Fresh off a lovely summer vacation with the family, I realized I’ve neglected to post anything in recent weeks, even prompting a slap on the wrist from one reader. Swamped with work is my only excuse, so I’ll leave it at that and jump back on the saddle. This re-listed 1912 craftsman bungalow caught my eye in the Kenton neighborhood when I was out and about this Tuesday.

The current owners have only been in the house three years but in that time they have given the house a much-needed freshen-up, with updates throughout and remodels in both bathrooms. Though the rest of the house shows very well, the upstairs level is unquestionably the jewel in the crown. The open-plan layout with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, accounting for probably three-quarters of the 800 sqft on this floor, is truly splendid. Gone is the previously dreadful plywood walling and in its place drywall and a crisp white paint job. With a small bedroom and a full bathroom in different dormers, this level gives a buyer a number of options. Huge master suite with nursery and office space or family room and guest room. Or any combination of the above. It’s an unexpected surprise and if there was a kitchenette up there you may not ever need/want to venture anywhere else in the house.

With the neighbor’s garage on one side and a wall of trees at the back, the yard is mostly private and the sizable deck allows ample space for entertaining. The rest of the yard has a spartan, low-maintenance, gravel look to it, which I personally think needs a bit of color but I can see what the owners are going for and that certainly won’t scare off any potential buyers.

All in all, this is a solid three bedroom home with a wow-factor upstairs level that you’ll rarely find in this price range. On a quiet street, in a neighborhood that continues to become more and more appealing, and just blocks from the Max, I would say this has virtually all the right ingredients.

Priced at $329,900.

This listing SOLD for $320,000.

For more information on this listing, please click here.

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Posted by:mylesfaulkner

I'm a real estate broker in Portland, Oregon.

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