Shelli’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 me online or call Shelli at (503) 816-8436.

Shelli Gowdy — Real Estate Broker


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Revamped midcentury modern house hits the market at $2.5 million

21 July —The appreciation of houses designed by architect Van Evera Bailey keeps rising. In May, a midcentury modern on 1.18 acres in Portland Heights sold for $3.9 million. On July 8, another revamped glass-walled house, built in 1951 on a half acre on top of Portland’s Hessler Hills, hit the market at close to $2.5 million. This two-story at 3131 SW Fairmount Blvd. has four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 4,543 square feet, which breaks down to $549 a square foot. Read more…   

More homes on the market could bring some relief for buyers

14 July — More houses came into the Portland-area market in June, a small measure of relief for would-be home buyers. The month’ saw more newly listed houses than any June since 2008, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service. The bump could leave people shopping for a home with a few more choices, and perhaps diffuse the competition that leads to bidding wars. That’s a significant shift for market characterized by bidding wars and rapidly rising prices. Read more…

How to Pick the Best Offer in a Bidding War

11 July — Everyone’s talking about the Portland real estate market. If you’re a seller and priced at or below market value, there is a good chance of receiving multiple offers on your home in this market. Before you commit and accept an offer on your home, read our frequently-asked questions below about handling multiple-offer situations. Read more… 


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Milky way over Lost Lake. By Scott Gowdy
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Beware this Oregon solar eclipse side effect: traffic

21 July — With just a month left before the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, the Oregon Department of Transportation is gearing up for a projected 1 million travelers to hit the state’s highways. Less than three minutes of darkness on the morning of Aug. 21 could mean up to a week of congestion on roads leading into the 60-mile wide path of totality that stretches across the state. ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton compared the potential crush to “a football day on I-5, where the Ducks and Beavers are both playing at home, but multiplied by 10.” Read more… 

Beaverton rifle scope maker to represent Oregon at ‘Made in America’ event

18 July — Oregon-made rifle scopes shared a White House stage Monday with Stetson hats and Gibson guitars during a products showcase designed to promote U.S. manufacturing. Executives with Beaverton-based Leupold & Stevens were on hand for the Made in America showcase featuring companies from each state, from Liberty Bottleworks of Washington to Caterpillar of Illinois to Chick-fil-A of Georgia.  Read more… 

Traveling to Oregon for the 2017 total solar eclipse? You’d better confirm your hotel reservations

14 July —If you made your hotel reservation long ago for this August’s total solar eclipse, you may think you’re all set to witness the astronomical event of a lifetime. Don’t count on it. On Friday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum urged visitors and Oregonians who have booked rooms within the 90-mile path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse to confirm their reservations immediately. This follows a flurry of consumer complaints about cancelled hotel reservations, or hotels changing the prices on reservations, doubling or even tripling the rate for rooms in the face of overwhelming demand. Read more… 

Portland Made a Beach—with Sand!

12 July — As of July 12, Portlanders can follow a newly-cut path right down to the city’s first designated swimming area along the Willamette River. Poet’s Beach, so named for the stones that border the path—engraved with Chinook words as well as area schoolchildren’s poetic tributes to the river—sits on a divot of formerly inaccessible waterfront right beneath I-5′s western bridgehead.  Read more…

Drink a Beer, Save a Fish

12 july — To no small number of Oregonians, craft beer is always good for what ails you. At one brewery on the North Coast, beer is also making life better for Oregon’s iconic salmon.Since last year, Pelican Brewing Company has been donating a portion of the proceeds from every barrel of its Five Fin West Coast Pilsner to the Salmon Superhwy Project, a comprehensive effort along Oregon’s North Coast to reconnect salmon, steelhead and other ocean-going fish with their spawning habitat. Read more…