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…   

Portland home prices climb 8.9 percent year-over-year

26 July — Seattle and Portland again led a national home-price index in May, but the surge in Portland cooled somewhat from a year ago. Portland-area home prices climbed 8.9 percent during the year ending in May, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index, an increase second only to Seattle’s 13 percent. One of the two cities has led the index for the past 19 months. Portland’s increases have slowed since a year ago, when prices were up 12.5 percent. Seattle’s, on the other hand, have only gained steam.. Read more…

Introducing Oregon’s 15 healthiest neighborhoods

22 July — In examining one researcher’s comprehensive list of Oregon’s “healthiest neighborhoods,” it’s hard not to draw the conclusion that “healthiest” also means “wealthiest.” Indeed, the top three areas among the 15 ‘hoods we’ve singled out, as ranked by Pittsburgh-based Niche, occupy some of the toniest parts of town.  Read more… 



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Milky way over Lost Lake. By Scott Gowdy
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Oregon’s New Coastal Ale Trail

26 July — Craft beer bubbles over, up, and down the Oregon Coast. Here are 16 can’t-miss sud stops. Waves roll in, suds roll down. From Astoria to the California border, oodles of coastal breweries—several of them launched within the past two years—now beckon thirsty tourists. On your next trek down Highway 101, refresh with a pint stop in (nearly) every Oregon port.  Read more…

Portland gets messy for Color Fun Fest 5K

24 july —”How do we change the world?” asks Manicorn. “Just care more!” roared the colorful crowd at Color Fun Fest at Portland International Raceway. Master of ceremonies, Jamie Leibert aka Manicorn, the founder of Just Care More, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering children, energized a sea of runners with positive messages, handfuls of colored powder, and electronic music just before the start of Saturday’s 5K. Read more…

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…