Contemporary Style Homes For Sale in Portland, Oregon

There are many wonderful traits that come along with a contemporary style home. If you are someone who loves an open layout, sleek and simple touches, and a bright clean look, this style might be the home of choice. There are both newer and older homes that offer this modern style, and with Portland being the hip city it is, there are some really beautiful homes available for sale there. Here are some contemporary style homes in Portland, Oregon that you should check out.

South Portland Contemporary Home

Just south of Portland and walking distance from restaurants, parks, and shopping, this beautifully finished contemporary style home has it all. On top of being very energy efficient, it has a landscaped fenced back yard, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, custom cabinets, fireplace, and a large garage. This home is full of beautiful windows to give you tons of natural light and also recessed lighting throughout to offer to great lighting into the evenings.
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New Construction

This brand new construction home is in the heart of one of Portland’s most culturally diverse district surrounded with shopping and dining. Offered are 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, high quality finishes, 2 covered patios, mudroom, and office. The lower level has a second living quarters with it’s very own entrance for guest or even a potential rental option.
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Southeast Portland Contemporary

Newly built and located in the southeast side of Portland is a contemporary style, 4 bedroom 3 bath home with walk-in closets, laundry room, and an attached 1 car garage. This home is located in a great family friendly neighborhood and has a beautiful fenced backyard to relax after a long day at the job. This sleek and bright home could be just the place for you and your family to build memories together.
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Contemporary Luxury

With over 6,900 square feet of pure luxury, this 6 bedroom home has great contrast with touches of color and tons of windows for natural light. The master suite features a luxurious bath, sauna, and private outdoor patio to enjoy the beautiful mornings in your own backyard. The flow and open layout of this home is great for entertainment and holiday gatherings. Also included is a private two-bedroom suite for you to host guests comfortably.
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Wines for a Cause: Heather Martin Helps Classic Wines Auction Raise Millions for Charity Every Year

In her thirteen-year tenure at Classic Wines Auction, Heather Martin has helped Classic Wines reach $43 million in total fundraising, aiding an average of 82,000 children and families annually.
Written by Megan Oliver
Heather Martin’s Plan B was to go back to practicing law, so she took—and passed—the Oregon bar exam. Just in case. What she really wanted to do was to work for a cause. The smattering of pro bono cases she had worked during her commercial litigation career in Columbus had stirred in her a desire for a philanthropic position.
Martin and her husband were a decade into their careers and looking for a change. They talked about moving west to Seattle or Portland, where they could begin a new chapter in a milder climate. When her husband was offered a dream position in Portland, they made the move.
It’s tough for most people to imagine taking a bar exam, let alone as a backup plan, but it’s that tenacity which took the sharp, driven and quick-witted Martin from having little nonprofit experience at age 33 to getting hired as executive director of Classic Wines Auction just a year later—a few weeks before she found out she was pregnant with the first of the couple’s two sons.
“Life, right?” mused Martin. “It moves quickly.”
In her thirteen-year tenure at the organization, Martin has helped Classic Wines reach $43 million in total fundraising (two-thirds of which has gone directly to fourteen family services nonprofits), aiding an average of 82,000 children and families annually. She was also named Executive Director of the Year in 2016 by Portland Business Journal.
The Classic Wines Auction was originally a fundraiser started in 1982 for Metropolitan Family Services. Each auction was raising about $1 million by the time Martin started in 2004. That type of return from a single event was groundbreaking.
Consistently recognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator since 2001, Classic Wines spun off as its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2004, under Martin’s leadership. Supporters recognized the potential to expand the fundraiser’s reach as its own entity—helping more underserved families in the Portland Metro area and southwest Washington.

