RICHARD SPITERI Senior Partnerships Manager
HELEN O’HARE Head of Design
RICHARD SPITERI Senior Partnerships Manager
HELEN O’HARE Head of Design
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From the heart of Portland’s historic Pearl District to the picturesque orchards of the Hood River Valley - we love calling the Pacific Northwest our home. Locally owned and operated, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty represents the Portland metro area with offices in the Pearl District, NE Portland, Lake Oswego, Hood River, Vancouver, and Beaverton.
Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty represents the finest properties in the Pacific Northwest, generating $6 billion in sales volume in 2021. Built on tradition and unrivaled service, we are proud to embody the iconic Sotheby’s brand– combining local expertise with innovative technology and global outreach. With 570 brokers working in 22 offices
throughout Oregon and SW Washington, we are best positioned to help you achieve your real estate objectives.
We strive to exemplify the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, with deep roots in the communities we serve. With so many amazing places to choose from in the Portland metro area, our exceptional team of brokers is committed to finding you the perfect property to fit your diverse Oregon lifestyle. Whether you’re dreaming of a modern loft in downtown Portland or a waterfront home in Lake Oswego, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty will guide you through the process every step of the way.
The Pacific Northwest is waiting for you.
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Portland is home to 15 bridges that connect the area’s diverse neighborhoods to one another. Twelve cross over the Willamette River, and three span the Columbia River to Southwest Washington.
The Portland area is a cultural, business, and recreational hub. The city’s 15 bridges each have a distinct design, much like the diverse cultures that make up the population here. The St. Johns Bridge, completed in 1931, is the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley. The Tilikum Crossing is the city’s newest and is the only one of its kind in the country. Known as the “Bridge of the People,” no cars or trucks are allowed. Only trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists, and pedestrians can cross it.
The 15 bridges make up the visionary infrastructure that literally brings people together. The cultural interaction here naturally produces an upbeat vibe best described by the city’s most popular slogan, “Keep Portland Weird.”
Housing more than 2.5 million people, the Portland metro area is the largest urban area in Oregon. This diverse region integrates the beauty of the surrounding area and the population’s love for the outdoors with excellent schools, an enterprising business district, and abundant cultural and artistic offerings to its inhabitants. There are 94 neighborhoods to experience, each with its own unique character.
From rivers and lakes to beaches and mountains, Portland is minutes from the spectacular Columbia River Gorge region and the breathtaking Oregon Coast. This area has something for everyone, especially the outdoor enthusiast. Whitewater rafting, skiing, and miles of incredible hiking trails make this city a wonderful mix of urban and rural living.
Our in-house relocation team and hundreds of market-savvy real estate agents are here to help you. We have 22 offices and more than 570 real estate agents across Oregon and SW Washington, plus a global network that empowers us to help you move around the corner or around the world.
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Helping clients relocate and find their new home is a passion for us. The exceptional team of brokers at Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty have roots in our communities and neighborhoods throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are inspired every day by the endless beauty of our surroundings, sense of place, and quality of life here. Whether you are searching for a new city where you can put down roots, a mountain town where you can adventure, or a bustling city to explore, we are ready to help you find the home, community, and lifestyle that is a perfect fit for you.
Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty’s nationally recognized relocation team can help reduce the stress associated with life’s transitions. We are passionate about serving the individual needs and lifestyles of every transferee and their family.
When a property is represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, it is presented to a highly qualified global clientele through exclusive channels and relationships. The white glove experience each office in our network delivers makes us a globally sought resource for luxury real estate services at all price points. With over 25,000 agents working throughout 1,000 offices in 81 countries, we have the most powerful real estate referral network. Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty is affiliated with Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, Relocation Director’s Council, and Portland Relocation Council.
For information on relocating contact: Relocation and Corporate Services email@example.com 503.906.7111 or 503.906.7115
When moving across the state, country, or even across the world, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty offers a robust menu of services. We would love to walk you and your family through the maze of decisions and offer every resource to help get you from point A to point B with ease.
At Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen our corporate relationships. Our flexible menu of services allows you to design a program to fit your company culture. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to assist your company and transferees with care and the highest level of customer service. Here are the following services we offer for companies:
• Candidate Orientation Tours
• Policy Analysis & Development
• Employee Policy Counseling Transferees
• Expense Tracking
• Group Moves
• Lump Sum Assistance
• Relocation Cost Estimates
• All Individual and Family Services
Real Estate & Neighborhood Tours Real estate education is a great tool for making a relocation decision. We offer you a real estate and neighborhood tour to help educate you on the real estate market so you can make an informed decision based on the relative cost of housing information.
Relocation Counseling We have developed a needs assessment analysis to determine specific areas of unique circumstances regarding individual and family relocation needs to create solutions for individuals and families.
Comprehensive School Information Finding the right school for your child can be one of the most important factors in your family’s relocation decision. We have specific information for both public and private schools for the areas we serve.
Real Estate Services Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty’s brokers are the most successful in the Pacific Northwest. Let us match you with a broker locally, nationally, or internationally that best fits your needs.
Rental Finding Services We provide assistance finding a rental to help save you time. Our fee-based services are available to take the stress out of finding just the right housing for you in a complicated rental market.
Relocation Tools & Resources Contact relo@ cascadehassonsir.com for a comprehensive list of tools and resources for your upcoming relocation.
Mortgage Assistance Mortgage prequalification is an important step in determining your purchasing power. It also strengthens your position in contract negotiations. Contact us to get connected with a mortgage specialist.
Home Marketing Assistance We can manage the sale of your home anywhere in the United States to maximize top dollar and/or position your property to be the next to sell. We will match you with the right broker to help you list and market your home.
Cost Of Living Comparison Contact us for housing, population, demographics, weather, crime rates, educational resources, income range, and home sale activity in one comprehensive site for your convenience.
Moving Services Our moving company partners are able to carefully survey and estimate the cost of your move and will maximize service at the lowest cost.
Temporary Housing Coordination Need a place to live until your permanent housing is ready? Our temporary housing company partners offer completely furnished interim housing. We also offer alternative options for you to consider, based on your budget.
International Settlement Services Our fee based service provides customized tours of the area along with rental finding assistance. Services can also include visits to Social Security, Department of Motor Vehicles, banks, schools, grocery stores, post offices, and/or other personalized assistance based on your needs.
As a partner for real estate services, we have designed our products to help you satisfy the objectives of your corporate client and facilitate the move of the relocating employee. We honor your relationship with your corporate client by providing exceptional service.
Whether you are managing Home Sale Programs or offering Destination Services, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty Relocation has the local expertise and a responsive relocation team to react quickly and keep you informed. Our goal is to exceed your expectations.
We’re local. We’re global. The white glove experience each office in our network delivers makes us a globally sought resource for luxury real estate services at all price points. With over 25,000 agents working throughout 1,000 offices in 81 countries, we have the most powerful real estate referral network.
As a partner for real estate services, we have local and international resettlement services, including:
• Customized local tours
• Rental finding
Accompanied visits include:
• Department of Motor Vehicles
• Social Security
• Schools and childcare
• Grocery store/shopping
• Post offices
• Sourcing a car, loans, and insurances
• Health care offices and hospitals
• Other needs-based assistance
• Mass transit options
• Coordinate contacts for driving or language lessons
• Locate places of worship
• Information on hobbies, classes, and travel
• Help with obtaining required immunizations
• Discuss school enrollment process
• Set up tours and meetings with staff
• Options for childcare, daycare, and preschools
• Welcome packets
If you are transitioning from your family home to a retirement or a 55 and over community, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty Relocation’s Forever Young program is a natural fit to ensure a smooth transition.
We assist with buying, selling, downsizing, and moving services for new residents. Our mission is to enable our Forever Young clients and their families to make decisions easily and empower you to move gracefully to a new and carefree lifestyle. Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty Relocation can help you with the following questions:
• Should I sell or rent my current home?
• How do I downsize?
• What do I do with a lifetime’s accumulation of things?
• Which type of community will best meet my specific needs?
• Is this the right decision and/or the right time?
• Will this be my final move?
• What will my new home/community be like?
Because not all clients want to sell, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty has relationships with several property management firms. Since houses in various locations are not one-size-fits-all, we match our clients with the most suitable property management resource.
Portland’s job market has been booming in manufacturing, apparel, and tech with giants like Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Intel. Portland is also known as a highly creative city, with marketing, advertising, and design firms located all over town.
Whether you are a vegan, doughnut lover, or meat enthusiast looking to eat at a white table cloth restaurant or road side food cart, Portland has something for you!
Portland is surrounded by National Forests on every side! Gifford Pinchot to the NE, Clatsop to the NW, Mt Hood to the East, Willamette to the SE, and Siuslaw to the NW.
The city of Portland has a long history with roses starting in 1905 with the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Now, Portland is home to The Portland Rose Festival, The Royal Rosarians, and The International Rose Test Garden. Visit The International Rose Test Garden between April and October and walk among 7,000 multicolored roses.
Portland has created The Sustainable City Government program that has made small changes that will have big impacts like reducing city carbon emissions, saving energy, and a sustainable waste recovery program! Learn more at portlandoregon.gov
Portland is only an hour and a half away from the Pacific Ocean (approximately 80 miles). This makes for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway to explore Oregon’s beautiful coast!
Yes, you read that right! No sales tax in the entire state of Oregon!
Every street corner holds a new local boutique with locally sourced goods from around the state! Shop local and support the Portland community!
Located in the heart of northeast Portland, this classic neighborhood is filled with beautiful tree-lined streets, parks, and historic homes and buildings. Many of the homes were built in the early 1900s Craftsman-style, so they boast history along with classic details. Here you will find homes on large lots (many over an acre) with sizeable square footage and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Homes in the neighborhood tend to be luxurious, ranging from $500,000 to more than a million dollars. Large lots and locations close to downtown successfully combine a familyfriendly feel with the conveniences of city living.
Alameda borders the vibrant Hollywood District and Beaumont Village, giving residents a multitude of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and culture to choose from. Views of downtown, the Willamette River, and the Cascades, provide a beautiful backdrop to the well-cared for homes, schools, and neighborhood parks. Residents of the area enjoy nearby Wilshire Park, which is more than 14 acres of playground, open forest, grassy stretches, and paths. Fernhill Park and Grant Park are also nearby.
As the name denotes, the Alberta Arts District is known for its vibrant and diverse arts scene. Along Northeast Alberta Street you will find galleries, murals, boutiques, and a wide range of bars
and restaurants. On the last Thursday of every month, Alberta transforms into a vibrant and iconic street fair featuring food, live music, local vendors, dancing, crafts, shopping, and more. The event was held virtually during the height of the pandemic but has returned to the neighborhood.
The homes in the area range from quaint bungalows to larger Craftsman-style homes, offering traditional living and dining rooms with classic detailing. Beautiful yards, original hardwood floors, finished basements, and updated kitchens are common amenities in the neighborhood. This area embodies the quintessential “Keep Portland Weird” feel the city is known for, along with excellent walkability, a multitude of dining options, parks, and beautiful homes.
Located between Beaverton and Hillsboro, Aloha (pronounced “a-LOW-ah”) is an unincorporated community in Washington County. Here you will find many young professionals and families thanks to Intel’s Aloha Campus. The city is also home to several restaurants, coffee shops, parks, a community-centered pub, and a 26-foot-tall fiberglass statue named Harvey the Rabbit. The giant rabbit has been greeting road trippers outside Aloha’s Harvey Marine boat repair shop since the 1960s and continues to attract visitors. The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, one of the most prestigious golf courses in the area, is also located here.
