2106 Knowles Road Medford, OR 97501

NEW PRICE! Top of the World Living, Pool & Unobstructed Views of the Rogue Valley | $499,900 | MLS 3001212 | Perched above Dancin Vineyard and just minutes to Jacksonville with unobstructed views of the Rogue Valley. Swim in your in ground pool on warm summer nights, play on your private 20 acres, or watch the valley lights from your expansive deck. Two outbuildings provide you with a shop, barn or place to store your toys. Enter the home but never leave the view. Bamboo flooring throughout gives you a clean and modern look and the crown molding finishes it off perfectly. The ample kitchen leads to a private, back deck, shaded by a trellis where you can watch the wildlife. Equipped with both a living and family room, this a perfect home for families or two separate living spaces, with two separate entrances. The wood burning stove warms the house and a wall of cupboards provide storage for all your belongings. Approx. one acre is fenced and the well produces 16.4 GPM. Truly a special home and property!​

Here Comes the Hemp

In the last few months we have seen an explosion of hemp fields being planted along every road you drive as hemp quickly becomes the largest agricultural crop, surpassing pears and vineyards, in Southern Oregon. Based on statistics from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Jackson County has 8,578 acres planted giving the county the distinction of being the largest grower of Hemp in Oregon. To provide some idea of the scale of hemp, Jackson County has 2,850 acres of grapes and 3,800 acres of pears.

The question becomes, what will be the effect of Hemp on our valley? Is Hemp a boom to our local economy because of the high demand, or a determent, because it is a cousin of cannabis and has a distinctive odor that some find objectionable.

Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and can be used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products, including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulations, biofuel and on and on. In Southern Oregon, it is being grown mainly for CBD, or cannabidiol, which some studies suggest result in various health benefits as they react with the human body’s endocannabinoid system. I’m not sure what that means, but I do know many of my friends and family tout CBD’s healing capabilities in helping depression, anxiety, pain, and sleep disorders. Although I haven’t read a lot of conclusive research yet, the FDA has approved a drug using CBD called “Epidiolex” for the treatment of seizures associated with epilepsy. The FDA is in the process of testing many drugs using CBDs so how wide spread its use will be in prescription medicines, will soon be known.

The short-term effect on our local economy is being felt. Across our valley, pear growers, cattle ranchers, hay growers, farmers and those with pasture land that may have sat empty for years are now leasing their properties to Hemp growers for $1,000 – $5,000 per acre for the season. It’s great to see our local farmers making money again. Even minimum wage workers can leave their jobs for Hemp field work that starts at $14 an hour and goes up to $20 hour, all paid above the table, with taxes and Social Security. As for the Hemp growers they can yield $40,000 to $50,000 per acre, but the upfront costs to get the field ready can run to $20,000 an acre.

A rough calculation based on the 8,578 acres planted in Hemp times $40,000 an acre adds up to a crop that can boost the Jackson County agricultural economy by more than $340 million this year.

My personal view comes from living in rural Sonoma County and working in the San Francisco Bay area prior to moving here. The area I lived in was all farm land and once a year the dairy farmers would spray all their fields with a fertilizer consisting of cow poop and water. That caused quite a smell and attracted swarms of flies for about a month. You quickly got used to living in a rural area among farms and I realized fertilization was a necessary part of farming. Also, being from the SF Bay area, which was home to thousands of high-tech companies, I was surprised by the lack of good paying jobs and the lack of a successful economic base when I moved here. The greatest growth that I have seen in our local economy has come from tourism, the wine industry and the increasing number of escapees and retirees who move here and bring their money or jobs with them. It just feels really good to see our local economy growing from within, and the thought of adding over $300 million in to the economy is a nice boost to all of us.

Time will tell if the demand for Hemp increases and if the climate in Southern Oregon, the local expertise and the facilities will sustain a strong industry for the foreseeable future. But for now, let’s enjoy the growth in our local economy and remember, when you smell that distinctive odor, you may be smelling the smell of success.

 

1766 Patriot Lane Grants Pass, OR 97527 

Back on the Market Through No Fault of the Property! Newly Remodeled Home with Brand New Deck, an ADU and 2 Large Garages! | $448,000 | MLS# 2993175 |Enjoy sweeping views of Grants Pass and the surrounding Mountains.This newly updated home is open and inviting. Great entry room off new composite deck. Enjoy the city lights w/floor to ceiling windows in the spacious living room. Lg kitchen w/updated granite counters and breakfast bar w/two dining rms. Large master w/walk in closet & private bath. All new fresh exterior paint, beautiful composite deck w/lighted gazebo means low maintenance entertainment area. Great 1 bedrm apt above the 2 car garage w/private patio that also enjoys the views. Apt rents for $900 or $1200/mo with 2 car garage. Additional 2 car garage was used as shop and has A/C. Bonus 9×12 art studio/office on deck. Pet friendly front lawn and side yd. Automatic watering system for entire .5 acre with mature landscaping including fruit trees and grape vines. It even has RV parking! Located on a cul-de-sac close to the hospital, schools, walking trails, shopping and restaurants. Listing agent is related to seller.

725 Widean Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530

Creek Frontage in Jacksonville with Hot Tub Built into Back Deck! | $379,000 | MLS# 3002055 | Come tour this affordable Jacksonville home today! Daisy creek flows through beautiful backyard with hot tub built in to back deck. Jacksonville Elementary school is on the other side of the backyard privacy fence. Beautiful mature landscaping throughout the largest lot on Widean. Efficient updated Kitchen with gas stove and lots of cabinet storage. Large living room with cozy gas fireplace for those brisk winter days. Spacious garage, fully fenced yard front and back with a gate for the driveway. 2 large bedrooms and large master bedroom. 

660 Carriage Lane Jacksonville, OR 97530 

First Time on the Market! Gorgeously Landscaped Home in Jacksonville! | $547,500 | MLS# 3002721 |  Well maintained and beautifully landscaped. Large windows allow lots of natural light into this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home. All of the bedrooms are spacious and bright. The kitchen gets the morning sun, and has plenty of cabinets and storage, including adjustable or pull-out shelves, all nicely accented with granite countertops. Enjoy separate living spaces for the dining room, living room with soaring ceilings and the family room with a cozy fireplace for those cold winter nights. The yard is professionally landscaped, front and back. The shaded porch invites you outside, and once there, enjoy the walking paths, water feature and lush landscaping. Garage is extra-long with a shop in back. Newer, roof and HVAC. Comes with the convenience of Central Vac and room to park a small RV, boats or toys. This is a really fantastic, well-maintained home in a highly desirable neighborhood right around the corner from Jacksonville Elementary.