Blog posts about Classic Beauties

Kenton 4 LIFE! 


Cori and Brian picked me off the Living Room website.  Man, that will never get old.  They saw I live in Kenton and wanted to keep it in the neighborhood.  They couldn’t have been sweeter or easier to work with, dream clients. The deal was, they had twin girls and have outgrown their house.  They own the cutest little bungalow anyone ever saw, but it’s tiny. They were very much on the fence about whether to sell.  They LOVE this house.  Brian spent 2 years restoring and painting the exterior siding.  The landscaping is immaculate.  The systems are new, they love their neighbors.  They really didn’t want move but they were going to have to eventually.  Why not try to strike when the market is hot? The other piece was that they needed to net a certain amount to be able to move on.  I really wasn’t sure we could pull that kind of money out of that house with such small square footage.  We... More

SE 29th

  This was the news that I broke to both my buyers and the listing agent after our home inspection.   Crap!  Not good, not good at all, and none of us saw it coming. The house had been expanded upon years ago, with a new breakfast nook bump-out and attached converted garage space, but had recently undergone a gorgeous remodel, with new and beautiful everything.  It was only after asking the seller to make access to the two parts of the crawl space under the bump-outs, that we found wood to earth framing that was rotten.  I thank the stars I pushed for this access for my clients, had I not, they would have bought a house with major rot and an expensive repair down the road. The accommodating seller installed new footings and concrete walls under the problem parts of the home.  Work was done with permits, to an engineers satisfaction, and done within one month from the time we uncovered the mess. ... More


I recently bought a new house. Specifically a pristine, amazing, adorable, super walk-able, functional, cute granny ranch in lower Hawthorne. This house is a time capsule with a full wet bar downstairs, a great huge kitchen with an eat-in area, a formal dining room, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, cute yard, 2 car garage, and oodles of charm and potential. It is attached to awesome schools, Sunnyside Environmental and Cleveland high School. How we got the house is like this: we have a lot of equity in our current house because we have a 15 year mortgage,have lived her for 5 years, and will use our current home as a rental.  (by the way hit me up if you are interested.)  It is a beautiful 1928 English cottage, with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, .25 acres, a chicken coop, a tree house, and its attached it the highly rated Hayhurst Elementary  and Wilson High School. We were able to leverage our equity and buy the new... More

Lucky Number 3 

Brian and Shawna can really bust a move. I mean it. It’s like watching professional movers. It seems like just a few years ago that I met Brian, but in truth it’s been well over a decade. It’s funny the things you remember about meeting people that go on to become lifelong friends. I remember him as the sweetest guy. I remember his tip about adding dried flowers to rolling tobacco for a sweet smoke. Back when we smoked, lingered after barbecues, and spoke of such things. Fast forward to 2014. Brian and Shawna are unloading a perfectly packed moving van like nobody’s business. Packing these things is like a rubik’s cube for Brian’s scientific brain.  He remembers how he has packed every single van. They move efficiently amidst the cacophony of children — slinging the baby, hustling boxes. Everyone chips in. This van is emptying out quickly — you can tell they’ve done this before. From NE Portland to California to SE Portland to... More

NE 23rd-39crop2

2144 NE 23rd Ave Portland OR 97212 Irvington Colonial Classic on premier street in 97212. This move-in ready home has not been on the market in nearly 40 years & well worth the wait! Located on desirable NE 23rd, this 1923-built home features a new kitchen, newer master bath, beautiful wood floors, open staircase, fireplace & high ceilings. Full-width front porch. Rear deck & Sunset-Mag-worthy landscaping. Built-ins, bookshelves, coat & linen closets, unfinished basement with potential. This home is in excellent condition. See complete listing here. mls# 14004699 lot size: 50 x 100 square feet: 3,200 bedrooms: 3 bathrooms: 2.1 year built: 1923 schools: Irvington, Grant Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More

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I write this blog post at 2:30 PM with glass of wine in hand (yes, that’s right). This tale is one of moving to Portland and the first home I ever purchased and lived in for 12 years with my ex partner, which just recently sold. I found the house before I ever had a real estate license, on my own, by scouring the SE Hawthorne/Mt. Tabor Neighborhood on my bike, camera and notebook slung across my shoulder, whizzing around the hood looking for a dilapidated fixer that I might be able to afford.  Spending back-to-back Summers in Juneau Alaska working 5 jobs at the same time, we had saved enough cash for a healthy down payment.  My sweetie and I would be able to move out of our rental in NE Kerns, ditch our Evil Kenevil-neighbor-next-door, and settle with our yellow lab Alvah and grow a garden. I hand wrote 400 letters to folks with run-down-fixer homes and 18 people responded.  Mind you, this... More

NE 53rd

After searching high and low for a place that could accommodate the full height of Melia and Dave we encountered this darling bungalow in Hollywood that not only provided adequate room to stand and stretch but had the most glorious garden in all the land replete with enormous echinacea, brilliant eggplant and ridiculously prolific blueberries.  Additional features that appealed to the family were the popcorn ceilings (yes, Melia especially has a thing for those that sparkle), the craftsman architecture and the secret doggie entrance that includes a bridge that traverses the crawlspace.  Dave, a skilled carpenter and artist, has a handful of projects that he plans to tackle before moving in and I can’t wait to see the personal touches that they apply to this great classic home.   Congrats to both of you and Baxter and Maggie too!   More

6346 N Williams Ave Portland OR 97217 This beautiful, open classic on Williams is move-in ready! Gorgeous hardwoods, vintage restored kitchen and baths, wood burning fireplace, and stunning living room picture window. Stare at the sunsets and be amazed. New furnace and water heater. New garage door. New interior and exterior paint. Decommissioned tank. MLS# 14262901 bedrooms: 4 bathrooms: 2 square feet: 2,593 year built: 1933 Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More

Rose City Respite 

It’s not often I get to spend extended time in a client’s home. But for one magical week in the summer of 2012, I stayed here and learned about this secret sweet spot in the Rose City/Hollywood neighborhood. My friend was out of town, my own home in the middle of a major renovation. Shell-shocked from living in a construction zone, my family and I were grateful for the quiet. It was such a nice neighborhood to walk the dogs in the evenings. We walked block after block by nice homes, under starry nights, framed by big trees lining the streets. It was so convenient to run to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s for groceries. Mio Sushi, and Du’s offered quick takeout. Whatever we got, we smuggled it all back to our hideaway to enjoy on the deck, while the dogs had run of the backyard. Once, we gave the dogs the slip and snuck out for an air conditioned movie at the Hollywood theater.... More

Emily Logan is now the owner of the cutest home in Cully with a white picket fence and all.  I love working with a buyer who knows what they want and Emily knew she wanted to be in one of the best up and coming neighborhoods in NE Portland. If you haven’t heard the homes in Cully are nice and still affordable, the area is growing and the lots are HUGE!  So for this queen of the back yard room to garden, entertain and enjoy was a must.  A month into our search together we found a home that fit her perfectly and we went for it, beating out other offers and bringing the deal home.  The inspections were thorough and Emily stayed strong during some serious negotiations for repairs- AKA we got her a new roof! I am so fortunate to work with such wonderful clients. Thank you Emily for your keen eye, your check lists and your addiction to the Internet! If you... More