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Historic Irvington Craftsman: If these walls could talk…

By Sally Tansill, February 9, 2021

Much of real estate for buyers is based on a gut feeling, “Can I live here?”, “Does this feel like home?” and a large part of the answer lies in the warmth and construction of the home itself. Sometimes you can just feel the love.

When I first had the pleasure of walking through my listing in Historic Irvington, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful craftsmanship, but more than that it was the warmth and care that radiated from the walls. My client called this house home for more than 20 years and it has been the place where children were raised, tears were shed, and it also bore witness to the resilience of love and hope.

As I walked the stairs and rooms I could feel kid’s footsteps behind me, laughter, secret hideouts being discovered, and conversations around the kitchen table. The layout of the house is classic, but the details are the heart of the house. Remodeled with care the updates reflect modern living but maintain the thoughtful attention to detail the owners put in at every turn.

I am truly honored to represent my client on this sale. The sale represents a major transition for this family, but they are moving on in joy positivity and what is better than that.

Sally Tansill

Broker | OR


Sally moved to Portland with her family in 2012 from Brooklyn, NY, seeking an improved quality of life and a change of pace from her busy career in the sports industry. Moving with very little personal connection to the city was difficult and at times overwhelming, but she knew it would suit her lifestyle and be a place that reinforced the values she wanted for her children, and she was right! A mother of three (four, including her dog Eli), she has navigated new neighborhoods, schools, and other city resources and looks forward to sharing that knowledge with people looking to create or renew their own sense of place. The idea of "home" means something different to everyone and Sally's goal for her clients is to find the place where that word resonates for them. Every stage of life provides an element of transition and that often comes with a desire to change your surroundings. For some, it could be a question of space while for others it is changing scenery between the city and the country. Sally has lived in apartments, condominiums, teepees (long story), studios, rented houses, and now owns a home as well as a few rental properties with her husband in Portland. Sally is an avid skier and music fan and loves that this city provides the opportunity to pursue all of those interests in such an accessible way. Her sports loyalties still lie on the east coast, but she has caught the Portland Timbers bug and loves going to games with her family: the camaraderie is contagious! Ever the optimist, she believes that positive relationships and people are the key to personal and professional success, especially when it comes to real estate! She loves sharing her experience and wants to guide her clients to the place they call home.
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