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November
23

Experience Albany's Historic Districts

Albany Historic Districts

There's so much history to be discovered in Albany and Corvallis, from fascinating museums to the many historic buildings which have been preserved into the present day. Albany's historic districts each offer something unique to see, including historic homes, businesses, and museums that tell the story of how the community has developed over centuries. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Albany's historic districts and attractions.

Monteith District

The Monteith brothers were Scottish immigrants who moved to Oregon from Albany, NY, and played a key role in starting the city of Albany, OR, that we all enjoy today. The Monteith District, which bears their family name, is home to the Monteith House museum, which showcases the history of both the family and the community they helped start, all housed in a beautifully, authentically restored historic home.

Nearby, you'll discover the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, the perfect place for getting kids interested in local history. The carousel is historically accurate to the period when it was first built more than a century ago and has been updated with hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animals. After the kids have had their fun riding the carousel, be sure to check out the museum and gift shop, which are located at the same site.

This district is also where you'll find some of Albany's most spectacularly designed historic churches, with the English Gothic-style United Presbyterian Church, as well as the towering spires and Carpenter Gothic design of the Whitespires Church, which was constructed in 1891. You can download a guided walking tour of the Monteith District, provided by the Albany Visitors Association, to ensure that you get to visit every interesting landmark.

Hackleman District

The Hackleman District is largely a residential district, though it is home to St. Paul's Methodist Church, the earliest church building in Albany that's still in existence today. The big highlights in this district, however, are the spectacular historic homes that were built here. The Chamberlain House, the historic home of former Oregon Governor and Senator George Chamberlain is still known as the tallest home in Albany. The Ralston House, located across the street, is known for its stained-glass windows and ornate design, while the Goltra House was the first plaster-walled house in the city.

Downtown Commercial District

The Downtown Commercial District features one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in Albany, which is no surprise since this is where the Monteith brothers opened the community's first general store. Today, the Downtown Commercial District features historic homes and businesses built from when the community was settled in the 1840s through the early 1900s. Notable buildings include the Flinn Block, constructed in 1887, the Straney & More Livery Stable, built in 1892, along with many other buildings converted into present-day homes and businesses.

Airport District

In addition to its diverse collection of historic homes and businesses, Albany is also home to the oldest airport in the Northwest and one of the oldest in the world. First established in 1909, a few short years after the Wright Brothers' flight, the Albany Municipal Airport has been in continuous operation ever since. It's also the only airport in Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by to see the historic airport, learn more about its stories, and see the classic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet that's on display.

Ready to write the next chapter of your own history in Albany? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany area.

November
15

Corvallis & Albany Holiday Events

Corvallis and Albany Holiday

Are you ready for some festive fun just in time for the holidays? There are events coming up in Albany and Corvallis to suit every interest, from live holiday music to local shopping and fun runs. Our real estate agents have more details on some of the holiday events around Corvallis and Albany that you'll want to mark down on your calendar.

  • The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas – 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330
    You certainly don't have to be Scottish to love The Fire's Very Scottish Christmas, but it doesn't hurt! This rousing performance will be coming to the Corvallis High School Performing Arts Center on December 17, 2022, at 7:00 PM, with live music, traditional dance, and songs dating all the way back to the 1300s.

  • Corvallis Community Band Holiday Concert – 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333
    Corvallis is home to many talented musicians, so the Corvallis Community Band Holiday Concert is sure to be a hit this year. This annual performance features a family-friendly vibe with a mix of classic holiday tunes and new favorites. The show will be taking place on December 18, 2022, starting at 2:00 PM, and admission is free for everyone.

  • Corvallis Turkey Trot – 100 SE Fischer Ln., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Healthy fun is also on the menu this holiday season, and you don't have to wait until December to start celebrating the season. The Corvallis Turkey Trot includes a 5k run/walk, 10k run/walk, and a Little Gobblers 1k, perfect for families. Costumes are encouraged but not required at this event, which kicks off on Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2022, at the Crystal Lake Sports Fields in Corvallis.