Martin’s vision for growth has spawned many offshoot fundraisers that are produced by Classic Wines throughout the year. These curated wine events come with large overhead, even with what Martin said includes a “huge volume of donations made throughout the year for event spaces, people’s time, and wine and experience package donations.”
Still, the premiere events’ allocations constitute about 50 percent of the annual individual donations for each of Classic Wines’ five equal partner organizations—most of which are legacy partners, as the selection process is intensive. All partner nonprofits provide instrumental family services work, from after school programs to mentoring to support for families struggling with physical and mental health issues. It’s a rare nonprofit model, as Classic Wines only raises funds and does not implement programs.
“Our focus is growing the fundraising model, adding events and expanding the auction,” said Martin. “At the end of the day, it comes down to us making the most impact we can. But I think equally important is the broadened community exposure for the missions of these organizations.”
Over the years, Martin came to realize that the Classic Wines model worked best with nonprofits that are accustomed to soliciting significant private donations—in addition to having strong board support, solid financial practices, effective staff and successful event experience.
“They are better prepared for this type of fundraising than organizations which don’t typically operate in that realm,” said Martin. “Because these organizations have worked together with us and for a period, they trust each other. The equal split works in large part because they trust that everyone is working equally hard toward the goal.”
The four-person team at Classic Wines looks thoroughly at potential partners: What is the size of their budget and how do they manage their financials? Do they have a staff member who can spend time on the partnership without diluting what the organization is doing elsewhere?
“It’s a time commitment, so the organization needs to have at least three people on their development staff,” she explained. “Board members also need to be actively involved to champion the events and bring other influencers into the fold. We can do more together than any one organization alone.”
More than 700 people attend the March auction, a formal affair that brings in wine collectors and philanthropists from the region and beyond to enjoy drinks and a five-course, gourmet meal while bidding on silent and live auction packages. Tickets to the event cost four figures, and auction items range from cases of rare Bordeaux wines to rides in private jets to private dinners with famed winemakers. Around half of the wine comes from Oregon and Washington wineries.
Year-round preparations for the big night necessitate a great deal of help from the staff of the five beneficiaries, a throng of volunteers, co-chairs, committees and four wine ambassadors.
“My approach is creative but with a strong dose of reality,” said Martin, while admiring a display of her favorite varietal, rosé, at SE Wine Collective. “I read, I pay attention to the food and wine scene. With all our events, we try to stay on top of what is new and buzzworthy, then combine it with what is tried-and- true and beloved so people find value in attending and bidding on our curated auction packages. We want to create amazing experiences that people couldn’t necessarily just go out and purchase on their own.”
This innovative and experiential perspective is also what has taken Classic Wines from one auction to a series of successful events. Now, Classic Wines facilitates more than fifty intimate winemaker dinners in locations ranging from the Imperial to Cellar Z at Zupan’s. All winemaker dinners take place either in November, after harvest, or during the two weeks leading up to the March auction.
“The benefit dinners come at a more accessible price point than the auction,” she explained. “It offers the growing number of wine lovers and winemakers an opportunity to connect and engage with causes at whatever level they are comfortable with.”

Partner Organizations

Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) – since 1982 New Avenues for Youth – since 2005
Friends of the Children – since 2006
Unity Center for Behavioral Health – since 2016
SW Washington:
YWCA of Clark County – since 2008
This article is also published in our flagship publication, Cascade Living Magazine.

Earth Advantage Certification: Superior Energy Efficiency to Reduce Utility Bills

Earth Advantage is a third-party green building certification program that helps builders create durable, energy efficient, healthy, and resource-wise homes. While a home is built, it gets inspected multiple times in which there are 5 categories to earn certification points in: energy, land, materials, health, and water. The building is then given one of 5 certification levels, depending on how many points the property earns: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Net Zero Ready, or Net Zero.
Some of the inspected items include verifying insulation and air-sealing best practices, mechanical equipment efficiency, wood moisture content levels, window air sealing and flashing installation, heating and cooling systems, mechanical ventilation systems, finished products, and overall how air tight the home is. Getting earth
Not only is getting your home certified a great way to reduce overall waste, but it also saves an owner money with lower utility bills. Here is an example of a home in Bend, Oregon that has Platinum Earth Advantage Certification. Learn more about this program and it’s benefits on the Earth Advantage website.
This custom home is ideally located in Tetherow with Cascade Mountain views from the front of the home, and a beautiful back yard on the Broken Top fairway. Along with multiple energy efficient upgrades, including solar, this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home features vaulted ceilings, abundant natural light, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, beautiful landscaping, and much more! For a larger home with this many features and lots of glass, it speaks to the quality of the construction as well as the time and proper work it took to have the property certified at the Platinum level with Earth Advanatage.
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If you’re interested in learning more about this great place and the benefits of buying a home in Central Oregon with the Earth Advantage Certification, contact Cascade Sotheby International Realty’s brokers Natalie Vandenborn or Laura Blossey. You can also view more listings in Bend and the rest of Central Oregon on Experience Bend Living.

