New Listing: 4337 NE 23rd Ave


4337 NE 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97211

ML# 15117051

Priced at $389,000

2 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Sqft: 1633

Taxes: $3,457.95

Schools: Sabin, Beaumont, Grant

Splendid, fully-updated Alameda/Alberta bungalow. Hardwoods throughout the main level. Fabulous remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and Silestone countertops. Custom-built eating area with leather bench seating.Entertainer’s back deck (Ipe) flows out to large yard ready for your green fingers. Two-sided garage offers studio, shop, storage options. Add in the great schools & this is the complete package.

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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


New Listing: 7941 SE 36th Ave

7941 SE 36th Ave - Portland - 03

7941 SE 36th Ave, Portland OR 97202

ML# 15041431

Priced at $679,000

4 Bedroom

2.1 Bathroom

Sqft: 2656

Taxes: $8,841.68

Schools: Duniway, Cleveland

Fabulous Cape Cod on beautiful tree-lined Eastmoreland street. New gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and quartz counters. Living and dining rooms with hardwoods & built-ins. Beautiful fully-permitted basement remodel with contemporary flare. Includes a spacious family room, fourth bedroom & second full bathroom. Fully-landscaped yard with deck and patio off the kitchen. Perfect for outdoor entertaining. Raised-bed vegetable garden.

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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in SE Portland Homes


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House Numbers – February Home Sales in Portland


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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in House Numbers


Nest Contest Winner



Congratulations to Jennifer Amiott who won our Nest Thermostat contest last week. She and her family are looking forward to a full remodel of her kitchen this summer!

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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


Win a Nest Thermostat!


This year we are adding a new feature to our Bricks and Mortar blog called Right Angles. Throughout the next twelve months we will be publishing four extended reports on clients that have completed different remodels of their homes. We will explore:

• A compete 3000 sqft basement overhaul.

• One families need for more space and the extension that gave them two extra bedrooms and a bathroom.

• A couple planning for the future as they convert their garage to an ADU for their parents.

• And how one young family turned a less-than-loved home into an eye-catcher!

We’ll be speaking with the homeowners, architects and builders that made these projects come together and get insight into what worked and what didn’t.

To kick off this new feature we’re giving away a Nest Thermostat. We would like to hear what you have planned for your home in 2015. Perhaps it’s a new kitchen or the windows need replacing. Floors that need refinishing or some much needed landscaping. Even if you are just hoping to paint the guest room we want to hear about your next home project whether it’s big or small.

Fill in the contact form below by February 28th, 2015 and we’ll put your name in the hat for a drawing in the first week of March. Good luck!


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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


House Numbers – January Home Sales in Portland


January saw a significant 37.6% rise in pending sales over last month. This is the highest number of pending sales for the first month of the year since 2007. Not unsurprisingly, with the holidays behind us, new listings also jumped a whopping 79.4% on December’s total, which was a three-year high. Closed sales were down, at 1,477 compared with 2,239.

Inventory has crept up from 2.3 months to 3.9 months, the highest since last February. The average price of homes in the last twelve months has increased 7.0% when compared with the twelve months prior to the year ending in January 2014, $333,600 vs $311,900.

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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in House Numbers


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Home Truths

John Ellingson, and his partner Paul Beard, recently bought their first home, a beautifully remodeled home in Laurelhurst. Here are his thoughts on Christmas, fires and the passion he has for his work.

What did you look forward to most for your first Christmas as a homeowner?
Our first Christmas was amazing. I was performing in Mary Poppins and every moment I was not tap-dancing away in our 49-show run, Paul and I were making fires, baking cookies, making fires, cooking dinners, making fires, and enjoying mugs of coffee …… the fire! We really like having a fire place. It’s was a dream come true. Hanging our stockings on the mantle was also a highlight.


What is your favorite holiday decoration that you look forward to seeing each year?
I know it’s not original, but the ornaments that go on the tree. We started collecting them before we met and now we give a new one to each other, the night before Christmas each year. I look forward to our collection growing and growing over the years. Also decorating the mantle was a treat…….with the FIRE!

Tell us how you fill your days at work?
I am a theater artist. I’m very lucky to love my job and to have a full-time job in the theater arts. Currently I am the Associate Artistic Director for the Northwest Children’s Theater. I am an actor by trade and have been performing there for the last 11 years. I also design sets and I’m the resident scenic painter, puppet maker and I teach. I will be making my directing debut with a new production of the Little Mermaid which will take place in a circus setting. I work a lot, but I love it.

I know you love to cook. Do you make the same things each holiday season or do you mix things up?
I am a lover of everything Italian. I make homemade pasta every chance I get. I don’t have a Holiday dish yet, but our new kitchen is what sold me on our home. Cooking is a calming thing for me. Paul and I love to entertain together. Good food, good people, good wine all in a good kitchen. That’s heaven.

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What are you buying this year for your house as a gift?
My goal this year is to garden. I hope to upgrade our back yard with fresh veggies and our summer is going to be friends, fire pits and outdoor parties.

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in NE Portland Homes


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