Blog posts about Our Listings

The Valley of the Happy 


We sold a house in Happy Valley within three days of it going on the market. If you don’t know much about Happy Valley, you’ll be pleased to discover that it offers a little bit of everything. From miles and miles of stores to the annual Pickathon music festival held on an 86-acre farm. While Pickathon may be so very Portland, this festival could not happen in Portland. It would be something entirely different. Pickathon is happy in Happy Valley. Here’s how Pickathon answers the question of how to be the best music festival of the year for music lovers: “This question has driven us to highly refine an experience that is truly unique. Innovation has always been at the center of this process and through the years many important elements have come together; collaborating widely on yearly diverse lineups that are built on the idea of great music being the sole criteria; refining six unique performance venues designed to create juxtaposing alternate realities; trusting... More

SE 29th

  This was the news that I broke to both my buyers and the listing agent after our home inspection.   Crap!  Not good, not good at all, and none of us saw it coming. The house had been expanded upon years ago, with a new breakfast nook bump-out and attached converted garage space, but had recently undergone a gorgeous remodel, with new and beautiful everything.  It was only after asking the seller to make access to the two parts of the crawl space under the bump-outs, that we found wood to earth framing that was rotten.  I thank the stars I pushed for this access for my clients, had I not, they would have bought a house with major rot and an expensive repair down the road. The accommodating seller installed new footings and concrete walls under the problem parts of the home.  Work was done with permits, to an engineers satisfaction, and done within one month from the time we uncovered the mess. ... More


A delightful surprise! This beautifully updated home has been remodeled from the inside out! The interior boasts green features features including bamboo floors, double paned windows, zonal heating, dual flush toilets, and energy efficient appliances. Large master bedroom has two closets, vaulted ceiling, and chic private bathroom.  Two additional bedrooms are a great size with their own closets and a full shared bathroom with stylish finishes. Thoughtful landscaping maximizes outdoor living and creates several different entertainment areas. Enjoy two decks, a patio, fire pit, large fenced backyard, manicured flower beds, and a 14 x 14 studio with electricity. New roof, siding, windows, doors, and carpet in 2012. Polished finishes throughout and all appliances are all included. Great central location with highway and public transport access. The epitome of move in ready! $259,900 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms 11620 SW 13th St, Beaverton, Oregon, 97005 ML# 14549764 Laurie Gilmer Broker Licensed in Oregon Living Room Realty 503-347-3565 More

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2144 NE 23rd Ave Portland OR 97212 Irvington Colonial Classic on premier street in 97212. This move-in ready home has not been on the market in nearly 40 years & well worth the wait! Located on desirable NE 23rd, this 1923-built home features a new kitchen, newer master bath, beautiful wood floors, open staircase, fireplace & high ceilings. Full-width front porch. Rear deck & Sunset-Mag-worthy landscaping. Built-ins, bookshelves, coat & linen closets, unfinished basement with potential. This home is in excellent condition. See complete listing here. mls# 14004699 lot size: 50 x 100 square feet: 3,200 bedrooms: 3 bathrooms: 2.1 year built: 1923 schools: Irvington, Grant Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More

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I write this blog post at 2:30 PM with glass of wine in hand (yes, that’s right). This tale is one of moving to Portland and the first home I ever purchased and lived in for 12 years with my ex partner, which just recently sold. I found the house before I ever had a real estate license, on my own, by scouring the SE Hawthorne/Mt. Tabor Neighborhood on my bike, camera and notebook slung across my shoulder, whizzing around the hood looking for a dilapidated fixer that I might be able to afford.  Spending back-to-back Summers in Juneau Alaska working 5 jobs at the same time, we had saved enough cash for a healthy down payment.  My sweetie and I would be able to move out of our rental in NE Kerns, ditch our Evil Kenevil-neighbor-next-door, and settle with our yellow lab Alvah and grow a garden. I hand wrote 400 letters to folks with run-down-fixer homes and 18 people responded.  Mind you, this... More

new seasons on lombard

Portland’s rapid gentrification has been a hot topic of debate in the past couple years.  Neighborhoods have been changing quickly as old buildings have been torn down and new buildings constructed in their place.  New bars, restaurants, and grocery stores have been eagerly filling in these vacancies.  With new places to shop, eat, and drink where there once was none before Portland has seen shifts in preference and popularity of trendy neighborhoods.  For years Portlanders have whispered and wondered when these changes would reach out as far north as St. Johns.  With the announcement that New Seasons is officially expanding and has planned its newest store on N Westana and N Lombard this talk is only going to get louder.  Having just sold a house in St. Johns these thoughts are fresh on my mind.  Click the link, enjoy this article, and read the comments as locals, critics and fans alike, debate how the arrival of New Seasons will affect their community.  New Seasons announces... More

1030 NW 12th Ave #129

This one bedroom, one bathroom loft at the Streetcar Condominiums is the height of industrial design with 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, poured concrete floors and French doors that open onto an European-style patio. This rare 9 ft by 16th courtyard patio is spacious and boasts lots of natural light.  Walkable to some of the city’s best bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores.  Also easy access to Union Station, the Max, the streetcar, and buses.  Unit comes with its own deeded parking space, storage unit, high end finishes, custom Murphy bed, walk-in closet, and all appliances included.  Streetcar lofts feature top rated schools, comprehensive HOA, fitness room, community room, and secure building access. Enjoy this sanctuary in the heart of the Pearl! $295,00 | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms 1030 NW 12th Ave #129, Portland, Oregon, 97209 ML# 14124819 Laurie Gilmer Broker Licensed in Oregon Living Room Realty 503-347-3565 More

Sweet new listing in wonderful St. Johns Neighborhood 6935 N Philadelphia Ave. OPEN HOUSE Saturday the 16th from 12:00 till 2:00 Sunday the 17th from  2:00 till 4:00 Tracy Dau Old House Specialist 971.275.0387   More

5930 NE Sumner

This move in ready Cully vintage charmer is centrally located to 42nd Ave, Alberta Arts District, Cascade Station, and I-205.  Large landscaped side, front, and backyard with a covered deck off of the dining room creates an oasis in the city. This home boasts an easy living floor plan with hardwood floors, large living room, separate dining room, spacious master bedroom, second bedroom, and full bathroom on main floor. Cute period kitchen has been updated with granite counters and glass tile back splash. Two additional non-conforming bedrooms, renovated full bathroom, laundry room, ample sized bonus room, and storage downstairs. All appliances included! This gem is not to be missed! $274,900 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms 5930 NE Sumner Ave, Portland, Oregon, 97218 ML# 14352673 Laurie Gilmer Broker Licensed in Oregon Living Room Realty 503-347-3565 More

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3321 SE Kelly Street $449,000 It stays nice and cool in this retro hip basement.  Stop by and take a break from the heat. While you are there check out the rest of this vintage Richmond Bungalow.  3 bedrooms/2 baths, master suite, open dining/kitchen area hardwood floors thru out.  Sweet bungalow in a great neighborhood!       Diane Moreau, broker 503 680 5836   More