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Happy New Year from Mt. Hood!

by Liz Warren

Happy New Year from Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood has some great options for New Years Eve this year! Now that we have snow and lots of it, the Mt. Hood area is ready to rock and roll to ring in 2016!

Mt. Hood Meadows has evening events  6:00 pm-12:15 am. Buy your tickets early for this event.

Timberline Ski Area has skiing, fireworks, music and fine dining seating!

Ski Bowl Fireworks and skiing till 2:00 AM!

Resort at the Mountain Live music and no cover!

Skyway Bar and Grill  Live music and $5.00 cover

A Little Mt. Hood Inspiration

by Liz Warren

Monday Morning Coffee


"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take . . . but by the moments that take our breath away."
~ Unattributed
You've heard that it's good to "take time to smell the roses." You may have also read how Steven Covey encourages you in "Seven Habits" to take time to "sharpen the saw." You no doubt have also experienced the frustration of trying to find even a spare moment for yourself.
Why do so many sources advise taking time off for yourself for thoughtful introspection? Don't they know it's impossible in today's fast-paced world of money, soccer games, career challenges, family responsibilities, church & school activities, and so much more?
In fact, our society is totally preoccupied with all of the above. For those living in a big city, or even the suburbs, the pressure is even greater. Those who live in the country at least enjoy a little peace and serenity at the end of the day.
How did this happen? It's simple - or at least it was in the 1950's. Back then there were two kinds of soap - Lifebouy and Ivory. There were four automakers - GM, Ford, Chrysler, and American Motors. There were no computers or Internet, and long-distance was used only to inform relatives of illness or death. A schoolteacher's most serious behavior challenge was passing notes in class. Families watched "I Love Lucy!" together. There was no MTV. Divorces were rare.
Today the choices that face us each day are awesome. Which of many Internet providers or long-distance services should you use? Which cell phone or notebook computer should you have? Where will you find the money for the special dress, chauffeur, and professional photograph required for your daughter's fifth-grade "Prom"?
The world is spinning so fast, and isn't likely to slow down soon. As usual, relief must come from within. While you can't change the world's pace, you are free to change and simplify your own life. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Most importantly, take time to create those special moments that "take your breath away."

Snow Brings Thousands to Slopes on Mt. Hood Near Government Camp

by Liz Warren

Snow brings thousands to the slopes during holiday break with traffic slowdowns from Brightwood to Mt. Hood Meadows. At 3:30 PM today, traffic was bumper to bumper heading East towards three ski areas, Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline and Ski Bowl plus travelers heading home to Bend and other areas on the East side of the state. 

Mt. Hood Traffic Jam in Welches December 26, 2015          Bumper to Bumper Traffic in Welches Oregon during Holdiay Break 2015

Stand still traffic with bumper to bumper conditions make the drive up and back from skiing challenging today. The best ski conditions we've seen in several years brought the skiers, boarders and snow seekers to Mt. Hood. When the sun went down some drivers took nearly two hours to drive from Mt. Hood Meadows to Welches on fairly clear roads. 

Mt. Hood Traffic Jam from Mt. Hood Meadows to Welches Oregon during Holdiay Break 2015

There's only one thing to do with this amount of people heading to the mountain and that's to get up early and hit the roads. Ski area parking lots will run out of room and the trip may be in vain if you don't get here bright and early! These conditions could continue through New Years with the amount of snow we have. 


Collins Lake Condos in Government Camp

by Liz Warren

Now that the snow is dumping on Mt. Hood and your friends and family are gearing up for a winter of skiing, now is the time to make your life way more hassle free. Collins Lake Condos has an excellent selection right now and if you want your weekend stress free this is the choice for you!

*No long lines of traffic for hours getting home or back up from the city

*Great location for walking to shops and restaurants

*Heated pools and hot tubs 

*On site management

*No scraping your windows before you leave- tandem garage

*Owners lodge for group gatherings

*Ski shuttle

*Internet access if you have to work over the weekend

*Rental pool if you aren’t using your unit

Check out today’s inventory:

Collins Lake Condos in Government Camp Oregon

Snow Piles in to the Mt. Hood Area!

by Liz Warren

Great news for skiers and local winter businesses on Mt. Hood who welcome the new two and three foot dumps that landed on our slopes this past weekend! Timberline and Meadows both had tons of folks coming to lay tracks Saturday and Sunday.

