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August
22

Get to Know Downtown Albany

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While downtown Albany is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it offers a vibrant present and future! Much like Corvallis, Albany's Willamette Valley neighbor, the city has retained downtown's classic charm while incorporating art, restaurants, and other contemporary features.

Our real estate agents take a look at some of the places and events that make downtown Albany a must-see location for locals and tourists alike.

  • Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show - Broadalbin St., Albany, OR 97322
    Turn back the hands of time at the 23rd annual Antiques in the Streets & Classic Car Show. Upwards of 50 vendors will be on hand with glassware, clothing and accessories, jewelry, and other vintage items. Get some great photos of the whole family alongside more than 100 stunning classic cars lining the streets up the Promenade to the Courthouse. When it's lunchtime, you're within walking distance of great downtown restaurants along with the farmers' market. Proceeds from this year's show benefit the Albany Fire Fighters Community Assistance Fund. The show takes place Saturday, September 10, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Albany Antique Mall - 145 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97322
    Founded in 2009, the Albany Antique Mall is still in its teenage years, but the merchandise on display dates back over the last century. With more than 25,000 square feet of selling space across two stories, the mall accommodates a fascinating variety of items to fit any interest. Furniture, books, Depression glass, and toys are just a few of the categories on display. The Vintage Boutique is the Willamette Valley's top source for vintage clothing, footwear, and accessories for men and women. Visitors from around the world stop by for incredible bargains. The mall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Albany Regional Museum - 136 Lyon St. S, Albany, OR 97321
    There are many ways to connect with Albany's past in the downtown area! Albany Regional Museum is home to an array of exhibits exploring Albany's past and offers interactive elements that kids, in particular, will enjoy. Be sure to check out their website for the latest information on current exhibits. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Albany Civic Theater - 111 First Ave. W, Albany, OR97321​
    Living near downtown Albany means you don't have to travel far for live theater! Now in its 71st season, Albany Civic Theater has delighted theater patrons for decades. Plus, the theater allows you to buy individual tickets or take in the full season with a season pass. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows starting at 2:30 p.m.

  • Local Restaurants in Albany
    After walking around downtown, you've probably worked up an appetite! Luckily Albany has fantastic local restaurants to choose from, and many of them reside in the downtown area. With a mix of bistros and cafes, you'll have options for either a delightful sit-down or carry-out meal. Here are a few local options to get you started.  

Whether you're looking for Albany homes for sale or Corvallis homes for sale, we've got you covered. Contact us at Valley Brokers to get started.

August
15

Get to Know Downtown Corvallis

Downtown Corvallis

At a time when many downtown areas are declining due to the appeal of the suburbs, Corvallis and Albany are bucking the trend. Both cities have received awards for successful revitalization of their downtown areas

Its thriving downtown is one of the factors that landed Corvallis in the top 15 of Liveablity.com's best small to mid-sized cities to live. Our real estate agents know there is something for everyone in the downtown area.

  • Corvallis Farmers' Market - 1st & Jackson, Corvallis, OR 97330
    No need to travel outside the city for fresh produce. Head downtown to the Corvallis Farmers' Market for a full assortment of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs, from basil to zucchini. Fill your shopping bags with artisan baked goods, specialty gourmet foods, and other delicious products. For added convenience, order online for pickup at the pet-friendly market. Hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through November 23.

  • The Majestic Theatre - 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Movies thrill with their larger-than-life images, but the intimacy of live theatre creates a special type of energy. The Majestic Theatre, which celebrates its 109th anniversary this year, started out as a vaudeville house. Today, the theatre hosts productions of top shows, such as Elf: The Musical, along with musical performances, workshops, and special events. Visit the website for current schedule and ticket prices.

  • Corvallis Fall Festival - Central Park, 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Who says outdoor festivals are just for summer? Corvallis Fall Festival keeps the fun going while the leaves are dropping. Beautiful Central Park, with its proximity to downtown and the Oregon State University Campus, has been the festival's home since its inception in 1973. The Art Discovery Zone, where families can create their own masterpieces, makes a welcome return in 2022. Other activities include live music, a 1K/5K/10K run, and the newest event, Story Walk. Bring your appetite and support the food vendors, who team up with local charities. This year's festival takes place 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, September 24 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, September 25.

  • Escape Corvallis - 301 SW 4th St., Suite 280, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Crosswords and sudoku are so last century. Modern puzzle lovers challenge their problem-solving skills at Escape Corvallis. Choose from four themed escape rooms with varying levels of difficulty to fit both novices and experts. Due to popular demand, Escape Corvallis has added a kids' room for ages 6-10. Once the puzzle is solved, participants "escape" into a game-filled room that's perfect for a birthday party or just hanging out. If you have a larger group or you're planning a team-building event for work, the "Happy Hour" room accommodates up to 14 players. Visit the website for reservations and pricing information.

  • The Arts Center - 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    In 1963, the Corvallis Arts Council became the first community-based arts organization in Oregon. Fast-forward to 2008, when they changed their name to The Arts Center, representing the goal of promoting inclusivity for anyone seeking a connection to art. In addition to exhibits of art in all forms, the center features artist meet-ups on the first Thursday of each month and Arts Day for kids and adults on the second Saturday of each month. Hours are noon - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free, though donations are welcome. 

Corvallis homes for sale? Albany homes for sale? You can't go wrong either way. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers to learn more.

