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 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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Real Estate News 

2016 Street of Dreams homes sit in full grandeur on Pete’s Mountain

2016StreetDreamsPeteMountain26 August — If there’s any question about whether or not the housing crash of the late 2000s left any lingering impacts on luxury homebuilding, the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams is here to say that, why no, it did not. The 41st iteration of the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland’s annual luxury home tour is back this summer to its full grandeur after a few slimmer years back during the Great Recession. In 2009, for example, the tour downsized to feature condos in the Pearl rather than the opulent mansions that had populated the street in prior years. This year’s tour, which wraps up with its final weekend this week, features five vast abodes ranging from 6,200 square feet to more than 8,200 square feet with price tags that drop in between $3 million and $5 million. The setting for the homes this year is high atop Pete’s Mountain in West Linn, surrounded by vineyards and backed by views of the Willamette Valley, the Cascade foothills and Mt. Hood.  Read more…

Downtown’s next apartments — all 417 of them — to break ground in October

25 August — The parking lot at the corner of Southwest Harrison Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue won’t be a parking lot for much longer. Chicago-based developer Core Spaces is on the verge of breaking ground for its Collective on fourth project, a 417-unit apartment building ideally anchored by a grocery tenant. The developer is filing for its construction permits this month.  Read more…

EPA pushes Oregon Oregon to toughen lead paint contracting rules

25 August — Regulators in Salem, gardeners in Portland, lab technicians in Washington — they’ve  all been studying toxic lead this summer. Health regulators want to add one more group to that list: building contractors. “As many as 50 percent of all poisoning cases result from some kind of renovation activities in homes,” said Perry Cabot, lead specialist in Multnomah County’s Public Health Department. “That is the next big thing that’s been really tackled, but not fully and not successfully yet around the country.  It is actively being tackled in Oregon right now. The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing Oregon to tighten the screws on construction and painting companies.  Read more…

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Hospital pricing: How an MRI can cost $855 at one Oregon hospital, $5K at another

26 August — Two years ago, Silverton Hospital slashed its prices for Xrays, ultrasounds, CTscans and other imaging services by 65 percent. The 48-bed hospital serves rural, lower income areas in the mid-Willamette Valley, south of Portland and east of Salem. Before the Medicaid expansion two years ago, many patients were “self-pay,” meaning uninsured, and wouldn’t always follow up on doctor’s orders for imaging because of the cost, said Dan Jessup, chief financial officer of Silverton Health.  Read more…

New 50-acre Metro site provides insight into Ice Age-era Missoula floods

26 August — Metro has acquired a 50-acre site just north of Wilsonville that protects unique features of the Missoula floods, which shaped the region’s landscape near the end of the last Ice Age. A series of floods about 15,000 years ago swept through the Willamette Valley when the waters of Missoula Lake broke through an ice dam. The floodwaters sent boulders, soil, and debris from Montana, Idaho and eastern Washington into the region. The new acquisition includes a 3.5-acre kolk pond, created by whirlpools that scoured out deep areas. Flanking the pond are basalt hills called hummocks.  Read more…

Once homeless, entrepreneur hopes to revolutionize the way renters find homes

26 August — For the past two years, Tyrone Poole has repeated a promise to investors across the country. “We can house any family regardless of rental barriers in 24 hours,” he told a Washington D.C. crowd in June. Every Section 8 voucher holder. Every domestic violence victim. Every person with bad credit, an eviction or a criminal background. The solution, Poole said, lies in overhauling the application process. His NoAppFee.com screens potential renters against every vacancy in a market, eliminating the need for multiple, costly applications.  Read more…

136,000 miles in, Biketown bike-share makes its mark on Portland

26 August — Ashley Lyon never rode a bike on city streets until late last month, when the Portland resident and her husband tried out Biketown. It was early on a Sunday morning to avoid traffic. They rode to the Portland Saturday Market, and then to breakfast in Old Town Chinatown. It probably won’t be her last ride. “I’d like to get more comfortable with it and have it as just a daily way of getting around,” Lyon said. “It was very new. I don’t think I would have tried it without Biketown.” When the bike-share system launched in July, city leaders hoped it would get more Portlanders on bikes for more trips, taking cars off the road. In the first month, users took nearly 59,000 trips on Biketown bikes, traveling 136,000 miles and making significant progress toward a goal of 400,000 rides in the program’s first year.  Read more…

Oregon ranked 13th best in the U.S. for women’s equality

26 August — Oregon has been ranked as the 13th best state in the country for women’s equality, according to a new study done by WalletHub. According to the study, Oregon ranks 14 in workplace environment, 21 in education and 20 in political empowerment. “Women’s rights in the U.S. have made leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th Amendment. Yet many women still struggle to crack the proverbial glass ceiling. Feminist or not, any American can easily discern the disgracefully wide gender gap in 21st-century America. In 2015, the U.S. failed to make the top 10 or even the top 20 of the World Economic Forum’s ranking of the most gender-equal countries — currently in 28th position and falling eight places behind several developing nations since 2014,” said WalletHub.  Read more…

31 foods you didn’t know were grown in Oregon

25 August — Pop quiz: What kind of berry is this? Did you know it’s a tayberry? Did you even know tayberries exist? Oregon’s many climates and soils lend the state to growing a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you might not imagine. Off the coast, some interesting sea creatures are lurking, other than the Dungeness crab.  Read more…

Potholes in ODOT’s quality control

25 August — Potholes and ruts cost the average Oregonian driver hundreds of dollars in vehicle repairs every year. But as Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett prepares to ask lawmakers for hundreds of millions of dollars in increased taxes and fees on Oregonians to fund new roads and bridge upgrades, documents show that his department has for more than a decade resisted basic quality improvements intended to stop construction fraud, combat premature potholes and make roads last longer.  Federal highway officials have warned ODOT repeatedly since 2005 that its road-paving inspection program is vulnerable to fraud.  Read more…

Oregon wins big early round against Oracle in Cover Oregon dispute

25 August — In a big win for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Marion County judge on Wednesday indicated she was prepared to throw out Oracle’s claims that the state violated the state’s public records law when it withheld or delayed release of certain Cover Oregon-related emails from the software company. “Oracle contends that the public records law permits it to litigate how a public agency searches for or maintains documents and that somehow the Governor’s office’s efforts fall short,” Judge Mary Merten James wrote. “Oracle is wrong, both on the law and the facts.”  Read more…