Cascade Sotheby’s Chosen to Represent the Inner Eastside’s First Luxury Condo Development in More Than a Decade

PORTLAND, OR –  Realty Trust Urban has partnered with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to market a new Portland tower condominium development, TwentyTwenty, to Asian markets. Cascade Sotheby’s premier broker, cross-cultural expert and Asia Desk manager Michael Zhang will lead TwentyTwenty marketing efforts to Asian buyers. The partnership will also leverage the extensive footprint and influence of Sotheby’s International Realty in Singapore, Japan, China and throughout Asia.

Twenty Twenty High Rises
Located in the historic Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood, the TwentyTwenty development is the first new construction tower condominium project in NE Portland in over a decade. The LEED Platinum Class A luxury construction offers wood floors, exposed concrete and quality steel-based architecture. Units are competitively priced starting in the $300,000’s for one-bedrooms and in the $500,000’s for two-bedrooms.

Twenty Twenty Firepit
With consistent demand for real estate in the Pacific Northwest and a record number of foreign buyers scooping up residential properties, Cascade Sotheby’s recently launched an Asia Desk to serve the real estate and relocation needs of Asian buyers. Exclusive listing agent for TwentyTwenty, Realty Trust Urban, has dedicated a tranche of condominiums in the new development for the Cascade Sotheby’s team to market directly to those passionate new markets.

Twenty Twenty Lounge
A triple threat talent as an elite principal broker, relocation and cross-cultural training expert, Zhang will be responsible for marketing the new Portland development to Asian buyers. He will also collaborate with the Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Asia to assist buyers looking for investments like this in the Pacific Northwest.

Twenty Twenty Courtyard
“Cascade Sotheby’s and Michael Zhang in particular have proven themselves as very successful in connecting with—and selling to—international buyers,” says Patrick Clark, founder of Realty Trust Urban and exclusive listing agent for the TwentyTwenty Tower. “The distinguished Sotheby’s brand carries the cache and prestige that makes a difference marketing internationally—and Zhang’s multilingual talents and background in cross-cultural relationships and relocation make him a valuable asset on this project.”

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.

The article states that Chinese nationals were the biggest buyers, purchasing $31.7 billion worth of property, up from $27.3 billion a year earlier and more than ever before, according to the association.

“In addition to becoming a desirable market for international real estate buyers, Portland continues to attract young to mid-career professionals and empty-nesters who appreciate the exceptional value the location offers and prefer the benefits of condominium living,” says Clark. “TwentyTwenty will be an excellent alternative for renters tired of rising rents, for buyers who desire to live in close-in neighborhoods and as potential vacation rental property.”

Twenty Twenty Kitchen
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.

Twenty Twenty Dining
“There are many investors in Asian countries who are experiencing new wealth and looking for investment opportunities around the lifestyle and environmental wellness that Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have to offer,” says Zhang. “These investors love prestigious global brands like Prada, Tiffany’s and Sotheby’s—the Sotheby’s brand positions the new Asia Desk to provide world-class, white glove investment, relocation and cultural integration services these buyers expect. I am delighted to have this exceptional opportunity to unite these buyers with investment opportunities like the TwentyTwenty Tower here.”

Twenty Twenty Bathroom

About Realty Trust Urban

We anticipate urban transformation and partner to create the right products for the right neighborhoods, one story at a time. We provide unrivaled service to developers, investors and home buyers, anticipating the desires of consumers, not just marketing to them. We approach each project with a shared vision to transform the city for the better, one story at a time. We believe that collaboration with developers, architects and investors throughout the development and sales phases is the differentiator in delivering exceptional results. Our record shows we’ve outperformed the competition since 2002; having marketed and sold over $2.2 billion in urban high-rise homes with a portfolio of 17 distinctive condominium projects consisting of over 2,500 units. The diversity of our experience with various product types and shifting consumer mindsets qualifies us as a true industry leader in urban realty. We believe that independent homeowners deserve the same elite expertise and we provide the same results-oriented approach to individuals. Realty Trust Urban is your partner in city living.

CSIR Partners with Porsche Beaverton and BASCO on Two Amazing Events

PORTLAND, METRO – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty recently hosted two events with not one, but two of its valued corporate partners. On Thursday, October 18, the “Drive It Home” event was held, in collaboration with Porsche Beaverton, along with Academy Mortgage and Stone Ridge Custom Development. Attendees were invited to tour 5 amazing luxury homes located south of Portland. The exclusive guest list, RSVP only, were instructed to travel the tour circuit, and collect home cards from all of the sites to be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Tiffany & Co. At the final station, Porsche enthusiasts were invited to test drive the newly redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayan, among other popular models.

