Local Land Roundup: 12 Central Oregon Lots to Build your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 22, 2019 7:19:37 AM

Topics: Central Oregon

With more than 300 days of sunshine every year and the perfect climate for enjoying outdoor activities, living in Central Oregon in your own custom home is a dream come true for many types of families. Whether you’re retiring and want a new home that requires less maintenance or are ready to build a sprawling ranch on a large property so the kids can roam freely both indoors and outdoors, you can find the perfect property in Central Oregon.

When looking for land and deciding which property is best for you, there is a lot you have to consider. Site development costs, ongoing property maintenance, local taxes, and neighborhood amenities are just a few of the factors that could influence your decision. We have rounded up a dozen local land listings in Central Oregon for you to compare as you search for the perfect place to build your new home.

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5 Interior Design Ideas to Create the Ultimate PNW Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 15, 2019 1:33:24 PM

Topics: Custom Home Design, East Puget Sound

No matter where you live, the interior design of your home can transport you to a different world. When you step through the front door, you can be instantly reminded of summer days at the lake, a cozy mountain retreat, or the lush tones of the vibrant forest. The Pacific Northwest is a vast area known for many types of landscapes. Large cities, small towns, and rural homesteads can be found throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, each with its own unique character and style.

Although there is no single Pacific Northwest aesthetic, we have highlighted five interior design ideas that will make you feel right at home in the region. Bringing the natural world indoors is a common theme in this area, where outdoor enthusiasts come to enjoy year-round beauty and world-class activities.

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Local Land Roundup: 7 North Willamette Valley Lots to Build your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 15, 2019 10:30:46 AM

Topics: North Willamette Valley

If you are considering moving to the North Willamette Valley and building a new home, one of the most important steps is finding the right piece of land. Whether you want to be in or near a larger city such as Portland or Salem, or have vineyard views from the porch, Northwest Oregon has it all. If you’re actively looking for land, or even just browsing, consider these seven available lots in the North Willamette Valley.

You’ll find lots with easy access to coastal activities, private hiking trails, and mountain views. From small lots that require little maintenance to large expanses of land for you to work and play on, there are plenty of options for building a new home in Northwest Oregon.

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Getting to Know Puget Sound: The Best Trails and Activities to Explore

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 14, 2019 8:59:20 AM

Topics: South Puget Sound

The Puget Sound area is known for its natural beauty, charming coastal towns, and all of the big-city benefits Seattle has to offer. With hundreds of islands and miles of shoreline, it’s not surprising that many of the best local activities are water-based. Of course, there’s also plenty to see on land with several national parks and forests just a short drive away. Whether you like to spend your days taking in the fresh air on a mountain hike, exploring museums, or playing on the water, you’ll always find something to do in the Puget Sound region.

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5 Hidden Treasures to Explore in Treasure Valley, Idaho

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:58:46 AM

Topics: Treasure Valley

Treasure Valley, Idaho, is full of gems; some are hidden, and others are shining brightly. Whether you’re a longtime resident, a tourist, or considering moving to the area, you won’t regret taking the time to explore some of southwestern Idaho’s family-friendly activities. No matter what the weather is, there is always an outdoor adventure waiting for you to try it.

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Deciding Where to Live in Southwest Washington/Northwest Oregon

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:48:29 AM

Topics: Southwest Washington

With the mighty Columbia River, the bustling city of Vancouver, and idyllic towns along the Pacific coast, the region that includes Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon is a beautiful place to call home. In the east, proximity to Portland offers all the amenities you could possibly need, including an airport for convenient travel. The farther west you go, the closer you can be to the water and the forested areas that offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. No matter where you live in the region, scenic views are not far—maybe even right outside your window.

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Deciding Where to Live in Inland Northwest

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:34:33 AM

Topics: Spokane (Inland Northwest), Custom Home Washington

With Spokane and Coeur d’Alene in the heart of the region, the Inland Northwest offers residents the option to live in a vibrant urban culture, a comfortable suburban environment, or the scenic countryside. No matter where you live, the possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless with rushing rivers, majestic mountains, and rolling hills to explore.

The Inland Northwest region spans counties in both Eastern Washington and the northern Idaho panhandle. The climate is drier than the area to the west, primarily because of the distance from the sea and the location east of the Cascade Mountains. However, the seasons are not as moderate, with colder winters and hotter summers.

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Deciding Where to Live in West Puget Sound

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:24:30 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, West Puget Sound

The West Puget Sound area has a mixed climate depending on where each community is located. Some areas have the typical Pacific Northwest heavy rainfall, while others sit in the rain shadow of the mountains and enjoy more moderate climates. However, regardless of the season, many people enjoy outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle in the coastal and mountainous communities in Northwest Washington.

Building a new custom home in West Puget Sound ensures a lifetime of beautiful views, fresh air, and access to the majestic mountains of Olympic National Park. Retirees are attracted to the areas with consistently moderate weather, families appreciate the welcoming communities, and young professionals can be close to larger cities without the higher cost of living.

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Deciding Where to Live in Northwest Washington

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:03:46 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, Northwest Washington

Northwest Washington has something for everybody: glistening coastal waters, majestic peaks, lush forests, and bustling cities brimming with culture. Whether you have a growing family or are looking to downsize into a smaller home in a tight-knit community, this region has many options for every lifestyle. If you are thinking of building a new custom home in the Pacific Northwest, consider the four counties north of Seattle as you explore possibilities for your new community.

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Deciding Where to Live in North Willamette Valley

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 17, 2018 10:49:09 AM

Topics: North Willamette Valley

With Portland in the north and Salem in the south, North Willamette Valley is known for its lush landscape, scenic mountain views, and a strong sense of community connection. The region is home to the majority of the population of the state of Oregon and some of its largest cities. However, there are also plenty of new custom home opportunities for those who want to be surrounded by open spaces, vineyards, and the many other agriculture ventures that benefit from the life-giving Willamette River and countless waterways.

The climate has been compared to that of the Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Mild winters in which the daytime temperature rarely drops below freezing make this region attractive to families and retirees who enjoy predictable weather year-round.

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