Redmond Named Among Top Affordable Winter Getaways

Redmond Named Among Top Affordable Winter Getaways

When it comes to destination locations, it’s become fairly common for Central Oregon to be mentioned favorably in the national media (I’ve lost count of the “Best Places to…” lists we’ve made). Typically, though, it’s Bend that gets the press. So it’s refreshing to see that a new list focuses not on Bend but on nearby Redmond. This time it’s TripAdvisor’s “10 Affordable Hidden Winter Gem Getaways,” which highlights both winter-weather and summer-sunny locales that feature rental properties that don’t cost an arm and a leg and are surrounded by an abundance of outdoor activities to keep you entertained. Nearby Depoe Bay and Chelan, Wash., also made the list. As for Redmond, the town’s easy access to the area’s two skiing options (Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo) were mentioned as draws, along with extensive opportunities for mountain biking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing and golf. (Surprisingly, the article didn’t specifically mention Smith Rock, nor did it tout downtown Redmond’s thriving Antiques District or its growing craft brewery/brewpub scene. Hmmmm.) In addition to seeking out scenic locales with diverse recreational activities, TripAdvisor ranked hot spots based on the average cost of a week’s stay combined with the average winter temperature. Here’s the TripAdvisor short list: Redmond, Ore: AVG Rental Review Score: 4.17/5.00; AVG Weekly Rate: $892; Winter Temperature: 42-50 degrees Depoe Bay, Ore.: AVG Rental Review Score:61/5.00 AVG Weekly Rate: $1,108; 
Winter Temperature: 45-55 degrees) Chelan, Wash.: AVG Rental Review Score:00/5.00 AVG Weekly Rate: $845; 
Winter Temperature: 35-45 degrees Cody, Wyo: AVG Rental Review Score:50/5.00 AVG Weekly Rate: $1,016
; Winter Temperature: 35-45 degrees Banner Elk, N.C.: AVG Rental Review Score:80/5.00 AVG Weekly...
How’s the Market? A Review of the Third-Quarter Stats for Central Oregon

How’s the Market? A Review of the Third-Quarter Stats for Central Oregon

It’s no secret that the real estate market has been improving in Central Oregon during the past year. Like many markets nationwide, Central Oregon has taken great strides in moving forward toward a more balanced market in 2013. But just how far have we come? To get a clearer sense of exactly how much the market has shifted in 2013, let’s take a closer look at the third-quarter statistics for Central Oregon, which were compiled by MLSCO (the multiple listing service for Central Oregon). In many respects, the news is positive. (If you’d like to skip to the chase, there are a number of charts at the bottom of this article that hit the high points). Now onto some specifics… The number of Single Family Residential (SFR) sales are up in Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Sunriver, Crook County and La Pine. Sisters has seen the highest percentage sales increase (up 40 percent), with Bend in second (up 15 percent) and Sunriver in third (up 11 percent). The average sales amounts for SFR listings are also up significantly in many markets. La Pine has seen the most dramatic shift in price (up 41 percent, from $103,087 to $145,588), with Redmond close behind at 36 percent (from $142,910 to $193,772). Bend has increased 22 percent (from $258,511 to $316,593), and Sisters is up 4 percent (from $297,195 to $309,811). The total sold volume is also up significantly in most Single Family Residential markets — more than 56 percent in La Pine, more than 40 percent in Bend, Sisters, Redmond and Crook County; and 21 percent in Sunriver. Meanwhile, the days on market...
What’s Happening: Upcoming Fourth of July Events

What’s Happening: Upcoming Fourth of July Events

  With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, we have almost a full week of  Fourth of July-related festivities.  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening in Central Oregon. June 29 NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo: Food, fun, live music, bike races & more, in a friendly, street-festival atmosphere. 3:30-10 pm. Northwest Crossing Dr. between Mount Washington & Compass Park. 541-382-1662. June 29-July 1 1776: The Tony-award- winning musical “1776” will be presented in concert by Shore Thing Productions. $20. June 29 & 30 at 7:p.m.; July 1 at 2 p.m. Tower Theatre. 541-317-0700. June 30- July 1 Sisters Summer Faire: Quality handcrafted arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind gifts, live entertainment & food court. 1- am-4 pm, Village Green Park. 541-549-0251. July 1 -July 31 Sisters Quilt Walk: In conjunction with the Sisters Quilt Show (July 14), businesses display quilts by local quilters during their regular business hours. 541-549-0989. July 4 Bend’s Old-Fashioned July 4th Festival & Pet Parade: Children of all ages bring their special pet (dogs, llamas, horses, lizards, goats & lots of stuffed animals) to parade through downtown Bend. Decorating & lineup: 9:30am; parade begins at 10 am. Festival features craft & food booths, old-fashioned games (3-legged races, watermelon eating, water balloon contests) from 11 am-4 pm at Drake Park. Sponsored by Bend Pet Express. 541-389-7275. Sound Fourth Concert: 75-member Cascade Horizon Band & 70-member Festival Chorus perform an inspirational concert, with patriotic songs, Americana music, Broadway hits & a sing-along.Free; barbecue follows (also free). 3 pm at Bend High School. 541-383-6290. Fourth of July Barbecue & Blues: Barbecue, with live music by the Taelour Project; proceeds benefit...
Redmond Home Furnishings Find: Cricket on the Hearth

Redmond Home Furnishings Find: Cricket on the Hearth

Wandering around downtown Redmond recently, I stumbled upon Cricket on the Hearth Vintage Home (“Primitives, Vintage Finds & Worthy Goods for the Home,” 541-504-7770 ). Fittingly enough, the antiques shop is located in the lobby of the Redmond Hotel. I say “fitting” because walking through its doors is like being transported to another locale. One where all sorts of interesting things happen. You certainly don’t expect to find a shop like Cricket on the Hearth in Redmond. Actually, you don’t expect to find a shop like Cricket on the Hearth at all because there aren’t very many shops like Cricket on the Hearth anywhere — at least not in the continental U.S. Maybe that’s one reason I’m so fond of it. There’s absolutely nothing trendy, fashionable or mass-produced about it. It’s odd. And I mean that as a compliment. It’s quirky in a way that can’t be manufactured. “Vintage” in a way that feels more European than American. In fact, it reminds me of a small-town French flea market, the sort cram-packed with ancient oddities, many of which you’ve never seen before and have no idea how, when, where or by whom they were used. The kind I could spend hours prowling around with no problem (and have), venturing from one fascinating tableau to another in a valiant effort to conjure their stories. Perhaps just as surprising as Cricket on the Hearth is the woman behind it: Peggy Stacy. A postal worker for 22 years, Stacy moved to Central Oregon in 1998 to open a bed-and-breakfast inn. Given the incredibly creative, unique space that Stacy has assembled at Cricket,...