Blog Stories A California Dream in Oregon!

A California Dream in Oregon!

By Sophie Ragsdale, August 9, 2020

Sarah and Dominick! These two! These two are from the small CA town of Nevada City. They love California! They talk about it all the time. The wild Nevada City landscape, the abandoned mines, the many musicians, and the thriving art scene. California is where they were raised, where their memories are, it’s what they know…

Then why did they decide to buy a home in Portland? Because they love Oregon more.

This Gresham home perfectly meets their creative needs. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s a three-bedroom (or a one-bedroom and 2 offices) with just the right amount of vintage charm and upgrades. Most importantly, this home has an expansive backyard where they can dig in. Both Sarah and Dominick have inspired green thumbs and are eager to make their garden grow. They have plans to build raised beds for herbs, berries, and vegetables. There is more than enough space in the back for an ADU, but more likely they will construct an earthy cottage workshop for costume making, painting, and soap production.

Finally, this sweet ranch home is just steps from the newly renamed Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park to commemorate a beloved Black community leader. This park underwent major improvements in 2014 owed to the city’s Parks Replacement Bond. The Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park is now 8 acres of gorgeousness and fun. Beat that California!

Sophie Ragsdale

Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


Sophie delivers thoughtful strategy and a deep knowledge of the Portland Metropolitan market. If you are a first-time homebuyer, Sophie will be there every step of the way, educating you on the home buying process and, most importantly, crafting you a winning offer. If home buying and selling is old hat, she is an excellent collaborator, intrepid seeker of creative solutions, replete with information and resources, and constant calm in a given storm. Sophie uses both intuition and intelligence to skillfully negotiate any transaction to an effective end. She gets her clients what they need. Born and raised in Portland, Sophie is a 5th generation Oregonian with a lifelong passion for real estate. She loves the unique challenge of every transaction and the relationships she makes along the way. After graduating from Vassar College in NY State, she found herself enjoying the hustle of life in Brooklyn where she lived and worked for over a decade. In addition to real estate, Sophie has worked in journalism and as a social worker, specializing in assisting older adults in housing crisis. Sophie’s experience in person-centered services prepared her to provide clients with a grounded space during the potentially wild ride of home buying and selling. She supports her clients in seeing the big picture while staying focused on the task at hand. Her ability to think creatively gives her an advantage, whether it be problem-solving during the negotiation process or marketing a property for sale. But she's no pushover. Her two years in Brooklyn and Manhattan real estate at the Corcoran Group were especially formative in honing her transaction skills. Sophie is the perfect balance of East Coast determination and West Coast chill, with a huge appreciation for the significance of Home. The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other's welcome - Derek Walcott
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