Cascade Sotheby’s – Featured Broker at NW Parade of Homes to Showcase Work of Top Area Builders

CAMAS, WA – Excitement is building, as we draw close to the launch of the 2018 NW Natural Parade of Homes. The 41st anniversary of the event, organized by the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA), is happening over three weeks in September (7-23) and will be staged at Parklands at Camas Meadows. The NW Natural Parade of Homes showcases innovative home designs, fully furnished and beautifully landscaped, offering the finest in architecture, materials, heating and appliances. For the first time, SW Washington’s premier home show will be headlining 10 homes over $1M.
Parklands Golf Course
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to be the featured brokerage in presenting truly exceptional examples of custom home construction from some of the most exceptional local builders.
“The Parklands was selected, in-part, for its location, lot sizes, marketability and subdivision layout being conducive to hosting a show,” said BIA Executive Director, Avaly Scarpelli. The luxury gated community was developed by Kevin DeFord and Aaron Barr, featuring 41 lots ranging in size from 15,000 to 18,500 square feet, according to DeFord. The mixed-use development also includes five commercial buildings, called The Archery, with a total of 90,000 square feet of space, and 24 living units on the top floor of one of the buildings. DeFord, a Camas resident, is president and founder of Nex Generation LLC, a real estate development and acquisitions company. He is excited about the opportunity to showcase the residential portion of development.
Parklands Site Map
“The site sold itself,” DeFord said. “It will have easy access and plenty of parking, it’s not a constrained site. There are a lot of easy positives that go along with that. From any developer’s point of view [being part of the Parade of Homes] is an asset and something that adds value to the neighborhood. The Parade and the vision that goes with that is a great blessing to have as part of our development.”
Toward the center of the development there are nine acres of open space, which allowed the majority of the houses to be located either along the golf course or green space. There are also walking trails within the development that connect to the Heritage Trail on the south side of Lacamas Lake. Each house’s design is extremely unique, reflecting the styles of all of the builders associated with this project. “What we didn’t want to do is sell all the lots to one builder, and have five floor plans that come in as part of the neighborhood,” he said. “Every home in here is custom designed and built. We think that will make it a truly unique neighborhood that fits Camas, as well as the community.”
According to DeFord, the development was master planned to take advantage of the small-town atmosphere that already exists in other parts of the city. “We think it really fits together well with the surrounding pieces and uses that are already there,” he said. “With all of the other development that is going on around us, I view this as a satellite east downtown Camas. With the amenities we’ve established, once these rooftops start going in, you are going to see people gathering there on Saturday morning for coffee, shopping and walking the trails and bicycling.”
SW Washington’s premier gated/golf course development has been carefully and intentionally designed to meet the needs of homeowners looking for the ideal site to build their custom dream home. This highly-sought after location is truly unique and offers the best of luxury living in one of the fastest-growing population centers on the West Coast. Builders represented with homes in the Parklands at Camas Meadows include Axion Luxury Homes, Cascade West Development, Doriot Construction, Gecho Homes, Generation Homes NW, Sam Vilhauer Construction and Soaring Eagle Homes. View the development video.
Axiom Luxury Homes
Axiom Arcadia
As a premier Portland and Vancouver luxury home builder, Axiom Luxury Homes is continually asking themselves just what makes a home a luxury home. They realize the definition of a luxury home is different for every customer, and therefore they strive to go above and beyond in all aspects of their home building process, making each home a “Luxury Home” for their clients.
Axiom Vista
Axiom Luxury Homes understands that honesty, integrity and overall homeowner satisfaction are the cornerstones to their long-term success. They build every home not only to satisfy their clients at the end of the project, but focus on providing so much more than they’ve expected, that they will use them again in the future.
Cascade West Development
Cascade Cadence
For more than 25 years, Cascade West has provided fine homes throughout the Pacific Northwest with superior value and distinctive styling. They specialize in listening to their home buyers and then customizing a floor plan to translate their needs and dreams into reality. Cascade West is sometimes known for the large, the lavish and the luxurious homes featured throughout the year in tours and parades — but they’re much more.
Cascade Eagle Peak
Their focus isn’t on selling or building the biggest house, but on understanding their client’s needs. Once the have a comprehensive framework for how their clients plan to use their space, the rest is just filling in the blanks (with a lot of awesome stuff). Working together and becoming totally immersed in the way your home looks, feels and functions is what Cascade West is passionate about.
Doriot Construction
Doriot Timberline
For 34 years, Doriot Construction has built their livelihoods on their unwavering drive to help clients transform their dreams into reality. From the simple to the lavish, they’ve experienced it all, and can assist you in every step of the process. From luxury custom home design and construction, to land acquisition, due diligence, land use issues and engineering, no project is too small or too big for their knowledgeable crews. Doriot also offers a full-service remodeling, specializing in complete interior and exterior makeovers. Partners with the area’s finest suppliers and subcontractors, Doriot provides the highest quality workmanship and pricing.
Gecho Homes
Gecho Maldividian
Innovative homes designed and built by Peter Gecho have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience.
Generation Homes NW
Generation Homes NW - Madison
Locally-owned, Generation Homes NW is a fresh experience in homebuilding, where your ideas come to life with a team of passionate builders, designers and trade partners. Owners, Aaron Helmes and John Colgate bring over two decades of building and design experience and remain focused on providing the best service possible for every client. Known for open designs, large rooms, flexible design options and floor plans, a simple process and clear communication, Generation Homes NW builds beautiful communities in the best locations in Clark County. Generation’s mission is simple: provide the best products, design and customer care.
Sam Vilhauer Construction
Sam Vilhauer Joella
The choice for clientele seeking custom living spaces in the Southwest Washington/Portland Metro area. With over 25 years of experience building spaces clients love to live in and call home, Sam Vilhauer Construction has not only built some of the areas most stunning homes but a reputation as the best. From the design phase, through landscaping, Sam Vilhauer Construction (SVC) is well regarded as a leader in the custom home and remodel arena.
Soaring Eagle Homes
Soaring Eagle Black Pearl
Matthew Clarkson, of Soaring Eagle Homes, has been building custom homes in Clark County for more than two decades. A big part of their success has come from listening. Taking the time to first learn what you envision and how your home must live, allows them to build beautiful, livable homes that stand the test of time for both form and function. They’ve created unique and personal havens for countless families in the Clark County community.
Soaring Eagle Maker
They have a unique ability to artfully blend the talent of hand-selected, experienced craftsmen in this area, which makes each and every home they build go beyond what their clients need, into more than they imagined. Their history of industry leadership allows them to advise on even the most unique requests, their high touch ensures collaboration each step of the way, and the end result is a stunning, one-of-a-kind home that fits the lifestyle of each individual client.

