LISTED: Contemporary Condo on NW Park

We’re listed! This contemporary one-bedroom condo is what Pearl District dreams are made of! Right on the NW Park blocks, this condo is the perfect home for anybody who would love to exit their front door and step right into a beautiful urban park, or have Powell’s Books as your neighbor! The list of shopping, dining, and neighborhood amenities is practically endless—and it’s all within walking distance!

 
This condo lives large with a spacious open floor plan and bright living space. There’s a secluded balcony, and a large bedroom and bathroom. Honestly, this condo has an exceptional layout and would be the perfect avenue to downtown living. Take a look at the pictures below and don’t forget to get in touch for a showing. More details below!

LISTING DETAILS:
$225,000
ADDRESS: 327 NW Park Ave Unit #3C, Portland, OR 97209 
1 Bed/1 Bath
Sqft: 742
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Contemporary one-bedroom condo at the Park NW! This true one-bedroom condo features updated flooring, kitchen backsplash, and paint. Enjoy quiet evenings on your secluded balcony. Fresh, open concept layout makes the space live large. Kitchen with eat in bar and separate dining area. Washer/dryer in unit with storage galore. Walk out your front door to the park blocks and all the shops and dining the Pearl District has to offer!


Get in touch to tour today!
Marissa Sainz
512-736-6111

HOUSE THAT BRENT BUILT OCTOBER UPDATE

October has absolutely flown by and Brent and may finally have the end in sight on our home build. Our move-in date did get pushed back again—we’re now hoping to move in time to celebrate Thanksgiving in our new home! Fingers crossed that the rest of our plans go smoothly and we don’t encounter any more push back. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

OCTOBER UPDATES:

This month has been about making a lot of little creative decisions, very quickly. Since I’m coming into a slower time with work, I’ve been able to be more involved, which has been exciting and has eased some of the pressure on Brent. Here is a list of the finishing decisions that we have made so far this month:

  • Chose stain color for exposed beams
  • Decided on decking and railings
  • Painted the underside of the staircase black
  • Interiors are painted—a pretty neutral white
  • Cabinet hardware chosen
  • Continuing to make finishing decisions as they come
This month brought some unexpected changes. Brent and I had already chosen our kitchen appliances awhile back,  but due to the pandemic, we found out this month that the shipping was delayed indefinitely. With every effort to avoid my initial panic, Brent and I sat down together to re-decide on some new appliances that we’ll be in place by the time we move in.

We had to make some pivots on the original plan to have a floating sink in our half bath because we couldn’t place it in a way to cover all of the exposed plumbing. Our designer came up with an ingenious solution of a little shelf behind the sink that will hide everything.

Finally, we thought for sure the exterior of the house would be painted by now, but this is one of the larger delays, and we’re also still waiting on our Shou Sugi Ban for the front entrance and top deck. In the meantime though, we’ve been hard at work raving about our Shou Sugi Ban and have convinced two of our friends to use the material in their home, and ADU renovations! If you haven’t seen Shou Sugi Ban yet, here’s a few examples of this stunning material in action:

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Sometimes the closer we get, the farther it seems away but we’re excited to see all of the final touches coming together in time. Overall, this month has been less stressful than the previous one. Shoutout to Brent who has been amazing about speaking up when he feels certain designs are not the right fit and making sure all of the inevitable modifications stay true to our vision. It’s taken an epic amount of communication and he’s done an amazing job.

OLD HOUSE UPDATE:

While managing the new build, we have also been updating our old house kitchen in order to get ready for new tenants. This month we were able to finish the cabinets and install the countertops and already it’s been such an improvement!

What’s even more exciting is we hired a property manager and within one weekend we were able to find a tenant! We just signed the lease and it’s such a relief to have this off of our plate. If you keep going back in forth on whether to hire a professional to help with your property, trust me it was well worth it.

Every month Brent and I learn more about the home building experience. As always, “HAVE PATIENCE” is the best advice I could give. Especially in this year of Covid, there is so much out of our control. It’s best to not allow the frustrations of delays and challenges stop you from enjoying building your dream home.

