• 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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  • Home Tours  

    July 30-August 28:  Street of Dreams in West Linn

    Looking out over the 63-acre property that will house the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams this summer, Gordon Root points to a snow-capped Mount Hood off in the distance. “It’s a great view,” he says. “But the mountain gets in the way.” Root is joking, of course; as it happens, a pristine view of the mountain is just one of many selling points for the five luxury homes being built on property just south of West Linn city limits. The development is called Tumwater at Petes Mountain.  Read more...

    May through August Wednesdays & Thursdays:  Walking tour of historic and architecturally neighborhoods and sites

    The Architectural Heritage Center presents walking tours of historic and architecturally significant neighborhoods and sites around Portland, Oregon. From May through August we lead Wednesday and Thursday evening tours, with additional tours on weekends throughout the year. We are also able to provide private group walking tours. If your group is interested in a private tour, contact the AHC for more information. Our knowledgeable, trained, volunteer guides welcome you to learn more about our area’s history and architecture. Please check out our Events page for the most up-to-date calendar of walking tours and other AHC education programs.  Read more...

    Real Estate News

    Gamer turns virtual currency into massive Oregon house with million dollar pool

    27 May — If you were in on the ground floor of an online gaming empire, what would your mansion look like? Well, check out the monster estate owned by Jonathan Yantis, one of the pioneers in virtual currency and items in multiplayer games like World of Warcraft that go for real-world cash outside of the fantasy realm. After 13 years of living in Grants Pass, Oregon, Yantis is selling his game-centric pad for $3.175 million. Some experts estimate that's about $2 million less than what he poured into it. Get this: There's a lighted tennis court that is wired for sound and you don't even need a coach. Just turn on the ball server. Run and stop all you want since the polypropylene court floor is supposed to protect against stressed limbs and joints. Here's another wow: The spa is 8 feet deep.  Read more...

    On the market: Big, small Oregon homes with a boat dock (photos)

    28 May — Oh, think of the places you wouldn't have to go if you could sit in your patio and watch the world float by. People who live on rivers boast about the ever-changing scenery, both natural and man-made. Isn't it everyone's dream to live on land but play on the water? In this week's real estate gallery, we look at homes on the market or recently sold that have access to a boat dock. Because what's the fun of being near a body of water if you don't have a private dock to sit and dangle your legs from?   Read more...

    'Portland for Everyone' housing coalition emerging, modeled after Seattle

    27 May — An emerging coalition of housing activists is calling on Portland leaders to increase density in single-family residential neighborhoods, strengthen renter protections and put a general obligation bond on November's ballot that would fund affordable housing. Calling itself Portland for Everyone – intentionally modeled after a Seattle for Everyone coalition that recently came together around an ambitious set of housing goals in that city – the group held the first in what it said will be a series of meetings Wednesday night at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Hundreds attended, clapping and cheering in support of a range of policy ideas.  Read more...

    Hourly wage needed for Oregon 2-bedroom apartments rose $3 in a year

    26 May — The amount of money a renter would have to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Oregon rose by nearly $3 an hour in a single year, from a $16.61 hourly wage in 2015 to $19.38 now, according to a study published Wednesday. The Out of Reach study, published annually by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, calculates a so-called "housing wage" – the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent and utilities. It comes at a time when affordable housing has emerged as a top political issue as cities up and down the West Coast have seen skyrocketing rents and a low supply of available apartments.  Read more...



    A new hope for hikers with disabilities – access to information

    30 May — It's hard to stop an adventurous Pacific Northwest spirit from getting to the trail. Weather won't stop it, and neither will a wheelchair. Portland-based Access Recreation isn't pushing for better access on trails, it's pushing for better access to information on trails. For these hikers, that makes a world of difference.   Read more...

    85 years of Airstreams, from land yachts to punk rock: Show us yours (photos)

    30 May — For 85 years, owners of these aluminum, capsule-shaped caravans have been crisscrossing the country in style. Many of them will gather for the annual, six-day Alumapalooza, which starts Tuesday, May 31, at the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio. Some owners of the luxury campers will also be a part of the first Great Outdoors Western Campout June 10-14 in Wyoming. Oregon is contributing to news in the Airstream universe. The company joined with Pendleton Woolen Mills of Pendleton, Oregon, to create 100 limited-edition, 28-foot-long coaches ($114,600) tied to the centennial of the U.S. National Parks.   Read more...

    Memorial Day ceremonies slated throughout metro area

    29 May — Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a time to honor and remember those who have died in service to the United States, and honor and thank those who have served and are serving in the armed forces. The original Decoration Day was proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.   Read more...

    Air National Guard jets plan Memorial Day flyovers

    29 May — Fighter jets with Oregon’s Air National Guard will do 10 flyovers Monday for Memorial Day ceremonies across the state. F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, will do flyovers for, among others, the NCAA men’s golf championships in Eugene and the Willamette National Cemetery ceremony in Portland.   Read more...

    A Kayak Journey across Portland Reveals the City’s Huge, Wild Heart

    29 May — We pull our kayaks onto the beach at Kelley Point Park, halfway home, ready for lunch. My thighs aren’t yet burned mulberry, and Garon hasn’t yet resorted to peeing in his boat—all that will come later. For now, we feel pretty much invincible. The trip so far has been a leisurely glide over 14 miles of swiftly flowing river. A few hours earlier, before sunrise, Garon and I pushed our kayaks off the bank of the smooth Columbia and began paddling west. The plan was to make it from beyond Portland International Airport to the public dock down by OMSI. We grew up together in Portland, but we’d never seen the city from the rivers that are the reasons it exists. Plus, we get a kick out of devising quasi-harebrained adventures.  Read more...

    Portland maps the most dangerous places to be during an earthquake

    27 May — The City of Portland has released a new map showing the most dangerous places to be during an earthquake. Unreinforced masonry buildings constructed before the 1960s are likely to collapse during a large earthquake. Portland has 1,800 of them. Dan Douthit with the Bureau of Emergency Management said many west coast cities — especially in California — already have policies to make them safe or tear them down. “So Portland is looking at a policy where we would require that all building owners either retrofit or demolish them,” he said. “But we also want to come up with some incentives to make it easier for building owners to do the work.”  Read more...

    Zombie houses and the mysterious Mr. Yee

    27 May — Paint is flaking on the house at 8517 N. Portsmouth Ave. The lawn is thick with shoulder-high weeds. The vacant house stands in stark contrast to other well-kept homes along the street. One neighbor has lived on this block for 50 years and calls himself a victim of the property, which has sat vacant for the past 20 years. He has seen opossums, raccoons and rats living in the house. Groups of squatters have moved in and out. Once he saw a shirtless, barefooted man leap from a second-story window after accidentally starting a fire. He is fairly certain the man was smoking crack upstairs. In all of those years, the neighbor has never seen the man who owns the vacant property — the one responsible for lowering the value of his home and causing a safety hazard in the neighborhood.  Read more...