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April
26

Campgrounds Near Portland for a Weekend Getaway

Portland Campgrounds

Portland homes for sale have a lot going for them! World-class shopping and dining, a diverse economy, and unmistakable local culture will have you exploring the city for years to come. But everyone needs to take some time out in nature, too – and the opportunities around Portland are abundant.

Our brokers want to make sure you know all about them!

Portland is the heart of the Pacific Northwest. No matter what outdoor activities interest you, you are in good company. Hiking, biking, backpacking, and fishing are all well-loved by the local community. The chance to see mountain and forest settings alike draws visitors from all over.

Portland residents are looking for weekend getaways in the great outdoors. State and national parks beckon within a short drive. You can choose a new one every weekend and still have plenty to explore!

Here are a few of the outstanding local sites for your next outdoor excursion:

  1. Portland Fairview RV Park – 21401 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Fairview, OR 97024
    An RV adventure can make for a truly unique camping experience. Portland Fairview RV Park is one of the top RV parks in the region. It welcomes day-trippers as well as weekly and monthly residents. Just eight miles east of Portland, it offers a pristine respite along ancient evergreens and a babbling brook. A fitness center and pool round out the amenities.

  2. Jantzen Beach RV Resort – 1503 North Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
    Another premium RV park right here in your Portland neighborhood, Jantzen Beach RV Resort distinguishes itself with its exceptional customer service. Amenities for all ages include a basketball court, game room, playgrounds, fully stocked clubhouse, a heated pool, and a fitness center. It's pet-friendly, so the four-footed members of the family can join in on all the fun.

  3. Mt. Hood National Forest – 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055
    Just 20 miles east of Portland, Mt. Hood National Forest is without a doubt one of the truly iconic natural features of both Oregon and Washington state. With more than 1 million acres of remarkable land around Oregon's highest peak, it has all manner of camping: From primitive backcountry sites to tents, cabins, and even day-use sites around Mt. Hood proper.

  4. The Cove (Timothy Lake) Campground at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
    The Cove is a popular campground complete with an outdoor amphitheater. Visitors seek it for picnicking, swimming, fishing, and as a base for long-haul hikes. It sits right on the serene Lake Timothy, with boat ramps available at campgrounds all around the area. Trout are stocked in the lake several times a year, and anglers have landed some record rainbow trout.

  5. Triangle Lake Horse Camp at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
    If your horse likes to camp as much as you do, Triangle Lake Horse Camp is the place for you to be. Beautiful Triangle Lake is the setting for this hilly, horse-friendly locale, with eight sites available throughout the season. Picnic tables are available and campfires are permitted, but the "mane" attraction is the opportunity to visit with your horse.

  6. Bonney Crossing Campground at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
    At the foot of the Badger Creek Wilderness, Bonney Crossing Campground is the place for a "bonny" good time in a captivating landscape. It is frequented by hikers going to Badger Creek Trail, anglers, and equestrians. Badger Creek itself is known for a staggering amount of trout and strong kokanee fishing throughout most of the year.

  7. McNeil Campground at Mt. Hood – See Website for Precise Directions
    McNeil Campground is one of the standout sites around Mt. Hood. Visitors praise its location along the scenic Sandy River, as well as its size: With 34 spots, there's usually plenty of room, even though it doesn't take reservations. It stands at the crossroads of many hiking trails. Coho salmon, steelhead, and chinook are just a few local fish that can be your "catch of the day."

These may be popular picks, but there's always more to discover here in the Portland area. With Coldwell Banker Bain, you can get the expert advice you need. To learn more about local real estate opportunities, contact us today.

April
21

Making a Mostly Stress-Free Move to A New Home

Whether you're moving down the block or across the world, it's never easy. Moving is one of the most stressful life events you'll ever go through. Even if you're going to a better place, a beautiful location, a better job, or just heading somewhere new for a welcome change of pace, getting there is always a chore.

Inevitably, you will be stressed. You will encounter a problem or two throughout the process. Something will probably go wrong. But a lot of things can and will go right, and you should focus on those things when other stuff goes awry.

Not everything is under your control (and you can simply hope that your moving helpers, truck drivers and vendors arrive on time for their appointments). But there are actions you can take and ways to plan ahead so you don't feel too overwhelmed come moving day/week.

