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Need some fresh ideas for your upcoming family feast?

The Drew Coleman Team recipes are back for Turkey Day, and you’re in for a treat (especially if you love dessert).

Alexa’s Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows



  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Wash sweet potatoes and prick them with a fork all over. Back in the oven until soft, about 45 min. You can also microwave sweet potatoes on high until soft.
  2. Remove potatoes from the oven and drop oven temperature to 350°.
  3. Let potatoes cool. Then remove skins and add them to a large bowl. Add butter, milk or cream, eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice & salt to potatoes.
  4. Mash the potatoes and other ingredients together until well combined.
  5. Transfer potatoes to an 8×8 casserole dish and bake at 350° for 30-40 min. Then add marshmallows and return to oven for 5-10 minutes, or until marshmallows are lightly browned.

Gretchen’s Classic Bacardi Rum Cake




  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease & flour 10-inch tube or 12-cup bundt pan.
  2. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan & mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter over nuts.
  3. Bake 1 hr and cool. Invert on serving plate & prick top.
  4. For glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water & sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum.
  5. Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top & sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is used up.
  6. Optional: Decorate with whole maraschino cherries & border of sugar frosting or whipped cream. Serve with seedless green grapes, dusted with powdered sugar.

Lis Coleman’s Make-Ahead Crockpot Mashed Potatoes


• 8 medium russet potatoes
• 1 pint sour cream at room temperature
• 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
• 4 TBL butter at room temperature
• Salt & pepper
• Paprika for garnish


  1. Peel and boil potatoes until tender, then drain.
  2. Separately mix together the sour cream & cream cheese in an electric mixer (e.g. KitchenAid).
  3. Remove the sour cream & cream cheese mixture and set aside.
  4. Mash the potatoes using the electric mixer.
  5. Mix the sour cream & cream cheese into the potatoes.
  6. While potatoes are still warm, mix in butter, salt & pepper.
  7. Grease the crockpot’s removable container and add the potatoes.
  8. If made ahead of time (e.g. 1-2 days), refrigerate the removable container containing the mashed potatoes.
  9. On Thanksgiving morning, put the container back into the electrical crockpot device.
  10. Put the device on high to start warming maybe an hour ahead of dinner, then reduce to warm until the feast begins.

Josh’s Sweet Pumpkin Pie Dip



  1. Beat cream cheese and pumpkin in large mixer bowl until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon, and ginger; mix thoroughly.
  3. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Serve with fresh fruit, bite-sized cinnamon graham crackers, gingersnap cookies, toasted mini-bagels, toast slices, muffins and/or English muffins.


Drew is back to talk about the housing market and what he might be for Halloween!


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Why, a virtual tour of a Street of Dreams home?! Thanks for showing us around, Aaron Pontius!

From the wine cellar and bonus room wet bar inside to the sauna and hot tub outside, it’s clear this property has a ton of incredible amenities for its next owner to enjoy.

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These are coming a little late this month, so watch Drew ‘fly’ through these August housing stats.


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Learn about the effectiveness of the Good Realtor/Bad Realtor dynamic and how to list a haunted house in this episode of “Realtors React.” Enjoy clips from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Nathan For You, and The Money Pit.



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It’s no secret real estate agents see all kinds of crazy stuff in our line of work. So in debuting our first episode of “Realtors React”, we showed pros Sean Mele and Drew Coleman a handful of realtor-related media clips from Family Guy, I Love You, Man, and The King of Queens, and asked them to weigh in.

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Older adults have several housing choices in Portland that cater to them

Claremont community in Portland

The Claremont living community is situated alongside a beautiful, nine-hole, par 36 public golf course in Portland’s Bethany neighborhood.

Nearing retirement age and ready for that next stage in your housing life? The transition to a home in a community solely for those aged 55 and older is a common move, and one to be anticipated! Live amongst friends, take advantage of the great amenities offered…what’s not to love? (And for the record: Assisted living and independent living? Not the same thing.)

Portland happens to have plenty of fantastic options for neighborhoods planned solely around older adults. From its northernmost neighborhoods to just south of Salem, here’s an overview of the nine active adult retirement communities located in the Portland area. As you’ll see, senior living in these neighborhoods is anything but boring.

1. Claremont | NW Portland

For starters, it’s located in the serene and scenic Bethany neighborhood, recently named the best suburb to live in Oregon. Claremont boasts well-manicured grounds with a clubhouse, pool, and nine-hole golf course. The community offers numerous activities, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. Residents are free to choose their level of involvement. Bethany Village, West Union Village, and the Streets of Tanasbourne are all conveniently located nearby.

For an example of a detached home in this enviable neighborhood, take a look at this lovely two-level we happen to have listed.

556 Homes | Attached, Single-Family | Learn more

15800 NW Country Club Drive, Portland, OR 97229

2. Summerplace | NE Portland

Located equidistant from downtown Portland and Multnomah Falls, Summerplace residents enjoy proximity both to city life and to the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.