The active City of Camas is perfect for families in any stage, with gourmet restaurants, hot new breweries and coffee shops, shopping and entertainment. Just steps away from each property, a therapeutic trail winds through the community and connects to Camas Meadows Golf Course, a highly-acclaimed Parklands-style course. Nearby, Lacamas and Round Lakes call to kayakers and paddle boarders, while hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation is convenient and abundant. Whether you are visiting the course for a round of golf, exploring the trails and natural activities, or simply enjoying the incredible views from your back deck, your home at the Parklands has the location, access and comfort you’ve been looking for.
The last time a Camas development was featured during the Parade of Homes was in 2002. The 2014 and 2015 Parade of Homes, both held at developments in Ridgefield, each attracted approximately 15,000 people. “We’ve had pretty consistent attendance over the past couple of years, but are hoping with this incredible site in Camas that attendance will be significantly increased,” Scarpelli said. Mayor Scott Higgins explained that he anticipates the event at Parklands at Camas Meadows will provide an opportunity to display what is special about Camas. “I have been trying to get a Parade of Homes in Camas for four years,” he said. “I do think this is the best of the best. It’s a great way to showcase Camas. It will be great for the community.” Click here for $2 off the regular price of admission. Buy tickets.
Heather DeFord
Heather DeFord is a SW Washington native, and the listing agent for all remaining lots at the Parklands. One of the top-producing real estate brokers in SW Washington, Heather is known for providing the highest level of personalized service to her clients, tailoring her approach for each property, client and project. Offering more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of property sales, Heather understands the unique needs for luxury residential properties, multi-family, investment properties and developments. She is a skilled negotiator who will leverage her extensive experience and depth of marketing services to help every client achieve their real estate goals in this constantly-evolving market. As a Certified Luxury Broker, she understands that luxury is an experience, not a price point – and Heather strives to ensure that each of her clients has the luxury experience they expect and deserve.
Through her alignment with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Heather has access to the broadest local, national, and international markets available. Backed by a brokerage that has the scope and reach of Cascade Sotheby’s, Heather is prepared to offer clients the absolute best, at levels that far exceed other brokerages in the same market. Heather also believes community involvement is essential to balanced living, and she is invested in many of SW Washington’s philanthropic endeavors and events. Check out Heather’s BLOG page to learn more.
Rachel and Peter Gecho
Offering the highest level of service and unsurpassable attention to detail, Broker, Rachel Gecho, is highly regarded for managing the expectations of her clients with unrivaled personal attention while ensuring that each transaction is as seamless as possible. Working alongside her husband, Peter Gecho, also an agent with Cascade Sotheby’s, as well as a General Contractor, building custom homes, Rachel’s competitive nature makes her a natural negotiator and for going above and beyond what is expected.
Gecho Homes have been a fixture throughout Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Gecho’s creative vision maximizes the characteristics of each home by incorporating its features into the surrounding environment. Every design exhibits a unique personality, constructed from only the highest quality materials and finishes. A “Showcase of Homes” winner, Peter’s process is highly collaborative, allowing clients to become fully invested in the experience. Nothing short of stellar, The Maldivian, a Northwest contemporary Gecho design, is located in the Parklands at Camas Meadows, showcasing their signature architectural elements.
Donna Roberts
Donna Roberts is a Managing Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s and based out of the Vancouver, WA office. Licensed since 2005, Donna has listings on both sides of the Interstate Bridge and quickly became one of the most successful agents in Clark County. She has consistently been recognized as a top 1% broker in the county. Her dedication to providing her clients personalized, professional service is her number one priority. Donna’s knowledge, integrity, and willingness to work hard have earned her a reputation for excellence with her clients and peers. Leader of the Donna Roberts Group, she has an amazing team of highly experienced associates, knowledgeable in transactions for either state.


Cascade Sotheby’s Partners with Property Management Leader RedAwning

Bend, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that it has partnered with the RedAwning Group to support the brokerage’s entry into vacation rental property management and initiate new lead generation for agents and vacation property sales. Cascade Sotheby’s real estate clients can use the program seamlessly for home sales and purchase or rental property revenue streams.
Adding the RedAwning solution to  Cascade Sotheby’s portfolio of services, gives agents the opportunity to offer clients rental management services that are in high demand, while keeping their focus on real estate.

