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New modern town home in inner NE PDX without demoing an old home.

    Congratulations to my client H. Hudson homes on the sale of their newly custom-built town home in the heart of NE Portland. I was lucky enough to sell a vacant lot to them about a year ago. This is unusual close in NE Portland since vacant lots are extremely scarce. They did not... More



4220 SW Freeman main house gallery

On a .68 acre parcel in the woods, just outside of Multnomah Village, nestled between Woods Park and the Southwest Community Center at Gabriel Park, there’s a custom-built passive solar home, accessory dwelling unit, and studio that begs to be found by the Portland property buyer who has patiently awaited a property that offers freedom to live, work, create, and play at home. The Freeman Live-Work-Retreat property offers that freedom. The main house has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with a light-filled vaulted living room and passive solar sunroom. The main floor bedroom doubles as an office with a walls of built-ins. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet, laundry, and sweet little spot to sit in the sun and soak up the warmth of the trombe wall. The accessory dwelling (ADU) exceeds the typical standards for Portland. This additional structure has an apartment on the main with radiant heated floors, large kitchen, and loads of window all around. The upstairs space is up to... More


Vacant Lot in SW Portland 


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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



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This house is jaw-dropping beautiful and it could be yours.  Located in the heart of vibrant SE Hawthorne, this house is loaded with charm and dripping with high-end details.  You simply need to experience it for yourself. Open House this Sunday from 1:00 till 4:00.  Can’t make the open house?  Feel free to give me a call me for a private showing, I live close by and would be happy to meet you:)   Tracy Dau Lover of Old Houses Hawthorne Neighbor 971.275.0387 More



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My buyer Kelly’s story is by now an all too familiar tale in Portland. Her family had been renting the same apartment for 12 years in close-in NE Portland. Every year the rent went up, but given the incredible demand for rental housing, this past year her rent went up past the point of reasonable. As goes along with the tale, her income as a funeral director was not keeping pace with the rent increases. Finding another apartment wasn’t really a viable option given the rents these days. What to do? Enter Proud Ground! Proud Ground  uses the Community Land Trust model of permanent affordability to keep homes affordable in perpetuity. The land trust owns the land that the property sits on and the homeowner owns the physical structure. Take the land value out of the equation and you wind up with a home that is affordable to a low or moderate income buyer. Kelly’s new home is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath condo in... More



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Mindy was determined to be in Grant School District for under $250k.  In the entire time we worked together there were 4 houses in that price range that came up in Grant and they were either tear downs or half of a duplex with no HOA or rules for fixing anything. She is a single mom of two teenagers who has been living in St. Johns for the last 10 years.  Her son desperately wanted to get out of Roosevelt, but it just wasn’t happening for them. We’d go look at these major fixers and she’d say, “Well, it’s not that bad, I can save for a new foundation”.  So we’d stand on the street corner arguing our points about whether or not she should make an offer on these turds.  I begged her to forget about Grant, it wasn’t going to happen, I couldn’t sell her a house that had this many problems.  I pleaded to keep looking in St. John’s where she has... More



NE Stanton-2

1417 NE Stanton St Portland OR 97212 Complete listing available here. Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson lance@livingroomre.com + 503-701-5323 shanon@livingroomre.com + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing Click MORE to see video: More


Small Small Gay World. 


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Jen and Ari came to me through a Facebook blog post I did about selling my best friend a house.  Turns out we have several mutual friends but hadn’t crossed paths til now.  They currently have a really nice house, but with two (really cute) little girls, they needed something off a busy street, with a bigger yard, and an in-law apartment for Jen’s parents who visit often from Florida.  Their search took many twists and turns but ultimately it came down to two houses.  One was a house that sat on Fernhill Park that will forever be filed in my memory as “When I grow up, I want a home like that one on Ainsworth”.  The other is very similar in layout, but the giant master bedroom upstairs has been turned into a really cool apartment.  In addition to that,  the garage is also an apartment. It was a tough call for them to decide between those two houses because while Ainsworth is a... More



Welcome Home

Tom is starting a new chapter of his life and that also included moving from the westside to the eastside.  We looked at both old and new homes and found a home being built by a fantastic builder.  The builder was willing to get the home Earth Advantage certified and truly paid attention to every detail.  It was one of the most smooth new construction processes that I have experienced.  And on top of a gorgeous new home, it also had an idea location in the Mississippi neighborhood.  What a fun place for he and his kids to explore.  Congrats!! Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503.347.3565 Laurie@LaurieGilmer.com More



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  Alex and his sister Kristina (best looking brother/sister combo ever) came to me referred from my buddy Moira in LA (thanks dude!).  Alex was looking for an investment property, something he could easily rent out with little maintenance.  Kristina and I pounded the pavement while Alex was at work and looked at a few doozies.  Then we all went out one Saturday and found this really well kept house in Portsmouth.  It has two bedrooms on the main, and two bedrooms in the newly finished basement.  It’s set up in a way that is basically a duplex because the basement has it’s own entrance.  Not only that, but the garage is half way to an ADU. We struggled with what to offer in a multiple offer situation riding that fine line of not wanting to overpay but not wanting to lose it either.  Alex decided to go all in and presented them with a very generous offer, but also gave them a free month... More