Blog Buyer Think outside the box.

Think outside the box.

By Martin Cross, January 7, 2019

A single family home isn’t always the answer. Sometimes the answer will lie in a multi-family home. How about buying something with more flexibility like an old Portland style duplex? I’m not talking about your standard, side by side, 1950’s duplex (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but this story is about a charming Old Portland, Craftsman or Bungalow style duplex!

A home like this not only gives you all that added charm and character but can provide more options than a single family home. They can be part owner-occupied and part rental either as a month to month or AirBnB. Multi-generational; put mom and dad downstairs and your family up. Multi-friend; some people are finding that buying a duplex with friends is one solution to the cost of housing. Or keep one half for nanny’s quarters while you need them and then rent it once the kids have grown.  Lastly, many of these homes also come with basements for even more space and flexibility to use as storage, a play room or to convert to an ADU.

So whether you’re looking for options because your property search has stagnated or you started off looking for a multi family home, always remember, sometimes it pays to think outside the box.

Martin Cross

Broker | OR & WA


I have lived in Portland my entire life and spent the last 20 years in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood of SE Portland. As such, I know inner SE like the back of my hand and I am very familiar with most neighborhoods in the Portland metro area. After almost 25 years filling people's homes with great design and art I shifted my love of finding great things, for great people, towards Real Estate. My eye for quality and attention to detail serves both my buyers and sellers equally. As a business owner most of my life, I understand the concepts of problem solving, coordination with others, and hard work. I always say..."Great things rarely come from a 40 hour work week." If you want a Portland native who is hard working, responsive, and compassionate - give me a call. I look forward to working with you to find that perfect home or that perfect buyer for yours whether the house be Craftsmen, Modern, brand new, or a fixer.
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