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Susan Marthens

Principal Real Estate Broker/CRS GRI

Oregon standard "tree" plate that has been issued since 1989. This blue-on-yellow baseplate was introduced in 1975 and was issued through 1987 - you still see the plate on a few Oregon vehicles today. Custom salmon plate.  The extra proceeds from sales are used for the following: Litter Patrol Fund, Governors' Watershed Enhancement Board, and State parks. 1947 Oregon plate. Custom Crater Lake National Park Centennial plate - released in 2002.  The extra proceeds are distributed to the Litter Patrol Fund and National Park Foundation.

Real Estate News

New phase of tiny house movement brings shipping containers for homes in Portland

19 September 2014 — Who says that a tiny home needs to be a miniature house? What about a regular-sized shipping container with windows and a stove? You’ve seen them here and there online as personal projects, but alternative dwelling builder Montainer is streamlining the process of refurbishing shipping containers into 192-square-foot living spaces. Co-founder Patrick Collins said the Missoula, Montana-based company started a little more than a year ago, picking up the shipping containers from Seattle when the big metal boxes would normally be up for recycling. This week, Montainer unveiled the first prototype, named the Nomad 192, in downtown Missoula. The plan is to eventually take the shipping container to Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. “We produce them here in Montana, but where the most need for them is in places where housing is expensive,” said Collins. “They can actually be a really good value for people in those cities.” The liveable shipping containers cost $65,000, which includes installing household amenities like plumbing. The first Nomad 192’s are expected to ship out in early 2015. “We had seen these homes being built all over the world, but normally it had been a one-off construction project, or a do-it-yourself project,” said Collins. “This makes these more available.”  Read more…

In the ‘sharing economy,’ typical insurance won’t cut it, insurance commissioner warns

20 September 2014 — Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner warned Friday. The state’s insurance regulator had previously stayed quiet about the ways Oregonians might or might not be covered while using services like Airbnb or Uber. Those services are part of an emerging movement that encourages people to let others use their homes, cars or other resources to create an income stream, usually through an app or website.  Read more…

Portland home demolitions: Committee to recommend 35-day waiting period

20 September 2014 — group examining new regulations for house demolitions in Portland says all residential tear-downs should without exception be subject to a waiting period of at least 35 days. But in order to request a further delay — an option available as a matter of course to neighborhood associations — might be restricted only to cases where the person or group making the request can present a viable plan to save the property. The recommendation, made in response to a recent uptick in home demolitions, hasn’t been finalized. Whatever the group — made up of representatives from neighborhood groups, developers and preservationists — eventually proposes will go to the Portland City Council for approval.  Read more…


Washington’s once extinct Tahuya River salmon run on its own after restoration effort

21 September 2014 — Since 2004, biologists and volunteers have been working to restore an extinct population of summer chum salmon on the Tahuya River, which drains into southern Hood Canal southwest of Belfair. Now it’s time to find out whether Hood Canal summer chum can survive on their own in the Tahuya, said Clayton David, salmon and steelhead biologist for the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group. This will be the last year that summer chum from the Union River will be spawned artificially and released into the Tahuya, David said. (See a 2009 video below of fish-rearing efforts.) “Hopefully, they will do their thing and keep on producing,” he said. Even before Hood Canal summer chum were declared a threatened species in 1999, work had begun for restoring populations in several rivers where populations were barely hanging on. Remaining wild fish were caught and spawned. Their eggs were hatched in small portable incubators, and the young fish were grown under protected conditions until release. In the Union River, adults returning to the stream were boosted from about 100 fish in 1999 to a remarkable 12,000 fish in 2004, David said. After the supplementation program was ended, natural spawning was responsible for all the production. Now, in most years, nearly 2,000 fish return to the Union.   Read more…

San Juan Islands have no shortage of wildlife viewing opportunities, according to readers

21 September 2014 — Here’s a list of what readers say they love about viewing wildlife on the San Juan Islands. You don’t usually have to look very far to see it. • 5 p.m. feeding the bald eagle at Roche Harbor (I can’t vouch for this). • An osprey hovered right over our heads then landed only feet from us on Flat Point, Lopez. • A pod of orcas off of Patos Island (multiple sightings). • A polar bear! (actually it was a huge, silvery sea lion with big luminous eyes that looked like a polar bear) off of Watmough Bay/Lopez.  Read more…

Tykesons give the UO $10 million for building

21 September 2014 — Eugene resident Don Tykeson has said his idea of fun is giving away money. He must have had a heck of a time this week when he and his wife, Willie, gave the University of Oregon $10 million for a new building to house the College of Arts and Sciences administration, the Career Center and assorted classrooms. “I feel like I was put on this good Earth to try to make it better,” Tykeson said in a 2008 interview. “Health care has to be at the top of the list. If you have good health, then you need an education, and with education you can fulfill the dreams of your life. And if you have an education, you have the opportunity to enjoy the arts.” The planned 50,000-square-foot Tykeson building is expected to cost about $34 million. The university will ask the Legislature for $17 million worth of state bond backing, and other individual donors will come through with the remaining $7 million, said Andrew Marcus, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Read more…