Portland’s Alphabet District earned its charming appellation from the alphabetical progression of its east-west streets (for example Davis, Everett, Flanders, Glisan, and Hoyt). It is located in Northwest Portland, close to the Pearl District and downtown. Although an estimate of its actual boundaries is rough, most people consider the Alphabet District to be hemmed in by 17th and 24th streets in one direction and Burnside and Marshall in the other. Some of the city’s best shopping can be found along Northwest 21st and Northwest 23rd, which are lined with numerous boutiques, shops, and independent establishments.
The neighborhood is a mix of large Victorian homes, Craftsman bungalows, brick apartment buildings, condos, and walk-up townhomes. The area also abounds with single-family homes in a variety of styles, perfect for couples or growing families. The Alphabet District is notable for its historic value, which is why prices in the area are higher than average.
A visitor here is likely to see the casually dressed employees of tech startups mingling with yogis on their way to the studio. Many of the city’s boutique massage therapists, healthcare professionals, and natural health establishments can be found here, along with upscale grocery stores, specialty shops, and amazing eateries. Hiking types will appreciate the proximity of Portland’s beloved Forest Park, boasting miles of wilderness and trails.
A thriving city in the Portland Metro area, Beaverton sits in the scenic Tualatin Valley, surrounded by natural landscapes of woodlands, open-range grasslands, and beautiful waterways. For those who love outdoor recreation, the city has more than 100 parks, 30 miles of hiking trails, and numerous bike paths. Suburban comforts and big-city amenities abound in Beaverton, making it a perfect location for many. Beaverton is Oregon’s sixth-largest city and the secondlargest incorporated city in Washington County.
Like many cities, technology has introduced changes in lifestyle to Beaverton which was once dependent on the forest industry. Today, high-tech companies such as Intel and Nike have become a part of this growing urban area, allowing a strong sense of community and a great entrepreneurial spirit to define the area. With a thriving local economy and easy access to downtown Portland, Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life.
Named one of the best suburbs in Oregon, Bethany is a small community just 11 miles northwest of Portland. The city is known for its highly rated public schools, beautiful homes, and many parks, including the 42-acre Bethany Lake Park. Sports lovers will also enjoy visiting PCC Rock Creek, a 32-acre multipurpose recreational facility with six tennis courts, four baseball/softball fields, several soccer/football/lacrosse fields, archery range, and an off-leash dog park. The main campuses of Nike and Intel are also located here and attract many young professionals and families to the area.
Named for the cedar forest that grew in the area, Cedar Hills is a community of less than 10,000 people in unincorporated Washington County. The neighborhood is close to good schools, dozens of parks, shopping, and a variety of recreational activities. Cedar Hills Crossing offers residents more than 70 shops and restaurants to choose from. Walkers and bikers will enjoy the 20acre Commonwealth Lake Park that surrounds the man-made Commonwealth Lake. It is also home to the Cedar Hills Recreation Center, which offers group fitness classes, after school programs, and activities for people of all ages.
A suburb of Portland, Cedar Mill is a mostly residential community in unincorporated Washington County. Residents enjoy easy access to several shops, restaurants, nature trails, and parks in the area.
The community hosts an annual festival to celebrate the neighborhood’s history with food vendors, cultural and craft booths, fresh cider, live music, and local entertainment. The public schools here are also highly rated, making it a perfect place for young families.
Named for the former Concordia University, which sits within its boundaries, the Concordia neighborhood is in the city’s Northeast quadrant. Bordered by Vernon, Woodland, Cully, Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire and more, the area is filled with plenty of shopping, dining, and culture. The neighborhood is also home to one of Portland’s more notable attractions, McMenamins Kennedy School. The historic elementary school has been transformed into a unique hotel with a restaurant, brewery, soaking pool, and movie theater, offering neighborhood residents and visitors alike numerous places to relax and enjoy a pint.
Homes here are lovely and somewhat upscale, like many of the surrounding neighborhoods. Styles and prices vary, ranging from the mid $400,000s for a smaller Craftsman-style home to $600,000 plus for larger lots and more elegant homes. Most are built in the Craftsman-style with beautiful details and classic touches that date back to the early or mid-1900s.
The many city parks nearby contain open green spaces, walking trails, water features, and manicured gardens, all perfect for a date, family outing, or study spot. This neighborhood also contains the smaller Alberta Arts District, a main cultural hub centering on Alberta Street. A popular residential destination for the earthy and the yuppie, the young and the edgy, Alberta embraces one of Portland’s most colorful and interesting cultural scenes.
With trendy shops, restaurants, and cafes as far as the eye can see, Division-Clinton sums up what Portland is known for throughout the country. Considered one of the city’s most stylish neighborhoods, southeast Division-Clinton lets you become a part of it all. The neighborhood is packed with incredible restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines.
Most properties for sale in this area have approximately 2,053 square feet, three beds, and two baths. Whether you are here for the culture, the food and drinks, or anything in between, this neighborhood grants the opportunity to soak up all things Portland to anyone lucky enough to wander in.
Dunthorpe is an affluent neighborhood located just south of Portland, near Lake Oswego. Bordered by the Willamette River, the Dunthorpe community is known for large, elegant homes and wildlife areas. Private mansions, single-family homes, and waterfront properties make up this neighborhood. With half of Dunthorpe belonging to Clackamas County and the other half to Multnomah County, its properties are zoned to mandate half-acre lot sizes at a minimum. Located next to the river, Dunthorpe also attracts many water sports enthusiasts and those simply looking to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront.
Area highlights include Lewis & Clark College, as well as the gorgeous Tryon Creek State Natural Area. A state park, Tryon Creek boasts miles of wilderness trails for hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders. It is home to wildlife such as owls, coyotes, brush rabbits, raccoons, and endangered salamanders. Dunthorpe is situated on the Willamette River’s west side and is also home to the Elk Rock Garden at the Bishop’s Close, a 13-acre estate created at the turn of the century by Scottish couple Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kerr. The garden now showcases curated paths, magnolia trees, streams, rock gardens, rhododendrons, and more.
Sitting on Portland’s east side near the Willamette River, Eastmoreland is a family-friendly neighborhood filled with larger classic homes, including many in the Tudor and Colonial styles. Prices here vary widely based on square footage, location, lot size, and other amenities. Many of the homes were built in the mid-1900s when the community was developed. Unlike other neighborhoods nearby, Eastmoreland is mainly residential and is blanketed by a canopy of trees, giving it a secluded and serene feeling.
Eastmoreland has a significant history and beautiful public parks, including the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Berkeley Park. Other neighborhood attractions include the Eastmoreland Golf Course, which was founded more than a century ago and is open to the public. Historic Reed College, a private liberal arts college founded at the turn of the 20th century, is also located here. Reed College contains acres of beautiful grounds perfect for a leisurely walk or afternoon picnic. Visitors also enjoy exploring the many wildlife areas here that have been rebuilt and conserved.
Lined with trees that sprawl downward toward the river, sweeping stretches of greenery, and landscaped gardens, Eastmoreland is a beautiful area that transforms with the seasons.
Spanning North and Northeast Portland, the Eliot neighborhood is roughly hemmed in by the Willamette River to the west, Fremont St. to the north, 7th Avenue to the east, and Broadway St. to the south. It is located right in the middle of the former city of Albina and is a cultural destination for many residents of Portland, who come here to eat, shop, drink, listen to live music, and generally have a good time.
Homes in the area may not be quite as pricey or sprawling as nearby neighborhoods, such as Irvington or Alameda, but they are still quite nice. Often built in the Craftsman-style, homes consist of cottages and bungalows in a range of sizes and square footages. Many yards
are large and showy, with mature landscaping and lovely greenery that graces the old streets.
Residents and visitors have numerous options to choose from when it comes to rest and relaxation. Coffee shops and restaurants abound, making the neighborhood a destination for good eats in Portland. Shops, boutiques, artisanal stores, and music venues line the busier streets, so there is no shortage of things to do here. The Eliot neighborhood also possesses fun cultural destinations, such as old churches and historic homes, for those who appreciate the weight of history. Its central location and proximity to several major freeways, including I-84 and I-5, makes the Eliot neighborhood a great place to live no matter where you work. The downtown strip is especially close by car or public transportation.
Named for its high vantage point on top of Portland’s West Hills, Forest Heights has some of the best views the city has to offer. On a clear day, you can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, and other far-off Cascade Range beauties from this neighborhood’s many excellent viewing spots.
Homeowners in the area take great pride in their houses and landscaping, which is why they have a homeowners association governed by a board of directors. Homes in the area are a mix of single-family residences, townhomes, and condos. The neighborhood is primarily residential, although it does contain a small retail shopping center as well.
Forest Heights has hundreds of acres of beautiful natural areas perfect for admiring the native vegetation and local wildlife. Seven miles of private trails wind through small parks, glens, forests, and along streets that bespeak the commitment of residents to the beauty of the area. Mill Pond Park also graces the neighborhood, offering additional walking trails, picnic areas with barbecues, fountains, green spaces, playgrounds, and an amphitheater for summer concerts.
Looking for a cultural hit right in town? Check out the International Festival, typically held the Saturday after Labor Day, which exhibits cultures from all over the world and serves up food, drinks, and music in a beautiful setting. Of course, if you miss that true big city feel, downtown Portland is just a short car ride away, but many people appreciate the small-town perks Forest Heights offers to its cozy enclave of residents.
Another cozy enclave within Portland’s larger community, Grant Park successfully combines family comforts with the classic slightly-hippie, slightly-yuppie, good-kind-of-weird vibe for which Portland is known. It is named for the park at its center that has towering trees, a community garden, a dog park, and nearly 20 acres of walkable green area with well-maintained paths.
Located in the city’s Northeast quadrant and bordered by charming neighborhoods such as Alameda, Irvington, Laurelhurst, and Beaumont-Wilshire, among others, it is home to classic houses and loads of culture. Here you will find mainly Old Portland and Craftsman-style homes that tend to be large and luxurious, much like homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. Extensive classic detailing, spacious lots, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, make these homes very desirable. Many houses and buildings in the area have historical significance, becoming destinations of their own.
The neighborhood also boasts a vibrant cultural scene with nearby retail and dining options. The main streets host artisanal fooderies like doughnut shops and breweries, as well as more traditional restaurants and pubs. Art galleries, shopping centers,
and numerous grocery stores are all within walking distance. In search of local produce, dairy, or crafts from the region? Just head over to the nearby Hollywood Farmer’s Market hosted on Saturdays.
There are also many large parks in the neighborhood, with open green spaces for sports and recreational activities, and lots of walking trails that meander through natural areas and out onto busy streets hopping with city life.
Residents take pride in the fact that Grant Park is home to fictional characters Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins from Beverly Cleary’s famous children’s books. Want a fun historical tour? Stroll down Klickitat Street, the main setting for the books, and imagine yourself back in the 50s.
Gresham is a welcoming community where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity. An ideal city for families, the gorgeous scenery changes with the seasons. Located just minutes from iconic Mount Hood, Multnomah Falls, and the Columbia River Gorge, Gresham is a jumping-off point for adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. The city is also home to the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, a three-day event featuring world-renowned musicians.