RedAwning, the world’s largest branded collection of vacation properties with the industry’s widest distribution network, is an end-to-end solution for distribution, reservation, and marketing services for vacation rental owners and provides one-stop access to:

  • All the major online travel websites with listing optimization and strategy support
  • 24/7 reservation and guest support for all reservations
  • Payment processing and credit-card decline handling
  • A listing, bookings, rates and calendar management portal
  • A free mobile app for managing bookings and reviewing revenue on the go
  • A Free RedAwning hosted website
  • Free, Amazon Alexa for Hospitality devices, in-home

“Homeowners in many of our markets are increasingly looking toward vacation rental income to help offset mortgage and home ownership expenses, while expanding their real estate assets,” said Michael Kosmin, COO of Cascade Sotheby’s. “We see this as a great opportunity to capitalize on these market trends, increase the strength of our brand portfolio and ultimately generate more sales and listings for our agents.”
RedAwning will support Cascade Sotheby’s agents by providing rental income analysis pre- and post-sale, and providing tools to support easy ongoing property management combined with complete marketing and distribution through RedAwning’s industry-leading global network. RedAwning will also provide reservations and payment processing, guest communications, and a fully-hosted, Cascade Sotheby’s branded booking website.

A recent case study involves a transaction by Principal Broker Patty Cordoni, Manager of the Cascade Sotheby’s Sisters, Oregon office, as well as the Manager for the company’s Farm, Ranch & Vineyard Division. Cordoni, the listing agent for a property located in the resort community of Black Butte Ranch, was unable to secure a contract on the vacation property offered at $895,000. She was able to consult with the owners and propose that they consider a rental contract instead, until the market responded with additional interest. After collaborating with the agents from RedAwning on terms, the property was entered into the company’s database with the potential to earn the owners income, while still remaining open to offers. A win for all parties involved.
“RedAwning is thrilled to partner with Cascade Sotheby’s to help homeowners market their vacation properties, help Sotheby’s agents build their business, and provide new high-quality properties to travelers,” said Tim Choate CEO and Founder of RedAwning Group. “Partnering with realtors to enable their agents to drive sales performance, while expanding our base of exclusive properties, is a great way to grow the vacation rental marketplace—and leverage rentals to increase sale velocity.”

Clients will be able to download the RedAwning app to book, browse, and manage their reservations on the go! Homeowners interested in finding out more about the program can visit Cascade Sotheby’s website here.
About RedAwning:  RedAwning Group has been a leading innovator in the vacation rental industry since 2010, with a mission to redefine the customer journey for guests, hosts and managers and to drive new approaches that make the booking and staying experience more consistent, easier, safer and better for all. RedAwning Group presents the world’s largest collection of vacation properties to the largest alternative accommodations marketing network, and includes a comprehensive layer of services and support with every stay.  With over 100,000 unique properties in over 10,000 destinations, all instantly bookable with a common set of terms and services, the RedAwning Collection simplifies vacation rental travel for guests and property managers alike.

Julie Moe Team Welcomes Top Producer Jared Chase

BEND, OR – “Julie Moe & Jared Chase are excited to announce their partnership and the new formation of The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group,” reports Julie Moe, Broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and team leader of her group. Their new slogan will be “Selling the Central Oregon Lifestyle”. Their goal is to provide a resource for anything and everything real estate in Central Oregon. They will assist you in your search for Bend area real estate, learn about the city’s different neighborhoods and much more. Whether you’re looking to move to Bend, buy a vacation home, or sell your existing property in the city, they aim to help you find the answers to your questions. The group continues its long-standing relationship as top-producers for Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
Julie Moe & Jared Chase
Jared Chase has been a member of the Central Oregon community since 1992. After graduating from the first class at Summit High, he became a construction project manager for a local builder. For the next nine years he built projects from subdivision communities to large custom homes. His career in building provided a unique opportunity to work with Realtors, lenders and homeowners from the building perspective.
Today Jared combines his extensive building background with 25+ years in Bend to guide clients through their real estate needs. He works hard to make the client experience as seamless as possible, and strives to be a true professional, takeing great pride in being a Realtor. As a top-selling agent in Central Oregon, Jared is excited to be partnering with Julie Moe and providing a wider range of experience and services to their clients.
Licensed in the state of Oregon, Julie Moe has been a member of the Central Oregon Community since 1972. Julie Moe has been a member of the Central Oregon Community since 1972. As a partner and Listing Specialist, she takes great pride in providing clients with experience, extraordinary service, education and negotiating skills. Along with a proven marketing program, her team concept ensures a smooth buying and/or selling experience from start to finish. Julie promises that her team is dedicated to providing care, compassion and skill to each and every transaction. Her vast experience includes working with the Central Oregon Association of Realtors for 12 years, and has been a licensed Broker since 1996; a total of 27 years combined real estate experience. She is a member of the Local, State and National Association of Realtors, REBAC, the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon and is a Local Director for the Central Oregon Association of Realtors.
Real estate in Central Oregon comes in an array of shapes and sizes, from golf course properties in communities like Broken Top and Awbrey Glen to waterfront homes, condos and townhouses. The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group knows this market intimately and is available to help clients navigate their way to a successful sale or purchase. Julie and Jared’s exceptional team of Brokers consists of two full-time Listing Specialists, two full-time Buyer Specialists, a Transaction Coordinator/Office Manager and a Marketing Creative Director; all of them have your ultimate satisfaction as their primary goal.
Looking to invest in real estate in Central Oregon? Need help selling your home in today’s complex market? Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, Realtors Julie Moe & Jared Chase and their group are here to provide you with a complete range of services, from exclusive buyer representation to proven multi-platform marketing strategies. For more information on their full array of services and current conditions of the real estate market in Bend, as well as communities beyond, please don’t hesitate to contact their Group. Or, click here to view, download and share their 10-Year Market Study, published annually.

