Home Truths

Clients, David Alan and Kelly English bought their Montavilla home last summer. Home Truths checks in on them to see what makes their lives tick…


How do you spend your work days?

Kelly: I spend my days teaching 4th grade students at Laurelhurst School. I truly enjoy introducing a variety of literary texts to my students; we are currently reading L. Frank Baum’s, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

David: I manage sales and marketing for Double Mountain Brewery. I spend most of my time in front of potential buyers at restaurants, taverns and bars in Oregon, Washington and Los Angeles.

Favorite Spring time activity….

Kelly: Our favorite spring time activity as family is walking with our twenty one month old Hunter, and introducing him to all of Portland’s beautiful flowering trees and plants. We have also really enjoyed working around our new yard.

 The house is on fire. Other than the family what’s the one thing you would grab?

Kelly: I would grab my small cedar box given to me by my father that contains all of my mementos from my life.

David: I would have to say my photos, they have always been my priced possessions and they are irreplaceable.

Hunter: Kitty Blanket

 What do you love most about your house?

Kelly: The two full bathrooms, because they are open, bright, airy and beautiful. I have never lived in a home with more than one bathroom. In our previous home we had to turn sideways to enter the bathroom is was so small.

David: The kitchen now that we have almost finished remodeling. It has also been very rewarding to witness the transformation.

What’s your favorite place in Portland to enjoy a beer and why?

David: We both absolutely love being able to walk to The Observatory in Montavilla to enjoy drinks. Everything from the service to the food has always been on par. They have always had a great selection of seasonal beer, drinks and food to offer.


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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in SE Portland Homes


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Three Picks From Tuesday’s Tour

2563 N Argyle Street, $275,000 – Appealing one-level ranch in the blossoming Kenton neighborhood. Open-plan living, great flow and two outdoor entertaining areas. What’s not to love at this price? (more info)

7434 N Stockton Ave, $299,500 – Style is the key word for this house and the sellers have lots of it. Smart use of every square foot, and as a starter home this one ranks up there with the best of them. Plus, it’s on one of my favorite streets in NoPo. (more info)

2411 NE 20th Ave, $799,900 – The pick of this week’s tour. Absolutely beautiful 1909 Irvington craftsman and the very definition of flawless. Maintained and remodeled with care and attention to detail, this is the kind of home that makes you homesick if you went for a walk around the block. Unsurprisingly, it is already pending.


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House Numbers – February 2014



Above is a snapshot of the Portland real estate market in February. All figures are provided by the RMLS. If you have any questions about these statistics or would like a more focused report about your neighborhood, please don’t hesitate to contact us.



Home Truths

Cody and April Goldberg – Founders of Harper’s Playground












With the wonderful success that you have achieved with Harper’s Playground it must be incredibly rewarding to see that continue with Owen’s Playground in Bainbridge Island….
The most rewarding thing of all is for us to make a visit to the playground and find it filled with kids of all ages having fun.  Of course, seeing our playground have something to do at all with inspiring others to take on a similar project is also pretty cool, too.  Owen’s Playground is a very special project to us as well.  Following the TODAY Show piece which aired last Fall around the one year anniversary of our opening we’ve now received hundreds of inquiries for help with design and fundraising.  Of course, we’re not yet able to help nearly as many people as we’d like.  Owen’s story and the passion his family shared with their vision compelled us to get involved right away.  They will build it this year, and we can’t wait to celebrate with them.

You have the whole house to yourself for the afternoon. Where do you hang out and why?
We get the house to ourselves so seldom, but we honestly like to use our “free” time at home doing chores.  We love to clean the garage or tend to the yard if the weather permits.  When the stars align and we get to be alone in our sweet home without too much on “the list” we love to crank up the stereo to 11 and dance in the living room.  It’s a great stress relief and we can’t go to 11 when the kids are at home ;)

What have you recently bought for your home that you wish you had bought sooner?
It’s funny, but an extra soft bath mat has really made an impact.  It’s so nice to step out of a bath or shower and put your feet down onto top-grade softness.

Spring is just around the corner, what’s the first thing you look forward to?
Once again, we love to work in the yard.  We’ve got a lot of plants to take care of and the winter can make the yard look just a little less than 100%.  With the sun and the returning plants the yard really comes to life.  We have very large windows, and a unique floor plan that has our main view from the main living areas looking out on the backyard.  It’s beautiful in the Spring, especially with a little maintenance right when the sun begins to shine.

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What’s your most recent ‘best kept secret’ in Portland?
Well, it won’t be much of a secret much longer.  We love to grab a pint at our new neighborhood spot, The Old Gold.  They were great about supporting Harper’s Playground, and it’s always a good time with great people.  They really nailed it on each and every detail, too.

Old Gold


Cody will participating as a speaker during TedXPortland’s PERFECT event at the Keller Auditorium on April 12th, 2014. For more information please visit

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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Home Truths, N Portland Homes


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House Numbers – January 2014


As real estate brokers, we are often asked how the market in Portland is doing and of course we are only too happy to chat about the ups and downs of the world we work in. Unfortunately though we don’t always get to see you in person on a regular basis. So with that in mind we decided to create a monthly snapshot of the Portland real estate market in a quick one minute read. This statistical overview is generated from a monthly report that the RMLS produces for realtors which we have then turned into an easy-to-read infogram. We hope you find this information useful!

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Bright Ideas: Introducing Hasson’s New Mobile Apps

Mobile-Apps-Blog-Image-300x150We are proud and excited to announce that we have released our first Android, iPhone and iPad mobile apps. Hasson’s mobile apps allow you to effortlessly search for a home with immediate access to all active listings within the Multiple Listing Service.

Search tools available through the app include a proximity search using your current location, a perimeter search used by drawing boundaries on a map, and a scope search which displays all available properties when you aim your device’s camera down any street. The Hasson app also gives you the option to narrow your search using traditional search methods such as price, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, open houses and more.

Learn more about the Hasson mobile apps by watching the videos here:

For the iPhone and Android:

For the iPad:

The Hasson Company believes in staying ahead of the competition when it comes to all aspects of our industry. Hasson is small enough to ensure local market knowledge, yet focuses on providing the services and technologies rivaling even national competitors.

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Bright Ideas


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Home Truths

Eric Gabrielson – Account Director, Wieden + Kennedy


Eric Gabrielson in the Nest at Wieden + Kennedy


What is your favorite part of the ad campaign you are currently working on?
My favorite part of the current ad campaign is a two minute TV spot called ‘Pick Them Back Up.’  The spot is part of the Olympic campaign for Procter & Gamble called Proud Sponsors of Mom.  In this spot, we’re telling the stories of four Olympic hopefuls and their Moms. Specifically, thanking the Moms for teaching us that falling only makes us stronger and for giving us the encouragement to try, try again.

The best way to survive a rainy February in Portland is….
Get outside and be active. You can be outside in Portland 365 days a year. You might get a little wet but you can always go on a trail run, bike ride, hike, etc.  The other way to survive a rainy February is to head east on the weekends. To the mountain for skiing or to central Oregon for sun.

Describe the last thing you bought for your home….
The interior of our home was recently remodeled so there isn’t ‘much’ to do. This is a good thing. Therefore, the last thing we ‘bought’ for our home was a newly-designed front yard and driveway. The back yard is next!

Best comfort food for a Portland winter is….
Anything meat and potatoes. My favorite thing to do is put everything in a crock pot in the morning. Go skiing all day up on the mountain and then come back home for comfort food in front of the fire.

What is your favorite part of your home?
The view from the back deck.  Hands down.


View of Mt Hood from Eric’s deck


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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Home Truths, SW Portland Homes


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