With the benefits of living close to the city while maintaining the intimacy of a small-town community, Happy Valley strikes a balance that is ideal for its residents. Located just eleven miles to the southeast of Portland, this charming town sits on a hill that allows residents scenic views of Mt. Hood in one direction and Portland’s downtown skyline in the other. As one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, Happy Valley offers an abundance of opportunities and amenities. The city is home to Oregon’s bustling health care industry, which has brought growth and prosperity to the area.
Happy Valley’s clean air and suburban lifestyle make this an ideal location for families. The Mt. Hood National Forest is just around the corner, as are the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains, and the Clackamas River, all popular places among locals for fishing, hiking, biking, and winter sports. The Happy Valley Sculpture Garden is another popular destination in town that promotes art appreciation and culture within the community.
An attractive destination in the greater Portland area, homes for sale in Happy Valley tend to be recently built, single-family homes. With a variety of vacant developed lots available, a custom-built dream home is an appealing option here as well.
Eclectic is the norm on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Southeast Belmont Street, two parallel streets whose names make up the neighborhood’s title. Both are highly walkable, lined with boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Hawthorne is especially noted for its many vintage stores, while Belmont is a trendy locale with artisanal foods, handmade housewares, and upscale clothing boutiques. Inhabitants can find grocery stores, libraries, schools, parks, and community gardens all within easy reach. The area is culturally diverse and blends a vintage aesthetic into many of the local businesses, a good number of which are locally owned and retain a distinct Portland flair.
Located in Washington County on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area, Hillsboro is the fifth-largest city in Oregon. Both Intel and Nike are top employers here and the city is home to more than 13% of the state’s total manufacturing jobs. Baseball lovers will enjoy visiting Hillsboro Stadium to watch the city’s minor league baseball team, the Hillsboro Hops.
The crown jewel of this neighborhood and its namesake is the Hollywood Theater. The historic Portland landmark opened along Sandy Boulevard in 1926. It is now surrounded by sleek, modern buildings in a way that showcases the history of Portland and the seamless blending of old and new that makes this city so beautiful. Today, the theater shows classic and contemporary films, hosts theme nights, and has live performances. Take a walk along Sandy and you will find incredible, locally owned shops, vintage stores, cafes, restaurants, and more. On Saturdays, residents visit the Hollywood Farmer’s Market for local produce, dairy, and crafts from the region.
Homes in the Hollywood District are full of charm and character. The neighborhood is also conveniently located near I-84 and other major streets, making it easy to commute.
The Irvington/Broadway area combines beautiful homes, elegantly landscaped yards, sweeping stretches of greenery, and wide streets which deviate from much of the city’s traditional grid pattern. A spacious area filled with many Victorian-style homes, the family-friendly vibe makes itself known in every corner of the neighborhood, from bustling city parks to neighborhood cookouts and yard sales.
Most homes in the neighborhood are single-family. Houses in this area can range in price quite a bit depending on lot size, square footage, and location. Homebuyers who require less space may be interested in the neighborhood’s popular condominium market. The notable neighborhood contains many historic homes, including Portland’s White House Hotel. Originally built in 1911 for lumber baron Robert F. Lytle, it was one of the most expensive homes ever built in the city at the time. It is now an elegant bed and breakfast that showcases grandiose entrances, large wings, and immaculate grounds.
Extremely accessible to downtown with an urban neighborhood feel, John’s Landing is popular among young professionals and students. The neighborhood is located in Southwest Portland near the Willamette River, making it a perfect spot for those who want easy access to water sports like kayaking, dragon boating, or waterskiing.
Much of its real estate is comprised of townhomes and condominiums. Neighborhood streets are lined with trees, attractive landscaping, and boast beautiful views of Mount Hood and the Willamette River. Along the river, residents can explore trails perfect for walking and biking. A five-minute drive will bring you into the heart of Downtown Portland. Here, you will find an entertainment hub filled with popular restaurants, shops, event venues, and bars.
Just south of Portland, Lake Oswego is a beautiful town centered on the 405-acre Oswego Lake. Lake Oswego is a vibrant area with a small-town feel, known for its affluent homes, excellent schools, and golf course. Its properties are mostly single-family homes, located on large lots, with the luxurious being situated along the lakeshore. The average list price for a home in Lake Oswego is $1,075,000.
In the summer, residents who live along the lake enjoy private waterfront views and water sports. The winter holidays are greeted with a gorgeous display of wreaths, banners, and lights, while other seasons see beautiful floral and native gardening in public beds maintained by the city. Although minutes from downtown Portland, Lake Oswego feels a world away. The downtown shopping area features an independent theater, brewing company, wine bar, coffee shops, and several great restaurants. Here you will also find beautiful parks and trails with views of the lake and the Willamette River.
Located in Southeast Portland, Laurelhurst is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. It contains many vintage, upscale single-family homes that surround the nearly 27-acre Laurelhurst Park. The park features several sport courts, a playground, an off-leash dog area, and a huge stretch of green space with a pond and trails that wind through the expanse of the park. Many of the homes in the area are grand, with multiple stories and fairytale elements such as towers, extra wings, long front walks, and sprawling porches.
Breaking Portland’s traditional grid pattern of streets, the avenues in this neighborhood wind gently through parks and residential enclaves. The center of the neighborhood is crowned with a golden statue of Joan of Arc, around which winds Coe Circle, a huge traffic circle.
Drawn to its trendy shops, walkability, and food carts, Mississippi is popular among young professionals. As its name indicates, this neighborhood is centered on the long stretch of Mississippi Avenue, bursting with shops and restaurants that routinely make the list of Portland’s best.
A variety of single-family homes, condominiums, and apartments make up the Mississippi area. Bungalows and cottages built in the Craftsmanstyle are common, as are new construction condominiums and modern apartments.
Close to the Moda Center and Downtown Portland, Mississippi is a lively hub of entertainment.
Featuring a popular city park built on an extinct volcano, the neighborhood was named after Mt. Tabor in Israel. Portland’s Mt. Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone rising out of the middle of the city. Mt. Tabor Park is known for its open-air-reservoirs, numerous walking trails, long flights of stairs, grassy stretches, community garden, and spectacular views. The park’s pathways are paved with volcanic cinders found in the park by construction workers in 1912. When the weather is nice, it is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or sunset with views of the city.
The neighborhood is bounded by 49th Avenue on one end and 76th Avenue on the other. It sits between Division to the south and Burnside to the north. It is bordered by the Sunnyside, Richmond, North Tabor, South Tabor, and Montavilla neighborhoods. Notable for its walkability and proximity to some of Portland’s trendier destinations, such as Division and Hawthorne, Mt. Tabor is home to many younger families and couples. Homes in the area tend to be primarily single-family, although you can find condominiums and apartment complexes.
Coffee shops, hobby stores, secondhand boutiques, tattoo parlors, bars, and pubs are all within reasonable walking or short driving distance. The area is also known for the many food cart pods that adorn Portland’s Southeast quadrant and popular restaurants such as Petite Provence, a renowned eatery.
This Southwest Portland neighborhood retains all the charm of a historic seaside hamlet, despite being more than a hundred miles inland. Rambling houses have been transformed into pubs, restaurants, bookshops, import stores, clothing boutiques, jewelry shops, coffee joints, and more, making the village a recreator’s dream. The wide streets have plenty of parking for day-trippers, as well as wide sidewalks for gentle strolls after brunch or between shops. Off the main stretch along Capitol Highway, gardens tend to be well manicured, and the streets are lined with trees. Residents also enjoy nearby Gabriel Park, which has several sports fields, a large skatepark, walking paths, and picnic areas.
Real estate does not typically move rapidly in Multnomah Village, as many of the people who live here are devoted residents who remain in place over the long haul. Homes are usually nice, but not overwhelmingly luxurious, with prices ranging depending on lot size, square footage, and amenities. The median list price for a home in this neighborhood is more than half a million dollars.
Homes close to the strip are very walkable, within reach of both cultural destinations and delicious eateries. Those a little farther from the main thoroughfare are still very well located. Multnomah Village is just a short drive from grocery stores in nearby suburb Tigard, bustling larger destinations along Barbur Boulevard, big-city attractions in downtown Portland, and Hillsdale, another Southwest Portland neighborhood.
An affluent neighborhood in Northwest Portland, Nob Hill offers its residents a combination of fine dining, bistros, and designer stores. The neighborhood is also conveniently located near Forest Park, which has 70 miles of trails, perfect for long walks and bike rides, as well as the historic Pittock Mansion, a 22-room house that offers beautiful views of the city and a unique look at Portland’s history. Considered one of the more family-oriented parts of Portland, this neighborhood is known as a safe community that fosters a friendly, welcoming attitude.
On the outskirts of Portland, this community is affectionately known as “the city to the sunset.” North Plains is a charming and quaint, semi-rural city about 19 miles outside of Portland. Here you will find large parcels of land available, old farmhouses, and custom new builds. This interconnected community has a family-oriented feel and features several small parks throughout town. The city is also widely recognized as home to one of Oregon’s most prestigious golf courses, Pumpkin Ridge, which was the site of the 1996 U.S. Amateur Tournament won by Tiger Woods.
Nestled among steep hills and bluffs just 15 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon City offers beautiful landscapes, historical landmarks, museums, and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Take in views of the Willamette River and a dramatic, tiered waterfall as you head to the city’s vibrant downtown area, filled with wonderful shopping, delicious restaurants, and a food cart pod complete with axe throwing. The city also boasts an impressive list of “firsts.” It was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains (1844), Oregon’s first capital (before it was even a state), and the country’s first long-distance electric line (Willamette Falls to Portland, 1889). However, it is Oregon City’s last-place status that fascinates many modern-day visitors. Oregon City served as the final wagon stop on the Oregon Trail. Today, thanks to its rich heritage and recent historic restoration projects, Oregon City remains as much a destination as ever.
Nestled among steep hills and bluffs, Oregon City offers beautiful landscapes, wonderful shopping, museums and an abundance of recreational opportunities.
Located in the trendiest part of Portland’s northwest quadrant, the Pearl District is a case study for urban renewal. Once purely industrial, the Pearl District is now home to trendy shops, restaurants, upscale bars, craft breweries, and art galleries. Some of the Pearl’s more beloved attributes include a trolley system, a stunning view of the green and beautifully arched Fremont bridge, and scenic footpaths along the Willamette River. Property in this area predominantly consists of luxury condos in high-rise buildings, lofts with huge windows, and rooftop apartments with sweeping views of the neighborhood, river, and Mt. Hood. An incredibly walkable neighborhood, the Pearl appeals to travelers and residents alike, with a wealth of parks, tree-lined streets, urban wildlife, and bars. Lovers of boutique shopping won’t be disappointed by the Pearl’s many offerings.
The Pearl District also boasts a world-class art scene with some of the city’s and the nation’s best gallery displays, including the Upfor and the White Space Gallery. Aspiring artists will also appreciate Blick, a nationally renowned art supply store that has a location in the Pearl.
Situated along the east side of the Willamette River, SellwoodMoreland is a picturesque neighborhood known for its charming antique stores, boutique groceries, and walkable streets. The three main thoroughfares are nestled between quiet residential streets and are full of delicious restaurants, cafes, food cart pods, and bars. Grab a snack and take in the stunning city views from the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a 163-acre natural area made up of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows. The refuge is a habitat for protected wildlife and more than 175 bird species, making it the perfect spot for bird watching. This family-friendly neighborhood is also home to Oaks Amusement Park, which is one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the country.
