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.


Wary of retirement housing options, some baby boomers make their own way

17 April 2015 — In the late ’90s, Dick Benner and Lavinia Gordon dreamed of buying a building to open a bookstore and perhaps live in a condo above. The bookstore idea fell to the wayside, but the conversation about how the couple wanted to live in retirement endured. Benner and Gordon and four other couples recently moved into Ankeny Row, a pocket village of five townhouses in Southeast Portland that, thanks to energy-efficient construction and solar panels, will have a net-zero draw on the electric grid. But they’re more than residents: The couples came together to develop the property to suit their needs. All of the residents — partners in a company formed to oversee the development — are retired or nearing retirement and wanted to downsize, but hoped to do so in a way that aligned with their values and their vision for their golden years. “We had lived in these big houses and we wanted to downsize in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Francie Royce, who with her husband, became Benner and Gordon’s first partners. “And we wanted to live with friends.” The Metro regional government and other forecasters expect the retirement-age population of the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro area to more than double by 2040, when nearly two in 10 Portlanders would be over age 65.   Read more…

Southeast Portland housing project approaches net-zero energy

17 April 2015 — Architects of an innovative Southeast Portland project have thrown open the doors of a project that aims to give more than it takes. The Ankeny Row townhomes are designed to meet net-zero Passive House standards, as laid down by the Passive House Institute. Green Hammer founder and CEO Stephen Aiguier and certified Passive House consultant Alex Boetzel led a tour of the Portland spots this week. Ankeny Row consists of six craftsman-style townhomes and a shared common building, garden and courtyard, It sits on a 12,600-square-foot lot.   Read more…

Massive downtown Lake Oswego project gets the green light

16 April 2015 — The state Land Use Board of Appeals has given the go-ahead to a controversial downtown Lake Oswego project that stirred up controversy and heated debate last summer. In an opinion issued today, LUBA sided with developer Patrick Kessi and his team at Evergreen Group LLC, finding that the project, a 290,000-square-foot, three-building development on the well-known Wizer Block property, met the required standard of review to move forward. In the opinion, LUBA board members said they agreed with the Lake Oswego City Council’s interpretation of the Community Development Code, which opponents of the development had disputed.   Read more…


A roundup of the parade of new Portland grocery stores

17 April 2015 —  One might think that Portland’s going a bit grocery crazy. The latest evidence is the news that Gramor Development is building a massive Fred Meyer store at a site in the growing Happy Valley area. Here’s a quick glance at a few other major supermarket and grocery projects that were either just recently finished or will soon come online. New Seasons, the Portland-based locavore favorite opened its 34,500-square-foot Grant Park Village store in November. It’s also set to open a 25,000-square-foot Woodstock locale this summer at Southeast 45th Street and Woodstock Boulevard. Finally, the chain is working on a location that’s part of an ambitious project in Northwest Portland’s Slabtown area.   Read more…

OHSU taps Intel to tackle cancer

17 April 2015 — University and Intel Corp. announced an ambitious project: crack the codes of cancer and other complex diseases. “We started with an appreciation of the fact we’re in a remarkable time in medicine,” said Joe Gray, a physicist and associate director for translational research at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute. It’s a time when advances in genomic sequencing, targeted cancer treatments and big data analytics have coalesced around one of the hottest areas of medical treatment today: precision medicine. As the name implies, precision medicine tailors treatments and prevention strategies to a patient’s individual characteristics, including their unique genetic profile.   Read more…

How America reduced its healthcare spending by two trillion dollars

17 April 2015 — The early days of the Obama administration were a chaos of uncertainty, between the historic housing bust, historic market crash, and historic armada of stimulus. But one thing was clear about the U.S. economy in 2008 going forward: Healthcare would keep on keeping on, in its insatiable way, adding more jobs, soaking up more tax dollars, and demanding a growing share of an American family’s budget. In the worst recession in 80 years, it was the one industry that seemed truly recession-proof. But these days, we’re grappling with an interesting and opposite puzzle, one that is equally without precedent. The housing market is re-inflating, the stock market is up, and the stimulus has faded. But healthcare growth is—temporarily? permanently?—slowing down.   Read more…

Whose park is it anyway?