Where to Surf on the Oregon Coast

Warm places like Hawaii and Southern California are well-known destinations for surfing, which means their beaches are sometimes overcrowded and unfriendly for beginners. If you want to learn how to surf or if you’re an experienced surfer looking for other options, the Oregon Coast could easily become your next favorite location for surfing.
While the area is often overlooked because of the cold water, the waves in Oregon are world-class and reliable. They roll down from the Gulf of Alaska, the same place where Hawaii’s large winter waves come from. Unlike an island, though, the coastline of Oregon has several curves and inlets, so a single beach can face in two or three directions. In other words, you don’t need to cross an island to find good waves. You just need to travel a little north or south to find better wind and waves.
To enjoy Oregon’s uncrowded beaches and great waves, all you need is a full wetsuit. Wearing a wetsuit might sound awkward, but it’s actually perfect for surfing. You don’t get a rash from riding the surfboard, and you float more easily when you fall off. The 50-degree water becomes comfortable, too; even a chilly breeze wouldn’t faze you. Try it once, and you might even prefer a wetsuit—especially since it means fewer people will be sharing the water with you.
The Oregon Coast is scattered with great beaches for surfing, appropriate for all levels depending on the season. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to visit the Oregon Coast during the summer, when the waves are smaller. For experts, wait until after September, when the storms of autumn and winter start creating massive waves. Many of the beaches have web cams ( has a great page for that), so you can always look at the beach before leaving. Take time to explore as many as possible and find your favorite spots.
If you’re currently looking for where to surf, here are a few Oregon Coast beaches you’ll definitely want to visit.

1. Short Sands

Located in Oswald West State Park near Cannon Beach, Short Sands combines beautiful scenery with friendly vibes and great swells for every level. It’s curved, so that small waves are on one side for beginners, while the other side has larger swells for more experienced surfers. You do need to take a short hike along a river to reach the beach, but the walk isn’t long enough to discourage visitors. It’s one of the most popular beaches for surfing on the coast, especially among beginners.

2. Indian Beach

If Short Sands is too crowded with beginners for you, take a 20-minute drive north to reach Indian Beach in Ecola State Park instead. Kayakers really enjoy going to this spot. Beginners should definitely avoid it in winter, though. The beach has a high rate of Coast Guard rescues due to its big winter surf.

3. Pacific City

This gorgeous beach has a lot of fun, consistent waves and a nice view of Chief Kiawanda Rock. Even better, a brew pub is right by the parking lot! The Pelican Brewing Company has become an essential part of the surfing experience at Pacific City. You can take a warm shower by the pub, then sip a beer to end a great day surfing.

4. Seaside Cove

This tucked-away spot is protected from the southern wind and especially popular among longboarders. It looks inviting, but with a strong rip and boulders, it’s more appropriate for intermediate to advanced surfers.

5. Your Own Beach

If you want even more privacy, consider buying or renting a vacation home in Oregon with beachfront property. Then, you can get some of the best waves in the US almost entirely to yourself.
Here are a few of our properties that have some great beach access for surfing. Check out all of our oceanfront listings over on our Oregon Coast community page.


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Gearhart Beach House

Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach Front


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Manzanita Beach Home

How to Choose a Farm for Homesteading in Oregon

Oregon is a great state for homesteading. The land is beautiful, fertile, and well-suited for a variety of crops, orchards, and livestock. You can easily produce enough to feed your family, and then sell whatever you don’t use at a local farmers’ market—even in winter. There’s also a lot of variety in climate and geography, from rainy and flat to arid and mountainous, so you can choose a place that best fits your idea of self-sufficient living.
With so much variety and potential, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. Besides thinking about the home’s design and comfort, there are practical issues to consider, like how easy it would be to grow produce. To help you find your perfect farm, here are a few points to think about as you begin your search.
Featured Image – Bend, Oregon Farm on 60 acres

The Land

How much land you need will depend on what your goals are for your farm. It’s possible to live self-sufficiently on just a couple acres, but more acreage will certainly broaden your options. For example, if you plan to use wood to help heat your home, you’ll want to find property with room for a woodlot. You might also want enough space for orchards, poultry, ponds and livestock (including grazing land and hayfields), if those are part of your goals.
Mountain Views Across Green Pastures (View More Photos)

Determining how much land you need should already help narrow down your search. Now, as you visit each property, you’ll want to closely examine the quality of the land. You might even want to hire an environmental engineer to help you evaluate the property. In any case, you’ll want to look at the following characteristics.
Restrictions. For example, are you allowed to raise poultry and other farm animals on the property? How about rain catchment systems? Would you have mineral and water rights?
Contamination. To avoid contaminated water and other hazards, you can research the property’s environmental history using websites like Environmental Data Resources.
Soil Fertility. The quality of your property’s soil can make or break your success as a homesteader. Although Oregon has a lot of fertile ground, it’s still worthwhile to test the soil before buying.
Clean Water. Like fertile soil, year-round access to clean water is crucial for your success. Take a critical look at how water is supplied to the property. Is the source dependable? Would you need to filter the water? If you’re planning to raise livestock, you’ll also want other water sources on the property, such as ponds, streams or creeks. Be sure to check if the area is prone to flooding, too. Land that occasionally floods can’t be used for livestock for part of the year.
Light. Ideally, your garden should be facing south and receive at least 5 hours of direct sunlight every day. Is this possible on the property?
Energy. How would you provide your home with electricity? Does the property have potential for sun, water or wind energy?
Thunder Ranch is one of five properties in the state to have bottling water rights.
Majestic Thunder Ranch (View more photos)


Owning a farm doesn’t require you to live isolated from a community. In fact, many homesteaders enjoy having neighbors or a town close by so they can share resources and build friendships, especially if they have children. Living close to a town also means better access to emergency services and health care.
Then again, with good Internet and phone services, you may be able to live remotely without feeling isolated. Living far from civilization would give you more freedom to build the life you’re imagining without taking the neighbors into consideration. For instance, your neighbors probably wouldn’t want to live downwind of your pigpens. A large, remote property can be as rewarding as a homestead closer to a city, just depending on your personality, goals and situation.
Mill Creek Forest Home (view more photos)
Mill Creek Forest Home