The area is one of the oldest in Portland, dating back to the 1800s. It boasts an eclectic mix of beautiful upscale craftsman and Victorian homes, alongside many newer townhomes, apartments, and condominiums. Many of the homes here feature large lots with sprawling gardens and grand views of the river. Sellwood’s many apartments and single-family homes are within easy walking distance of the paths along the river. Bicyclists will also appreciate the bike-friendly trails through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
Sherwood, Oregon is a small residential community located southwest of Portland in the Tualatin Valley. The community centers around Old Town Sherwood, which features historic buildings, galleries, and antique and specialty shops. Old town hosts art festivals, an annual Robin Hood Festival, and the Sherwood Saturday Market from May to September, complete with musical performers and dozens of vendors selling produce, gourmet foods, flowers, and arts and crafts.
The area continues to grow and is now home to seven vineyard-estate wineries, putting it on the map as a wine destination. In addition to the vineyards, Sherwood is also
known for several u-pick and tree farms. If you visit in May, you may also want to check out the annual bird festival hosted by the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Up for a hike? The refuge has a 3.1-mile nature trail that is open year-round. The city is also currently developing a regional three-part trail system called the Cedar Creek Trail.
Perfect for young and growing families, Sherwood contains several schools and a wealth of single-family homes in different styles, lot sizes, and square footages. Apartments and condominiums are also easy to find, with many located along beautiful greenways or small wildlife areas. The median list price for a home here is $612,425.
Portland’s South Waterfront is characterized by luxury and beauty. Built on land previously used for industrial purposes, the South Waterfront stretches along the Willamette River adjacent to the downtown area. One of Portland’s many examples of urban renewal, it is marked by a cluster of highrises that hold both commercial and residential units. In addition to many gorgeous condos, the area is also home to the Oregon Health and Sciences University Center for Health & Healing and Mirabella Tower, a community devoted entirely to the retired.
Several ground-floor business establishments give the South Waterfront a community feel. Here you will find numerous workout studios, shops, restaurants, and walking paths with beautiful views of the river. On a nice day, Elizabeth Caruthers Park is filled with residents walking their dogs and people enjoying the sunshine.
The area is connected to the rest of Portland via the aerial tram, which heads up to OHSU, the streetcar, and the Tilikum Crossing, a bridge used only for cyclists, pedestrians, and public transit.
Once a popular shipping port, the town of St. Helens sits along 60 miles of the Columbia River and boasts sweeping views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. From kayaking to fishing to hiking, the area offers plenty of outdoor activities and is just 30 miles northwest of Portland. Quaint and charming, Old Town is a registered historic district and is a well-traveled destination for those seeking quiet and solitude, along with the stunning landscape. The downtown area is filled with galleries, antiques, coffee houses, and charming boutique shops. The 1998 movie Halloweentown was filmed here and continues to draw visitors every October as the town transforms into “The Spirit of Halloweentown,” complete with costume contests, spooky decorations, haunted tours, and trick-or-treating
through the Old Town District. Real estate offerings here include a variety of waterfront properties, farms and ranches, single-family homes, condos, and townhomes.
The community of St. Johns is located at the northern tip of where the Columbia River and Willamette River converge. It sits on the northwest end of the beautiful St. Johns bridge. Take in the stunning views from Cathedral Park, which has an off-leash dog area, paved paths, picnic tables, boat ramp, and areas for fishing. Still considered affordable, the area has experienced much revitalization in recent years. A bustling downtown area features locally owned cafes, bars, and shops. Homes of varied years, sizes, and prices have made St. Johns an area of real estate interest in recent years.
With a diverse economy, strong schools, and outstanding parks, Tigard is one of the most livable cities in Oregon. Located just south of Portland in southeastern Washington County, it is home to the region’s premier tax-free shopping destinations - Washington Square and Bridgeport Village. Tigard’s historic downtown features local shops, restaurants, a brewery, and a Sunday Farmers Market, attracting many to this reinvigorated area. A community devoted to the arts,
here you will also find the only professional musical theater company in the region and the area’s only public glass-blowing art studio.
From hiking to cycling to ziplining, outdoor recreation abounds here. Residents enjoy access to more than 16 miles of paved trails and nearly 550 acres of parks and open spaces. The Fanno Creek Greenway Trail, as well as the Tualatin River Water Trail, connects Cook Park to the Tualatin Community Park. Highlights of this trail include wetlands, ponds, and the flowered landscape of the Tupling Butterfly Garden.
Located in Southwest Portland, the West Hills area is one of affluence and beauty. While the name is sometimes broadened to include the neighborhoods of Arlington Heights, Forest Park, and Portland Heights, generally it refers simply to the Southwest Hills alone. This region contains both upscale homes on larger lots, as well as smaller, single-family residences and condominiums. Multnomah Village, a micro-neighborhood situated within the West Hills, offers a charming escape from the bustling city with smaller stretches of shopping and dining options.
Perfect for raising families, the West Hills brings the natural beauty of a country setting inside city limits. A vast network of wilderness trails wind across the area. Nearby attractions include the Oregon Zoo, International Rose Test Garden, and Forest Park.
Bordered by Lake Oswego, Gladstone, and Oregon City, West Linn is one of Portland’s most desirable suburbs. An area of early development prompted partially by the availability of electricity generated from the Willamette Falls, West Linn incorporated in 1913. Its early settlement has left a mark on the town in the form of historic architecture and an officially recognized historic district, comprised of 75 properties, antique streetscapes, and a row of iconic storefronts.
West Linn is located between the Willamette and Tualatin Rivers and is largely residential. Desirable properties, including
those located on West Linn’s rolling hills, offer splendid views of the rivers and surrounding areas. Singles, couples, and families moving to West Linn can expect to find homes on smaller lots, as well as properties encompassing several acres or more. While its shopping areas are small, you will find a few boutiques and eateries here. West Linn Central Village houses a sushi joint, Starbucks, home goods store, and an upscale grocery store. Nature lovers will appreciate the historic walkway along the Willamette River, adjacent to nearby George Rogers Park, while bicyclists will find the many bike paths in the area accessible and beautiful.
One of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Portland is the Williams District, a section of town that is no stranger to change. Once considered the jazz epicenter of Portland, this part of town is known for its culture and respect for the arts. With a history that stretches back to 1873, the Williams District has embraced modernity throughout the years while also staying true to the principles it was founded upon. The residents here often say the creative energy and diversity of the district make it a truly special place in Portland.
A town of rolling farmland, beautifully appointed estates, tree-lined boulevards, and small areas of urban development, Wilsonville is the perfect suburb for young families, older couples, and citydwellers looking for that backcountry feel. Located in Clackamas and Washington Counties, the town was incorporated from the original hamlet of Boone’s Landing, from which Boones Ferry (one of the region’s longest and best-known streets) gets its name. Real estate in the area consists of single-family homes in more populated areas, ranch houses on large lots or with acreage, apartments, and condominiums. While Wilsonville is located along the I-5 corridor and is close to Portland, its proximity to nature gives it a country feel.
Magness Memorial Tree Farm and Graham Oaks
Nature Park, containing hiking trails and scenery to enjoy, are both within easy driving distance. Wilsonville Memorial Park offers visitors 126 acres of paths, waterfront views, skateboarding areas, and hangout spots. Wilsonville’s urban areas feature fountains, art and sculpture, shopping, and amusement centers such as Bullwinkle’s. In the spring or summer, Wilsonville hosts an arts festival that showcases local artists.
RENOVATING YOUR HOME IN STUMPTOWN
That old saying that “home is where the heart is” isn’t necessarily just about the sentimentality you harbor for your abode, it can also be expressed in the very design of your home itself.
Think about it: Your house is a reflection of your inner self. When people come in and see how you’ve set up your castle, it makes an impression and informs guests about who you are on the inside. Most commonly, this can be perceived through accents like furniture choice, décor or the color of the walls. But if you’re ready for a bigger project, then a little bit of renovation can go a long way to projecting your personality in the very design of your home itself.
In Portland, people take such redesigns and augmentations very seriously. You can walk down a single street and see so many colors and different types of structures, it could make your head spin.
And here in Stumptown, there’s a lot of cultural mores that help define those expressions, even through their diversity. Looking into what the local architects are doing can help guide you toward a balanced approach of personal vision and the overall Portland vibe that people will recognize and feel great about.
Before making your dreams come true by remodeling your home to reflect your inner self, keep in mind the things you can and cannot do. In Portland, there are a number of activities that will require permits in order to perform them legally. For example, if you want to add or alter overall structures, you’ll have to get permission. There are zoning concerns that can dictate everything from cutting down trees to adding a garage space to your property. Redoing electrical or plumbing systems is another one that will require going through official channels. This doesn’t mean you can’t do these things, just that you’ll have to consult with reputable bonded architects and contractors to make sure your changes are done by the book.
But there’s a whole bunch of projects you can do without any sort of municipal permission. Changing your flooring comes to mind, a major expressive feature. Painting inside, of course, is very straightforward as are most basic interior modifications like kitchen redesigns. But you can also change your paint color on the exterior with no permits needed. Most patios and porches can be done, as well as fencing (under six feet high) and retaining walls. Keep in mind what will be easy and what will take more hurdles to jump, and you’ll be off to a good start.
When it comes to style in the City of Roses, there are certain aesthetics and local styles that can be a boon to your remodeling plans as well as reaffirm your own vision. In Portland, perhaps much more so than in other cities, engaging early with a local architect can really shape your thinking on how to blend your own ideas with solidly simpatico Stumptown design. Often they will begin by looking outside. Lighting strategies will be taken into account by a smart architect conscious of how overcast skies can get during the winter months. Features like skylights, windows, and paint color choices in certain rooms can add a luminescent quality that will overpower any gloom that less-prepared builders might miss.
Other environmental concerns can be incorporated into the redesign strategy. Materials used can complement the natural environment. The view outside one’s window can augment interiors to almost bring the exterior world inside and create an aura of comfort, especially in the many wooded neighborhoods
throughout town. Energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly features can come in eye-catching forms, with shrewd designers refusing to sacrifice style for functionality. In a town like Portland, you get extra points for making sure you’re thinking about conservation as you build your dream space.
When considering all the details for your Portland redesign, it may sometimes feel daunting to balance concerns from costs to the many choices that will influence what your abode ends up looking like. As mentioned before, be prepared. Discuss changes with your family early and take notes. Once you bring them to your architect, be ready to hear their design suggestions, not for limitations, but for new ideas you never would have thought of that will delight you and whoever encounters your home.
And perhaps the best advice you can hear will come from your home itself. You will find Portland-area homes often built for different times. They can be super charming, but also super unprepared for modern appliances or space needs. Our instinct is to always go bigger, but feel out the cues from the current design. Smart contractors will take exacting measurements of everything from window panes to doorways and ceilings. Look at it like a game or treasure hunt where you’re trying to find an invisible treasure the new design will bring out.