UP NEXT:

So now what? We still have a few finishing touches to add like painting our exterior, landscaping, installing tile, appliances, and lighting. Our deck is still in need of a little love and we have a few touch-ups to make with our interior painters. We’ll need to get a final occupancy approval from the city and do a blue tape walk-through with our builders near the end.  But most importantly, WE NEED TO START PACKING!!! I have to say, that intimidates me more than anything else!

I also want to give recognition to our wonderful home builders Evergreen Homes. They have always provided a patient and calm energy and never tried to rush us into any decisions. We interviewed three different builders at the beginning of this process and it was Evergreen’s thoughtfulness that shined the most. Ashley, the owner, has always been collected and kind throughout our experience and it’s been clear how much they care.

That’s it for October—hopefully, next month, I’ll be writing to you from our new living room! I cannot wait to see what this next month has in store for us. Check back in at the end of November to hear about the finalization of our new home!

CLOSED On A Charming NE Condo

After a month-long search, we just closed on this charming condo unit in Irvington! My client previously put her condo hunt on hold earlier this year when the stay at home order was implemented, but in the end, the delay meant we were able to find the perfect fit!


This traditional one-story 997 square foot condo features two bedrooms and one bathroom, the perfect space for solo living, or a family starter home. The buyer was captivated by the high ceilings, large windows in the spacious living room, and the double closets in the main bedroom. Not to mention, the kitchen was recently updated with black granite countertops complete with appliances, and a stackable washer dryer. What more could you need? As far as the interior, the flooring, paint, and even furniture add a modern touch leaving the space move-in ready. To top it off, large storage space and a private garage provide an extra area for packing away belongings.

The Irvington Eighteen-Hundred Condos were built in 1956 with 10 units in total and are surrounded by beautiful greenery, complemented by a community with many quaint restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and schools nearby. While we were touring the complex, my client and I ran into the owners who were gathered in the courtyard enjoying the sunny afternoon. Their friendliness and accommodating personalities were the cherries on top.

As always, I was honored to be a part of my clients’ search for the perfect home. I love being involved in the Portland community through my work and helping people find exactly what they need in a home. I am so lucky to wake up and enjoy my job each and every day. Congrats to my client in finding their new home!Listing Details:

Beautiful elevated courtyard. Single level unit on the main floor. LR w/hardwood floors + high ceilings open to the dining room. The kitchen has vinyl floors, granite counters SS appl, gas cooking, BI microwave. Stackable washer + dryer. Two bedrooms, one with double closets. Full bath with hexagon tile floor + soaking tub. Walk to shops, restaurants and all the NE Broadway has to offer. Sizable storage unit. Parking spot in a private garage

Price: $324,900

Bedrooms: 2

Bathroom: 1
Sq. ft.: 997

Are you looking to buy or sell in the Portland area? Get in touch! There are new homes hitting the market every day and I’d love to help you find, or sell, yours!

CLOSED: A BITTERSWEET FAREWELL TO GRAHAM ST COMMONS


This wonderful property has closed! When my clients first contacted me years ago, they were looking for their first home, in an affordable and well-connected neighborhood of Portland. They were immediately attracted to this home, located in a community called Graham Street Commons, an intentional community in NE Portland (more on that below). My clients have loved living in the community and have become such good friends with their surrounding neighbors. This home was built in 2009 and was the start of a grand vision.

Now they’ve expanded their family and had the vision of more room and space to grow. We found them an awesome home in West Linn that I shared a few weeks back. It’s nothing short of impressive.

