Vernonia, OR Real Estate News

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
  This photo brightens up my day as I sit inside with darkened skies and lots of browns and greys surrounding me with the fading colors of fall waning.  I wish you bright-colored joy on this Friday and hope that this view of Vernonia Lake, right down the street from my Vernonia John L Scott Market Center office makes your day!  (This certainly made mine as I was heading home late in October and decided to pull over as it begged me to stop and take its reflected profile). 
Comments 16
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
 Blue House Cafe Mediterrean Restaurant is Always Where I Send My Clients! I send ALL of my real estate clients to The Blue House Cafe in Vernonia Oregon, a picturesque half hour's drive from Fishhawk Lake. Sample menus are in my vehicle to share with them. I've NEVER experienced having a disappointed buyer and/or new neighbor! The food is incredibly fresh, very healthy and the local family owners/staff are so sweet.              It's great for all kinds of appetites and being a vegetarian, it totally speaks to me. I have my signature dish that I order every time I come in. It's the Mediterranean Salad with avocado added. Made-to-order, it has the most delectable tomatoes, is extremely healthy and a meal I crave on a regular basis. The dressing is very light and simple, and I ask for a ...
Comments 6
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
On the windy roads of Highway 47S going towards Vernonia Oregon sits a sad structure long forgotten. Broken windows, hollow insides, and yet, it's rickety beauty speaks to me somehow. The fall colors, with the leaves hugging its scraped boards and mossy roof offered textures and colors that begged to be photographed.With the late afternoon sun bouncing off its backside, I pulled along the highway to shoot this abandoned structure that I have passed for years. I long to know the story behind its slow destruction over time and who might  have loved it long ago. The mystery remains.
Comments 18
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Today, we had Town Team Spirit happening through Vernonia's main street, where I was working at Vernonia Realty and shot this short video of them on their way to  State Chamipionship competition and a hopeful WIN!!!Go Lady Loggers!!Wauna Credit Union even had a sign as they headed out of town. We Believe in You!  Here's an article from Vernonia's Voice on the State Playoff. 
Comments 4
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
 Meet Tucker8 weeks oldlives in Vernonia 
Comments 26
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
SOLD! (Finally) Vernonia OregonTwo weeks on the market from list to sale pending. Three months later, it finally closed. All of us jumped through endless hoops like circus animals thanks to the lack of professionalism by Innova Mortgage Services. (Boo! Hiss!!)At the end of the day, (ahem, three months later) the selling agent and I had a chuckle and a collective sigh of relief. I really appreciated the agent's humor as he sent this message to me with the subject line: So it actually happened! We are done!Gayle, wasn't that easy? Buy a house they said, It will be fun they said.........I would love to work with this agent again and again. Because it will NEVER be as bad as this one was! And we worked hard on both sides to make this happen for these lovely buyers and seller.The marathon cl...
Comments 35
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Speechless Sunday--Shades of Star Wars!After getting up close and personal with this Turkey Vulture, I could see how the makeup artists from Star Wars were able to make such a leap into the cosmic void--I mean, look at what Nature provides as a muse!Here he is in "night vision" (an editing version in Ribbet.com)Their menacing and commanding look is quite ironic, because they are actually gentle creatures. Turkey vultures are nature's recyclers, eating dead animals that appear in fields, on roads, etc. I wrote a post about a sighting of Turkey Vultures near Fishhawk Lake I had years ago, where a whole crew of them were sunning themselves at a nearby farm. Here is an excerpt:Extremely unaggressive and non-confrontational, the turkey vulture has only rarely been documented to feed on still...
Comments 29
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Vernonia Localism-This Gal Got Me Out of the Doghouse! I was working in my Vernonia office today and brought the dogs with me. They were desperate to have the knots behind their ears clipped and their toenails trimmed. Actually, I've needed to do this for months. (I know, I'm a bad mom).It was my floor day and I would be by myself, so I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone. HOWEVER. I had left 2 messages for the groomer I've used in Vernonia in the past with no return call! So, I headed over to Creatures, our local Vernonia pet store, just across the street from Vernonia Realty and she doesn't do that, but knew someone who did and gave me her card.One call and less than ten minutes later, Kristina was at our office taking great care of my dogs, Takoda and Kasa! (She fell in love wi...
Comments 16
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
This little gem was only on the market for 14 days before we got an offer! I occasionally take listings in Vernonia and was happy to help the seller, whom I'd referred to an agent in LaPine Oregon last year for a small property she wanted to sell there. I found Thesa Chambers through ActiveRain. Thesa took care of my seller quite nicely. My seller wasn't ready to sell her Vernonia property last year, but when the time came, we got'er done!  It has lovely views of Vernonia Lake from the upstairs and is moments away from the lake itself.  It also has a huge fenced-in yard with a shed, basement and lots of room to put a shop or what-have-you. A couple who are first-time homebuyers have made the offer. How exciting! It has had some remodeling, a new kitchen and lovely fireplace in the brigh...
Comments 17
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-It May Be "Smalltown" But Walk-ins still work! When I'm doing business at my "home" office at Fishhawk Lake, most of my biz comes from the internet with the occasional neighbor stopping by. BUT, when I'm at the Vernonia Realty office in Vernonia, we STILL get walk-ins and it STILL amounts to a sale!    Just a bit over 2 weeks ago, a couple stopped into our Vernonia office, looking for vacant property to build a retirement haven in a few years' time. They currently live about 40 minutes away in a suburb outside of Portland and have been looking at vacant land in different areas for quite some time. It was my "floor day at the Vernonia office", so they became my would-be clients.  What's wonderful is that our owner of Vernonia Realty, Ken Bateman has been part of...