17 April 2015 — Portland is famous for a lot of things — food, beer, parks and bikes among them. The city is laden with oodles of “best of” awards in each category, driving masses of people to move here, work here and play here. But now one of those bragging rights is being called into question — twice in the past few weeks. A bicycling advocate on Monday launched a petition to strip Portland of its bike-friendly ‘Platinum’ status, awarded by the League of American Bicyclists in 2009 and renewed in 2013. “It seems like the ranking is out of line with reality,” says Will Vanlue, a Southeast Portland cycling activist and former spokesman for the nonprofit Bicycle Transportation Alliance who posted the petition on   Read more…

How Oregon’s growing population will affect its public schools

16 April 2015 — School enrollment is booming in Portland schools as projections by Portland State University estimate 13 percent more students by the 2028-29 school year. As enrollment lines trend upward in Portland Public Schools, a district-wide committee is rethinking boundary changes for the fall 2016 school year due to lack of space for a growing student population. This might mean reopening closed schools, said Christine Miles, Portland Public Schools spokesperson. “Whenever there is a projection of more student enrollment we have to take a look at whether our schools have capacity,” said Miles. This is the fifth consecutive year of enrollment growth preceded by 12 consecutive years of enrollment losses between 1996-97 and 2008-09. I Read more…

Oregon couple awarded $240K in dog-barking lawsuit

16 April 2015 — An Oregon couple who sued their neighbors because of their constantly barking dogs was awarded nearly $240,000 in damages. The Mail Tribune reports that a Jackson County jury found in favor of Dale and Debra Krein of Rogue River, awarding damages for what was described as more than a decade of ceaseless barking. The defendants, John Updegraff and Karen Szewc, said their dogs were necessary to protect their livestock from predators. The court last week found that the Tibetan mastiffs weren’t ideally suited to be livestock guardians and ordered them debarked within 60 days or replaced with a more suitable breed.   Read more…

Portland City Council explores higher parks fees for businesses

16 April 2015 — Portland’s City Council will dive into a proposal Wednesday that could reset fees that businesses pay for building new structures. The Council’s ultimate decision on system development charges levied for Portland Parks and Recreation might double those fees for developers building offices, retail and manufacturing spaces. The city hopes to raise $552 million over 20 years. The department is seeking the increases as Portland’s population grows. The city is expected to add 99,000 people, or roughly 16 percent more, by the year 2035.   Read more…

Oregon Senate approves bill to broaden background checks — now moves to the House

16 April 2015 — After years of stalemate on the issue, the Oregon Senate on Tuesday approved a bill expanding background checks to include most private gun sales. Senate Bill 941 passed on a 17-13 vote, with all Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, opposed. It heads to the House, where Democratic Speaker Tina Kotek has said it will move quickly.   Read more…

New Listings in the City of Portland

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1711 Se Oak Shore Ln Milwaukie, OR 97267

Price $1,550,000
Beds 5
Baths 7 full, 1 half
Living Area SqFt 8,265
Status Active
MLS # 15316472
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1625 Ne Marine Dr Portland, OR 97211

Price $1,495,000
Beds 5
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 5,170
Status Active
MLS # 15421066
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18655 Nw Sauvie Island Rd Portland, OR 97231

Price $1,300,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,884
Status Active
MLS # 15254051
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Homes for Sale in the City of Portland Under $400,000

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2118 Ne Liberty St Portland, OR 97211

Price $399,999
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,195
Status Active
MLS # 15216569
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1510 Se 34th Ave Ne 207 Portland, OR 97214

Price $399,999
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,101
Status Active
MLS # 15382668
Property Type Condo

10227 Nw 108th Ave Portland, OR 97231

Price $399,999
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 3,390
Status Active
MLS # 15298522
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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 


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