Fishhawk Lake Real Estate ™ What Attire to Wear When Looking at Property

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

   Attire and Other Interesting Weather-related Thoughts


When you are traveling from other areas of the US and you come to visit Fishhawk Lake to look at lake properties with me as your host, my mantra for attire is this:


Layer and Peel!

You might be coming from Arizona or California (we get several folks from there) where the temperatures are far and away much warmer and drier than you experience in the coastal range of Oregon, and that is part of what some are seeking—a respite from very hot weather—especially in the southern areas and in summer months. However, what a body is used to becomes very different when enjoying a completely new climate. That’s why layering and peeling as you go through the day is paramount to having an enjoyable adventure looking at properties at or on Fishhawk Lake.


Here you will experience a lower temperature by 6-12 degrees from Portland weather. I have been here since 2003 and can say that it definitely has gotten warmer in the summer months, hitting the 90s more frequently than it used to, BUT. We also have winds and rain and sun and rainbows and snow….maybe not all of this in the same day, but quite often you will see dramatic changes in a matter of minutes. And that is part of our allure.

 Rainbows on the spillway-photo by Gayle Rich-Boxman

With shade from our vast trees, wind that whispers along the water’s edge and gets more powerful as you take a boat onto the lake, if you come prepared for these fluctuations, you will find it to be quite pleasant, no matter the season.

 Kayak on Fishhawk Lake in the fall-photo by Gayle Rich-Boxman

Another item of attire that makes for an easier tour of properties are shoes/boots that can be slipped on and off easily. In the spring months, if you are going to want to tromp around the yard, landscaping or a vacant lot, be forewarned that areas do get a bit mucky, depending upon whether or not you are checking out the area in the winter, spring or fall. Summer months, you’re usually safe. But, we do have rainfall regularly in the early spring for sure and periodically in winter and fall, which certainly adds to our lush landscape and in the fall, with dropping leaves and the needles from our resident trees, you’ll be dragging in bits of debris that a homeowner will not be too happy about. I’m not one to offer those silly blue shoe covers…I gave up on those long ago, because they get stretched out and fall off and they feel somewhat ridiculous, so that’s my take on THOSE. Come with socks and your easy on/off footwear and it will make for a grand time, with no worries about dirtying the often white carpet that seems to be popular here! (I don’t know why, as I gravitate towards more of a hardwood floor because it seems more natural here with “cabins at the lake”, but that is just me).

 Cabins on Fishhawk Lake-photo by gayle rich-boxman

It’s not pleasant being cold when you are looking at vacation or full time possibilities here at Fishhawk Lake and if you have kids with you, please make sure they are warm and dry! I like to take about 2 hours with new buyers and when you are comfortably dressed it creates a much more fun experience for all. I have occasionally offered jackets to folks who obviously didn’t come prepared and I don’t mind, but sometimes I just don’t have the right size! Windbreakers are great, because you can layer underneath and they’re not usually so heavy that you become too warm too fast.


I do like to give my clients a heads up if they aren’t used to our weather patterns and if there’s a sudden storm brewing, we may want to reschedule. I had a brave soul who came up from Arizona and marched around in the snow with me this last winter and she and her husband now reside here (as of May) and I think they are basking in the moderate temperatures and far-different surroundings than where they came from! (Which was the point, but she was a real trooper coming up here during one of the harshest winters I’ve seen here since ’03).

 9957 Beach Dr Birkenfeld OR for sale $323,00 MLS#171156860 Presented by: Gayle Rich-Boxman Realtor John L Scott Market Center

Weather can really affect people and that is one of the standard questions that I get and I’m well equipped to handle it. I have found that I pay attention to what Mother Nature is doing to get a better handle on what the day holds, rather than watching a weather report because they are notorious for being wrong about our area!

 photo by gayle rich-boxman 2017

Years ago, I set up a Facebook group called Fishhawk Lake Folks, and the neighbors are great about sharing what is happening with the weather, if we are having road issues as a result and often beautiful photos are posted to everyone’s delight! (Especially for those who can’t make it up on that particular day or weekend, it makes you feel a bit more informed and sometimes feels almost like you are here).

 spillway on Fishhawk Lake 3.22.17-photo by Gayle Rich-Boxman

I hope that this gives you a fuller picture of just what you will partake in and enjoy when you come to view properties at or on Fishhawk Lake with me, your local expert!



If this piques your interest to know more about full or part time living at Fishhawk Lake, please give me a call for a private tour of the community I love and am a member of!



Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
        REALTOR® John L Scott Market Center  

    Direct: (503)755-2905

Birkenfeld OR 97016
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Real Estate ™"Your Gateway to the Lake!"



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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sheila Anderson that property is my cabin and it's for sale. I LOVE that cabin, wish I wasn't selling it. 

Beth Atalay being a FLA gal, yup, boots would have to be bought! I did a home inspection today with whitish carpet. Some of it is now bleached out from the sun shining on part of it through the sliding doors. Doesn't look good, but the new buyers will wait and do something else later down-the-road. 

Belinda Spillman a couple of years ago or so, I wrote a silly little post about shoes and real estate--it got featured and I was shocked at how many responded, men, too!!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you for those words! I try to really give them the goods, so-to-speak! And it sure helps to be a local for so long. 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD you know that layer-thing well, too, with where you are located. And thank you, my friend for "dittoing" Ron and Alexandra's compliments. 


Jun 15, 2017 04:09 PM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dick Greenberg as you well know, I could have thrown in many more photos, but time was running short! 

Kathy Streib you are truly one of those people that I know would fit in quite naturally here and you "get it" as to the magic of this community, this remote area, this state I live in!

It's sort of funny how often the people who come to look are quite naturally inclined to take their shoes off when entering. It is a way of life that seems to suit a certain type of person--maybe those more laid back--I dunno. Don't wanna overthink it!

Jun 15, 2017 04:33 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                         Thank you Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate 

Jun 17, 2017 06:35 PM #11
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What beautiful pictures, Gayle. All I can say after reading this is thank heavens I'm in an area where it's not so complicated to get dressed to view property! As for the removal of shoes, it's why I never wear anything that laces up and that I can't slip off easily.

Jun 18, 2017 04:16 AM #12
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate I love, love, love your photos..... and as far as attire during showings in my area, it depends on what we're construction in the rough would be construction boots....  land, too..... walking through the muck and myer.... otherwise, it's casual business attire for us and anything goes for the client....

Jun 18, 2017 04:56 AM #13
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Jun 18, 2017 06:48 AM #14
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Howdy Gayle-I missed this so glad Kathy highlighted it. Like Debb and Ron and Alexandra said YOU are Fishhawk Lake.

Jun 18, 2017 07:42 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Gayle

I love this post. What a great idea to provide some guidance for those who might not know what to expect. You certainly want to be as comfortable as possible when showing property. Plus in sharing this advice you've provided a thorough and practical overview of the climate at Fishhawk Lake! Love the photos, which showcase your area beautifully!


Jun 18, 2017 07:54 AM #16
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Dressing in layers to look at property at Fishhawk Lake is the way to go.  Wouldn't want to be cold at any point.  Would could focus when they are cold?

Jun 18, 2017 12:40 PM #17
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gayle, what great advice!  Especially the footwear discussion.  I'm often amazed at  shoe choices for a rainy day househunt - like lace up's! hard to get on and off. or heels that sink into the ground!  

Jun 18, 2017 05:24 PM #18
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Thank you, everyone who stopped by. Took a day off more-or-less, so I haven't been on the internet much! I do appreciate you all, though, know that and your comments are taken to heart.

Happy Father's Day to those out there! 

Jun 18, 2017 05:25 PM #19
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

With soar temperature at 91 deg F I made the mistake wearing shorts and a T-shirt to host an open house. People asked me if I was the owner.  Too warm to wear pants.

Jun 18, 2017 06:00 PM #20
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Dress for the weather!  Here in Florida, that means bring your sunglasses AND your umbrella. 

Jun 18, 2017 06:06 PM #21
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

How earthy and beautiful where you are located. Love the rainbow photo and what and the home! Guess you have no one show up in suit and ties. 

Jun 18, 2017 07:01 PM #22
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib feature your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. No one knows the Fishhawk area like you do! Love your advice!

Jun 18, 2017 07:09 PM #23
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am glad that Kathy featured this too. WHat a great post to get to know the area you serve 

Jun 19, 2017 03:44 AM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What to wear for my own comfort is a concern for me every single time I leave my house. LOL

Great information for anyone coming from another area to look at your gorgeous properties!

Jun 19, 2017 10:01 AM #25
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What wonderful photos, very inviting and spiking the desire to come visit your area. Also some good thoughts on something people may not consider when they set out to look for homes.

Jun 21, 2017 09:10 AM #26
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - these are beautiful photos and great advice! Your thoughtfulness shines again!!!

Jul 02, 2017 06:21 AM #27
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Just looking at those pics makes anyone want to go look at a home there. So beautiful.


Jul 14, 2017 03:41 AM #28
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