Porsche Event Home 1
In all, 7 Cascade Sotheby’s Brokers participated in the home tour. 24800 SW Quarryview Drive in Wilsonville was the initial stop, presented by Broker, Michael Zhang. “It was a sunny, golden autumn afternoon, followed by music and wine in the evening. Friends and clients enjoyed the architecture of the luxury properties presented by Cascade Sotheby’s top agents and Porsche’s newest Cayenne model presented by Porsche Beaverton. Everyone was impressed with the style and hospitality provided”, said Zhang.

Porsche Event Home 2
The next home was being shown by Brokers Joe Reitzug and Julie Halter, and was actually located on the same street at 24927 SW Quarryview Drive The third stop was 26485 SW Wilken Lane in West Linn. The listing Broker was Kristen Kohnstamm. Brokers Laura Piccard and Mark Miller hosted visitors to 2636 SW Schaeffer Road, also in West Linn. Portland was the site of the main event and included food, beverages and live music. Greeting guests at the residence located at 1387 SW Military Road was Broker Matt Tercek.

Porsche Event Leaders
Managing Principal Broker for Cascade Sotheby’s Michael Babbitt added, “What a great collaboration of two powerful brands, showcasing a lifestyle that anyone can enjoy. Approximately 100 people attended the event touring homes and taking test drives. This is just one more example of why Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is first, best, exclusive. We look forward to future events with Porsche.”

Another recent event was held on Tuesday, October 23 and was held at the Builder’s Appliance Supply Company (BASCO) showroom in Portland. This collaborative event, co-sponsored with BASCO, who specializes in the sale of high-end kitchen appliances, was themed “A Taste of Cascade Sotheby’s,” an evening of food, wine and networking. In what really was an amazing opportunity for CSIR Brokers to develop relationships, not only with potential clients, but also area developers with interest in learning more about the amazing marketing strategies and proprietary technology available to them.

BASCO Event Entertainment
Guests mingled and enjoyed live music while taking in BASCO’s beautiful showroom. Local chefs, from some of the area’s top restaurants, prepared some of their most notable dishes on-site, and tastings were poured by a few well-known Pacific Northwest wineries and distilleries.

Porsche Event Entertainment
Cascade Sotheby’s takes great pride in developing reciprocal corporate partnerships with comparable brands in the regions in which their offices operate. This initiative not only creates considerable brand awareness in the marketplace, but also generates meaningful engagement between the shared demographics. If you have interest in a potential mutually beneficial corporate partnership, please contact Cascade Sotheby’s at

Halloweentown Lives On in St. Helens

HELENS, OR – “The Spirit of Halloween” is alive and well in Northwest Oregon! Fresh off of national notoriety for the residential listing of “Bella’s House,” location shoot of the cinematic Twilight franchise, the spotlight refocuses on the blue-collar hamlet of St. Helens, as it has every October, since 1997. The month-long celebration, a Halloween-themed festival, takes place in an area nestled away in the Columbia Gorge, in the Northwest quadrant of Oregon, just 30 miles outside of Portland, where the original Disney Channel movie of the same name was actually filmed. Be prepared to see some amazing Halloween costumes, pumpkin carvings, spooky decorations, displays, street performances, haunted tours and more.

Halloween Town TV Show
It all goes back to the late 1990’s, when a film crew scouted the location, then committed to film the semi-forgettable cult classic, Halloweentown, starring Debbie Reynolds. Since then, the locals, with a present-day population of just over 13,000, embraced the spirit of the set and decided to make it an annual tradition. Now, each year, the town is transformed into a month-long event, attracting devotees to the macabre holiday from around the world. Organizers expect in excess of 15,000 visitors on peak nights. This tranquil waterfront community has never been the same since.

Halloweentown Crowded Street
Drawing huge crowds, filling the downtown city plaza, the season ceremoniously begins, with the grand lighting of the Great Pumpkin. Local merchants, dying to get visitors in the spirit, are stocked with everything imaginable, straight out of your worst nightmare. And, with an array of events, ranging from ghost talks, tarot card readings and face painting, you’ll want to be in-character and ready to partake in the fun.“The Spirit of Halloweentown,” is a fabulously fun, family-friendly ritual, complete with trick-or-treating through St. Helens’ Old Town District and scarecrows galore.

Halloweentown Parade
Events and Attractions include: bonfires, pet costume contest, parades, live music, a pumpkin patch, treasure hunts, pumpkin carving contest, pony rides, adult beverage happy hours, a paranormal convention, tractor rides, the Hot Rod Hearse Rally, giant scarecrows, lots of local food vendors and much more!

Halloweentown Float
In 2017, members of the main cast attended the festival to reunite for the first time in years, in honor of the late film legend Debbie Reynolds, the most notable star of the original film, who passed away in 2016.  The stories of the Piper family’s adventures in a magical world where witches, monsters and all kinds of Halloween legends lived, became a pop culture phenomenon in the late ’90s. The main cast of the films included Kimberly J. Brown, who played the teen heroine, Marnie. Her on-screen family included siblings Dylan, played by Joey Zimmerman, and Sophie, played by Emily Roeske. Judith Hoag played Gwen, the kids’ mom. The late Debbie Reynolds played the role of Aggie, the children’s grandmother, who was determined to help the family embrace the spirit of Halloween. “It was so refreshing as a young actress to work with somebody who was not only such a huge legend, but was also willing to share the spotlight with everyone around her,” Brown told the large crowd during the tribute.

