Six Ways You Can Help During This Wildfire Crisis

“How can I help?” That is what many Lake Oswego residents on Next Door, Facebook, and Twitter are asking.

And it fits our profile. I remember when our family home flooded back in 1996, neighbors and friends showed up at our door asking, “How can I help?”

The threat facing us now is a different kind, but equally concerning, and even though all of us have stories to share of how our lives have been impacted by COVID-19, a crisis like this taps into a resilience of community where the whole is greater than the parts.

That’s why you find a neighbor in Rivergrove offering RV parking and yard space for up to 10 small animals or 2 horses or cows. Or other neighbors putting together free activity kits for kids. So, if you are wondering how you can help, here are a few suggestions.

  1. The LO Hunt has taken in over 100 horses and is providing space in their fields for evacuees to park their RV’s and seek shelter. Volunteers have rushed to their aid with donations of food, water, horse supplies, and even 8 tons of hay from one anonymous donor. But the need is still great for cash donations which you can contribute here, as well as equestrian supplies and volunteer time to do everything from mucking (a nice word for removing manure from stalls), feeding, watering and barn maintenance. Click on the links for more information. The Club is located at 2725 Iron Mountain Blvd.
  2. The American Red Cross has received all kinds of material donations for evacuees and at this time is requesting cash. Click on this link and specify that the donation is for western wildfires relief. And if you’re thinking you’d like to offer a helping hand in times like these, sign up to be a Disaster Relief Volunteer.
  3. Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is another resource in need of your donations and your time. You can sign up to do both here.
  4. The Bridgeport Church has been collecting donations in support of firefighters including water, granola bars, protein bars and grab-and-go fruit. Check their facebook page for updates on future collection times.
  5. Do your due diligence. Captain Brandon Paxton with the Clackamas Fire Department suggests that one of the best ways to help out is to be prepared at whatever level of evacuation you are. Level 1 is Be ready with bags packed and valuable items identified and ready to go. Level 2 is Be set, and one of the recommendations Captain Paxton made is to create your own defensible space around your home by cleaning your gutters and removing any combustible materials from around your house. He also asked that we not leave sprinklers or water on in order to preserve water for the firefighters. Level 3 is to Go immediately. Firefighters ask that unless we are at a Level 3, we stay home as much as possible to keep roads open for residents who do need to evacuate quickly and safely.
  6. Keep up-to-date on wildfire information. A good resource is the Clackamas Fire Department’s facebook page.

Here’s to helping each other get through this trying time. Take care.

 

 

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Getting Creative in Lake Oswego During COVID-19

COVID-19 has required individuals and businesses to pivot to respond to the challenges that social distancing presents.

In the beginning, my business met the challenge with a new set of protocols including virtual tours, controlled showings with limited access and safety measures such as shoe removal, use of latex gloves and throwaway booties, sanitizing doorknobs and light switches.

Six months in and Lake Oswego businesses are still finding ways to reinvent themselves to weather this current health and economic storm. I wanted to shine a spotlight on a few of them.

LAKEWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS. One of the first annual casualties of the pandemic was the 57th Annual Festival of the Arts, usually held at the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park in June. Instead, art supporters can view two of the six 2020 exhibits, Art in the Park and Artist’s Vision, on their Online Gallery. For an in-person experience, the Center is offering “Art in the Bubble,” a series of artist presentations and demonstrations and discussions centering around a theme. The talks are being held in Nicoletta’s Table & Marketplace banquet hall with the opportunity to enjoy a no-host happy hour before and dine in or takeout a delicious meal afterwards. Attendance is limited to 16, with groups seated 6 feet apart from each other and masks required. Tickets are free and sold online in groups of two but donations help to support programs like this. The first program features Contemporary Latin-American Artists on September 23.

Art Decked Out is a limited visual art event being held on evenings in September on the entryway deck where attendees can hear artists speak and demonstrate, followed by private showings (8 masked people at a time) of the Lakewood Center Entryway Gallery. The first event is Tuesday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a focus on Intaglio printing. Attendees are invited to bring their own drinks or treats or place an advance order from Nicoletta’s and advised to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free, but donations encouraged.

