Blog Stories Then and Now: A Pictorial History of a Portland Home.

Then and Now: A Pictorial History of a Portland Home.

By Living Room Realty, August 28, 2018

Our homes carry history. Especially when they are something that has been passed down through generations, like this one did. Bought in 1936 for $3,700, this home has seen the city grow and change from a small town into the boisterous city it it now. It’s been standing through presidents, wars, fashion trends, and neighborhood transformations.

After housing 4 generations of the Kefsky family, it was time to let this gem take on a new life. The sellers were kind enough to share some family photos of the home throughout the years.

Originally the owners had an extra lot next to them that they used as a giant garden. They were famous for having the best corn and cucumbers and squash around, and the neighbors would come by and purchase their veggies from the family. One of the most distinctive things about their garden was that it was ringed with the biggest, brightest dahlias. When they eventually downsized the garden, the neighborhood certainly felt the loss of their private farmers market.

In 1968 or 1969 there was a particularly massive snowstorm that blanketed the area. The first two photos here are from earlier years before a storm on Columbus Day in 1962 took out the pergola in the front of the house.

And just for fun, here are a couple extra cute shots of the family inside the home. The style has changed but the bones are still there!

This home was an joy to sell, and I am so honored to have been part of the transition of this well-loved and well-lived house.

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