• Shelli's & Susan's Guide to Portland

    Let us Help You Find a Home and a Neighborhood

    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 about the website 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 Susan at (503) 497-2984 or Shelli at (503) 497-5061.

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



  • New Listings in the City of Portland


    New Listings by Area in the City of Portland

    Northwest Portland  ♦  Southwest Portland  ♦   Southeast Portland ♦   Northeast Portland  ♦  North Portland  ♦  All Areas


    Homes for Sale in the Portland Metro Area Suburbs

    Beaverton  ♦  Happy Valley  ♦  Lake Oswego  ♦  Milwaukie  ♦  Sherwood  ♦  Tigard  ♦  Tualatin  ♦  West Linn


  • Homes

    Tour five stately Southwest Hills houses, from historic to modern

    25 November — Are you shopping for more than Christmas gifts? Perhaps ideas for a home remodel? The 28th Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour on Thursday, Dec. 10, opens the door to five stately residences in the hills of Southwest Portland, from a completely restored 1911 Portland Tudor to a John Yeon midcentury modern rebuilt as a Craftsman. Other houses on the tour have blue-chip architectural pedigrees, including floor plans by John Bennes and possibly Emil Schacht. On display will be examples of Povey Brothers glass windows as well as very modern animal-motif wallpaper. Showing are from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The fundraiser benefits the students of Ainsworth Elementary by providing computers, enhanced art programs, field trip opportunities, classroom supplies and other means of support to teachers and staff. Tickets ($30) can be purchased online or at the Ainsworth Elementary School Office, 2425 S.W. Vista Ave. (503-916-6288) or Zupan's Market Burnside location, 2340 W. Burnside St., or Lamb's At Stroheckers Market, 2855 S.W. Patton Road.  Read more…

    Why it pays to list your home in the winter

    25 November —Spring may still be peak home-shopping season, since most families want to move when the kids are out of school. Yet it actually pays to list in the winter, when buyers tend to have more urgency: A study by online brokerage Redfin found that average sellers net more above asking price during the months of December, January, February, and March than they do from June through November, even in cold-weather cities like Boston and Chicago. And homes listed in winter sold faster than those posted in spring.  Read more…

    Portland keeps top-3 spot among U.S. cities with rising home values

    25 November — Portland-area homes posted annual gains at the third-fastest rate in the country in September, according to the monthly Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday. Houses in the region increased in value by 10.1 percent from September to September, the report found. For the second-straight month, only home values in Denver (10.9 percent) and San Francisco (11.2 percent) increased more quickly. Dallas (9 percent) and Seattle (8.2 percent) were next in line. Between August and September, Portland home values grew at a 0.8 percent clip, faster than anywhere else other than Miami (0.9 percent).   Read more…


    Learn which 10 Oregon towns are the most college educated

    25 November — Portland itself is not among the top 10 cities or towns in Oregon with the highest percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher, yet seven out of 10 of them lie within its metro area. Five of these locales are in Washington County, where it's no coincidence Intel, Nike, Columbia Sportswear and a host of other high-tech and high-wage companies conduct massive amounts of business. Two are in Clackamas County in some of the ritziest suburbs of Portland where the prevalence of higher education among higher incomes is well demonstrated. The other three "most educated" places are located down the Willamette Valley in one of the state's premier college towns, over the Cascades in one of Central Oregon's exclusive destination resorts and way down I-5 in Southern Oregon's center for the arts.  Read more…

    New report shows a much improved picture for Portland jobseekers this fall

    25 November — The Portland area's job market is in much better shape than it first appeared this fall, according tonew figures released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department. The data show hiring continued full-steam through September and October, unlike earlier estimates that showed the metro lost more than 1,000 jobs in September. In fact, state analysts say a more complete survey shows the region actually gained 4,000 jobs that month, plus another 4,100 positions in October.  Read more…

    An appreciation of Lloyd Center, the Pacific Northwest’s best shopping mall

    25 November — Left to my own devices, I would not know what a Tanasbourne was. I know this because most of my co-workers are blissfully unawares. And yet, because my wife's lifestyle requires containers from a store that sells nothing but, and because she wanted to at least pop into the Nordstrom bridal store in Seattle, I have been to pretty much every notable mall in the Pacific Northwest—even Clackamas Town Center. In fact, I have been to Clackamas Town Center four times in my life. How many people who voted for Obama can claim that? But there is only one mall I go to willingly. That is Lloyd Center, our region's greatest shopping mall. There are many places you could shop during this holiday season, but only one where you should.  Read more…

    Yelp: Portland a top city for local holiday shoppers

    25 November — As the annual Small Business Saturday approaches, Yelp says Portland is one of the top cities to shop in neighborhoods and local businesses. In a new survey released Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the online rating service, Yelp reported that Portland was the No. 5 city in the nation for local shoppers. Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, is a campaign to encourage people to buy goods and services from locally owned stores and businesses one day after Black Friday. Yelp’s survey by the Harris Poll found that 64 percent of Americans plan to shop at local businesses this holiday season.  Read more…

    Crystal Crane Hot Springs features cabins, soaking tubs

    25 November — From a tepee with a soaking tub in the center to a furnished three-bedroom house, Crystal Crane Hot Springs does its best to accommodate all visitors. What keeps visitors coming back is the hot water and big dose of the Harney County sky. Crane Hot Springs is 25 miles beyond Burns, where a highway sign says, after the gas pump at Crane Store and Cafe, "next gas 120 miles." The sunrises and sunsets out here are something to remember, if you see them after staying up all night looking at the stars. The hot springs is a privately owned, rustic resort that has been welcoming visitors since the 1920s.  Read more…

    Susan Rice, Portland's funniest person

    25 November — Susan Rice's backstory sounds like a lot of other Portland comics'. The Longview native moved to Portland after she finished college, and started doing standup at a small open mic when she was 31. Soon, she was getting paying gigs and name recognition in town and on the road. The big difference is her timeline: Rice is 64. She started doing comedy in 1983 as a wave of standup rolled across the country, spurring regional scenes. "I never wanted to be a comic," she tells me from across the table at Grand Central Baking on North Fremont Street. "That was never my idea. It started in New York in the underground—Lenny Bruce. Then it came west and it hit San Francisco—Holy City Zoo, Purple Onion—and it made it to Seattle about 1981 or '82, and Portland started in 1982, and I got in in 1983."  Read more