TAVERN ON KRUSE. Back when sheltering in place first started, Tavern on Kruse was one of the first restaurants to start doing business differently. They were offering paid takeout meals twice a week to help support free meals for restaurant workers who had been laid off. This summer they have been experiencing near capacity thanks to their spacious outdoor patio seating where diners can safely socially distance. (Regularly scheduled outdoor jazz could also have something to do with it too). They are also offering “Finish-At-Home” entrees that promise gourmet quality that you can put the finishing touches on in just 10-15 minutes in your own kitchen. Orders must be placed by 3:00 p.m. the day PRIOR to pickup and picked up between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. the day of. Featured entrees vary each day with options that include: Seared scallops and clam chowder, and molasses- brined pork chop.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. One of this department’s first challenges was redesigning the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market which I covered in an earlier blog. But more recently, the department proved that it just keeps reinventing with “Flicks at the Farm.” This physically distanced carpool cinema debuted at Luscher Farm the weekend of August 15-16 with movie-goers viewing Jumanji and Toy Story 4 on an inflatable screen in the field behind the community gardens. The Lakewood Center offered its own version of the movie drive-in experience with a showing of Night of the Living Dead in its parking lot accompanied by additional shrills and thrills from the performance group, Creatures of the Night.

LA PROVENCE. While this popular restaurant is now offering dine-in service, it also introduced some new options when that wasn’t an option which are still very popular. One is their Family Menu featuring a meal that can be reheated at home that includes delicious offerings like Beef Bourguignon for $35. Another is their Le Petit Market with items that are ready for you to take home and bake like croissants, cinnamon rolls and cookies. They come highly recommended!

ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO. Despite COVID, the show must go on. While the ARTspace Gallery is now open for socially distanced viewing, pieces from the Plein Air exhibit can be viewed and purchased online. And the Arts Council is taking its annual Gallery Without Walls celebration online September 27 at 3:00 p.m. during which viewers can go on a virtual tour of the 14 new pieces and hear from some of the artists on their creative process. Register online.

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5 Reasons Why Lake Oswego Is The Best Place To Be Right Now

When the pandemic first hit, it seemed like it was easier for all of us to count our blessings and find gratitude in the little things. Now six months in, and we’re staring at a glass half empty instead of half full.

Well, let me fill that glass up for you!

Here are 5 reasons to be grateful that you are living in Lake Oswego right now.

  1. My son moved to London right when the pandemic struck and has been fairly sequestered in his small apartment since then. A big “outing” consisted of being able to go to the park. Fortunately, things have improved in Europe and he was able to take his first trip this past week and has been checking in from the Greek Islands. As good as that sounds, he did call a couple days complaining about the wind—so much so that he and his girlfriend considered leaving. Checking my weather app right now I see winds from the northwest at 10 miles per hour so a nice refreshing breeze, if that. No complaints here!
  2. My daughter is in San Diego and when she calls at 7:30 p.m. in the evening, she complains that it’s so much lighter where we are than she is. That’s because the sun sets almost a half-hour earlier in San Diego than here. So we get to enjoy 30 more minutes of those precious summer evenings that I’ve extolled about before here. You won’t find me complaining!
  3. My niece lives in Southern California, a place where many of us travel on our fantasy vacations. Her texts the last week have lamented the heat while I sit here enjoying our high 70s to mid-80s gorgeous weather. Not hearing any complaints from my neighbors either who, when I pass on my morning walks, greet me with, “Beautiful day, isn’t it?” Yes, it is.
  4. My sister lives in Saratoga, California, a lovely small town where Silicon Valley types seek escape from all the hubbub. As lovely as it is, she can’t go outside right now because the air quality is considered unhealthy with an air quality index of 158 due to the fire in the Santa Cruz mountains. While we’ve had that problem here in 2017 with the Eagle Creek fires in the Columbia Gorge, right now our air quality is good with an index of 11. I’ll take it while I can get it!
  5. In Washington, D.C. several of the Smithsonian museums are closed including the American Art Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. While one in every six museums in the U.S. risks shuttering its doors due to the pandemic’s financial impact, we have been able to enjoy our Gallery Without Walls throughout the crisis because there are no doors to shut. These outdoor sculptures appear to be immune from Covid-19 as long as sponsorships continue to come in and for that I am grateful. If you’d like to support this project, check out the Arts Council of Lake Oswego website for details.

