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Pioneering Portland

By Daniela Sardo, September 20, 2019

The move west

Diane contacted me from Ohio wanting to relocate nearer her son. Her son purchased a year earlier in Portland’s Foster Powell neighborhood. Foster Powell known fondly as FOPO has grown dramatically over the past several years, pricing out many new home buyers.  Diane decided on Lents just to the east. With a Walk Score of 53, a Bike Score of 73, service by many Tri-met bus lines, Max Green Line and proximity to I-205, Lents is perfectly situated in the center of all that is Portland with its shift eastward.

A pioneering town

An incredibly vibrant and diverse neighborhood, Lents was originally conceived of as an individual town known at that time as Lent. By 1912, Lent had grown to almost ten thousand residents and Portland chose to annex her. In so doing, being so far to the east, it was easy to lose site of the neighbors far from view of the city. City services were few in terms of maintenance and modernization.

The wheels of progress

When the freeway was constructed, it divided the Lents neighborhood in two.  Running essentially right through what was once Lent town center.  Hundreds of homes made way for the new freeway and the surrounding area fell into disrepair.  As the urban growth boundary moved eastward and home buyers searched for more affordable housing opportunities, more attention was given to the idea of revitalizing urban areas deteriorated with time. Considerable development opportunities poured into Lents. Doors opened for developers, home buyers and small business owners.  Lents suddenly began its climb to what I refer to as the new frontier.

Remembering back to the day when my ex-husband taught in the neighborhood elementary, I told everyone buy in Lents.  I only wish I had taken my own advice.  To this day however, I tell my clients that Lents is one of the few affordable neighborhoods left in the city.  Diane is one of the lucky ones, finding an incredibly cute bungalow with a magnificent yard and incredible potential.  She is happily within a few blocks walking distance to her son and can enjoy all that Lents and its surrounding commercial areas can offer. Get one while it’s hot!

Daniela Sardo

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

You might see me riding my motorcycle down a long winding Oregon country road in Eagle Creek, or scooting in-and-out of traffic in NE Portland, as I make my way through Last Thursday on Alberta. When given the chance, I’m exploring the different neighborhoods and communities that make Oregon a beautiful place to live, and the place that I call home. With an advanced degree in education and many years experience in the high-tech industry, I have the drive and experience to take people through the ever-changing landscape of Real Estate. I began my career well over 10 years ago and realized the  passion I have in working with both buyers and sellers. I’m known for outstanding client service, extensive availability, and am a skilled negotiator with my client’s best interests at heart. I believe it is my duty to represent my clients to the best of my ability but also to educate them throughout every step of the process armed with the information to make the best decisions possible. My business is 100% referral based and I count each and every client I have worked with as a friend today. I am an experienced Realtor in first-time home buying, short sales, HUD and bank owned properties.
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