I have lived in Portland my entire life and spent the last 20 years in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood of SE Portland.

As such, I know inner SE like the back of my hand and I am very familiar with most neighborhoods in the Portland metro area.

After almost 25 years filling people’s homes with great design and art I shifted my love of finding great things, for great people, towards Real Estate. My eye for quality and attention to detail serves both my buyers and sellers equally.

As a business owner most of my life, I understand the concepts of problem solving, coordination with others, and hard work.

I always say…”Great things rarely come from a 40 hour work week.” If you want a Portland native who is hard working, responsive, and compassionate – give me a call. I look forward to working with you to find that perfect home or that perfect buyer for yours whether the house be Craftsmen, Modern, brand new, or a fixer.

Martin's Testimonials

My husband and I recently bought our first home with the assistance of Martin Cross at Living Room Realty. Our entire experience was fantastic! Well, I mean, buying a home in Portland certainly has its ups and downs, and we definitely had a few challenges to overcome, but Martin was there with us every step of the way. We couldn't have accomplished this dream of ours without his help! We're so glad we used Living Room to buy our first home, and would heartily recommend Martin and the entire team to anyone looking for a realtor in Portland.

Jacinda F.

I am now settling into my new home up in the trees and I could not be happier with Martin Cross and all he did to help me get here. I enlisted him almost a year ago with a small budget, strict school rating requirements, and a strong love of the place I was renting, but I couldn't afford another rental increase. I asked the impossible of Martin and he found me my treehouse!  Then we took on the bureaucratic mess of purchasing a foreclosed property! It took us two and a half months to close with Fannie Mae. Martin spent hours sorting out and meeting contractors to assess issues that the inspection brought up to make sure I had all the information I needed.  He even talked Fannie Mae's realtor into getting lender required repairs done! His kindness and attention to detail throughout the process made a very stressful situation manageable. This is my first home purchase all on my own and I am so glad I chose Martin Cross and Living Room Realty to help me make it a reality!

Mari W.

I used Martin Cross as my realtor for selling one house and buying another and I’m so glad I did!. Honestly, both selling and buying (let alone doing both at once) was super stressful. But I'm so glad I had Martin's help, because it made everything more manageable. I  ended up getting a great price for my old place and finding a new place I love - there couldn't have been a better outcome. He had a wealth of knowledge about how to fix up my old place and was endlessly patient driving me around town to look at new houses. While I hope I won't be moving again anytime soon, if I do I'll be using Martin for sure.

Stella H. 

Martin's Articles

Time in nature is essential to my sanity!

Martin Cross

For me, the life of a realtor is often seven days a week 10 hours a...

Most things can be fixed, even if they are dead!

Martin Cross

With time, patience, and a little (or a lot of) money, most things can be fixed....

From Thinking to Skinny in 82 Days.

Martin Cross

“I’ve been researching homebuying and I thought of you.“ That was the message I got from...

Vancouver Pending in Three Days!!

Martin Cross

This charming ranch in Historic Hudson Bay close to Officer’s Row and downtown Vancouver went like...

Josh & Karley couldn’t be happier!

Martin Cross

Josh & Karley couldn’t be happier!! Their needs for a first home were simple. A solid,...

Rare Opportunity! 2 Homes, 1 Lot ~ Inner SE Portland!

Martin Cross

1816 SE Taylor Street, Portland OR 97214 – Listed at $849,000   Fantastic Investment Opportunity: Could be part...

Sometimes it’s all about the backyard!

Martin Cross

  Grant and Bryce we’re looking for their first home in Portland. They gave me a...

JUST LISTED! Darling FOPO Bungalow!

Martin Cross

7325 SE Insley St. Portland, Or. 97206  This darling FOPO bungalow sits on a quiet street...

When The Neighbor Asks….

Martin Cross

Generally speaking, when the neighbor asks… “would you like to buy our house before we put...

Light, Bright & Airy!!

