JUST CLOSED: Stunning West Linn Home Filled with Custom Details!


Can you believe this gorgeous West Linn home that we just closed on!? I first helped my clients purchase their starter home in NE Portland a few years ago. Now that their family has started growing, they were in need of a little more room, and a space they could grow into. We started the hunt for the perfect location and a home with plenty of space and special modern touches. Spoiler—We found it!


After several home tours, the couple toured and fell in love with this property. The home itself was initially constructed by a builder for his family and showcases a open and bright concept. Even the finishes are unique and not the normal “new construction” finishes you usually see. It is so rare to find a home this beautifully constructed and perfectly unique.

Finding this home was such a joy to me. I geeked out as much as my clients did! They truly scored with this one of a kind West Linn home. Congratulations to you both! It was a pleasure working together again and I can’t wait to see how you make this space your own!

Listing Details: Impeccable home w/views of St. Helens, Mt Adams & the valley from 3 lvls. Fall in love w/the open & bright concept, high-end finishes. Gourmet kit w/ss gas apps, quartz & lg island. Spacious en suite w/private deck, lg walk-in closet, soaking tub, dbl sinks & lg concrete shower. Lg lot & private setting. Workshop in garage allows for creative projects. ADU potential & unfinished 4th lvl. Local builder built this home for his family. Great care to detail & no expense spared! Listing courtesy of Ariel Sasser with Property Group NW.

Price: $850,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 
2 Full, 1 Half 
Sq. Ft.: 
3,561

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

Just Listed: The Sprague-Marshall-Bowie House, a Portland Landmark!

I am elated to be listing a Portland home listed on the National Registry of Historic Places with more history than I can wrap my head around! This home has seen nearly 150 years of Portland—if only the walls could talk! Meet the Sprague-Marshall-Bowie house! (Read on for a little history and skip to the bottom for listing details and a link to the 3D tour!)
 
History
The Sprague-Marshall-Bowie (SMB) is two-story historic Italianate style house, built in 1882. It’s one of two of the earliest homes of the style still standing in Portland! Originally located at NW Everett and 17th, it was moved to its current location after 22 years. The SMB was part of the 640-acre Donation Land Claim Act filed in 1846 by Captain John H. Couch (of Couch St.), a pioneer sea captain and city developer, and his brother-in-law. The cost of the 4 lots, 100’ x 200’, parcel was $3,000 in gold coin.

It was later in possession of Mary H. Couch, the captain’s youngest daughter, when purchased by John Marshall, a marine engineer who worked for the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company, and served on several steamers including the Wide West, Willamette Chief, Wellington Chief, and the Harvest Queen.

Two years later, Captain Clark Woods Sprague, believed to be the father of Marshall’s wife, Sarah, acquired two of the four lots, where he built two houses. Captain Sprague, a then ship captain for the O.R. & N. Co., deeded the house to his daughter in 1885, but lived in the corner house at 17th and Everett Streets with the Marshalls until 1886. The Marshall family lived in the house until 1902, also the year it was sold to Henry A. Moore of Moore Investment Company. Two years later, the house was relocated to its present site and sold to Charles W. Bowie who was listed in the City Directory as a “Capitalist.” The home was purchased again in 1980 by George T. and Barbara Gray. In the same year, the G.T. Gray House was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
It’s stood for over a century, and with all of its architectural details in place. Today, history blends harmoniously with modern luxuries. Generous bay windows bring in natural gleaming light throughout the space. The cast iron fireplaces, picture molding, and plaster ceiling medallions remind of its sophisticated history. A grand formal dining room with a fireplace elevates the space, truly perfect for dinner parties. Walking through the unit’s wooden floors, you are greeted with a cozy receiving area, fresh white quartz countertops in the remodeled kitchen that is designed in a mid-century modern theme. Also, a private backyard and deck await, and even these portions are pleasant to see. In addition, there is an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) downstairs that provides the comforts of today, with its modern furniture and appliances. It also has off-street parking and is located within walking distance from NW 23rd and NW 21st. Imagine owning a piece of Portland history with all the conveniences of the 21st century.
 
It’s an honor to list such a priceless home and I’m dedicated to finding the perfect buyers. If that might be you, I have something for you to check out—a 3D Tour of the SMB you can see right now from the comfort of your living room! And if you want even more info, read on below for a look at more listing details, or check this home out on the Living Room website, here.


Listing Details
Listing details: History blends in harmoniously with modern luxuries! The Sprague Marshall Bowie house is a registered Portland landmark, built in 1882, with all of its architectural details in place. Generous bay windows bring in natural gleaming light throughout the space. The cast iron fireplaces, picture molding, and plaster ceiling medallions remind you of its sophisticated history. A grand formal dining room with a fireplace elevates the space – perfect for dinner parties! Walking through, you are greeted with a remodeled kitchen with fresh white quartz countertops, private backyard and deck, and a downstairs ADU that provides the luxuries of today! Located walking distance from NW 23rd and NW 21st with off street parking. You can own a piece of Portland history with all the conveniences of the 21st century.
Price: $1,399,900
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.1
ADU: 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom
Sq. ft.: 3,624
.11 acre lot
MLS#: 20324566

Don’t wait to see more—take the 3D Tour!

Get in touch to see and perhaps own this invaluable piece of Portland history!

Marissa Sainz
512.736.6111
marissa@livingroomre.com

Portland’s Residential Infill Project Just Passed!


