Blog Buyer Cool Cat Cinder Closes on Charming Condo

Cool Cat Cinder Closes on Charming Condo

By Mel Marzahl, November 9, 2019

“Cinder” is the name of the very lucky cat who will be inhabiting my most recent sale. His new home will be a studio condo in a vintage building in NW Portland. It comes with four big, sunny windows that overlook a courtyard. Perfect for lounging in sun spots and spying on birds from. He hopes his mom, Sylvia, will build him a shelf with a rope to climb up to the top of the 9.5 ft tall ceilings. Now that she has a parking spot, she can get home from work quickly to play and give pets. Since there’s a storage unit too, he expects they will never run out of cat treats and toys, as she can keep it well stocked for him.

Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of meeting Cinder just yet. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with his family though. I helped his owner, Sylvia, and her parents Katelyn and Michael, buy his new home. We looked all over NW Portland for a building with 1920s vintage charm. Sylvia loves the vibe of these old buildings with their high ceilings and ornate lobbies. Katelyn and Michael love that they are able to secure Sylvia (and Cinder) a nice place she can make her own.

After not being able to reach an agreement with the seller of a condo in another building, I was thrilled to see they found one that was an even better fit! The location is incredible, and other residents of the building we met all had great things to say about living there. When Katelyn, Sylvia, and I met at this place, I knew it was the right one. I took finding this one as a reminder that while a sale falling apart, is a bummer, it usually means there is another place out that’s even better!

I was so excited to meet the whole family yesterday evening. We went up to the condo to set up a little wine and cheese plate to welcome Sylvia home with. She met us there and we cheers to their closing on this charming vintage studio!

From what I’ve heard, Cinder will love it.


Mel Marzahl


A Pacific Northwest native, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What interested her most was realizing the significant financial impact the right investment property can make and learning how much having a home to truly call your own can improve your quality-of-life. Her specialties are working with first time home buyers and sellers but is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is also a CNE, or Certified Negotiations Expert, and knows that with all the technology available to buyers and sellers, one of the best skills a realtor can have is knowing how to be a collaborative negotiator in order to get the best for their clients. After a decade long career working in operations and client service for creative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mel earned her Oregon Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. Her philosophy in real estate is listen to her client’s needs and to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her buyers and sellers, many of whom become friends, and ensuring they get the highest level of service she is known for. With a background in art and events, Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table. She enjoys a remodel project, has a soft spot for Old Portland and 1900's craftsman houses, helping first time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on Portland real estate trends, but also technology and tools available to agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to researching and marketing properties, as well as communicating with her clients. When Mel is not working in real estate she is volunteering with the Red Cross, gardening, hosting dinner parties, or relaxing at home on Bull Mountain with her husband, Mike, and two big dogs, Indy and Jackson.
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