Blog posts about Classic Beauties

Living Room Realty, Jennifer Watson, NE 21st

My clients will be missed in Portland! After starting a family and recently adding to it with a newborn, my clients Phil, Roseanna,  and their two adorable boys moved  back to Kansas to be around family and friends. They were both very involved with the community, we all volunteered with Alberta Main St. It will be sad not to see them around the neighborhood. They loved their Alberta Arts bungalow and it showed. The house is loaded with character, hardwoods throughout, the original brick fireplace greets you as you walk in, some of the most unusual light fixtures including a glass milk bottle chandelier are in the open living room / dining room. Beautiful pocket doors and built ins on the main, huge master suite upstairs with the original claw foot tub. The kitchen is updated with hardwoods, stainless steel appliances and granite counters.  The basement runs the length of the house, detached garage in the back with a large yard. This house has it... More


So you’ve bought your mid-century home. Perhaps it’s a pristine time-capsule and you just want to add to it’s glory. But more likely, it’s a mish-mosh of vintage and remodeled rooms and you feel a keen desire to restore it to what it once was, or could have been. Maybe you just want to drool over vintage homes and finishes you’ll someday have (after you call me). Regardless of your purpose, for mid-century restoration, is your source. For years now, Pam and her assistant Kate have been hunting down and squirreling away the sources you need to finish your projects. Need a fancy personalized name plate made on the same machinery since 1949? Need vintage starburst tiles? Perhaps a front door with funky windows is what you seek. Maybe it’s a reproduction (but perfectly beguiling) 60′s mail box?  What about some striated plywood tiles for the rumpus room ceiling?  Retrorenovation has found it, and more. So much more. What’s more, is that Pam has... More

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Click HERE for more details. Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More


There I was, in Eugene at Wow-Hall, hoppin’ and lovin’, singing and swaying, peering through the cloud of ganja, when a call came in from the sellers agent.  I picked up the call (like an idiot). The sellers were not on board with our repair requests and were willing to do a couple of our repairs, ditching thousands of dollars in needed work.  My heart stopped, eyes welled up, and all the sunshine, loving and happiness that had been raining down on me two minutes earlier, was now gone.  All I could think about is how much work and time we had put into the transaction, how much my clients needed those repairs, and now the deal was done.  I couldn’t let my clients proceed forward unless we got more out of the sellers.  The deal just wasn’t balanced at that point. Suffice to say, after many counters back and forth, we got the deal back on track.  We did so, because the sellers agents... More


Everyone always asks me why I’m still bar tending at Sloans if I’m doing well in real estate.  Well,  besides that it’s the best bar in Portland and I love the family I work for, I meet a lot of people there, and sometimes they turn into clients.  Kristin and Michael are some of my favorite regulars.  They are restaurant folk too and own Garage Bar up in Vancouver. They were looking for something solid that had a big garage or shop for Michael’s motorcycles and a big yard for Kristin to garden.  It was looking kind of bleak for a minute until we stumbled upon this well-kept granny ranch (my favorite).  The owner was needing to sell to move into assisted living and there was another interested party.  Knowing the other offer was cash, we pulled every rabbit out of the hat to be able to compete.  The seller’s agent let me know that we were neck and neck but that, because I was... More

A Home for the Holidays 


When I met Courtney and Chris they were beyond devastated. They had just lost the home of their dreams. Their realtor at the time had let an important addendum expire, thus costing them their dream home. Ready to move on and start again, they knew they needed a realtor that could make their dream a reality. This is when I was introduced to Courtney and Chris.  I listened to their frustrations, along with their wants and needs, and understood that they were motivated to find a home for the holidays. We were actively on the hunt, looking at homes daily. Then one morning they called to tell me that they had to get into a house that had just come back on the market.  Knowing how important this was, I contacted the listing agent and scheduled the showing. Within 30 minutes of viewing the home, we were writing an offer. I made sure to ask the listing agent what their seller needed so we could... More

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Congratulations to my amazing clients Martie and Steve on their purchase of a charming home in Portland Heights! I met Martie and Steve thru their daughter Mikola and her son Valentino. Mikola and I both live in Clinton Condos and have babies close in age. After talking about starting a nanny share together, can’t more convenient than being a few doors away, Mikola mentioned her lease would be up in January and was getting ready to start looking for homes. Well I know a great realtor you can help you out with that, ME! I meet Mikola’s wonderful parents, Martie and Steve, at the first home we toured. I learned they were ready to stop throwing away money on rent and buy an investment property for Mikola and Valentino and their son Patrick. Savvy investment with the average sales price up 8.1%, and median sales price up 9.8%, over the last year in the Portland Metro Area. Criteria was two separate living spaces, close to... More

2114 NE Highland AFTER

It is always a great feeling to be able to represent my Concordia neighbors.  This home was in a state of ruin before Will got his hands on it.  We bailed the previous owner out of a bad situation and were able to save the home.  It was a win-win.  Not all developers are determined to squeeze as many units onto a lot as possible.  There are plenty that do, and I don’t work with them. Yes the neighboring lot (which only had a defunct garage and a bunch of scattered detritus rotting into the ground) was sold and a house was built there… and not necessarily the kind of house that I like, but hey, who am I to judge?  There is a lot of sensitivity these days surrounding the infill of PDX.  Sometimes the balance of “boutique” and “genuine” seem to be tipping already (eg the sad, sad closing of the Magic Gardens).  The moral of this story is that an existing Craftsman home... More

The year was 1967. Milton Berle was out and the Newlywed Game was in. It was all about the summer of love, Twiggy and Argay Terrace! This was a new neighborhood then, built at the edge of town, filled with ranches. These homes have sprawling yards, floor to ceiling glass, sweeping vistas and lots of elbow room, and swimming pools! Argay is a Brady Bunch time capsule. I love selling these homes. If you want to see the secret 1960’s neighborhood, give me a call. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691. More

Two Love Birds, One Home. 


  Teri and I had clients that came to us frantically because their house was on the market, but their agent had taken off to Burning Man and disappeared.  We agreed to help them sell their house but weren’t sure we could get them the price they needed to stay above water.  Then it occured to us that this house was exactly what our buyers, Kristy and Lara,  were looking for.  It was a long shot but I took them over there and they fell in love with it.  We negotiate a price that both parties were thrilled with and it was a win/win. If you love a ranch, this is the queen of ranches.  Huge square footage, big and open, wide hallways, 3/2, Brady Bunch neighborhood, double garage, mid-century tile, all the good stuff.  It was super important to Kristy and Lara that their house be set up for entertaining, but that they never have to move again and it is both.  We’re truly... More