  • Christmas Parlor Tour 2022 – Monteith Historical District, Albany, OR 97321
    Turn back the clock to historic eras of Albany with the Christmas Parlor Tour 2022 hosted by the Monteith Historical Society. This event offers the opportunity to visit, tour, and explore some of the most interesting historic homes around downtown Albany, fully decked out for the holidays. The highlight for many visitors is the tour of the Monteith House, which is open to visitors during the Christmas Parlor Tour on December 11, 2022, in downtown Albany.

  • Shop Small, Dine Small on Small Business Saturday – Downtown Albany, OR 97321
    You don't have to travel far for some outstanding holiday shopping this year, with the Shop Small, Dine Small on Small Business Saturday event highlighting all that you can find close to home in Albany. Many of your favorite local small businesses will be offering special deals, with holiday music in the air and beautifully lit trees as you travel from one place to the next. The fun starts on November 26, 2022, with most shops and restaurants officially opening their doors around 10:00 AM.

  • Holiday Film Series: White Christmas – 170 High St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
    Some classics never go out of style, and the Holiday Film Series: White Christmas showing at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem is perfect for introducing younger family members to some of the classic films from holiday seasons gone by. This event will highlight the 1954 classic White Christmas, written by Irving Berlin and starring some of the biggest names of the time, like Bing Crosby.

Is a home for the holidays at the top of your shopping list this year? Our team is here to help you achieve your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.

November
7

Visit Albany & Corvallis Art Destinations

Corvallis Art

If you love art, then you're sure to find some fantastic places to explore around both Albany and Corvallis. With historic theaters, amazing art galleries, vibrant arts centers, and extensive educational resources, you can easily connect with the local arts scene whether you're interested in discovering new art or learning more about how to create your own. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 6 destinations for art lovers around Albany and Corvallis.

  • Albany Civic Theater – 111 First Ave. W., Albany, OR 97321
    Few local art organizations can match the long history of the Albany Civic Theater, which has been putting on performances for the community for more than 70 years. There are some big shows coming up to close out 2022, including performances of Murder on the Orient Express and the 72nd Annual Albany Civic Theater Telethon.

  • Art in the Valley – 209 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 9733
    A cooperatively owned art gallery that has been going strong for more than 30 years, Art in the Valley is a great place to check out the work of local artists in a wide variety of media. Exhibits at the gallery are updated every month, and there is a special reception for the Artist of the Month on the third Thursday of each month.

  • The Arts Center – 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Whether you want to explore art created by others, attend interesting events, or sharpen your own artistic skills, you're sure to find plenty to love at The Arts Center in Corvallis. Catch up on the latest exhibits, like Through a Veteran's Lens, Natura: Sarah Ciampa, or the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection. Enjoy art classes for youth and adults, as well as monthly artist meetups.

  • Majestic Theatre – 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Do you want to be part of the audience or part of the show? Either way, you're sure to enjoy a visit to the Majestic Theatre, where you can find live theater, music, dance, and so much more. The team at the Majestic Theatre also offers a diverse selection of classes and lectures taught by experts in a variety of artistic fields.

  • Giustina Gallery at Lasells Stewart Center – 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis, OR 97331
    Located on the scenic Oregon State University campus, the Lasells Stewart Center is the place to be for live music, engaging educational lectures, and more. It's also home to the Giustina Gallery, which is the largest art gallery in the Willamette Valley, with a strong focus on showcasing the work of local artists, including university staff and students. The most recent exhibition, 100 Views of Oregon, is a great example of that focus on local art in action.

  • Linn County Arts Guild – 605 Main St., Lebanon, OR 87355
    If you love local art, you won't want to miss the chance to visit the Linn County Arts Guild. There are tons of classes here where you can learn new artistic skills, like Watercolor Painting with Donna Lee, the Scratchboard Art Class, and the Nuno Felting Class with Annette Riesbick. The Linn County Art Guild also welcomes the work of local artists and crafters in any medium, making it a great place to shop for unique gifts.

