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As a native north westerner I file this report with a certain trepidation.  For years we have seen it happening so we know it to be true.  This is a great example of the migration of our neighbors to the south seeing what it is that we have in the NW and wanting some for themselves. There are many more details I am sure but here is the short story. David and Faith were living in San Fransisco above a Chinese restaurant paying sky high rent and feeling like they had missed the buss, that they may never be able to afford a home of there own in the Bay area.  So they pulled up stakes and moved to Portland.  Jobs were found and a rental home would suffice while looking for the dream home.  I swear to you no more than nine months later they got the keys to their own home here in Portland and to keep the California dream alive, no joke,... More

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6531 NE Cleveland Ave Portland OR 97211 This is the very best of new and vintage, living in perfect harmony. Refinished hardwoods throughout, three fireplaces, restored exterior including new gutters and new paint. Exposed beams in living room & den—in a word, amazing. Basement with high ceilings plus half bath. Restored greenhouse. Desirable street. Coveted 94×100 lot. MLS# 14388322 Approximate Lot Size: 94 x 100 Approximate Square Feet: 2,706 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.1 Year Built: 1928 Schools: Chief Joseph, Ockley Green, Jefferson/Roosevelt Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More

Dutch Colonial Revival 


Dutch Colonial Revival: So good they named it three times. This style was revived from homes designed and built by early Dutch settlers in the 17th- and 18th-century. This style is most easily recognized by the broad gambrel roof and flared, overhanging eaves. Original Dutch colonials are most prevelant in New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island. The revival, which was in full force by the early decades of the 20th century, was due in part to nostalgia, but mainly  to a shift in mood in the United States. People were moving away from what many considered Victorian excess, and moving toward the simpler styles of the country’s rural, colonial past. Portland examples of the Dutch Colonial Revival can be found in neighborhoods that were formed at the turn of the century, including Irvington, Alameda, and Laurelhurst. Which brings us to the darling Dutch Colonial Revival in Irvington that we helped our clients purchase. We know, in the hands of these skilled designers, this... More

7520 SE Insley-10

Live in the heart of Mt. Scott/Arleta neighborhood in this “period-perfect” restored craftsman bungalow. It features four bedrooms, original unpainted woodwork, hardwoods, bath with clawfoot tub, grand dining room with built-in hutch and wainscoting,  large farmhouse-style kitchen, partially finished basement,  private yard with flagstone paving, and a dream 2 car garage with walk-up storage and 220v electricity service! If you’ve been looking for a large home in the heart of the city and a reasonable price, this is it! Goes live at 6pm Friday 9/19. Open Saturday 9/20 from 12-2 and Sunday from 10-2. Listed at $285,000. MLS# 14545279  7520 SE Insley St. Portland, OR 97206         More

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We knew the moment we toured Derek and Bernadette’s beautiful “Twin Palms” Colonial Manor in the heart of Laurelhurst, it would not be on the market for long. Buyers continue to be drawn to the charms of the historic and elegant Laurelhurst neighborhood. It’s tree lined streets, beautiful architecture and close-knit community make it one of Portland’s jewels. Of course, it didn’t hurt that their home has it all: 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths, a gracious living room, a formal dining room, a gourmet remodeled kitchen, a basement family room and pub bar, a lush garden complete with gazebo, a main floor office/den, a wine cellar, a 2nd floor view deck, and a 2 car garage. Congratulations Derek and Bernadette — we are excited to see where the next chapter in your lives takes you! More

One in a Belmont 


Ok, maybe the odds of finding this sweet home were more than one in a billion. When first time home buyers Katie and Justin saw this great home in Belmont’s Sunnyside Environmental School District, they knew it was for them. This 1950′s cape cod was their ticket to staying in the neighborhood they love so much. With a huge back yard to boot, it is the perfect combination of functionality and simplicity. We moved swiftly with an offer, negotiated smartly for key repairs, and worked closely with all parties for a quick close. I’m so happy for you both! It is a great starter home, and a wonderful investment for the future as life continues to unfold. All it needs now is a fence so their sweet dog Kona can graze in the pastures. More

NE 65th exterior

You guys…Kate Bingaman-Burt and Clifton Burt are RAD.  Like seriously, I love them.  SO much fun to spend time with – creative, funny, smart, kind, cool and let’s face it they have great taste in realtors   Everyone in this town seems to know them, and so I have dubbed them my Portland celebrity clients.  But on top of that they are real celebrities because Kate’ s art is everywhere.  And her ted talk is so inspiring! It is a unique town we live in that educators and artists are so revered, and it is very deserved in the case of this awesome couple. Kate, Clifton and myself looked at quite a few properties, some were AWFUL and others were ADORABLE but none seemed like “the one” until they walked into their quintessential Portland Roseway bungalow.  It had all the criteria we had discussed, and a few more, plus it just felt homey. Here is the deets; 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, .11 acres, 1728 sq ft, big porch,... More


And it’s still here! Largely original, knob and tube wiring, open framing, sash windows, river rock chimney. Rumors swirl in our coastal community that this is an A.E. Doyle drawn home. In fact, as of this afternoon, the home belongs to my groovy clients Patty and Dave. I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to participate in the changing hands of one of Manzanita’s few original, iconic structures. It’s rare to enter a building of any age in our coastal environment and have it feel dry and clean. All of our energy conservation measures, in moist climes, often conspire to trap moisture inside a building and its walls. 58 Portland Avenue was built to breathe, and so it does, into another family and generation. More

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$375,000 6364 NE MALLORY AVE. PORTLAND, OR 97211 Meticulously maintained 2 bedroom, 1 bath plus bonus room. Remodeled spacious kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors, Built in bookselves in the living room, built in Dining room buffet, original fixtures and character throughout- only the 3rd owners. Alley access to garage allowing spacious use of outdoor spaces. A gardener’s delight! ML#14502164 More

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Movin' On Up

I met Jessica and Michael when I performed their wedding a number of years back.  Yes, aside from being a licensed Realtor, I am also ordained and have performed 15 or so weddings.  A few years after their wedding, they contacted me about helping them find their first house.  And then we found their second house.  And now their 3rd house.  Michael did say that this house is it for life (I told him that Realtors don’t like to hear that ). This house truly could be a house for life.  It is newly built on acreage so there is lots of room to spread out, build and take apart cars, and even motorcycle on the property.  I love that I could be a part of these special milestones in Jesse and Michael’s lives. Cheers!   Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503-347-3565 More