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 are interested in buying or selling a home in the Portland area, contact me online or call me at (503) 497-2984.

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.

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Hillsdale Hideaway

Tucked away not far from the center of Hillsdale is this very private house on an over-sized lot. With a contemporary style that has been updated, there are three bedrooms, two baths, 1415 square feet, two decks to enjoy living and entertaining outside, as well as a new brick patio and deck space in front. Once your errands or dining out are done in Hillsdale and/or Multnomah Village, you can relax in front of the new wood fireplace. Two-car attached garage is part of the package too. Also new for your enjoyment are bamboo floors and a dishwasher. Gardening will be a delight for the green thumb crowd…or the novice gardener. Just steps from the Stephens Creek Natural Park and a couple of blocks from Custer Park. Included in the sale are high-end washer & dryer and the flat screen television in the living room. The home has three bedrooms and two full-size bathrooms. Heating is forced air/gas.   $335,000. MLS 14625217.  Read more…

Case-Shiller: Home-price gains slowing in Portland area, other major cities

29 July 2014 — Home-price increases continued to decelerate in May in Portland and major cities across the country. Prices across 20 major U.S. metros surveyed were up 1.1 percent in May, according the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, a closely watched measure of economic health. The increase brought home prices to a level 9.3 percent higher than a year earlier, missing expectations for a bigger increase.  Read more… 

Nothing fancy

31 July 2014 — If Brian and Jill Faherty’s home looks a little like a catalog, there’s  good reason: Mr. Faherty is the owner of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., the lighting and housewares company based in Portland, Ore., and his ranch-style house here is where most of the catalogs are shot. But it’s also where he tests products in development, and where he and his wife are raising three children (J. P., 12; Greta, 11; and Audrey, 6). So while it may look as if everything is arranged just so, in fact the opposite is true. Things are constantly in flux, and function is more important than appearance. The main piece of furniture in the family room, for instance, is an Ikea sofa. “We added brass-walnut accented legs for a sleeker look,” said Mr. Faherty, 50. “We like to invest in some things for enduring quality, but a sectional couch with three kids — how long is that going to last before it has to be reupholstered?” He added: “We don’t want to be worried about our couch. We live here.” Even the house was chosen for its utility, and for the ways in which it differed from their previous home, a Colonial-style house with great bones but very small rooms.  Read more… 

July 26-August 24:  Five houses to view at 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams

Take your shoes off and pretend you’re home. That’s the best compliment you can give the builders and designers of five new custom homes displayed during the 2014 NW Natural Street of Dreams, July 26-Aug. 24, in Happy Valley. Although large – one’s 5,600 square feet or four times the size of a standard Portland bungalow – these dwellings don’t feel like cavernous mega monsters perched on a hill. And although designed by professionals using contemporary and traditional decor, the spaces don’t look fussy or like overly polished magazine spreads. Surprisingly, sustainability is a big factor on this Street of Dreams; all of the builders are members of the Building a Better America Council, which commits to reducing the industry’s waste and carbon footprint.  Read more…


Portland police cracking down on sidewalk bicyclists, skateboarders in downtown

31 July 2014 — Bicycle and skateboard commuters (yes, skateboarding to work is a thing in stumptown) might want to steer clear of downtown Portland’s sidewalks on Thursday. Concerned about an increasing number of complaints from pedestrians about collisions and near-misses with cyclists on crowded walkways, Portland police say they will target bike riders and skateboarders ignoring the ban on riding on sidewalks between Jefferson Street, Naito Parkway, Hoyt Street and 13th Avenue on the west side. “During the summer months, downtown Portland sidewalks become very congested and collisions between pedestrians and those riding bicycles or skateboards become more likely,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman. The enforcement and education mission – planned from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. — will focus on sidewalks between West Burnside and Southwest Yamhill Streets, Fifth to Sixth avenues.  Read more…

Oregon’s health insurance marketplace shows signs of success

31 July 2014 — The Oregon Insurance Division will announce new prices for all the health plans available on Oregon’s exchange, Friday. That’s important because it’s the first time insurance companies have set prices with the benefit of a year’s experience — and with the knowledge of competitors’ prices. A couple of years ago, as health insurance companies prepared for the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Ralph Prows set up a new company — The Oregon Health Co-Op. The idea was to start a company run by customers.  Read more…

Portland pediatricians tap big data to keep kids healthy

31 July 2014 — Portland pediatricians are gaining a new online tool that to help them better track the health of their young patients. The Children’s Health Alliance, an association of independent pediatricians in Oregon and Southwest Washington, launched the childhood population health management tool to keep them apprised of the full picture of their patients’ health and better coordinate their care. “The need arose as pediatricians were working on rules for care managers and care coordinators and they realized they didn’t have good ways to capture the information that affected the whole picture of the patient,” said Children’s Health Alliance Executive Director Deborah Rumsey.  Read more…