Ready to find your next home near all of your favorite theaters, art galleries, and arts centers? Our local team is here to help you find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.

October
24

Neighborhood Halloween Safety Guide

Halloween Candy

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for kids and families across the nation. Due to the larger number of pedestrians and drivers, the night also has a higher risk of accidents. Our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure your Halloween is a safe, memorable night. 

  • Stay on Sidewalks and Pathways
    When traveling throughout your Corvallis or Albany neighborhood, opt for routes that allow your group to stay on the sidewalk and designated walking areas as much as possible. If you find yourself on a route without a sidewalk, make sure that you walk on the side of the road facing the flow of traffic.
  • Operate Vehicles Slowly and Carefully
    If you need to make a candy run to restock, drive slower than usual and be alert to your surroundings. Excited children may dart across the street or forget to look both ways; driving cautiously gives you ample time to stop or maneuver your car if you need to respond quickly. 
  • Cross the Street Safely
    Avoid crossing the street in the middle of the road; instead, wait until you're at a corner or designated crosswalk. When crossing, always look to the left, to the right, and back to the left to make sure that no cars are coming. Try to use a direct route that minimizes street crossings when trick-or-treating. 
  • Minimize Distractions
    On such an exciting day, it's normal for kids and adults to be distracted by fun costumes and spooky decor, along with the usual distractions like electronic devices, snacks, and beverages. Keep cell phones stored when you're walking. If you do need to check an app or communicate with your Halloween crew, safely step off the road to use your device. Never walk and use your device, as you're less likely to spot vehicles or uneven surfaces that can cause an injury. 
  • Bring a Light Source
    It's a smart idea to incorporate some costume accessory or component that ensures you and your children are illuminated and more visible to drivers. When possible, use reflective tape or fabrics as part of your family's Halloween costumes. Or, grab a few packs of glowsticks so your kids will be more visible. Consider carrying a flashlight or lantern to help you safely maneuver throughout your neighborhood. 
  • Have a Plan
    If your kids are going trick-or-treating by themselves, agree to a specific route before they head out. Make sure they understand your expectations regarding safe street crossing, behavior, electronic usage, and other Halloween activities. Let them know when you expect them to be home and guidelines concerning how often they need to check in.
  • Rethink Taking Your Pet Trick-or-Treating
    While a dog in a Halloween costume is adorable, trick-or-treating can pose a few hazards to your furry family members. Some dogs may not be comfortable around large groups of people in strange outfits, and kids may forget their manners and pet or approach your dog without obtaining permission. If you do decide to bring your pooch, opt for a short lead (around four feet) that will help you keep your dog nearby. You might also use a harness to better control your pup. Leave the retractable leash at home; these leashes can malfunction, allowing your dog access to unsafe areas. 

Keep your family safe this Halloween by following this safety guide. Ready to relocate your family to a new neighborhood? Contact us to get started.

October
18

Try Local Beer at These Willamette Valley Breweries

Corvallis Breweries

Oregon's Willamette Valley is known as one of the West Coast's great wine regions. But we also have a burgeoning craft beer scene here, with exciting new microbreweries popping up all the time. 

Cool fall weather makes this the perfect time of year to savor the best local, seasonal flavors these brewers have to offer. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite Willamette Valley breweries!

  • Calapooia Brewing - 140 NE Hill St, Albany, OR 97321
    Pacific Pilsner, River Jump IPA, and Turkish Coffee Stout are just a few of the staple beers at Calapooia Brewing, a local microbrewery that traces its roots in the Willamette Valley back to 1993. Their excellent brews are served alongside mouth-watering pub grub at the brewery's cozy Albany pub location, which is shared with Vivacity Fine Spirits, a local craft distillery based in Corvallis. 