  1. Make a spreadsheet or a list of everything that must happen. Pick a program or app you can access on your phone. Do this as soon as you start thinking about moving. Try to put everything in chronological order; including finding the right moving company, the number of boxes you'll need (don't forget the tape, labels and digital organizing app), a list of accounts where you need to change your address, etc.
  2. Overestimate your moving cost. When the final bill arrives, you'll breathe a (little) sigh of relief.
  3. Cut back on incidental spending and stash any extra cash into savings. Do this months ahead of time, if it's possible.
  4. Thoroughly vet potential moving vendors, companies, and locations. Research multiple review sites, talk to neighbors and friends.
  5. Store your moving vendors' and contacts' phone numbers in your phone with their name assigned. That way, you'll know it's Jane from Moving Helpers, and not a spam caller.
  6. Start packing early. Seriously: Weeks or months before your move, even. You may already have items in storage, but if there are things in your home you're not using or won't need for a while, get a box and start packing.
    1. Keep track of what's packed where with an app. Don't rely on written notes on each box. Simply marking something 'bedroom' or 'kitchen' isn't enough and you'll forget where you put your favorite metal coffee scoop.
  7. Let go of some stuff! Moving is a great time to streamline and downsize. Donate or gift gently-used or unused household items.
  8. Make note of the accounts you need to change or cancel before moving day; including internet, utilities, etc. Notify each company ahead of time.
  9. Touch base with each moving company vendor to ensure everything is in place. Good vendors will contact you themselves to check in with you.
  10. Finish all of your packing several days before the move. Have your travel bag ready for your essentials.
  11. Go to bed early and get as much rest as possible before the big day!
  12. Even if you're stressed on moving day, roll with it knowing you did as much as you could to plan ahead, be ready and get everything done. Things will fall into place.

In short, when it comes to moving, plan what you can when you can, think ahead and give yourself a break when stress comes along. Before you know it, you'll be settled into your new home.

April
12

9 Reasons to Live Near a National Park

National Park

National parks are a true American treasure, handed down from one generation to the next.

The Pacific Northwest has so many wonderful national parks to visit, or better yet, live near. 

Stunning Crater Lake National Park is less than half a day's drive from Portland homes for saleOr explore 73 miles of Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park, roughly a two-hour drive from Seattle homes for sale

Our brokers share nine top benefits of living near a national park. Do some of these surprise you? 

  1. More Opportunities for Quality Family Time
    In today's families, both kids and parents are likely to have fast-paced schedules that have them moving in different directions. Even gathering around the dinner table can be hard. National parks offer accessible hours along with a wide variety of activities and attractions to suit everyone. Simply packing a picnic lunch to enjoy after a pleasant hike is a relaxing getaway. Admission fees are nominal, with several free days during the year, to fit any budget. And most parks are pet-friendly so that Fido can tag along!

  2. Low-Cost Outdoor "Health Club"
    Do you pay ever-increasing membership dues to a conventional health club to fight for a parking spot and wait in line for a treadmill or elliptical machine? National parks are incredible open-air "fitness centers" that aren't confined by four walls and a roof. Available activities range from hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing in the summer to cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowboarding in the winter.

  3. Good for Mental and Emotional Health
    Physical fitness is only part of the equation for overall health. Spending time around nature has been proven to reduce stress and depression. In one study conducted in 2015, researchers examined the brain activity of two groups of people who took 90-minute walks, with one group in a natural setting and the other in an urban setting. The group from the outdoor setting had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is where negative self-talk usually occurs. 

  4. Greater Earning Power
    According to experts, areas with national parks tend to have a thriving tourist industry, which in turn creates more jobs and better financial opportunities.

  5. Promotes Childhood Development
    In another revealing result from the OSU study, researchers discovered that kids under the age of 5 who lived near national parks were 10 percent taller than their peers who lived further away. While this is no guarantee for your child's height, there's no question that youngsters who have frequent exposure to nature gain physical and mental benefits, such as the development of cognitive skills that help with classroom learning.

  6. Less Risk of Natural Disasters
    When you respect Mother Nature, she returns the favor. Forested areas in national parks remain untouched, which allows the trees to protect water sources. In addition, the West Coast is vulnerable to flooding, landslides, and other natural disasters that endanger the environment, along with humans and animals. Protected habitats stabilize the surrounding land, reducing the risk of such devastating incidents. 

