Strangely Famous

Have you seen the occasional movie production while taking a hike down your favorite trail in the woods? It’s funny to think that the pristine forest you wander about could also be the stuff of Hollywood productions. Although, the temperate rain forest of the Willamette Valley brings with it wonder and mystery. So, perhaps it does make sense that it’s strangely famous. Silver Falls State Park is a place where you may see the occasional film crew. It’s odd to see trailers and cars with a camera mounted to the top of them. But, that’s the life of cinema.

strangely famous

Right now, filming is happening in the backcountry horse trail. It’s possibly a murder mystery. There is a crane, possibly to film the aerial shots. This area is notorious for filming. You may have remembered the series Twilight filmed there years back. With the sometimes foreboding fog of winter rolling it, it makes for the perfect set. Just in time for the spookiness of Halloween as well. Speaking of Halloween, the Goblin Walk is coming up! And, we are having our annual photo contest for best costume! Bring on your most creative and ghoulish costumes. We can’t wait to see you while you’re trick-or-treating this year! The winner receives a mini-photo shoot with the talented Maddy Traver.

The Willamette Valley has so much to offer in all seasons. And with the chills of winter edging in, it ushers in Halloween and that crispness that brings out the greens of the forest like you’ve never seen. It may also signal a time to get cozy and chill with your favorite cup of hot cocoa. Or, it may mean that the trails are less traveled, so there’s a chance to take some solo walks and enjoy nature by yourself. Either way, there are so many lovely signals nature gives us, to let us know the seasons are changing. Those signals are so precious, that even Hollywood wants to give it its 15 minutes of fame.

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Minto-Brown Island Park

Minto-Brown Island Park is an oldie but goodie. It’s a little gem in Salem that offers so many things to do! Whether you’re an avid dog walker or love the amazing wildlife sanctuary that it is, there is a lot to choose from. If you’re looking to have a celebration outside, there is also a park shelter available for reservation! In the last decade, the brilliant bridge that arches over the Willamette River is also something to experience. Nearby there is also Salem’s Riverfront Carousel that children and adults that are kids at heart can enjoy.

Minto-Brown Island Park

It can be a park that offers solace or a place that you can socialize with friends. In fact, there are so many other wonderful outdoor places to visit in the Willamette Valley, too. Perhaps you’d like to go north and visit the Willamette Mission State Park. Another favorite is Silver Falls State Park where you can marvel at many waterfalls along the trail. Yet another is Scotts Mills Park, where you enjoy the water with a little fewer people around. If you’re into preserving these places, there are plenty of ways to volunteer, too. Like, volunteering to do trail maintenance from time to time. Giving back to something you may use frequently throughout the year is a great way to show your appreciation.

Think of these parks as an extension of where we live. We are so lucky to have all this access to nature. At BST Realty LLC, we love what the Willamette Valley has to offer and supporting our community. We offer simply the best service to our clients because we truly enjoy helping people with the milestones in their lives. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, we’re here for you at every point in your journey. We will advocate for your needs and work hard to make sure you achieve your real estate goals.

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Buying or Selling on the Coast

At BST Realty LLC, we have agents that in-depth knowledge of what the Willamette Valley has to offer. But, did you know we also have agents who can help you out if you’re thinking about buying or selling on the coast? That’s right, we may have offices in Keizer and Silverton, and we are also able to help you with your real estate dreams in so many places! From the lush greens of the valley to the cool blues of the coast, whatever color palette you’re thinking about, we are here to make sure you get there!

Perhaps you’re thinking the mountains of the Willamette Valley are more your style. Or, maybe the ocean is calling your name. At BST Realty LLC, we’ve got you covered. No matter your lifestyle, we will listen carefully to make sure you’re on the pathway to your real estate goals. This may mean a cabin on the outskirts of Sublimity, or perhaps a home in McMinnville that’s close to your favorite wineries. It would be right in the heart of Salem, or a beach bungalow in adorable Manzanita. Whatever your preferences are, we will provide simply the best service to get you to where you want to be.