Most of the time, people think of remodeling as an inside job. Kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, basements, these are the usual suspects to open up space and create a new style to improve the home and make you love it all the more. But don’t forget that what you see right out your window becomes a part of the inside as well. And since Portland is a great town for gardening, think about landscaping. Altering the yard to include more colorful trees, deeper greenery, and novel garden designs can even influence how you do interior redesign, from arranging furniture to choosing wallpaper.
These ideas can go even deeper if you choose to add features like wood paneling indoors or perhaps bay windows with additional flowerboxes, effectively making the yard and living room one and the same. Approach remodeling your home as a holistic process, something you don’t need to do all at once, but something that can happen organically. You’ll be happier with the results if you do!
Nest, Portland’s exclusive showroom, created by interior designers for interior design pros, now opens the Green Door to you, the home owner with a design flair all your own. Bring your unique creativity. Our passionately helpful team of designers will match your sensibilities to a select palette of exclusive fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, lighting, rugs and more – all carefully curated from seventy leading design vendors. Let your imagination find its mirror here. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of originality to a room. Or recreate your inner home.
Fred Meyer .................. Freddie’s
Highway 84 ................. The Banfield
Couch Street............... Pronounced KOOCH
Glisan Street ............... Pronounced GLEE-SUN
Naito Parkway ............ Pronounced NATE-O
McLoughlin ................. Pronounced MA-GLOFF-LIN
Willamette................... Pronounced WILL-AM-IT
Soft Drinks .................. Pop
• Pump your own gasoline
• Pay sales tax on purchases
• Use an umbrella (Unless it’s pouring down rain.)
Hop on the Portland Streetcar at NW Lovejoy & 23rd.
Hop off in the Pearl District at the fountain off Jamison Square at NW 10th & NW Lovejoy to put your feet in the fountain or pick up a book at Powell’s Books, Portland’s iconic bookstore.
Jump back on the streetcar and go to Riverplace Marina. Hop off and enjoy Waterfront Park’s 2.8-mile walking & biking loop or visit Harbor Side for happy hour.
Continue on the streetcar down to the South Waterfront & the OHSU Tram (the streetcar stops right in front of the tram). Take the tram to the top. Open to the public. (Fee charged)
Return on the streetcar to NW Lovejoy.
RULE OF THUMB
PORTLAND METRO AREA
• Multnomah County
• Clackamas County
• Washington County
• Clark County
Washington County: 1.35%-1.9%
Multnomah County: 1.8%-2.7%
Clackamas County: 1.3%-1.9%
Clark County: 0.9%-1.5%
State Income Tax: 9%
Sales Tax: 0%
Motor Vehicle Registration: $110-$172 (2 years)
DEQ Emissions Test: $21
Title Transfer: $98-$187
Portland is a vibrant city full of life and culture, especially quirky culture. Here are a few of the city’s notable rankings to give you a taste of the Portland lifestyle:
#1 “Top Foodie” City in the USA
#2 Fiscally Fit Cities
#7 Most Playful City
#7 Best Place for LGBTQ Rights
#8 Inbound Moves
#8 Best Place to Live
#9 Greenest Cities
#22 Best City to Live In (US World Report)
SW Washington has continued to grow as more people discover and appreciate the area. Downtown Vancouver has experienced several revitalization projects that increase urban living, green spaces, shops, and buildings. The Columbia River waterfront project transformed the north shore and put SW Washington on the map as one of the top places to live!
Washington is one of seven states with no personal state income tax!
University of Washington is the state’s flagship research institution with over 44,000 students while Washington State University, with over 27,000 students, is another highly ranked research school.
Washington ranks among the top few most environmentally friendly states. In 2022, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Washington as the nation’s third most bike-friendly state.
Washington is the hub for outdoor enthusiasts with a variety of national parks and attractions. Serious hikers take off to 14,410 foot Mt. Rainier, most popular during the summertime. You will also see plenty of leisurely sailing, boating, kayaking, and fishing along the water.
Yes, Washington may receive quite the rainfall, but the state has its own climate of contrasts. Temperatures reach the 80s to 90s in the summertime, while they may drop to the 30s and below in the wintertime.
From Battleground to Camas, or Salmon Creek to Vancouver, there are so many potential communities to choose from in SW Washington, all with rich history and breathtaking landscapes.
Living in SW Washington is popular for its quick access to Portland. If you’re willing to commute like many others, you can live in SW WA and travel to work in Portland.
Battle Ground, Washington, is a city in Clark County, just 25 miles from Portland, Oregon. The city is also conveniently located near Vancouver, being situated along the southwestern portion of the state. In addition to offering just a short drive to several major cities in the Pacific Northwest, Battle Ground has a rich history and a variety of real estate options.
The largest neighborhoods in the city include Battle Ground Meadows, Crestwood Meadows, Dublin Fields, and Falcon Chase. Living in these small communities is affordable for many families. With a population of just more than 20,000
people, Battle Ground is a quaint place to live. The city is home to 18 parks, miles of trail to explore, a variety of recreational programs, and a community center. Overall, Battle Ground is considered a family-friendly place to live for those seeking a quiet suburban lifestyle.
Camas, Washington is located approximately twenty miles east of Portland, Oregon. It is on the southwestern border of Washington and is just fifteen miles from Vancouver. Camas offers a number of real estate options, a quaint downtown, affordable housing, and very good schools.
With a population of 27,000 people, the overall atmosphere of Camas is family-friendly, artistic, and cultural. This small community has plenty of gorgeous scenery and various bodies of water that surround the area such as the Columbia River and Round Lake. Two notable public parks are Heritage Park, which also has a boat launch for those who love recreational water activities, and Grass Valley Park which has hiking and biking trails with a playground for the kids to enjoy.
Chinook was originally founded as a village by the Chinook indigenous population. Now, this small fishing village offers
a wide range of amenities for everyone. Whether you plan on exploring the history behind Fort Columbia State Park or the challenging hiking and mountain bike trails, Chinook makes a great home base for adventure in Southwest Washington.
A subset of Vancouver, Felida is said to be among one of the best communities for families in the state of Washington. With a population of just more than 7,000 people, this community is located in the northern part of Vancouver between Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek. Boasting a number of parks and playing fields, as well as a myriad of residential home choices, the area is quite sought after.
Originally named Fisher for Solomon W. Fisher, who filed a land claim in the early 1850s, this small community was later named Fisher’s Landing due to the thriving docks that anchor it. Now home to the bustling Tech Center, the area is known for thriving businesses with large employers such as Hewlett Packard, Sharp, and Nautilus occupying the district. This mixed-use community boasts expansive views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens, as well as access to Vancouver Lake Regional Park which is 190 acres and stretches for 2.5 miles along the western shore of Vancouver Lake.
Ilwaco is a small town nestled at the southern edge of the Long Beach Peninsula, on the Washington side of the Columbia River, right at Baker Bay. The city was founded in 1890 and has since been steeped in the history of the Pacific Northwest. All around Ilwaco, you can find places to appreciate that history, whether it be natural or man-made. These attractions include lighthouses, forts, museums, and even hiking trails that were first blazed by early explorers charting the territory. Whatever you do in Ilwaco, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about the deep and unique culture of this amazing land.
Long Beach might be the most aptly named city you’ll come across. The city stretches out along two to three miles of the Washington coastline and is known for its beach and boardwalk along the also aptly named Long Beach Peninsula. The nearby waters are known for having an incredible catch of seafood, including the largest salmon run in the world. The explorers Lewis and Clark first came through Long Beach in 1806 and since then the area has attracted people from across the country who are eager to experience the wonderful natural attractions that Long Beach has to offer. From the beach and peninsula to the nearby wetlands and forests, Long Beach will keep you coming back for more.
Longview is situated between Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, offering residents a rural lifestyle with year-round opportunities for recreation. It is the largest city in Cowlitz County with a population of approximately 36,000 people. Located ninety miles from the Pacific Ocean at the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia Rivers, Longview is a relatively new city with a short but remarkable history. Less than seventy-five years ago, the area where Longview now stands was sparsely populated wilderness and rural homesteads.
Built in the 1920s, Longview has a small-town atmosphere that is very appealing to residents and visitors alike, offering a safe, comfortable, and inviting gathering place with shopping, restaurants, galleries, and beautiful streetscapes. Lake Sacajawea Park, the city’s crown jewel, features numerous trails and puts Longview on the “Top 10 Gardens to Inspire” list. Cultural events vary from performances at the Columbia Theatre to walking tours through the historic downtown. Its manufacturing base remains strong due to its production and supply of lumber products.
Ocean Park is a tight-knit community located about halfway up the Long Beach Peninsula on the coast of Washington. This is a unique little place that combines small-town coastal culture with amenities that you’d expect to find at a resort. Ocean Park’s main attraction is the Surfside Golf Course. If you have ever dreamed about spending your morning on the green while taking in the salty ocean air, Ocean Park is a must add to your bucket list.
Ridgefield, Washington is a diverse community full of activities for all ages. Since the first settler arrived at this location in 1853, people have been drawn to the gently sloping land that extends from the elevated highlands to the Lake River banks. Ridgefield is located in the southwest corner of Washington and is approximately 20 miles north of Portland.
Real estate is on the upward trend in Ridgefield. There are approximately 30 different neighborhoods in the area, all close to downtown for entertainment and activities year-round. The First Saturday celebrations occur each month with festivals and celebrations for the entire family. In August, the river romp
includes activities for your canine family members as well. Local merchants abound in the historic downtown during these events for a farmer’s market, a bluegrass festival, and a wine and chocolate festival.
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent spot to visit and support the native wildlife. Here, fishing, boating, and a historic walking tour can be enjoyed. The area also boasts a large community garden to mingle with other residents in the area and participate in collaborative gardening.
Salmon Creek is a suburban neighborhood located north of Portland and Vancouver with almost 20,000 residents. The community was originally named for the creek of the same name, which runs throughout the entire community. At one time salmon filled the creek and the fish population was so high that farmers would use them as fertilizer for the fruit trees in the area.
Nowadays, Salmon Creek is best known for its peaceful setting which includes beautiful mountain views and landscapes. The area is an in-demand suburban hub because of its picturesque location. When it comes to the day-to-day living in Salmon Creek, residents enjoy exploring Salmon Creek Park. The park offers 368 acres of parkland and trails, as well as shopping and dining in many of the local hotspots.
Oysterville was founded as a small village when Chinook Chief Nahcati introduced the town’s founders, R.H. Espy and I.A. Clark, to a certain mollusk. After becoming some of the biggest oyster enthusiasts around, the founders decided to name their new settlement Oysterville, after their chief export. Since then, the town has existed in what seems like a time capsule. A walk through downtown Oysterville will seem like a walk through the mid-1800s. With amazing history and food so good they named the town after it, Oysterville is a perfect getaway destination.
Another small and historic town on the Long Beach Peninsula, Seaview is a destination for surfers everywhere. Donning a wetsuit will allow you to explore the expansive coastline from the exciting view atop a surfboard. When you’re back on dry land, be sure to grab a beer and explore the downtown area, which has been
preserved in a way that has maintained the town’s antiquity and history. Whether you explore from on top of a board or from the seat of a car, Seaview has something for you.
Vancouver, Washington is a wonderful city that lies on the northern bank of the wide Columbia River, close to where it joins the Willamette River. Founded in 1857, the city is part of the Portland-Vancouver metro area. Known as a progressive and modern community, many of those who live in Vancouver work in the technology sector.
