Cascade Living | December 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley.

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Cascade Living | November 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and The Willamette Valley.

Click below to see the newsletter for your region:
Central Oregon
Oregon Coast
Columbia River Gorge

SW Washington
Willamette Valley

This Is Home | A New Film by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

We proudly present our newest film – This is Home,  a stunning visual showcase of our commitment to local communities and our home here in the Pacific Northwest. Our brokers are real, authentic, and trustworthy. They have deep roots in the communities they serve, know the right places, the right tradesmen, and the right ways to help you. We honor the incredibly diverse lifestyles we serve throughout the region and our brokers are here to find what speaks to you. Whether that’s an oceanfront retreat, a high desert oasis, a high rise condo, or working ranch, we are your partner in fulfilling that dream.  Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty – where luxury is an experience, not a price point.

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Moving Closer to Family

Baby Boomers are becoming Baby Chasers, and Here’s Why

According to the data trackers at Meyers Research’s Zonda, around 25% of boomers (those born between between 1946 and 1964) are choosing to pull up roots and move closer to grandkids after retirement. There are a number of perks fueling this popular trend. Running the gamut from practical and necessary to “I just want to watch my grandkids grow!,” there’s a reason so many retirees are choosing to bid farewell to their homes and move, sometimes all the way across the country, to be closer to family. 

While getting in on the fun during those first few baby years with the grandkids is often reason enough to hit the bricks, the opportunity to discover a new community and friends with similar lifestyles is a tremendous benefit that ought not be overlooked. Whether it’s a new partner for pickleball or someone to join for whisky tastings and cigars, finding someone who shares an interest is the perfect way to break the ice in a new place. At the end of the day, grandmas and grandpas deserve a little fun, too, ya know. 

Being There for Family

Raising a family is tough business, and no one knows that better than someone who’s made it all the way through to the other side and reached that golden age of leisure we like to call retirement. It’s a time to sit back, relax, and watch the next generation of teens make ridiculous fashion choices that they’ll almost definitely laugh at when they get older. Speaking of the next generation, older kids and teens can also be a big help around the house  — another perk to living closeby. 

Chores are a great way for kids to learn household skills, and it creates moments of bonding and shared experiences which help bridge generational gaps and encourage closer relationships. Whether shoveling snow or just watching a movie together, it’s an opportunity to spend casual time together outside of busy holidays and bustling family events. The support goes both ways, too. Grandparents can be a big help with after-school childcare and on snow days, sick days, and during seasonal breaks from school. 

Deciding to move to be closer to family is easy. Deciding exactly how close is a whole other conversation. Here are some common scenarios to think about, as well as a few pros and cons to consider when making a plan to move near grandkids after retirement. 

Moving in with Family 

This is likely the most affordable option for many people, as it may allow more adults to financially contribute to the household, but there are other budget-friendly options that can offer everyone a bit more breathing room. Adding an additional dwelling onto an existing homesite can be a cost-effective way to create a completely separate living space while still having all the perks of cohabitating with family, like daily breakfasts together or being there when kids come home from school. 

There are many benefits to cohabitating, but there are some challenges to keep in mind, as well, like different sleeping and waking schedules, housekeeping styles, and general living habits. It can be hard, no matter how much love is shared, so it never hurts to keep this in mind when considering living with loved ones. 

Buying a Separate Home

For those looking to be closer to family, but still wanting to retain privacy and autonomy, a  separate home is the best option. Using the profits from the sale of a previous home often means that a buyer has a budget which affords more options and even greater amenities that may not have been accessible previously. Gated communities are a popular option among boomers, as they provide a higher level of security and often include lifestyle amenities, like tennis courts, swimming pools, and clubhouses with resident events  — not to mention golf courses, gyms, and other resident perks which afford opportunities to get to know neighbors and build a sense of belonging within the neighborhood. 

Buying a Home Together 

Parents and grandparents looking to find a home for multigenerational living can choose to pool resources and purchase a larger home or one with an additional dwelling unit (ADU)  — a “mother-in-law suite,” as they’re commonly called. This option brings all the perks and challenges mentioned above; it’s also an opportunity to plan for the family’s future through smart real estate investments which can help support long-term financial goals and building assets to pass down to future generations. 

Here are a few examples of homes for sale with separate apartments and ADUs in Oregon and SW Washington. If you see something you like, or just want to know more about multigenerational homes, give us a call today for more information. 

