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 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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West Linn riverfront home with stunning views 

4-riverfrontwestlinnhome2 December — The private deeded beach of this contemporary 6,692 sq. foot West Linn home is the perfect spot to enjoy the Willamette River. Surrounded by four parks, this location is the perfect spot for watching the local bald eagles and osprey or for kayaking, it’s all just steps from the back door. This contemporary home is carefully situated both to maintain privacy and to highlight the stunning views of the river. From the beautiful marble tile foyer, the eye is immediately drawn to the 20 foot floor-to-ceiling living room windows that frame a view to the river and the trees of Meldrum Park on the far shore. Fresh paint and brand new carpet enhance the clean minimalist design that includes ample natural light from the many windows.  Read more…

Governor’s budget allows Oregon’s rooftop solar tax credit to die

2 December — Extending the Residential Energy Tax Credit is a top priority of the Oregon solar industry in the upcoming legislative session, but it still hasn’t made it on to Gov. Kate Brown’s list of things to do. The governor’s newly released 2017-2019 budget assumes the tax credit and other energy-related incentives will sunset at the end of 2017 as scheduled. That’s one reason the governor was able to claim a 78 percent drop in the Department of Energy’s budget, from $182.2 million in the current biennium to $40.8 million in 2017-19.  Read more…

Garden book review: ‘Hidden Life of Trees’ explores friendship, communication

1 December — Sally and George Peterson are DIY gardeners who have transformed a rough hillside with a lake view into a tree-laden landscape with organic vegetables and herbs growing in raised planter beds and a greenhouse. On their Ashland property, 225 trees, mostly native and drought tolerant, provide shade, fall color and berries for birds. They have also planted 200 shrubs and 3,000 bulbs, and installed a filter system to catch rainwater. We gave Sally Peterson a stack of garden-related books and asked her if the information would help other DIYers in the Pacific Northwest.  Read more… 

Report: Portland housing increasingly unaffordable; new policies, plans could pay dividends

1 December — Despite the Portland City Council’s attempts to create more affordable housing, rents and home prices are continuing to rise throughout the city, according to the 2016 State of Housing report released Thursday, Dec. 1. Because wages in the city have been largely stagnant, average minority households are effectively priced out of Portland, along with households headed by single mothers, according to the report. “Within the 2016 report, data indicates that housing affordability in Portland in the last year has gotten worse, an issue that is disproportionately impacting low-income residents, communities of color, seniors and individuals with disabilities.  Read more… 


Tom Hallman: A Christmas wreath with meaning and power

2 December — It’s just a number: 590. You can decide what it means. Is it a failure, or a start? If you want to push it over 1,000, you can do that on Dec. 17 if you show up at Portland’s Willamette National Cemetery with a Christmas wreath. Arrive there about noon, have a cup of coffee, and then join other volunteers who will show you what to do: Lay your wreath at the grave of a veteran, solemnly read out loud the name on gravestone and offer a salute as a way to thank the departed for serving the country. This began six years ago when a handful of Portland volunteers decided to follow the lead of Wreaths Across America. That nonprofit, based in Maine, has a goal of placing a wreath on every veteran’s grave in the United States on Dec. 17 as a national day of remembrance.  Read more…

Top takeaways from Gov. Kate Brown’s $20.8 billion budget proposal

2 December — Gov. Kate Brown released her proposed 2017-19 budget on Thursday. Here are some highlights:  Spending cuts: Brown would close half of Oregon’s looming $1.7 billion shortfall through cuts to existing programs. One such cut involves closing a state psychiatry facility in Junction City. Another would close an Oregon Youth Authority correctional facility in Clatsop County. Brown has also sought cuts in funding for sometimes-controversial energy tax credits and for wildland firefighting.  Read more…

Small-business entrepreneurs are thriving in Portland, among other surprising spots

2 December — Most entrepreneurs know that business is booming in tech hubs like Silicon Valley and Seattle. But the micro-business sector — businesses of one to five workers — is also going strong in cities in the South and in the Midwest. Invoice2go on Wednesday released its second annual ranking of the top 25 U.S. cities for these small business. The report touted Dallas as the top city, with individual businesses collecting an average of $214,805 in invoices in 2016. Seattle dropped to No. 3. Portland made its debut on the list at No. 2, with an average of $201,498 in invoices per business this year.  Read more…

Shaken but safe: Horse rescued from 100-foot fall in Lake Oswego

2 December — Something spooked a horse named Denver on the wet Brookside trail near Lake Oswego’s Iron Mountain Boulevard Thursday afternoon, causing the 5 year old to misstep then slide about 100 feet down the hillside. Miraculously, Denver wasn’t hurt, but it did have to wait hours in the loose dirt in the heavily wooded area to be rescued. But it was not alone. The rider jumped off as the horse started to slip off the trail about 200 feet above the paddock at the Lake Oswego Hunt Club.  Read more…

Oregon outshines most states at reporting to parents on school performance

1 December — Oregon does a better job than most states of communicating clear and thorough information about public schools’ performance to parents and the public, a new study finds. Officials at the non-profit Data Quality Campaign, funded by more than a half-dozen of the nation’s biggest education philanthropies, are big believers that sharing quality statistics about public schools can deliver a big payoff for students. So their researchers set out to check how well each state communicates that data about schools’ performance to ordinary members of the public, starting with a basic Google search for “(state name) state report card.”  Read more…

Preliminary Eastmoreland ‘Historic District’ boundaries divulged

1 December — It’s official: A “draft nomination” document for the Eastmoreland Historic District was officially submitted to State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on November 1, by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA), with assistance from their consulting firm, AECOM. Those opposed to the plan, including Liz Dexter with a group calling itself “Keep Eastmoreland Free”, said they were concerned, because the neighborhood association “neglected to present it to our neighborhood beforehand, as they had said that they would.”  Read more…

City forcing Portland resident to remove trees at her expense

1 December — Massive elm trees that form a canopy over Ladd’s Addition streets are so iconic, they’ve inspired an ongoing volunteer crusade to save the street trees from dreaded Dutch elm disease. When one of the graceful trees is deemed diseased and untreatable, the city steps in to remove it, at no cost to the adjacent homeowner, to stem the spread of the disease. So Ladd’s Addition resident Alyssa Gregg was taken aback on Oct. 26, when she received a notice from the city informing her she must remove the two elms on the city parking strip in front of her house within 15 calendar days. The city normally foots the bill if elms are afflicted with Dutch elm disease, but in this case the city said they were infected with something else, and therefore Gregg must pay to take them down. Her estimated tab: $2,000 per tree.  Read more…