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Gateway to the Sky…?

Pike’s Peak from the gate to Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO.


New Apartment building in Bend?  The reaction has been vehement on both sides.  The Seattle-based business won.

     This round…

It’ll be interesting to see how Bendites react.  IS it really the five feet, or is it the fact that opponents do not want change at all?  Curious to ponder.

It’s no secret that Bend needs housing… and lots of it.  With the influx of movers (reference our previous blog) coming into Oregon, the good use of space should be encouraged.  But at what cost?  It’s hard to tell.

On a recent trip to Denver and Colorado Springs, this writer really paid attention to the surroundings.  Of course Mile High Stadium, Coors, National Western Stock Show and the Denver Events Center were very much worth the trip to the Mile High City.

Once out of the city limits, the Mountains could readily be seen from ground level.  They’d be hard to miss! Being an Oregon Native, it felt amazing to get out on the open range and see the Rockies, with their seemingly infinite peaks… jagged and deceptive beauty stretching as far as the eye could see.  We traveled down to the Durango area, and never ran out of views….

If this one building is allowed to come to fruition, will this set precedence?  Oregonians like their state.  A lot.  We love being from here.  We love living with nature in our back yard.  We’ve fought hard over the past century to preserve Oregon’s beauty.

Is one building a big deal, or is it the gateway to living in the sky?


See the full story at the Bend Bulletin, here.


Experience Bend Living 

Career Path
Laura Blossey
With an impressive business career under her belt, Laura is a valuable asset to Cascade Sotheby's International Realty and clients alike. After earning her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and M.B.A. from the University of Iowa, Laura managed nationwide business units for Arthur Andersen, a former "Big 5" accounting firm, and then was hired by a global software company to forge a national alliance with the executives at Deloitte & Touche. The experiences were invaluable for learning the delicate art of negotiation, the importance of strong presentation and communication skills, and the necessity of accountability and thorough follow-up.

More recently, Laura developed a pro forma-based marketing program and sold large quantity import goods to clients based on forecasted profits, thus speaking to clients' bottom line, not her own. With this scale of alliance building and developing sophisticated sales and marketing plans, it's no wonder that Laura can put the biggest deals together in real estate.

Natalie Vandenborn
Prior to her real estate career, Natalie practiced respiratory therapy with an emphasis on Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care and Critical Care Transport for 20 years. This experience prepared her well for a successful and rewarding real estate career. There are so many similarities and acquired skills that have allowed her to be excel in both careers.

A strong sense of doing what is right and putting her clients first, Natalie has unwavering dedication, compassion, open communication and strong negotiation skills. She will ensure your real estate transaction will be a positive one. Buyers and sellers alike receive the exceptional service they deserve and want. For the last three years she has specialized in new construction and loves every minute of it!

Personal Interests
Laura enjoys many of the things that make Bend an amazing place to live: trail running, mountain biking, alpine skiing, snow shoeing, reading, cooking/ entertaining and raising her twin children and 2 dogs together with her husband.

Natalie loves calling Bend home. She shares her life with husband, Doug, daughter Taylor, son Jesse and likes running, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, golf, cross country and downhill skiing. Natalie will share her passion for the area she lives, works and plays in.
Why We Love Living In Bend, Oregon
Dear Adventurer, We LOVE this short video because it shows more than words can tell why so many Bendites love living here-- Enjoy!

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