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Tucked away not far from the center of Hillsdale is this very private house on an over-sized lot. With a contemporary style that has been updated, there are three bedrooms, two baths, 1415 square feet, two decks to enjoy living and entertaining outside, as well as a new brick patio and deck space in front. Once your errands or dining out are done in Hillsdale and/or Multnomah Village, you can relax in front of the new wood fireplace. Two-car attached garage is part of the package too. Also new for your enjoyment are bamboo floors and a dishwasher. Gardening will be a delight for the green thumb crowd…or the novice gardener. Just steps from the Stephens Creek Natural Park and a couple of blocks from Custer Park. Included in the sale are high-end washer & dryer and the flat screen television in the living room. The home has three bedrooms and two full-size bathrooms. Heating is forced air/gas. $335,000. MLS 14625217. Read more…
Case-Shiller: Home-price gains slowing in Portland area, other major cities
29 July 2014 — Home-price increases continued to decelerate in May in Portland and major cities across the country. Prices across 20 major U.S. metros surveyed were up 1.1 percent in May, according the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, a closely watched measure of economic health. The increase brought home prices to a level 9.3 percent higher than a year earlier, missing expectations for a bigger increase. Read more…
The housing is improving, but still not enough affordable homes
29 July 2014 — There’s good news and some not so good news on the U.S. housing front. Let’s start with the good. According to the latest update to Zillow’s U.S. Home Value Index, out Monday, the average nationwide home value as of June 2014 is $174,200. That’s a peak that hasn’t been seen since March 2005. We’re still below pre-recession levels, but it’s an improvement by any measure. Housing inventory has also been ticking up. As the report’s authors note, “the number of homes listed for sale on Zillow was up 17.7 percent annually in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the fourth straight month in which inventory has increased.” Read more…
July 26-August 24: Five houses to view at 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams
Take your shoes off and pretend you’re home. That’s the best compliment you can give the builders and designers of five new custom homes displayed during the 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams, July 26-Aug. 24, in Happy Valley. Although large – one’s 5,600 square feet or four times the size of a standard Portland bungalow – these dwellings don’t feel like cavernous mega monsters perched on a hill. And although designed by professionals using contemporary and traditional decor, the spaces don’t look fussy or like overly polished magazine spreads. Surprisingly, sustainability is a big factor on this Street of Dreams; all of the builders are members of the Building a Better America Council, which commits to reducing the industry’s waste and carbon footprint. At this luxury home tour, one of the highest attended in the country, there are hundreds of take-home ideas, from making a mudroom tidy to successfully displaying unusual artifacts. Read more…
OHSU announces $100M anonymous gift to Knight Cancer Challenge
29 July 2014 — Oregon Health & Science University announced a whopper of a gift to the Knight Cancer Challenge: $100 million from an anonymous source. That brings the university within shooting distance of its $500 million goal, which it has until February 2016 to reach. Once it raises that amount, Nike Founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny will match it with another $500 million for cancer research. “On behalf of everyone at OHSU, I want to express our deep gratitude to this generous and visionary donor, whose request to remain anonymous we gladly honor,” OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertsonsaid in a statement. “Gifts of this size are not made without a great deal of thought, and we embrace the opportunity and responsibility of using this investment to take the next giant leap against cancer. We have the chance to impact the lives of millions of cancer patients and their families, and to do so sooner rather than later.” The donation is one of the four largest pledges in OHSU’s history. It brings the total raised to $418 million, including $200 million from the state in the form of a pledge to issue bonds. Read more…
“Holy (blank)!” OHSU’s Druker tells the story behind the $100M donation to Knight Cancer Challenge
29 July 2014 — About two weeks ago, Dr. Brian Drukerheld a private meeting at Oregon Health & Science University with someone he’d been working with for several months as a potential donor to the Knight Cancer Challenge. As they were talking about the institute’s plans and focus on early cancer detection, the donor presented an envelope to Druker, who directs the Knight Cancer Institute. Inside was a one-page letter outlining terms and conditions and the statement, “I pledge $100 million to the Knight Cancer Institute.” Read more…
200,000 more people in city’s future