Enjoy the tennis or pickleball courts, walking paths, or a game of bocce or horseshoes, as well as events like movie nights sponsored at the clubhouse. The community even offers RV storage on the premises.

807 Homes | Condos, Single-Family | Learn more

2020 NE 150th Avenue, Portland, OR 97230


3. Condolea | Lake Oswego

A condo community with a view! Mt. Hood vistas and acres of lush landscaping envelop the residents in Condolea, located in Lake Oswego, one of Oregon’s most affluent neighborhoods.

Pets are welcomed, volunteerism and active involvement are encouraged, and privacy is protected. Don’t forget the clubhouse and the pool!

56 Homes | Attached Homes | Learn more

45 Monroe Parkway, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

4. King City | Tualatin Valley

King City is known as a “55-and-better” community through and through. The clubhouse is a hub for resident activities and home to a woodworking shop, hobby and game room, and a flourishing arts and crafts studio. Classes like line dancing, Tai Chi, and water aerobics foster an active retirement lifestyle. Located along the busy artery of 99W, Oregon wine country is not far away.

1.287 Homes | Attached, Condos, Single-Family | Learn more

15300 SW 116th Avenue, King City, OR 97224

5. Summerfield | Tigard

Yet another attractive senior living scenario can be found at Tigard’s Summerfield. Whether choosing to reside in a condo, townhouse, or detached home, those living at Summerfield can enjoy the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, golf course, library, or fitness center.

Take classes or participate in clubs for everything from quilting to dance to travel, embracing the goal to “have fun and laugh often”. Nestled at the base of Bull Mountain, Summerfield is just down the road from the region’s many wineries.

We happen to have a property coming on the market in this neighborhood as well! CLICK HERE to take a peek.

1.231 Homes | Attached, Condos, Single-Family | Learn more

10650 SW Summerfield Drive, Tigard, OR 97224


6. Highlands | Tigard

Tigard is located smack dab in the middle of Portland’s westside suburbs, thereby convenient to just about everything the metro area has to offer. As well as proximity to parks, dining, and local health care providers, Highland residents benefit from access to a clubhouse with a ballroom, library, billiards area, and plenty of space for community gatherings, events, and clubs.

Looking for a covered front porch or back deck? Many of the residences of the Highlands qualify. Plus, the homeowners’ association covers the cost of exterior home maintenance.

319 Homes | Condos, Single-Family | Learn more

12930 SW Peachvale Street, Tigard, OR 97224

7. Charbonneau Country Club | Wilsonville

Imagine a lovely community for seniors, and Charbonneau just might be it. Gorgeously situated along the east bank of the Willamette River in Wilsonville, one of Portland’s southernmost suburbs, sit several hundred nicely appointed homes.

A fitness center with two indoor tennis courts. Homes that boast golf fairway or water views. Plenty of social engagements like potlucks or jazz concerts. Between the setting and the amenities, senior life at Charbonneau is rich!

1,500 Homes | Attached, Condos, Single-Family | Learn more

32000 SW Charbonneau Drive, Wilsonville, OR 97070


8. Woodburn Estates & Golf | Woodburn

Meandering along I-5 South from Portland to Salem, you’ll hit Woodburn, a diverse city full of history, culture, and agriculture, widely known for its outlet mall. Within this small town, Woodburn Estates & Golf has the distinction of being the largest active adult retirement community in the state.

An eighteen-hole golf course, billiards room, fitness center, and down-home Country Cottage Restaurant are standouts for residents. Here, you’ll have the chance to take up bunco, poker, water volleyball, or even the ukelele. Or just relax in the good company of neighbors at the weekly dances. That’s the way to feel young again!

1,510 Homes | Single-Family Homes | Learn more

1776 Country Club Road, Woodburn, OR 97071

9. Salemtowne | Salem

Finally, don’t leave out Salem as a retirement possibility. Oregon’s capital city boasts the established country club community of Salemtowne. As a resident, you can take advantage of the nine-hole executive golf course, cultivate your plants at the on-site greenhouse, or even match wits at nearby Willamette University‘s biannual mock trials. Plus, get a load of what must be one of the loveliest indoor swimming pools in the Willamette Valley! Invite the grandkids to join you once lap swim is over.

460 Homes | Attached, Single-Family | Learn more

2900 Oakcrest Drive NW, Salem, OR 97304


Varying degrees of housing offer the opportunity to age in place

For a more in-depth review of these planned communities for active adults aged 55 and older, you’ll find a great overview, along with additional photos and descriptions, at

Each of these areas has been planned especially for older adults. By providing varying types of housing, many offer the attractive opportunity to age in place. When the time comes, do the research to see which may be the best fit for you!

We’d love to help you find that perfect retirement property! Drop us a line, or in the meantime, check out our active listings HERE.

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