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 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.
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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. 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
Gamer turns virtual currency into massive Oregon house with million dollar pool
27 May — If you were in on the ground floor of an online gaming empire, what would your mansion look like? Well, check out the monster estate owned by Jonathan Yantis, one of the pioneers in virtual currency and items in multiplayer games like World of Warcraft that go for real-world cash outside of the fantasy realm. After 13 years of living in Grants Pass, Oregon, Yantis is selling his game-centric pad for $3.175 million. Some experts estimate that's about $2 million less than what he poured into it. Get this: There's a lighted tennis court that is wired for sound and you don't even need a coach. Just turn on the ball server. Run and stop all you want since the polypropylene court floor is supposed to protect against stressed limbs and joints. Here's another wow: The spa is 8 feet deep. Read more...
'Portland for Everyone' housing coalition emerging, modeled after Seattle
27 May — An emerging coalition of housing activists is calling on Portland leaders to increase density in single-family residential neighborhoods, strengthen renter protections and put a general obligation bond on November's ballot that would fund affordable housing. Calling itself Portland for Everyone – intentionally modeled after a Seattle for Everyone coalition that recently came together around an ambitious set of housing goals in that city – the group held the first in what it said will be a series of meetings Wednesday night at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Hundreds attended, clapping and cheering in support of a range of policy ideas. Read more...
Hourly wage needed for Oregon 2-bedroom apartments rose $3 in a year
26 May — The amount of money a renter would have to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Oregon rose by nearly $3 an hour in a single year, from a $16.61 hourly wage in 2015 to $19.38 now, according to a study published Wednesday. The Out of Reach study, published annually by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, calculates a so-called "housing wage" – the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent and utilities. It comes at a time when affordable housing has emerged as a top political issue as cities up and down the West Coast have seen skyrocketing rents and a low supply of available apartments. Read more...
Who's moving to Oregon? Everyone, and it's driving up housing costs, panel says
26 May — A confluence of factors — including low supply, high demand, obstructive regulations and lacking infrastructure — is driving up housing prices in the state, a panel of state economists and housing experts told a legislative committee Tuesday, May 24. “There are too few units given the strong and growing demand,” said Josh Lehner, economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. “In such a market, anything available at a remotely reasonable price and/or location is gone instantaneously. The lack of supply drives prices higher.” Panelists recommended a series of policy changes, many of which lay outside the Legislature’s control. Local zoning laws, permitting rules and even the state labor commissioner’s interpretation of prevailing wage law for residential construction projects can drive up the cost and time it takes to build units, said Kurt Creager, director of Portland Housing Bureau. Read more...
Portland maps the most dangerous places to be during an earthquake
27 May — The City of Portland has released a new map showing the most dangerous places to be during an earthquake. Unreinforced masonry buildings constructed before the 1960s are likely to collapse during a large earthquake. Portland has 1,800 of them. Dan Douthit with the Bureau of Emergency Management said many west coast cities — especially in California — already have policies to make them safe or tear them down. “So Portland is looking at a policy where we would require that all building owners either retrofit or demolish them,” he said. “But we also want to come up with some incentives to make it easier for building owners to do the work.” Read more...
Zombie houses and the mysterious Mr. Yee
27 May — Paint is flaking on the house at 8517 N. Portsmouth Ave. The lawn is thick with shoulder-high weeds. The vacant house stands in stark contrast to other well-kept homes along the street. One neighbor has lived on this block for 50 years and calls himself a victim of the property, which has sat vacant for the past 20 years. He has seen opossums, raccoons and rats living in the house. Groups of squatters have moved in and out. Once he saw a shirtless, barefooted man leap from a second-story window after accidentally starting a fire. He is fairly certain the man was smoking crack upstairs. In all of those years, the neighbor has never seen the man who owns the vacant property — the one responsible for lowering the value of his home and causing a safety hazard in the neighborhood. Read more...
Comcast loses key Oregon tax rulings, with 'tens of millions' at stake
27 May — Comcast lost a pair of major tax rulings in Oregon this week in unrelated cases, each of which could have broad implications on telecommunications in the state. One ruling could even have bearing on whether Google Fiber comes to Portland. The Oregon Department of Revenue ruled Tuesday that Comcast is not eligible for a tax break designed for companies that provide superfast, "gigabit" Internet service to their customers. And the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed Thursday that Comcast must pay a license fee on its cable modem service in Eugene, a fee the company has been fighting for years. Read more...
Which Oregon cities' residents have the longest commutes?
27 May — Lots of folks like to complain about their commute, but some have it objectively worse. We set out to find the cities whose residents spend the most time going to and from work. Read more...
As spending on lobbying increases, transparency remains murky
27 May — Businesses, special interest groups and governments have increasingly invested in lobbying Oregon lawmakers and other state officials over the last nine years. And based on spending data from the state, those groups appear to have concluded lobbying is a good investment: reported annual spending on lobbying increased 15 percent from 2007 to 2015, when adjusted for inflation. Yet despite the millions of dollars involved, it’s nearly impossible for Oregonians to get details on how lobbyists spend that money to achieve payoffs for their clients, because Oregon law allows lobbyists and their clients to disclose little information about how they influence state laws and spending. Read more...
Class of 2025: 3rd grade = tests
26 May — Oregon set a goal years ago to graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB is following a group of students from kindergarten to high school graduation to see how they do. The Class of 2025 is in third grade. In Oregon public schools and across the country, that means they’re taking required standardized tests for the first time. Jason, a third-grader at Earl Boyles Elementary School in East Portland, knew enough about the third grade tests to be nervous. He’d heard the tests lasted at least three weeks, and that the first week was a reading and writing exam. “The second week we have to do math problems on it. And the third week, I don’t know what we’re doing on the third one,” Jason said in late March, a week before starting tests. “I feel horrible. I don’t like tests.” Read more...
Once again, Portland parks rank in top 10 of annual list
26 May — For the fifth time in five years, Portland's park system has made it into the top 10 of a national list. The Rose City ranks 6th nationally this year, according to an annual analysis by the Trust for Public Land. Before that, we were 5th, 3rd, 7th and 6th. Called "ParkScore," the rating system measures whether cities are "meeting the need for parks." It tracks access, acreage, spending and amenities, among other things. Since launching the list in 2012, there's been little movement among Portland's park peers, with San Francisco, Minneapolis*, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., all ranking in the top ten since scoring began. Read more...
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