Portland has recently passed a law allowing up to four homes on practically any residential lot. After almost six years since the concept was presented by a local micro-developer, the Residential Infill Project was finally approved by the Portland City Council by a 3-1 vote. The road to this approval has since been long and controversial, having been delayed, and then sent back several times. “Who knew putting people at city council, testifying, writing letters, and convincing their elected officials could change public policy?”  Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said. Five years in the making, it’s finally passed!
Through legalizing different housing types – duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and even cottage clusters – in residential neighborhoods, the Residential Infill Project (RIP) offers a solution to accessibility and affordability in Portland. Over the next 20 years, it’s predicted that the city will be able to add 20,000+ more housing opportunities across Portland neighborhoods. In addition, RIP also offers a “Deeper Affordability” option, wherein four to six homes on any lot are allowed, if at least half are available to low-income Portlanders at regulated, affordable prices.

In summary, the RIP as passed, will:

·         Remove all parking mandates from 75 percent of the city’s residential land, making home driveways optional citywide for the first time since 1973

·         Ensure an expanded and accessible range of housing options, creating a pathway to homeownership that would otherwise be unattainable for many Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities
·         Re-legalize smaller scale middle housing types in all neighborhoods, expanding access to usually exclusive, higher-opportunity areas

·         Utilize a scaled approach, letting the size of buildings adjust with the number of homes (then maximum square footage of 6,500 sq. ft. is now reduced to 2,500 sq. ft.)
·         Provide more place for Portlanders to live and address shortage of housing – a huge factor why there are escalating rents

·         Ban new “McMansions,” and discourage one-for-one redevelopments

·         Provide more opportunities to age in place, including allowing two accessory dwelling units (ADU) per lot and greater flexibility to accommodate mobility aids

·         Address the climate crisis by residential redevelopment to be more supportive of transit, biking, and walking. thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution

Formerly, Vancouver has re-legalized duplexes, Minneapolis triplexes, Seattle has passed landmark ADU reforms, and Austin has conceptualized six-plex for affordability. These measures taken by different U.S. cities may seem similar to Portland’s, but RIP is considered the most likely to create results, making the city the leader in zoning reforms. It’s actually recognized as the best low-density zoning reform in the history of the U.S.
A great victory—yet Portland remains hard at work on even bigger solutions to the housing crisis. The city is looking into a more comprehensive Anti-Displacement Action Plan as well. The law is scheduled to take effect in 2021, upon acknowledgment by the state government.

Learn more about RIP here.

We’re Closed! Cozy Home with Secret Gardens in North Portland

This lovely listing located off of N Polk was initially purchased by a sweet couple I helped back in 2014. It was the perfect starter home for them and boasted a big yard. In their time there, they expertly transformed their gardens into a blooming oasis, and it is nothing short of gorgeous. I was so stunned to see it completely transformed when they contacted me in the last few months to help them sell.

Even though my clients were sad to leave, they have the chance to pick up some traveling nursing gigs and are hitting the road with their 2-year-old daughter. What an amazing opportunity! Now, this cozy home is home to new owners who I’m sure are already in love with this carefully crafted space, from the beautiful hardwood floors & charming gas stove to the gardens outside. The location provides the perfect space to raise a family and is minutes away from historic St Johns and Pier Park.

We collaborated on updates to get the home ready to list.  All new countertops and backsplash are just a few of the renovations added. Within three days, we had multiple offers and sold $20,000 over the list price! I’m so excited to see my clients heading on to new adventures and am overjoyed to be a part of a new family’s home buying journey.

Listing Details: Sweet, move-in ready St Johns ranch! Beautiful hardwood floors and charming gas stove in the light-filled living room. Efficient kitchen with new countertops and backsplash. Three bedrooms with ample closet space and half bathroom off the master. New roof in 2018. New high-efficiency furnace, water heater, electric panel, sewer and water lines in 2014. Upgraded insulation and vinyl windows. Minutes to historic St Johns, Cathedral Park, and Pier Park. Enjoy your summer at home in the lovely garden and pergola covered patio. This one has it all!

MLS: #20017320
Price: $389,464Marissa Sainz
marissa@livingroomre.com
512.736.6111

CLOSED: Custom-Built Traditional in West Linn

The listing details say it all—this will be the perfect home to quarantine in! I’m so honored to have facilitated this transition for two good friends. I met Lisa years ago when I joined Women in Financial Services.  We became fast friends and she’s even my insurance agent! When she and her husband John approached me about selling their Tualatin condo and moving into this immaculate new home, I was so excited to help them through such a big transition.
We found the perfect, and can I say perfectly luxurious, traditional home right in West Linn. Immaculately kept with huge rooms and an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, and extensive hardwood floors. There’s even a built-in home theatre! It really could not get better—oh wait, unless you add an ensuite spa-inspired bathroom in the master, an upscale media room, AND a river view! I think there’s no chance Lisa and John will be bored in their new home.
John and Lisa, it was an absolute pleasure, and congratulations on your new home!

LISTING DETAILS: PERFECT HOME TO QUARANTINE IN. Custom-built traditional on a private 1/2 acre. Immaculate & high-end. 4 bedrooms, den, bonus rm, home theater, wine & exercise room. Open floor plan, high soaring ceilings, extensive hardwood floors, Granite kitchen w/SS appliances & built-in fridge, sound system, master suite w/deck & spa-like bath, 2nd bdrm suite on the main floor, upscale media rm, Nat gas generator, pond, water feature & partial river view. Near parks, boat ramp & amenities. Listing courtesy of Windermere Realty Trust.