Weather and Wildlife

Weather patterns and roaming wildlife are two major challenges homesteaders regularly face. However, you can still run a successful farm even with bad weather and predators in the area. You just need to make the right preparations, ensuring that you have proper protection for your farm animals and enough supplies for a tough storm.
One way to prepare for these natural challenges is to research natural disasters that have historically occurred in the area. For example, if you discover that flooding is common in the area, you’ll know not to build a root cellar. Similarly, you can research or ask local farmers about common wild predators. Coyotes are a common problem, but you may also have foxes, deer or raccoons to deal with.
It’s especially important to consider the natural challenges you’d face for each farm you view in Oregon, since regional geography and climates can widely differ. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure out everything yourself and build from scratch. You can find successful farms with everything already in place. All they need is the right person, ready to live off the land.
Log Cabin with Organic Farm on the Clackamas River

Interested in finding out more about buying a farm or ranch in Oregon? Check out our community page to see what we have available right now.

No Endless Summer for Oregon Tubers

BEND, OR –, the region’s source for local information, proclaims, “There’s a law in Bend that says no one shall visit our fair city in the summer months without floating the Deschutes River at least once.” Honestly, that statement could not hold more truth for both locals and tourists. Each year, around mid-June, snow-melt from the Cascades begins to increase water levels of the Deschutes River, creating a nice current perfect for floating. It’s an amazing opportunity to enjoy one of the most scenic, unique, and enjoyable experiences you can have in Bend. Unfortunately, as we locals are full-aware, there is no endless summer in the Pacific Northwest. So, pump up those tubes and hit the river before time runs out on another season!

Bend Parks & Recreation had made it easier than ever to enjoy a float downstream by adding a River Shuttle, a Park & Float facility and on-site outfitters. You can also stay in the river and continue through the state-of-the-art Bend Whitewater Park. The park offers a mildly-wild passageway (amusingly referred to as “da chute” by a few locals) for floaters, plus a whitewater channel for experienced paddlers and a nature habitat channel designed to preserve Bend’s aquatic wildlife.

Once Summer officially arrives, a fabulous way, of course, is to spend a hot summer day soaking up the sun atop a gently bobbing inner tube as you float down one of Oregon’s cool, clear rivers. There’s a long list of quality places to float the Beaver State.
Partial to the far-reaching waterway in Bend, the Deschutes River offers one of the most complete adventures, including a man-made whitewater rapids experience, adding an exclusive “theme park” ride element before you casually flow through a residential lagoon, reminiscent of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. You may even be lucky enough to be serenaded by an act performing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, just a stone’s throw from the riverbank. There’s even public transportation available specifically for tubers and their chosen crafts.

An awesome place to float near Portland, the Sandy River won’t disappoint. This is a popular place for urbanites to cool down and relax in the summertime, as it’s only twenty or so minutes from downtown. Although this location doesn’t offer the amenities of Bend, the shores are lined with houses and public beaches, enjoyed by the locals and Portlandians alike. You’ll have plenty of people to share hoots and hollers with along the way. The waters themselves are a bit smoother, and there are fewer category-worthy rapids, making it not a good choice for smaller children as it can get a bit dicey toward the end as the ride.
There are numerous places to float along the Willamette River, though one of the most memorable outings is the yearly Big Float event, in which hundreds of people grab their inner tubes and other floatation devices and set off on a massive floating celebration of the Willamette River. Here, you can catch an awesome view of the Portland skyline and its bridges. What the heck is The Big Float?

The goal of The Big Float, quite simply, is to encourage people to “get into their river” and support its preservation and healthy development as a recreational resource. And to have a whale of a good time in the process. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Human Access Project. Open to all ages, TBF begins with, naturally, a parade. Floaters gather at Tom McCall Bowl Beach (where the Blues Festival is held), then carry or wear their floatation devices and march south along Waterfront Park to the put-in point at Poet’s Beach beneath the Marquam Bridge. Floaters will paddle down river and land on the west bank at the Tom McCall Bowl. Here, Portland’s grandest downtown beach party will be held – complete with music barge and live bands, food carts, beer/wine garden, sponsor booths, and a kids’ activities area.

The Clackamas River, with its combination of natural beauty, lazy pace, and proximity to Portland can draw a crowd, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have the river to yourself. A well-known spot with both hipsters from the inner city and all kinds of Portland suburbanites – but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting though! The Clackamas is a wilder ride, with more rocks and faster rapids. It also has a more secluded shoreline. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, this is your jam. But be warned: It’s a bit more aggressive, so only serious tubists need apply.
If you’re looking for a river float near Eugene, a fantastic option and one of the most picturesque, is taking a trip down the McKenzie River. There are a couple rough spots you’ll want to navigate around, but otherwise it’s quite an easy ride. And many Portlanders forget that there are nearby rivers in Washington, as well, including the Washougal, which is just an hour from Portland, northwest of Vancouver. The drive is pretty enough, the river not nearly as crowded as any of those closer to the city, and the water is refreshingly cold. Another Southwest Washington gem, the East Fork of the Lewis River is beautiful, less crowded than anything closer to Portland, and a bit colder than some of the others on this list.

There you have it, a rundown of the best river floats across the Oregon and SW Washington. Whether you choose to brave the urban waters of the Willamette, or would prefer the scenic beauty and colder rapids of one of the outlying sites, get out there and cool off while exploring the region’s rivers – on a tube!
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty currently operates 10 office locations throughout the state of Oregon and SW Washington. Contact us today for more information on one of the many areas we represent and to receive updates on our exclusive listings.

