seasonal brews such as Captain of the Coast (yes, that new release has already won an award) complement year-round staples such as Tsunami Stout and, of course, the crown jewel: Kiwanda Cream Ale.
Welch brought the cream ale back to prominence and Pelican gets to be the arbiter of its identity in modern history. Easy-going yet exacting, just like its brewmaster, Kiwanda Cream rides in on a wave of floral aromas, then hits the shore with a touch of malty sweetness that is finished by a creamy tang.
“Craft brewing, right now, is living history,” said Welch, differentiating the flavorful brews made by him and his peers from the generic, mass-produced lagers made by the Coors and the Buds of the world. “People will look back on this time in brewing as the rebirth of an American craft. It’s creative, disruptive. It’s upending what we know about beer. Our mission is complete when a standard lager accounts for less than 25 percent of the beer industry.”
Today’s market share for craft brewers is 12.3 percent and counting, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado. This share has more than doubled in just half a decade. While Welch’s mission won’t be fulfilled tomorrow, his continued contribution to the field is sure to make history.
This article is also featured in Cascade Living Magazine. Visit our Oregon Coast community page to learn more about this beautiful area and find homes for sale.

Country Homes For Sale in Central Oregon

From the beautiful city of Portland to the wonderful views of the coast, you can experience a variety of places to live in Oregon. Another wonderful area to live is Central Oregon, especially if you’re ready to get away from it all and buy a country home. With quiet spaces, incredible views, and great weather, owning a place out in the country in Central Oregon not only offers peaceful living, but you’ll most likely be conveniently located near town, outdoor activities, and plenty of things to do when you’re not enjoying your serene living space.
Here are some fantastic country homes for sale in Central Oregon. Contact one of our offices if you’re interested in finding out more about places like these.

Cascade Mountain Views

This private, custom country home sits on just over 20 acres and has beautiful, unobstructed views of the Cascade Mountain Range. You’ll experience quiet living among the ancient juniper trees yet are conveniently located to the city of Bend and everything fun that Central Oregon offers. A huge wrap-around cedar porch, gorgeous cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, finished basement with a guest suite, and a fantastic kitchen are just some of the features this house has. The property, which adjoins to Badlands/BLM, also has a roomy 2-story barn with RV storage and hookups, a shop and greenhouse, and is fenced. Country living at it’s finest!
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Parklike Setting

Unobstructed Cascade Mountain views, two ponds, and almost 20 acres of land with 15 acres of in-ground irrigation makes this property feel like you’re living in your own private park. Located in SE Bend, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features a large open kitchen, main floor living, a bonus room, and a great room with a wood stove. Not only does the home offer a lot of space, the property itself includes a barn with 2 stalls, tackroom, and a storage area. You’ll love this beautiful place that offers a lot of space, peace and quiet, and a convenient location to Bend.
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Serene Living

Living in the country means sitting on your front porch and being able to enjoy the quiet mornings and evenings with a cup of coffee or your favorite book. This home has a beautiful front porch and sits 5 acres that offers that serene setting. And if you need to go shopping, it’s only a short 15 minute drive away. Property features a wonderful 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath house and 3 bay shop, horse area, chicken coop, greenhouse, and 3 acres of irrigation.
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Quaint Country Home

This affordable country home on almost 6 acres has irrigation rights, a pond, a beautifully landscaped yard that’s fenced, and lots of space for kids and pets playing outside safely. Grow your own garden, bring horses, or just sit back and enjoy the quaint property and country setting in Central Oregon. The huge shop has room for trailers, RVs, boats, and more plus is equipped with outlets, a cement floor, and plenty of space for your projects. The 3 bedroom home has a finished basement, wood burning fireplace, updated bathroom, and a 2-car attached garage.
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50 Acres Near Sisters

How would you like to have an incredible view of the Cascade Mountains and 50 acres of land to to work and play on? Situated near Sisters, Oregon, this conveniently located country home has 42 acres of irrigated land, 3 horse stalls, hay barn, paddock, and round pen. Enjoy gorgeous views from your window, quiet living, close to town, and an incredible opportunity to turn this property into your dream home.
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Fountain Plaza Penthouse in KOIN Center: A Dignified Property in Portland’s Landmark Skyscraper

