Blog Stories The Coast is Clear

The Coast is Clear

By Lauren Hurley, March 2, 2018

On a recent dreary morning in Portland, I awoke to a text. One of my clients needed to reschedule. Groggy and half asleep, I went into my calendar and shifted the appointment to the following day. With one swift swipe, Monday had a totally different look. Monday was now blank.

I looked at Captain Salty (the dog).


With a rush, I checked my weather app. THE COAST WAS CLEAR.

We packed a bag, in an Oregonian way. Imagining all the scenarios that might play out on a day at the Oregon Coast. We had a rain slicker, down jacket, down vest, sneakers, rain boots, beanie, baseball cap, gloves, wool sweater, fleece pullover, extra socks, extra pants, extra underwear (because you never know).

We picked up our pals in Irvington, one human and one dog. Heading west on Sunset Highway, we drove through farm country fog + rain, we drove over a snowy Coastal Range, but when we came out the other side, the skies were blue. The sun was golden. The air was beachy. The weather was right.

When life gives you a blank day, make it the most and head to the coast!

Arcadia Beach

Haystack views + unique beach houses.


Shortsands + Old Growth Forest + Waterfalls

Rivers, waterfalls + a hidden beach.


Clandestine Cliffs 

If you find yourself around Depoe Bay. A secret treasure.


Yaquina Bay Lighthouse + Tide Pools

No other tide pools better than these.


Sportsman Pub + Grub

Second best fish + chips on the Oregon Coast. (#1 is Bowpicker, Astoria)

Sportsman – a good way to start a weekend at the beach: Jukebox, Pool, Locals


Lauren Hurley


After spending a decade climbing the professional ladder of the Marketing industry, Lauren Hurley was in desperate need of vocational inspiration.

So she did what most find daunting, if not impossible. She hopped down, and hunted for change. Fortunately for Lauren, she wouldn’t be starting on the first rung of the ladder that lay ahead.

The daughter of a Broker, real estate had always been part of the conversation. The world of abandoned RMLS sheets, open house signs collected in the pouring rain and a fridge full of leftovers from Brokers Open Houses was all too familiar. So, while she didn’t always know it, Lauren was being trained by her Broker mom. By osmosis, she was learning how to negotiate, how to communicate and best, how to advocate for clients.

While her passion for Portland, homes, history, architecture, design, and working with people had remained constant throughout her life, it took returning to the world of buying and selling homes for Lauren to realize just how perfectly her personal strengths and professional skill set aligned with being a Broker.

Whether it’s negotiating and advocating on behalf of her clients, her vast knowledge of the city’s most idyllic neighborhoods, nooks and crannies, developing stunning and effective marketing campaigns, or consistently going above and beyond the call of duty, Lauren knows that superior client care is the result of perfecting every detail along the way.

The joy she finds in seamlessly and successfully guiding buyers and sellers through one of the most significant emotional and financial decisions of their lives, has Lauren wishing she listened to her mother years ago. (But please don’t tell her that.) When it comes down to it, taking exceptional care of her clients isn’t only what Lauren does best, it’s what she loves to do.

When she’s not meticulously critiquing the usage of serif vs. sans serif font, scarlet vs. crimson hues, or brightness vs. contrast and density, you’ll find Lauren taking Captain Salty the Wheaten Terrier on trails and along rivers around the city, collecting new vinyl records, tinkering with her ‘78 VW Bus, whipping up culinary treasures, or doing her best to imitate Serena on the court.

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