Month: September 2014

house tour 9.28.14

I went by some Open Houses on Sunday. Saw some great properties! Photos below. (Addresses link to more information. Photos open larger if you click on them.)

3111 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Offered at $599,900.

Brooklyn is an up and coming neighborhood. This house was perfect for a quick move-in. It has a two car tandem garage and is super close to the bridge for those who work downtown. Great, friendly team of people working on it.

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4150 SE Crystal Springs Blvd, Portland, OR 97202. Offered at $575,000.

Sometimes on tours I see homes that I would personally love to live in. This was one of them. It has a great feeling. Beautiful gourmet kitchen. I loved the dual sinks facing each other in the bathroom, with a mirror between. Large lot with an unexpected pool! Second kitchen in the basement for rental potential?

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8065 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Offered at $564,900.

Some updates are necessary on this one, but it’s a lot of house for the money.

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8625 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Offered at $369,500.

This was a cute little house, could be a fun project. Loved the play structure / chicken coop in the backyard!
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Open House 9.27.14

I’m looking forward to this Open House. The house is so lovely, especially the garden! If you are a car enthusiast, make sure to take note of the two car attached garage, carport, AND one car detached garage.

11376 SE Linwood Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222
Offered at $344,950.
Year Built: 1955
Sq Footage: 2932 sqft.
Bedrooms: 4 Beds
Bathrooms: 2 Baths
Floors: 2
Parking: 4+ Garage
Lot Size: 0.4 Acres
Property Type: Single Family House

Impeccably maintained move-in ready ranch with lots of space & versatile floor plan, on a lovely tree-lined street. This 4bd/2bth home features remodeled eat in kitchen, plus many upgrades throughout. The finished basement boasts a cozy family room with gas fireplace and full bath. Extra large treed lot w/ well access for irrigating. Newer deck for summer entertaining, 2nd garage for hobbies. This is truly a gardeners paradise!

More info here!

Kure Juice

Kure Juice is my favorite juice place! I almost always get the Extra Mile. It’s made with coconut milk yogurt, coconut meat, kale, almond butter, coconut water, honey, and ice. So delicious. Of course there are many other flavors on the menu.

Don’t forget to pick up a card. After you collect 75 points, you get a free juice!

I’ve always gone to their 4409 SE Hawthorne location, but they have other ones as well.

Full menu and location information available on Kure’s web site.

green building

I thought I would share some links to green housing resources in Portland!

Green Hammer. Spend some time on this site. They have a great portfolio and lots of good information.

JRA Green Building. Another amazing building company.

City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Green Building Publications.

Green Depot. A source for green building supplies.

Hammer & Hand. Local contractors with a page about passive house construction.

House Alive! Resource for learning to build cob structures. (No code for this yet.)

Flying Hammer. Resource for straw and bale building. (No code for this yet.)


Village Merchants

Village Merchants might be my very favorite second hand shop in Portland. This is mostly because they have a great balance between coolness factor and price. (Cheaper places have a bunch of junk, but lots of places with cool stuff are too expensive for second hand.) They are at the corner of SE Division and 41st. Here’s their page for more info.

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kitchen remodel

I love my home. However, when I bought it I didn’t love the size of the kitchen. It was a galley kitchen — basically a long hallway at the back of the house. I had it remodeled by Dave Rush, photos below! I’m very happy with it. Since I loved the finishes already in the kitchen, we kept and reused everything we could that was already there. The above image was the concept drawing, which was supplied by the cabinet maker. Alice Designs  and Domestic Arts also had a hand in the process.

Kitchen before (hard to photograph, since it was so long and narrow):

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We couldn’t find exactly the same counter material. So, this is the schist I chose. (So gorgeous!) I really enjoyed visiting the warehouse to see all the giant slabs. It is a beautiful grey/silver, with a naturally formed metallic pattern flowing through. It’s called Black Ocean.


The upheaval during the remodel.

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After — all done! So lovely. (You can see a peek into the conservatory, which will be featured in another post.)

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Portland resources

Here are some resources to help you get a bit more familiar with Portland. If it seems like I’m in love with this city from the below list, it’s because I am!

Portland’s Farmers’ Markets gives you information on the eight markets we have.

Portland Parks and Recreation. Find out where to take your pups or to go for a swim.

Parks and Gardens. Some of the same info as above, but more of our public gardens.

Portland Community Gardens. Different than above, this refers to locals growing food and flowers.

Guide to Portland’s best restaurants. We have the most amazing food!

Events Calendar. Great source of information about local events from Travel Portland.

Another events calendar. From PDX Pipeline.

Gay Portland Events. From GayCities.

Portland Monthly Magazine. Informative local publication.

Portland meet-ups. This is a great way to get out and meet people.

Guide to the Portland dog scene. Portland is super pup-friendly!

Portland Craigslist. You probably already know about Craigslist, but I thought I’d link you anyhow. It’s that awesome.

Beer guide. We have over 50 breweries!

Willamette Valley Winery guide. Our own version of Napa nearby. (But more reasonably priced!)

Portland hikes. Such great hiking around our city!

Portland neighborhoods is a somewhat clunky site, but they do have pretty decent neighborhood guides.

Portland Historical Timeline from the Auditor’s office.

Census data. Most of the data is from a few years back, but still quite interesting. Our population came in at 609,000 people in 2013. (People ask me about this all the time.)

2010 census data broken down by neighborhood.

As far as getting a taste of the culture goes, if you haven’t watched Portlandia, I would highly recommend it. It’s a television show which is the brainchild of Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney.)  Together, they do a fantastic job of capturing the (exaggerated, yet amazingly authentic) vibe of the city. It features cameos by well-known actors, as well as ongoing characters that are actual Portland citizens. Check out the free segments available on youtube. It also streams from Netflix. (Disclaimer: might be somewhat of an acquired taste! If you don’t like it, you haven’t gotten it yet.)

I think that’s a good start. More to come!


wonders of paint

Entryway remodel: from ick yellow to a gorgeous blue grey on the walls, aluminum leaf entry way ceiling to bring it up, and white stair spindles go back to wood.



After (but please note, this was taken on a darker day…)


I would still like to change that light fixture! So many things!

Check out more photos of the ceiling. One in process, each 4 inches is pressed up separately to get the effect.


And details of after…


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beekeeping in Portland

There are quite a number of Portland resources if you are interested in beekeeping. This is an overview, in other posts I may dive in deeper to particular aspects.

Portland Urban Beekeepers is a group that meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month (logo above.) They are a great source and wonderful place to start. They also have a Facebook group.

Here is a link to the City of Portland rules and regulations to obtain a permit for keeping bees in the city. This is important to consider. In our urban areas you must get all neighbors within 150 feet of your property line to sign a petition, plus take into account some other considerations for their setup.

Great article by Neighborhood Notes on beekeeping in Portland.

The people at Bridgetown Bees are working on a noble project to breed queens that can overwinter better in Portland.

Bee Thinking makes gorgeous cedar hives. They ship worldwide and happen to be headquartered in Portland.

Ruhl Bee Supply. I haven’t personally been to this store, but it seems cool from the site.

Queen of the Sun is an awesome documentary on the plight of bees in today’s world. One of the directors, Jon Betz, lives in Portland. There’s also a short segment in the film that takes place here. Watch the trailer below.

This last link is not Portland specific, but it is interesting information on apicentric beekeeping. Basically, the idea with this is a hive that is best for bees, not centered around honey production for humans.

I have a hive and lots of supplies, but no bees yet. I’m hoping to start beekeeping in the Spring of 2015. In the meantime, I am learning everything I can!