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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Portland mansion once owned by armored car pioneer for sale at $2.3 million

21 February —Everyone sightseeing Portland’s contouring Southwest Vista Avenue has noticed the stately Georgian Colonial Revival-style mansion. Perfectly perched on an elevated lot, windows on three levels frame unimpeded views of the skyline and Willamette River below and, beyond city boundaries, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. When the captivating Annand-Loomis House was built in 1908 at what is now 1825 SW Vista Ave., public streetcars and private, low-powered automobiles struggled to traverse the hill.  Read more… 

Number of Lane County homes for sale increases slightly in January

20 February — The number of Lane County homes for sale in January increased slightly from December, but the long-standing sellers’ market continued as the inventory of homes on the market remained near record lows, according to figures from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. The inventory, or supply of homes on the market, rose from 1.7 months in December to 2.1 months in January, Portland-­based RMLS reported on Wednesday. The number is based on how long it would take to sell the entire supply of for-sale homes at the current sales pace.   Read more…

January was a cold month, but residential real estate hardly froze solid

20 February — January’s streak of cold, snowy weather may have chilled the residential real estate market a touch, but overall numbers were largely solid, according to the newest Market Action Report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. New listings in January were way up over December — by some 56 percent — though Dustin Miller with Realty Trust cautioned that such a rise happens every January. Many listings are cancelled in December and “given a fresh look” in the new year, he said. Compared to January 2016, new listings were actually down last month about 12 percent.  Read more…

State panel endorses contentious Eastmoreland historic district

18 February — A state historic preservation panel endorsed the Eastmoreland neighborhood’s bid for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, advancing a contentious proposal that’s divided the Southeast Portland neighborhood. The nine-member State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation unanimously approved of the nomination put forward by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association. That puts it on a clear path toward the register. The nomination also won the endorsement of the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission earlier in the week.   Read more…

 

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Newport Residents Worry About Local Dam Failure

19 February — For five years, the 10,000 residents of Newport have known the reservoir that stores their drinking water could fail. The city built two dams on the Big Creek River in 1951 and 1969, long before Oregonians knew about the high risk of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Now, city officials are racing to repair or rebuild the dams. If they fail, flooding could wipe out much of the town and leave residents without a drinking-water source.  Read more…

Portland Beer is Bigger Than Ever—But Old School Breweries Like Bridgeport Are Struggling

18 February —  A little more than 20 years ago, BridgePort Brewing changed Oregon beer forever. Back in 1996, it put out a near-extinct beer style made with tons of hops, originally to preserve it for the sea voyage from England to India. It was called BridgePort India Pale Ale, and since its meteoric popularity, Oregon has never shied away from IPA.  Read more…

Forget Mom’s Pinot. We’re Witnessing the Birth of a Wild and Wonderful New Oregon Wine.

17 February — Five years ago, Olga and Barnaby Tuttle couldn’t get invited to dinner in New York. The winemakers from Southeast Portland winery Teutonic flew east for a sales trip, after signing with a noted distributor, hoping to pour for influential big-city wine buyers. They had poured wine with several avant-garde, progressive winemakers from California, the ones famously dubbed “the New California Wine” by noted San Francisco Chronicle wine writer Jon Bonné.The Tuttles watched as people fawned over the California bottles. Around them, the winemakers and sellers made dinner plans—none of which involved the Tuttles. “It was made quietly clear to us that we, as Oregon winemakers, were not invited to dinner,” Barnaby Tuttle recalls. Read more…

An inside look at a career in the wine industry

16 February — AEllen Brittan, Linfield College director of wine studies, will tell you that much of what makes the wine industry such a rewarding field is the people. “The tapestry of our industry from a people perspective is just fascinating,” she says. “You have people from all walks of life, all different industries and all different experiences who find their way into wine.” Brittan, for example, started as a bank teller and eventually spent 20 years in financial services. After being transferred to an office in Napa, Calif., she “caught the bug,” as she puts it. “All of a sudden I was in this land of food and wine. I spent my weekends reading food and wine magazines instead of The Wall Street Journal.”  Read more…

PERS: 9 myths about Oregon’s public pension fund

12 February — The growing deficit in the public pension fund is a massive overhang on Oregon’s budget and its future. Government employers – and ultimately taxpayers – will see their required contributions soar over the next six years, sucking some $12 billion out of public coffers to mostly pay for legacy costs tied to older members and retirees. That’s about double what the bill would be at current rates. At least that’s the scenario if the pension fund’s investments perform as expected. If they don’t, the deficit and contributions could get even bigger. As lawmakers meet this session to determine what can be done to reduce the Public Employee Retirement System’s funding deficit, there is misunderstanding and misinformation about the topic and options for dealing with it.  Read more…

Nike addresses racial inequity in new ad campaign

12 February — Nike  walked straight into the increasingly tense intersection of sports, business and politics with the Sunday morning launch of a spendy ad campaign calling for racial equity and inclusiveness. “Opportunity should be indiscriminate, worth should outshine color, the ball should bounce the same for everyone,” reads the Nike message that ran in large multi-page ads in The Oregonian and several other major U.S. newspapers. Wieden+Kennedy, Nike’s longtime ad agency, helped prepare the campaign.  Read more…

Westview High School of Beaverton wins 26th annual BPA Regional Science Bowl

12 February — Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton rebounded late in the final round against second-place finisher Catlin Gabel High School Team 1 of Portland to win the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl on Saturday at the University of Portland. For the fourth consecutive year, Westview will compete in the Department of Energy National Science Bowl. Sunset High School Team 1 of Beaverton finishing third, and Westview’s Team 2 coming in fourth from among the 61 teams of high school students across western Oregon and western Washington.   Read more…

Potentially deadly parasite found in Bull Run water again

12 February —  A potentially deadly microorganism has been found again in the Bull Run reservoir that provides water to Portland and much of the region. According to findings released late Friday afternoon by the Porland Water Bureau, cryptosporidium was detected in samples collected on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8. They are the fifth and sixth positive samples this year. “All identified cases of cryptosporidiosis, the disease caused by cryptosporidium, are reported to state and county health officials” said Multnomah County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines. “So far, the county’s ongoing disease surveillance has shown no unexplained increase in cryptosporidium cases.”  Read more…