Martin Cross

JUST LISTED! This contemporary styled two bedroom home has soaring vaulted ceilings that give it a...

JUST LISTED! Multnomah Village Charmer!!

Martin Cross

Lovely 1970s home with tons of original charm. Great floor plan, lovely yard with mature plantings...


Martin Cross

Perched on a hill above greenspace, this home is truly unlike no other.  The wall of windows...

So many questions, so little time…..

Martin Cross

Home shopping can bring up many potential issues, ideas for home improvement and remodeling projects and...

From Reno to Portland in 33 days.

Martin Cross

From Reno to Portland in 33 days. Matt and Eliese found out in mid-September that due...

I Don’t Love Fall.

Martin Cross

I know it’s an unpopular opinion but I simply don’t love fall. Sure, I love the...

What are you nuts? You want to buy a house the same month you get married?

Martin Cross

Nicky and Nigel have been saving for years to buy a house in the spring following...

Beautiful Vancouver Custom Home on Private Culdesac!

Martin Cross

612 NW 70th Circle, Vancouver, Wa. 98665 2 living rooms, gas fireplace, charming open kitchen w/...

Orange Ya Glad You Found This Lovely Lents Ranch!

Martin Cross

5144 SE 85th Ave. Portland, Ore. 97266 This lovely Lents ranch has been skillfully restored and...

No Two Transactions Are Alike!

Martin Cross

It’s true what they say, no two transactions are alike. While, most real estate transactions have...

Make Your Riverfront Dreams Come True! ~ Rare Opportunity on .96 acres!

Martin Cross

Come build your dreams here! Charming 1940’s bungalow on .96 acres of prime, dividable, Willamette riverfront...

Just Listed! Marvelous Milwaukie Midcentury with Separate Apartment!

Martin Cross

Classic 1955 daylight ranch with full apartment downstairs! A Milwaukie midcentury just loaded with charm! This...

What’s a Sedge you say?

Martin Cross

What do you do when you want to retire in a small home? Preferably with a...

Think outside the box.

Martin Cross

A single family home isn’t always the answer. Sometimes the answer will lie in a multi-family...

The best $15 burger in Portland…. for only $12

Martin Cross

Portland is Burger town. Burgers come in as many styles and configurations, and the debates over best...

Need some love? How about some, Mid-century Love, in Vancouver!

Martin Cross

From the moment you enter this exceptional mid-century home you will fall in love with the...

A love hate relationship with fall

Martin Cross

  I have a love hate relationship with fall. I love the bite in the air,...

Just Listed! Laurelhurst Foursquare, Charming As The Day is Long!!

Martin Cross

This grand, old Portland foursquare is as charming as the day is long. Nestled right in...

Google Maps Is Your Friend!

Martin Cross

Most people know that Google maps exists. Most people know about Google Street view. Surprisingly, I...

Be Prepared When The Right Place Comes Along

Martin Cross

Most people spend a lot of time daydreaming about what their new house will look like....

Rare Opportunity! 2 Homes, 1 Lot ~ Inner SE

Martin Cross

OPEN HOUSES: Sat, 5/5 from 12pm – 3 pm, & Tues, 5/8 from 11 am –...


Martin Cross

Tons of potential here! 3 bedroom + bonus, 2 bath. Restore the original charming features of...

Shut up!! 4 Bedrooms?! Near Intel?!

Martin Cross

JUST LISTED ~ $379,000 5628 NE Caddis Dr. Hillsboro, Or. 97124 Yup! That’s right. Not only...

Help me find my Barbie dream house!

Martin Cross

When Lara called me up and said she wanted me to help her buy a house,...

When you need a friend… In Washington!

Martin Cross

Tristan and Elke found their way to me through another Realtor who needed someone to help...


Martin Cross

          4306 NE Skidmore Street, Portland OR 97218 This adorable Beaumont Wilshire...

Contact Martin