References: Visit Bend | Only In Your State | Urban Nest PDX | The Big Float | W Week

British Buyers Keeping an Eye on U.S. Destinations – Including Portland, Oregon

Manhattan, New York

Why A decade of construction fervor has transformed New York’s skyline. In the Financial District, the spire of One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—now soars above the haunting 9/11 Memorial.

Further north, West Chelsea’s former factories and old brownstones now border a clutch of contemporary masterpieces— from Zaha Hadid’s sinuous condo to Bjarke Ingels’s twisted towers, which, once complete, will house America’s’ first Six Senses Hotel & Spa—and the High Line, a former railway line turned park overlooking the Hudson.
‘It’s a bit like London,’ says Kirk Henckels of Savills’ associate Stribling. ‘You have areas that heretofore were not so popular— certainly not as luxury residential—[but] money has spread like icing in the past 10–15 years.’
Buy West Chelsea is ‘a beacon of premium prices’, according to Christie’s International Real Estate. ‘Between the galleries, shopping, restaurants and parks, it offers nature, culture and world-class art and architecture,’ says Christie’s International’s Erin Boisson Aries.
Across Manhattan, however, an increase in stock has slowed prices, according to Liam Bailey of Knight Frank, so ‘there are deals to be done’. He tips the Financial District as the place to buy, after projects such as One World Trade Center cemented its appeal.
For Mr. Henckels, the West Village remains ever attractive, but the area to watch is the one covered by the new Second Avenue Subway, which opened last year.

Washington, DC

Why Long the center of political power, now, Washington is leading the way in sustainability—at the end of 2017, it became the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum city, a top accolade.

In a bid to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improve residents’ health, the local administration is encouraging people to walk, use public transport or cycle— for visiting cyclists, the best route is the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail, which overlooks the Potomac River and local monuments and sights.
Parks and open spaces now cover 7,600 acres; Rock Creek has more than 1,700 acres, but the Hirshhorn Museum has the most scenic garden, thanks to more than 60 sculptures.
Renewable energy sources power government buildings and many new or upcoming developments have strong Green credentials. One such is 200, Massachusetts Ave NW, designed by Pritzker Prize winner Kevin Roche.
Another is The Wharf, a waterfront project that brings together apartments, restaurants, shops and a massive concert hall—the Anthem—which has added a stellar live-music season to Washington’s packed calendar.
‘This city offers so much,’ says Jonathan Taylor of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, who recommends eating at Le Diplomate, Rasika and Cactus Cantina. ‘Washington is a world hub that’s coming into its own.’
Buy Christie’s International sees Washington as one of the top five hottest primary home markets for 2018, thanks to high sales volumes and shorter sale times. Luxury property prices averaged $1.5 million (£1.16m) at the end of 2017.

Los Angeles, California

Why The ties between Britain and America’s most creative city have just become closer —LA is the birthplace of The Duchess of Sussex. Beyond the royal connection, the past few years have seen an architectural renaissance—particularly in Downtown

La—in a prelude to the 2028 Summer Olympics. The newly opened Nomad hotel, for example, has breathed new life into Giannini Place, an opulent 1920s building that once housed the Bank of Italy.
At the contemporary end of the spectrum, the 1,100 ft-high Wilshire Grand, California’s tallest building, has added a new focal point and curvy Circa Towers look set to brighten up the South Park neighborhood with their 18,000 sq. ft. LED screens.
It’s not only the changing skyline that’s adding to LA’S buzz. This year sees the opening of several top restaurants—from, among others, chef Jessica Largey’s Simone —and the start of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centenary celebrations, with an exciting program.
Buy The property market below $3 million (£2.3m) is outpacing higher price brackets, according to realtor Ari Afshar, although record-breaking sales above $20 million (£15.6m) continue. The revival of central LA has put the spotlight on Hancock Park, which combines large lots with great values, according to Christie’s International.
That said, Bel Air remains one of the most sought-after places. ‘It offers some of the largest residential parcels, with some of the highest dollar-per-square-foot values,’ says David Parnes from The Agency, Savills’ associate. For prices up to a third lower than Bel Air, Knight Frank’s Mr. Bailey suggests Brentwood.,

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Why Once a whaling port, the Massachusetts island of Nantucket long ago traded harpoons and whaleboats for chic boutiques, cocktails and restaurants (Anthony Lassman of Nota Bene Global suggests CRU for seafood and yacht-watching), but the ‘mere hillock’ made famous by Herman Melville still has ‘more sand than you would use in 20 years’, three working lighthouses and cobbled streets lined by 18th- and 19thcentury buildings.

The 82-mile coastline has superb beaches, from the child-friendly expanses of the North Shore to the wild surfing waters of the South. Madaket Beach, on the island’s western corner, is the place to watch the sun set.
Buy One of the most expensive locations in the USA, Nantucket is the ‘anti-Hamptons’, says Mr. Lassman. ‘It’s more low-profile and boating focused, but every bit as super prime, with a distinctly island feel.’ Affluent retirees and telecommuting buyers are driving the market, according to Christie’s International, which reports that prime property sales increased by 19% in 2017.

Portland, Oregon, and its countryside

Why Ranked sixth in the 2018 US News & World Report’s best places to live in the USA, Portland combines vibrant culture with easy access to the Pacific (visit Cannon Beach, in Ecola State Park, to spot tufted puffins in summer and, with luck, migrating grey whales in winter).

