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 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

 

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.
 

Homes

Perks of a small space: Tiny house documentary spotlights Portland

1 April 2015 — Why build a tiny house? One of the people in the new documentary “Small is Beautiful” explains his motivation this way: It frees you up from the BS of life. The hour-long film, directed by Australian Jeremy Beasley, premiered March 26 in Melbourne. People attending the Tiny House Conference in Portland April 18-19 will watch a screening and meet the filmmakers, according to conference organizer Ryan Mitchell. In “Small is Beautiful,” four Portland residents talk about their desire to live affordably, simply and in a small space. Each is at a different stage both in life and in building a tiny homes. There’s a 20something bachelor with an inheritance and no building experience. A young couple avoiding what they call a stereotypical lifestyle and a big mortgage. And a 50-year-old happily living in a house on wheels. Dee Williams co-founder of Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD) and author of “The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir,” is interviewed in the film. She is one of the hosts of a tiny house mixer April 17 at Caravan-The Tiny House Hotel in Northeast Portland.   Read more…

Portland-area home prices gain at 7.2 percent annual clip

31 March 2015 — Prices of Portland-area houses continued to show gains in January, contributing to a year-over-year price rise of 7.2 percent, according to the closely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, released Tuesday morning. The report marked Portland as the fifth-fastest gaining city among the top 20 markets tracked. Portland trailed only Denver, Miami, Dallas and San Francisco in terms of year-over-year price rises. Nationally, home prices slipped slightly in January. Around the country, year-over-year prices rose 4.5 percent from January to January, the index notes. Case-Shiller’s 10-city and 20-city composites — the latter of which includes Portland — showed January gains.   Read more…

Cash & Carry’s move clears the way for the latest apartment project in the Pearl District

31 March 2015 — A foodservice business that has served the industry for more than 60 years will open its new Portland home this week, clearing the way for the latest apartment building to come to the Pearl District. Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice, a warehouse-format store for the foodservice industry, will open its new store in Northwest Portland on April. The new location at 1825 N.W. 19th St. features a larger footprint than the previous Northwest Portland location, as well as parking and larger coolers for customer convenience. Cash & Carry’s previous location was at Northwest 14th Avenue and Pettygrove Streets. Developer Mill Creek Residential Trust purchased the property in 2013 and has plans for a nine-story, 290-unit apartment building called Modera Pearl. Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring or early this summer.   Read more…

Will Portland score big discount buying land from prominent developer?

30 March 2015 — Portland and one of the city’s most prominent developers, Hoyt Street Properties, have yet to finalize a deal for more affordable housing in the posh Pearl District after nearly seven months of negotiations. It’s not clear why talks are dragging, although Portland is now slated to buy land from Hoyt Street by April 24, a city attorney said Friday. Developers and city officials declined to discuss progress.   Read more…

News

A Portland think tank introduces new approach to decrease childhood illness

1 April 2015 — A Portland-based think tank is hopeful that a focused approach on the health of a mother before and during pregnancy could be the revolutionary breakthrough that helps prevent everything from miscarriages to neurological disorders such as autism. At an upcoming conference in Portland, The Forum, a research think tank that focuses on research and clinical practice on the health issues of pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood, plans to introduce a new protocol for preventing childhood illness called Preconception to Infancy, or P2i. The goal is to positively impact 1 million babies in five years to prevent everything from cancer to serious allergies and ADHD.   Read more…

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her

1 April 2015 — Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000. At the time, most Portland School Board members said Smith deserved the raise after receiving only a 2 percent increase in pay during her first seven years in the district’s top job.The decision by the board majority outraged many, who wondered why Smith was worth the steep pay hike as veteran teachers’ salaries grew at a far slower rate and principals’ pay remained relatively flat. Smith’s raise is being talked about again as campaigns gather steam for the upcoming School Board elections May 19. It turns out hers wasn’t the only pay hike.  Read more…