A couple other things I can add to my gratitude list—outdoor dining spaces while the weather continues to make that possible, pedestrian-friendly pathways and courteous neighbors who cross streets or step aside to allow socially distanced passage. I know these are crazy times so I invite you to join me in finding the gratitude in the things that we can. Keep safe everyone!

If I can help you discover more reasons to love Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’m a Realtor here and would love to put my 30+ years’ experience to work helping make your next move your best one! 

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10 Things You Need to Know About Lake Oswego Easements

Springbrook Easement is one of 20 easements around Oswego Lake

My real estate clients are always delighted to hear that you don’t have to live on Oswego Lake to enjoy it.

So are my readers. My blog on “How You Can Enjoy Lake Oswego Without Buying a Waterfront Home” that I posted in 2011 is one of my most-visited entries.

What’s the secret? Well, besides the two swim parks on the lake that provide residents with swim access, and view lots that come with, well, a view, there are properties that come with deeded lake access privileges through easements. That means you can use the lake for swimming, boating, canoeing, paddle boarding, even if you don’t live on the lake! But there are some caveats.

Here’s what you need to know.

  1. There are 3,000 non-waterfront homes in Lake Oswego with deeded access to join one

    This home for sale at 2585 Dellwood Drive in Lake Oswego comes with deeded access to Palisades Park Community Club Easement.

    of the lakefront easements for boating and recreational use.

  2. There are 20 easements located all around the lake.
  3. These lake privileges date back to rights deeded by the Oregon Iron and Steel Company and are tied to actual property addresses. They cannot be transferred, sold, or purchased other than when a new homebuyer purchases that particular piece of property.
  4. The facilities vary from easement to easement. The Village on the Lake easement at 1565 Bayview Lane, for example offers a slide, diving board, water trampoline, two barbecues, picnic tables and chairs, community canoe and kayak, showers and changing area along with 25 boat slips, and 42 canoe/paddleboard racks. The Maple Circle easement at 16901 Maple Circle doesn’t have any boat slips but does have space for 18 canoe/kayak/paddleboards, picnic tables, benches and chairs.
  5. Fees also vary from easement to easement. Currently, initiation fees range from $5,000 at Springbrook Recreation at 2720 Summit Drive to $100 for the Lakewood Yacht Club at 300 Ridgeway; however, there can also be annual fees, powerboat fees, swim only fees, and fees for canoes, paddleboards and kayaks.
  6. Joining an easement does not guarantee that you will be able to secure a boat slip or storage rack for your canoe or paddleboard. There are waiting lists at many of these easements for those privileges so it’s important to look into that if you’re considering purchasing a home because of its easement rights. At the Goodin easement, for example, at 3050 Lakeview Boulevard, there is a waiting list of 44 members for a boat slip and 73 for a kayak or canoe rack.
  7. Just because you can’t secure a boat slip in your easement, as a member, you do have day-use rights and can drop your boat into the lake at the Lake Corporation marina as long as you meet the criteria listed on their website. You can also moor a boat at LO Landing, located in the two-story office building next to the LOC marina.  They may also have a waiting list, but typically their slips turn over more rapidly than those at the easements.  You can reach them at 503 545-8870 or lo500@comcast.net
  8. Just because you live close to an easement, doesn’t mean your home has deeded access. And some homes have deeded access to more than one easement like this listing of mine or this one. So be sure to check the easement maps provided on the Lake Corporation website to determine which one, if any, comes with your property.
  9. With the easement benefits come some responsibilities, like clean-up detail too, but these events provide yet another opportunity to get to know some of your neighbors.
  10. Easements can add true value to a home, enriching the quality of life you experience as a resident of Lake Oswego. Educated home buyers know to add that to their criteria if that’s important to them. While you might end up paying a little more for a house that comes with easement rights, you will likely make it up at the back end when you are ready to sell. And in the meantime, you’ll have years of enjoyment that current easement members consider well worth it!

