Blog posts about Classic Beauties

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


When you think about buying your first house you make a wish list of wants.  Seems like everyone wants the same thing, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a bungalow, a yard, close in location, and all the bells and whistles.  Then you start looking and your list starts changing, often times because you realize certain things are more important than others, some things you can’t live without, and your budget is in the way. Rachel and Kate were realistic and open-minded.  We looked at some doozies until we found this little cutie on N. Hodge.  It wasn’t everything they wanted, but I reminded them that they weren’t buying their dream home, they were buying their first home.  They were making an investment that would give them leverage for the future when they are ready to move on.  Most of us aren’t lucky enough to get it all the first time. This house is solid and inspected really well.  We were able to negotiate them a brand... More

Living Room Realty, Jennifer Watson, NE Ivy

Congratulations to my sellers Portland City Homes on the succesful closing of one of their beautiful renovations! This bungalow is in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Portland. Just off of N. Williams it’s steps away from everything! It has a walk score of 91 and the best biking location you can be in! Portland City homes took this house down to the studs, kept the original footprint and character of the home and was able to transform it into an amazing 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home for modern living. Special attention is paid to every detail. High end finishes are installed through out the home. #sellersagent #NEPDXHOMES   More

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Congratulations to my wonderful clients John and Stacy on the purchase of their first home! They were such a pleasure to work with. After almost a year of  the hard work of house hunting on and off we found “the one” in the Concordia neighborhood. Location is always important when purchasing a home but we needed to find something with charm, enough sq. footage to grow and a decent yard. This house has all of that and more. It’s move in ready but also has potential of finishing an unfinished basement. The home is a few blocks from Alberta Park, and right down the street from everything going on in Dekum triangle. Stacy goes to school out-of-state so we completed the purchase with a lot of photos, face time and communication! As their buyers agent I was able to negotiate closing costs and repairs. This house is a great investment, and a true Portland charmer. #NEPDXHOMES #lovemyclients More

Old Style Vegas

Walt’s rent was increasing as well as construction was starting on his building so he decided it was time to buy.  He loves NW but the units were way too small or too expensive.  We crossed the bridge and started looking but most places didn’t have parking spots.  Finally, we found a dreamy unit in a building with touches of Old Vegas architecture.  What an awesome lobby entrance!  The unit has million dollar views all the way up to St. Johns and down to South Waterfront.  And a bonus is, with the spacious size, Walt won’t have to sell any of his beloved furniture.  A win-win all the way around. Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503-347-3565 More


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

NE Cleveland-37

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

E Burnside front exterior

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