Halloweentown Cemetary
Upping the fear factor even further, visit Nightmare’s Haunted House, where organizers promise that you will experience feelings of intense fear, terror and distress. You will roam through rooms and hallways that could only exist in your darkest dreams, not knowing when you will wake up from this nightmare or if it’s real. The Mystery Manor Haunted House is a toned-down version, an option for kids, which still guarantees plenty of scary sights and sounds, as you walk through and marvel in the detail of the sets (no live actors participate in this version of the haunted house).

Halloweentown Pumpkin Paddle
As with most things Oregon, when jack-o’-lanterns just aren’t festive enough, locals take in this annual contest, with paddlers navigating the lake at Tualatin Commons during the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Since 2004, this cherished annual race series consists of piloting a gaggle of gigantic gourds through a water course on the lake. The event kicks off with a giant pumpkin parade and weigh-off, followed by a full day of costumed contestants plying the shallow lake in 1,000-pound pumpkin boats. On dry land, a costume contest, live music, face painting, pumpkin carving, pie eating contest and pumpkin golf will keep the laughs coming at this free, family-friendly event. Located just 13 miles (21 km) southwest of downtown Portland, Tualatin is a great starting point for an autumn adventure in the Willamette Valley, complete with foliage and farm stands — but the most eye-popping sight of the day will definitely be those paddling pumpkins.

Halloweentown Spirit
Historically, Halloween is well-celebrated statewide, as Oregonians perpetually seize the moment in keeping all things “weird.” And, whether it may be metro, suburbia or backcountry, the exceptionally experienced agents of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty represent listings throughout the “Beaver” state. Search current and exclusive properties.


New Business Development Manager to Lead Oregon Coast Real Estate Growth

Portland, Oregon—Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty continues its steady growth trajectory with a new business development manager to lead momentum and growth in the Oregon Coast markets. The brokerage has appointed longtime broker, Nancy Randall J.D., to manage operations for their coast offices in Gearhart, Cannon Beach, and Manzanita.

Randall has been listing, marketing, providing business site analysis and selling outstanding and luxurious homes for over 25 years. A Portland native, she returns to her Oregon roots from her role as a real estate expert for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Naples, Florida. She has also worked as an attorney in private practice, analyzed property sites for business development while at PacifiCorp and worked as a financial analyst at the Bonneville Power Administration.

Nancy Randall
“Nancy Randall has been a widely respected and successful broker in the Sotheby’s International Realty network—to welcome her level of real estate talent and legal knowledge to Cascade Sotheby’s is a huge asset to our recent expansion on the Oregon Coast,” says Deb Tebbs, founder and CEO, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are building a growing footprint of listings at the coast and Nancy’s knowledge and expertise in vacation home and luxury sales will help us accelerate our momentum and propel us to our next level of growth in the region.”

Randall supports her clients with both extensive experience in selling residential real estate and legal knowledge of property transactions and land use. She specializes in preparing homes for optimum sales pricing, compiling data to justify listing assets and prices, and developing targeted marketing collateral.

Cascade Sotheby's Brokers Field Trip to Learn More About Off-Grid Living

On a beautiful fall day in Central Oregon, a dozen of our Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty brokers ventured North to visit Three Rivers Recreation Area at Lake Billy Chinook. The trip, inspired by Meg Cummings and Kent Crook, was set up to educate our brokers about the community and the Off-Grid lifestyle that it represents.
Solar Power Explained
After touring several homes with Meg, the team was enlightened by a Solar Power educational seminar conducted by Kent who is very knowledgeable on the subject. Here are some excerpts from the class:

How Do Solar Panels Work?

When photons hit a solar cell, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. If conductors are attached to the positive and negative sides of a cell, it forms an electrical circuit. When electrons flow through such a circuit, they generate electricity. Multiple cells make up a solar panel, and multiple panels (modules) can be wired together to form a solar array. The more panels you can deploy, the more energy you can expect to generate.

What are Solar Panels Made of?

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are made up of many solar cells. Solar cells are made of silicon, like semiconductors. They are constructed with a positive layer and a negative layer, which together create an electric field, just like in a battery.

How Do Solar Panels Generate Electricity?