With its scenic location by the river, wooded hills, and generally mild climate, water sports and outdoor activities are very popular in Vancouver. Fishing, boating, hiking, and bike riding are avidly pursued along the many trails and waterfront access parks. Numerous neighborhoods and small communities spread out south and east of the city, and upscale homes are nestled into the hills to the west. Vancouver gives residents opportunities for urban living or a small-town atmosphere outside of the metro area with convenient access to the city. Take a stroll along the newly developed Vancouver Waterfront and you will find a number of restaurants, wineries, and shops to choose from.
If you have children or know you may one day, you know how important schooling is or will be. With such variance in education, you naturally want to make sure your child is getting the right experience, the best one for helping them to grow and succeed. The area has numerous public and private schools which makes picking hard…only because there are many great options! That’s why we’ve put together this page to break down the most critical information for top, local schools from preschool to 12th grade. Check individual ratings and reviews at greatschools.org
WASHINGTON COUNTY BANKS
GASTON 503.985.0210 gastonk12.org
HILLSBORO 503.844.1500 hsd.k12.or.us
PARKROSE 503.408.2100 parkrose.k12.or.us
PORTLAND PUBLIC 503.916.2000 pps.net
VANCOUVER 360.313.1000 vansd.org
* Information correct at time of collating. For more details visit www.niche.com/ k12/search/best-school-districts/m/portland-or-metro-area/
This epic region of the Pacific Northwest is home to the Columbia River Gorge – a deep canyon winding more than eighty miles through picturesque towns, lush forests, and gorgeous farmland. Forming the boundary between Oregon and Washington state, the Columbia River Gorge is home to the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. From water, snow, and wind sports to world-class hiking, biking, and golfing, this extraordinary terrain offers an endless array of outdoor activities. The Columbia River Gorge is a year-round destination for exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Hood River is nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, just an hour away from the majestic Mount Hood wilderness. Dubbed the windsurfing capital of the world, this charming town is a mecca for water sports. Located at the confluence of the Hood River and the Columbia River, the city boasts sweeping views of the Gorge from its historic downtown. Hood River retains a small-town vibe, with an impressive mix of restored buildings. The main street is lined with many delightful shops, galleries, and cafés. With a bounty of agriculture surrounding the town, Hood River boasts an impressive array of restaurants, wineries, and breweries, specializing in local cuisine. With a backdrop of the sparkling waters of the Columbia River Gorge to the north, and the Cascade Range to the east, Hood River is a true gem in the Pacific Northwest.
Welcome to the eastern gateway of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. As you explore the Historic Columbia River Highway, you’ll discover the charming town of The Dalles, located just eighty miles east of Portland along the shores of the Columbia River. This small town is big on history, boasting an impressive collection of local exhibits showcasing the flora, fauna, and geology of this spectacular region. With diverse landscapes and stunning views, The Dalles is home to the Deschutes River State Recreation Area, offering hiking and mountain biking trails, rafting, year-round camping, and world-class trout and steelhead fishing. There is plenty of local cuisine to savor, with restaurants, breweries, and wineries celebrating the bounty of agriculture from this amazing corner of the Pacific Northwest.
Located on a bluff above the Columbia River Gorge with spectacular views of Mount Hood, the town of White Salmon, Washington is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts, wine lovers, and beer aficionados. With world-class fishing and water sports, White Salmon is the heart of the Pacific Northwest whitewater scene, a year-round destination for windsurfers, rafters, kayakers, and kite-boarders. The historic White Salmon Bridge, connecting the town of Hood River to Washington state, is just one of the many historic landmarks dotting this amazing landscape. The art scene is thriving in this vibrant community, with galleries, pottery studios, and glass artisans displaying their local wares. With an impressive collection of cafés, pubs, restaurants, breweries, and wineries, you’re sure to find something local and delicious in this charming town.
Big city thrills are all good and well, and in that department, Portland is no slouch. But after walking among the bricks and concrete, the hustle and bustle, and the endless people watching, the soul can use a little cleansing by way of communing with nature.
One of the wonderful perks that comes with living in the Rose City is its proximity to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. The Pacific Northwest is legendary for its majestic great outdoors. Temperate rainforests stretch across hundreds of miles from the West Coast to the Cascade Range, a stunning collection of skyscraping volcanic peaks, and pine-covered waves of mountainous geography.
Blessed with such ecological eminence, this part of the world holds a colony of flora and fauna both lovely and inspiring to explore and seek wonder within. And all of it is tantalizingly close at hand for those situated in Portland. Within a 45-minute drive, the city will evaporate in the rear-view mirror while nature’s majesty rises up to receive the weary with its promise of primordial rejuvenation. You could spend years discovering all of the hidden corners of scenic landscape, hiking trails, navigable waterways, and awesome views. Here’s a quick look at the nearby Mount Hood National Forest and its three most outstanding gems: the Columbia River Gorge and its top draw localities, Hood River, and The Dalles.
Welcome to the largest natural scenic area in the continental United States. Carved by its watery namesake, the Columbia River Gorge is 80 miles worth of canyon reaching as deep as 4,000 feet. Keeping sentinel overhead on both banks of the river is a collection of stony cliffs covered in greenery like you won’t believe. The astounding natural architecture creates the perfect conditions for all manner of environments visitors can choose from.
Among the most popularly sought-after sites to seek out are the cascading waterfalls that bejewel several locations. They can range from graceful trickles along moss-covered stone steps to what is perhaps one of the Portland area’s greatest draw here: Multnomah Falls. As Oregon’s tallest waterfall, expect to be awed and humbled by its grandiosity. You can view it perched from above, by crossing the pedestrian bridge right in front of it or chilling out at the nearby lodge.
If you need to be a bit more active, both bikers and hikers can use the escalating landscape for fantastic elevation ups and downs that can offer stunning topside views of the valley below, or shaded sheltered crevices to give one a medieval Lord of the Rings vibe lined with knotty woods and upward reaching vines. Bikers can find themselves cruising along wine country one hour, while low gearing it uphill the next. Hikers can explore a multitude of misty trails ending in fields of wildflowers or boot it riverside to catch some spray.
And speaking of the river, anybody not afraid of getting a little wet will be quite happy with the Columbia River Gorge’s awesome watersports. If you’re an authentic paddle person, consider exploring the meandering coves by kayak or canoe. The more extreme can get into the kitesurfing scene, but prepare to have those biceps and cores put to the test! Looking for a more serious whitewater rafting adventure? Challenging rapids abound in this part of the world for you to take on. Some of the country’s most popular whitewater excursions are awaiting your fearless navigation skills!
But, there’s also no need to push yourself too hard to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Scenic overviews are easy to come by and drive right up to so you can fill your eyes with the wonders to behold. Perhaps the most iconic to seek out is super close to Portland. The Crown Point State Scenic Overview allows you to drive up to the perfect panoramic picture spot in the Columbia River Gorge. A lovely visitor’s center called Vista House built over a hundred years ago will greet you there, offering comfort should you need some amenities atop.
Hood River gets its name from the looming Mount Hood that is a ubiquitous sight from just about any place in town. The aforementioned kitesurfing and windsurfing is centered around this town. For mountain bike enthusiasts, specially designed routes have made the area something of a mecca for freeriding through some extraordinary canyon routes. Nearby steelhead fishing is popular in the winter, while wine tasting is big all year round. The town itself hosts a historic downtown district, making for a lovely stopover on a day trip or just to hang out in between all your nature-loving action. Expect charming
eateries to satisfy your palate, unique boutiques to scour for some unexpected items, and a little antiquing to boot. Speaking of boots, this is also a great place to load up on outdoor gear in case you forgot any essential stuff for your camping or hiking plans.
This awesome little town is nestled in an atypically arid microclimate. Unlike most of the surrounding area, it gets very little rain and is almost always sunny! It makes it the perfect place for a little trekking and two-wheeling with a practical guarantee of clear skies.
As for the happenings in town, this is a fun-loving locale with all sorts of cool diversions to choose from. Old landmarks like Victorian homes and a giant, hundredyear-old windmill will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era. Wineries sport their delicious elixirs in tasting rooms. Local museums exhibit everything from extinct Ice Age megafauna to carefully preserved pioneer wagons. There are even awesome outdoor concert lineups every summer and all of it is under 90 miles away from Portland itself.
Winding your way along Oregon’s Scenic Coast Highway 101, you’ll discover spectacular vistas around every twist and turn. The Oregon Coast is 363 miles of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Quaint seaside villages are nestled between rugged cliffs and blustery lookouts. Bald eagles soar high above the Yaquina Head Lighthouse - one of 11 historic lighthouses along the Oregon Coast. Whales spout and breach as they make their way along the Pacific Coast during their twice-yearly migration, often congregating in Depoe Bay, the self-proclaimed whale-watching capital of Oregon. With dozens of beautiful state parks, there are plenty of places to stop and take in the landscape, camp or hike, explore a tide pool, ride a dune buggy, or simply savor a sunset.
With a bounty of amazing seafood harvested locally, coastal restaurants, cafés, wineries, and breweries celebrate the catch of the day with a delicious array of culinary treats. Dungeness crab, halibut, albacore tuna, Dover sole, and Chinook salmon are just some of the seafood caught in the cold waters off of the Oregon Coast. Located at the northern end of Tillamook Bay, the quaint fishing village of Garibaldi is a fantastic place to watch the commercial fisherman bring in their daily catch or hop aboard the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad and take in the seaside views from a historic steam locomotive.
Whether you’re kayaking the tranquil waters of the Tillamook Bay, surfing a wave in Newport, gallery hopping in Cannon Beach, or gazing up at the Annual Kite Festival in Lincoln City - the Oregon Coast has something for everyone.
The sparkling waters of the Pacific offer 363 miles of some of the most spectacular coastline in the world. With epic vistas, beautiful beaches, and charming seaside towns, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
You’ll have no shortage of fabulous food on the Oregon Coast! Restaurants, cafés, wineries, and breweries celebrate the catch of the day with a delicious array of culinary treats. Dungeness crab, halibut, albacore tuna, Dover sole, and Chinook salmon are just some of the seafood caught in the cold waters off of the Oregon Coast.
The recreational opportunities along the Oregon Coast are endless, with state parks dotting the entire region. With the
Pacific Ocean in your backyard, you’re sure to discover a new activity around every corner. Surfing, kayaking, camping, golfing, hiking, fishing, or flying a kite – the Oregon Coast has it all!
There is a strong sense of community in the towns along the Oregon Coast. With great school systems and resources, a multitude of festivals and events, endless outdoor activities, low crime rates, friendly people, and plenty of fresh air, the Oregon Coast is a wonderful place to raise a family!
Need an urban fix? Portland is only an hour and a half away from the Pacific Ocean (approximately 80 miles). This makes for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway to explore one of Oregon’s best cities!
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WHEN YOU’RE ON THE OREGON COAST
From whales and dolphins to seals, sea lions, otters, and scarlet crabs, the rugged and picturesque Oregon Coast is positively brimming with life. Across all 360 miles of the scenic shoreline, there is a complex and interdependent ecosystem that has existed since long before the first human inhabitants appeared thousands of years ago.
Not to be ignored are the many species of birds that inhabit this part of the country. So, if you’re a birdwatcher — either the simple binoculars carrying kind or the sort that hauls birding guides, portable telescopes, and cameras with high-powered telephoto lenses around — you’ll find plenty of winged wonders to look at up and down the Oregon Coast.
