Hood River, OR Real Estate News

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
When I lived in Minneapolis, what many refer to as the Twin Cities nowadays, we always knew there was another town on the other side of the Mississippi River, which divided the two cities, but when you're from Minneapolis, you don't really think much about it. Unless you're from Saint Paul, and then you agonize over what people in Minneapolis think of you. Ha, ha. Little joke there meant to inflame those from St. Paul.Actually, I think the joke goes: if you say you're a painter, you are an artist if you live in Minneapolis. A house painter if you live in St. Paul.It makes me wonder what kind of rivalry exists between those who live on one side of the Columbia River, which is Washington, versus a whole 'notehr state on the other side, which is Oregon. The Columbia River Gorge is an inter...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  What better way to get into or foster the Christmas spirit? Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theater are proud to present their production of "The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever". The show opened to rave reviews December 12th, and runs through December 21st.   Based on the popular book by Barbara Robinson, the play is an unroarious story about a Christmas Pagaent gone awry. The play follows the efforts of an unwitting mother, snagged into running her church's annual Christmas pagaent at the last moment. She is faced with having to cast the worst kids from the worst family in the neighborhood, the Herdmans. What follows is a heartwarming lesson, told in hilarious fashion, about the true spirit of the Christmas story. This production is directed by Kathleen Morrow and stars a cast of ...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  It truly takes a community to build... and maintain... a food bank to help take care of those less fortunate in our community. This innovative new fundraiser is a great way to get involved.   On November 21st, 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School Cafeteria (1602 May Street, Hood River)   Gorge Grown Farmers have grown the food, Hood River Hotel Chef, Mark Whitehead will craft gourmet soup, Hood River Valley High School students have created the bowls,Blue Skies Bakery will bake the bread and Arts in Education and Providence is sponsoring the evening   Come eat incredible soup and bread, then take home a one of a kind, hand made bowl... all to help build a food bank.   Tickets are $30 and are available at Waucoma Book Store and Gorge Grown Farmers Market. For additional informatio...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  This is your chance to make a real difference serving the Hood River Valley Community! Founded in 1926, Crag Rats are the oldest search and rescue organization in the United States, conducting operations on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge. A charter member of the Mountain Rescue Association, the group got its name since it's members started as climbers who realized they could assist search and rescue by being able to literally climb into the crags of the mountain. The members have become a close-knit group over the years boasting some as being third generation members who, beyond their rescue efforts, also socialize and enjoy the outdoors together.   On Wednesday, November 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. come hear a presentation on the Crag Rat's history, get info on its current activitie...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  NEW LISTING!!! Classic Hood River Craftsman, Mt. Adams Views!   Beautiful, historic 1918 Craftsman home walking distance to middle school, pool, tennis courts and Jackson Park, moments to downtown Hood River. Stylish designer touches throughout help create this quintessential Hood River lifestyle.                             · 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,689 square feet, .26 acre · Light filled Great Room, stunning Mt Adams view · Large windows in living room and dining room with original trims, crown moldings and hardwood floors · Spacious Kitchen with island seating, oversized pantry · Luxury Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, skylight and his and hers closets · Luxury Master Bath with oversized tile shower and radiant heat floors · Laundry conveniently located next to Mas...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Speechless Sunday - Sights of The Season: Hood River Town Tree   This is Hood River's own town Christmas Tree on State Street, right by the Horse Feathers Restaurant. It was lit on November 30th with a lot of our community present and will stay lit through the first of the year. The town invites community members to write and hang their holiday wishes on the tree.      
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Blow Your Own Glass For Christmas...Glassometry Studios, Hood River There's no gift more meaningful than a handmade, heartfelt one. At Glassometry Studios in Hood River, you can make your own, unique gift or tree ornament while learning a new, interesting skill while you're at it. Employees will walk you through the entire process, helping to create a timeless heirloom to treasure for years to come. Kids five and up are even welcome. Prices run around $20 for an icicle, to $30 for a round tree ornament, to $50 for a bud vase. Visit their website for lots of other project ideas. Glassometry Studios. For the holidays, the studios are offering extended hours: Fridays, December 14th through the 21st and Saturdays, December 15th and 22nd, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Located at 3015 Lower Mill Dr. H...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Silent Saturday - Mt. Adams Peeks Through The Clouds   Early winter in the Columbia River Gorge is often shrouded in clouds most mornings, bringing lots of rain and snow. I love this shot of Mt. Adams I captured Thursday morning as a rare, small break in the clouds let the sun-bathed peak show through. I took this from Hood River Middle School of the peak to our north, in Washington.      
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Wordless Wednesday - Sights of the Season: Oak Street Hotel Lights   The Oak Street Inn in downtown Hood River, Oregon knows how to do Christmas lights. Actually, they know how to really set the atmosphere for every holiday that comes around, decorating their lovely building to the hilt for each. For more information about visiting the Oak Street Hotel, visit their website.      