29 July 2014 — Imagine a Portland of the not-too-distant future with 200,000 more residents inside the city limits, living in 120,000 new housing units. Such growth is what city officials are expecting in the next 20 years, and they further expect that these hordes of new residents will reside mostly in new apartments and condominiums concentrated in downtown, close-in neighborhoods, the Gateway area of Southeast Portland and along major roads served by transit. According to this vision of the future, even neighborhoods that don’t see much growth will be better connected with new sidewalks, bike lanes and more transit service. At least, that’s what the officials hope will happen if the City Council approves the Comprehensive Plan update currently working its way through a years-long planning process. Read more…
Tilikum Crossing, the abbreviated version
29 July 2014 — Warning: If you get motion sickness, maybe don’t click on this one. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project has been documenting the construction of the Tilikum Crossing, and just released this short video, charting the building process over the last three years. Just over three years ago, construction of Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, commenced. This timelapse video, shot from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), quickly shows every day of bridge construction since July 1, 2011. Tilikum Crossing will open as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project on September 12, 2015. In April, TriMet unveiled the bridge’s name, Tilikum, meaning “people, tribes and relatives.” The public submitted more than 9,500 suggestions, including “Lisa Simpson Bridge” and “Sparkle Pony Bridge.” The new light rail bridge is scheduled to open in September of 2015. Read more…
Calming troubled waters
29 July 2014 — Any given summer Sunday, the Clackamas River from Barton to Carver parks is packed with boats, rafts, inner tubes, pool toys, air mattresses and, well, just about anything that floats. In years past, the combination of tricky river conditions, hot sun, floating parties and large amounts of alcohol mixed together in a dangerous cocktail. “It became kind of a mess,” says Forest and Parks Department Manager Rick Gruen. “What became kind of troubling was the number of marine rescues the marine patrol was doing.” Near-riot conditions at Carver in 2007 sparked a push for an alcohol ban in Clackamas County parks, which permanently went into effect in 2010. Last August, county commissioners took the additional step of giving law enforcement the authority to look inside coolers and bags. Read more…
How one Portland ice cream shop spurred a national debate
29 July 2014 — Ice cream just got political in Portland: A local shop has been fielding criticism from anti-abortionist activists nationwide since hosting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser earlier this month. What’s the Scoop? hosted an event for the organization on July 17 and even made a special flavor for the occasion called Rose City Revolution. (It’s honey vanilla, with candied rose petals.) The same day, blogger Carole Novielli, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, picked up the Facebook invite and published a brief post on her website, which was also posted onLifeNews.com. Read more…
Three Sisters’ seven great hikes could qualify as best of ’7 Wonders of Oregon’
28 July 2014 — A list of “7 Wonders of Oregon” has room for only seven, but it’s too bad central Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness didn’t make Travel Oregon’s list. (Read about the project: 7 Wonders of Oregon: 7 best hikes for each wonder coming, while Travel Oregon tallies up No. 1 wonder). When it comes to gorgeous hiking, the Three Sisters area may top all the others. Here are seven wonderful hikes in and around the Three Sisters volcanoes, plus craggy neighbor Broken Top: Broken Top Lake: Start on the south side of Broken Top and follow the boot track north to reach the awesome lake on the mountains northeast shoulder. I’ve been there twice during a backpack trip, so don’t quite know the route as a day hike. I have driven the road, though, and it’s very rough. That time I did a summit climb of Broken Top, which is one or two moves removed from being a hike. Broken Hand: This hike leads to the same are on Broken Top, but starts from the well-trod northside trail at Three Creeks Lake south of Sisters. Follow the trail west along Tam McArthur Rim to reach Broken Top. Read more…
Check out Portland’s super cool, super high tech, super bike (Video)
28 July 2014 — Two elements of Portland culture — design and cycling — have combined for a new, high-end concept bike. The bike, called SOLID, was created by the Portland firms Industry and Ti Cycles. The bike is Portland’s entry into the five-city bike design competition held by the nonprofit Oregon Manifest. Other entries from San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York. The competition pairs design firms with bicycle manufacturers: A public vote determines the winner. Read more…
Homes That Just Went on The Market in the City of Portland
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