PV solar panels generate direct current (DC) electricity. With DC electricity, electrons flow in one direction around a circuit. This example shows a battery powering a light bulb. The electrons move from the negative side of the battery, through the lamp, and return to the positive side of the battery.
With AC (alternating current) electricity, electrons are pushed and pulled, periodically reversing direction, much like the cylinder of a car’s engine. Generators create AC electricity when a coil of wire is spun next to a magnet. Many different energy sources can “turn the handle” of this generator, such as gas or diesel fuel, hydroelectricity, nuclear, coal, wind, or solar.
AC electricity was chosen for the U.S. electrical power grid, primarily because it is less expensive to transmit over long distances. However, solar panels create DC electricity. How do we get DC electricity into the AC grid? We use an inverter.
Three Rivers Solar Panel
When the training session was complete, everyone enjoyed a BBQ and had great things to say about the trip:
Big thank you to you and your husband. It was a wonderful day and worth every minute. So much great information and worthwhile knowledge of a super place for those buyers who want something different.
Thanks again,
– Tim Collette
Just wanted to say thanks to you and Ken for putting on such a nice event… not only informative, but also really fun!  After wolfing that (delicious) burger, we did make it back to Bend in time for Frank’s photography session and our movie.
Thanks again!
– Sandy and John
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon! I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never been in your area and I was blown away by the beauty of the setting you live and work in.  I also want you to know Meg how much I enjoyed being with you through the tour.  Your love of your community and passion for what you do and how you do it was inspirational and I was uplifted by the experience.  Kent’s knowledge of solar systems was super impressive and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to learn about how it all works.  And finally, your hospitality in having us all over to your place was the icing on the cake.  I feel very fortunate to have you and Kent as colleagues in our company and office. Thank you again for a wonderful afternoon…
– Phil Arends

Three Rivers Recreation Area offers environmentally friendly living with starry sky views.

Central Oregon is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. With the increasing number of residents comes more infrastructure—and more light pollution. But there is one neighborhood in the high desert that still offers the chance to see the Milky Way on a clear night. It’s the Three Rivers Recreation Area, a 4,000 acre community near Culver.
Three Rivers view of Mt Jefferson
Three Rivers is known for being entirely off-grid. Originally created as a vacation home destination in the mid-20th century, the neighborhood slowly developed a year-round group of residents who were drawn to the rustic lifestyle and close access to some of Central Oregon’s best recreation opportunities. Even as more residents moved in, the area was never developed with traditional city utilities. Today, the eighty-five full-time residents rely on solar or wind energy to power their homes. Given the recent growth in solar and movement toward living more sustainably, it’s also become an easy option for homeowners who are looking for a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Three Rivers Listing 1
“We are totally off the grid,” said resident and Cascade Sotheby’s broker Meg Cummings. She and her husband started visiting a vacation home in the area in the 1970s, and bought property and built a home in 2003.
Off-grid living can have many connotations, but in the Three Rivers Recreation Area community, off-grid living doesn’t sacrifice luxury living. There are about 600 deeded properties in the private community, and about 200 are developed with homes. Each property boasts a five-acre minimum size, and undeveloped properties sell for a price between $100,000 and $150,000. Housing styles range from small manufactured homes to large custom homes.
Three Rivers Wakeboarding
Three Rivers has a disc golf course, a shooting range, common land for ATV and dirt bike riding and private access to Lake Billy Chinook. The community is also gated, and a community center is being built from money raised by collecting deposits on recyclable bottles.
The amenities and the location make Three Rivers more than competitive in the tight Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook County real estate markets. “Real estate goes priced under the market in Deschutes County and Jefferson County,” said Cummings. And the area is popular; 2017 marked the biggest year for sales in the neighborhood in a decade.
Three Rivers Listing 2
The better technology for solar power, as well as private internet and reliable cell phone service, have made it easy for people to live there full time. Combined with convenient access to Madras less than an hour away, the community is a desirable place to live for people looking for a more sustainable lifestyle and a quiet neighborhood, without sacrificing city access close by.
Three Rivers Recreation View
Gary Sweet lives in Three Rivers with his wife and runs a part-time insurance business from his home. They’ve lived in their home since 2006, and Sweet has installed a well for their water and uses solar power for electricity. Sweet said he enjoys the small community and unique lifestyle there. “It’s a relatively close-knit community,” he said. “At Three Rivers, you do a lot of things together. We rely on each other. You get more of an old town, small community atmosphere.”
To find out more about Three Rivers Recreation area and view property listings, click here to visit the community page.

Awbrey Butte Tour of Luxury Homes

BEND, OR – Combining luxurious living with expansive views, Awbrey Butte offers panoramic cityscapes, bordered by the glorious Cascades. It’s a bird’s eye perspective for those wishing to live at a slight elevation, yet just a stone’s throw to conveniences, amenities and the downtown vibe. Offering larger lots, privacy and ample space for outdoor living, these properties are highly desirable. Many residents are attracted to the area by their ability to access local Bend by bike, as well as the expansive network of parks and trail systems available.