Multilingual Brokers Offer Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Competitive Advantage in Global Marketplace

With increased demand for real estate in the US and Oregon from foreign buyers, Cascade Sotheby International Realty enjoys a significant competitive advantage with a diverse team of multilingual brokers. A recent company audit of its agents reveals Cascade Sotheby’s multilingual brokers are fluent in numerous languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Croatian, Swedish, and Brazilian Portuguese, to name just a few.
“Having so many multilingual agents with such diverse cultural backgrounds is of huge benefit to assisting the growing international interest in property here—and it really positions Cascade Sotheby’s as a leader in uniting foreign buyers with extraordinary residential real estate throughout Oregon and SW Washington,” says Michael Babbitt, managing principal broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Portland Metro. “The global network of Sotheby’s International Realty enables us to stay ahead of buying trends and tap a huge international referral network.”
According to the National Association of Realtors, the gradually expanding US and global economies should keep foreign buyer demand at a robust level. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times states that foreigners bought 284,455 properties in the 12 months that ended March 31, about a third more than a year earlier. Dollar volume surged nearly 50% to $153 billion, also a record for the survey first taken in 2009.
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Cascade Sotheby’s broker Josephine Tang’s ‘Mother Tongue’ is Cantonese but she also speaks fluent Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesian and Malay, which have helped her serve a number of Asian clients. “I use WeChat to connect and communicate with my Asian referrals—we can both speak and share images of properties,” says Tang, who works out of the Cascade Sotheby’s Lake Oswego office. “Understanding Asian and American cultures and the languages spoken, and negotiation styles gives us such an advantage serving the growing Chinese market for US properties.”
Friederike Svensson, a Cascade Sotheby’s agent who moved to Oregon from Germany, has served numerous international real estate clients who work with German-based businesses in Portland including Daimler and Adidas. She says a number of German designers and engineers relocate in Oregon to work with the companies and participate in employee ‘swap’ programs.
“The Sotheby’s International Realty network and global brand recognition combined with a large community of multilingual brokers here really differentiates Cascade Sotheby’s,” says Svensson. “I definitely use my German and knowledge of cultural differences to work with an international clientele looking to relocate and invest in Oregon.”
Another significant differentiator for Cascade Sotheby’s brokers is Sotheby’s International Realty’s recent alliance with Chinese real estate site the alliance enables the luxury real estate brand to generate Chinese buyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors.
“The Sotheby’s International Realty collaboration with Juwai real estate site is a significant selling point for us in marketing properties abroad—every Sotheby’s listing will be featured on,” says Tang.
In addition, Cascade Sotheby’s recently appointed a new chief operating officer, Michael W. Kosmin, who has lived and worked in Asia for several years and since 2005 was responsible for property development projects in Asian markets. Before moving to Bend, Oregon three years ago, Kosmin lived in Indonesia where he was the managing director at Club Bali.
With deep experience in Asian real estate markets, Kosmin will lead the development of Cascade Sotheby’s Asian Desk catering to clients looking at real estate in the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Sotheby’s leverages Sotheby’s international offices, presence and prestige in China to be of service to that market.
“It is a huge advantage to Cascade Sotheby’s brokers and clients that company management has first-hand international work experience with an emphasis on serving international clientele,” says Tang.
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Cascade Sotheby’s affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty offers a distinctive advantage to reach an affluent global audience. With over 20,000 sales associates in approximately 880 offices and 69 countries and territories, the Sotheby’s network provides a profound international reach to market properties in Oregon and SW Washington.
And according to the recent United Van Lines annual study, Oregon continues to be one of the ‘top moving destinations’ in the nation.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty franchise owner and CEO, Deb Tebbs, was the first on the West Coast to secure a Sotheby’s International Realty franchise to launch in Central Oregon in 2006. In 2015, she was awarded the franchise for Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty brokerages in Portland, Lake Oswego, SW Washington and the Oregon Coast. Portland is the last metro market in the nation for a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate presence.
The brokerage, which surpassed $1 billion in closed sales in 4th quarter of 2016, continues its drive in the metro markets building on these statistics:

  • 20% growth in market share in Portland metro and SW Washington from Q1 to Q2, 2017
  • Tripled sales volume in Portland Metro market from 2015 to 2016
  • Average price point for CSIR agents is 33% higher than other agents in Portland and SW Washington
  • Double the market share from its closest competitor in Central Oregon in total sales volume in the region for 2016
  • Grown from four offices in Central Oregon to 11 offices and 240 brokers throughout Oregon and SW Washington in just 12 months; signed 65 new brokers in the Portland/SW Washington markets in one year

If you’re interested in listing your property with CSIR or joining our talented, diverse team of brokers, contact one of our offices today!

