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Lovely in Alameda

By Sally Tansill, March 25, 2019

Lovely is defined as “exquisitely beautiful”.  Other synonyms include: beautiful, pretty, as pretty as a picture, attractive, good-looking, appealing, handsome, adorable, exquisite, sweet, personable, charming. 

From start to finish the transaction I just completed putting my wonderful clients into their Alameda home has been “lovely”, from the people to the home itself.  I am an east coast transplant and maintaining my connections to my friends and family has always been a top priority to me.  It was through one of these connections that I met my clients who were moving here from Massachusetts. Once we met in person and I understood where they were looking we began to narrow down their price range and aesthetic.  When a house came on the market that finally met their needs they decided to place an offer, but with humility thought they had no chance against a competing offer that came in at the same time.

When I received the call that the seller had accepted their offer and relayed the message there was genuine surprise on the other end.  The house represented more than just a purchase, but a journey that took two married physicians working in two different cities from the east coast to Portland and finally a home for them and their twin sons.  From beginning to end they have been a joy to work with, and when at the end of the deal the seller offered to give them some furniture my client said “Wow, the sellers seem like really lovely people”.  Somehow that turn of phrase seems like the perfect way to describe my clients, the home, and the couple who have maintained and taken care of this gem and have been so gracious.




Sally Tansill

Broker | OR


Sally moved to Portland with her family in 2012 from Brooklyn, NY, seeking an improved quality of life and a change of pace from her busy career in the sports industry. Moving with very little personal connection to the city was difficult and at times overwhelming, but she knew it would suit her lifestyle and be a place that reinforced the values she wanted for her children, and she was right! A mother of three (four, including her dog Eli), she has navigated new neighborhoods, schools, and other city resources and looks forward to sharing that knowledge with people looking to create or renew their own sense of place. The idea of "home" means something different to everyone and Sally's goal for her clients is to find the place where that word resonates for them. Every stage of life provides an element of transition and that often comes with a desire to change your surroundings. For some, it could be a question of space while for others it is changing scenery between the city and the country. Sally has lived in apartments, condominiums, teepees (long story), studios, rented houses, and now owns a home as well as a few rental properties with her husband in Portland. Sally is an avid skier and music fan and loves that this city provides the opportunity to pursue all of those interests in such an accessible way. Her sports loyalties still lie on the east coast, but she has caught the Portland Timbers bug and loves going to games with her family: the camaraderie is contagious! Ever the optimist, she believes that positive relationships and people are the key to personal and professional success, especially when it comes to real estate! She loves sharing her experience and wants to guide her clients to the place they call home.
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