Manzanita Separate Suite
Bend Extra Studio Unit
ADU in Tigard
Separate ADU in Washougal
Room for family on 12 acres in Sisters

Making the First Move

If you’re shopping for a new home, a shared home, or just curious to know what’s available near your kids and grandkids, the first step is to contact a reputable real estate agency which can guide you toward the best options in your desired area. Realtors are not just home experts, they’re local fixtures and ambassadors for the community. Getting to know a new place can seem overwhelming, but having a great realtor by your side can make it a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable. 

Contact Cascade Sotheby’s now to explore homes for sale in Central Oregon, the Portland area, along the Columbia River Gorge, at the Oregon Coast, and in SW Washington.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes New Manager of Broker Relations

BEND, OR – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes a new manager of broker relations, Corinne Burt. Burt will support brokers with both compliance and best practices so they can provide the first-class service which is the hallmark of the Sotheby’s brand. In addition, she will keep the firm current with changing state, local and regional regulations governing real estate transactions.

Corrine Burt

“Compliance and best practices are constantly evolving—these are some of the fundamental tools brokers use on a daily basis to yield the best possible client experience,” says Burt, whose background combines business litigation, business ownership, and real estate practice with Vanguard Properties, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area brand. “Sotheby’s is a superb brand—the company has a corporate structure which focuses on broker support, which, in turn, allows brokers to do the very best job for their clients.”

As a former business litigator, Burt is accustomed to and comfortable with the details of complex business transactions. She brings a profound understanding of the nature of various rules and regulations that impact different types of properties whether farm, ranch, vineyard, oceanfront property, or residential acreage. She also brings a practical and intuitive understanding of the nature of brokers and the way they work.

“Every transaction is different—whether a purchase or a sale—and requires a comprehensive understanding of disclosures, legal knowledge and an understanding of local and state transactions,” says Deb Tebbs, chief executive officer of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. “We welcome Corinne’s unique legal experience and real estate expertise to support our growing team of brokers.”

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 |


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.