Imagine waking up with the waves greeting you at your window, or being able to take a short jaunt to get your favorite cup of coffee downtown. We get that each person has their own way they want to live life, and that’s beautiful. Oregon has so much to offer, and we’re here to help you navigate the real estate process. Our agents come from a variety of backgrounds and are experts of the Willamette Valley and beyond. Are you ready to begin exploring what it may look like? Let’s get started on this amazing journey together!

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Willamette Valley

A home is a place where many moments happen. It’s also a launch pad for exploring the neighborhood, and beyond. A home can be so many things all wrapped up into one. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to help guide you at every point in the journey. We invite you to “stop and smell the wildflowers” with all that the Willamette Valley has to offer.

Willamette Valley
What are your favorite places to venture in the Willamette Valley?

At Home in the Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is a wondrous place. Situated just east of the coast and west of the high desert. With Portland not far, and more beautiful forests and waterfalls to discover when heading south. The Willamette Valley is known for it’s temperate rain forests, award-winning wineries, and much more. At BST Realty LLC, our agents are experts at knowing this area. And, we work hard to make sure you succeed in whatever goals you have set in real estate.

If you’re a first time home Buyer, we have agents who will gladly take the time to help you better understand the home buying process. Especially with the climate that Buyers experience today. You must be able to seek out the best ways to make your offer shine amongst the others. At BST Realty LLC, we are simply the best at serving you and your needs. If you’re a Seller, we also have agents who are well-versed with making your home have the best first impression. In order to help ensure that the best outcomes to the goals you may have.

We know that the Willamette Valley is such a special place. And, our agents are here to best serve you. Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, we’ve got you covered. If you’re thinking about real estate, give us a call! Let’s begin the journey together to make your dreams in real estate become a reality.

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Fun Activities Nearby

The warmer days mean more fun in the sun! In the Willamette Valley, we have so many wonderful outdoor activities to choose from. It could be experiencing the old-growth forest at Silver Falls State Park or a park for your kiddos to play. Keizer has some great play areas for families to join. One playground that’s a bit off the beaten path near Keizer Rapids is called Spong’s Landing County Park. There, you’ll find some nice picnic areas as well as a nature-themed play structure for the kids. Finding fun activities nearby is just one part of the home search puzzle. And, at BST Realty LLC, we have offices in Keizer and Silverton to better serve you.

Fun Activities Nearby
Spong’s Landing County Park in Keizer!

Gems of the Willamette Valley

In the Willamette Valley, there are so many hidden gems. Our agents are here to help you find the gem you and your family are dreaming about! While you’re searching for a home, it’s also good to get the lay of the land. This means, exploring what’s nearby. Luckily, there are so many things to choose from. There are watersports for when it gets even sunnier out and you’d like to take the family out on a boat. Or, how about visiting a lovely vineyard like Cristom Vineyards that is known for being #1 when it comes to an Oregon pinot noir many years in a row. Whether you are into the outdoors or tasting a fine wine, the Willamette Valley has so many fun activities nearby.

Our experienced agents have got you covered. At BST Realty LLC, we listen to our clients and find the best way of getting to where they want to be. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seller, we are here to provide the best service. We believe in being a resource for our clients and are here to help you at every point in the journey. So, give us a call, and let’s begin exploring what possibilities are out there for you and your family!

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Helping Neighbors

Tough times bring people together. The last week has served up weather that has made people even more compassionate with one another. Community is such an important thing to us, and we support it in many ways. This time around, neighbors were helping neighbors to make it through the cold temperatures after a power outage that has been deemed historic in Oregon. Although this may have taken the wind out of our sails for a moment, our community quickly came together to make sure people in need were being helped. With the snow and ice hitting the Midwest, it reminds us also to be appreciative of what we have in the Willamette Valley.

Helping Others

For those who have loved ones in that part of the nation, we hope that they are safe and warm. We also are so thankful for our heroes that continue to astound us with their bravery and courage. Our firefighters and first responders that are out there continue to help people still in need during this time.

