• 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 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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    Portland's next neighborhood takes shape in the Con-way District

    22 July — Plans have been in the works for years, but the new neighborhood that's long been planned for the Con-way District of Northwest Portland is finally starting to materialize. The LL Hawkins building, a 113-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail, is practically full at the corner of Northwest 21st Avenue and Northwest Quimby Street. The New Seasons Market at the Slabtown Marketplace is humming, as is Besaw's and Please Louise Pizzeria. Just south of the LL Hawkins, Guardian Real Estate Services is well into its Q21 project, a 160-unit apartment building; just north of LL Hawkins, Cairn Pacific is prepping parcels for three buildings that will add 385 units, 20,000 square feet of retail space and underground parking to the neighborhood.  Read more...

     Where the 25 most-expensive homes sold (Q2 2016) 

    22 July — Buy a home in the 97217 neighborhood — essentially Arbor Lodge and Kenton in North Portland — and you'll pay, on average, about $413,250. Buy one in the most expensive neighborhood in the entire metro region, and you'll pay more than double that. So says the latest data we've compiled in our most recent Hottest Neighborhoods series, which so far has looked at the neighborhoods with the most sales, the fastest-selling homes and, today, the most expensive homes.   Read more... 

    The 25 neighborhoods where homes sold the fastest (Q2)

    21 July — The latest RMLS data show that the average days on the market for homes in the Portland metro region in June was 33 days. But drill that down to the neighborhood level, and it's clear that homes in Portland's hottest neighborhoods are selling much, much faster than that. According to data from RMLS for Q2 of 2016, homes in neighborhoods like Multnomah Village, Irvington/Grant Park, and Ladds Addition had an average time on the market of between 20 and 22 days. Jump over to Sellwood, North Tabor and Hawthorne and, well, let's just say you had to be quick on the draw to snatch up a home in any of those neighborhoods last quarter.  Read more...


    Tim Leatherman shows us how his iconic multi-tools are made

    22 July — I have to admit I was a little star struck meeting Tim Leatherman, who I interviewed as part of this week's cover story on Oregon inventors. As someone who considers herself somewhat mechanically challenged, I'm always a little awed by people who are anything but. And this was Tim Leatherman, the inventor of the Pocket Survival Tool and dozens of other multi-tools carried by millions of fans worldwide.  Read more...

    Development looming in Damascus

    22 July — Since the residents of Damascus voted in the May primary election to disincorporate their city, questions have been raised regarding the future of housing development in the vicinity. As the city fades to black on July 17, Metro's regional planner Ted Reid said there are no immediate plans plans to expand or shrink the urban growth boundary. And Reid said that's where things should stay, at least for a while. In 2002, Metro brought Damascus into the boundary to help it meet its required 20-year supply of developable land. Even as that window has long since closed, Metro is still optimistic that new homes and businesses will start springing up in the area.  Read more...

    First half of 2016 points to another deadly year for motorcyclists

    22 July — This year could join 2015 as one of the deadliest in recent memory for Oregon motorcyclists if current trends continue. Thirty-one motorcyclists died in Oregon wrecks in 2016 through July 7, on par with the same period last year. By the end of 2015, 60 had died on Oregon roads in the worst year for the state's motorcyclists in decades. Last year also saw an alarming 27 percent increase in Oregon traffic fatalities overall, with 446 deaths.  Read more...

    Portland's 15 best food carts

    22 July —Earlier this week, we published our sixth annual guide to Portland's best new food carts, a yearly survey that has taken us to every conceivable corner of the city and more than 300 carts in all. It's about time we put together a master list of the very best carts.  Read more...

    Reporter's notebook:  Life in the camps on the Springwater trail

    22 July — I got my dog Luna two years ago, when my mom was in the hospital with cancer. She’s tiny and curious, with ears that are too big for her body. We walk on the Springwater Corridor Trail between 82nd and 92nd avenues several times a week. Jim is the first person we meet on this particular day. He’s walking in the grass on the side of the trail, looking behind the bushes. “I just know she’s supposed to be along here somewhere,” he says. “And this is a long trail.” Jim is searching for his ex-wife, Michelle. She’s 5 feet 5 inches tall and 135 pounds, with long brown hair. Jim says she’s been homeless for two years. She’s got mental health problems and a drug addiction.  Read more...

    Electric vehicles hit critical market share figure as record attendance turns out for Oregon confab

    22 July — Electric vehicle makers, marketers, regulators, strategists and infrastructure builders showed up in record numbers for Day One of Drive Oregon’s EV Roadmap 9 conference on Wednesday. Drive Oregon Executive Director Jeff Allen said more than 400 people and counting had registered for the two-day conference at Portland’s World Trade Center. He called the record attendance a testament to the rising profile of electric vehicles in general, and to Oregon’s well-established role as a leader in EV encouragement and adoption.  Read more...


    Auxiliary lane on I-5 planned to relieve congestion

    21 July — Two Metro-area highway projects designed to ease the movement of trucks and traffic have been added to the Oregon Transportation Commission’s four-year statewide plan. One project would add a southbound auxiliary lane on Interstate 5 from Highway 217 in Tigard about four miles to Interstate 205 in Tualatin. The other would start development of a plan for the Rose Quarter in Portland at the congested interchange of I-5 and I-84. The projects are among seven approved by the commission at its meeting last month in Hood River. All would be funded partly by Oregon’s share of federal money that comes from a five-year renewal of transportation spending authority, which Congress passed six months ago.  Read more...