Tour the Best of Tumalo Luxury Homes

TUMALO, OR – Tumalo, it’s quite a special place where you’ll find tranquility, diverse landscapes, postcard worthy views and abundant wildlife. In addition, this high desert oasis hovers on the outskirts of Bend, a short drive from downtown, and some of the finest homes in the area. One can see why this area has become such a sought-after place to live.
Historically, Tumalo has been known primarily as a farming community. In the early 1900’s, the area held potential to become a larger urban center, until the railroads passed it by in 1911. From there, Bend went on to become Central Oregon’s most populated city, and Tumalo continued to host farms, ranches and family residences.
Tumalo Acreage Views - Open House Tour - 20180922
Today, Tumalo and Central Oregon remain a popular destination for vacation properties and relocation potential. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their outdoor lifestyles year-round. From the majestic Cascade Mountains, with their alpine forest and crystal lakes, to the spectacular Deschutes River and vast high desert open lands, residents and visitors can enjoy skiing, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, rock climbing, river rafting and more right outside their doorstep. Add to that world-class restaurants and cultural activities, plus a thriving business community, and one can see why so many national publications and organizations have anointed the region as one of the top places to live year after year.
Tumalo Tour Map
On Saturday, September 22, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty will play host to the Luxury Homes Tour of Tumalo, hoping to gain exposure for our clients and allow the public a glimpse into these special acreage properties. This special event will begin at 11am, with the open house tour concluding approximately 4pm. Tour organizer Korren Bower, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s has included a special wrinkle into Saturday’s outing. Upon visiting the first home on the tour map, all guests will receive a “passport”, on which they will receive a validation stamp. When all homes on the passport are stamped, the guest will then be eligible to be entered into a drawing to win a tablet. Partnering with Cascade Sotheby’s for the tour will be Academy Mortgage.
Homes located on the tour include:
1. 63820 East Quail Haven Dr, Bend (MLS #201709917) – 4 BD | 4 BA | 5,798 SF | $1,795,000
Top of the line finishes, 10 peak mountain views, gourmet kitchen with 270 degree views, built- in surround sound indoor/outdoor, peace, privacy and tranquility.
Natalie Vandenborn & Laura Blossey | Brokers
949.887.4377 |
64420 Old Bend Redmond Hwy, Bend (MLS #201802147) – 5 BD | 4 BA | 6,345 SF | $1,895,000
Huge Cascade Mountain views, 13+ acres, soaring ceilings and arched windows, grand staircase and hand painted murals, floor to ceiling, mossy rock fireplace.
Nancy Melrose | Principal Broker
541.419.9293 |
3. 20660 Sunbeam Ln, Bend (MLS #201800071) – 5 BD | 5 BA | 5,236 SF | $1,495,000
9+ ac w/underground, automated irrigation, water features, walking trails & fenced pastures, efficient & fully equipped gourmet kitchen, impressive vista views & old growth Junipers, two master suites/dual living areas.
Darrin Kelleher | Principal Broker, 541.728.0029 |
Shelly Swanson | Broker, 541.408.0086 |
4. 20152 Tumalo Rd, Bend (MLS #201806308) – 4 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,965 SF | $799,999
“Best Interior Design” 20033 Tour of Homes, views of Cascade Mountains & Deschutes River, great room with 19 ft. vaulted, beam ceiling, kitchen w/knotty alder cabinets, tile counters, RV parking.
The Julie Moe & Jared Chase Group | Brokers
541.312.4042 |
5. 65420 Swalley Rd, Bend (MLS #201804537) – 4 BD | 3 BA | 2,523 SF | $899,90065420-Swalley-Rd
5 acres of land with 4 acres of irrigation, lovingly well-kept home, shops and garages, 2 master suites, one upstairs/one downstairs, 40’x48’ shop with additional 26’x36 shop/barn, fenced & cross-fenced with 3-car garage.
Nicolette Rice | Broker
541.241.0432 |
6. 19980 J W Brown Rd, Bend (MLS #201804136) – 5 BD | 4.5 BA | 5,328 SF | $1,895,000
18.75 acres, surrounded by horse and hay pastures, Cascade Mountain views, guest studio over garage, 4-car garage, barn and storage shed.
Sandy & John Kohlmoos | Brokers
541.408.4309 |
7. 19088 Dusty Loop, Bend (MLS #201804828) – 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,487 SF | $1,695,000
Designed by PIQUE Collaborative, featured on HGTV Extreme Homes, vast views from 3 separate decks, 9+ acres, 11 ft. Fleetwood sliding glass doors
Geoff Groener | Broker
541.639.5551 |
8. 18290 Plainview Rd, Bend (MLS #201806379 – 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,810 SF | $1,995,000
24 acres, 2-Story Northwest-style contemporary, gated entry, off Fryrear Rd., 2 masters with walk-in closet, deck/patio with outdoor Fireplace and hot tub.
Phil Arends | Principal Broker
541.420.9997 |
9. 67134 Gist Rd, Bend (MLS #201801899) – 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,690 SF | $925,000
29+ acres, hosted by Tim Collette, 48’x60′ shop w/RV parking & guest quarters, 2nd detached garage/shop, swimming pool and hot tub.
Ken Renner | Principal Broker
541.280.5352 |
17955 Plainview Rd, Bend (MLS #201805978) – 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 4,339 SF | $999,999
High quality engineering and design, 23+ acres, captivating views from all rooms, shop with car lift, 12′ roll up door & living, updated interior paint and appliances.
Joanne McKee & Korren Bower | Brokers
541.480.5159 |
18281 Couch Market Rd, Bend (MLS #201803899) – 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,316 SF | $1,100,000
19.94 acres with 2 acres of irrigation, Cascade Mountain views, canal, ponds and greenery, surrounded by wildlife wetlands, peace and privacy in Pueblo-style home.
Sheila Balyeat | Broker
541.280.5964 |
12. 64601 Horseman Ln, Bend (MLS #201806286) – 3 BD | 2 BA | 1,986 SF | $849,900
9+ acres, 3 acres of irrigation, single level with Cascade Mountain views, landscaping, shade trees, pond, and canal, barn/shop with bathroom, 36′ metal RV storage
Carol Osgood & Korren Bower | Brokers
13. 19129 Pinehurst Rd, Bend (MLS #201805564) – 2 BD | 2 BA | 2,160 SF | $1,199,000
Single-level with Cascade Mountain views, Northwest-style beams, 39.54 acres, 16.3 acres TID irrigation, beautiful barn with tack, 3 stalls, & more, open gourmet kitchen and dining.
Carol Osgood & Korren Bower | Brokers
541.504.3839 |