• 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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    1874 Victorian decorated for Christmas: Old-fashioned holiday tour

    30 November — What was it like to celebrate the holidays in 1874? There was no electricity in the Zimmerman House in Northeast Portland, so candles on Christmas trees provided the twinkling lights, says Twila Mysinger of the East County Historical Organization, which cares for the property. Lanterns were set on the porch to guide guests and instead of cranking up the iPhone to set the mood with music, people would have singalongs and play the piano, violin, concertina, zither and xylophone in the parlor, she adds. You can experience an old-fashioned holiday celebration inside the Zimmerman House, at 17111 N.E. Sandy Boulevard in Portland, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 10. The two-story Victorian will be decorated with family heirlooms and two trees will be adorned with vintage ornaments and photos. Since three generations of the Zimmerman family lived here over the decades, there are more than 30,000 pieces of furniture and personal articles, including children's toys, games, clothing and china, say tour organizers.  Read more…

    Clackamas County rejects zone change for 72-lot subdivision; developer wanted to cut 300 trees

    30 November — A developer's plan to cut more than 300 trees, many a century old, and build a 72-lot subdivision near Gladstone suffered a setback last week when a hearings officer denied a zone change the company sought. Lennar Corp., the nation's second largest homebuilder, wants to develop the the 16.8-acre Evangelical Conference Center site. The project faced strong opposition from those living near the forested site that for decades served as a de facto neighborhood park.  Read more…

    15 unique home & garden gifts from $5 to $100

    30 November — We have nothing against gift cards. They're easy to grab at the last minute and everyone loves them. But if you want to be a little more memorable this year, consider upping your gift game. We scoured some favorite destinations around the Portland area -- Multnomah Village, NE Alberta St., North Mississippi Ave., The Pearl District and SE Hawthorne St. -- to see what independent retailers have to offer for the holiday shopping season.  Read more…


    Powell's $350,000 book

    30 November — Powell’s City of Books swells with customers on a Sunday during the holiday season. Shoppers visiting the book store that engulfs a downtown Portland city block  stream through its 3,500 sections that organize around a million titles. But there is one book that almost no one, including staff, is able to see. Locked away in a secret location is the store’s most expensive book. It’s only taken out for serious buyers. “It’s legendary in terms of Powell’s lore,” said Jeremy Garber the events coordinator. Garber has worked at Powell’s for 10 years and has never seen it. “I don’t think it’s even at the store.” I asked three different employees where the book was. I got three different answers. “We’re not just going to draw you a map and say to somebody ‘if you want it come and get it’,” said Michael Powell the former president of the family store.  Read more…

    Oregon Historical Society spreads holiday cheer

    30 November —The 48th edition of the Oregon Historical Society’s Holiday Cheer Event will take place this Sunday. The event celebrates the literary talents right here in Oregon. Guests will have a chance to meet their favorite local author and take home a signed book. More than 85 local authors will be on hand at the event, including Jeff Alworth, author of “The Beer Bible”, Matt Love, author of “The great Birthright: An Oregon Novel” and many more. A full list of authors is available here. All author sat the event have published in the last year, making it the perfect place to start your holiday shopping. The event kicks off at 12 PM on this Sunday December 6. Admission to the event is free and includes admission tot he Oregon Historical Society museum. For more information, visit the Oregon Historical Society’s website.  Read more…

    Ochoco National Forest an escape from central Oregon crowds

    30 November — The Ochoco National Forest  is based in Prineville and also includes the Crooked River National Grassland in the central Oregon triangle between Madras, Redmond and Prineville. If you like the scenery in Smith Rock State Park, you will find something similar in the grassland, though less of it but also much less crowded. Gray Butte is the focal point. The bulk of the 1,330-square mile Ochoco National Forest covers the Ochoco Mountains, a western outlier of the broader Blue Mountain Range to the east. The range high point is Lookout Mountain, at 6,926 feet, not high enough for downhill ski lifts, but down below along U.S. 26 there are several winter play spots loved by locals for sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.  Read more…

    Weasel-like critter, gone from Washington for 20 years, returning to Cascades

    30 November — A weasel-like predator that disappeared from Washington state decades ago will soon be reintroduced to the Cascade Mountains. State and federal wildlife officials are preparing to re-establish fishers into Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks and surrounding areas as part of an effort to restore the state-listed endangered animals to their previous range. The dark brown forest-dwelling mammals historically were found throughout much of the forested areas of the state. But they declined in numbers due to overtrapping in the 1800s and early 1900s and the loss of forest habitats. Fishers are believed to have disappeared from the state in the mid-1900s.  Read more…

    Festival of Trees opens on Friday, December 4

    30 November — The annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Portland Providence Medical Center, will come to the Oregon Convention Center this weekend. This year’s edition of the festival, which taken place each year since 1982, will feature more than 100 beautifully decorated trees, mini-trees and holiday displays. The event is expected to draw more than 20,000 guests this year, according to organizers. In order to plan such a massive event, more than 1,200 volunteers, including a 40 member steering committee, give their time and efforts. Families will have a chance to decorate cookies, make holiday crafts, visit the teddy bear hospital and much more during the festival. The big man himself, Santa Claus, will even be onhand to take photos with all of the good little boys and girls at the festival. The festival opens to the public at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 4. It will remain open until 8 PM on Friday before reopening at 9 AM on Saturday, December 5 and closing for good at 5 PM.  Read more…

    PERS costs to soar in 2017 and beyond, clobbering Oregon

    29 November — State public pension officials are holding town hall meetings around the state to warn schools, cities and public agencies that they will be clobbered by an unprecedented string of pension cost increases starting in 2017. That is expected to be followed by persistently high contribution rates that will strap public budgets for at least a decade. Blame the Oregon Supreme Court's rejection of lawmakers' 2013 pension reforms, investment returns that have lagged expectations in the last two years, and a number of changes in the system's economic assumptions. The result is that the unfunded liability in Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System has more than doubled in the last year and now hovers at its highest-ever level. The last official estimate was $18 billion. But if current investment returns hold through year end, the deficit will exceed $20 billion.  Read more…