There is a beach that many consider the most beautiful on the Central Oregon Coast. It is Ona Beach and is located about 10 miles south of Newport.
Yet another in a string of beautiful public parks, Ona beach has some surprises for the first time visitor. The parking area is located just off highway 101 below a residential area named Makai. The beach is usually deserted although the picnic area next to the parking lot is very popular.
A paved trail takes you along and eventually over Beaver Creek across an arched footbridge and out on to the white sand beach.
Beaver creek cuts the beach in half but also offers hours of fun for the little ones to play in the 6 inches of warm water well away from the pounding surf. This is the beach for sandcastles, clamming, and agate hunting. Campfires are legal and a sunset weenie roast can be the perfect end to a magical day at the Oregon Coast.
There is a trail in Yachats, Oregon that was deeded to the citizens after a lengthy court proceeding.
It is an old ‘road’ from the late 1800’s and is the most pleasant and famous stroll in southern Lincoln County. Today it is no more than a dirt trail that hugs the Pacific coast only a few feet from the tidepools and thundering surf. It can be bicycled, walked, and has even hosted folks who are in wheelchairs.
Cove after cove lie in front of beautiful Oregon Coast properties. The trail has access points to all of them as well as offering some fairly productive fishing holes. Most folks start the walk at the parking area at the mouth of the Yachats river where there is free and public parking. The trail is accessed a few steps from your car and this experience will put you instantly face to face with the mighty Pacific. For ‘storm watchers’ it doesn’t get any better than this.
Sunday, December 27th, 11am – 4pm
Saturday December 19, 2009, 11am – 3pm
Sunday, December 20th, 11am – 4pm
With everything available online these days, people frequently ask, “Why should we hire a real estate agent?” They are curious if they couldn’t buy or sell a home through the web without a licensed broker. While some non-brokered transactions work out, many don’t. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider hiring a professional real estate broker:
- Education & Experience You don’t need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. A good broker will only bring qualified buyers to your home if it is for sale. On the buyer’s side, he or she will spend time learning about what you are looking for in a home and comb through the MLS listings to find places that are worth your time to review.
- Neighborhood and Regulatory Knowledge Our agents know every neighborhood on the Central Oregon Coast. They can identify comparable sales for you, in addition to providing you with information on the community. For example, you may know that a home down the street was on the market for $359,000, but your broker will know all the details — if it had any upgrades and that it ultimately sold for $297,000 after 93 days on the market and two price drops.The Central Oregon Coast offers a multitude of neighborhoods and locations each with it’s unique appeal. Our properties range from the right on the beach ocean fronts to mountain vista homes. In between are many on rivers, bays and lakes. Each home or building site is evaluated for view, with ocean front, bay front and river front being generally higher in value.Along with the great views are the challenges. Anywhere near the water there may be building restrictions and cautions. Lower lying areas may be subject to periodic flooding and require special home owners insurance or may be considered not build able by County regulations. The closer to the ocean the higher the maintenance of the home due to high winds and salt air. Certain geological hazards do exist in certain areas, such as slides caused be unstable ground. The flood issues and geological hazards are clearly identified by County and State officials. Getting timely and accurate information to a Buyer is the job of a well trained real estate broker. Water services are another area of concern. The Coastal cities all have regulated water systems. In unincorporated areas between the larger towns, community water systems serve and are monitored much like the municipal providers. Water wells are common in areas not served by public systems. These vary in style, cost and reliability. Again it is the job of your broker to help determine the quality and function of the well through the use of professional inspectors. Larger towns have municipal sewage treatment plants to serve the residents. The other 40% of homes in Lincoln County are served by on-site-sewage disposal systems (septic). This is one of the greater challenges here on the Coast. Soil conditions, square footage of land and topography all play a part. Your real estate broker practicing on the Coast is well versed in the regulations and is a key player in developing accurate information on septic systems using licensed contractors. Local knowledge is critically important when Buying or Selling on the Oregon Coast.
- Price Guidance Contrary to popular belief, brokers do not select prices for sellers or buyers. Instead, a broker guides his or her client to make the right choices for themselves. Selling agents will provide buyers with all the data (average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, etc) to help them choose a price. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the broker will devise and discuss a negotiation strategy.