  7. Eco-Friendly Access to Nature
    There has been a long struggle finding a balance between outdoor activities that are enjoyable and accessible without causing damage to the environment. National parks provide a venue to spend time outdoors with minimal impact on our natural resources.

  8. Maintains Biodiversity
    Over the years, society mistakenly believed that natural resources were infinite. Fishing, hunting, mining, and other practices were conducted with no thought about their long-term effects. Sadly, a number of ecosystems and animal species are now endangered today due to this behavior. National parks create protection for wetlands, forests, and other ecosystems and endangered animals such as gray wolves. 

  9. Strengthens Friendships and Social Interactions
    How often do you attempt to plan an outing with friends and spend most of the time debating over dinner, a movie, or a ball game? A lively walk or vigorous bike ride on the trails of a national park are activities everyone can agree on. Being outdoors is also a great way to escape the pressures of daily life and focus on communicating with friends and loved ones.

Want to learn more about the parks around the Pacific Northwest? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for more information.

April
5

April Showers: Guide to Installing a Smart System for Your Garden

Smart System for Garden

For nearly twenty years, smart homes have been surging in popularity as we embrace the technology that makes our lives easier. No longer limited to inside the home, technology has moved into the garden to make it more efficient as well.

Our brokers know how important a lush lawn and curb appeal are when appealing to potential buyers. Whether you're getting your home ready to list or just want to enjoy an attractive landscape, consider installing a few of these smart devices.

  1. Smart sprinklers
    Setting a timer will certainly allow you to water whether or not you are home. But why stop there? You can control the sprinklers when you're away from home using an application on your phone or computer. If you prefer, you can use a sprinkler that gauges the amount of water your garden needs based on data from weather reports or even from sensing the moisture in the soil. Never again will your sprinklers go on while it is raining. 
     
  2. Weather stations or sensors
    These innovative devices monitor the weather conditions in your garden including temperature, wind, and humidity to deliver the information you need to care for your garden. You can receive detailed weather metrics to help keep the inside of your home comfortable as well. When integrated into a smart home ecosystem, adjustments will be made automatically. 

  3. Soil sensors
    Traditionally, while it is possible to get secondary education in agriculture, most home gardeners don't have the education required to analyze soil to determine what action is necessary to create the perfect balance of chemicals and moisture for a healthy garden. Add the questions of proper temperature and light and most of us would be lost. But we don't need to know all of that information when we have sensors to guide us. Are they necessary to grow a garden? No, but they certainly can make the process easier. Take your gardening to the next level and receive alerts on your mobile device for when you need to take action to keep the garden healthy. 

  4. Robotic lawnmowers
    Preprogrammed to operate on a schedule of your choosing, these handy tools ensure a  perfectly manicured lawn with little to no effort on your part. Powered by electricity, they run quietly and without fumes. Boundaries are defined by wires. If it should happen to rain, sensors will direct the unit back to its base. 

  5. Outdoor lighting
    One of the least expensive smart upgrades you can make to your garden, lighting options are also the most versatile. Fountains and other water features come to life with strategically placed lighting. Path lights with changing colors add magical hues to simple safety measures. Motion sensors illuminate spaces to stop would-be thieves in their tracks as spotlight cams capture their images. And who could deny the elegance of soft lighting in a seating area nestled in a flowery haven? Remote controls let you adjust the lighting according to your needs. 

  6. Wi-Fi booster
    Working from home and going to school online can be tedious and frustrating. But you can banish that cooped-up feeling by taking work and studies outside. It's possible for a Wi-Fi repeater or extender to do the trick, and add enough coverage to your garden to work or study efficiently. Unfortunately, that may not be sufficient. If not, you can dramatically expand your home network with a powerline adaptor. These exciting new options use the electric wiring of the house to transmit communication signals. They don't even require a complicated installation. 

  7. Entertainment options
    Whether you would enjoy dancing in the moonlight or watching movies under the stars, you can convert your garden to the perfect entertainment venue with waterproof Bluetooth speakers, outdoor television sets, or projectors. If you enjoy hosting dinner parties, smart grills and smokers can allow you to cook a delicious meal while socializing with your guests. They'll give you a short alert on your phone when you need to break away to attend to the food. 

When you're ready to find the perfect place for your own garden paradise, contact us. We'll be happy to show you the finest homes throughout the area. 

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