Awbrey Butte Open House Tour
Awbrey Butte is one of Bend’s most exclusive neighborhoods, providing mountain views of Mount Bachelor on the southern side, and much of the Cascade Range to the north. There are guidelines governing the aesthetics of each property, which has created a stately and sophisticated community, and most residents appreciate the beauty of neighboring homes as much as their own. The neighborhood has a friendly, tight-knit feel, with many social clubs bringing residents together for wine tasting or a round of golf at one of Awbrey Butte’s many country clubs. Many of the lots in this area of Bend are an acre or more and landscaped with native plants and mature trees, creating a natural, forested feel while providing a home for wildlife. Residents can enjoy waking to the sight of deer nibbling on the grass in the distance and the sound of birds chirping overhead.

There are a number of different neighborhoods on Awbrey Butte, all with different characteristics and attributes. For instance, the homes near the River’s Edge Golf Club were built among century-old junipers and lava rock outcroppings on the northeastern flank of the butte. These homes were tastefully arranged around a Robert Muir Graves 18-hole championship golf course on the shores of the Deschutes River.

Awbrey Butte has some of the nicest parks in Bend maintained by the Parks District. True to its name, Sylvan Park has picnic tables and two tennis courts in a wooded setting. Take a trail from Sylvan Park over to Summit Park and enjoy a tennis match on courts with views of the Cascades or have a picnic amongst the three acres of open space with family and friends.

The tour of homes takes place on Friday, October 12, and is open from 2pm-6pm. Visit all of the homes to be entered to win a gift certificate to the Old Mill. Broker hosts for this event are Natalie Vandenborn, Laura Blossey, Julie Moe, Jared Chase, Betsey Little, all of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, as well as founder, owner and CEO Deb Tebbs.

Homes located on the tour include:

1. 2486 NW Wyeth Pl, Bend, OR (MLS #201805446) – 5 BD | 4 BA | 4,317 SF | .57 AC | $992,998
  • Panoramic views of Smith Rock to Pilot Butte, golf course and city lights
  • Beautifully updated, spacious kitchen
  • Mature landscaping with water features
  • Large deck overlooks beautiful views
  • Close to river trails and shopping

The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group | Brokers
541.312.4042 |

2. 1168 NW Redfield Circle, Bend, OR (MLS #201802691) – 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 4,144 SF | .91 AC | $980,900

Elegant one-level home with sweeping views of Smith Rock and beyond. Striking great room opens to large deck overlooking wildflowers & native trees. Chef’s kitchen includes Wolf cooktop, double ovens, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets. Two luxurious master suites, with spacious walk-in closets. Custom landscaping, wine cellar, ample storage, enormous 3-car garage.

Kelly Musgrove, Broker | Team Birtola High Desert Realty
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3. 1186 NW Redfield Cir, Bend, OR (MLS #18211918) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 4,451 SF | $1,695,000

  • Views of Cascade Mountains to Smith Rock from every room!
  • Main floor living with master and office on the main
  • Gourmet kitchen overlooking great room
  • Expansive deck, flat driveway and 3-car garage

Natalie Vandenborn & Laura Blossey | Brokers
949.887.4377 |

4. 1205 NW Remarkable Dr, Bend OR (MLS #201804104) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 4,302 SF | $1,550,000

Exquisite Awbrey Butte home built by Gary Norman. Cascade Mountain, Smith Rock and city views. 4 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Two, half bathrooms. Gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry. 3 indoor fireplaces and large outdoor gas fireplace and gas BBQ. Master bedroom with walk-in closet. Two private patios. Separate guest quarters with elevator access to main home. Front and back water features. Partially heated driveway. Wine room. 3-car heated garage.

John Stone, Broker | Bend Premier Real Estate
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5. 1577 NW Remarkable Dr, Bend, OR (MLS #201804122) – 5 BD | 3.5 BA | 5,123 SF | .52 AC | $1,195,000

  • Majestic mountain views!
  • Gorgeous master suite
  • New rec room with wet bar
  • Attached 2-bedroom guest quarters
  • Detached 2-car garage with bonus above
  • Total 4-car garage

Tebbs & Little Group | Brokers
541.419.4553 |

6. 3375 NW Starview Dr, Bend OR (MLS #201804893) – 3 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,377 SF | .54 AC | $975,000

  • Beautiful Cascade Mountain views
  • Inviting home with your own elevator
  • Luxurious main level master suite
  • Spacious, open floor plan
  • Triple car, tandem garage

The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group | Brokers
541.312.4042 |

7. 3318 NW Rademacher Pl, Bend OR (MLS #201804595) – 5 BD | 4.5 BA | 4,950 SF | .77 AC | $1,499,900

Rustic stunner with amazing views that checks all the boxes for luxury living. Designed with a “wow” factor throughout, its attention to detail shows in the quality craftsmanship. At 4,950 sq. ft., form follows function, making day-to-day living easy and enjoyable. Upper master suite with his/her walk-in closets & vanities, plus one-of-a-kind bird’s nest relaxation room. Another master suite on the main level, open concept living flows to kitchen and outdoor entertainment deck. Lower level includes a gym, family room and additional bedrooms.