- Negotiation Skills Top producing brokers negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they are skilled at removing themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction. Good brokers are not messengers, delivering buyer’s offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to present their client’s case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential.
- Paperwork Today’s purchase agreements run 10 pages or more. That does not include the federal- and/or state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands.
Learn more about how Windermere West Coast Properties approaches selling real estate on the Oregon coast. And get in touch with any questions you may have.
Thanks to the Nature Conservancy a special place known as Cascade Head is forever protected from development. Heading north through Lincoln County, Oregon, a driver will see a small sign on Highway 101 simply stating ‘Three Rocks Road’. A left turn at this sign opens into an artist’s community and a trail to the top of Cascade Head. Driving past the ocean view homes, a visitor will see a small public boat launch and the start of a 5 mile trail to the top of the Head. This trail winds upwards through several ecosystems of forest and grasslands to the protected, yet public, area at the top. To say the view is spectacular would be a terrible understatement. This is a sight of the Pacific rim of the United States that offers vistas a fifty or more miles of coastline. The curve of the earth is plainly visible when you look out at the Pacific ocean. Yet you are less than 10 miles north of the ocean front homes and beach condos of Lincoln City. The property was purchased by the Nature Conservancy several years ago to protect a unique species of wildflower. So pack a picnic lunch and stroll through the forest and out onto the meadow. But be sure not to remove any ‘souvenirs’… other than the photos you are sure to take.
The Siletz Bay is a shallow-water oasis of birdwatching located just south of Lincoln City, Oregon.
If you drive past the new oceanfront and bayfront condos at the southern boundry of Lincoln City you will find hundreds of square miles of a kayaker’s and birdwatcher’s garden of delights. This federally designated area contains shoreline, flood plain, and grassland that is the home of scores of Oregon coastal birds and wildlife. Hawks and eagles compete with Canadian geese and all types of waterfowl for nesting and feeding space. Even wild swans can sometimes be spotted if conditions are just right.
Although no motorized boats are allowed, canoes and kayaks are welcome to share in the world class birding opportunities. Closer to the beach the tidal flats of the Siletz bay offer clams and cockles. At the mouth of the bay folks can even use their crab pots… right from the shore!
For photographers the opportunities are limitless as the evershifting light plays among the small tree covered islands. Sunset will often seem to light the deep forest with an otherworldly golden glow. And all this is located within a ten minute bike ride to your Oregon coast property.
From now until December 18th both Windermere offices in Seal Rock and Newport are collection points for warm winter clothing such as coats, hats, mittens, gloves and blankets. These are gathered up weekly and taken to local distribution points where they are shared with those less fortunate in our community. Items need not be new, just “gently used”. This is the eighth year of our participation and it feels really good to give a helping hand. Our area does not experience the bitter cold that some areas do, but it is still Winter.
Please feel free to drop off anything you can either at
567 N. Coast Highway in Newport
5693 NW Pacific Coast Highway (Triad Gallery)
in Seal Rock.
You can help make a difference.
Good golly, what’s going on in the historic Nye Beach district of Newport, Oregon?
The upgrades continue in Nye Beach as the art galleries and artists compete for space with the ocean front condos. In an area remembered better for turn of the century summer cottages and colorful rapscallions, ocean view homes are rendering the property more valuable than the existing buildings.
Newport has invested a fortune in newly cobbled streets and European style, pedestrian friendly, neighborhoods. And the boutique bakeries, restaurants, and high-end delis and wine shops have begun sprouting like mushrooms. The music scene in lively on the weekends and the locals can be seen strolling this this lovely atmosphere just a few steps from the sandy beach.
After years of contraction and neglect, the Nye Beach district is expanding in every direction. New ocean front condos are under construction at the same time as new parks are opened and upgraded.
Certainly the fact that residents can walk 250 yards to the Newport Performing Art Center must have something to do with the recent boom. Where else can you exit a performance of a symphony orchestra and see the mighty Pacific on your walk home?