Blog Buyer Overlook Decolow: When Bungalow and Deco Meet

Overlook Decolow: When Bungalow and Deco Meet

By Sophia Rosenberg, June 24, 2019

Chris and Andrea are transplants from Los Angeles and after settling in the Pacific Northwest for the last six months, were sold on Portland and ready to start looking for their new home: what would turn out to be a 1942 Overlook Bungalow with some serious Deco flare.

Andrea is an architect and has an eye for design. They both wanted to be able to commute via public transportation – her to downtown and him to OHSU, so we began by looking at neighborhoods that would offer them a less than an hour commute via bus or train.

It was also important for them to have a house with character and a yard, no shared wall, bathtub, two toilets, fireplace and walkability. I loved that they knew what they wanted!

They basically manifested this darling Overlook Bungalow-Deco (Bungaleco? Decolow?) that had been sitting on the market for awhile.

We scooped it up for a great price, negotiated an additional credit and repairs, and they’re closing in time to enjoy Portland’s perfect summer. Bonus: the lender waived appraisal, which means it really was a steal.

Andrea has plans for the hardwoods and kitchen, and I’m so excited to see what they do with it. There are so many beautiful original details, but the deco doorways get me every time I’m there.  And, they even had a view of the downtown from their Master attic space.

These two were dream clients: decisive, design-savvy, and witty. I find myself laughing every time I get to spend time with them (note to self: find more sarcastic/witty/dry clients).

Looking for a Decolow? Or to buy or sell in Portland? Reach out here.

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Sophia Rosenberg

Earth Advantage & ADU Specialist Broker

Home, hospitality and community have long been signposts to Sophia’s heart, and they also happen to represent key stages of her life so far. As a young, up-and-coming designer, she put an interior architecture degree from the University of California to work managing the design and styling of new openings for the popular Kimpton Hotels brand. After completing Babson’s renowned entrepreneurial MBA program, Sophia began creating the marketing and branding plans for a host of new luxury hotels — including Joie de Vivre’s beloved boutique hotels — as director of branding for a hospitality group founded by the Hyatt scion John Pritzker. But amid all the travel and excitement, she began to feel a desire to be closer to “a community I’m proud to call home while helping families find their perfect place.” Her first home was a 1938 English cottage that she successfully renovated, decorated and sold. And as she turned from creating homes away from home, to home sweet home, it turns out that real estate brings it all together for her: Nimble management skills. A passion for design. Love of community. An accredited Earth Advantage Real Estate Broker and ADU Specialist, she offers clients an abundance of green home expertise with hands-on experience creating backyard cottages (check out her charming loft on AirBnB). Among clients and colleagues alike, she’s known as much for her tenacity and enthusiasm for negotiating and navigating multiple offers as she is for nurturing and maintaining relationships long after her deals are closed.
When she’s not helping her clients, you’ll find her renovating her 1911 Four Square, shopping vintage and spending time outdoors with Maya, Archie and Danny — her young daughter, son and sneaker obsessed husband.
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