August
9

Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Front Yard

If you're planning to put your home on the market in the Albany or Corvallis area, our real estate agents know that updating your front yard is an excellent way to help your home sell faster and look its best. Follow this guide to add valuable curb appeal to your home.

  • Start with the Basics
    Before you decide to undertake a huge landscaping project or give your home a fresh coat of paint, make sure that your front yard is clean, clutter-free, and well-maintained. A clean, maintained yard instantly appeals to potential buyers. Pick up any old toys, stray sticks, or wayward trash, as these items make your yard look cluttered and "dirty." Then, see that any garden tools or outdoor toys and accessories have a dedicated storage spot, like a shed or storage chest. Examine your front yard for anything that's broken or past due for repairs. For example, if your mailbox has a dent, fix the dent or replace it. If your gutters are broken, they should be replaced or repaired. 
  • Upgrade Your House Numbers
    House numbers are frequently overlooked as a design element by many homeowners. Your house numbers should use an attractive font and complement your home's style, color, and other exterior features. 
  • Refresh Your Front Entryway
    Giving your front entryway a makeover instantly adds more curb appeal to your home. If your door is in bad shape or doesn't suit your home, replace it with a door that helps your home make a terrific first impression. If your entryway has vinyl siding or cement, use a pressure washer to ensure that these areas are dirt-free. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and any trim or features in your entryway. Consider replacing your front door knob with an updated piece that complements the style of your home. Use decorative items, like doormats, potted plants, and outdoor furniture, to make your front entryway appear inviting and attractive to potential buyers. 
  • Check That Your Garage Door Works
    Before you list your home, make sure that your garage door works properly and coordinates with the rest of your home. See that it's clean, free of dents, and open and closes with ease. A garage door that looks old and worn-out will negatively impact your home's entire exterior appearance. Replace a garage door that's past its prime so that it doesn't detract from your home's positive features. If you have a garage door opener, confirm that it's programmed correctly and working properly. 
  • Add Flowers and Hardscaping
    Your landscaping is a vital element for optimizing your home's curb appeal. Start with your lawn; it should be neatly mowed, free of grass clippings, and appear healthy. If your lawn has bare patches, use sod or a fast-growing grass blend to fill them in. Next, turn your attention to your trees, shrubs, and bushes; they should all be neatly trimmed. Consider planting colorful flowers in your garden so that your home appears vibrant and welcoming. A fresh layer of mulch is also useful for helping your front yard look its best. Make sure to remove any dead plants or decaying vegetation. Now that your plants are tended to, consider adding hardscaping elements to your yard. These are especially appealing since they are low maintenance and offer a visual break from your greenery. Elements like stones and brick paths help make a visual impact. 

By making a few simple changes, you can add features to your front yard that will help your home sell. Ready to list your home? Contact us to get started!

August
1

Marathons and Fun Runs Throughout Benton County

Benton County Running

Hoping to run a marathon? Our real estate agents have a few leads!

Every year, millions of people all throughout the United States participate in a running event for charity. The two most common are marathons – where participants race to a distance of just over 26 miles – and fun runs, which are less formal and can take many different forms. No matter which of these two is most interesting to you, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy them around Benton County.

Most events are organized for charity, with fees the racers pay going to a good cause. 

Let's look at some of this year's marathons and fun runs around the area:

  • Superhero Fun Run and Walk – 100 Southeast Fischer Lane, Corvallis, OR 97333
    If you're eager for something fun and exciting to do near Corvallis, you're in luck – the Superhero Fun Run and Walk will be taking place on Sunday, August 20. This first-ever event, a tradition in the making, will take place at the Crystal Lake Sports Fields. As a family-friendly event, participants are encouraged to dress up in their best superhero attire and choose a pace that's comfortable.

  • Fall Festival Run – See Website for Location Details in Corvallis, OR
    With more than 40 years of history behind it, the Fall Festival Run is an event local runners look forward to all year long. The run brings its participants all through the picturesque OSU campus. Organized by a local nonprofit, Heart of the Valley Runners, the proceeds will go to support local running in all its forms. It takes place on September 25, with 5K, 10K, and Kids' Fun Run options to choose from.

  • Lebanon Explosion 5K & 1 Mile – 550 Cascade Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
    Lebanon's Seven Oak Middle School track and field facilities will serve as the setting of the Lebanon Explosion 5K and 1 Mile. Sponsored by none other than the Lebanon Explosion Dance Team. Funds collected for the race will go directly to support the Lebanon High School dance team's trip to the Nationals.

  • Bush Park Cross Country Run Series – 890 Mission Street Southeast, Salem, OR 97302
    Salem homes for sale aren't far from the Bush Park Cross County Run Series, which takes place every Thursday throughout the month of August. Starting out from Bush's Pasture Park, one of Salem's top public parks and a botanical garden, racers will have the option of participating in a 5K, a 3K, or a kid-friendly fun run on each date. It is sure to be fun for everyone.

  • Albany Beer "Run" – 140 Northeast Hill Street, Albany, OR 97321
    Billed as "a run for the rest of us" and dedicated to "the below average athlete," attendees of this Albany event will be running about 0.3K – a fraction of the average race. Unlike most of the other events around the area, dogs are welcome at the Albany Beer "Run" as long as they are friendly and safely leashed at all times.

Contact us to discover more of all that Benton County has to offer.

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