Steve Duin: The great wealth in this community of ours

21 September 2014 — How pathetic are we, gentle readers, that we don’t view life solely through the prism of a paycheck? What relegated us to this remote, impoverished outpost, and the stubborn belief that in choosing to live in Portland, we are repaid with cleaner air, abundant water, great food, glorious access to the outdoors., and temperate politics? Why are we such losers? Why, oh why, have we settled for less traffic, less garbage, less humidity, less corruption, less of the NFL and, now and then, a smaller slice of the daily bread? Those questions loom large in Claire Cain Miller’s piece – “Keep Portland Broke” — in the Sept. 21 edition of The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine. Leaning on the tiresome satire that is “Portlandia,” Miller argues the young and restless are still flocking to our little retirement community and working for barista tips, if they work at all. She quotes Aaron Renn, an urban-affairs analyst, who insists that while Los Angeles attracts starlets and New York the financiers, “People move to Portland to move to Portland,” as if the city is a space between Pacific Avenue and Park Place on the Monopoly board, not a vibrant, creative, accessible and accommodating urban scene.  Read more…

Emergency shelter ready to welcome Hagg Lake fire evacuees

21 September 2014 — It was a quiet night at Dilley Elementary School south of Forest Grove, which is just the way the Red Cross likes it. As the Hagg Lake fire spread quickly yesterday afternoon, Red Cross volunteers, who had just shut down their operations in Estacada, scrambled to set up an emergency shelter at the school. And although they had a few inquiries from those evacuated from the fire zone, none of the residents ended up using the five cots which were set up in the gym. “We want to be here if they need us,” said volunteer Ann Henderson. “But we hope they don’t.” With the fire still burning, the shelter will remain open at least through this evening.  Read more…

Blue-green algae in Willamette River is toxic

20 September 2014 — Portlanders should stay out of the Willamette River all the way between the Ross Island Bridge and Sauvie Island, and don’t let your pets go in either. State officials reported Friday that tests showed the blue-green algae found in the river since Tuesday is toxic and a potential health hazard. “The message we want to get out to people is to just avoid contact with the water altogether,” said Jonathan Modie, spokesman for the Oregon Public Health Division. No other communities along the river have reported the blue-green algae to the health division, Modie said Thursday morning.  Read more…

NYT Mag: Will Portland’s draw for the young and educated be its undoing?

20 September 2014 — Young people are flocking to Portland not for jobs, but for the lifestyle — or so goes the storyline that often surfaces at economic forums and within business circles. The concept even inspired a hit sketch-comedy TV show. This week, The New York Times Magazine joined the conversation, profiling Portland’s “brain gain” and asking the question that seems to never go away: Are young, educated people moving to Portland and retiring? Author Claire Cain Miller, who says she is originally from Portland, writes: “Portland’s paradox is that it attracts so many of “the young and the restless,” as demographers call them, that it has become a city of the overeducated and underemployed — a place where young people are, in many cases, forced into their semi-retirement.” The article points to the work of two Portland State researchers, who found in 2012that young, college educated workers often do make trade-offs to live in Portland. The main one is pay. Wages for Portland’s under-40 crowd ranked 42nd among the top 50 metro areas in 2008-10. Portlanders are also more likely to be their own boss and create their own jobs to get by, or take what work they can find. About 35 percent of young college grads were employed in a field that didn’t require their degree.  Read more…

Portland’s Old Town to host pop-up public plaza

20 September 2014 —  New York’s done it, and so has Minneapolis — now it’s Portland’s turn to change streets into pedestrian plazas, even if it’s just for a weekend. BikePortland reports that neighborhood businesses and livable street advocates are planning a three-day demonstration in early October. It’s supposed to be one the country’s largest pop-up street projects to date, and is modeled after public spaces in Western Europe. Organizers and volunteers will build about 150 wooden planters to create protected bike lanes between Northwest Davis and Southwest Ash streets, plus a massive pedestrian space in front of VooDoo Doughnuts in Old Town. Sidewalk cafes will move in to give it that true European plaza feel.  Read more…

Homes That Just Went on The Market in the City of Portland

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715 Nw Macleay Blvd, Portland, OR 97210

$995,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Portland
Price: $995,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14584993
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 3,486
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Hasson Company Realtors

855 Sw 90th Ave, Portland, OR 97225

$390,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Portland
Price: $390,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14265995
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 2,246
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Hybrid Real Estate

3216 Ne Sumner St, Portland, OR 97211

$365,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Alberta Arts Disctrict, Portland
Price: $365,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14559986
Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Living Area SqFt: 2,168
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Premiere Property Group, LLC

12443 Sw Orchard Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97035

$359,000 - 3Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
Price: $359,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14181226
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Living Area SqFt: 1,756
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Hasson Company Realtors

8205 Sw 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

$292,000 - 3Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Multnomah Village, Portland
Price: $292,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14156257
Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Living Area SqFt: 960
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: HomeTrust Real Estate

14120 Se Steele St, Portland, OR 97236

$291,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Scott's Bluff, Portland
Price: $291,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14504499
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 2,345
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Real Estate Network Group
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rmls logoThe content relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the IDX program of the RMLS of Portland, Oregon. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Windemere Stellar are marked with the RMLS logo, and detailed information about these properties includes the names of the listing brokers.

All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. This content last updated on September 22, 2014 9:38 pm. Some properties which appear for sale on this web site may subsequently have sold or may no longer be available.

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Data courtesy of the RMLS, Portland, Oregon. Last Updated September 22, 2014 9:38 pm.


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