Beautiful Ranches for Sale in Oregon

With mountain ranges, high deserts, dense forests, and wonderful beaches on the ocean, Oregon has some of the most beautiful and diverse areas to enjoy. And if you’re someone who prefers ranch and farm living, there are lots of opportunities to own property in Oregon where you can enjoy all the benefits of the beautiful state and your own land. If you’re looking to relocate your ranch and farm living or even start a family legacy yourself, here are some beautiful ranches for sale in Oregon to get you started.
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Lakin Springs Ranch

Surrounded completely by peaceful running streams and National Forest land, this ranch could be just the place you’ve been searching for. The 3 bedroom home has a cozy cabin like feel to it, giving you the perfect environment to enjoy your relaxing evenings at home. Featured with the home is a bunkhouse, barn, two stocked ponds, beautiful landscaping, and wonderful outdoor living.
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Stoneybrook Ranch

Located in Powell Butte, this wonderful 5,066 square foot home sits on 79 acres including a large barn, stalls, grazing acreage, and much more. Offering 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath and a beautifully finished kitchen, the wood work throughout this home will leave you breathless. Whether you’re relaxing and enjoying the beautiful views from your porch or out on the ranch getting your hands dirty, this property has the perfect mixture of both.
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R&B Ranch

This absolutely stunning 8 bed, 8.5 bath northwest style custom home features a beautiful grand entry, cozy stone fireplace in the living area, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, a theater room, guest wing, and so much more. This legacy ranch is over 500 acres and includes a beautifully finished barn with saloon, an indoor arena, livestock barn, and every other amenity to keep you loving where you live.
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Ranch at the Canyons Tuscan Estate

The Tuscan Canyon Estate is the perfect private retreat, with views all around of Smith Rock, Crooked River, and Monkey Face. Gorgeously finished with plenty of gathering space, stone accents, a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, and many other bonus features. From enjoying a walk along the canyons river trails, relaxing by the pool, to working in the vineyard, this beautiful estate could be just what you’ve been searching for.
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McKay Road Ranch

This contemporary/country style home is full of natural light, beautiful finishes, and has a great outdoor space. Located on the property is a swimming pool, barn, workshop, and greenhouse, all with gorgeous views of the valley and Cascade Mountains. Secluded on a private hilltop, you and your family will have your personal getaway only 5 minutes from town.
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Thanksgiving in Wine Country: 6 Wineries to Visit in the Willamette Valley

You’ve got to start somewhere during Thanksgiving in Wine Country, so we asked Valley Wine Merchants to recommend six jumping off points for visitors looking for boutique experiences.
Thanksgiving in Wine Country is an affair to remember, having become the region’s biggest tourism weekend of the year. Our cup overfloweth in this sea of fermentation, so we turned to Andrew Turner, owner of Valley Wine Merchants (VWM) in Newberg, to help us build a shortlist of wineries. Each of his selections produced wines which exemplified the terroir in 2015—the most recent vintage release— despite a multiyear warming trend. Many Willamette Valley producers have managed to cultivate exciting wines during a three-year string of unusually warm years in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Riper flavors don’t trend toward classic pinot noir flavor profiles, but many of the valley’s 700 producers are eking out nuanced wines with interesting backbones.
Turner has operated as a one-man show at VWM for the past three years, tasting more than fifty wines per week—for your benefit, of course. Through his experiences as a chef and then a wine shop manager, he developed a love for “old-fashioned, personal service, where you cut through the chatter and get to a deeper level of knowing a client’s palate, their likes and dislikes,” said Turner. “Knowledge and interest in wine is at an all- time high; not even necessarily as a vocation but just as a hobby. I want to keep my palate fresh and my finger on the pulse of what local winemakers and importers are excited about.” Turner selected three wines that are available at his shop by the half-bottle, plus three up-and-coming wines from wineries worth getting to know. Visit VWM and these six wineries for a memorable holiday weekend.

VWM Highlights

11a.m. – 6 p.m., year-round.
Closed Wednesdays.
The Half-Bottle Collection: “People light up when they see 100 half-bottles. There are so many reasons why half-bottles work for people,” said Turner, citing examples such as price point, stocking stuffers and couples who have different tastes.
Liquid History: Order two-ounce pours of rare wine from Turner’s onsite cellar. “This way, we’re all sharing in the cost to be able
to experience something rare. Tasting these special wines benefits everyone who wants to learn and evolve their perspective on wine.”
Pop-up Tasting Room Events: Upstart wineries take over Turner’s wine bar to tell their
story, and pour and sell their wines. “I really enjoy helping, in my small way, these artisan producers to get off the ground,” he said.

