• 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

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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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  • Homes

    Net zero prefab that can be built in three days 

    8 February — Unity Homes has recently unveiled a prefab home, which is sustainable yet still made to last for at least as long as traditionally constructed homes. The home has a number of certifications, including LEED v4 Platinum, while it is also net-zero energy and can be constructed on site in three days or less. It is also fitted with the largest number of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified building products used in a residential project to date. This so-called Zūm model was built in collaboration with BUILDER magazine and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The demo home pictured above, which was exhibited at the 2015 Greenbuild event, was made in the company’s factory in New Hampshire in just five weeks. It measures 1,620-square-feet, and features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the Expo floor, the shell was built in a day and a half, and the rest, including the furnishings and additions took an extra two days.  Read more…

    Mapping countries by connecting postal codes

    8 February — The Zone Improvement Plan, or ZIP code system as we know it today, wasrobustly rolled out in 1963 with the purpose of modernizing the mail-sorting process. But this updated postal zoning system ended up doing a lot more. ZIP codes have led to fine-grained information about American neighborhoods, including how rich, poor, and unequal they are, who lives there, and how the place is changing. Here’s how the U.S.P.S. Inspector General put it in a 2013 report called “The Untold Story of the ZIP Code”: Today, the ZIP Code is much more than a tool for moving mail efficiently, and its positive spillover effects are enormously beneficial to society.   Read more… 

    Smart growth conference, small developer workshops in Portland

    8 February — If you're interested in becoming a small scale developer and want to help fill in the missing middle income housing, join in the discussions and workshops taking place Feb. 9-13 in Portland. The organizers of the Small Developer Boot Camp in Portland Feb. 9-10 want you to find out. During a series of events that include a day-long workshop, people who have found a profitable niche in small-scale housing will explain how they did it. One of the speakers is Eli Spevak of Orange Splot, an affordable housing development company. Spevak is also a member of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission.  Read more…

    News 

    Why Portland is one of nation's best-performing cities

    8 February —Portland isn's the the next San Francisco -- yet. The metro area jumped a whopping eight places in the Milken Institute's 2015 best-performing cities report, released in December. It now stands at eighth in the nation, right up there with such well-known super-performers as San Jose, San Francisco, Dallas and Raleigh, N.C. The ranking measures job and wage growth, technology output and economic momentum.  Read more…

    Burns Paiutes to Ammon Bundy: You're not the victim

    8 February — Members of the Burns Paiute Tribe found it comical and frustrating when Ammon Bundy and his followers seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the name of ranchers they claimed had lost the land unfairly to the federal government. The Paiutes, too, had complaints about their treatment by federal land managers. The government seized 1.5 million acres of their people's ancestral homeland in 1879, and members waited nine decades to receive compensation checks for $743.20 each. One person bought a washer-dryer set. Another bought college textbooks and sent in a tuition check. Some paid down bills, bought groceries and banked what was left.  Read more…

    Willamette Valley seeing a boom in hazelnut orchards

    8 February — Row after row of young hazelnut trees stand in the Perrott family’s fields between Eugene and Coburg, transforming the landscape with an orchard that expands each year. Planted in stages during the past three years, the orchard comprises 17,000 trees on nearly 80 acres along Coburg Road north of the McKenzie River. The height of the hazelnut trees ranges from 10 feet — for the first planted trees — to 34-inch saplings put in the ground just last monthThe orchard is being developed by father and son Ken and Jason Perrott, who own a pair of contracting firms and the land between Interstate 5 and Coburg Road.  Read more…

    Westview wins regional Science Bowl

    8 February — Westview High School’s Team 1 was unstoppable Saturday in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl competition. The three-time regional champs from the Beaverton School District again won an all-expense-paid berth to the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, to be held April 28 to May 2 in Washington, D.C. To get there, Westview overcame a challenge from second-place finisher Lincoln High School of Portland during the 25th-annual regional competition, held at the University of Portland.  Read more… 

    Gladstone, other Oregon cities, facing millions to replace failing infrastructure

    8 February — On the surface, all appears idyllic in this Clackamas County bedroom community 12 miles south of Portland. Houses and lawns are well kept, if not nearly as pricey as their counterparts in Lake Oswego and West Linn, and streets are largely clean and well-maintained. But dig down only a few feet and a price tag of more than $50 million of repairs are waiting in the form of century-old systems for drinking water, storm water and sanitation. After years of putting off repairs, city officials and administrators are quietly discussing the dicey topic of how to broach the bill with residents, knowing full well that repairs will require hefty -- and likely unpopular -- rate increases.  Read more…