This is the state’s most abundant nesting seabird. Each spring, more than 700,000 of them gather on the Oregon Coast to breed. Colonies made of tens of thousands of individuals make their homes on rocks and cliff ledges to raise their chicks. Head to the small island of aptly named Colony Rock at Yaquina Head. You can’t help but be astounded at the sheer number of murres; over 50,000 cover every inch of exposed flat rock there is.
If the mure is the most common shore bird, the tufted puffin is certainly the most popular. These colorful “parrots of the sea” attract many tourists and nature lovers to the coast. And it’s no wonder, with their jet-black bodies, bold white “facemasks,” head plumes, and bright orange beaks, they’re one of the most photogenic birds in the Pacific Northwest. Puffins return each year to a few wellknown nesting places such as Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Face Rock in Bandon, and Goat Island at Harris Beach State Park.
Nesting just above the high tide line, oystercatchers can be seen nosing around the rocky shoreline in search of a meal. They have pink legs, brown bodies, black heads, orange-red bills, and striking yellow eyes ringed with red.
Although it may look like a pigeon — hence its name — the pigeon guillemot is more closely related to the puffin family. They’re quite easy to identify because of their bright red legs and feet, black bodies, and white patches on their wings. They make their nests in crevices of rocks and can dive underwater to a depth of almost 150 feet for food. You can find them on the west coast of North America from Alaska to Southern California. If you want to get a better look at these birds in Oregon, try Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and Seal Rock State Recreation Site.
Looking like something flying right out of Jurassic Park, brown pelicans are as entertaining in the air as they are on the ground. Instead of being permanent residents, these large seabirds often spend their summers in Oregon after breeding in Mexico and California. They’re easily identified by their long bills and throat pouches, and a group of pelicans flying in formation overhead is truly a sight to behold. An adult pelican can weigh up to 11 pounds and have a wingspan of more than 6 feet.
There are three species of cormorants found on the Oregon Coast — the double-crested cormorant, pelagic cormorant, and Brandt’s cormorant. Although their coloring and size differ slightly, they all have the same distinctive body shape. Cormorants’ plumage isn’t waterproof, which makes it easier for them to dive for fish. After a hearty meal they can often be seen standing on rocks and dock pilings drying their outstretched wings in the sun. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint, Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, and Coquille Point are all good places to spot cormorants.
Among the feathered friends of Oregon’s shores are several species of plovers, including the black-bellied plover, American golden plover, Pacific golden plover, western snowy plover, and semipalmated plover. Each species has its own distinctive coloring and markings, and they can be found in habitats ranging from mudflats to grassy plains to sandy beaches.
If you see a small bird running comically near the ocean surf, chasing receding waves to see if a small meal was left behind and then running away from the next wave as it comes in, you’re enjoying the antics of a sandpiper. Many species of sandpiper live up and down the Oregon Coast; some are permanent residents, while others stop by while migrating to Alaska or Central America.
Two species of phalaropes can be found around the Oregon Coast — the red-necked phalarope and the red phalarope (another species, Wilson’s phalarope, is found mainly east of the Cascade Mountains). Both are equally adept at riding rough seas and are sometimes seen 20 miles from shore. The red-necked variety is mainly black and white with, as the name suggests, a red-orange ring around its neck. The red phalarope has a beautiful rustcolored breast with black and white wings and a head with a yellow beak.
When visiting the Oregon Coast, be sure to bring your binoculars and — if birding is a passion more than a pastime — your portable telescope and camera with a long lens. You’ll see lots of beautiful and unique shorebirds, and the pictures you take may well be among your favorite souvenirs from the beautiful state of Oregon.
Along with being a veritable cornucopia of natural beauty, the state of Oregon is absolutely bursting with life. Its prairies and forests are home to black bears, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, gray wolves, river otters, and a large variety of both desert birds and shorebirds. The state is also home to a sizeable population of Roosevelt elk, the largest species of elk in North America.
In this amazing and diverse ecosystem, however, the main attraction isn’t found on the land, but in the sea. Oregon’s rugged and beautiful coast gives way to the blue waters of the Pacific, where the spectacle of migrating gray whales brings thousands to the coast each year to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants. While there are multiple companies that offer whale watching boat tours, they come close enough to shore that it’s possible to see them from land. You just have to know where to go…
Part of Oswald West State Park just north of Manzanita, Neahkahnie Mountain is a 1,680-foot coastal peak that is well known for the panoramic views from the top. You can hike to the summit via the Oregon Coast Trail or by accessing the Short Sand South Trailhead near Highway 101. Whale sightings are a pretty sure thing if you’re there at the right time of year. An added bonus is the great view of Manzanita Beach, and if you’re there in the evening, you’ll be treated to a spectacular Oregon sunset.
Built in 1889, Cape Meares Lighthouse is a picturesque fixture on Oregon’s coast. It’s located about two hours due west of Portland. At this scenic viewpoint, you’ll be 200 feet above the ocean, giving you a perfect vantage point to see the telltale double-plumed spouts of the whales as they slowly swim by.
There are scores of scenic spots along Oregon’s 360mile Coast, but this is a dedicated place for watching whales, complete with a knowledgeable staff, heated indoor viewing area and plenty of binoculars. It’s one of the top destinations in the state for whale watching. The helpful staff will fill you with all kinds of fascinating info about whales, and since they are extra good at picking them out, they may spot them even when you don’t. Along with gray whales, humpbacks, and orcas, blue whales have been sighted from this location.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse is not only the brightest light on the entire Oregon Coast, but it’s also the most photographed lighthouse on the entire U.S. West Coast. The short half-mile hike from the parking lot brings you to the iconic spot, where you can tour the lighthouse and gift shop. The lighthouse sits atop Heceta Head, a dizzying 1,000 feet above the waves below. It goes without saying that this is an ideal spot to see whales out in the water.
What better place to see whales than from the highest car accessible point on the Oregon Coast? The visitor center is open all year, and helpful staff and exhibits inform about the cultural and natural history of the area. At the highest point, it’s more than 800 feet above sea level, and you can see 70 miles of coastline as well as 37 miles out to sea. A perfect place to spot whales!
Cape Perpetua is about two miles north of Yachats.
This rugged, basalt-rimmed bay is quintessential Oregon Coast, and it’s a great place to do some whale watching. Just one mile north of Depoe Bay, you’ll get a breathtaking panoramic view and, along with whales, it’s one of the best places on the coast to see ocean going birds, such as shearwaters, albatrosses, grebes, loons, oystercatchers, and pelicans. Incidentally, the bay was named after a ship that ran aground, caught fire and exploded in 1910. It is said that the ship’s boiler, still out there in the bay, is visible at low tide.
Built in 1870, the Cape Blanco Lighthouse is the oldest one in the state, and it’s located on the westernmost point in Oregon. Perched atop a 245-foot headland, it promises jaw-dropping
views of the coast and ocean — and it’s a perfect place for whale watching. The surrounding park is home to hiking trails, a historic pioneer house built in the 19th century, a small cemetery, a campground, and a horse camp with riding trails.
Cape Blanco is in southern Oregon about 65 miles from the California state line.
Although it’s possible to see whales any day of the year, the whale watching season in Oregon is concurrent with the mammals’ biannual migrations, which peak in winter (midDecember to mid-January) and spring (late February to May).
As many as 20,000 whales pass the Oregon Coast during these times. Be sure to build some time into your schedule to see these amazing creatures. It’s one of the most memorable experiences you can have in the beautiful state of Oregon!
Travelers love the experience of opening the door to their carefully chosen vacation “home away from home.” That feeling of arriving at a beautiful, private, well-appointed, and sparkling clean home (often even nicer than your own!) near many things you and your family love to do, is one of the best ways to start your vacation! The gleaming chef’s kitchen will be the site of many memorable dinners and pancake breakfasts, and the spa-like bathrooms will be the perfect place for a long soak in the tub and tackling a few chapters of that book you have been meaning to read. The cozy beds will be a restful retreat where you can truly recharge, and the views from the deck will be the backdrop for memories and photos you and yours will cherish for years to come.
It is also easy to see the appeal for vacation homeowners. You can enjoy your home anytime you like. Should you want to vacation elsewhere or get busy with life and are not able to visit for a bit, your home can provide an impressive return on your investment (and often pay for itself!) by serving as a cherished retreat where families and friends return each year to relax, recharge, and make memories. And, if you partner with a vacation home management company who will take impeccable care of your home and market it effectively to desirable renters, you can focus on enjoying your home, while they focus on your return on investment.
This is where our trusted colleagues at Meredith Lodging come in. They are known industry-wide for owner-focused (they call it Owner-First™) and hassle-free vacation home management. They take excellent care of your home, have a proven track record of profitability and award-winning growth, and invest in locally based teams you can trust to make sure both your home and your guests are well cared for.
Once you know you want to get in the game, you’ll want to hit the ground running on the profit side. The private vacation rental market continues to grow, and vacation homeowners continue to see an impressive return on their investment. The talented team at Meredith Lodging can help you every step of the way. They will focus on making your home successful, so you can focus on enjoying your home. They have shared with us what you can expect, and what you will want to consider as you prepare your home for guests.
Since you are turning your property into a business, you need to get the necessary permits and/or licenses from the start. These will vary by municipality. There are two ways you can go about this: do it yourself or hire a vacation rental manager to assist you. The folks at Meredith Lodging have established relationships with permitting offices in every municipality where their owners have homes. This streamlines the process in most cases and takes the heavy lifting off your plate.
There are lots of things to consider when readying your vacation home for guests. What items do you feel comfortable leaving in the property for guests to enjoy during their stay? What items do you want to secure safely away, yet have easy access to when you visit? And what items do guests look for when booking that you might consider adding to your home?
The most popular homes have an appealing design aesthetic and are clear of clutter and personal items – guests want to feel as if your home is theirs for the time they are visiting. Since so much of the vacation rental market is repeat customers who scour reviews for feedback, it’s also important that your home be the kind that garners the great reviews that bring guests back again and again.
The team at Meredith Lodging audits and tracks thousands of reviews each year and works with their owners to make sure their homes receive regular accolades. They have put together a helpful list of the amenities guests love and mention the most in reviews. These are the amenities that will have your guests recommending your home to all their friends. Additionally, the team at Meredith Lodging has long-standing relationships with a variety of vendors, meaning they can help you get your home guest-ready at a great price.
• Gorgeous Gathering Spaces with Room for Everyone (Pets, too!). Be sure to have enough comfortable seating for the number of occupants the house allows in all the gathering spaces – including the dining room table, the great room area(s), and any outside tables or seating areas, too. For rooms where TVs are included, Smart TVs are a favorite
among guests, so they can stream their favorite programs. Homes that are pup-friendly and have outdoor extras like a hot tub tend to have revenue increases of 20% or more over homes that do not.
• A Well-Equipped Kitchen. Of course, it is important to have plenty of cups, glasses, plates, bowls, and silverware, and investing in some extras guests love can really improve your home’s profitability. Think about including nice wine glasses, waffle irons, quality cookware and bakeware, a good blender, serving platters or an upgraded coffee maker or espresso machine. All make for memorable meals and great reviews!
• Well-Appointed Bedrooms and Bathrooms. Guests rave about comfortable beds and luxury linens! And those who love the luxury touch of fluffy, spa-like towels and robes, a soaker tub or large shower will make sure to write a great review, too.
