Newport Seafood and Wine Festival this weekend!

Newport’s biggest party roars into town this weekend.

For the 32nd time, the finest wines and seafood in the Pacific Northwest will be on display at the South Beach Marina Event Center. Over 100 booths will feature the bounty of seafood, grapes, cheeses and other local fresh Northwest fare. The event attracted 24,000 people in 2009 and local expectations anticipate that this will be exceeded given the beautiful weather predicted for this weekend.

Friday night is known as locals night but it is Saturday when musicians and other entertainment are in full swing. This is the granddaddy of wine festivals for the Oregon coast, a place where a gold medal actually matters to both the winemakers and distributors.

The Seafood and Wine Festival is co-sponsored by the Newport Chamber of Commerce and Seaport Airlines. Although you must be 21 and over to attend, the event has traditionally been a low-key affair. The locals look forward to this event as much as the 10,000 tourists we expect to descend on the coast for the weekend.

Because a free shuttle bus is offered at numerous locations around town, attendees can be guarantee that they’ll get back to their motel as quickly and safely as possible.

This is truly an event that brings forth the best efforts of the vintners, restaurants and the citizens of Newport. Most locals will tell you this is the weekend you can have the most fun on the Oregon Coast. Hey, and while you’re over here — look at some of the most beautiful and affordable properties on the Central Oregon Coast.

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm
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Moving From California to Oregon: What I’ve learned

Once upon a time…..I was the “Not-From-Around-Here” Girl: flashy car, acrylic nails, Sun-In hair and 20 pairs of high heeled sandals.  I drove up here on a whim, fell in love with the coast, gave my notice at my job and started house hunting.  That was 15 years ago.  Since then I have learned a lot about becoming an Oregonian here are my top 5:  

#1 SLOW DOWN!  That was a hard one for me.  The coast has a different time frame than the rest of the world.  Things are more relaxed…which is great because you actually have time to meet people, remember their names and make lasting friendships and enjoy the view all at the same time. 

#2 Don’t expect all directions to include a street name.  This one floored me!  I needed to get from a friend’s house in Toledo to a friend’s house in Waldport.  It went as follows:

  • Turn left out of the drive way and drive until you reach that church with the red door, turn right (OK…what street is that? No Answer)
  • Take that street until you see the police station and turn right (Ummm..OK, but I’m scared now)
  • Follow the road until you see DQ (OK, seriously, what street am I on now? Still no answer),
  • Turn left on HWY 20 (YES! A STREET NAME)
  • When you hit Newport turn left at HWY 101 (We are on a roll, that’s two street names in a row!)
  • Take 101 to Waldport and turn left at the street after the one with the light (are you kidding me?) there is normally a nice old man named Earl on that corner (I kid you not, my friend not only said this, but Earl was actually there! I waved.) 
  • Follow that until you get to a polka dotted mail box, take that gravel road until you get to the white house and You Are There(This last part was said with a cheeky little grin that I know was meant to humble this California girl!  It worked.)

#3 If you think you know how to pronounce some of the landmarks, you probably don’t!  For example:

  • Yaquina (ya-KWIN-a)…not Yakeeena
  • Not to be confused with La Quinta (Keeen-ta)…..not La Qwinta
  • Siuslaw (Sigh-u-slaw) Not sue-we-slaw
  • Philomath (Fill-LO-muth) Not Filowmath
  • Yachats (YAW-hots) Not Yaa-chets
  • It’s Lincoln City, not Lincoln
  • Siletz (Si-LETS) Not SI-letzzzz

#4 If you show up with an “I’m a Food Snob” attitude, like I did, you will be put in your place…nicely.  We have the best food here!  From fabulous seafood with a view at Georgies to awesome locally made beer and Kobe burgers at Rogue.  We have something for everybody! 

#5 If someone asks you if you are a Ducks Fan or a Beavers Fan, answer quickly and decisively and stick with that decision, forever!  That, my friends, is how I became a Ducks Fan!!!

I am thankfully still learning, daily, about the Central Oregon Coast.  This is where I work, play and raise my family, and I love it here!!

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm
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Newport Oregon Open House, Saturday, Feb 20

Get Directions:  919 NW Spring Street, Newport

MLS Number: 10-450

Open 1 – 3 pm

Priced to sell! This 1316 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is priced $19,000 below RMV. Attached garage, wood laminate flooring, spacious master bedroom, and no yard work makes this home desireable. Home located within walking distance on historic Nye Beach.

Priced to sell! This 1316 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is priced $19,000 below RMV. Attached garage, wood laminate flooring, spacious master bedroom, and no yard work makes this home desireable. Home located within walking distance on historic Nye Beach.

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm
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The Ona Beach Wonderland – Joy on the Oregon Coast

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.

Best Beach on the Central Oregon Coast

Best Beach on the Central Oregon Coast

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.

Breathtaking oceanfront home which adjoins Ona Beach.

Breathtaking oceanfront home for sale which adjoins Ona Beach. MLS #: 09-1997 Listed at $500,000 Learn More

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm
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Yachats 804 Trail Adventure

Yachats' 804 trail

Yachats' 804 trail

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.

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm
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Newport Oregon Real Estate: Holiday Season Open Houses

Sunday, December 27th, 11am – 4pm

Details and directions: Regatta Condos at Yaquina Bay
Green-built Condos - 9 Units Remaining

Green-built Condos - 9 Units RemainingInvest with Friends and Family: Up to 4 Owners Allowed

Posted on December 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm
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South Beach Real Estate: Open Houses December 19 & 20

Saturday December 19, 2009, 11am – 3pm

Details:  MLS 09-1491
Directions: 52 SW 95th St, South Beach

MLS # 09-1491 Three Bedrooms, Three Baths  $279,900

MLS # 09-1491 Three Bedrooms, Three Baths $279,900

Sunday, December 20th, 11am – 4pm

Details and directions: Regatta Condos at Yaquina Bay
Green-built Condos - 9 Units Remaining

Green-built Condos - 9 Units RemainingInvest with Friends and Family: Up to 4 Owners Allowed

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 4:13 am
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Five reasons to hire an Oregon Coast Real Estate Pro

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm
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Cascade Head Offers a Rare Oregon Wonderland

cascade blog 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.

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 11:23 pm
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A Peaceful Bird Sanctuary

siletz bay

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.

Posted on November 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm
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