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Foster-Powell Starter Home 

4524 SE 60th Ave.

This Foster-Powell home has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Stepping in from the covered entry, the living room has hardwood floors, built-ins, and a fireplace. Beyond that, you find a formal dining room with built-ins as well. The kitchen has original cabinetry, tile counters, a gas range, and a breakfast nook. There are 2 bedrooms on the main and one large skylit bedroom space upstairs. Perhaps the most “Portland-y” space in the house, the upstairs has rustic floors, skylights, and a nook with built-ins that are reminiscent of a sailboat cabin. The basement and backyard provide the spaces to grow. The tall unfinished basement is prime for added living space, storage, workshop, or studio. The extra deep fenced lot could be home to an Accessory Dwelling Unit, a carriage house, a studio, a barn for your urban farm, you name it… (And do your due diligence.) Or, it could be an amazing garden and outdoor living and play space. It’s pretty rare to find deep... More

Front South Unit

Terrific duplex investment property in the heart of happening Woodlawn. One level, side by side units each with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, laundry hookups, attached garages, driveway parking and large, fenced yards. Current rents are well below market value. Walk to Woodlawn Triangle hotspots (Breakside Brewery, Fire House, Good Neighbor Pizza and new businesses at the upcoming eco-friendly Solterra Project) and Woodlawn Park.   Call Kari or Erika for more information. $320,000, 1438 total sf, 8800 sf lot ML #15049031 More

Vacant Lot in SW Portland 


This vacant lot in SW Portland deserves a discerning buyer. A buyer who wants to be close to downtown, but wants privacy and tranquility. A buyer who wants beautiful sunsets, but also wants the calm of natural light dappled through the trees. A buyer who needs the convenience for getting to work out the Sunset Corridor, but wants a more established, mature neighborhood. A buyer who wants to create a dynamic hillside home as an oasis away from the traffic, but minutes to amenities. Bring your architect, designer, and builder. Bring your imagination and inspiration to create the thoughtful, beautiful, custom masterpiece of your dreams. Listed @ $219,000 335 SW Alderidge Dr., Portland, OR 97225 MLS# 15603160   More

Sum Sum Summertime 

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Congratulations to 2 awesome buyers, Douglas and Robyn.  These guys wanted to take a break from the city and find river front property in Sandy and they scored.  They found the cutest cabin on almost 2 acres with their own private sandy beach.  You guys, it’s unreal how cool this property is.  The water is crystal clear and slow moving, and the beach gets full sun.  You know how every summer you wish you new a secret river spot?  These guys own one.  I am so jealous of all the fun you are going to have swimming, fishing, partying, floating on a tube, and kayaking.  I couldn’t be more excited for you guys.  Please invite me over! More


Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a house knows that it can be a roller coaster.  In this crazy market you have to think outside of the box.  I was trolling around on RMLS one day and saw this super cute ranch had gone Withdrawn (off the market).  Typically when this happens it’s because it has problems and they can’t sell it the way it is.  Knowing that it was a mid-century, I thought,  “What the hell could be so wrong with it?”.   Mid-century ranches are usually solid gold, so I called the agent to ask what was going on with it. She gave me a long winded summary of a complicated sewer situation and foundation repair.  Normally my eyes would glaze over and I’d be thinking about spaghetti, or my couch, or my shows, but I just had a feeling about this little house so I went and looked at it anyway.  It was really cute but I didn’t have anyone for it so I... More

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Sometimes the house of your dreams shows up before you are ready.  Sometimes, buying a house is a process; a long process.  And sometimes, your family steps up in ways that astound you.  Heather and Chris experienced all of these things first hand.  Heather and Chris figured they’d have all of their house buying ducks in a row next fall.  Then Heather drove by a house for sale, but not listed on RMLS.  Of course it was “HouseLove” at first sight: perfect oversized lot, fabulous West Haven neighborhood and tons of mid-century potential just waiting for some love.  Best of all – no competition!  Brother Jonathan steps in to aid in the purchase of this special home and wins the award for amazing brother of the year.  Jonathan, Heather and Chris just closed on this special fixer home, yesterday.   We’ll never forget the image of Chris swooping up Heather and carrying her and their children across the threshold of their new home.  Man, we... More

Mid-Century with a View 

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This 1953 Mid-Century daylight ranch has commanding views of multiple mountain peaks and virtually all of Portland.  Resting just up the hill from NW 23rd Avenue, the Pearl, and downtown, this is a truly rare opportunity to lovingly restore this Mid-Century home, OR… create something new and fresh for the 21st Century–a modern masterpiece that will fill your friends’ Pinterest page. Call your contractor, designer, and architect! Here’s what you have to work with: a Mid-Century daylight ranch 1508 square feet on the main level 1080 square feet on the lower level, plus a large covered patio large living room that flows into the dining room with huge picture windows balcony off of the living room 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms oversized one-car garage attached with a breeze way hardwood floors in main living spaces and bedrooms laundry on the main floor fireplace on the main and in the rec room on the lower level This is a lot to work with in one of... More

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It took me a long time to be able to say out loud, in a proud voice, that I am a Realtor. It took me many years and several re-habbed houses to begin calling myself a builder and creator, but finally I can do that, I own up to it, and will say so with capital letters “REALTOR,” this is what I do for a living.  I take ownership of the word.  It’s how I keep shoes on my kids, pay for their French fries and a roof above us.   Years ago, before I ever got into this business, I thought agents simply put a sign in the yard, wore kitten-heeled shoes and a tacky smile.  I thought this, because I met those sorts of agents when we began to market our first house way back when.  A house that we had spent months re-doing.   An old house that needed new everything.  Winter days when I hung upside down from skip sheathing on our roof,... More


Mike and Amy have been the best neighbors that my lender, Jen Bell,  could’ve ever asked for out in Damascus.  They keep an eye on each other, they help each other out, and they often sit by a fire and throw a few back.  The day has finally come when they’ll be moving out of Amy’s dad’s farmhouse they’ve rented and raised their kids in for the last 20+ years and move into their own home by Fernhill Park. They had no intentions of seeing this house, but one Saturday their daughter suggested they go to the open house and it was love at first sight.  Sitting high up on a raised lot, the completely gutted and remodeled Cape has views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helen’s.  The top floor is the master bedroom and bathroom combo Amy has been dreaming of.  After living in the country for so long, they wanted to be in walking distance to restaurants and bars, but not right... More

We Love Women in the Trades 

As soon as I pulled up to this 1907 cutie my heart skipped a beat. Intuition told me, even before crossing the threshold, that this was going to be an ideal match for our client, a first time home buyer working as a commercial plumber’s Jedi-apprenti (apprentice). As a woman in the trades Kelly has no shortage of handy friends. Her community includes sparkies (electricians), chippies (carpenters), turd herders (aka plumbers, no offense intended) and itchies (insulators). In other words, if upon opening the door this joint was a fixer in need of elbow grease she’d have lots of help getting her up and running. When I opened the door a giant smile lit up on my face. The place was GORGEOUS! I knew we had to work hard to make this happen for our client. One of the first Realtors through the door and executing a well thought out, competitive offer, sent in on day one, spoke volumes to the seller. Early bird gets... More