• 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 City of Portland

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    New Listings by Area in the City of Portland

    Northwest Portland  ♦  Southwest Portland  ♦   Southeast Portland ♦   Northeast Portland  ♦  North Portland 

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    Homes for Sale in the Portland Metro Area Suburbs

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

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  • Homes

    Five stellar Southwest Portland gardens on September 13 tour

    1 September 2015 — There is a way to add the word "legendary" to your name: Create an enduringly appealing garden like the late Jane Platt's lushly layered property in Portland's West Hills. Platt's vista-rich land is one of five private gardens open during the Portland Garden Tour West, a benefit for the Ainsworth Elementary School PTA, that takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.13. Platt's internationally acclaimed, naturalistic garden was featured in Rosemary Verey's 1984 book, "The American Woman's Garden." Another legend, the late Dulcy Mahar, who wrote a popular garden column for The Oregonian, commented that although she had visited stunning gardens around the world, the garden that most influenced her was in Platt's in Portland. "Two decades ago, I had an opportunity for the first time to visit the late Jane Platt's garden in the hills of Southwest Portland," Mahar wrote in a column published June 29, 2006. "Jane Platt was ahead of her time."  Read more…

    Nonprofit lands $750K for affordable housing in Northeast Portland

    1 September 2015 — A familiar name in philanthropic donations has stepped up again to help make a new integrated health care center and housing project a reality in Northeast Portland. Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded $750,000 to Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare for the nonprofit's new clinic at Garlington Center. The funding support includes a two-year, $250,000 grant and program-related investment of $500,000 to support renovation and redevelopment. The MMT funds are conditional on the project receiving further funding support in spring of 2016. "We are striving to create a valued space where being mindful and treating the whole body is easy and accessible for our community, and where living in a central neighborhood is affordable for everyone,” said Derald Walker, president and CEO of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, in a release. “This award is incredibly helpful for setting the course on this project."  Read more…

    Milwaukie real estate 'blowing up' as affordability, Orange Line attract new buyers

    1 September 2015 — When Guy Hodyl moved to the Portland area last year, friends already here wondered aloud why he'd rented an apartment in Milwaukie. "People were scoffing at me for living so far from the city," he said. But by the time he decided to buy a house there are a year later, their reaction had changed: "The knee-jerk response has been, 'What a great idea! That area's blowing up!'" Milwaukie had long maintained a low profile, with homebuyers looking for a hip neighborhood opting for Southeast Portland and more affluent families moving to Lake Oswego or West Linn. But as close-in Portland has grown more expensive, an increasing number of homebuyers are finding Milwaukie an affordable -- and attractive -- option.  Read more…

    News

    Portland food hall named one of America's 'most anticipated

    2 September 2015 — Pine Street Market, the upcoming Portland food hall curated by Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin, was named one of America's "most anticipated" by Eater National last week. "These multi-faceted, typically indoor markets showcasing a variety of local food vendors and artisans have long been a tradition in Europe," Eater writes, "and they're finally hitting it big in America." As previously reported, Pine Street Market will span the entire ground floor of the United Carriage and Baggage Transfer Building in Portland's Old Town, bringing nearly a dozen Portland restaurants, breweries, bakeries and more together under one roof. Confirmed tenants include Barista, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Olympia Provisions, Andina, baker Ken Forkish and more.  Read more…

    Rat tale

    2 September 2015 — George Taylor had business in Kansas City. The bosses in Detroit liked his work. No screwups, no cops, plenty of product: new iPhones boxed and mailed to Michigan. Don’t go home to your day job in Portland just yet, they told him. Fly to Kansas City; there’s more work there. At 50, Taylor looked like a guy on a business trip. He was a wiry bantam, with short-cropped brown hair and chiseled, unmarked arms. Under his shirt were tattoos: a dragon, a Viking warrior, the words “White Pride” scripted across his shoulders. It was August 2013. Once he landed in Kansas City, he hooked up with the crew from Detroit. Then to the bus station, to recruit homeless guys who needed money fast and had no address to trace.  Read more…

    Portland drivers among the most collision-prone, report says

    2 September 2015 — Portlanders who have gone seven years between auto collisions: congratulations on beating the odds. A new analysis from the insurance giant Allstate of claims filed with the company found Portlanders are involved in a collision on average every 6.9 years — about 45 percent more often than the national average of 10 years. That puts Portland squarely in the hall of shame, with a rank of 183 out of the 200 largest U.S. cities. As recently as 2006, Portland stacked up reasonably pretty well, ranking in at No. 89 on the list of 200 cities.  Read more…

    Zoo begins work on new education center

    2 September 2015 — The Oregon Zoo broke ground Tuesday on its fifth major construction project in the past six years, this time for a new conservation education center slated to open in spring 2017. Tuesday morning, Sept. 1, a crowd of shovel-wielding schoolchildren joined forces with a 30-ton excavator as the zoo started work on the center in the area opposite the zoo’s Amur tiger habitat and adjacent to the train station. It is the fifth of eight major projects funded by the 2008 zoo bond measure. It will provide an entry and staging area for thousands of children who participate in zoo camps and classes each year, and serve as a regional hub, expanding the zoo’s conservation education programs through partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Intertwine Alliance and others.  Read more…

    TriMet faster-transit line to Gresham activity shifts into higher gear

    1 September 2015 — Multnomah County leaders will study a transportation option that could reshape several Portland neighborhoods, not to mention transit routes for those heading to Gresham. Materials describing the Powell-Division Transit and Development Plan include several discussions of commercial development along the routes. The proposed “high-capacity transit” system would provide rides with vehicles that make fewer stops, travel at higher speeds, have more frequent service and carry more people than local service transit such as typical bus lines. The project is in the design and environmental phase and could hit streets by 2020. Multnomah County's Board will examine the idea at its Thursday meeting. The county could contribute $130,000 worth of in-kind staffing for the project.  Read more… 

    Orange Line overcame many challenges

    1 September 2015 — Nearly 30 years passed between the opening of TriMet’s first MAX line and the completion of the new Orange Line, which is scheduled to open Sept. 12. No one initially foresaw the many challenges TriMet would have to overcome to complete the new line. They included shifting voter opinions about transit and funding problems. “There were many twists and turns along the way, but all lines have been difficult. And they should be. There are many questions that need to be answered with all of them,” says TriMet General Manager Neil MacFarlane, who has worked for the regional transit agency for more than 20 years.  Read more…

    Can you pass our Oregon history test?

    1 September 2015 — This month Greetings From The Northwest goes “Back To School.” Along with features on why Oregon graduation rates are so low, an educational road trip and a look at teachers who rock, we’re subjecting you, our readers, to an Oregon history pop quiz. If you’ve been following our Oregon Historical Photo of the Week it should be a breeze. If not, it could be a little difficult. Do you think you can pass? The photo slideshow correlates with select questions from the quiz. Good luck!  Read more…