Expansive, high profile views of distinctive Oregon landmarks are visible from every angle of the Fountain Plaza penthouse, a top floor unit which spans three-fourths of the KOIN Center’s thirtieth floor. Snapshots of the region are accentuated from vantage points on three heated balconies, three accordion-shaped corner windows and every pane of glass in between. Depending on where you focus your gaze, the city appears as an ever-moving metropolis or takes on the idyllic stillness of a Grant Wood painting.
Looking east past the iconic bridges that adjoin the banks of the Willamette River, the cityscape gives way to verdant layers of forest rising into the Cascades, culminating with the snowcapped peaks of Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Adams along the horizon. North, a bird’s eye view of downtown in all its urban glory. Beyond downtown is Forest Park, perched on the spine of the west hills—a scene that soothes the eyes as the elevated topography sweeps north to south.
Among the five tallest buildings in Portland, the brick, umber-hued KOIN Center skyscraper with its powder blue crown is perhaps the most beloved. The angular folds of the building’s corners zig zag in bold geometric pleats. Ziggurat terrace steps evoke ancient Mesopotamian pyramids, growing gradually slimmer as they reach the sky.
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Coined the KOIN Center for its media company tenant, the 1984 completion of the so-called “neo-Art Déco” building marked an upward shift in Portland’s urban aspirations. Fountain Plaza, the group of exclusive condominiums occupying the top eleven floors of the building and serviced by a private entrance with twenty-four hour concierge, was Portland’s introduction to sky-high living, à la New York City. Now condo living is ubiquitous in downtown and the flashy new Pearl District. Still, no other building has quite the history and the esteem of the KOIN Center and its most distinguished unit: the Plaza Fountain penthouse.
“This property is very special and provides an opportunity to create a space that is truly unique to Portland with views of all the best our city has to offer,” said Aaron Stevens of Portland’s Don Tankersley & Co., who Cascade Sotheby’s brought in to reimagine the home, should a buyer want to remodel. “Being situated downtown allows endless inspiration and previews of Portland’s deep architectural landscape.”
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The skyscraper anchors the heart of downtown’s cultural hub. Entry to private underground parking, where deeded spaces are reserved for the penthouse, is located on another block to preserve street level aesthetics around the entire building. Kelly Auditorium, the fifth largest performing arts center in the country, is located one block south of Fountain Plaza. Just a five-minute walk from Fountain Plaza are Portland State University, Portland Art Museum and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. In addition to Keller Fountain Park, located directly adjacent to the Fountain Plaza doorstep, Portland’s signature green space is readily accessible, beginning with the Waterfront Park on the Willamette River.
A lover of the Pacific Northwest and all things quality, local Portland businessman and philanthropist Earle M. Chiles bought the north half of the penthouse as a double unit while the skyscraper was still under construction in the early 1980s. Chiles later purchased the southwest corner unit as guest and entertaining quarters, creating a total of 5,681 square feet of living space across five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The double unit served as Chiles’ primary home for more than thirty years as he carried out philanthropic work.
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Chiles was the son of Virginia (Hughes) and Earle A. Chiles, the latter of whom was the stepson of local supermarket pioneer Fred Meyer. The younger Earle ran the Chiles Foundation, a charitable organization founded by his father, from 1968 until his death in 2016. Through scholarships, grants to nonprofit organizations and significant contributions to such institutions as the University of Portland, Portland State University and Providence Health & Services, the foundation has benefited thousands of Oregonians—primarily in the fields of higher education and medical research. In carrying on the family tradition of knowledge inquiry and philanthropy, Chiles was instrumental in creating the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center, named in honor of his father. Proceeds from the sale of the Fountain Plaza penthouse will go to the Foundation to continue the legacy.
Chiles’ inquisitive nature is evident in the home’s many floor-to-ceiling mahogany bookshelves that used to house everything from academic works to a 7,000-publication collection of car-themed books (complete with model-size replicas of his favorites).
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Beyond the formal, book-lined study, Chiles’ affinity for quality European design is evident in every aspect of the penthouse. From the blonde and white onyx that lines the master bathroom to the leather tile floors that lead to the wet bar with a French Le Cruvinet wine system, the finishes are thoughtful and of the highest quality. In addition to two wet bars, the penthouse features two top-of- the-line kitchens, recently renovated with nods to design details popular in the 1980s.
Three separate living areas—one lined completely in grass cloth—are all ideal entertaining spaces, complete with breathtaking views. The host need only pull out a bottle of wine from one of the 190 spaces available in two Sub-Zero wine fridges or head up a floor to a climate controlled wine room, the smaller of two storage units on a separate floor.
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The more European traditional style double unit and the more contemporary modern unit are linked, but are also accessible separately through the semi-private hallway that houses the elevator. Two full-time housekeepers immaculately maintained the penthouse for Chiles, so everything from the plush wool carpet to the Morrison chandelier in the entryway are in flawless condition. Other touches include cherry herringbone floors in the main dining room, an onyx pedestal sink with gold plated finishes in the powder room and cedar-lined closets.
Vintage components include the original sound, security and lighting systems with room-by-room controls, each top-of-the-line for their time. A Habitat brand, climate-controlled master bath adds another element of retro chic character. A prospective buyer may keep these accents, or choose to renovate and open the double and single units into one open concept design scheme.
“This all keys right into the possibilities for this property,” said Stevens. “An open layout provides a more contemporary feel. Considering a condo layout like siting a house—where do you want natural light during certain parts of the day? Which views do you want to enhance? The potential for a 360-degree experience here is remarkable.”
For more information about this listing, contact Alicia Selliken at 971.570.4403

