Shelli’s & Susan’s Guide to Portland

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Welcome to our website about the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. It’s our way of helping you become acquainted with the neighborhoods and communities of the Portland metro area and to inform you about the Portland area housing market. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. 

If you have questions or if you’re interested in buying or selling a home in the Portland area, contact us online or call Shelli at (503) 497-5061 or Susan at (503) 497-2984.

Shelli Gowdy — Real Estate Broker
Susan Marthens —  Principal Real Estate Broker/CRS GRI



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On the market: Oregon’s most expensive homes 

28 August — Reporting on houses of all sizes, styles, and, of course, prices takes me from one end of the spectrum — reasonable — to the other. Writing about alternative living spaces, from tiny houses on wheels to dome homes, lets me see how inventive people can be with the places they lay their head. Homes in Oregon are customized to suit their makers, whether or not the neighbor sees the structures as fabulous or a folly. Over the years, we’ve profiled homes on the market or recently sold that have such personalized perks as private airstrips, horse stables and koi ponds. We have reported on energy-efficient dwellings, residential properties with killer views and golf-centric homes. There was even a peek at abodes with an all-white decor Read more…

See 12 rentable granny flats: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour 

29 August — You can pore over building plans. Watch videos about the popularity of adding a small, second home that shares a city lot with a larger house. Or you can really get the picture by going inside a dozen newly constructed granny flats. The fourth Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Tour tickets are $35 (discounts until Sept. 2 at Design and building workshops, including information on zoning, permitting, costs, financing, and site selection, are offered on Saturday, Sept. 17 ($65 for one workshop, $90 for two, including the Sunday tour).  Read more…

Want to know if a Portland house will be demolished? There’s a map for that

29 August — As demand for housing in Portland continues to rise and developers demolish single-family homes to build multi-family housing, many residents are concerned about the changing landscape of their neighborhoods. The city of Portland is giving residents another way to keep tabs on what’s going on in their community through a website that maps residential demolition permits throughout the city.  Read more…


Kevin Hart on Hood to Coast: ‘It was incredible’

29 August — Kevin Hart said while he still can’t feel his legs, he can’t wait to come back to Oregon next year for the 36th annual Hood to Coast Relay. The actor and comedian posted a video to his Facebook page following the 198-mile relay, where he heaped praise on the event, the Pacific Northwest and the city of Portland. “These people were about it,” Hart said of the thousands of runners and race supporters in the 13-minute video. “These people were about that run life. I’ve never seen people more encouraging and more supportive of one another in my life.”  Read more…

3 reasons why new FAA drone rules could help Oregon soar

29 August — While some questions still remain about the new Federal Aviation Administration rules on commercial drone flights, Oregon operators have long been ready for the edicts to take effect. That’s because Oregon emerged as an early hub candidate as the unmanned aerial system began taking shape. As American City Business Journals writer David Arnott notes, the most critical regulation is that commercial drone pilots “need not possess the same license airplane pilots do.” That means that “within one year there could be more licensed drone pilots than the 171,000 private aircraft pilots in the country.”  Read more…

Local musician brings classical music to the wild

29 August — Passersby near Stevens Pavilion in Hoyt Arboretum Thursday evening, noting the empty chairs at a musical performance inside, might have thought that the performers were not popular or the environment unpleasant — but they would be mistaken. Music aficionados were there in force, but many were wandering under the tree boughs, enjoying the music through earphones as intended as part of Portland pianist Hunter Noack’s “In a Landscape: Music in the Wild” project, a series of classical music performances in the outdoors, using the earphones to enhance the experience and mitigate potential environmental interference. The series of performances, grant and donation funded, was inspired by the Depression-era Works Projects Administration, a stimulus work program that used as many artists as it did other trades.  Read more…

Puget Sound has new climate refugees: Pelicans

29 August — American white pelicans are conspicuous birds. With their long orange bills and their nine-foot wingspan, they stand out, even at a distance. Sue Ehler easily spots a squadron of them through her binoculars from over a mile away, coming in for a landing on Puget Sound’s Padilla Bay. “They’ve got that pure white. It just shines like a bright light out there. More than the other white birds,” Ehler says. Ehler visits this estuary in Northwest Washington every other week from spring to fall with her friend and fellow citizen scientist and retired biologist Matt Kerschbaum. They’re volunteers with the Skagit Heron Foraging Study, tracking the health of the largest breeding colony of great blue herons in the Pacific Northwest.  Read more… 

8 takeaways from ‘Draining Oregon’: The big water giveaway

28 August — Something seemed amiss in Harney County last summer, long before it became the scene of January’s armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. After years of liberally granting access to underground water across the high desert of southeastern Oregon, the state abruptly told irrigators it would accept no new applications to pump wells. Regulators launched a 5-year study, saying they feared newly dug wells were sucking up unsustainable quantities of water. Cattle ranching and alfalfa, once bright spots in the struggling rural economy, were thrown into limbo. How could Oregon so freely approve pumping permits for so long, then suddenly announce concerns so serious that they required immediate action?  Read more…

Washington state faces backlash on all sides on wolf killings

28 August — Wildlife managers in northeast Washington are removing a wolf pack known as the Profanity Peak Pack following a number of cattle kills. The state faces opposition from tribes and pressure from locals as they proceed. Cowlitz tribal elder Roger Dobson said the extermination of the pack violates Native American treaty and religious rights. “Our sacred animals are our religion,” Dobson said. “They are a part of us they are a part of our beliefs.” Dobson’s advocacy group ‘Protect the Wolves’ consulted a tribal attorney who says the state must find consensus with tribes. The group also sent a cease and desist letter to Donny Martorello, the state’s wolf policy lead.  Read more…