Category: Oregon


Montavilla is a Portland neighborhood that I’ve been hearing about quite a bit lately! Just on the East side of Mt. Tabor, it is still more affordable than inner Portland.

Fun fact: historically, the name, “Montavilla,” came about in the late 1800s from condensing “Mt. Tabor Villa.”

There are quite a number of restaurants and cafes in Montavilla, including Bui Natural Tofu, Bipartisan Cafe, Tanuki, The Observatory, Hungry Heart Bakery, Monti‚Äôs cafe, Wong’s King Chinese Restaurant, The Country Cat, Stark Street Pizza, Macau Chinese Seafood, Karma Cafe, Mojo Crepes, My Brother’s Crawfish, and Fillmore. Watch for posts that go into more depth about some of these!

Parks include Harrison Park, Berrydale Park, Montavilla City Park, and Rosemont Bluff Natural Area. Plus, it’s right next to Mt. Tabor, which is one of the best parks in Portland.

Here are some links if you’d like to learn more.

Berrydale Community Garden

Montavilla Community Center

Montavilla Farmer’s Market

Montavilla Neighborhood Association I recommend reading the history tab.

Montavilla Jazz Festival Look for this to happen in August.

Montavilla demographics provided by the City of Portland.

foster parenting

The big news in my sector right now is that my partner and I have our first placements through foster care! We started the process of qualifying a year and a half ago. To do that you have to apply, obtain four references, do a background check, take nine three hour classes, and then complete a home study. We initially were headed toward adoption, but through the process decided to go with foster-to-adopt instead.

Our reasons were based on how the system works in Oregon. With adoption through DHS, you don’t get a chance to get to know the kids before they are placed with you. If you foster, on the other hand, you take care of them and get a chance to see how they fit with your family. Of course, the system would always like to reunify kids with their parents when possible. If you choose to foster, you have to be emotionally ready to help the kids be happy to go back home if it works out that way. There’s a definite emotional risk if you get attached.

We have had our foster kids for about a month now. It is our first time being parents, so it has been quite an adjustment! They are remarkably capable, challenging, and all around adorable. I’ve found being a Mom quite rewarding. We won’t know for some time if they will be up for adoption, but we are okay with that since we are going through our own process of figuring out if it is a good fit.

Please feel welcome to contact me if you have any questions about foster care. It’s something I love to talk about!

1031 exchange resource

Have you ever thought about pursuing a 1031 exchange? In case you aren’t familiar, a 1031 exchange is a process by which you can sell one property in exchange for another similar property and defer your capitol gains taxes.

It can be quite daunting if you haven’t done it before. There are special rules, strict deadlines, and money on the line!

I just recently closed a transaction in which the seller worked with the Beutler Exchange Group, LLC. I wanted to share this resource since I was quite impressed with the professionalism of their founder, Toija Beutler. Every time my client had questions, the answers Toija provided were in-depth and timely, not to mention friendly! I would highly recommend them for anyone contemplating a 1031 exchange.