Polo Noir Portland: Matches, Live Music, and Willamette Valley Wine

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be a partner of the second annual Portland Polo Noir event. With new roots in Lake Oswego and the Portland Metro area, CSIR is dedicated to supporting the community and those who live in it.
Polo Noir festivities are on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hidden Creek Polo Club in West Linn, Oregon. All activities will take place on the Portland Polo Fields.
You’ll experience two polo matches, two live music acts, world-class Willamette Valley wine selections, access to food from some of Portland’s favorite food trucks, a champagne pavilion, a whiskey and cigar lounge, and many more amazing Portland collaborations. Parking is included.
General Admission (G.A.) tickets include:

  • A signature Polo Noir souvenir wine glass
  • Two live Polo matches
  • Two live musical performances
  • Access to the Veuve Clicquot + Tiffany & Co. Champagne Pavilion
  • Access to the Whiskey & Cigar Lounge presented by Porsche Beaverton
  • Wine, beer, spirits and food available for purchase

Musical guests will be 3x Grammy award winner Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers as well as Portland singer and songwriter Redray Frazier Band.
Part of the fun of going to a Polo match is the dress and etiquette. Think formal with a splash of color. Most people will opt for separates and sun dresses, or wear chinos or dress pants with a dress shirt. And because the Polo spirit is adventurous and fun, panama hats, blazers, and sunglasses are all acceptable. Flats, loafers, and other shoes that won’t sink into the soft ground are recommended, as well as a pair of binoculars.
Polo Noir also supports two local charities; The Children’s Cancer Association, founded here in Portland with a 20+ year history, and prescribes joy to seriously ill children and their families. And Harper’s Playground, which is dedicated to making the world more inclusive, one playground at a time.
CSIR is proud to be taking part in an event that keeps a world renowned sport local, as it’s a perfect partnership for our global brand. Join us at this beautiful 88-acre private property for a fun day of Polo, live music, great food and wine, and socializing.
For more ticket and event information, visit the Polo Noir website.

2017 Solar Eclipse Oregon: Time and Best Places to View

On August 21st, 2017 all of North America and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will experience an eclipse of the sun. In order to see the total eclipse, where the moon fully covers up the sun for a few minutes, you must be in the narrow path of totality. The good news is that Oregon is in the path of totality and is considered one of the best places to view the total eclipse.


Lincoln Beach, just south of Lincoln City, and Madras, in Central Oregon, are two locations that have been highlighted as prime spots for this rare event. Central Oregon, known for having a lot of clear, warm summer days, might edge out the coast and other locations in the US for top spot as the chances of the sun not being obscured by clouds on that day is really high. Plus, the Cascade Range provides an incredible backdrop of scenery while you view the solar eclipse.
Another positive of viewing the eclipse in Central Oregon is that you’ll be in close proximity to a lot of other fun activities. Head to Smith Rock for great hiking and rock climbing, float the Deschutes River in Bend with your family, or head to the mountains or lakes and experience the beautiful outdoors with camping, paddle boarding, and night skies that will provide unforgettable views of the stars. If you’re traveling to Central Oregon to experience the eclipse, there is no reason to stay a few extra days and see why many people decide to move there.
If you decide you’d prefer to be on the Oregon Coast during the eclipse, you’ll also have so much to experience while visiting. Travel along Highway 101 to visit multiple state parks, incredible beaches, and countless beautiful coastal communities that will make you want to come back time and time again. Experiencing the solar eclipse of 2017 doesn’t just have to be a quick trip, as it can be the perfect opportunity to take some time to enjoy the many things to do around this beautiful state.
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According to NASA, the eclipse begins in Madras around 9:06 a.m. PDT and ends at 11:41 a.m. Totality will begin around 10:19 a.m. and end around 10:21 a.m., a full 2 minutes of a total solar eclipse! Lincoln Beach will also have similar times. The closer you are to the path of totality in Oregon, the better your chances are in experiencing the full time the moon will be fully covering the sun.


