Save Money by Laura DeVito

A great sign posted here in Silverton to show the way you may be able to save with home costs and live more energy efficiently.

A great sign posted here in Silverton to show the way you may be able to save with home costs and live more energy efficiently.

Energy efficiency is one of the many ways you may be able to save some money on continuous home costs. It could be as simple as replacing light bulbs with LED or perhaps getting a Smart thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home. Other ways to more your home more energy efficient may be to think about if your home is as insulated as it could be, so that way your heating and cooling aren’t accidentally leaving through the crack in your backdoor. This is what some builders call having a tightly sealed envelope, because it means all the potential leaks both within and on the exterior of the home have been sealed up.

Other ways of increasing the energy efficiency of your home could be to think about are having Energy Star appliances, or perhaps those solar panels you have been thinking about. These types of upgrades are a bit more of an investment. However, if you’re thinking about staying in your home for awhile, they may be really great things to consider.

Besides saving money by using energy more efficiently, there’s actually programs out there that may be able to help with the bill for these upgrades. So, that’s pretty rad, too. The Energy Trust Program is one of the many programs out there that may be able to help you out with your quest to live a more green and energy efficient lifestyle.

If you’re in the market for a more energy efficient home, or perhaps the upgrades you could do with an older home, let’s talk. I’d be glad to help you with your home search.

Gorgeously Innovative Windows by Laura DeVito


It was awesome to visit what Green Hammer is up to during Design Week PDX. I toured Tillamook Row, a set of 16 apartment units with a community lounge area to boot. We met up at the community community, which had a nice open-plan with a kitchen, a hang-out area for Blazers games (with a screen that pops up from the ceiling), a workshop in the back, and a work-out area upstairs. On the first floor, there’s an interesting…we shall call it…energy accountability screen. It gauges the energy usage of each community member. If you’re blue, you’re good to go, if you’re yellow, then you need to mellow out on your energy usage. I think it will be interesting to see the community dynamics that emerge from showing these types of stats in the shared space.

The apartment we toured was on the second floor. Director of Design, Erica Dunn, led the tour and explained the various features. This included sustainably harvested materials, triple-paned glass windows, and a lot more. One of the features that drew the most attention were the windows. Probably due to the interactive component and a lot of people in the room have never seen windows that function like this. They opened two different ways to serve two different purposes, which were to be able to let the fresh are in during the day and then be able to keep the windows open at night, but only from the top portion as a bit of an urban safety feature. There was also a panel, which one could slide across the outside of the window in case there’s an extra sunny day and you want a bit more shade.

The design of the home was well thought out, even with 20+ people navigating the space, it didn’t feel too crowded. The second floor was divided up nicely with the possibility of different uses for each room, in case you don’t want all three to be bedrooms. Plenty of natural light spilled in from the windows as well.

The courtyard was beautiful with what looked to be some community gardening in one of the nooks and areas for rain water to go right back into the soil. Yes to more courtyards! They provide that community and nestled feel away from the urban bustle. Another perk, is that these homes are just a hop from bike commuting to get to downtown.

Green building and energy efficiency are great attributes to look for when searching for a home that’s healthy, durable, and comfortable. Here’s to more innovations in architecture.

Gallon House Bridge by Laura DeVito

Gallon House Bridge

Hi, I’m Laura. Some people just call me DeVito. I’m a broker licensed in Oregon with Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC. They are a super awesome crew! I live in Silverton and love hiking around the temperate rain forests here. I’m actually at the oldest covered bridge under continuous service in Oregon! I think of it as joining up Silverton and Mt. Angel, two very cute and one of a kind places. I love helping my clients navigate buying and selling their homes with my marketing expertise and showcasing the unique qualities of all the different homes out there. Let’s talk about your dream home, and get started on this adventure.

Lovely Cabins by Laura DeVito

Silver Falls State Park has so many wonderful things. I usually hike it once or twice a week, and each time it is different. With the changing seasons of brilliant yellow leaves from the Big Leaf Maple to the gorgeous bluish green lichen that tends to get more vibrant as winter rains fall, there’s a lot going on. Did you know that there’s also some fun places to stay and also have events? Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center is a fun place to explore, too.

They have a wide range of cabins including fun names like Calypso or Chickaree. It could be for a retreat, a wedding, or perhaps just a little get away where you can fully enjoy the temperate rain forest in all it’s glory. There’s also a food service that comes along with some of the plans.

Imagine breathing in all the goodness of different flowers blooming in spring and exploring trails that start right outside your door. Did you know that there could be homes out there with similar qualities to being out in the great outdoors? Let’s explore those options together and figure out your perfect oasis.

Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center - Dining Area

Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center - Dining Area

Local Chocolate by Laura DeVito

Whimsey Chocolates

There are many gems you will stumble upon in good’ol Silverton. Sometimes I have a sweet tooth, and Whimsy is known for some one of a kind gifts. From cute kitchen utensils to silly socks, there’s a lot of things to choose from. If you make it past all the awesome merchandise and head past the giant gnome, you’ll find some delectable treats. I absolutely adore truffles, and this is a great place to stop in and try a few. Yes, that’s right, if you keep exploring little places in Silverton, you’ll usually get wonderful surprises like this.

Chocolate from all over Oregon are here, and there’s also the specialty truffles you can choose from. My favorite is Smores…and well, it really depends on my mood. There’s also ones with coffee and mint, and if you like other types of chocolate, you’re in luck, there’s a lot of options.

If you like options, you may also want to know about the other sweet shops starting up in Silverton. There’s one called Candy that I will definitely need to check-out and I hear rumors of a cupcake place? Either way, you get the point, there’s a lot of sweetness in Silverton.

Contact me to experience all the potential sweet homes right here in the Willamette Valley.

Bikability in Silverton by Laura DeVito

One of the many reasons I love living in SIlverton, is the easy access to just about everything. I enjoy walking and biking immensely. I think it’s a brilliant way to get to know your surroundings and see what’s happening. For a town of just over 10,000 people, Silverton has so many fun things to offer. For instance, debating between Thai food, or some darn good fried pickles at the Gallon House. The Oregon Garden, which is truly a gem, is a quick jaunt up the street, too. It was a no-brainer to become members of the Oregon Garden, because it’s acres of gardens that are usually fairly quiet. Sometimes, it’s just me and my husband walking about it together. Not to say that we also don’t enjoy the busy times, like for Christmas in the Garden.

Coolidge Park is a quick little walk. WIth the Silverton Arts Association right there along with wonderful festivals like the Strawberry Festival. I’m more of a road bike kind of person (no mountain biking for me please), but if you’re also into that, then there are many bike marathons that go on, too! Sometimes, while going to the Willamette Valley Pie Company, I’ll see people biking along the hazelnut lined roads. It’s a beautiful sight. Otherwise, just taking a spin to the farmers market is more my style.

If you like to bike, the SIlverton may be a great place to be.

Come by and say, “Hello!”

Come by and say, “Hello!”