Aaron Lamb, Broker | Team Birtola High Desert Realty
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8. 1716 NW Welcome Ct, Bend, OR (MLS #201711522) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 3,733 SF | .88 AC | $1,075,000

  • Full Cascade Mountain views
  • Newly remodeled
  • Large kitchen opens to great room and casual dining
  • New deck overlooks large, usable yard

Natalie Vandenborn & Laura Blossey | Brokers
949.887.4377 |


Inner Southeast Portland Individuality

HERE IS A QUINTESSENTIAL Southeast Portland Story: A couple comes in and buys a “true, beat up old PDX square with broad shoulders and six bedrooms,” said Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker Dennis Coxen. The couple lives there—fixing it up and building a home business in the space they converted to an office, complete with separate entrance. That business is Happy Coffee, a homegrown indie coffee brand turned successful company commanding shelf space in Fred Meyer, New Seasons and Whole Foods.

Coxen was the couple’s broker when they sold the charming home on SE Salmon Street this winter as they moved on to the next phase of their lives. The story is special, yet not uncommon in the industrious, maker-creator-centric hub of Portland’s east side that encompasses the eclectic business districts surrounding Hawthorne Boulevard.

Craftsman Home in Portland


This sort of synergy is especially common since the City of Portland began waiving ADU (auxiliary dwelling unit) System Development Charges nearly a decade ago, saving homeowners who want to build an ADU up to $19,000 in fees. As the city encouraged density, buyers converted garages and built back yard units from the foundation up.

Though this waiver is set to run out in July 2018, buyers will benefit from the policy for years to come as homes with ADUs filter onto the market. “This is a huge trend,” said Coxen.

Inner Southeast Portland – Median Home Prices

  • Richmond $529.3k
  • Hosford-Abernathy $593.2k
  • Buckman $666.2k

As gig economy and telecommuting numbers continue to soar, many buyers looking in the inner Southeast Portland neighborhoods of Buckman, Hosford-Abernathy and Richmond are looking for a home office. Buyers who don’t need a home office often seek rental income potential as home prices continue to rise and buyers budgeting less than half-a-million try to avoid being priced out of the area. ADUs provide the option for short- or long-term rental income, or even a multigenerational living situation.

“It’s just desirable to live here,” said Coxen. “There is a peaceful vibe you’d usually only find in a suburb or a semi-rural setting. It’s walkable and pretty serene, sublime really. But it strikes that balance where it feels social, with places to hang out. These neighborhoods are just cool.” View all of Dennis Coxen’s listings here.

Enso Winery


Lots vary in size but most have grass and grandfatherly trees, a novel concept for people relocating from other urban centers around the country. While many homes have off-street parking and street parking is free, walkability is the norm and streets draw high bike and walk scores. Young families walk the kids to school and parks, many of which have an off-leash area for dogs.

Morning and evening, a steady stream—rainy days included—of cycling commuters take the grid of bike-friendly roads called Greenways that are accessible within a few blocks of any home. Even from the most eastern reaches of Richmond, the commute to most high rise office buildings is only twenty minutes via bike, through neighborhood streets then over one of the bustling bridges that span the Willamette River and spill into downtown.

Cycling in Portland


The quirky business rows of Belmont and Hawthorne ooze individuality. Vintage-clad shoppers mine thrift stores, looking for trends to bring back into the cultural fold. Independent movie theaters offer craft beer. Perhaps the incarnation of Southeast-cool is the former Washington High School, now called Revolution Hall. It’s a music venue, office building and bar and restaurant hub with roof deck bar views second to none.

Eating and drinking out is a popular pastime. Among famed eateries such as Pok Pok, Ava Gene’s and Salt & Straw, shiny new apartment buildings “tower” four stories high in Richmond’s “Eat Street” row. New restaurants strive to join the ranks of Portland’s top food lists. The American Local on Division Street is a hot contender. Enso is a popular urban winery on Stark Street and sits near Distillery Row.

Portland Urban Art


Throughout inner Southeast Portland, infill is happening. On streets once lined only with Craftsman homes: a duplex crops up here; a glitzy and modern single-family home crops up there.

“Everything is so close to the urban core,” said Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty principal broker Kelly Harness. “Down near the river in the warehouse industrial part of the east side, for example, there is a lot of opportunity for growth. We’ve seen permits pulled and new buildings will be more vertical, but I don’t think the unique character of these neighborhoods will disappear.” View all of Kelly Harness’ listings here.

Open Your Mind to Creative Living Spaces

BEND, OREGON – In many ways, the space in which we choose to reside often defines us. Yes, we decorate our humble abodes in ways which reflect our personal style and translate our personality through furnishings, art and color. But, in what one ultimately views as a literal money pit with the only solution being serious demolition, others are able to visualize the inner beauty of unlimited potential.