If you would like to buy a home in Lake Oswego with easement rights, give me a call at 503.939.9801, and/or check out my website. I’d love to put my over 30 years’ experience as a Realtor to work for you and share my love of Lake Oswego and lake living with you as well!

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How to Squeeze Some Summer Vibes Out of What’s Left of a COVID Summer Vacation in Lake Oswego

The end of summer countdown has begun. Two more weeks if you have kids in school. Five more weeks if you’re counting until the first day of fall.

Either way, time is winding down for taking a few vacation days to take advantage of summer weather.

And that proves challenging during the current pandemic.

So more folks are looking at vacationing at home and wondering how they can create that mindset when they’ve been sheltering-in-place for so long.

For the doubters, let me pass along some words of wisdom from career and personal adviser Marty Nemko who says that “staycations provide a much better pleasure to pain ratio than a regular vacation.” Think about it! You don’t have to worry about the cost, missing your plane, losing your luggage, or getting rained out when you’ve planned a beach vacation!

Here are a few suggestions for squeezing some summer vacation vibes out of the time you have left while still at home in Lake Oswego.

  1. Plan a theme day or two. Wishing you were in Italy? Create a playlist of Italian songs, schedule an Italian film viewing (couple recommendations: Life is Beautiful, Roman Holiday), prepare an Italian meal finished off with some gelato or order takeout from one of Lake Oswego’s popular Italian restaurants like Nicoletta’s Table or Riccardo’s, and pick up a bottle of Italian wine at Baldwin’s Market and Parlor.
  2. Walk in a different direction. Since the shelter-in-place order first went into effect, we Lake Oswegans have been very grateful that the place where we have to shelter has so many places to walk. But now, six months in, some of the thrill may be gone. There’s no reason you can’t introduce the sense of adventure you carry with you when you travel away from home. Find a different route. A couple weeks ago, my wife and I were on the Iron Mountain trail that runs behind the Hunt Club, and instead of following it from the Hunt Club entrance to the Oswego Country Club entrance, we took the switchback at the top that empties out on Glen Eagles Road. Along the way we discovered the Prosser Iron Mine Interpretive Center and the Iron Mountain Overlook Platform. And we wound our way back home on an entirely new route we hadn’t traveled before. Discovery—you don’t have to leave home to enjoy it!
  3. Spa Day. A spa day may be a luxury you feel you can’t afford when on vacation, but it is a luxury you can afford on a staycation. Set the tone by lighting the candles and telling Alexa to play spa music. Take turns giving each other manicures and/or pedicures, have fun with a DIY facial peel, give each other the pleasure of a massage and then finish it off with a long soak in a warm bubble bath.
  4. Try a hybrid staycation that Nemko has coined a “projation,” or project vacation. Tackle something new—maybe it’s a recipe you’ve been meaning to try or a free course you can enroll in through the Lake Oswego Library’s online resources. Or making it’s just getting something off your To-Do list that has been nagging at you and will feel so good when it’s done.
  5. If you can’t get to Disneyland, bring Disneyland to you. While a trip to the theme park may not be in the cards for this year, there are still ways for you to enjoy the happiest place in the world at home. Gather everyone together for a virtual ride on some of the park’s most popular attractions on YouTube. Or get creative like this family who created “Yo ho Yo ho a quarantine’s life for me” ride in their own home. Best part? There’s no waiting in line!

I’m here if your end of summer plans include buying or selling your home. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website. I’d love to put my 30+ years’ experience as a Realtor to work for you!

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How Covid-19 Has Reshaped the Walkability of Lake Oswego

Pre-Covid, I averaged 7,000 steps a day and many of them were acquired inside a gym. These days I’m racking upwards of 12,000 a day and the bulk of them occur outside on the streets of Lake Oswego.

I live in the Bryant neighborhood of Lake Oswego and on these walks, I’ve managed to go to the grocery store, visit a coffee shop, pick up croissants at a local bakery, check the progress on the new Lakeridge Junior High, walk through several parks and nature trails, and enjoy the safety of miles and miles of pedestrian pathways.