Some stories of compassion have been happening everywhere. From a neighbor knocking door to door to make sure everyone had a warm place to stay. To families offering other families a home to take shelter and have some solace. Also, there is the story of the man who parked his RV at Silverton Estates, so that way others could refrigerate their medications. Some people have even given others less fortunate a bit of money and a pair of socks in a hotel lobby. All of these things, whether seemingly big or small add up to making our community stronger. Because, we are stronger together.

At BST Realty LLC, we are here to help you navigate during tough times as well. We are problem-solvers and we care about our clients. It’s not short-term for us, it’s building long-term relationships that last. We are also an affiliate with the Homes for Heroes Program, which helps people like first responders get some money back when buying or selling a home. We truly appreciate how much our heroes have been there to support our community. Now, we know that some people are without power still. We will lead with compassion, especially during this time. And, we will all get through this together. With spring right around the corner, we can’t wait to see blossoms from this long winter.

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Write Home About Deer Friends

The Willamette Valley has so much to offer, especially some interesting neighbors. In Silverton, there’s a deer herd that likes to make its way around town. To the point that it makes for a natural stopping of traffic. Kids “ooooh,” and “ah,” while adults might be tapping their thumb on the steering wheel. And, still, other adults also have big smiles on their faces at capturing a beautiful moment when nature intersects into their daily routine. Perhaps it’s a little perk when you drive home and find some deer smack dab in the middle of your yard…looking up cautiously and wondering what the lights and fuss are about from your vehicle. You may want to write home about deer friends!

Write Home to Deer Friends
Sometimes the deer are just happily tasting the new grass in the front yard when you pull up. Photo by: Michael Kemry

Deer Sightings in Your Neighborhood?

Have you ever noticed a cute little furry creature munching on some of your lovely roses? Sometimes people think they are a nuisance, while others adore these creatures and find them a fun addition to the neighborhood. When has there been a time you’ve spotted a deer near your home? Or, out and about on errands? These little sights from nature are just one of the many things that add to the character of our gorgeous state. We’d love to see your photos of deer! Just @BSTRealtyLLC on Instagram for a chance to show your neighborhood deer off…perhaps they’ll become even more famous!

If you’re looking to deter deer from your home, then choosing plants they don’t think are very tasty is a good start. Or, possibly getting a fence that is higher than a deer can jump. There are also scented sprays that deer smell and don’t like too much. If you’re looking to attract deer, then putting out a few apples would most likely do the trick, however, who knows what your neighbors will think! There’s plenty of vegetation for deer to eat anyway in the lush Willamette Valley.

Whether you’re a fan or perhaps would like the deer to mosey on through elsewhere, your neighborhood is a special place to observe the wondrous wildlife of the Willamette Valley. If you’re looking for a neighborhood that’s more deer-friendly or one that may be a little less teaming with wildlife, give us a ring. Let’s figure out the perfect type of home for you and your family.

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Treasure Hunt

The Willamette Valley is a precious place with lots of outdoorsy things to do, that’s why it’s called a wonderland. This includes one of the most treasured activities – mushroom hunting! As you may know, mushroom hunters don’t usually like to reveal their secret mushroom hunting spots. However, there’s lots of places everywhere you look to find mushrooms. Chanterelle season is almost over, but there will be more seasons right around the corner. And, a word to the wise, if you aren’t going mushroom hunting with an expert or aren’t 100% certain on identifying a mushroom, then just leave it be. The deer will thank you for it. Plus, you can take a photo to show off a new mushroom you’ve discovered, and maybe someone will tell you what they think! Either way, it’s like a treasure hunt.

Hint: This isn’t a chanterelle!

Your Gem

The hunt for something you desire is a bit like your home search. You may be excited about a particular type of home, and when you see it, you want it to be yours! At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we are all about helping you hunt for your perfect Willamette Valley gem.

Our Agents Serve Your Unique Needs

We have outstanding agents from different backgrounds and expertise to fit your unique situation. And, finding a home that uniquely fits all your needs is our specialty. When it comes to selling a home, we also like make sure we’re satisfying your unique needs. The world is your oyster (ahem, oyster mushroom?). The point is, we are here to adapt and support you every step of the way with the real estate process.