• Room to Play! Vacationers love playful extras in a home... from Smart TVs in most rooms to bikes or wagons in the garage to sand toys or sleds to game rooms with fun amenities like ping-pong, pool, and foosball – all these investments will make your home stand out from the rest.
Once your home is guest-ready, you will want to think about the promotion and protection of your home. Working with a vacation rental management company like Meredith Lodging assures that your home will be marketed across multiple platforms, making it easier to find and book, including:
• MeredithLodging.com, where thousands of loyal, repeat, and desirable renters book homes each year.
• Online Travel Agencies. When you list with Meredith Lodging, your home will also be listed on VRBO, Airbnb, Booking. com, Expedia and Google, among others.
• Your home also has the opportunity to be included in Meredith Lodging’s weekly direct email campaigns and on their social media channels, too!
• Meredith Lodging assigns the same Housekeeping & Maintenance care teams to your home – a team you can trust to clean, care for, and inspect your home after each stay.
• Meredith Lodging rental agreements also make sure that guests agree to occupancy limits and how to care for your home. House rules and check-in/check-out procedures will also be posted prominently in your home.
• Meredith Lodging also employs staff 24/7 so that if any issue arises with your guests or your home, it can be taken care of right away.
When you are ready to list online, your photos and descriptions should be nothing short of outstanding, and companies like Meredith Lodging have talented photographers, home stagers
and interior decorators on staff for this reason. Potential guests will look at the photos before they read anything, and top-notch photos and staging will help your home stand out!
Once your photos have them hooked, you need a great description. Writers at Meredith Lodging craft an appealing picture, highlighting the positive aspects of your home – making sure to mention all the amenities and extras that make your home special. They will also be sure to detail all the nearby attractions and how easy it is to visit them from your home.
It is easy to see why many of the most successful vacation homes trust Meredith Lodging to care for and market their homes. When you partner with a strong vacation rental management company from the start, your vacation rental can be a terrific source of passive income, and a relatively worry-free business. True, it takes a little time and effort to get everything set up and running, but once you do, you can sit back, relax, and watch the dollars roll in! Meredith Lodging will take care of everything else, and keep you informed about all of it –so you will be kept up to date on your treasured investment.
Ready to get started? Learn more about working with Meredith Lodging under the “List with Us” section at MeredithLodging.com or by calling 541.418.4068
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The largest Pacific Northwest Sotheby’s affiliate, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) is comprised of six branch offices and a New Developments sales and marketing division. RSIR’s 300+ global real estate advisors are relocation experts who live and work in the communities they serve, from the Islands to Downtown Seattle and the Eastside, our advisors are backed by leading insight and the brand power of Sotheby’s. Representing all property types from sea to sky, we understand that luxury isn’t a price point, it’s an experience. Learn more at rsir.com.
Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty is the San Francisco Bay Area’s preeminent luxury real estate brokerage serving all price points. Our elite agent network of over 450 top-performing agents serves buyers and sellers in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, Marin, the East Bay and Wine Country, with 23 offices throughout the region. In 2021, we achieved $7 Billion in total sales volume, ranked #1 in California for sales volume among Sotheby’s International Realty® brokerages, and were #3 in the United States among all brokerages for highest average sale price by transactions sides. We’re locally rooted, globally-connected, and leading our industry. Nothing compares.
The culture of the Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is defined by its people. From our visionary leadership to our exceptional agents, we are united in the vision to provide local expertise, innovative technology, exceptional service, and access to a global network supported by the world’s top luxury real estate brand, ensuring success for our clients. We support over 550 elite real estate professionals throughout Southern California, making our firm one of the largest Sotheby’s International Realty® franchises in the network.
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty serves as one of the top luxury real estate brokerages in Southern California. Founded in 2006 as a small office on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it has since grown into a local powerhouse supporting over 270 of the area’s most experienced and motivated agents. With headquarters in Manhattan Beach and 7 additional offices spanning along the coastline down to Long Beach, our clients are offered the perfect blend of the glamorous LA lifestyle with the comfort and tranquility of beach living.
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The Farm, Ranch, & Vineyard division at Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty covers 100,000 square miles across Oregon and SW Washington, and we represent exceptional properties in this region.
We honor the incredibly diverse lifestyles we serve throughout the Pacific Northwest, and our brokers are here to find what speaks to you. Our Farm, Ranch & Vineyard brokers are experts, as they too are ranchers, riders, farmers, and vintners. You will often find our brokers outside the office - cultivating land and relationships
while driving back roads, wrangling horses, hunting, fishing, or walking rows of grapevines. Knowing the ins-and-outs of property values, water rights, and zoning is what separates our brokers from our competitors.
Our seasoned brokers have deep roots in the communities they serve, know the right places, the right tradesmen, and the right ways to help you. We bring integrity, intelligence, experience, and are your ally in helping you reach your real estate objectives.
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Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty represents over 170 new developments in Oregon and SW Washington, including some of the most exclusive resort communities in the Pacific Northwest. Our New Home and Development brokers offer a comprehensive approach to working with builders and developers from the ground up. We conduct in-depth market research and create strategic marketing and sales plans for any size project. Our experienced
team will advise on land acquisition, lot yield analysis, marketing budgets, and sales goals.
We target the world’s most qualified buyers through the marketing power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, offering exclusive online marketing exposure for new developments. Each property’s unique branding and listings are showcased on the top-ranking luxury real estate website: sothebysrealty.com/new-developments
The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand harnesses the worldwide recognition and prestige of the Sotheby’s name. Auctioneers since 1744 with a fine tradition of marketing the world’s most cherished possessions, Sotheby’s is now an innovative global art business serving the most discerning clientele. Sotheby’s International Realty® benefits from this tradition and innovation through equity in the Sotheby’s brand name and marketing collaboration.
The Sotheby’s International Realty ® global network encompasses 81 countries and territories, with 1,000 offices and 26,000 sales associates worldwide. This exclusive association of high-quality residential brokerage companies connects the Sotheby’s International Realty® network to facilitate the thousands of referrals that occur annually among our offices.
The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand marketing strategy is to develop quality content, across multiple platforms, in order to create and maintain global brand recognition and drive consumers to view our listings. With an emphasis on brand exclusivity, cutting-edge advertising technologies, strategic positioning, social traffic drivers and video content integration, the company utilizes media powerhouses whose innovation, experience and international impact allow our brand to connect with a global consumer.
The Sotheby’s International Realty® eGallery is displayed on high-definition screens in Sotheby’s International Realty® and Sotheby’s auction house locations around the world. It is an exclusive, real-time, dynamic property slideshow designed to provide worldwide reach for the properties represented by our network.
Strategic placement and unique positioning of your home’s best features are critical in securing the right audience, to not only preview your home online, but to take the next step in their home search. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand partners with and distributes properties to the most significant media companies and real estate-focused websites in the world in order to increase exposure of our listings.
While our advertising strategy exposes our properties worldwide, we believe that it is equally important to have a dominant media presence in our local market. Our listings are consistently featured in key local publications. The combination of both global and local advertising ensures that your property will be exposed to the most qualified homebuyers.
Social media is a vital tool for luxury brands to provide content to their loyal following, as well as to attract new connections. Influential, well-connected buyers like to engage directly with their favorite brands – looking at photos, videos and articles with the ability to respond and share the content. We are not simply posting on social media, we are nurturing a highly engaged group of opinion-makers with exclusive content on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
To increase exposure for your home, we have partnered with and distribute properties to the most influential publications in the world, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Ocean Home, Bloomberg Markets, Robb Report, Sotheby’s Art & Home, Sotheby’s Preferred and more.
Our exceptional team of brokers at Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty have deep roots in our communities. Through our dollars and our time, we support the long- term growth and vitality of the places we live, work, and play.
Throughout the year, our 570 brokers in Oregon and SW Washington give their time by volunteering and helping a variety of local organizations. In addition, many of our brokers
share their talents and do things like teach a Yoga class and donate the proceeds to a local charity or take on a role as a board member for local nonprofits with causes that are close to their hearts.
As a company, we often partner with organizations to make local events possible.
We are pleased to be a part of bringing joy and fun to the communities we love.
• ALS Association
• Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon
• American Cancer Society
• American Heart Association Go Red For Women
• American Red Cross
• Arbor Day Foundation
• Astoria Visual Arts
• Bend Waves and Summit Water Polo
• Bethlehem Inn
• Big Brothers & Big Sisters
• Boys and Girls Club
• Camp Starlight
• Camp Tamarack
• Campfire of Central Oregon
• Central Oregon Cutting Horse Association
• Central Oregon Trail Alliance
• Central Oregon Veterans Outreach
• Choose Joy Foundation
• Classroom Law Project
• Crater high school athletics
• Crook County 4-H
• Crook County Baseball & Soccer Programs
• DACA/National Immigration Law Center
• Deschutes Children’s Foundation
• Deschutes Land Trust
• Deschutes River Coalition
• Doctors without Borders
• Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
• Dougy Center for Grieving Children
• Dress for Success
• Eleven +
• Equine Rescue Service
• Family Dogs New Life Shelter
• Family Access Network
• Festival of Trees
• First Story
• Flash Love
• Friend’s of Powell Butte
• Grandma’s House of Central Oregon
• Habitat for humanity
• Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding center
• Healthy Beginnings
• High Desert Chamber Music
• High Desert Dance Arts
• Humane Society
• In our Backyard
• J Bar J
• Jackson County livestock sale
• Junior Achievement
• Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
• Keep Tahoe Blue
• Kindred Matters
• Kiva microloan
• Kor Community Land Trust
• Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
• Lincoln County Sheriff
• Lines for Life
• Litter and Trash Rangers of Sunriver
• Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery
• Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp
• Mt. Ashland
• Multnomah Athletic Foundation
• National Park Service
• Neighbor Impact
• North Tahoe Firefighters
• NW Medical Teams
• Oregon Public Broadcast
• Opportunity Foundation
• Oregon Club of Central Oregon
• Oregon High School Equestrian Team
• Oregon Paralyzed Veterans
• Planned Parenthood
• Polio Plus
• Portland Monthly Light a Fire
• Portland Public Schools
• Portland Youth Philharmonic
• Project Ponderosa
• Powell Butte Community Charter School
• Red Rock youth program
• ReFIT for Vets
• Riverdale Parent Teacher Club
• Riverdale School District Foundation
• Road to Recovery with the American Cancer Society
• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
• Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon
• Rotary Club of Jefferson County and Rotary International
• Saving Grace
• Santa’s Posse
• Second Tern Thrift Store
• Share House
• Shepherds House Ministries
• Shop with a Cop
• SMART Reading Program
• South Medford athletics
• Sparrow Clubs
• St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
• Stanford Cancer Foundation
• Street Dog Hero
• Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory
• Susan B. Komen
• Taiwanese Friendship Association
• Take Back the Night Foundation
• Teen and Adult Challenge
• The American Legion
• The Bloom Project
• The Giving Tree
• The Kids Center
• The Mighty Endeavor
• The Oregon Food Bank
• The Professional Standards Committee
• The Wilderness Society
• The Wounded Warrior Project
• Tualatin Family services
• Tualatin Food Bank
• United Way of Deschutes County
• United Service Organization
• Volunteers in Medicine
• Warfighter Outfitters
• Wonderland Express
• Young Audiences