• 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.

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



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    Dignified disaster relief housing

    27 July — There is always need for disaster relief housing, and the recently introduced Hex House is certainly one of the more dignified ones. It was created by a non-profit design practice Architects For Society, which is a joint effort of professionals from the US, Europe and the Middle East. Their aim is provide easy to deploy housing, which is both affordable and provides a dignified way to live to refugees, and those displaced by natural disasters.  Hex House is hexagonal in shape and features a number of amenities more typical for a home than a temporary shelter. These include electricity and manually-pumped running water. The electricity is provided by rooftop-mounted solar panels. These can be placed at three different angles onto the roof, due to the hexagonal shape of the home, which means more solar power can be harvested.  Read more...

    Portland home values grew fastest in U.S. for eighth straight month

    27 July — Home values in May in the Portland region grew faster than any of the other 20 major metro areas measured in the monthly Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller home price index -- the eighth straight month Portland topped the list, according to the list released Tuesday. Local home values posted a 12.5 percent year-over-year increase in May, slightly higher than the 12.3 percent year-over-year increase the Portland market posted in April. The Portland area also posted a 12.3 percent growth rate in March. The second- and third-highest ranked cities remained unchanged from April.  Read more...

    Portland's development scene continues to boom

    26 July — There's no slowing down in Portland's development scene. Not yet anyway. Since we launched Project Watch back in April, we've been flooded with new projects to add to the map. We update it as often as we can with every project that we know about and write about. It's a constant process in this environment. The latest version of Project Watch has been updated with a slew of new projects that we've covered in recent weeks, including the Lenox Addition Apartments, a 64-unit development coming to the intersection of Southeast 52nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.  Read more...


    Portland police oversight at crossroads

    27 July — Portland’s system of police oversight seems poised to move away from the public meetings that have been its staple for more than 30 years. In an effort to streamline a system that federal Justice Department lawyers have characterized as byzantine, city officials including Portland’s elected auditor, Mary Hull Caballero, have proposed scrapping the aspect of the city’s system that allows a citizen review committee to publicly hear appeals of bureau disciplinary decisions concerning alleged officer misconduct. Hull Caballero says the city’s 2012 settlement of a federal Department of Justice lawsuit leaves officials little choice. That’s because of how long the city’s Independent Police Review office has taken in deciding appeals of officer discipline.  Read more...

    Biketown is a rarity:  A Portland city service that bars users from suing

    27 July — Evan Hanczor was eager to explore Portland on a BikeTown ride. The Brooklyn, N.Y., resident rented two bicycles last weekend from Portland's brand-new, bright orange bike-share system. But he had no idea that by clicking "yes" on the contract in the BikeTown phone app, he was waiving his right to sue the bike share. "That's troubling," Hanczor said July 22. "When you're hopping on a bike, you're agreeing to some risk. But if it was a clear malfunction of the equipment, whoever runs this should have some sort of exposure." Last week's launch of a long-awaited Portland bike-share system was by many measures a success. In its first six days, 5,500 people made 13,023 trips on the rental bikes.  Read more...

    Tension behind study of $3 billion corporate tax measure, records show

    27 July — Backers of a $3 billion corporate tax measure on the November ballot repeatedly pushed for changes in a Portland State University economic review of the proposal, delaying the report for several months. Emails, draft reports and other public records obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday reveal the uncomfortable relationship between university economists and Our Oregon, the union-backed group that drafted the measure and paid for the report.  Read more...

    Wild horse advocates sue BLM over spay procedures

    27 July — An advocacy organization has announced it will sue the Bureau of Land Management over proposed spaying procedures for wild horses in eastern Oregon. Feral horses and burros are protected under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, but overpopulated herds can do a lot of environmental damage. This summer, wild horse managers decided to try spaying some of the wild mares. One of the procedures is an ovariectomy — or surgically removing a mares’ ovaries — which is performed on domestic horses regularly.  Read more...

    Lake Oswego reverend wins AR-15 rifle in raffle, vows to turn it into art

    27 July — Call it divine intervention. A Lake Oswego reverend last week won the AR-15 rifle that a Portland-area girls' softball team raffled so they could raise money to compete in a California championship tournament. But the Rev. Jeremy Lucas, from Christ Church Episcopal Parish, says no one will ever fire the gun. With donations from parishioners, Lucas spent $3,000 on 150 tickets. "I kept my fingers crossed and said a prayer," he says, "and it just so happened that I did win."  Read more...

    Summer heats up as temperatures rise in Portland metro area

    27 July —  Oregon's summer is finally heating up. Though it technically started on June 20, the Portland metro area has passed much of June and July with cool and wet weather, dodging the heat wave that has hit much of the country. That will change this week, as temperatures climb into the mid-80s and 90s. Tuesday morning started out cloudy and cool, then warmed up. The high was expected to reach 85 degrees. Wednesday could be even warmer, with highs topping 90 degrees. The National Weather Service predicts more of the same on Thursday and Friday, with highs around 90.  Read more...

    Most new jobs will go to west side, forecast shows

    26 July — For many years, Multnomah County had the two largest residential and employment centers in the region, Portland and Gresham. Although Portland was much larger than Gresham, they both had more residents and more jobs than any other city in Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas counties. Metro, the elected regional government, predicts that although Portland will easily remain the largest employment center in the region, more new jobs will be created outside Multnomah County by 2040 — and most of them will be created in Washington County.  Read more...

    Tualatin Hills, Beaverton shine in national spotlight

    26 July —  The ball is tossed skyward. The tennis racket sweeps forward at speed. The ball is struck. But what happens next? Is it an ace, a fault, a whiff or something in between? Following the Davis Cup event at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that same question is worth asking about Beaverton. With the city hosting one of the highest-profile events in professional tennis for the first time, how did it go? Ace, fault, whiff or tweener? According to all the parties that brought the event — officially known as the World Group Quarterfinal — to Beaverton, the result was the planning-and-execution equivalent of a 135-mph John Isner ace.  Read more...