Fall is Here

A change of seasons calls for a change of scenery. Bask in the comfort of the inviting fireplaces in any one of these listings. For more information click here.

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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Best Places for Fall Foraging Around the State

written by Jen Stevenson, 1859 Magazine

Oregon autumns are our favorite so we’ve rounded up our top three fall foraging destinations for you to put on your to-try list.

SOKOL BLOSSER

Not just a pretty patio for sipping and soaking in valley views, the Sokol Blosser family’s esteemed Dundee Hills winery is home to one of the finest kitchens in the Willamette Valley. When executive chef Henry Kibit isn’t dishing up savory parsley root custard topped with salmon roe and licorice fern and slabs of tender brisket over fried wild nettles, he’s roaming the miner’s lettuce and morel-strewn hills behind the vineyard, collecting seasonal treasures to incorporate into the six-course Farm & Forage wine pairing luncheons he serves in an intimate, sun-splashed space behind the tasting room.

5000 NE SOKOL BLOSSER LN.
DAYTON
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RACK & CLOTH

Exit I-84 onto the Historic Columbia River Highway just east of Hood River and mosey into tiny Mosier, an unexpected treasure trove of antique shops, cideries and this charming farm-to-table restaurant, taproom and market. Taste husband-wife team Silas Bleakley and Kristina Nance’s handcrafted small-batch hard ciders made with apples from their nearby farm, pick up a dozen eggs or stay for a wood-fired pizza topped with heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and basil. Don’t leave without an armful of fresh-cut flowers, just-picked stone fruit and garden greens, or ask about buying shares of the farm’s pasture-raised pork and lamb.

1104 1ST AVE.
MOSIER
rackandcloth.com

RESTAURANT BECK

Renowned for both his impeccable plating and deep commitment to local and foraged ingredients, James Beard Award-nominated chef Justin Wills serves some of the most intriguing food on the Oregon Coast, with a side of spectacularly scenic Whale Cove views from the light-filled dining room tucked inside luxurious Whale Cove Inn. As the compressed cucumber and mint sorbet of summer make way for fall fare, expect celery root macarons, roasted cauliflower panna cotta and foie gras, lettuce and tomato (FLT) sandwiches. Opt for the wine pairing with your chef’s tasting menu, or a bottle of Brick House Vineyards pinot noir—co-owner and sommelier Stormee Wills curates an Oregon Wine Board award-winning list that devotes plenty of space to Oregon vintages, at a very nice price.

2345 US-101
DEPOE BAY
restaurantbeck.com

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 11:29 pm
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Pending Home Sales Down

By Steve Murray, President of Real Trends

The National Association of Realtors reported that their Pending Home Sales index reflected the fifth month in a row of declining home sales on an annualized basis. Five months of declining pending home sales indicate more than a seasonal flutter.

As with others, I look around and listen to brokerage firms in the Denver area, as well as in other areas. What I’ve heard is that even sky-high markets like Seattle and Denver are seeing increased inventory and a decrease in the aggressiveness of buyers in mid- to upper-price ranges regarding multi-offer situations. We’ve read about this same situation in other markets as well – declining home sale units and increased inventory. The Real Deal and other publications, for instance, are reporting this about the New York City market.

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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Mesmerizing Views | NW Portland

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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Exquisite Redone Estate | 4119 SW Tualatin

Posted on June 6, 2018 at 12:01 am
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Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 7:45 am
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This Friday…

 

 

 

Marks the beginning of the Rose Festival. Enjoy the firework show at Tom McCall Waterfront Park starting at 9:50 PM. For more information click here.

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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Westerlook Farm | 46 Acres in Carlton, Oregon

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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Market Update | Matthew Gardener

“Fourth Quarter home sales dropped by a modest 1.5% compared to the same period last year, with a total of 15,314 homes sold. Although sales were a mixed bag, I still contend that any drop in sales was due to low levels of available inventory rather than declining demand. The average home price in Oregon and SW Washington rose 7% year over year to $363,110. This is down 1.4% from the third quarter of 2017. This slowdown in price growth is likely due to buyers feeling priced out of the market.” 

  • Matthew Gardner, Windermere Chief Economist 
Posted on February 21, 2018 at 10:19 pm
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New York Time’s Winter Home Checklist

By Ronda Kaysen, NYTs

For the most part, we hunker down in the winter, as the weather is often too cold and unpredictable to tackle major home improvement projects. Make sure your home is prepared for the harsh weather.

YOUR GROUNDS

Bring out the snow blower. Make sure your snow blower is in good working order before it snows. You do not want to be caught in the first major storm with only an orange shovel to dig you out, Send the snow blower to a small-engine repair company for a tune-up. Some companies will pick up and drop off your equipment for you. Expect to spend $60 to $200, depending on the size of your blower, according to Angie’s List. Make sure you have gasoline and motor oil.

Read more about the best snow blowers from Wirecutter.

Stock up on supplies. Stock up on ice melt before the Weather Channel tells you a storm is coming. Pet owners and parents should shop carefully, as the chemicals in ice melt can harm pets and people alike, if ingested. Look for brands free of salt or chloride. But even products billed as “pet safe” can still harm your pet, so wipe their paws and don’t let them lick treated snow. Ice-melting products can also damage your foliage, so use sparingly. Make sure your shovel survived last winter because you will need to dig out of stairways and narrow pathways, even if you have a blower.

Ice dams. When ice accumulates along the eaves of your roof, it can cause a dam that can damage gutters, shingles and siding. As water leaks into your house, it can wreak havoc on your paint, your floors and your insulation. Throughout the winter, inspect the exterior of your home regularly for signs of ice dams. Look for icicles, because the same forces create dams. Consider buying a roof rake. The $30 tool will help keep ice off your roof in the first place by removing fresh snow from your roof after a storm. Do not hack away at the ice, as that could harm you or your roof

INSIDE YOUR HOME

Heating systems. Check and change filters on your heating system, as filters need to be replaced anywhere from twice a year to once a month. Keep an eye on the water levels in your boiler to make sure they do not fall too low.

Frozen pipes. When water freezes in pipes, it expands, damaging or cracking the pipes. When the ice melts, and the pipe bursts, your home fills with water. Pipes near the outside of your home are at greatest risk, like outdoor faucets, pipes in an unheated garage or swimming pool supply lines. A few tips:

  • Shut off and drain outdoor faucets before the cold weather hits.
  • Insulate pipes where you can.
  • On cold days and nights, keep the cabinets below sinks open to let warm air in.
  • You can also run the faucet at a drip to keep water moving.
  • Keep the thermostat set at a steady temperature.
  • If you go away, set the thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees, according to the American Red Cross.

Generator. A portable generator can provide you with a lifeline in a blackout. Power it up every three months, and have it serviced twice a year (even if you never use it). Keep fuel and motor oil on hand in the event of a storm. Do not let fuel sit in the tank for long periods of time, as that can damage it. Check it regularly for corrosion and wear.

Winter storm prep. A heavy winter storm can leave you housebound for days. Stock up on wood for the fireplace, gas for the snow blower and canned food and bottled water, in case you lose power. Check your emergency supply kit for batteries, a radio, a first-aid kit and any medicines you may need. Check in on neighbors who may need help shoveling out (a little camaraderie in a storm goes a long way).

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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