‘Portland is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the Willamette River and gorgeous bridges downtown, acres of lush landscape, views of Mount Hood and wildlife near the city,’ says Mimi Mccaslin of Christie’s International affiliate Luxe Platinum Properties.
However, it’s the magnificent countryside around the city that makes the area particularly appealing. To the east are deep gorges, wildflower-strewn trails, majestic waterfalls and some of Oregon’s best ski resorts, including Timberline, the only year-round ski area in North America.
The rolling hills and valleys to the southwest are prime wine country. ‘Just outside Portland is Yamhill County, which has become famous for its Pinot Noir. You can spend the day picnicking and wine tasting,’ says Michael D. Babbitt of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
Excellent shellfish, truffles, berries and fruit complement the vinous offering (Celilo in Hood River and Sybaris in Albany make creative use of local ingredients). ‘People who move here don’t like to move [away],’ says Mrs. Mccaslin. ‘And why should they?’
Buy The Portland property market is steady, according to Mrs. Mccaslin, but price growth may well be on the horizon after a gift from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, matched by residents’ donations, raised $1 billion (£773 million) for cancer research at the Oregon Health & Science University, drawing specialists from across the world.

Aspen, Colorado

Why An 1800s silver-mining town, Aspen reinvented itself in the 20th century as America’s glitziest ski resort. Today, the Aspen Snowmass complex encompasses more than 5,300 acres, with jaw-dropping slopes, perfect powder and memorable après ski.

However, the town has long been a year-round destination, with a rich menu of music, art, ballet and Broadway-quality theatre, according to Ben Roos of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, plus panoramic walks, shopping (Palladium Properties agents recommend Kemosabe ‘for fabulous western wear’), fine dining (Cache Cache is a favorite), mountain-top yoga and, for the really adventurous, paragliding and hot-air ballooning.
Buy ‘What an amazing place Aspen is. When you land, you pass dozens of private jets, but it’s the most laidback place imaginable,’ says Nick Churton of Mayfair Office. One of the most sought-after neighborhoods is Red Mountain, where prices grew by 19% last year. ‘You’re not straight onto the ski area—you’re very close to it—but the views are incredible,’ says Mr. Bailey. But, add Palladium Properties’ agents, properties anywhere in Aspen hold their value.
Carla Passino, Country Life Magazine, August 2018, pgs 82-85.

Cute Homes and Cottages for Sale on the Oregon Coast

Some of the most charming homes are little cottages near the ocean. Though small, they have a cozy atmosphere that big houses sometimes lack. This coziness may be a comfort if you’re frequently alone. Instead of wandering through large rooms and hallways by yourself, you can snuggle up in a home that’s the perfect size for one or two.
Another advantage of small homes is their low cost, both purchasing and upkeep. Heating, taxes, and overall maintenance are all more affordable compared to large houses. This lower cost is especially attractive when you’re buying a vacation home. Since you’ll only be using the home a couple months each year, it’s nice to limit the hassles and costs of upkeep.
Little houses can feel surprisingly open and spacious, too. If the house has been thoughtfully designed and simply decorated, you may actually get a greater feeling of freedom, as you’re less weighed down by stuff. This simplicity may be especially nice for older couples, as they have fewer things to take care of.
While big houses are nice for large families, they don’t fit everyone’s needs or lifestyle. If you’re thinking about buying a little home, we have a range of homes you might love. Whether you’re looking for a vacation home or a cute place to call your own, these cozy homes on the Oregon Coast are worth visiting. All are under 1,200 square feet, yet roomy enough for a single person, a couple, or a small family.

Charming Bella Beach Cottage Home

This sweet 3-bedroom home near Seaside has been a successful vacation rental in the past, and there’s no question why. It’s comfortable, cute, and conveniently located, only 2 blocks away from the beach and main shopping street. It’d be a great investment, whether as a personal home or a rental. Either way, it comes furnished! There’s little to worry about and plenty to enjoy with this property. Total flexibility!
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Charming Bella Beach Cottage Home

NW Coastal Cottage in Walkable Manzanita

Classic Northwest Coastal design — beam and vaulted ceilings, warm wood, and lots of windows — create a perfectly cozy Manzanita cottage. Desirable walk to town and beach location keeps all the fun just a hop, skip, and jump away while enjoying a quiet, neighborhood atmosphere. Surrounded by trees and very low maintenance landscape. Recent improvements like a brand new roof mean this home is ready for you to begin enjoying today!
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NW Coastal Cottage

Beach Cabin Overlooking Haystack Rock

Location, Location, Location! On a hillside overlooking Haystack Rock, this beach comfortable cabin sits on a block with several recent luxury redevelopments. Decks on 2 levels draw you outside to enjoy beach living with the ocean views beyond while inside the fireplace beckons you to just relax until dreamland finds you in one of 2 bedrooms or the loft. This is one of those rare investments that will pay off regardless of whether you prefer to relish its classic beach, cozy charm… or perhaps update to a more your style…or join the neighbors who have taken advantage of the unique location to build their dream home either today or sometime in the future.
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Beach Cabin Overlooking Haystack Rock

Idyllic Beach and Forest Retreat

Located in the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Oswald West State Park area, this charming home sits on .8 acres of cleared forest land and looks down at the monolith offshore of Cove Beach. Sunny and bright all day with ocean views, but without losing the secluded feel. Large lot/2 drain fields make adding-on in the future a breeze! This charming home has been cared-for with love and is ready for a new owner to enjoy the ‘good vibes’!
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Idyllic Beach and Forest Retreat

Oceanfront Lot with Spectacular Views

Opportunity to build your dream home at the beach! Reverse floor plan would take advantage of the spectacular views of the ocean and Neahkanie Mountain! Call for specifics to build.
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Oceanfront Lot with Spectacular Views

Goodbye, City Life… Green Acres is the Place for Me!