  • Deluxe Brewing Company - 635 NE Water Ave, Albany, OR 97321
    Deluxe Brewing Company can trace its humble beginnings back to a home brew kit purchased at a local brewing supply store by co-founders Howie and Jamie Howard back in 2005. Today, it's become a staple of the Willamette Valley craft brewing scene, offering signature brews like Wild Beaver Amber Lager and Sintillator Dopplebock. The 15-barrel brewery is also operated in conjunction with Sinister Distilling, and you can sample both at their Albany tasting room. 
  • The Garage - 229 3rd Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321
    There's something for everyone at The Garage, with 54 taps to choose from! Their rotating taps include cider, seltzer, mead, and of course, beer. Stay up to date on their taps with their website, which even shows how full the kegs are. Besides their tap list, they also offer an impressive cocktail menu. Pair your beverage with tasty offerings from their kitchen, like mac and cheese bites or one of their flatbread pizzas. 

  • Block 15 Brewing Co. - 300 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333
    With more than a dozen rotating taps, Block 15 Brewing Co. is one of the best breweries in Corvallis. Their IPAs, lagers, and unique barrel-aged beers are on a whole other level, and the tap room serves a great menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Block 15 Brewing Co. is also dedicated to keeping their brewery as local and sustainable as possible, using ingredients grown in the Willamette Valley and powering their operations with 40% solar power.

  • Sky High Brewing & Pub - 160 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Great beer and a fun, welcoming atmosphere are combined to create a perfect experience at Sky High Brewing & Pub. Their tasty, eclectic, and sustainable ales are always changing and evolving, but you can count on a great variety of beers to suit every palate, from bitey IPAs to rich lagers. Plus, their 4th-floor brewpub and rooftop bar offers some of the best views in town. There's no better place to watch the sunset!

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse - 33930 SE Eastgate Circle, Suite E, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Experience all things cider when you stop by 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Their tap room offers a wide range of ciders to sample, with over 20 rotating taps. Be sure to check out their website to see an updated list of their beer, meads, cider, and hard seltzer. Plus, you can take your favorite beverages home with you, with cans, bottles, or growlers available for purchase.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas. 

October
12

Corvallis: One of America's Friendliest College Towns

College Town Corvallis

Our real estate agents know that choosing a college can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Even beyond the learning aspect, there's something to be said about the unique culture of a college town. When you're looking at Albany and Corvallis real estate, the perks and benefits stand out.

In fact, Corvallis has been called Oregon's "Best College Town."

The news comes from a recent report by Reviews.org, which used a variety of data, including the cost of living, population, college graduation rates, and employment, to find the best Oregon college town with 250,000 or fewer residents. 

It could be said that Corvallis has a little bit of everything, which is part of its unique strength.

While many colleges create a friendly and outgoing vibe around their campus, only a select few can get into the Top 50 Friendliest College Towns in America. This honor, researched by Great College Deals, is another way Corvallis stands out: It is ranked #2 Friendliest College Town in the United States.

The report specifically calls out Corvallis' beautiful scenery, which has been carefully preserved through decades of community efforts to keep green spaces healthy and lush. First-time visitors will also find many opportunities to tour the community and its surrounding amenities.

For example, you can get a free tour of pristine Starker Forest and its managed forest lands, appropriate for individuals or small groups. Or tour Chintimini Wildlife Center to see Oregon State University students and alumni work to rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals.  

Plus, Oregon State University itself holds tours on a regular basis. With a history dating back more than 150 years, it is the state's largest university – its community encompasses about 33,000 students (including some 27,500 undergraduates) and more than 2,600 academic staff.

Oregon State University Is the Centerpiece of College Life in Corvallis

Oregon State University's 420-acre main Corvallis campus is the heart of Corvallis and only about two hours south of Portland. In 2008, the original campus designed by renowned architect John Charles Olmsted was designated a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places.

