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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On the market: Living high in a home with a panoramic view

25 March — Architects have long admired the options of building on top of a hill. Sure, it comes with challenges, but well-executed, window-laden homes on lofty perches can capture postcard views of rivers, mountains and the city blanketing the land below. Take, for example, Portland’s star architect Saul Zaik. He designed the octagonal Zidell House, built in 1970, that sits on a ship’s mast from the USS O’Hara, a Liberty Ship that served in both WWII and the Korean War, according to homeowner Lance Crosier. The unusual house, in Portland’s Southwest hills, was commissioned by shipyard magnate Arnold Zidell and it can be rented.   Read more…  

High-priced Pearl District penthouse discounted $750,000

27 March — You might drive past Pearl District condo buildings and wonder what life would feel like living so close to the action. Owners gush about the ease of taking the elevator to the sidewalk, then sliding into their favorite restaurant. They also talk about the views of the Northwest hills, Forest Park, the Fremont Bridge and, of course, downtown city lights, all from the comfort of their terrace. They wake up to see high-flying birds out their bedroom windows, instead of trees. Read more…

Portland’s Hottest Hoods: Which One Is for You?

23 March —Right now, your typical Kerns resident is unmarried, often foot-powered, hovering around 33 years old, and probably renting a Craftsman house or heritage apartment near NE 28th’s Restaurant Row. (For buyers, this zone is competitive: houses sold this past year in a lickety-split average of 12 days.) Prepare for those singleton stats to hold but the area’s concept of what “home” looks like to shift seismically as multistory Burnside Bridgehead projects like the Aura and the Slate come on the market, along with the Goat Blocks complex and future Burnside Delta and 5 MLK in nearby Buckman.  Read more…


Now Featuring Photo of the Week!
Downtown Portland on the 4th of July, 2016, taken by Scott Gowdy from the east bank of the Willamette River.


Game Knight Lounge Is Portland’s First Game Hangout That Actually Works as a Bar

28 March — The two little girls were playing an action variant of Candy Land I hadn’t seen before, one that involved climbing on the table for each move. But this wasn’t a playdate for toddlers, it was a dad date for nerds bent on world domination—the kind that involves drinking Commons saison while hunching over a board of Twilight Struggle, a diabolically complicated successor to Risk as designed by branches of the secret government.  Read more… 

Columbia spring chinook show up in lower river

27 March — At the risk of jinxing things, consider a silver lining shared at mid-morning Monday by Joe Hymer, a fish biologist at the Vancouver regional office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Good numbers of spring Chinook (including upriver fish) are being caught in the test fishing in the Longview-Cathlamet area,” he said. “Daylight (test-net) fishing conditions are good with the high and turbid water and fewer pinnipeds.”  Read more… 

Final Four bound: Oregon Ducks upset Kansas Jayhawks in 2017 NCAA Tournament; Live updates recap, highlights, score, stats

26 March —KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Oregon Ducks are headed back to the Final Four for the first time since 1939 after the Ducks stunned the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to win 74-60 on Saturday night.
Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey led the way for the Ducks, coming up with big play after big play to fuel a fast Oregon start and a strong finish. Dorsey knocked down 6 of 10 three-pointers and finished with 27 points. Bell nearly notched a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks. He also added four assists. Read more…

Oregon’s wildest world might be in your own back (or front) yard

25 March — It was a dark and gloomy morning (aren’t they all, lately?). I drew early hours duty for Rose, our new Welsh Corgi, searching the yard for fresh rabbit pellets and making one of her own before waddling back into the house to snuggle at my wife’s feet. A large shadow swooped across our driveway against the gray sky, scattering mourning doves from beneath the feeders as the frustrated hawk missed and lit in a nearby tree. (Two days later, a small pile of dove feathers proved its persistence.). Read more…

West Burnside reopens after landslide

24 March — After a landslide closed the road for several days, West Burnside Street reopened Friday morning, Portland Bureau of Transportation officials said.  The largest landslide in Portland this season closed the road between Northwest Skyline Boulevard and Southwest Barnes Road on March 15. The landslide covered the road and partially buried a car.  The road was initially expected to reopen Friday afternoon, but opened early, bureau of transportation spokesman Dylan Rivera said.  Read more…

Cherry trees at Japanese American Historical Plaza are in bloom

24 March — As if on cue and marking the arrival of spring, the cherry trees lining the Japanese American Historical Plaza in downtown Portland are beginning to bloom. The trees, a gift from the Japanese Grain Importers Association, were planted in 1990 along the Willamette River esplanade to commemorate the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. The blossoms are poking out now and should peak by the weekend. Read more…