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Realtor spooks clients for fun

by: Vern Uyetake, Brittnay Macom and her husband Thurston Macom — holding their son Holden — stand with Thurston’s mom Molly Macom outside Westlake Properties in West Linn. For years the family has decorated the real estate building for holidays.

Not only do agents at Westlake Properties in West Linn have to know the ins and outs of the local real estate market, they also cannot be afraid of gigantic spiders.

Looking like the movie set from Arachnophobia, the small-town office boasts big-time fun when it comes to holidays. This year the family-owned business added more oversized spiders to welcome a web of Halloween spirit.

'We just thought it would be fun if we started taking over the neighborhood with decorations,' said Molly Macom, Broker and owner of Westlake Properties. 'We just added five (spiders) this year and we plan on adding more next year. We want spiders crawling all over the neighborhood.'

Located on the corner of Willamette Drive and Elliott Street - and next to the West Linn Chamber of Commerce office - the folks at Westlake Properties said decorating is 'just something they do.' After about eight years of decorating outside the office, the dreadful décor in October now not only encompasses the Westlake building, but also crawled its way to nearby houses that Macom also owns.

Macom's sons and daughter-in-law spent a day perfecting the rooftop arrangements and getting all the three-foot tarantulas in place.

'One guy from Starbucks (down the street) told us he drives by the office and has to cover his eyes,' said Thurston Macom, Macom's son and a broker at Westlake. 'The response has been great.'

Macom's other son, Chris - a Canby police officer and former roofer - also strapped spiders to all parts of the building's roof.

Macom ordered the smaller spiders from Oriental Trading, which sells party supplies, novelties, toys and arts and crafts supplies to consumers and businesses via catalog and Internet orders. The oversized spider atop the porch is from a haunted house Thurston and his wife Brittnay volunteer at. For the last four years the couple has acted in the House of Midnight haunted house at the Family Fun Center and Bulwinkle's Restaurant in Wilsonville.

'I own more horror movies than regular movies,' said Brittnay Macom, a closing coordinator at Westlake. '(The haunted house) is a great outlet. It's a blast. You're a part of the community but at the same time (people) have no idea who you are. I love it.'

Although December is a month away, the family said they are prepared to again turn the building into a decorative work of art for the holiday season.

'We have lights, tinsel,' Brittnay said, 'blow up things, bows, polar bears.'

And motorists will again have a little holiday diversion while driving down Highway 43.

Westlake Properties is located at 21420 Willamette Dr. in West Linn. The office can be reached at 503-656-0323.