It’s highly recommended you obtain the proper equipment to view the 2017 solar eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can cause serious injury to your eyes, which is why it’s important to plan ahead for this event. This also applies to viewing the the sun through a camera or telescope, which also require a special type of solar filter in order to view the sun safely.
From different types of solar filters to specific viewing techniques, NASA has a full guide on how to safely experience the solar eclipse. Check it out here.
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If you’re interested in also looking at available homes and property for sale in Oregon during your 2017 solar eclipse visit, contact us today and we’ll show you some of the best places to live in Oregon.

Favorite Scenic Viewpoints in Oregon

The weather in Oregon is as beautiful as it is unpredictable. Fortunately, three of our favorite scenic viewpoints in the state are car accessible, so you can easily dash back in the case of inclement weather. Even better, each viewpoint is less than a thirty-minute drive from a picturesque fine dining establishment.

Oregon Coast

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Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint – Otter Rock: While the name is a humorous nod to stormy conditions, the views at Cape Foulweather are a picturesque panorama perched 500 feet above the ocean shore at Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint. Just steps from your parking spot, a breathtaking crescent of white sandy beach is revealed, stretching south. When the surf is up, watch wetsuit-clad revelers catching waves. Around the cape to the north, a turbulent geologic wonder called Devil’s Punchbowl elicits oohs and ahhs from visitors as waves spring to life around the rocky formation. Whale watchers congregate here, too, hoping to spot gray whales on their spring migration to Alaska.
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Dine: The Bay House – Lincoln City (Drive time from Otter Rock: 17 minutes)
Perched waterside in Siletz Bay, The Bay House in Lincoln City is a preeminent coastal restaurant and one of only two AAA 4-Diamond restaurants in Oregon. Fine dining- caliber cuisine tastes even more inspired when enjoyed during sunset as coastal birds land gracefully on ocean water. Whether you are seated fireside in the dining room or sipping a cocktail in the lounge, the all-encompassing coastal scene will satisfy the senses.


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Pittock Mansion: After shopping the tidy row of well-appointed boutiques on NW 23rd Avenue, a ten-minute drive into Portland’s west hills brings you out of city life, past dreamy private homes, through a forest and up to Pittock Mansion. The only thing that stands between the parking lot and a sweeping view of Portland and Mt. Hood beyond is the grand mansion. Built by pioneer turned The Oregonian owner Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana more than a century ago, this impressive mansion proves that the philanthropic couple knew how to pick a build site. The iconic estate was purchased— and saved from demolition and redevelopment—by the city of Portland in the 1960s.
Walk around the mansion and through its verdant garden, which reveals a grass runway to the precipice above Forest Park. There isn’t a better place to see the city grid, sliced down the middle by the Willamette River and flecked with lush green tones that expand to the wilderness beyond. Head indoors where, for a small entry fee, visitors can access a dose of early-nineteenth century grandeur. The Turkish smoking room is a highlight.
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Dine at Departure Restaurant + Lounge: (Drive time from Pittock Mansion: 15 minutes)
Take the elevator to the fifteenth floor of downtown’s swanky hotel, The Nines, where floor-to-skylight windows deliver sweeping city views from Departure Restaurant + Lounge. Inside, modernity meets whimsy in an Asian-inspired restaurant. An outdoor lounge provides airy, well-heeled ambiance on dry days.


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Pilot Butte: Breathe in the juniper scent while getting to know Central Oregon from its most accessible viewpoint. The extinct cinder cone that rises, bubble-like, out of Bend’s east side is one of only four volcanoes located within a city’s boundaries in the United States. Drive right to the top of the beloved vantage point to survey 360 degrees of high desert landscape and twenty-two peaks. A bronze wheel in the center of the viewing platform names each peak and identities its distance from Pilot Butte. Other iconic gems visible from this outlook include the smokestacks in Bend’s Old Mill District and Smith Rock.
Dine at Chanterelle Signature Dining: (Drive time from Pilot Butte: 28 minutes)
Pronghorn resort’s Chanterelle Signature Dining is a refined culinary experience. Set in a lavish clubhouse, complete with thronelike plush chairs, the dining room is anchored by a massive stone fireplace that extends into the exposed beam rafters. Further augmenting the elegant atmosphere is the view through the lofty windows, which frame the resort’s world-class golf courses and the Cascade mountains beyond. Open Fridays and Saturdays only.
This article is also published in Cascade Living Magazine. If you’re interested in looking for beautiful places for sale around Central Oregon, Portland, or the Oregon Coast, get in touch with one of our brokers.