Brick House
There’s a special something about the inherent charm of something man-made, which wears its age well, like a distinguished old soul with stories to tell. Whether it be an old school house, barn, fire house, or even an old silo or water tower, these unique structures have history, unique features, and spark the imagination. They may be fun to visit and tour, but they’re even more intriguing to live in.

Many people have renovated old, often abandoned structures into new lives as homes. Most projects retain as much history as possible, keeping the charm and old functional appeal of the structure intact. And often, the unusual designs of the structure lead to interesting living spaces, such as completely round silo homes, church houses with choir lofts, and barns with wide open spaces and original rafters.

The mere idea of living every day in an elementary school classroom or abandoned church may seem like a bizarre nightmare, but in some cases, it’s a dream come true. What once were candidates for demolition, these nip and tuck dwellings now boast extremely eclectic interiors, plenty of old school charm and modern interiors worthy of HGTV.

Stained Glass
Best of all, these all but forgotten, dilapidated properties, in most cases, may be purchased at significant savings, far below market value, and once restored, with more than a few major upgrades, these uniquely charming homes will net historic profit. Not your average flip, one brave renovator noted, “My favorite part of owning a schoolhouse has been saving this beautiful old building and giving it new life, while at the same time preserving its rich history.”

Church Glass
Beautiful old buildings with highly detailed, well-preserved architectural elements, like stained-glass windows, custom period hardware and authentic light fixtures create truly unique experiences for those able to see past decades of neglect. Wide open layout concepts, vaulted ceilings, original hardwood flooring, tile and handcrafted moldings contribute to the exquisitely curated interior design, complimented by fully renovated kitchens and baths with all the modern necessities.

Compared to the soaring rent prices and cost of living in more popular cities, there has been a revival in the interest to renovate your very own piece of nostalgia, as a primary residence, investment property or even a business. A rare opportunity awaits, to transform truly historic properties into a visionary residence, where outside the box thinking is a prerequisite when it comes to unique real estate opportunities.

Lighthouse Mission Church
Such an opportunity exists in a popular Northeast Portland neighborhood, in the midst of a development revival. Adorned with historic homes, tree-lined streets, city parks and walkable local businesses, 337 NE 47th Avenue offers the best of urban living. While close to downtown, the diverse Rose Quarter area feels well-insulated from the bustle of the city. Though, there is a catch – the property offered for sale is formerly a fully functioning congregational church, listed by broker Tiffany Shleifer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

Church Interior
Teeming with good karma, this former church showcases original design elements such as stained-glass windows, custom lighting fixtures, oak banisters and woodwork, as well as vaulted ceilings. Structurally sound, with infinite possibilities, the floorplan boasts large open rooms, which may easily be sub-divided into specialized or living spaces. The building includes an expansive social hall with stage and a spacious kitchen just waiting for your personal touches.

323 NE 47th Avenue is a detached 4-bedroom, 1 bath home, with 1,619 finished square feet and unfinished basement. Built in 1928, the residence building provides additional living or storage flexibility, as well as great potential for rental income. Totaling over a half acre, the lot also includes a large paved area for parking.

Commercial Ave
Another rare property is 110 Commercial Street in Adams, Oregon, listed by Broker Heather Osgood. A charming 1918 brick schoolhouse on nearly 2 acres of beautiful lawn and gardens. Fully remodeled from top to bottom in 2002, including wiring, plumbing, windows and new septic. The home boasts 7 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with a finished daylight basement and two full kitchens. It also has a 5000 sq ft ‘gym’ with a raised stage, sports court, laundry and more. This property presents amazing opportunity for weddings, events or a B&B.

Commercial Ave Interior

Tips for Converting a Historic or Other Unique Structure into a Home

Don’t expect it to be cheap: Some structures are old, abandoned, and have little value, so they can be picked up for bargain prices. But others may have significant real estate values, especially if they’re located in a central part of town that gives the structure land value. This may be the case with old banks, school houses, churches, and other structures.
Plan to spend time and money on renovations: Most people wouldn’t expect a 19th century school house that’s been sitting vacant for 50 years to be move in ready, but it’s still important not to underestimate the amount of work you may be looking at. Electrical and plumbing systems may need serious updates, walls, fixtures, and kitchen and bathroom equipment may need to be brought in, and older structures may have unusual surprises that pop up in the renovation process.
Heating: With such high ceiling and with some building having outdated heating systems; an important consideration is; financially, how much will it cost to efficiently heat the building? If new ceilings are installed and rooms are created to optimize heat circulation, this is less of a problem. Rooms are often big enough to feature stunning log burners and fireplaces. Another option is to choose which rooms to heat. Another possibility is underfloor heating, which allows for greater residual warmth. If you are unable to make alterations on the building in terms of the construction of new floors, it is worth seeking advice as to what your options are and which would be the most beneficial.
Research zoning: Many repurposed homes are former commercial or industrial buildings. You may need to petition to change the zoning on the structure before you’re able to use it as a residence.
Accept that the building isn’t like regular homes: Converted structures often have unusual shapes, such as completely round silos or even missile bunkers. Traditional furniture may not work, and you may have to build your own or hire someone to create custom pieces for you.
Preserve the building’s historic charm: Part of what makes converted buildings so appealing is their history. Be careful not to bulldoze right through replacing original fixtures, ceiling tiles, or wood flooring unless it just can’t be salvaged.