Their NE Portland home was built in 2009 and was the start of a grand vision. Graham Street Commons is a “common green” project that has 4 planned buildings. The initial vision was developed by Jeff and Susan Hartnett. They pictured a “pocket community” that would provide residential living in the heart of urban Portland. These homes were to be high quality with a low environmental impact, all at an affordable price. The Commons now has three single-family homes with a duplex yet to be built. They were ahead of their time by trying to add density in Portland’s city core, an effort now finally met by city legislature, just this year. Jeff and Susan Harnett’s approach has been repeated several times since.
It is so important to create affordable and green homes in our city. I’m excited to see more options like this one for families in the future. I am incredibly lucky to be a small part of this process. Congratulations to the new homeowners, who have an amazing community to grow into, and to my clients who have growing of their own to do! It was a pleasure working with you all!

Price: $695,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 
2 Full, 1 Half
Sq. Ft.: 
2,429

Looking to Buy, or Sell? Get in touch!
Marissa Sainz—512.736.6111

Two Months To Go On Our Home Build!

If you have been keeping up with our home build, you know that we’ve encountered some delays. With the devastating PNW fires and COVID and the resulting busy season for contractors, I suppose it’s to be expected. Our new date is in early November and hopefully, we can stick to it. I’m happy to say that we are still pushing through and have made some very exciting updates! With each step closer, we get more and more excited to be in our new home.

SEPTEMBER UPDATES
What’s new? This months’ progress:

  • Drywall is installed
  • Painting has begun
  • Lighting ordered
  • Cabinets delivered
  • Shou sugi ban ordered
This month brought cabinetry, which I love! Everything behind the walls is finished and the drywall is up. We’ve decided on some shades of white for the interior walls to start.

Brent and I have learned so much about throughout this process—the biggest of which is to expect delays. It’s part of the process and is next to impossible to avoid. Plan accordingly and factor in buffer time for those projects that end up taking longer than anticipated.

When building your own home, there are a thousand different small choices to make and each one feels just as important as the last. We just finally completed our design decision-making process, but let me tell you, it was not easy. First, it’s incredibly overwhelming and I found myself getting too deep in all of the little details. In the end, it was the easiest to start with the large design decisions – cabinets, countertops, paint, etc. Once you have those key components in place, pick one small piece at a time. Will the process be perfect and work exactly as you wanted it to? Fortunately, we had the guidance of our designer every step in the way and she was skilled at keeping us focused in each decision.

OLD HOUSE UPDATE:
On top of juggling the new house construction, we have also been doing some kitchen remodeling in our old house.  I totally wish I would have done a kitchen update years ago.  We tried to do some DIY updating a few years ago and ended up with a failed attempt at cabinet painting.  Lesson learned—hire experts when needed!
Now, we are looking into getting renters moved in. To say this process is stressful is an understatement. Luckily, we have amazing help from Living Room Realty Property Management to help us. Now is not typically the time of year that most people are on the hunt for new places to rent, but single-family homes are really desirable at the moment. With Living Room Realty’s help we shouldn’t have any problem finding renters. Living Room has coached us on prepping the house, checking that we have records of the state and making sure things are in working order. With all the new rental Laws like pet rent and security deposit, Living Room has been critical in making sure we are successful. We are so appreciative of their services and hard work.
UP NEXT:
So what can we look forward to next? We have ordered our lighting from Destination Lighting and we are absolutely stoked to see the beautiful pieces installed! The exterior of our home has also been making some progress. We decided to go with some Shou sugi ban details on the exterior (examples below). If you are not familiar with this design, it is a bold method of preserving wood by charring it with fire. Typically, this process is used with Japanese cedar and helps to weatherproof the material. The surface of the wood is first charred and then coated with natural oils to give it a beautiful finish. It’s all been ordered and is on its way!
 
Perhaps most exciting of all—Brent and I are thinking of commissioning a local Portland artist to design a mural for one of our retaining walls. Retaining walls are a pretty typical feature of homes in our area, and many sport a mural. When we were walking through our neighborhood, we were struck by a dynamic abstract mural on a neighbor’s wall and decided to reach out to the artist to see if they would be interested in adding their art to our new home. We can’t think of a better way to bring a piece of Portland into our own space. I’ll update you when we hear back and make a decision on the artist!

Two more months to go! Make sure to come back around Halloween to see what October has in store!