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Blog posts about Modern Homes

11:15 Fallon and Jeff Closing

Fallon and Jeff entered the housing market as first time buyers with eyes wide open.  When we met to discuss their home search, we talked about keeping expectations flexible in terms of features and finishes.  We talked about keeping minds open to new “emerging” neighborhoods and locations.  We talked about the reality of acting quickly and making strong offers in competitive situations.  And then NONE of that came to be.  They found a beautiful and modern new construction home in a prime Southeast Portland location.  It has all the bells and whistles (and finishes!) that they were looking for.  It is close to West Moreland and the new MAX.  The backyard opens to a lovely dedicated urban green space.  They were able to get an offer in just as the home was being finished and they avoided competition from other buyers.  It was all just meant to be.  Easy as that.  Word. Congratulations Fallon and Jeff — We are so excited for you!  Are you... More


This is the one you’ve been waiting for.  Meticulously maintained ranch on 97th and Prescott, set back from the street enough so you don’t hear the cars.  All new systems, fresh paint, and an over-sized landscaped yard.  This house has been well loved by a really sweet family, but now it’s time for them to move to the country with their horses.  All this place needs is a couple updates in the kitchen and to rip up the carpet and go back to the original hardwoods, or not.  This house is sprawling and the basement is just as big as the main with a bathroom and separate entrance.  It could easily be a rental and off-set the mortgage.  Don’t be distracted by Prescott, this house is a gem.  Close access to freeways and airport.  It’s a steal. More

Moving for the Grandchildren! 

Front Exterior

Oh, the pull of the grandchildren.  The things we do for them!  We fly across the country to see them.  We lavish gifts, clothing and attention on them.  We post photos of them, we plan trips for them and tell cute stories about them to anyone who will listen.  And we move to Portland, Oregon for them.  We pack up homes we’ve lived in for decades and fill moving vans for them.  We uproot lives we’ve created and leave behind communities that have supported us.  We find that we will do just about anything for them. It sure helps to find a beautiful, custom built home like the home Sidney and Rebecca found in Portland on N Tyler St.  Which just happens to be located less than a mile away – from a few of the grandchildren. Good luck with your move Sidney and Rebecca.  We’re sure you’ll find a wonderful community here too (in addition to the grandchildren)!  We happen to have it on good... More


Touring Reedwood Mid-Century Moderns Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining Eric Wheeler of Positively Portland Walking Tours on another of his fabulous tours. This time I visited the Reedwood neighborhood to take a look at some classic Mid-Century moderns (MCM’s). Reedwood sits on an area left undeveloped during the streetcar days in Portland, and it didn’t really come to life until the early 50’s.The Reedwood area is a little neighborhood just north of Reed College starting at SE Steele Street and west of Cesar E Chavez Boulevard. The cluster of MCM’s doesn’t extend even as far north as SE Holgate, or as far west as SE 26th. It’s one of the few collections of MCM’s close-in on the east side. The house styles are what I call very geometric, emphasizing horizontal more than vertical to look modern. As you walk through the neighborhood, it’s readily apparent the style was born to accommodate the automobile. You see attached garages, wide streets and no sidewalks!... More

“Courting” in Wilshire Park! 

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We are so pleased to report that our lovely clients, Tim and Jamie, and their three school-age sons are the proud owners of this BEAUTIFUL and SPACIOUS home in the hot Wilshire Park neighborhood.  Tim and Jamie are excited about the elegant formal living spaces, the modern kitchen and great room and their new luxurious master suite.  Their boys, however, only have eyes for their new SPORT COURT — Let the games and royal rumpus-making begin! Do you want to Love where you Live?   What special home features do you daydream about?  Let us know — we can help you find HouseLove sooner than you might think! Kari and Erika More

ne 26th-40

To-die-for Sabin home in prime locale! Smooth, white walls + high ceilings + sublime finishes. This home will not disappoint. Wide-open kitchen with appropriate and timeless appointments. Gorgeous staircase. Fireplace. City deck + wrap-around porch. Walk + bike + ride to neighborhood amenities. Seeing it = believing it! 4407 NE 24th Ave Portland OR 97211 MLS# 15289299 bedrooms: 5+ bathrooms: 3 year built: 2013 schools: Sabin, Grant square feet: 3,592 lot size: 50 x 100 taxes: $10,316 Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042   More

When Everyone is Nice… 

Front Exterior

Sometimes you get lucky.  You get those transactions where everyone is gracious.  The buyers are kind.  The sellers are kind.  The listing agent is nice.  The neighbors are even nice!  And we at HouseLove always try very hard to be nice. Rob and Christy’s purchase of this beautiful 2006 custom built home on SW 27th Ave. was just such a transaction.  Everything just flowed like the lovely open floor plan of this home.  Rob and Christy were educated as to the Portland market and after looking at only one other home, they knew this was the one for them. And that, kind of, was that!  Yes, phone calls were made, emails were exchanged, and a few repair issues were worked out but when everyone is gracious, it tends to create some serious HouseLove. If you too, are looking for HouseLove, give us a call.  There’s a happy ending out there for you too!         More

Bucharest photo

Their cute ranch was bursting at the seams, but had served them well for many years. Giving away its convenient layout and amenities wasn’t going to be easy, but for sure a nice property would show up in the market and soon they would be enjoying their gorgeous new home, right? wrong! The plan was simple if it wasn’t for the long list of prerequisites, the right school district, the perfect layout, an easy to maintain mature backyard, a million dollar location (on a budget) and the list goes on. After more than 3 years looking for a home on their own, with an agent and on their own again, my customers and friends Iris and John called me asking for help. In a couple of months of serious searching, we found the perfect oasis in the West Hills to raise their family, relax after work and pamper their many friends. I plan to take full advantage of that pampering as I feel proud of... More

NE Knott Front Ext.

This crazy sexy, cool home was the talk of Parkrose Heights.  Its updated mid-century modern architecture and beautiful 1/4 acre lot was special enough to entice buyers to start to explore this cute neighborhood east of I-205.    Will there be more?  You betcha!   Parkrose Heights, which is ten minutes from downtown Portland,  is full of neat mid-century homes ready to be updated.   Did we spark your interest?  Hope so!  Call us so you can find HouseLove in a neighborhood you may have not considered before! Erika and Kari More

27th front

My introduction to Julie and Zubin was a simple matter of right place at the right time.  As I walked out of a new-construction home that I’d been previewing for a client I saw the two of them discretely looking up at the property from the sidewalk.  We exchanged a quick hello and I moseyed three doors down to another small housing development that was also partially constructed.  The pair too wandered over to the second set of homes and I couldn’t help but say hi.  Before I knew it the conversation was in full swing and they informed me that they were looking to sell their home in Southwest and move into something new on the East side of town.  My cards were in the car as I’d not anticipated running into strangers on the street with interest in real estate but twice during our conversation they requested my contact information so before we parted I gave them one of my bobble-head laden cards.... More