UP professor wants her nurses to ignore job risk, put patients first

31 July 2014 — Lorretta Krautscheid was growing frustrated. The University of Portland nursing professor knew she was teaching her students right from wrong. Every one of them took a full semester course in nursing ethics. They’d had patient protocols drilled into their brains over the course of their four years of study. And yet, Krautscheid kept hearing from students who had begun working at area hospitals that they were doing things they knew were wrong and that were compromising the health and safety of patients. They were inserting urinary catheters into patients without following the sterilization protocols that prevent infection. They were giving hospitalized patients medications without first going over the possible side effects. They were watching doctors and senior nurses enter patients’ rooms without washing their hands. And they weren’t saying anything about it. For years Krautscheid had believed that her job was teaching students the right way of doing things and the importance of behaving honorably. Now she was becoming convinced that wasn’t enough.  Read more…

Which cities are best for women in business? Here’s a ranking of the top 100

31 July 2014 — Where does your city rank when it comes to the best markets for women in business? Bizwomen has rated the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, looking at the opportunities available for women both as entrepreneurs and climbers of the corporate ladder. The cities with the most well-educated and highly paid women landed at the top of the list. The cities where education and pay were lacking? Not so high.  Read more…

The city that never happened: East Portlanders came close to being incorporated as city of 125,000

30 July 2014 — Squeezed between Portland and Gresham and threatened with annexation by both, activists from unincorporated areas of Multnomah County in 1981 hatched a plan: join their environs with the small suburb of Fairview to form Oregon’s second-largest city, “Columbia Ridge.” “If we join Portland, we will be in a city of a half-million people with its power base still in downtown Portland instead of responsive to needs unique to our part of the county,” proponent Bonny McKnight said in 1982. The proposed municipality would have been home to about 125,000 residents, with boundaries from the Columbia River to Foster Road, the Cully neighborhood to Fairview. It was the closest east Portland ever came to direct political representation as a geographic unit. “We thought we knew ourselves better,” McKnight said in a recent interview.  Read more…

How trees actually improve your quality of life

30 July 2014 — They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—and they can even help with your attitude. John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman stomped through the Midwestern winter snow with bare feet. His cloak was a lightly modified coffee sack with holes for his head and arms that—all of this according to a posthumous 1871 profile in Harper’s—he deemed “as good clothing as any man need wear.” He ate from buckets of pig slop, and when people welcomed Appleseed into their log homes, he would lie on the floor and deliver “news right fresh from heaven.” He claimed to have frequent conversations with angels, two of whom promised to marry him upon his death if he agreed to abstain from marriage during his Earthly existence. Which he did manage. But Appleseed was also wholly obsessed with planting trees for the benefit of future generations, so his legacy as an American folk hero is due.  Read more…

Uber for Portland ‘highly likely’

30 July 2014 — Uber advocates may soon get their wish to bring the rideshare service to Portland. On Tuesday’s Think Out Loud, host Geoff Norcross asked Dylan Rivera, a Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman, about Uber in the City of Roses and his response was surprising. It looks the rideshare services are being seriously considered. “It’s highly likely that we can accommodate Uber and some other competitors,” Rivera said.  Read more….

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

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10639 Nw Vernon Ct, Portland, OR 97229

$1,499,900 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Forest Heights/wildwood, Portland
Price: $1,499,900
Status: Active
MLS #: 14124531
Beds: 5
Baths: 4
Living Area SqFt: 5,153
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere

15243 Nw Red Cedar Ct, Portland, OR 97231

$1,150,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Skyview Estates, Portland
Price: $1,150,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14276126
Beds: 5
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 5,746
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Locker Properties L.L.C.

9121 Nw Benson Ct, Portland, OR 97229

$875,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Forest Ridge In Forest Heights, Portland
Price: $875,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14193746
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Living Area SqFt: 4,628
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Eleete Real Estate

4029 Sw Hillsdale Ave, Portland, OR 97239

$798,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Council Crest, Portland
Price: $798,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14044852
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 3,643
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Where, Inc.

1831 Nw Columbine Ln, Portland, OR 97229

$700,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Forest Park, Portland
Price: $700,000
Status: Active
MLS #: 14266576
Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 3,312
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Portland Creative Realtors

1905 Se Larch Ave, Portland, OR 97214

$672,500 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Ladd's Addition, Portland
Price: $672,500
Status: Active
MLS #: 14487306
Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt: 2,873
Property Type: DETACHD
Listing Office Name: Windermere Stellar
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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 July 31, 2014 1:38 pm. Some properties which appear for sale on this web site may subsequently have sold or may no longer be available.

The above information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Data courtesy of the RMLS, Portland, Oregon. Last Updated July 31, 2014 1:38 pm.


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