First Impression Curb Appeal Tips for Fall

BEND, OR – Though, many lament the dwindling days of summer, most of us are open to turning the page with great anticipation of falling leaves, 24/7 football and best of all, pumpkin-spice overdose. Most climates do, however, experience an unfortunate limited window of opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in the autumn spirit. For homeowners, the mere thought of raking leaves, yard work and maintenance rekindles memories of lower back pain, but for others, it’s time to take stock and make the most out of your outdoor living experience and prep the space so that it easily springs to life next season. If you’ve been contemplating a potential move, now’s the time to ensure that your property’s curb appeal will maximize your asking price.

Mowing Lawn

Spruce Up That Lawn

While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass to keep things lush. This time of year, weeds aren’t the only thing standing between you and the turf of your dreams. You’ve also got to watch for pests, fungal diseases—and even Fido.  Fall is the ideal time to fertilize and seed. Don’t regret addressing your tattered yard or wishing that your patch of dirt were a blanket of soft blades. “Seeding is the easiest thing for a homeowner to do,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. “It just takes a little soil preparation, the right mix of seed, and lots of watering.” Lastly, consider performing lawn aeration to provide improved drainage, and keep things neat and manicured with some edge trimming and weeding of any paths or walkways.

Plant Something

Plant Something

Once the dog days of summer hit, flower gardens generally start looking tired. Colors wash out, edges brown, blossoms become fewer in number. In addition to getting your lawn looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers. To keep your garden blooming well into the fall, consider a few of the many varieties of fall-blooming perennials. Note, that spent blossoms on these summer-flowering perennials can be clipped to encourage blooming long into the fall.

Highlight That Front Door

Highlight That Front Door

Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint–possibly vivid color choice if you’re daring, can also make your entrance stand out when potential buyers drive by. Don’t forget not to neglect the general maintenance often required of wooden doors. Even custom, high-quality construction will need some form of upkeep. Fill any spacing caused by temperature swelling with a paintable/stainable putty or fill material. This may be necessary on the interior as well and will ensure that your entry is well-insulated and cared for.

Clean Things Up

Clean Things Up

When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Before putting your home on the market, pressure wash the exterior and clean the windows. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance and will often increase your resale value. Don’t forget to address the surfaces of your porch, railings, sidewalks, driveway and other hardscapes. A thorough pressure wash, scrub or even a simple sweep will make an immense difference. You’ll be amazed at the transformation! Also, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, which will protect your home from water damage and reduce the threat of sagging from sitting water unable to drain properly.

Lighten the Mood

Lighten the Mood

As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to not only provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door, but strategic illumination will provide ambiance on tours, as well as in your listing photography and video. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas. Make sure that all exhausted bulbs are replaced and cleaned of insects and cobwebs. Investing in fresh, new modern fixtures that enhance the architectural style of your home will add immediate curb appeal to any space and surely add value.

Check the Mail(box)

Check the Mail(box)

Many newer subdivisions and housing developments now have banks of mailboxes located in central locations to make distributing the mail easier on the postal carrier. But, if your mailbox is located on the street, there’s a good chance it’s seen better days. In fact, it could look more like it was used to house a pipe bomb, and you’ve just stopped paying attention. If it’s affixed to your house, you’ve probably forgotten about it, aesthetically speaking. Paint it, polish it, replace it or simply just perform a clean-up. The trick is to keep it low-key and unassuming. You don’t want to draw attention to something that acts as a receptacle for your bills and junk mail.

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

Keep Decorations on the Down-low

The autumnal season presents many opportunities to decorate and showcase our love for the holidays, or even our alma mater’s big game. While subtle fall decor – a wreath on the door or pots of seasonal flowers – will make your home look inviting and fresh, going overboard will distract buyers from your home itself. Save your scarecrows and spooky Halloween decorations for another year if you’re serious about getting a buyer’s signature on a contract.

If you do decide to add your home to the market during the fall, or are ready to take advantage of some potential savings on a listing that may be lingering, the highly experienced, exceptional Associates with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty are prepared to assist you. With 10 offices strategically located throughout Oregon and SW Washington, the brokers of Cascade Sotheby’s are prepared to respond to client needs amid the ever-changing trends of the Pacific NW real estate market. View available listings.