Many local events have a strong connection to the Corvallis campus, and it is not unusual to see the public visiting for dramatic performances, sporting events, music, or guest lectures. With 16 distinct residence halls, there is something to suit every taste. The great majority of first-year freshmen live on campus.

Oregon State University has an elite reputation for its athletics programs. Reser Stadium, located on the campus grounds, is home to the football team. The official golf course, Trysting Tree Golf Club, offers both a 50,000-square-foot green and a state-of-the-art practice bunker.

Oregon State University has long been a leading force in online education. In 2022, U.S. News and World Report named its online bachelor programs #5 overall in the United States. The online psychology B.A. ranked #2, and the Bachelor's in Business program was ranked #4.

Corvallis Is a Terrific Place to Learn, Launch a Career, or Grow a Family

Lots of Oregon State University graduates choose to stay in Corvallis, while some migrate to Albany or other larger cities. No matter your choice, Corvallis will give the student in your life the opportunity to build a foundation for success in class and beyond.

Contact us to find out more about life and real estate in the Corvallis community.

October
7

What to Know Before a Remodel

Remodel Tips

There are a lot of beautiful homes for sale in Albany and Corvallis. If you've found the perfect home or are ready to sell your current home, but it could use a little work, then you've come to the right place. Our real estate agents know that remodeling projects can possibly add value to your home. Here are the key things they want you to know before taking on a home remodel.

  • Consider the Return on Investment
    Remodeling your home is often a wise financial choice because it increases your home's value. However, some remodeling projects offer a greater ROI than others. Kitchen remodels tend to have the highest ROI. Bathroom remodels, and exterior remodels also have a high return on investment. Remodeling a bedroom, hallway, or dining room comes with a lower ROI in most cases.

  • Upgrade Based on Neighborhood Value
    In each neighborhood, there is a "ceiling" for home values. In other words, no matter how much work you put into a home, it will never sell for significantly more than the other homes nearby. Take this into account when planning a remodel. For instance, if the average sale price of homes on your street is $250,000, spending $100,000 on an extensive kitchen remodel is unlikely to increase your home's value by a full $100,000. Consult your real estate agent for a better idea of how much your home will be worth with certain upgrades.

  • Set a Budget
    It's really easy to spend more than you planned on a remodel. The best way to keep remodeling affordable is to set a budget from day one. Then, choose materials and designs that fit into that budget. If you need to put off larger projects for later, then so be it. You can always start off with smaller projects, such as a bedroom or entryway makeover, when your budget is limited.

  • Know What You Can DIY
    DIY remodels can save you a lot of money, but you need to know what you are capable of. You should never DIY any project that involves HVAC, electrical, or plumbing work, as mistakes could prove dangerous. On the other hand, tasks like painting walls, putting down vinyl flooring, and installing new shelves are quite approachable if you have basic skills.

  • Choose Timeless Looks for Permanent Changes
    Decorating trends change quickly. So, when you are making expensive upgrades, such as installing new floors, counters, or cabinets, try to choose timeless options. You can add more trendy styles with decor like wall art and drapes. These are easier and less expensive to replace when the styles change. Homes with timeless "bones" hold their value better and are easier to sell.

  • Take Your Time
    So many homeowners dive head-first into a remodeling effort, take on too much all at once, and end up feeling overwhelmed. If you take things slower, remodeling will be more fun. Make a list of projects you want to tackle. Then, decide what order you'll tackle them in. Handle one project at a time, only moving on to the next one once the previous project is complete. This will keep you organized and will also make it easier to stay on budget.

It's amazing what a new coat of paint, some new flooring, or a few new appliances can do for a place. If you're still searching for the perfect home, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect place for you and your family.

September
27

Staging Tips for Your Home

Staging Tips

When selling your home, staging is a valuable way to make your home more attractive to potential buyers and help you obtain the highest possible price.

Our real estate agents encourage you to use staging techniques that showcase your home's strengths. Whether you're selling your house in Corvallis or Albany, the same rules apply and work to impress potential buyers. Here are some tips to help you with the staging process.

