Blog Buyer For the Love of Pho

For the Love of Pho

By James Peterson, September 25, 2019

Portland is known for it’s diverse and eclectic neighborhoods. You’ve got the Alberta Arts, the vibrant Pearl, the shopping and date night mecca of the Alphabet District…but I’m christening the stretch of Sandy from 61st to 70th Portland’s Pho Neighborhood!

As the leaves start to change and a chill is in the air, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of hot comforting Pho!

Taking a gut-busting tour of this stretch, we start with Pho Corner. Pho Corner is devoted to serving customers mouthwatering dishes that feature the highest quality ingredients available. One block away is Pho An Sandy,  which has the top rated bowl in town by Fearless Critic. A few more blocks North on Sandy, you’ll stop at Yen Ha – serving up steaming bowls of pho since 1984. They have a lounge next door if you need a beer break (or perhaps a nap?) I hope you’ve saved room, last stop on our tour is Mekah – voted the #1 best bowl of pho by the Oregonian! Their reasoning? “The broth is sweet but not cloying, with lots of clove and star anise and a healthy shake of black pepper. The meat and toppings are tasty and abundant. The noodles are thin and smoothly, nicely cooked – elegant noodles. The condiments include the classics of sriracha, hoisin, chili oil, soy and fish sauce, and also includes the signature house garlic condiment.”

Ok – maybe 4 bowls of pho in one night is a little excessive….but luckily for my buyers their new home is smack dab in the middle of this steamy stretch and they can have their pick of pho anytime!


James Peterson

Broker | OR & WA

As a licensed real estate broker, James Peterson is passionate about connecting clients with the home that fits their needs, lifestyle and personality. James recognizes the uniqueness of the greater Portland market; its diverse neighborhoods, each with their own vibes and quirks, makes finding the ideal property for a client an exciting and rewarding challenge. James has a true passion for this vibrant city—its people, spaces, architecture, and communities. Combined with his love of design, attention to detail, and creative use of spaces, this passion allows him to bring joy to clients’ lives through real estate. James is also motivated by the nuances of the delicate art of negotiation, the hunt for the right property, and the thrill of closing a deal that satisfies both buyers and sellers. He has chosen to be a part of Living Room Realty, a Certified B Corporation, because it reflects his own values of responsibility and sustainability by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. His philosophy of excellence, enthusiasm, honesty and reliability, unites with his tireless drive to make him a truly dedicated real estate broker. James’ work philosophy has been broadened by his experience as a volunteer fire fighter, EMT, family grief counselor, ICU nurse, and anesthesia provider. Additionally, as the owner of JP Investment Properties LLC, James is experienced in the building and design aspect of the real estate market through construction and project management, home remodeling, and bringing investors and builders together on projects. A devoted family man, James has used this experience to renovate his own family dwelling through home remodeling and the addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) designed to enhance the space in which his family lives, works, and plays. James understands that finding time for play is, of course, an essential part of life. He is an outdoor enthusiast and reenergizes through backpacking and mountaineering; road, cyclocross, and mountain biking; snowboarding; and scuba diving. He also satisfies his creative urge through landscape design and gardening as well as craft brewing. For James, life is about finding balance, discovering harmony, and seeking joy amidst the many demands of modern society. It is this same balance, harmony, and joy that he strives to foster in the lives of his clients.
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