• 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 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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  • New Listings in the Five County Metro Area

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    New Listings by Area in the City of Portland

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

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    Homes for Sale by Community in the Portland Metro Area

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

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  • Home Tours 

    May 14:  Restore Oregon tour of seven midcentury homes

    Midcentury modern housing was mind-blowingly different. Even today, people walk into an interior atrium constructed by builders Joseph Eichler or Robert Rummer, and wonder if they're inside or out. Other evolutionary features of suburban dwellings erected during the post-WWII housing boom included kitchen islands for the kids to eat, outlets for a growing number of labor-saving appliances and glass walls that replaced view-blocking solid walls. Still, it's fun to step back into the past and on Saturday, May 14, the nonprofit preservation organization Restore Oregon is making it possible to go inside seven Portland-area homes once dubbed the House of Tomorrow.  Read more...

    July 30-August 28:  Street of Dreams in West Linn

    Looking out over the 63-acre property that will house the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams this summer, Gordon Root points to a snow-capped Mount Hood off in the distance. “It’s a great view,” he says. “But the mountain gets in the way.” Root is joking, of course; as it happens, a pristine view of the mountain is just one of many selling points for the five luxury homes being built on property just south of West Linn city limits. The development is called Tumwater at Petes Mountain.  Read more...

    May through August Wednesdays & Thursdays:  Walking Tour of Historic and Architecturally Neighborhoods and Sites

    The Architectural Heritage Center presents walking tours of historic and architecturally significant neighborhoods and sites around Portland, Oregon. From May through August we lead Wednesday and Thursday evening tours, with additional tours on weekends throughout the year. We are also able to provide private group walking tours. If your group is interested in a private tour, contact the AHC for more information. Be advised that all scheduled tours run rain or shine. Our knowledgeable, trained, volunteer guides welcome you to learn more about our area’s history and architecture. Please check out our Events page for the most up-to-date calendar of walking tours and other AHC education programs.  Read more...

    Real Estate News

    On the market: Oregon mansions with stone exteriors

    2 May — Have you checked in with Fred Flintstone lately? He has a good life. A forgiving wife, cute kid and a cool car with stone wheels and a jaunty, wind-whipped cover. But it's Flintstone's house that most of us remember: A domed stone home with a flat roof and rock chimney. Clean lined, the modernist might say about this caveman's dwelling. Is it primal to respond positively to a stone house? In the beginning, fieldstone was used for shelters because the material was just sitting there. Then castles were built high with stacked stone, forming a fortress that sent a clear message of wealth, power and do not disturb.  Read more...

    Portland goes big on affordable housing

    3 May — Responding to the housing crisis that is forcing many lower-income residents out of town, the Portland Housing Bureau announced last month that it will contribute $47 million to eight projects intended to create or preserve 840 affordable units — the largest commitment in the city’s history. The projects include six new buildings and two rehabilitation projects. According to the PHB announcement, the average per-unit costs in each project will range from around $110,000 to $321,000, with the overall average being about $213,000. In the meantime, Home First, a private development company, is wrapping up an affordable housing project with a per-unit cost of around $110,000.  Read more...

    With no end in sight to climbing home prices, buyers rewarded for acting quickly

    3 May — Sometimes delaying a decision can actually cost you money. Experts say that appears to be true right now if you are considering the purchase of a newly built home in the Portland-Vancouver area. The latest Case-Shiller Home Price Index shows Portland metro area median home sales prices are up an incredible 15% in the last twelve months. And with high demand expected to continue, there are no signs of things leveling off. In fact, it is just the opposite. In the simplest of terms: if you delay, you will likely pay. That is, pay more, for the same house.  Read more...

