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David Todd's Blog Posts

St. Johns Storybook Home 


This St. Johns storybook home isn’t a storybook home only for it’s rolled roofs and classic hand-hewn timbers. This is a story of my business and a client who bought their first home with me, then their second, and now their growing family is ready for their third. I couldn’t ask for a better client... More


The Coveted Double Lot of Southeast Portland 


This is a success story about a coveted Southeast Portland double lot property and the awesome people who bought it. Spacious double lot properties are disappearing to give way to greater density in our neighborhoods–especially inner Southeast Portland. This is not lament or critique, just the fact of what we’re seeing. For those who love... More


The Farmhouse and the Cottage at Applewood Corner 


Applewood Corner is a restored 1904 farmhouse and a new 2-story cottage. They are detached condos sharing an oversized corner lot. They each have their own outdoor space and storage structure, but they ALSO have access to shared green space–all held by the espalier apple trees anchoring the outer corner. Nicknames are not final and... More


MID-CENTURY in KENTON 


  This pretty little mid-century ranch is as cute as a bug’s ear! It’s deceptive from the curb. Built in 1953, this home has a varied mixture of surprise spaces adding to the 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths –a bonus detached studio space with covered patio, bonus nook off the kitchen, and bonus basement space. Lush grape vines flow... More


No Teacher Left Behind

It’s no small feat to find a home for a Portland Public School teacher within biking distance of his or her school, but that’s just what we did for this first time buyer. I’m thrilled to see that Dave and Maki were able to find a home that suits their current needs and has room... More


The Elusive Vacant Lot in SE Portland

After YEARS (not months) of circling inner SE Portland looking for the right lot, not just any lot, May has landed on some beautiful land in the glorious, vibrant Clinton neighborhood (featured image does not reflect actual site conditions). This is not just any neighborhood, and not just any lot, but a lot within the... More


Putting Down Roots in SE Portland 


After years of a somewhat nomadic life, it was time to put down roots. And for Jen and Brad, SE Portland spoke to them as a place where they’d like to call home. Light, vitality, and color made this home pop, and we knew it was the one. I could immediately smell amazing food in the future,... More


The Woodstock Underground 


When the market wasn’t showing us what we wanted to see, we had to tap into the Woodstock Underground. It’s not a real thing, but it’s very real to these happy home owners. After months of seeing one or two viable listings per week, at best, we had to start asking around. Amy and Erik... More


Passive House For Sale (SOLD) 


Passive House Playroom

Who needs a catchy title, when “Passive House for Sale” is like saying, “Unicorn for Sale.” It’s an extremely rare occasion that I get to announce a “Passive House for Sale,” but it’s true. It is here, the Phoenix Passive House in Portland, Oregon. Exceeding the trend toward green building, exceeding expectations in many ways,... More


Passive is Aggressive! 


Passive House is an aggressive, high performance building standard. With one arm tied behind its back, Passive House beats the standard residential building code. It even outperforms the overwhelming majority of LEED certified homes. It’s touted as a building standard that is so rigorous that you could heat a Passive House with a hair dryer.... More