Blog Dog Lover From the mountains to Fairview

From the mountains to Fairview

By Benedict Samson, June 10, 2021

All photos courtesy of Rebekah Pierce and Catherine McDonald.

My former co-workers from when I was an Emergency Department nurse called me and asked if I could help them find a home.  They are not a couple but they are best friends that have bonded after meeting at a hospital in southern Illinois as well as a love for everything outdoors.  They rock climb, hike, bike, and mountaineer as well as travel all over the country and world for adventure.  They like spending time together so much that they wanted to move into a home where they can be close to each other but still have their own separate living spaces.

We started out with looking for land on Mt. Hood in Welches.  We started the process of how to verify buildable lots vs subdividable land.  Getting lenders friendly to this process and seeing if they could weather the process.  While doing this we looked at homes with potential for basement conversions into an apartment in Rhododendron to Brightwood.  We then started looking at duplexes in Gresham and beyond and that’s when we came upon this lovely duplex in Fairview with 2 fully finished units, parking, room for a garden, central to both of their places of employment, and close to all of their outdoor adventures.

I want to publicly say ‘congratulations’ and ‘thank you’ to Rebekah and Cathy for also reminding me to keep an eye on my goals and finding ways to achieve them.


Benedict Samson

Broker | OR

I have been told by many people that "Portlanders don't like outsiders". Well I'm not from here. I come from a place that rates high in food culture, architectural history, and questionable politics. It's called Chicago and I miss it a lot and loved being born and raised there. That being said, I am not going back. I came here to Portland for a visit and couldn't get it out of my mind. The proximity of Mt. Hood and all of its wonders, the food carts, the waterfalls, the Gorge...are just a few of the beautiful aspects of this state that spoke to me. I moved here in July 2013. The first year of living here I wondered if I would stay despite the aforementioned qualities of Portland and Oregon in general. The more I worked and had some introspective moments the more I realized, I'm staying because of the people. Portland and its people are nice. Plain old nice and proud. They are open and welcoming. They ask "What made you want to move here?" knowing that they want to share their reasons for living here. The air here is literally and figuratively clean. I've had multiple conversations with people about their love of Oregon and all it has to offer. A LITTLE MORE... I went to college for business, dropped out, went back and finished with a degree in healthcare. Then went back to finish my BS in Business Administration with a minor in International Finance. While working in some of the busiest Emergency Departments in Chicago, Manhattan, and San Francisco I was always searching for more. I co-founded a sports uniform business that supplied basketball uniforms to approximately 45 schools throughout the city of Chicago. After selling my shares to the co-founder I obtained my REALTOR® license in Chicago in July of 2007. I became rookie of the year for my company and fell in love with all things real estate. Now I'm here and have purposely waited to obtain my Portland REALTOR® license until I felt I could speak to clients about the neighborhoods, schools, personalities, and quirks of Portland. I want to share my knowledge and new found love for Portland and its people with others and help them find their LIVING ROOM.
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