Blog Stories To the Mountain in Your Yard

To the Mountain in Your Yard

By Dill Ward, September 4, 2020

The snow-topped peak of Mt Hood on the eastern horizon is a familiar sight for those in the Portland Metro Area. Our horizon is dotted with volcanoes. If you’re lucky, on a clear day you can spot Mt Hood, the flat-topped Mt St. Helens, Mt Rainier to the North, as well as Mt Adams and Mt Jefferson.

With all this amazing natural beauty surrounding us we often claim in Oregon that one of the things we love about living here is that volcanic hikes are practically right in our backyard. Sometimes, it is genuinely true!

I recently worked with a client in a beautiful spot in the East Hill neighborhood of Gresham. The property itself is on a great cul-de-sac and has an amazing backyard. However, just beyond the back fence is a whole world of close-to-home nature to explore. East Hill sits amongst the East Buttes, dormant cinder cones that are part of the much larger Boring Lava Field.

That’s right, volcanoes aren’t just skyline decoration, they’re in your yard.

The Boring Lava field includes famously Mount Tabor, Powell Butte and Rocky Butte in Portland but most of the lava field’s 80 (dormant!) cones are topped innocuously with houses and neighborhoods. The few cones that are surrounded by neighborhoods but not topped with them often have walking trails and stand out as nature oases in the urban landscape.

My client’s new home happens to back right up against Gabbert Butte. They have four miles of forested trail right at their fingertips! Not bad for a volcano in the backyard.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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