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Matt had three criteria – a garage for his mopeds, a basement big enough to convert, and a porch for sitting and pondering life’s ins and outs. We started looking at properties, me always trying to gauge his face for likes or dislikes, searching for that passionate look buyers get when they meet the right house. We looked at a few complete hovels (one that smelled like 30 years of nicotine, and another that had bamboo running rampant all over the property) – both received a grimaced expression aka “thumbs down”. We looked at two other houses, one was a little too re-worked and got more derision from Matt than interest.  The other sparked a bit of excitement and was good enough to make an offer on. So nifty was it,  that by the second day it had 33 offers on it.  Ours came in 2nd. We accepted back-up position, slightly dejected and severely in awe of the type of competition we were seeing. And... More

Los Angeles, Buh Bye! 

Living Large

The Andersons wanted a change of pace, a change in scenery and a big fat lifestyle change for raising their cherub-cute 11 month old, Arthur. Portland became their Mecca and they found a quintessential Irvington Craftalow that was perfect.  It is big and nook-y, has a fantastic kitchen, space for outdoor dining and a fireplace in the master (JACKPOT). We got to know each other via email, RMLS and a couple scouting missions.  Husband, Wife and Arthur came to PDX for three days with the intent of buying during those 72 hours.  We looked at a handful of houses and a last-minute addition to the list was THE ONE.  Mission accomplished in two days.  I love the challenge of a re-lo. The Andersons were amazing to work with and are a fabulous addition to PDX.  They are so excited to be here and we are lucky to have them.     More

Peerless front

Joe and Erin (and let’s not forget Michael, Gwyn, Finley and Benton!) knew they needed to “upsize” but were committed to staying within the boundaries of their beloved Laurelhurst  Elementary.   When they viewed this beautiful mid-century house in the heart of Laurelhurst, they were excited.  However, what “sealed the deal,” was the three page history of the house that was lovingly prepared by the sellers — detailing the history of the house and two families that had been raised there.  Joe and Erin knew then that they wanted to be the third owners of the house.  It is just the right size for an active family of six and is located very close to the friends, schools and playgrounds they love.  Congratulations Joe, Erin and kids –  This lovely house is in good hands!   Are you looking to be a part of a home’s story?  Give us a call so we can help!   Kari and Erika More


I love selling time capsule properties. And even though I know Michael will update it beautifully and make it his own, it was so fun to discover this piece of 1963 with him. When I say 1963 green shag carpeting, you I don’t even need a photo to know what I mean. On top of being a fun glimpse into another era of domestic stylings, the Fontaine is an amazing opportunity. For well under $300,000, we were able to get a 2 bedroom corner unit with a little view of Mt. Hood, downtown, and the West Hills, while being less than a mile from downtown. Congrats, Michael! More


Vintage 1929 charm with modern amenities. Original oak flooring and mouldings, wood fireplace, rake cedar shingle siding. Remodeling includes upstairs master suite, kitchen with sunny dining nook, three full bathrooms, newer windows and updated systems. Move-in ready home with amazing space and modern finishes throughout.  Blocks from Trader Joe’s, local pubs and Kenilworth Park. The Southeast... More


  You’re home in the heart of SE Portland’s Hawthorne/Division neighborhoods. Unique one-level, three bedroom floor plan includes sunporch and formal entry, dining room with built-ins, original small plank oak flooring, generous kitchen and an unfinished basement. Blocks from New Seasons, parks and restaurants galore with outdoor spaces for gardening, entertainment and play. 3 Bd, 1 Ba, 2034 Sq ft Offered at $399,900 3919 SE Grant Ct Portland OR 97214   Karim Alaeddine Listing Agent, Realtor, Daddy 503.309.2290 More

Stunning Alberta Arts Foursquare

This traditional Portland Foursquare will inspire. Built-ins, fir flooring, original mouldings, and oh my, those covered porches. Two full bathrooms with gorgeous tile work. Formal dining & entry both with vintage millwork. Private yard, driveway, garage, unfinished basement. Walk to shops and restaurants in the Alberta Arts neighborhood. 3 Bd, 2 Ba, 2122 sq ft... More


Back in early 2012 a super special victorian/craftsman bungalow in pristine original condition came on the market right off Foster and SE 52nd. One of my buyers wrote an offer on this house, and got back-up position. My 2012 buyer moved on, found another house and all was well. This very special house has stuck with me ever since.  It’s a simple 2 bed 1 bath 900 sf on the main floor plus a full basement. Despite it’s smaller size, it has gorgeous unpainted woodwork everywhere- doors, window frames, door frames, box beams on the ceiling and this incredible built in with a curved glass top and unpainted wainscot in the bathroom. And the kitchen- oh that kitchen. It still has the original 1906 kitchen cabinets mainly intact and in fantastic shape. It has a dreamy sunroom right off the front porch and even the basement has charm. The front yard is home to a Japanese lace leaf maple older than the hills and with... More

Joan & Jeremy on the front porch

I met Joan & Jeremy last fall when they dropped by an open house in Westmoreland to check out a house Joan had rented years before with a group of roommates. They had their newborn son and visiting relatives in tow and were starting to make their wish list for a move-up house. From day one it was clear they had a vision . . . they wanted a good yard to play in, a great dining room, a front porch, good schools, a gas range, great neighbors, and 2 toilets! I’ve had so much fun working with them and watching their baby grow over the last few months. We got their old house spruced up and sold for top dollar early this spring.Then we turned our attention to house hunting for their dream house. An added bonus for me—I got to snuggle the baby every time we looked at property—I love a good baby snuggle! As buyers they have been motivated and resilient. They... More

Rancho Deluxe 

4141 SE Crystal Springs

I love how many mid-century homes I have been helping people get.  I cant lie: they are my favorite.  So easy to make modern, so easy and inexpensive to make beautiful.  No need to add dormers, or knock walls down to open it up!  The lil corner of Eastmoreland is way too cute and mellow, love it!  Congarts Dawn on another great Ranch in your portfolio! Whether you are looking for mid-century, craftsman, old-pdx, contemporary, or what have you…I would love to help you find your next home. Call me, Jake Goodson, at 503-730-8677 More