Comments 12
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
This "Kid" looks ready to pose at the National Goat Show, doesn't he? He LOVED being photographed and stood still while I snapped away!  I s'pose I could be the Goat Paparazzi, huh?? 
Comments 28
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Driving through the countryside in the spring always gives me the opportunity to swing by some of my farm friends' places to catch a few shots of their newest offspring...this time it's the new lambs at Noake's farm! (Is that a small smile I see?) Born yesterday, and basking in the sun, this new guy enjoyed hanging out beside Mom. There were over 20 new lambs born within the last few days at this sweet farm on Highway 47 heading into Vernonia.  These wee ones were anxious to follow Mom for some food. Mom looks a bit haggard, I'd say. Here were a couple of twins! Happy Spring, everyone! (I love new babies.....)
Comments 39
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Halloween Pumpkins Are Growing On Trees! They're baaaaaaaacccckkkkk....every year.   I was just driving along from Fishhawk Lake, minding my own business when I caught sight of a new Farm Product…it seems to be only available in small quantities on a tiny stretch of road out in the country going from Fishhawk Lake to Vernonia…that’s in Oregon (or Orygun, if you prefer!) for those of you scratching your heads saying…WHERE??       It really was a sight to behold.  Halloween Pumpkins growing on trees!       And they all looked like they were supposed to be there.       Most of them smiled at me and drew me in closer.         These Halloween Pumpkins came in a variety of colors, which stood out beautifully against their green limbed background.     The swing was a ...
Comments 14
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Commercial/Residential/Riverfront Property Lots of Possibilities! Zoned commercial, located in the country with Nehalem River frontage, this completely remodeled home just sparkles like BRAND NEW 68901 Nehalem Hwy N Vernonia OR 97064 For sale for $229,000 Raise a family, Have a home business or Retire and Have Room to Play! MoveInReady   Country Home with Commercial Possibilities    OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhoodMarket Stats $229,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 1,800 sqftLot: 1.40 acre(s) Location 68901 Nehalem HwyVernonia, OR 97064USA Gayle Colleen Rich-Boxman Vernonia Realty(503) 755-2905richbox@centurytel.nethttp://www.lakehomesatfishhawk.com      Listed by: Gayle Rich-Boxman Our recent listings Country Home with Commercial Possib...
Comments 9
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Fishhawk Lake- Made in Vernonia  Local Artists' Enclave is Closing its Doors I put together this little flyer to thank Kathy Larsen, owner of Made in Vernonia  for following her dream of opening a store that would spotlight local Vernonia artists.  Thank you for doing this, Kathy!  *Good luck in your next venture*     This is the last week you can buy local artists’ creations at Made In Vernonia, located at 805 Bridge St in Vernonia.   February 28th will be the last day to purchase arts and crafts made by local artists in the Vernonia and surrounding community, birdhouses, cards, photographs, paintings and more.  The owner, Kathy Larsen will be having an open house with refreshments on February 28th from 10 to 6 and she hopes to see you then if not before. (503)429-0111   Call for hours...
Comments 2
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate Be available or lose the client!     I had a walk-in yesterday at our little Vernonia Realty office. This couple wanted to view several listings at Fishhawk Lake. Turns out that they found them on John L Scott’s website (which pulls my listings and puts them on their website) as they have a Vernonia office. This couple called JLS. No answer. They drove out to Vernonia, parked, and popped by our Vernonia Realty office where they saw my listings in our window and came in. We talked briefly about rendezvousing in a half hour as they were going to stroll over to the local coffee place first, a block away. As they walked down to the coffee shop, they walked by (you guessed it) the John L Scott office! It said OPEN but no one was there. We met back at my office, then...
Comments 17
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
The sun is out and I’m feeling light so I thought instead of some long missive I would share a photo I took in front of our Vernonia Realty office one day.       A real estate lesson:   No Matter How Little Your Space Make the Most of It!    
Comments 24
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
LinkedIn Got Me a Real Estate Writing Job! Open publication - Free publishing - More articles    There are a myriad of ways to increase internet awareness and direct contact with clients and other business associates about your service as a real estate professional without having to do double the work. Here’s Just One Way   I happened upon a publisher, Tracey Hicks of a very targeted Portland newspaper, called All Things Real Estate by getting my business connections flourishing on LinkedIn. It’s been a new platform that I hadn’t done much with until just the last few months. It helps that ActiveRain has a Share button (top right of your blog, along with Facebook, G+1(Google) and Twitter, just click on each everytime you post).   We connected and through a short series of messages back ...
Comments 10
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
Farm Animals I spent the day with horse property buyers who originally were a walk-in at Vernonia Realty.    As they took their own photos around the property, I had a chance to “shoot some birds”. I captured one very high up in this tree until I got too close and it took off. Not sure what this one is.                                                       I also had an opportunity to photograph an unusual rooster who had “disco pants” according to the buyer!      Later on the way home to Fishhawk Lake, I stopped and took a few more photos where there are more farms that border Hwy 47N outside Vernonia on the way to Fishhawk Lake. Here was a sweet face I couldn't resist.  Update! We've made an offer on the horse property--woohoo!!!
Comments 16
Explore Vernonia, OR
Vernonia, OR Real Estate Professionals