Treasure Hunt
On the hunt!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect temperate rain forest climate for a home, or in a more bustling area, we are here to discover your perfect oasis. So, give us a ring, and let’s start the treasure hunt! Let’s explore all that the Willamette Valley has to offer you and your family.

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Your Personal Oasis

Your Oasis

Waterfalls are a huge part of the Willamette Valley. From Silver Falls to Shellburg, and all the gems in between, we are so thankful to be surrounded by the majestic beauty of nature. Silver Falls State Park is just a short jaunt from Silverton and the Salem area. Even though it’s rainy out, it could be one of the best times to go explore it. The greens become brighter, and you still have a chance to experience those big beautiful yellow leaves of the maple fall down to the ground. The Willamette Valley has so many things to offer. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we are here to show you around to the home you’ve been dreaming about. We want to help you find your personal oasis.

Your personal oasis
Winter Falls in Silver Falls State Park

Our Approach + Homes for Heroes

We approach real estate with the strength and peace that a waterfall brings, and we aim to have the process as smooth as possible. That way, you can focus on the things that matter most and begin creating memories in your new home. Did you know that we are also an affiliate with the Homes for Heroes program? If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a program designed to support essential workers like firefighters, teachers, and more. We love supporting our community, and this is just one of the ways we say, “thank you,” for the important work that you do.

Your personal oasis
A path lined with ferns and the leaves of fall.

If you find yourself wandering about one of the many places that have waterfalls, just take a moment and be. It’s a wonderful feeling to be in the presence of a waterfall, and it’s just one of the many things we are thankful for in Willamette Valley. At Silver Falls State Park, Winter Falls is a mere dripping spring, and now you can see it in full form. Winter Falls is situated between North and South Falls. It’s a great little spot if you’d like to do a half loop around the park.

You may think of your home as your personal oasis, too. And, we’re here to help you get to that oasis. Give us a ring, and let’s have a conversation about what you’re envisioning for your future home.

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Blueberries and Ice Cream!

July is National Blueberry and National Ice Cream Month! You couldn’t pick a better place than the Willamette Valley and Oregon to celebrate both of these fabulous products!

Blueberries are literally everywhere in the valley and can be found in a variety of locations! You pick, we pick, farm stands and farm stores are full of these amazing berries right now! BST agent Mary Cam actually walked in with a fresh picked bucket of blueberries a moment ago!

Willamette Valley Pie Company is a favorite spot for fresh, frozen and baked to perfections berries! Their retail store is a delightful spot to visit for a taste of the valley….literally! Have a fresh slice of pie or pick up some of their famous frozen pies to have for your next event! Click the link below to their website and visit their store soon for an amazing Willamette Valley experience!

Willamette Valley Pie Company


I know you want ice cream with that pie! The good news is that the valley and surrounding areas also boast some fresh creameries to give you some fresh to death ice cream made right here at home.

Umpqua Dairy produces some fabulous flavors you can find right in your grocers freezer and take home tonight! Have it with your pie or top it with some fresh local blueberries!

Umpqua Dairy


If you feel like making your way over to the coast don’t miss the chance to visit Tillamook Cheese Factory! This is a must stop for coastal trips! The first thing that greets you when you walk in is the smell of fresh waffle cones and about a billion flavors of ice cream and you are hooked! You can also buy Tillamook Ice Cream locally in your grocers freezer!

Tillamook Cheese Factory


We are Oregon proud and cannot get enough of what this beautiful valley has to offer! That is why we support local farmers and dairies and all the yummy that they bring to life!

Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC is a locally owned and operated part of Willamette Valley small business community and we are passionate about personal service and excellence! If you have real estate needs let the “BEST” in the business work for you! Check out our fabulous agents below!

BST Agents!


Licensed Broker in The State of Oregon
Silverton Office 503-874-4666
Woodburn Branch Office 503-446-5411
Keizer Branch Office 971-339-5244

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