Bake County has plenty of great places to live – beautiful historic homes, as well as modern dwellings. Baker also has lots of opportunities to start a business, or purchase an existing business. Sometimes, the business and the workplace combine perfectly, as in the Love Ranch at 28455 Middle Bridge Loop, listed for $795,000.
The Love Ranch has a well-maintained 2,674 square-foot main home of two stories. Built in 1898, the farmhouse has hosted generations of Baker ranching families and has been sensitively restored. In addition to the historic farmhouse, the Love Ranch also includes a guest cabin, an old working barn, a shop and other outbuildings. Plenty of trees provide shade for the yard, which lends itself perfectly to summer lounging or receptions. A partitioned vegetable garden will grow anything suitable for Baker’s climate.
The business angle lies in the 100 acres that comes with the Love Ranch. Right now, HOWMANY cattle and HOWMANY horses use the land. An irrigated meadow produces about 110-120 tons a year, suitable for selling. The ranch can profitably board other animals and has served as part of a local ranching cooperative. The ranch’s productivity is secure, thanks to its original water rights that are more than 100 years old.
Despite is strong rural character, Love Ranch is just 20 minutes from Baker and and, in the other direction, a short trip to the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Truly as special place, Love Ranch sites at the center of agriculture, hunting and recreation.
Local and Vocal!
Northeast Oregon is well known for its pristine beauty, recreational opportunities, and charming historic towns. We are also a well-connected networking rural region, though we often live many, many miles apart. Pitching in with a neighborly barn-raising attitude is alive and well in this part of rural Oregon; we often convene, collaborate, and reunite in our collective economic vitality effort, sharing stories and our successful future together.
Almost 100 participants were in for a treat at the Northeast Economic Vitality Summit held in La Grande December 10, 2014, at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. Attendees traveled from all regions of eastern Oregon, including Wallowa, Union, Baker, Umatilla, Grant, and Malheur counties, to hear presentations and to reconnect through networking and small group discussions. The focus of the Summit was: Rethinking Local: Live, Invest, and Grow!”
Keynote speakers Carol Peppe Hewitt and Katrina Scotto de Carlo proffered timely and exciting subjects. Peppe-Hewett’s topic – Local Matters: Building Community Capital Through Local Investments – brought the Slow Money Movement into focus. Peppe Hewett, a pioneer in the community finance movement, tells compelling stories of ordinary people connecting to local resources to develop new local financial products and services. Community finance is investment in small local enterprises and businesses, connecting local investors to their local economies, and building a local nurturing capital industry.
Scotto de Carlo is co-founder of both Supportland and Portland Made, innovative buy-local programs that have achieved national acclaim. Her presentation “Supportland: Building a Climate where Small Business Owners Can Share, Reward and Keep Local Customers” focused on community resiliency and recognizing the strength and interdependence that exists in local places.
During the summit we also heard from a panel of local experts on making NE Oregon more economically stable by leveraging local assets and exploring opportunities. Tom Hutchison, of Gold Rush Malt House, described the value-chain approach to creating wealth locally and left us with this quote: “Nothing produced in NE Oregon should leave the region before it’s achieved the highest value possible. Lisa Dawson gave us information about the NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative, assisting business owners in finding local investors. Ginger Savage, Executive Director of the Crossroads Art Center, Annie Eskelin, Executive Director of the Art Center at the Old Library, and Mika Morton, Executive Director of Arts East completed the panel with their discussion of the economic importance of art and the culture of art in NE Oregon.
The summit was presented by Ford Institute for Community Building, and Rural Development Initiatives (RDI). Partners for the Summit were Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborate, La Grande Urban Renewal Agency, Baker Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District and the North Fork John Day Watershed Council.
What a productive day we had, generating many new ideas, reconnecting with old friends, making new friends, and feeling energized and charged as we move forward to making NE Oregon as vital as we can. The challenges of our rural life are certainly sweetened by our collective willingness to collaborate and our long history of working together to get things done.
Sometimes, people just get an urge to leave the rat race and settle down in a small, safe town and own a business.
Well, here’s your chance.
Bonnie’s Cut & Curl in downtown Baker has been in business for maybe 50 years. The current owner, Bonnie Rux, has owned the business for 30 years and wants to retire. I say “wants to” because she still works a couple of days a week to meet demand.
“We stay busy. Even though we are open limited hours, people still come in,” Bonnie said. “Everything’s here for someone to take it over – it’s a turnkey business and anyone with the license could walk in and start working.”
The business is two stories and 1,145 square feet. Right now, Rux operates a general-purpose hair salon and barbershop and offers a selection of wigs. Rux has done various things in the space over the years, including nails, pedicures, facials, facial waxing, wigs and hairpieces. There’s plenty of parking and the property comes with two bathrooms, four wet stations, two dispensaries and the business is wired for a tanning bed. It is fully stocked with displays and products and wigs for sale. The second story is only partially finished. Rux would be willing to work occasionally for a while during a transitional period. She also rents a wet station to another lady who does hair.
Buying a turnkey business like this is a tradition for many professionals and it’s priced very competitively at $55,000. Doctors and lawyers, for example, have frequently owned their offices, building equity instead of throwing their money away on rent. When it came time to retire, they sold the business to someone entering the profession and took their equity. That’s how Rux bought this business and the next person who owns Bonnie’s Cut & Curl can have confidence they are investing in a building as well as a business.
Bonnie’s Cut & Curl is a local fixture, like hairdressers tend to be. It’s a social spot for people. For the right person, this would make a great place to settle down.
Out-of-state hairdressers looking to take over the business will need to get an Oregon license. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ohla/
Baker City property owners and the city are known for reinvesting in historic downtown. There are lots of restaurants, art galleries, gift stores and other businesses in a classic Main Street setting and regular festivals and events downtown. It’s satisfying for us when we can list some of these historic properties.
Right now, there’s a great historic building at Main and Court streets. Built in 1867, the building has no doubt hosted dozens of businesses over the past 145 years. Right now, it’s a terrific little restaurant and bar. Previously, it was a family cafe but the current owners remodeled
it in 2012 as a contemporary restaurant and bar aimed more at adults. If you’ve ever dreamed about owning your own restaurant and have longed to operate in a traditional downtown, then here’s your chance. Anyone purchasing the 2,525 square-foot building could certainly remove the restaurant and put in some other use, however. Upgrades include gas heating and central air conditioning and the property is listed at $285,000.
This building is in a very favorable location. The building faces Main Street and its side is along Court Street. The city has closed off a one-block section of Court Street next to this business (between Main and Resort streets) to create a pedestrian-only promenade sometime in the next few years, as part of a larger plan to improve downtown. During nice weather, the location would be terrific for sidewalk dining.
“The public mini-park would be the focal point for downtown events, a place for recreation and play by downtown users, and an intribuing public place for visitors.” 2001 Plan For Historic Baker City, p. 24.
Some of our former clients are doing amazing things. The Douglas K Ranch provides great horseback touring and gives visitors a way to experience traditional American ranching. The working ranch offers horseback riding, pack trips and an authentic taste of the American West. As it turns out, Baker City Realty handled the transaction and listing for the current owners of the ranch.
While we often promote Baker as an artistic place, its roots in traditional ranching remain strong. This video does a good job of showcasing Baker County’s ag heritage and the Douglas K Ranch is a great place to tour the area on horseback.
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