Blog Buyer Just Sold: A Streetcar "Loft" Called Desire

Just Sold: A Streetcar “Loft” Called Desire

By Scott Shoji, January 20, 2022


1030 NW 12th Ave #210
Portland, OR 97209

SOLD AT: $299,900


I met Austin by way of introduction by my colleague Bonnie Roseman. She was in a pinch and needed some assistance with someone familiar with condos. Austin was only in town for a weekend trip, and had set aside one day to do a tour-de-force of condo tours and I was lucky enough to be available to take him around the urban core of Portland and see a variety of homes that fit his budget and needs. We ranged from the Central Business District, to the Waterfront, Old Town, the Pearl District, NW Portland, Lloyd District, and areas of SE Portland as well. Austin was able to weigh the pros and cons of the various buildings, the associated HOA amounts (which varied greatly), and the difference between something built from the ground up in the last 20 years vs apartment conversions which ranged to almost 50-100 years old. The great thing about Austin was that he absorbed everything I relayed to him evenly, and processed it in a very thorough analysis of what worked best for him.

When we wrapped up, he landed on the decision to make an offer on a studio loft at the Streetcar Loft Condominiums in the North end of the Pearl District. Built in 2001, this iconic building sits along NW Lovejoy and features the large letters “GO BY STREETCAR” displayed on a corner of the building. Perfectly situated along the streetcar line, a few blocks away from grocery stores, shopping, and restaurants, this was a perfect mix of what Austin was looking for. It was also built to newer standards, than many of the other conversions we had seen, and included a rooftop garden, gym, and common room as part of the building Amenities.

We worked with Ethan Sackfield of the Mike Maier Mortgage Team with Fairway Mortgage on the financing side, and he hit it out of the park. His communication to all parties kept us up to date on where things were from their side, and had loan docs out and were ready to close early if we desired. In Real Estate transactions, we tend to get a bit jaded and expect the sky to fall any minute, but that was never the case here and it was a welcome change (and feeling) to not have to worry about anything at the 11th hour.

Lauren Sheehan and her team at the Sheehan Home Group of EXP Realty, LLC. did a wonderful job representing the Seller and were great on communication, follow-up and ability to put a deal together. I hope I have the chance to work with them again.

Congrats and welcome home Austin!




all photos courtesy of Lauren Sheehan of EXP Realty, LLC

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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