Timberline saw three feet of new snow and Mt. Hood Meadows had 54 inches. Ski Bowl is opening Wednesday at 3:00 PM for night skiing. Today will see a small sliver of blue sky as the next set of storms head in and should be bringing even more of the white stuff setting up our ski areas for a great winter break for vacationers.

Check your up to date ski conditions at these areas:


Mt. Hood Meadows

Ski Bowl

Its been two years since we've had a good dump at winter break holiday season so local ski shops, restaurants and hotels are looking forward to getting a boost this December!

What sold properties closed on Mt. Hood in November 2015

by Liz Warren

Here are the fifteen sales for November 2015.

Mt. Hood real estate sales for November 2015

Mt. Hood National Forest cabin sales once again took off with four completed in November. It seems this year more cabins sold at the first half of the year, summer time slowed down and then fall picked up again. 

Five creek front and riverfront homes sold. Any waterfront properties are the top sellers in our area. Two distressed properties were closed for the month. Although rarely do we have any distressed sales on the mountain any more. One or two to creep into the market

Next month I'll have total numbers for 2015.

Mt. Hood Real Estate Sales for November 2015

by Liz Warren

The multiple listing statistics just came out for Mt. Hood sales for the month of November 2015. 

Mt. Hood Real Estate sales for November 2015

November stats show 15 closed sales with the number of pending sales down 20% compared to November 2014. In December we currently have 16 pending sales so with the traditional holiday slow down I expect sales numbers to be close to the same for December's closings. 

There's no doubt 2015 has been the best year we've had for sales on Mt. Hood since the crash of 2008! Interest rates will begin to inch. The reality of low interest rates over the past seven years is going to be a major wake up call for anyone who hasn't experienced historically normal rates of 7 or 8%. 

I'm optimistic about 2016. Usually when interest rates begin to rise more buyers hit the market to take advantage of lower rates so we are expecting increased activity for 2016. 

Road 20 Wind Damage-Rhododendron Oregon

by Liz Warren

Portland is flooding this week but the damage done in a wind storm that blew through the Mt. Hood area in November is still very apparent if you drive up road 20 in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  Along Highway 26 near Toll Gate Campground you will see massive firs fallen parallel to Highway 26. It's a wonder no one was killed along this stretch. 

I have yet to learn how many Mt Hood National Forest cabins were damaged during this storm. On road 20 there are still power lines down and likely many cabins still without electricity if you can even get to the cabin. Like match sticks, big firs were down left and right. Huge shallow root wads litter the forest. Chain saw dust sprinkles the road and driveways. I didn't attempt some of the side roads as the main road was enough to tell the story. 

An army of insurance adjusters were sent to Oregon after this storm and with the pineapple express that came this week they will be lucky to be home by the end of the year.

Mt. Hood National Forest Cabin in Rhododendron with Tree on it

Mt. Hood National Forest storm damage

Mt. Hood National Forest Rhododendron Oregon Road 20 Storm Damage

Collins Lake Condo With Treed Views in Government Camp

by Liz Warren

Snow is falling in the Cascades, skiers are waxing their skis and Warren Miller movies are on the screen. If you're gearing up for this years ski season you might want to come on up and take a look at this well maintained Condo with a wonderful wooded view out the door. Immaculate condition with two bedrooms and bonus bunk bed loft, two and a half baths, granite countertops and a beautiful stone fireplace to warm your toes after the slopes. Private deck off the living room with treed views.

Need some easy downtime after a day of skiing? Two pools and a hot tub will take those aches away. This location boasts a ski shuttle for pick up so you don't need to drive and hassle parking plus an easy walk to local restaurants and pubs for apes ski meals and brew. 

Biggest Bonus: No hassle road drives in traffic back home!

This like new condo just came on the market and is ready for occupancy. The furniture is thrown in too so it's ready to go!  Offered at $310,000!

                        Collins Lake Condo Government Camp Oregon

Collins Lake Condo Government Camp stone fireplace

     Collins Lake Condo Kitchen with Granite Counter Tops Government Camp Oregon


87749 E CREEK RIDGE RD #114



Mt. Hood National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permits

by Liz Warren

It's that time of the year where friends and families head for the Cascade foothills in the Mt. Hood National Forest to find the perfect tree for their holiday gatherings. Permits are available between Nov. 2nd and December 24th in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  The cost is only $5.00 per tree! Head on up to Rhododendron and bring your hot chocolate because it's cold up here!


 Tree cutting in the Mt. Hood National Forest,

download this pdf for all the information you'll need 

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Liz Warren
Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
Box 131
Welches OR 97067
Direct: 503-705-3090