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From Seattle to this North Portland Charmer

By Scott Shoji, July 28, 2020

Some closings are better than others. This one, is one of the good ones. A little over a year since I helped him sell his condo downtown, I got to help my good friend Matt and his partner Libby, on their purchase of this wonderful North Portland Stunner.

If you haven’t gotten the memo, it’s been crazy out there in the Real Estate Market. Matt and Libby started their search in the midst of this Pandemic and right at a time that the limited inventory and pent up Buyer demand came to a head and everyone on the West Coast started to shop for a home in Portland. They made offers on 3 homes prior to this, all multiple offer situations, all ones they lost out on, with the last one coming close and they were offered back-up position. While waiting for that one to sort itself out, they saw this one hit the market and it spoke to them. Stunning updates, amazing back yard, fairly quiet pocket in an area that most people would not have considered. The made the drive down from Seattle to check it out on a long weekend of looking at properties and this was the best of the bunch. Tasteful updating, and a backyard that you felt like you were in your own garden oasis. Another positive, I happened to know the listing broker on this one, one Gabrielle Enfield of Living Room Realty, my colleague who happened to start at LRR at the same time as I did. To date, we had not had an opportunity to do business together, but here was our chance. I can confirm what I already knew, Gab is an extremely hard working professional and a master at her craft. She knows the North Portland market well and I was pleased to have her as my counterpart on this transaction.

Due to the nature of what needs to be offered in the current market, my clients will take possession in early September, so this post will be updated at that time when I can give you their happy faces in front of the home. Until then, enjoy the stunning photos of this lovely property and Congrats to Matt and Libby! I can’t wait to hand you keys!





Scott Shoji

Broker | OR


Hello! My name is Scott Shoji and I am a licensed Oregon Real Estate Broker. I began my journey into Real Estate in 2005 specializing in new development mixed-use buildings & condos in Portland’s urban core. I was part of the sales teams for the Eliot Tower and The Westerly while at Debbie Thomas Real Estate, gaining first-hand knowledge of how a high-rise building is constructed from the ground up. Seeing all phases of the design, build, and sales process for condominium development helped frame my knowledge of the condo market. I am very familiar with most condo buildings in Portland and have published extensive market research on them for years. Before joining Living Room Realty, I worked with a top producing team that eventually became a boutique brokerage based out of the South Waterfront. This opportunity allowed me to expand my knowledge of not only the residential buildings in the area, but the ethos and vision of the community. I unequivocally loved being a condo owner and living in the heart of Downtown Portland where I took advantage of walking to farmers’ markets, concerts, festivals and food carts. Now living in a single-family home in the west-side suburbs of Portland, I enjoy watching my daughter ride her bike and my wife attempt to weed our garden. I feel like I can truly speak to the different experiences that each can offer and relate to buyers and sellers no matter what lifestyle they choose. I am a California transplant, having trekked North to earn degrees in English Literature & Business at the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!) I have lived in Oregon on and off since 1996 and permanently made Portland my home in 2005. It is the love of this city that has welcomed me into its quirky arms that fuels my desire to help others find the same. Why Portland? The seasons! Leaves changing colors, the crisp winter air, lush green forests that convince you of another adventure. A thriving food scene where every other corner celebrates an up-and-coming chef, barista, or brewer. There is something so very accessible about Portland that charms and endears me. It feels intimate and easily accessed for a “big“ city. Where walking and cycling are embraced as popular modes of transportation and you are a short drive from the ocean, mountains, rivers and forests. What are you doing in your free time? You can usually find me artfully dodging or skillfully kicking rubber balls in my adult Dodgeball and Kickball leagues. I try and keep youthful at heart and these leagues help with that. Otherwise, I can be found tackling my untamable garden, improving my photography skills, or hiking the Pacific Northwest with my wife, Chelsea, and daughter, Elora and son, Auryn. Favorite Place Traveled To? This is probably a tie between Mürren, Switzerland, a picturesque mountain town deep in the Swiss Alps where I proposed to my wife, or Cambodia, where I experienced one of the most vibrant cultures traveling with my brother and sister. What can always be found close to you? A cup of black coffee and my computer. Why Real Estate? I have always loved the feeling of home. It is both a sense of place and a feeling of comfort. I find immense enjoyment in being able to help people find their home, whether that is handing over the keys to that very first home purchase, or helping someone take the next steps in life by selling the place that memories were made in. Not many careers can give that sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
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