  • Remove Clutter and Furniture
    Go through your entire home and remove items that are overly personal, part of a collection, or out of season. Next, survey the remaining items for a second round of decluttering. Pack most of your small kitchen appliances away to help your counters look larger. Remove half of your furniture in each room to maximize the space of the room. While it might seem like a lot of furniture will showcase the room's size, it will actually make the space look cramped and small. Remove enough clothing from your closets to ensure there's space between each item. This makes your closet look larger and more organized. 
  • See That Every Room Has a Distinct Purpose
    Every room and space in your home should have a specific purpose; this will help homebuyers better envision themselves living in your home. Spare bedrooms can function as a guest room or home office. Turn an unused space in your garage or attic into a home workout area. Add a dining table or sectional to your deck so that buyers have an idea of how they can use your home's outside areas. 
  • Use Mirrors to Help Your Home Look Larger
    A mirror works as a neutral statement piece in nearly any room; adding the mirror will also reflect more light, helping the room appear brighter and larger. Any room in your home can benefit from this tip! You can even use a collection of small mirrors or reflective artwork if you want a more contemporary look for your home. 
  • Revamp Your Shelves
    Prior to listing your home, make sure that your bookshelves aren't stuffed to the brim with books. Instead, remove enough books from each shelf so that you have space to add a small vase or decorative item. This will help break up the bookcase so that it doesn't appear overly cluttered. The room as a whole will also appear more welcoming and inviting. 
  • Update Your Kitchen
    Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, and it's smart to spend a little time making sure that it looks its best. If your cabinets are old and dated, consider painting them or replacing the cabinet doors and hardware. Make sure that every kitchen surface, including the inside of appliances, is gleaming. See that your kitchen has ample lighting and uses bulbs with a high wattage. More lighting is an easy way to help your kitchen look bright and inviting. 
  • Greet Buyers with an Inviting Front Entryway
    When staging, don't forget your interior and exterior entryways. For your front porch, add a new doormat and a few flower planters to ensure your home makes a stellar first impression. In your front entryway, set up a vase of fresh flowers to greet buyers and help your home smell welcoming.

Staging is an effective way to sell your home faster and potentially for more money. Ready to list your home for sale? Contact us to get started. 

September
20

How to Keep Your Yard Looking Its Best This Fall

Fall Landscaping

Thanks to rainy fall days and falling autumn leaves, it's important to remain vigilant about your lawn care during the upcoming months. Otherwise, you risk the high precipitation levels and leaves permanently damaging your lawn. Here in the Willamette Valley, fall weather brings its fair share of landscaping challenges. Whether you live in Corvallis or Albany, you're probably all too familiar with what this season can do to your yard. 

The good news is, with a few simple steps, you can keep your yard well-maintained during this season!

Our real estate agents encourage you to consider completing the following tasks to keep your yard healthy and green through the autumn months. 

  • Keep Mowing Your Lawn
    Though your grass will likely grow slower during the fall months, make mowing a part of your weekly lawn care regimen until your lawn stops growing. During your last mowing session of the season, mow the grass about half an inch high to prevent mold caused by snow and winter precipitation. When it's time to stop mowing, spend a couple of hours on lawnmower maintenance, like sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and completing any repairs, so it's ready when spring rolls around. 
  • Water Your Lawn as Needed
    Keep an eye on your lawn during the autumn months to see if it needs watering. If your lawn doesn't get an inch or more of moisture per week, make time for a quick watering session. 
  • Regularly Rake Your Leaves
    It's important to make sure that you regularly rake throughout the fall months. When leaves stay on your lawn for an extended period, they can cause excessive moisture that leads to fungi.
  • Aerate Your Lawn
    Aerating your lawn will remove soil plugs so that your soil isn't as compact; this makes it easier for nutrients to reach your grass. Fall aeration ensures that your grass is ready to grow during the spring months. 
  • Fertilize Your Lawn
    Fall is the best time for you to fertilize your lawn. Your lawn will get the nutrients it needs to survive the winter months, and when spring arrives, the nutrients will help strengthen your grass. Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer throughout your lawn. 
  • Seed Your Lawn as Needed
    If your lawn has bare patches from the summer heat or wear and tear from your kids and pets, reseed these bare spots with a grass blend that's suited to your lawn's needs. A quick-growing grass blend can help you fill in these bare areas before winter arrives. 
  • Prune Your Plants and Bushes
    Remove dead branches and old flowers from your plants and bushes. This will help keep them healthy and encourage them to produce even more blooms next year. Pruning also helps your garden look tidy during the winter months when your plants aren't blooming. 