The 500-page “Encyclopedia of Air Jordans” hits shelves tomorrow

1 April 2015 —  Sneaker collectors have a new reference guide. A history of Air Jordan shoes will release Tuesday. The book — “The Encyclopedia of Air Jordans” — was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It includes more than 500 pages and 1,300 photos of vintage and collectible Air Jordan sneakers. Author Jay Lawrence, who is not affiliated with Nike or the Jordan brand, spent five years on the book.   Read more…

A transition from coal to clean energy

1 April 2015 — t’s easy to think of Oregon as a sustainability leader among states. We’re passionate about the quality of our air and water, and we’ve recently become only the second state in the country to adopt a low carbon fuel standard, called the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. With so much attention paid to our health and environment, it might be surprising for some Oregonians to learn that the amount of power we get from renewable resources isn’t 100 percent. In fact, the state still uses coal for about one third of its power needs. We only have one coal-fired power plant in the state, the Boardman facility, which will stop using coal by 2020.   Read more…

Reed, Oregon Institute of Technology considered state’s ‘best value’ colleges

31 March 2015 — Two very different Oregon colleges rated high in a new study, evaluating which schools are the best “value.”  Oregon officials declined to comment on the study from the finance group, Smart Asset, because specifics of the methodology aren’t public. But officials tend to agree on the factors it looked at, such as college costs, financial aid, and income after graduation.   Read more…

New Listings in Portland

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12579 Nw Coleman Dr Portland, OR 97229

New
Price $749,900
Beds 5
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,446
Status Active
MLS # 15674398
Property Type Detachd

1932 Nw 126th Pl Portland, OR 97229

New
Price $749,900
Beds 5
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,446
Status Active
MLS # 15155016
Property Type Detachd

6930 Sw 68th Ave Portland, OR 97223

Open House
New
Price $619,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,556
Status Active
MLS # 15048102
Property Type Detachd

2570 Nw 108th Ter Portland, OR 97210

New
Price $599,950
Beds 5
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,822
Status Active
MLS # 15056621
Property Type Detachd

14818 Sw 122nd Pl Tigard, OR 97224

New
Price $549,900
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,091
Status Active
MLS # 15055194
Property Type Detachd

2104 Nw 16th Ave Portland, OR 97209

New
Price $549,000
Beds 2
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 1,614
Status Active
MLS # 15626365
Property Type Condo

New Listings in Hillsboro

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25810 Sw Rogol Dr Hillsboro, OR 97123

New
Price $499,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 2,684
Status Active
MLS # 15532082
Property Type Detachd

6325 Se Kensington St Hillsboro, OR 97123

New
Price $279,900
Beds 3
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 1,871
Status Active
MLS # 15550881
Property Type Detachd

2129 Nw 3rd Ave Hillsboro, OR 97124

Open House
New
Price $259,900
Beds 4
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 1,749
Status Active
MLS # 15232003
Property Type Detachd

3119 Ne Weeping Willow Way Hillsboro, OR 97124

New
Price $239,900
Beds 4
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 1,580
Status Active
MLS # 15141325
Property Type Attachd

1065 Se Leander St Hillsboro, OR 97123

New
Price $235,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 1,820
Status Active
MLS # 15260653
Property Type Detachd

2065 Se Spruce St Hillsboro, OR 97123

New
Price $224,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,403
Status Active
MLS # 15608851
Property Type Detachd

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New Listings by Area in the City of Portland

New Listings in Northwest Portland  ♦  New Listings in Southwest Portland  ♦  New Listings in Southeast Portland
New Listings in Northeast Portland  ♦  New Listings in North Portland 

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New Listings by Community in the Portland Metro Area

New Listings in Beaverton  ♦ New listings in Hillsboro  ♦  New Listings in Lake Oswego  ♦ New Listings in Sherwood
New Listings in Tigard  ♦ New Listings in Tualatin  ♦  New Listings in West Linn