    News  

    Six of Portland area's best farmers markets return this week with great spring produce

    3 May — It's a big week for fans of farm-fresh produce and artisan goods. Six of the Portland area's best farmers markets return to the calendar, offering a wide variety of spring fruits and vegetables. On Saturday, the Beaverton Farmers Market returns to its weekly schedule, after operating every other week over the winter. The market, which has been around since 1988, is one of the largest in the region, and fills a massive parking lot off of Southwest Hall Boulevard with nearly 200 vendors. The market, which ranked at the very top of our Best Farmers Markets list earlier this year, includes stands from some of Washington County's best farms, but also plenty of nursery plants for avid home gardeners. Arrive early, since as many as 20,000 shoppers come to the market. A Wednesday edition of the market returns in mid-June. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 7-Sept. 24.  Read more...

    Portland's Alisha Zhao named one of nation's top 10 teen volunteers

    3 May — Alisha Zhao, a junior at Portland's Lincoln High, was named one of the nation's 10 top teen volunteers Monday for her work with homeless children and teens. The 17-year-old was judged among the 10 most impressive from a field of more than 29,000 youth volunteers. She has created and led a large nonprofit devoted to helping homeless youth break the cycle of poverty. Zhao first created a club at her school to provide services to local homeless people, then founded the non-profit "Kids First Project" to expand her efforts and focus on youth.  Read more...

    Volunteers needed to help take inventory of Powell Butte wildlife

    3 May — Volunteers are needed to spot wildlife in the Powell Butte Nature Park as part of an effort to survey the amphibians, butterflies and birds that call the area home. You may see a Satyr Anglewing butterfly or perhaps a giant salamander. You also might notice a pileated woodpecker or a great horned owl. “We want to educate people on the biodiversity in the parks,” says Emily Lytle, the stewardship equity coordinator with Portland’s Nature Department. “This is a way for the community to learn more about ecology and take part in science.” The event is the Powell Butte Eco-Blitz, where volunteers of all ages can work alongside scientists to compile a snapshot of eco diversity. It is a one-day occasion that will have open times between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at Powell Butte.  Read more...

    Beaverton-area team wins top honor at teen robotics world championships

    3 May — Hot Wired Robotics, a team of high schoolers from the Bethany neighborhood of Beaverton, won top honors at the teen robotics world championships in St. Louis this weekend. The team, made up of student from Westview, Jesuit and Sunset high schools, won the 1st Place Inspire Award, which recognizes a combination of great robot design and community-spirited outreach to help others. Woodie Flowers, co-founder of the worldwide robotics competition and a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave them their award. It marked the first time an Oregon team claimed the highest honor in the international competition.  Read more...

    Ballot measure aims to block water bottling plant in Columbia Gorge

    3 May — Klairice Westley stoops at the edge of a spring in the woods above the Oxbow Fish Hatchery. “Want to get a drink?” she asks. She dips a cupped hand into the pool of water and takes a sip. “Oh, that’s good water,”she says. “That’s the best.” Westley lives nearby in Cascade Locks and also belongs to the Grand Ronde and Warm Springs tribes. She says drinking from Oxbow Springs is more than a tradition among tribal members – it’s a religious rite. “This spring is specifically an integral part of our spiritual practices,” she says. “This area right here.”  Read more...

    How animal-loving Oregon businesses could drive the coming 'humane economy

    2 May — The Humane Society's top national official hit Portland Sunday to discuss ways the state can combat the wildlife trafficking industry. Yet as he promoted his book The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals, Wayne Pacelle drove home points about businesses' role in his model. Pacelle appeared with Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer to discuss the book at Powell's. Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, backs efforts to prevent the trafficking of parts from endangered animals such as elephants, rhinos and sea turtles in Oregon. Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen backs a proposed measure in Oregon that's similar to bans imposed in Washington last year.  Read more...

    Controversy erupts over tax hike in Mayor Charlie Hales' budget

    2 May — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales unveiled the most controversial budget of his tenure Monday — proposing tax hikes on businesses, despite record city revenues — to pay for a slew of new public safety and housing initiatives. Now comes the hard part: He may not have the political support to move forward. Hales released his $510 million general fund budget amid a festive atmosphere in front of City Hall, cheered on by community leaders who support Hales' plan.  Read more...