Spending time working on your yard will ensure that your gardens and grass look their best during the fall and winter months. Want to upgrade to a home with more outdoor space? Contact us to get started!

September
12

Fall Events in the Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Fall

There's so much to look forward to this fall around the Willamette Valley, including a busy schedule of special events for every interest. Whether you're in the mood to hunt for antique treasures, meet up with auto enthusiasts, or enjoy a classic community festival, there's an event coming up with your name on it. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop.

  • Welcome Fall Event at Maple Market – 36417 Airport Dr., Lebanon, OR 97355
    You might already be familiar with the folks from Maple Market for their upcycled furniture and home décor. They'll be holding the Welcome Fall Event at Maple Market on September 23, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 PM at their shop in Lebanon. The event will feature a fall-themed basket giveaway, along with complimentary snacks and drinks for guests. Stop by to check out all of the great fall décor at the shop, meet the people who produce it, and shop for unique handmade items.

  • The Great Junk Hunt – 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
    Consistently ranked as one of the best flea markets in the country, The Great Junk Hunt is a two-day event on October 24-25, 2022, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Why is this market so highly rated? Start with the two large buildings packed with antiques, collectibles, vintage items, handmade crafts, and treasures of all types. Enjoy a delicious selection of seasonal cocktails along with live music while you hunt for treasures. Want the best chance of grabbing a real treasure? For a slightly higher admission price, you can get in hours early and start shopping hours before the crowds arrive.

  • Corvallis Fall Festival – 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    The Corvallis Fall Festival is a fun, family-friendly annual event held in Corvallis at the scenic Central Park. This festival puts a spotlight on artists and artisans from all around the Pacific Northwest. There will be more than 180 booths featuring arts and crafts from around the region, perfect for getting an early start on your holiday shopping. You will also get to enjoy live music, plenty of great food, a young artist's marketplace, the Saturday night street dance, and an art discovery zone for the kids. This year's Corvallis Fall Festival takes place on September 24 & 25, 2022.

  • October Cars and Coffee – 1260 Price Rd. SE, Albany, OR 97322
    Arranged by the Willamette VDub Club, October Cars and Coffee is an opportunity for Volkswagen owners from around the Willamette Valley to come together and celebrate their favorite cars. If you have a Volkswagen of any year, model, size, or style, you're welcome to join this event, which will be held in Albany on October 15, 2022.

  • Albany Tennis/Pickleball Club Octoberfest – 1423 27th Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321
    Looking for a place to flex your pickleball skills? The Albany Tennis/Pickleball Club Octoberfest event is a round-robin pickleball tournament with an exciting playoff finale to award gold, silver, and bronze medals. This weekend-long competition will be taking place on October 14-16, 2022. It's open to all pickleball players aged 12+, and registration is required in order to participate.
  • The Great Pumpkin Run – 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Support a great cause and have fun in the process when you participate in The Great Pumpkin Run, which will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on October 8, 2022. There will be 5K and 10K runs in the morning, as well as a fun obstacle course event for kids. There's also a costume contest for participants of all ages. This event supports the Home Life organization, which assists community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Is buying or selling a home at the top of your to-do list this fall? Let us help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.

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