I am not alone. One of the silver linings to Covid-19 is that it has made many of us appreciate “just old fashion walking.” A report by Kinder Rice predicts that this throwback to how we used to get around will change our cities going forward and how we live in them.

Walkability has become one of those tangibles that is affecting home values. Walkscore.com has created a system for measuring a neighborhood’s walkability by awarding points based on the distance to amenities. Strongtowns.org estimates that a single additional point of WalkScore is worth $3,500 in additional home value.

In looking at Lake Oswego, the neighborhoods with the highest walk scores are Evergreen, Foothills and Lakewood, all at 73 out of 100, which deems them very walkable and a location where most errands can be accomplished on foot.

But here’s where WalkScore needs some updating.

  • They fail to include the First Addition, Old Town, and Country Club neighborhoods in their rankings, which I believe would rank up there in the 70s as well.
  • They give my neighborhood, Bryant, a score of 43, even though as I described, I have been able to run a lot of errands on foot.
  • Lake Grove neighborhood also only earns a score of 53, but have you driven along Boones Ferry Road lately? Efforts are underway to transform this strip into a welcoming and safe pedestrian and bicycle environment with access to all the amenities offered in this commercial center. Need to go the bank? Check. Got a hankering for good Italian food? Check. Wine tasting? Check. Latte? Check. Need to see a doctor? Check. Fido need a new leash? Check. Something tells me the Lake Grove neighborhood walkability score should be going up soon!

As the Kinder Rice report suggests, Covid-19 has gotten most of us to set out on foot to do many of the things we may have hopped in the car to do before. So, the walkability of our neighborhoods needs to be re-examined. Hopefully, some of the habits we’ve developed during this time will stay with us and we’ll find ourselves making fewer runs to the grocery store to pick up one item and more jaunts on foot that find us incorporating errands into our daily exercise.

See you on the pathways of Lake Oswego!

Thinking of moving in, out or around Lake Oswego? I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you. Please give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website.

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Housing Value Lures Buyers to Lake Oswego During COVID-19

Wherever I go, people ask, “How’s the real estate market?” That was always the case pre-COVID; it’s especially true now during COVID. With the pandemic taking swings at many sectors of the economy, people wonder, “What’s it doing to the housing market?”

The answer is, “The real estate market is hot right now.” Part of that is fueled by supply. Realtor.com reported that housing inventory across the country had dropped 29% from a year earlier through the week ending June 20. And as I mentioned before, part of the activity is stimulated by people’s re-emphasis on where they live, thanks to so much time sheltering in place and the freedom that working remotely gives today’s professionals.

Lake Oswego looks very attractive to urban dwellers wanting more space to roam, quality of life, and value for their buck.

Known for higher housing costs compared to the rest of Oregon, Lake Oswego may not seem like a “deal” to some house hunters, but when looking at where some of our relocators are coming from, you can see why the demand is growing.

Consider this.

I currently have this home listed for $949,900 in one of Lake Oswego’s most desirable neighborhoods. It’s a 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath home with 3,749 square feet of living space and a backyard big enough to install a swimming pool.

When I dialed that price into property listings in Burlingame, California, (located in the San Francisco Bay Area and similar in median age, income and population), all that showed up were two condos like this one at $940,000 with 2 bedrooms, 2 bath and 1,080 square feet.

 

Another one of my current Lake Oswego listings is at $799,900 in the Rosewood neighborhood. It’s a 5-bedroom, 3.1 bath home with 3,516 square feet of living space with a private backyard patio and rights to three different lake easements. Those two condos I mentioned above are the closest thing you could buy for that amount of money in Burlingame.

If we step up in price and compare homes over $1 million, the trend continues.

Here is a brand-new construction home I have listed with a pending sale for $1,500,000 within walking distance of four lake easements. It features 5 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 3,746 square feet and a covered patio with gas fireplace.

Would you rather live here or for $1,525,000 you could live in this 2-bedroom 1 bath Burlingame single family residence with 1,420 square feet and a backyard that needs some TLC.

So Lake Oswegans who already live here—count your blessings and count your property values going up.

And if you’re thinking of moving to Lake Oswego, give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and/or fill out the contact form below. You’re on the right track if you’re thinking of moving to Lake Oswego. Let me help make that happen!

