“Zoom towns”, a new term that you can add to your lexicon. These are scenic places experiencing a surge of house hunters. Booming demand comes from workers freed by the pandemic to work from home long term. One place where the pandemic has charged greatly, an already hot real estate market, is Bend, Oregon.
“I think ‘Zoom town’ very accurately captures the experience that we’re having right now,” said Brian Ladd, a Principal Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty in Bend.
“For anyone that had interest in moving to a town like ours, that plan was greatly accelerated because of COVID,” Brian Ladd said in an interview over Zoom. “When they were able to work remotely, or they were forced to work remotely, all of a sudden it became an option.”
Brian Ladd’s observations are shared by brokers in some outdoorsy, vacation destinations around the Pacific Northwest. Zoom towns could include Sunriver and parts of the Oregon Coast besides Bend.
The housing market nationwide has shown remarkable strength in 2020, driven by low-interest rates and desire among buyers to acquire more elbow room. What distinguishes the Zoom towns is strong in-migration this year from larger locales. At these destinations, home sales since late spring have gone on a tear, resulting in very low inventory and rapidly rising housing prices.
In Bend and surrounding Deschutes County, the average residential home price in October was up 17% year over year. The median sales price in October in Bend was $560,000. Brian Ladd said the average number of days on the market for desirable homes to go pending is around five days, which means many homes get multiple offers.
“What it felt like is it really unleashed a whole wave of people who had had the dream of moving and living in a beautiful place like this, and it seemingly all happened at once,” said Brian Ladd.
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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.
“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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
BEND, OR – For cycling enthusiasts, early September signals the official kickoff to Cyclocross in Central Oregon. And when it comes to bike racing, the annual MBSEF Thrilla Cyclocross Series is by far the most well attended. For six weeks, 200 plus riders will gather on Thursday evenings at The Bend Athletic Club for some down and dirty competition. This will be the fifth consecutive year that The Athletic Club will be playing host to the races. Presented by Bowen Sports Performance, the series will take place Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 17 and October 4.
Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October-February), and consist of many laps of a short (2.5-3.5 km or 1.5-2 mi) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands. If you have thought about trying out Cyclocross, but have never done it, the Thrilla is perfect, with Cat 5, the beginner category. OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing Association) licenses are required which you can purchase day of at the Thrilla.
The Thrilla Cyclocross series is a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. The Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic and personal goals. Molly Cogswell Kelly, Event Director says, “The Cyclocross is all about having fun, with a certain degree of silliness, and a lot of dirt and mud. We’re super spectator friendly!”
Ryan McGlone, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of the event. Both he and Cogswell Kelly ride for the Boneyard (Brewing) Cycling Team. A team officer, McGlone states, “For several years now, I’ve been a sponsor of this event, because I want to see it continue. I want to support the community I love and focus on giving back.” Boneyard Cycling started in 2010, encouraging cycling and supporting the local community through sponsor promotion and volunteerism. Their purpose is to enjoy riding bikes, support local businesses and create a positive influence in the community. Boneyard Cycling continues to encourage the local cycling community with racing, riding and volunteering. Their flagship events are the Bend Bike Swap and the RHFT (Ride Hard Finish Thirsty) cyclocross race.
Another cycling-related charity that McGlone is passionate about, is the Bend Bicycle Film Festival, held September 7, at the Tower Theater, Downtown Bend. This fundraiser benefits the Bend Endurance Academy, and anyone can submit bicycle-related videos to the festival. At the conclusion of the screening, attendees vote for their favorite. Throughout the evening, there are various raffles and giveaways, provided by local sponsors. The Bend Bicycle Film Festival (BBFF) launched in 2009 with two purposes in mind: to showcase local short films featuring the unique cycling culture in Central Oregon and to create a social gathering where all can reunite to get excited about riding bikes.
The goals of the Festival are very relatable to the Bend Community, “Our mission is to celebrate artistic expression and stimulate excitement within and around our local cycling community. Cycling, as represented by the films and our festival, represents a diverse array of interests from physical health to environmental stewardship to strengthening community because so many Central Oregon residents ride bikes in their daily lives.” Proceeds from admission and raffle tickets directly support the The Bend Endurance Academy, a local non-profit offering youth, junior and masters development programs for cycling, rock climbing and Nordic skiing. The Academy promotes healthy living through active, outdoor experiences, with an emphasis on teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.
In-conjunction with the Film Festival, Ryan McGlone’s other passion project, the Bend Bike Swap, takes center stage. According to McGlone, “I am a sponsor and deeply connected to these groups. For the past 4 years I’ve presented checks to the beneficiaries of the Swap during intermission. This year I will be giving away just shy of $9,000 to the non-profit beneficiaries of the Bend Bike Swap. The Swap is an event I started 5 years ago. What is unique about this year’s presentation is that I will be announcing that the event is going to be given to Bend Endurance Academy to run in the future.”
The Bend Bike Swap began as the brainchild of McGlone, who was looking for new ways to give back to the local community. After sharing this idea with other Boneyard Cycling team members, it was clear that Bend was in need of a bike swap. As word spread, local business owner Matt Massingale generously stepped in and offered up Cascade Rack’s retail space as the first venue location. Armed with a shoestring budget and limited planning, the First Annual Bend Bike Swap boasted serious promise. Annual yields in excess of $10,000 annually support local nonprofits that promote various aspects of youth cycling. Driven by his love for the outdoor amenities that make Central Oregon so special, Ryan brings profound local knowledge, seasoned professionalism and an unsurpassed drive for excellence in his craft. Ryan is also a huge advocate for giving back to the local community so that Central Oregon continues to be a special and unique place for everyone.
Buy tickets to the Bend Bicycle Film Festival (BBFF) here.
SUNRIVER, OR – What began as a preview of the chilly, foggy autumn mornings to come, transformed into a spectacular late summer day. As the calendar turned the page, the first day of September saw a tremendous turn-out for the 8th Annual Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause. The weekend event, staged over two days on routes around Sunriver Resort, and benefitting St. Charles Cancer Services, with more than 600 runners and walkers taking part in three races. Ten-kilometer and 5K races took place Saturday, and more than 200 entries finished the featured half marathon on Sunday.
Contributions enable St. Charles Cancer Center to offer patients financial assistance through groceries, gas cards, utility assistance and lodging; social workers who support patients through treatment; and integrative therapies including Reiki, acupuncture and massage therapy. These are just a few of the services developed to help cancer patients as they go through the active treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty assembled a team composed of front office staff and brokers to participate in the event. Leading the charge for CSIR was none other than Founder, Owner and CEO Deb Tebbs. Tebbs added. “Cascade Sotheby’s is refocusing our future sponsorship efforts toward more charitable endeavors and this event is a perfect example of the philanthropic mentality I want ingrained in our company culture.” Completing the roster of volunteers were Jenn Schaake, Christy Evans, Mary Bartholomew, Jodi Kearney, Melanie Winders & daughter Miata, Ronda Kanitz, Annie Yillik, Sherri Jenison, Dave Myslinski and Kris Carpenter.