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Coastal Dreamin’

By Alyssa Starelli, October 19, 2020

In these days of Covid-19 and lockdowns, shut downs, work-from-home, and the big social D, it’s not rare for a family to wish to evacuate to the Oregon Coast, but my clients Aron and Erin had this dream long, long ago. For many years, Aron waited and wished for a position to open up in his company which would allow him to transfer to Astoria, the town of his family’s dreams.  A small town with a lively brew-pub culture, a convenient walking/biking path through the whole of town, and a quick drive to the beach.  Essentially, a place with a small-town feel but an up-and-coming attitude.

Finally, and very rapidly, it happened! The job was offered, readily accepted and Aron was starting in mere weeks. The family had to list their home, get an offer, find a new home, buy/sell concurrently and !move! all while Aron was driving to Astoria from Portland, and back, each day. It was complete chaos, but sometimes chaos and timing yield GREAT things.

In this case, it yielded a three story town house with en-suite bedroom on each floor, a large balcony with a river view in the darling Mill Pond neighborhood. If you don’t know the Mill Pond neighborhood, it was previously a saw mill. Venerable Properties cleaned it up and turned it into a contemporary housing development built around the mill pond, with attractively designed mixed use housing and communal green space. It’s right along the shoreline of the mighty Columbia, and literally on the Astoria Riverwalk, so it’s conveniently located to downtown Astoria and one of the most beautiful multi-use paths (head East from Mill Pond, you won’t be sorry!) in Oregon.

I’d like to congratulate Aron and Erin and their family on a really great idea come to fruition! I expect they’ll find years of enjoyment in their new coastal lifestyle and I look forward to visits! Thank you for choosing me to be your REALTOR®.






Alyssa Starelli


A Portland native, Alyssa started her real estate career in the chaotic market of 2005, and quickly realized she reveled in matching particular clients with their perfect home, no matter how unusual. She then began specializing in mid-century properties - both Modern and Modest. More recently, she has included what she calls "Period-Perfect" homes to her repertoire. Her goal in this is to seek out those hard-to-find, unremodeled original homes of all eras. When I started in real estate, I realized there was a market for ranch homes, from Mid-Century Modern to the more modest Daylight Ranch, but few REALTORS® willing to service it. I started highlighting these 'Picks of the Week' on my website, introducing enthusiasts to the full gamut of midcentury houses of Portland. In 2006, I founded the Mid-Century Modern League in order to educate the public about the importance of preserving these gems. Today I continue to focus on Mid-Mod, but have added vintage, mostly unremodeled houses of earlier eras, which I call 'Period-Perfect', because they have interest to clients and are under-serviced too. Frankly, I enjoy seeking out any unusual or original elements a client might be interested in, it's a challenge to rise to." As Founder of the Mid-century Modern League, Alyssa is considered an authority in the local mid-century architecture scene, and is especially proud to include the Editors of Atomic Ranch Magazine in her past-client list. Often quoted in news and radio, she has been able to bring additional interest to her business, listings, and client's homes - many of which have been featured in magazines such as Atomic Ranch, Oregon Home, The Oregonian and also included on several local home tours. With a background in marketing, and an eye for the unique, Alyssa really enjoys buying and selling properties whose interesting features may be overlooked by other realtors, even (or especially) if those features aren't mentioned in the listing. As a hobby, Alyssa has issued herself a challenge to walk every residential street of Portland proper and document the best architecture specimens of each neighborhood. There are about 3500 square miles of Portland, and it's a big feat. By the time she finishes, she will have seen every house in Portland with her own eyes! You can follow her walks on her blog Portland-by-Foot. When off duty, you can find Alyssa at estate sales, honky tonks, her friend's cattle ranch, or seeking out ghost towns, roadtripping to the Oregon high-desert. A music fanatic and semi-retired booker/manager, Alyssa is heavily immersed in the western swing, old-school country, and rockabilly music scene, and you'll often find her out at shows, dancing, maybe even sharing her favorites on the radio. Alyssa Starelli 503-888-1362
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