 

 

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Enjoy this Low Risk Summer Activity During COVID-19 in Lake Oswego

NPR recently listed the risk involved in typical summer activities during COVID-19 and ranked going out to a bar or nightclub as extremely high risk. “Nothing makes this a good idea right now,” the authors conclude.

But summer happy hours can still be enjoyed at home. So, I’ve compiled a few summer cocktail recipes to help in that quest.

WATERMELON MARGARITA. I’ll start off with my wife’s Watermelon Margarita recipe. Mind you, this comes from a woman who had her first margarita just three years ago in Mexico. It was a Mango marg which she duplicated once we got home, until she improvised with watermelons. There has been no turning back and she is seriously considering bottling this stuff as the requests for her recipe keep pouring in.

RECIPE:

16 oz. frozen watermelon chunks

1 shot each of lime juice, Triple Sec and tequila

Blend and serve

FROSÉ. This comes with a story too. While the restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, one café owner on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina is managing to thrive. I know this because my daughter has frequented the place, The Co-op, and follows his Instagram Account. Because this guy has the sarcastic wit of George Carlin mixed with Charlie Hooper from Two and a Half Men, now our entire family subscribes to his feed. And we’re not alone. His Instagram account has grown by over 10,000 followers since COVID-19 began. But besides his hilarious rants, he is also killing it with his frosé lineup with flavors like Prickly Pear, Blueberry Mojito, Mango Habanero and Violet Lemonade. With HOT summer weather bearing down on those Carolinians, they are clamoring for the stuff, keeping his 8 machines holding 96 bottles of frosé humming all day long. He has extended his hours, added to his staff…the guy is showing us all how to turn life’s lemons into lemonade. I can’t share his recipes (wish I could!) but I can share one from Montage Hotels.

RECIPE:

6 oz. Rosé wine (frozen in large ice cube trays)

5 oz. St. Germain

Put the large cubes of frozen rosé in a blender, add the St. Germain, lightly blend, pour into a glass and garnish with lavender.

LAVENDER LEMONADE SLUSHY. This one comes courtesy of my gym, The Bay Club. Don’t worry…you haven’t lived here all these years and never realized we lived on a bay. We don’t. But my club, the former ClubSport of Oregon was bought out by The Bay Club based in the city by the bay, San Francisco. During COVID-19, they’ve been keeping members supplied with virtual classes, healthy recipes, kids’ activities, and yes, slushy recipes that can be adult or kid-friendly, depending on how you make them.

RECIPE:

3 TB. Fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1-1.5 lemons)

3 TB. Lavender Honey Syrup (made with ½ cup water, ½ cup honey, 1 tsp. dried lavender flowers)

2 TB gin or vodka (optional)

1 ¼ cups ice

Pinch of lemon zest

First made the Lavender Honey Syrup. Combine lavender flowers, water, and honey in a small saucepan. Let it simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain out the lavender. Let it cool to room temperature before using.

For the slushy, first zest one lemon. Set the zest aside then juice the lemon(s).

Combine lemon juice, lavender honey syrup, ice, lemon zest in a high-speed blender. If you’re making an adult slushy, add gin or vodka at this time. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add a couple more ice cubes if you wish to have a thicker slushy (recommended if adding liquor).

Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a lemon wheel and lavender sprig.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, while this year’s summer may look different than in the past, there are still a lot of things about summer in Lake Oswego that we can still enjoy. Warm,  beautiful, bug-free, and light summer evenings are one of them. Add a refreshing cocktail to the mix, and you’ll find that you don’t mind “sheltering in place” when the place is Lake Oswego on a summer’s night.

ENJOY!

And if I can help you with buying or selling your home in and around Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, or complete the contact form below. With over 30 years as a Realtor, real estate is my specialty…summer cocktails are a bonus!

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Lake Oswego Scavenger Hunt

The longer the pandemic continues, the more creative we have to get. Especially if you have kids, this long stretch of staying-at-home can become challenging.