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
Hood River's Premiere Toy Experience... G. Wilikers!   G. Willikers, in Hood River, is the ultimate toy shoppe, sure to delight the child in anyone. It stocks a lot of the standards, like legos and such, but is full of creative and unique finds, as well. Browsing the store is half the fun. There is also a huge book section, complete with comfy areas to check out those books, and it also includes arts and crafts supplies. Take a turn on a trike, try out a game or two or even explore an intricate doll house. This store is full of whimsy and fun. It's the perfect place to finish up that holiday shopping. There is something for every kid of any age here. Located at 202 Oak Street, Hood River. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Oh, and parking in Hood ...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Speechless Sunday - Pinned!   This is our son, Sam (13), performing the pin that clinched his second place win in his bracket yesterday at Hood River Wrestling Club's own wrestling tournament. The tournament was at Hood River Valley High School and attracted participants from The Dalles, Yakima, Bend, Hermiston, etc. For more information on youth wrestling programs in the Columbia River Gorge, visit the Hood River Wrestling Club's website. (Note: the photo isn't the best quality as I had zoomed in from so far away and am not super steady holding the camera).      
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  "A Christmas Carol", Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River The Columbia Arts Center in Hood River presents it's annual production of the Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol". Presented by C.A.S.T and Columbia Gorge Community College, the timeless play should become your family's annual tradition... starting this year! What better way to ring in the holidays, with this sweet reminder of the true spirit of Christmas and its timeless messages of hope, peace and love. The play boasts a truly Victorian flair with it's cast of 30+ actors and carolers who are members of our community, including seven children under 14 years of age. The play is directed by Richard Parker, who also directs the drama department at Columbia Gorge Community College. The play opened Dec. 6th and will continue n...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
    Make A Magical Journey To The North Pole On Board the Polar Express!   Mt. Hood Railroad, in Hood River, Oregon, presents it's annual trip to the "North Pole" on board the Polar Express. No Christmas season will be complete without making this magical journey. What better way to experience the spirit and wonder of Santa than onboard the Polar Express? Children of all ages will be entranced as you read along with the classic story as the train makes its way to the "North Pole". Sing along with Christmas carols, enjoy cocoa & cookies and even meet Santa himself, who will present each child with "the first gift of Christmas", their own reindeer jingle bell. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. It's also a great opportunity to see the gorgeous Hood River Valley, too, as the train makes ...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Another Sale Pending: Who Says You Can't Sell During The Holidays?!   This charming Hood River 97031 cabin just went under contract this week, proving that even this is a great time to be selling! True, many consider the spring and summer to be the optimal selling/buying season, but here in the Hood River Valley, our fall and now winter has been booming!   Here's why NOW may be the perfect time to sell your Columbia River Gorge real estate: * In the Columbia River Gorge, the real estate market has recovered to the point that this year's busy season was the best in five years. Sales remained strong through November and into the winter. * Because of the perception that it is off season, there are fewer homes on the market and that translates to less competition for your home. * People w...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Hood River's Holiday Kick-Off Is This Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 There's nothing like the holidays in Hood River and this Friday kicks off this magical season in high style. The celebration all starts at 4 p.m. with free downtown parking, the perfect time to shop for all those holiday gifts. Then stay for the annual holiday parade at 6 p.m. The parade starts on Oak Street and winds through downtown Hood River. Our family always walks with Hood River Adopt A Dog, promoting adopting rescue pets. All participants in the parade should meet at Oak and 7th by 6 p.m. The parade is immediately followed by Hood River's traditional tree lighting ceremony at 2nd and State Street. Be there when our mayor lights our 30 foot Christmas tree to officially welcome the holiday season. Enjoy free cocoa and c...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Hood River Adopt A Dog's Photos With Santa, starting Dec. 1st, 2012 Don't miss this chance to have your furry friend's (or human's) photo taken with the man himself, Santa Claus. It's Hood River Adopt A Dog's 3rd Annual event to raise money for the shelter. Location: Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street, downtown Hood River When: Every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting this Saturday, December 1st and going through December 22nd. Cost is $8 for a printed photo, plus a digital copy to be emailed to you! Hand made holiday wreaths also available for purchase. Support your local shelter and Adopt A Dog program... visit Santa this Saturday!    
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Join The Red Cross Blood Drive At The Hood River Elks, Nov. 23, 2012   Donating blood is a great way to give back to your community in a deeply personal way. Join the Red Cross Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge, 3rd and Cascade, Hood River, Oregon.  All donors must be 17 years of age or older, at least 110 pounds and in good health. Additional eligibility criteria apply To schedule an appointment or for more information visit www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code hoodriver) or call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669.      
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  Playful, Curious and Spunky... Meet Harlow!   Have you ever met a "Chug"? Well, now you have. This adorable girl is a chihuahua/pug mix and she's about one year old... or so the good folks at the shelter are guessing. She was left tied to the front door of the shelter one very cold evening, where she must have been for a few hours. She was freezing and scared when they took her in, gave her a warm meal and lots of love. Now she's showing her true colors, being playful, curious, spunky and ever cheerful. And what a cuddler this sweetie is! She loves the other dogs and plays well with them, while she especially loves her green stuffed dinosaur and carries him everywhere. Check out Harlow's video on the shelter's website. Harlow weighs about 15 pounds, is spayed, current on shots and mic...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
  ANOTHER Sale Pending in Hood River! Who Says It's "Off Season"?!?   That's right... this lovely Hood River cottage went under contract this week... after only a month on the market, we might add! This summer and fall was the best selling season in the Columbia River Gorge in 5+ years and that momentum is carrying over into November and the winter. Now may be the perfect time to buy or sell your home!     If you want your home to sell quickly, you've got to get it out there... exposure, exposure, EXPOSURE! People can't buy it if they can't see/find it! If you've chosen to sell your property FSBO (for sale by owner), we can help you market it.   What we can do for you:      - Present multiple photos and detailed info about the property on your own web page at www.ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com  ...
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