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Blog posts about Modern Homes

Pearl Penthouse 


Congratulations to my amazing clients Phil and Heather! They just closed on a stunning penthouse in one of the most sought after buildings in the Pearl. P+H will be living the ultimate urban dream in their gorgeous new home. I feel very fortunate to work for such great people and am so excited for them to start this next adventure! Kate Webb | Broker licensed in Oregon | Living Room Realty | 503-957-2833 |             More

SW Arboretum-1

603 SW Arboretum Circle Portland OR 97221 Absolute move-in condition modern home tucked into the West Hills. Private. Light filled. Amazing. Main floor master suite. Open floor plan. White walls. Fireplace. 2 car garage. Multiple decks for conversation and pleasure. Three-level home with 3+ bedrooms & 3 1/2 baths. Office. Forest views. Hike the White Pine Trail. Explore. The arboretum sun is always shining! mls# 15543423 lot size: 0.19 acre square feet: 3,300 bedrooms: 3 bathrooms: 3.1 year built: 2005   Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More

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

SW web-99

  2808SWPATTONLANE.COM $1,977,000 MLS# 15371923 HOME: 4,371 SF GARAGE: 1,131 SF LOT: 30,000 SF BEDS: 4 BATHS: 3.1 Open spaces, 12′ ceilings, and beautiful windows create expansive views. Timeless and sensuous materials evoke warmth and richness often lacking in modern homes today: hand-troweled plaster, black walnut flooring, Italian marble, and bronze. Elegant, formal floor plan with careful attention to the flow from public to private spaces. Patton provides a sophisticated and elegant experience in a verdant and peaceful setting. 503-701-5323 Lance Marrs, Principal Broker Shanon Emerson, Broker Patti Sue LeGendre, Broker   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

Pink Baths and Pinball 

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Pink Baths and Pinball Machines! A weird combo to be sure, but both were on these particular clients WISH LIST.  And these requirements really only come in one sort of package – a mid-century ranch. Even with this figured out, it was a tall order still – with all the “remuddling” going on, there are only so many intact pastel tiled baths out there any more, and who really knows how many pinball machines will fit in a rumpus room?  Anthony and Nicole did!!  From experience, no less! Anthony had it all figured out:  any basement had to have a very specific entry access, enough wall space for several machines, and sufficient outlets spread throughout the room. Oh and there needed to be room for the bar.. because what’s pinball without cocktails? RIGHT? Right! I’ll admit, there was a good deal of searching. One house had great baths but the wrong shape rumpus room. Another had perfect rumpus space, but crazy daisy yellow baths and... More

Font Exterior

Our clients Thom and Terry were ready for a move.  They wanted a little more space, a modern, open floor plan, and craftsman details.  They had been hawking new construction in east Portland for quite some time when they called us, but it’s tough to put together a game plan for sellers who want to make a move in this tight, low inventory market.  You want to plan ahead?  Forget it!  You want to only move once?  Fat Chance!  Renting is out of the question?  Ummmm.  Your offer is contingent?  Oh dear. Thom and Terry studied the construction schedules of a few builders.  They knew a handful of homes were scheduled to hit the market starting mid March.  They heard us when we said a contingent offer wouldn’t get the time of day in this market so  (cue Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at about minute 11), Thom and Terry took the plunge and got their fabulous, custom built, 2005 Alberta Arts home on the market in a scant 72... 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


So you’ve bought your mid-century home. Perhaps it’s a pristine time-capsule and you just want to add to it’s glory. But more likely, it’s a mish-mosh of vintage and remodeled rooms and you feel a keen desire to restore it to what it once was, or could have been. Maybe you just want to drool over vintage homes and finishes you’ll someday have (after you call me). Regardless of your purpose, for mid-century restoration, is your source. For years now, Pam and her assistant Kate have been hunting down and squirreling away the sources you need to finish your projects. Need a fancy personalized name plate made on the same machinery since 1949? Need vintage starburst tiles? Perhaps a front door with funky windows is what you seek. Maybe it’s a reproduction (but perfectly beguiling) 60′s mail box?  What about some striated plywood tiles for the rumpus room ceiling?  Retrorenovation has found it, and more. So much more. What’s more, is that Pam has... More

Exterior Photo

Just kidding.  Not really.  No, seriously, just kidding.  Kinda.  Really, just kidding.  Kidding.  Matthew and Shay just closed on an amazing mid-century ranch in Argay Terrace.  Co-agent Erika agreed that said ,amazing Argay Terr. mid-century was truly exceptional and couldn’t stop imagining the party she could throw in that house with elegant & unique designer details and a fantastic L-shaped picture window view of Mt. St. Helen’s and a peek-a-boo view of  Mt. Hood.  The Daylight basement added grace and flow to the indoor-outdoor spaces.  Erika quietly plotted her back up offer in silence.  AGAIN, just kidding. Erika and I understand the importance of truly representing your clients best interests.  That’s why Matthew and Shay ended up not only with a fantastic, noteworthy mid-century home but a noteworthy home with full tear off, brand new roof installed prior to closing, just days after Wind Storm 2014, (and not one back up offer from Erika or anyone else!).  Welcome to Portland, Matthew & Shay.  We look forward... More