Here’s a Lake Oswego scavenger hunt to the rescue. We live in a beautiful town with lots to explore, so here is a list for you and your family to tackle. You can approach it in one of two ways:

  1. Make teams. Set out in separate cars in search of these items and then validate your sighting with a picture you take on your phone.
  2. Joint project. Pile everyone into one car and head out on your adventure. You can still confirm your sightings for posterity’s sake with a photo.

As for scoring, each item is scored separately. Unless indicated, you can score additional points each time you sight the item in another setting. For example, if you see someone walking a dog on B Avenue and then on Kelok, you can score 1 point two times, as long as you document it so everyone can be sure you saw two separate dog walkers. If on teams, you can add a time element so that strategical decisions need to be made as to which items to track down first.

It’s up to you to make it as competitive or just plain fun as you wish. Enjoy spending time with your family and exploring Lake Oswego!

Item to Find Location Possible Points Your Total
Bear sculpture 5
License plate from another state 3
A red door 3 only once
Graduation yard sign 2 only once
Chalk art on sidewalk or street 3
Elephant sculpture 5 only once
Someone eating an ice cream cone 3 only once
Sidewalk poetry 3 only once
Someone walking a dog 1
Sunflower 3
Street name sign starting with letter “W” 1
Window box with flowers 3
Black Lives Matter sign 5
Outdoor fountain 1
Hasson Company For Sale Sign 3 points, 10 if it says Kevin Costello
Duck 3 only once
Someone wearing a colorful mask 3
Lakeridge car sticker 3
Lake Oswego High School car sticker 3
Teddy bear in a house’s window 3

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Lake Oswego Housing Market COVID-19 July Update

It’s hard to predict where the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will hit hardest. Some areas, like the airlines, are obvious targets. But others, like the housing market, are hard to measure.

Right now, the Portland metro and Lake Oswego real estate markets are very active. Part of that could be the fallout from remote workers fleeing urban centers.

Case in point: One young couple who was paying $3,500 a month for a 600 square foot apartment in San Francisco just bought a home in Northeast Portland with separate office spaces to accommodate their working remote. A job change did not prompt the move; rather, it was the opportunity to work from anywhere. Given the choice, why would they continue to pay a premium in rent to be close to a job that no longer required that proximity?

They are not alone. A recent survey conducted by blind, an anonymous social network for professionals, indicated that two out of three tech workers in the Bay Area would consider leaving if given the option to work remotely. And of those, 36% would consider leaving the state to work elsewhere in the United States.

That’s good news for the Portland metro and Lake Oswego housing market. We have lots to offer expensive urban center escapees from just across our southern border.

As a result, we are seeing listed homes moving, and in some cases, instigating a bidding war. The young couple I mentioned earlier, lost out on a couple home choices because of the competition and finally landed one when they offered more than the asking price and beat out the other bidders.

In the 97034/97035 zip codes, of the 20 closed sales during the week of June 28 through July 5, 6 sold for over the asking price and 4 at the asking price, accounting for 50% of the sales. That ranges from a 1,260 square foot condo that sold for $280,000 ($5,000 over the asking price) and a 6,164 square foot single detached home that sold for $2,600,000 ($290,000 under the asking price).

I am also seeing a lot of movement within our current residents. Lake Oswegans are moving around to bigger homes, to get on the lake or get lake access, to get a bigger yard. As I mentioned in a previous blog, sheltering in place has caused homeowners and renters to evaluate their living situations. If they find they need a home office, better access to the outdoors, a yard big enough for their kids to play in, then they are taking advantage of low interest rates and making the move.

Of course, with COVID cases continuing to rise, we Realtors continue to implement safe practices when meeting with clients and showing homes. You can read more about that here.

I know it’s sometimes hard to find a silver lining to all the sacrifices we’ve had to make due to the coronavirus. One such one a new parent recently pointed out to me was the opportunity for both parents to spend more time with their newborn as they both work from home.

Another, I’d have to say, is the allure that suburbs like Lake Oswego hold in the eyes of workers who find themselves with the freedom to choose where they WANT to live, instead of where they HAVE to live because of their jobs.

If you are one of those potential relocators or if you know of one, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, check out my website, and or fill out the contact form below. As a Realtor for over 30 years, I’d love to put my experience to work for you in making your next move your best yet!  

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