2015 Vintage: Six Standouts

DAYTON – Domaine Drouhin | Arthur Chardonnay $21
“I love the interplay of great texture and laser-focused freshness in this wine. Half the juice is fermented in stainless steel and half in a barrel before it is blended back together. This is the best of both worlds!”
SALEM – St. Innocent Winery | FreedomHill pinot noir $22
“This is the first time this wine has been put into a half bottle since St. Innocent started working with this vineyard in 1994. Owner and winemaker Mark Vlossak has a unique understanding of the vineyard due to this longtime history. Power and finesse, all at once, is how I would sum up Freedom Hill. There is even an intriguing, savory, herbal note thrown into the mix.”
NEWBERG – Beaux Frères | Willamette Valley pinot noir $30
“After many years of me gently prodding (aka nagging), Beaux Frères finally put a bit of their pinot noir into half-bottles. Not much, though—you’ll only find them at two places in the world: The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Valley Wine Merchants. Some estate fruit and a bit of fruit from neighboring vineyards makes this a steal of a wine, complete with all the Beaux Frères bells and whistles.”
MCMINNVILLE – Hundred Suns Wine | Old Eight Cut pinot noir $28
“From the former winemaker at Beaux Frères, Grant Coulter, comes this wonderfully crafted wine. You’ll find a delicious density that perfectly captures the bold nature of 2015, but the pitch- perfect counterbalance of freshness and structure is where the talent really comes into play. The price point is incredible, too.”
AMITY – Redolent Carlton Hill Vineyard | pinot noir $35
“An inaugural release for this microbrand, only three barrels (seventy-five cases) were made. Carlton Hill has a very atypical aspect, facing east. You’ll find darker fruits and great natural acidity that helps to keep the whole wine fresh and mouth-watering. This is a right-out-of-the-gate, slam dunk wine made for two friends (who are behind the Redolent project) by veteran Willamette Valley winemaker John Grochau.”
DAYTON – Guillen Family Wines | Esteban pinot noir $28
“Jesus Guillen’s longtime day job as winemaker for White Rose Winery in Dundee Hills gives him the chops. This wine is his personal project. All the bottlings are named after his children or nieces and nephews. The Esteban is just a tremendous wine. It way overdelivers for the price. Using lots of whole clusters lends a blast of warm baking spices and leap-from-the-glass floral notes.”

Stone Creek: Old Farm District Neighborhood in Bend, Oregon

One of the newest neighborhoods in Central Oregon, Stone Creek, is located in the up-and-coming Old Farm District of Bend, Oregon. If you appreciate being close to everything and living in a community that offers a lot amenities, then you need to visit this one.
Living in Stone Creek, you’ll be 6 minutes to the Old Mill District, 10 minutes to downtown, and only a couple of minutes away from the planned 37-acre Alpenglow Park. You’ll also be close to all of the outdoor benefits the mountains and lakes of Central Oregon offer; with great skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, climbing and hiking at Smith Rock, and plenty of trails and beautiful areas to explore.
The community of Stone Creek will border a brand new school in the Bend-La Pine School district, Silver Rail Elementary, making it extremely convenient for your family to send kids to school. A 7-acre park will also be next to the neighborhood, which will include trails, a playground, picnic areas, and natural areas to enjoy. When done, Stone Creek will include both single and multi-family homes and will offer a swimming pool, a barbecue and pavilion area, and a spray park for children.
Home floor plans in Stone Creek are designed to maximize space and base models will include custom features including stainless steel appliances, solid-surface countertops, and a private side yard for each detached home. The attention to detail and quality construction is apparent with oversized master suites, hand-crafted ceilings, walk-in closet, tile shower and soaking tub, laminate wood floors in living areas, stone fireplace, large open kitchen, and a bonus space.
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Here is a summary of the features of Stone Creek:

  • 7-acre community park
  • playground, trails, & picnic area
  • swimming pool
  • children’s spray park
  • barbecue & pavilion area
  • brand new elementary school
  • close to Pilot Butte & Old Mill District
  • custom community website

Learn more about Stone Creek and the beautiful homes there on our community page.