If finding the perfect Suncadia property is a dream come true, then finding the right person to make that happen is equally important. At Suncadia, we have a team of brokers who are as passionate about the resort and community they work at as they are about helping families find their dream home. This week, we want to introduce you to Jeff Rau.

A former golf pro, Jeff spends a lot of time on Suncadia’s three golf courses when not showing homes and homesites to future members of the Suncadia community. “Tumble Creek is very special and the two resort courses, Prospector & Rope Rider are also at a championship level,” says Jeff. Last year, he and his wife had twins and spent a good part of the summer exploring the trails and getting into the 1,200-acre river conservancy. “Last summer we strapped the twins into our carry-all sacks and walked along the river. It was stunning,” he says. These are the kind of activities Jeff raves about to nature lovers, families and anyone looking to buy a home in Suncadia.

One listing he is particularly excited about is at 431 Equinox Drive, and features 5,267 feet of space that’s great for entertaining family and friends. The home stands out inside thanks to traditional mountain finishes with wood beams, wood tongue-n-groove ceilings and a large fireplace. The kitchen is an amateur chef’s dream: picture a Wolf range with double ovens, a Sub Zero fridge, under counter wine fridge, a hammered copper sink, and a massive island perfect for impromptu gatherings. On the main floor is a master bedroom, while four bedrooms with a huge media/gameroom are spread across the basement. What else could a family want? How about a wine cellar, a bunk bedroom, and a large loft space area with additional beds for hosting kids sleepovers. “This home screams fun and is great for multi families with a lot of kids. It could easily sleep 18, and maybe more,” says Jeff.

Of course, a great Suncadia home is as much about the interiors as it is about the exteriors. Set on the 17th hole of the Prospector Golf Course, this home has a great outdoor living space with a built in BBQ, a fire pit, and flagstone patio. Ask Jeff what kind of family might want to live here and he says, “I picture a large family with a lot of kids or a family that likes to bring over their friends. And because Suncadia is only 80 miles from Seattle, it’s super easy for friends to visit on the weekends.”

Contact Jeff Rau at 509.649.6110 or jrau@suncadia.com to schedule a private tour of the home.

If you’ve spent any time in Suncadia, you’ve probably spent time at Swiftwater Cellars, sipping full-bodied reds and crisp whites in the private dining space, or by the lounge around the massive rock fireplace. Recently, Swiftwater Cellars opened a tasting room and restaurant on Main Street in Old Bellevue, where they combine the rustic roots of Cle Elum with a modern twist of the city.

The Suncadia Real Estate team and the Tumble Creek membership department knew as soon as the Bellevue location opened that it would be a special place to visit with friends, members and neighbors. And so on January 31, the two teams co-hosted Tumble Creek owners and guests for an evening of food, wine and conversation in the private room at Swiftwater Cellars. “It was great to see so many members and future members getting to know each other and sharing anecdotes about the Tumble Creek lifestyle,” said Richard Seay, Vice President of Suncadia Real Estate. “It was also exciting that our venue was at Swiftwater’s new location in Bellevue—especially considering what a big part of our community the winery plays at Suncadia.”

During the evening, some 100 guests were treated to tasty bites like lobster fondue with crostini, crab cake sliders, and tuna tataki, and got to sample many Swiftwater Cellars wines, including the standout 2012 No. 9 Pinot Noir, a delicious red with aromas of damp earth, and dusty cherry. While everyone enjoyed the food and wine, one prominent topic of discussion was, of course, life at Tumble Creek.

Tumble Creekers are a tight-knit cohort, and during the event many shared stories of bonding on the golf course or at the pool, and enjoying one another’s company at the Club or in each other’s homes. Though Tumble Creek community-building happens naturally among neighbors, we at Suncadia do everything we can to help it along. Our roster of events includes monthly Corkscrew wine club gatherings, movie nights, Father’s Day fly-fishing, golf cart parades, bicycle scavenger hunts, and much more. Tumble Creek membership may be exclusive, but the community here is welcoming and inclusive.

If you are interested in learning more about ownership and membership at Tumble Creek, please contact us for a tour.