OREGON/SW WASHINGTON – Just a few lines into the classic ‘60’s sitcom Green Acres, and your mindset is pretty easily transformed from “never in a million years,” to “well… maybe.” “Farm livin’ is the life for me; Land spreadin’ out so far and wide; Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.” What was once a popular idealistic movement away from the stresses associated with city culture, has returned – with the help of modern technology. While there is still quite an abundance of us who would willfully trade our more metropolitan conveniences in a New York minute, the opportunity to openly commune with nature, while earning the same salary as you would in a Silicon Valley office, is too appealing not to actually consider.
The future of work will enable knowledge workers to live where they want, which may mean taking a conference call while strolling through your own private rolling vineyards Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley. A trend in the future of employment is the ability to live in a low cost of living geography while earning in a high cost of living geography. Is this merely this decade’s take on the 1950s model of suburban executives commuting into cities for white collar jobs? Similar, but with one glaring difference – the job now comes to the employee, instead of the other way around.

For knowledge workers, it often doesn’t matter whether they’re located near the office. It’s increasingly relevant that knowledge-worker skills supersede geography because, according to a report from the White House, “Over half a million of today’s open jobs are in technology fields like software development, digital marketing, user interface design, and cybersecurity—many of which did not even exist a decade ago.” Those jobs won’t dictate that you live near your employer. So why not earn like a Brooklynite and enjoy the view from your porch in Oregon’s lovely McMinnville, which is home to great vineyards and even a UFO festival.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, headquartered in Bend, with 10 offices throughout Oregon and SW Washington, has been ahead of this curve for quite some time. Established in 2006, with deep roots in the rural surrounding communities, the brokerage employs an experienced team of exceptional brokers, highly knowledgeable in farm, ranch and vineyard properties. Much of their targeted demographic for this division includes the transition of urbanites to more pastoral lifestyles. Helping to facilitate the demand has been the ability of high-earners to work remotely. Educated and skilled individuals from the tech communities of Seattle and Northern California have been flocking to the “Beaver State”. Not relegated to the age of “Baby Boomers”, Millennial transplants are becoming more commonplace.

Millennials have become the largest generation in our labor force and recent research shows that they vastly prefer experiences over possessions. Fidelity Investment recently released research showing that Millennials so vastly prioritized quality of work life above compensation, that they’d take a $7,600 pay cut to enhance quality of work life. These studies are extremely consistent with enabling employees to enjoy the quality and geography of life they desire while attracting and retaining talent that’s heavily in demand.
Workers have historically considered where the jobs are when deciding where to live. The geographic link between home and office becomes lessened the more someone’s skills lend themselves to working remotely. Instead of saving for your vacation home in Dundee, Oregon, skilled knowledge workers can skip the primary residence and go straight to Dundee! This leads to ascending real estate values in the most beautiful vacation spots, though it will take some time for that trend to accelerate as people reluctantly leave more ‘target rich’ (from an employment perspective) environments for the tranquility of their desired turf.

Over time, higher paid knowledge workers and so-called ‘road warriors’ (who spend much of their time traveling for work) will be even less tethered to a geographic location. Ping pong tables and espresso machines are less important to the Millennial work force than the ability to immerse themselves in experiences. Managers who understand this will realize that enabling workers to be productive remotely will benefit as their recharged workforce will appreciate the ability to go camping while being technologically available to their employers (even if only in spurts) rather than having a foosball table in the break room.

Three Rivers Recreational Area: Off-Grid, Private Community in Central Oregon

If you’re interested in living in a private, gated community in Central Oregon surrounded by BLM, National Grass Lands, Forest Service Lands, and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation on the Metolius River arm of Lake Billy Chinook, then you need to check out the Three Rivers Recreational Area. The whole community is off the grid and utilizes solar and wind power as well as fuel generators for a state-of-the-art alternative lifestyle with the benefits of plenty of privacy, an abundance of wildlife, hiking, an abundance of water sports, and much more.
Meg Cummings, a Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker, lives in Three Rivers and has over 40 years of experience working with clients in real estate and interior design, and is also passionate about focusing on ways to leave as small of a ‘footprint’ on the earth as possible.
“I live totally off-the-grid and between myself and my husband, Kent, we are very knowledgeable about not only living a life where you are responsible for procuring your own energy, but also are conservative with recycling and the environment. We want to leave as small a “foot print” on the Earth as possible.”
Here are a few of the beautiful homes that are available for sale in the Three Rivers Recreation Area and the Grandview Plateau. For more information about these listings, contact Meg Cummings or visit our community page to see more properties.

Off-grid & totally move-in ready

Rare Lake Billy Chinook properties w/over 290 ft. shoreline. Includes both lots 600 & 700, cabin, storage building, & covered floating boat storage & dock. Off-grid & totally move-in ready w/1400 ft. sf deck for entertaining family, friends & relaxing. Come enjoy life on the Lake. Property sold As Is Buyer to do own due diligence. Truly a rare opportunity. Must call an agent for access as development is gated.
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Off Grid and Totally Move-in Ready

Incredible Lake and Mountain Views

Incredible Lake & Mountain views from 3500+sf home. 3 B/R, 2.5 Bath, w/full basement makes this home perfect for small or large family & friends. Recent remodeled kitchen & master bath w/granite tile counter, hand painted cabinets, custom backsplash, travertine tile, scraped lam floors, triple pane windows, and expansive views from all rooms & levels. Outdoor entertaining w/outdoor kitchen, above ground pool, pavers, over 1400sf deck, & more.
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Incredible Lake and Mountain Views

Three Rivers Duplex

A one-of-a-kind property as it’s the only permitted duplex in all of Three Rivers. One living space is a 800 square foot single level while the other is 1700+ square feet, and both sides have full independent solar systems with generator backups. Enjoy beautiful views on this almost 7 acre property that features a 1900+ square foot pole barn for your toys and work space.
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Duplex in Central Oregon