Closed! Spacious Kahneeta Ranch

This was a serendipitous closing — we found the perfect home in unexpected circumstances! My clients were ready to move out of downtown Portland and into a home that fits their family lifestyle. After bidding on a few homes and losing out, grandma’s neighbor informed us of their upcoming move to Arizona. They offered to sell my clients their home without putting it on the market which took out a lot of the anxiety of the current multiple offer situation in the market.  We were able to negotiate a fair price and a few repairs while keeping everyone happy. The home has a spacious yard for my clients’ daughters to play in and resides in a quiet neighborhood… and it’s right next to grandma!

This quaint, ranch-style home was built in 1976, although it has been renovated, still has many traditional features. The kitchen and bathroom are newly renovated with maple cabinets, granite countertops, and warm-toned Brazilian cherry wood flooring. Coming from an older home without a yard this family is looking forward to BBQs on the patio and biking in the cul-de-sac.

The Rock Creek neighborhood is a perfect fit for this family, surrounded by parks, recreational facilities, and local eateries. The home is around the corner from Bethany Lake Park — a destination for fishing, biking, and walking along the Rock Creek Trail. The girls can spend summers at the Rock Creek Rec, playing softball, soccer, and playing on the playground. With a high walking score, the family can walk to lunch at the Bethany Public House for local comfort food.

Closing this home was such a joy! As you all know, family is so important to me. It was heartwarming to find a home next to grandma, in a lovely area. Congratulations to my awesome clients!

Price: $594,500

Bedrooms: 3

Bathroom: 2 Full

Home Sq. Ft: 1,875

Lot Sq. Ft: 8,712 (.28 acre)

Looking to buy or sell? Get in touch!

Marissa Sainz — 512.736.6111

The Residential Infill Project

Overview, updates, and what to expect!

Source: Planetizen

Portlanders have experienced firsthand the impact of population growth in the city, whether you’ve sat bumper-to-bumper heading into the city or endured a 2-hour wait for your favorite downtown eatery. By 2035 the city is estimated to increase the number of households by 1.4%… that’s 100,000 households!

Aside from the growing population, the housing market has also been leaning towards building larger and more luxury housing. Due to these changes, city officials have proposed and passed the Residential Infill Project, which will allow duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes to be built under restrictions of size. 

These changes aim to address community concerns of housing costs and the diversity of housing options by designing smaller homes that fit Portland neighborhood layouts, creating more housing without overcrowding, and creating clear guidelines for future developments. 

How will this affect the market and current design trends in the Portland Metro? Let’s dig in! 

Source: Sightline Institute

The (Fingers-Crossed) Positive Outcomes!

The Sightline Institute raved, calling Portland’s Residential Infill Project the “most pro-housing reform to low-density zones in US history”! 

The project’s effort aims to address the affordability of housing across Portland neighborhoods by building a range of housing options with affordable units. Although the changes will reduce the average size of each unit, it will allow for more units on each plot of land. They may be slightly smaller than the average family home the project claims the proposed homes are still “family-sized”.

The March update from confirmed the project will include the “deeper affordability bonus and the historic resource demolition disincentive”, which aims to protect historic properties and areas of Portland from demolition during the project’s duration.


Source: Miro Medium
A Few Other Considerations

Mayor Wheeler praised the project for offering “significant bonus[es] for affordable housing developers, given the significant need”, and he’s absolutely right. The only concern I raise is the possibility that builders may avoid putting money into these builds if they can’t build luxury, higher priced styles. We know that recent trends have shown the housing market leaning towards luxury builds. I am curious to see how the Residential Infill Project will affect the market. 
An additional resource for any concerns about how the project may affect your property or neighborhood, review the Portland Gov’s interactive map of proposed changes.

Where Does This Leave the Rose City?

In the effort to maintain community involvement, Residential Infill Project staff formed a committee of Portland residents, developers, contractors, and business owners to discuss pros and cons of this project. With feedback from the community, the project staff tailored the project details to attempt to fit the community’s needs. 
This project will officially go into effect on August 1st, 2021. How do you think the project will affect the community and Portland housing market? Head over to my Instagram and let’s discuss!

Closed! Big Score on This Luxury Pearl Condo

My client, Alice, had a big goal to move inland from Pacific City and closer to family. She’ll be kicking off the new year with one resolution already tackled as we just closed on her beautifully remodeled Pearl District condo!

This contemporary style condo features 1 bed and 1 bath. If you’re going to relocate, might as well do it right! Opting for The Pinnacle Condos with the most breath-taking views overlooking Tanner Springs Park was definitely an excellent choice for my buyer.

This condo is the epitome of lavish living! Such upgrades include quartz and walnut cabinets, designer tile backsplash, and bamboo floors. Did I mention the master suite has a large walk-in closet? It’s currently used as an office space, which I think is great! Versatile spaces that can be changed is always a win. The master also includes custom built-ins, perfect for storage! Waking up to that view every day… priceless.

 Nothing makes me happier than to fulfill a client’s dream of finding her ideal home, especially near family. With that, huge congratulations are in order for Alice. I hope you enjoy all the beauty that Pearl District has to offer!

Listing Details:
Top-notch view and lovely upgrades. Enjoy the view of Tanner Springs Park and city/lights. High end updated finishes include quartz, walnut cabinets, designer tile backsplash, and accent wall, bamboo floors, bathroom vanity, custom built-ins and bench, chandelier/lighting, CA Closet system, heated towel rack, TV mount, and floating shelves + more. Hard to beat floor plan-Master suite has a large walk in closet currently used as an office with additional built-ins for the closet. L/G wash/dry. Park/storage.Price: $429,000

Bedrooms: 1
Bathroom: 1
Sq. ft.: 861

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!

We’re Closed! Lovely Milwaukie Ranchalow

Our newest closing is a special one. My friend Mark, a native of Chicago, like myself, came to me looking for his next home. After some searching, we were able to find the perfect one!

Located in Milwaukie, Oregon, this ranch bungalow fusion styled home was just the right size and in just the right place—recently updated with all new stunning hardwood floors, this home was move-in ready too! Three bedrooms and two and a half baths afford plenty of space to grow and we were really sold experiencing the abundance of natural light and large backyard. The outside area is .21 acres and already has some garden boxes ready for next spring. To top it off, there is a large covered patio with beautiful stonework which makes it the perfect space to host family and friends.

This home is right across the street from Stringfield Park and only a few minutes away from the city. With such an ideal location, I was surprised that it hadn’t been snatched up earlier!

When we talked with the seller and her agent, they were kind, flexible, and exceptionally communicative which allowed all parties to work through what otherwise would have been complicated hiccups with ease. Even though the seller had just welcomed a newborn, we were able to get in to see the house when needed. Likewise, Mark was super flexible and the sellers were able to finish updates on their new home before moving out. I fully credit great teamwork on all parts for what has been a super successful transaction!

As always, I am grateful to be a part of finding the ideal home for my client. Plus, there is nothing like getting to help your friends. Huge congratulations to Mark—thank you for letting me be a part of this process and I look forward to seeing what personal touches you add to your new home!
Listing Details:

Rare 1 level Milwaukie/Oak Grove hone-new to market! Expansive corner level lot boasts a beautifully remodeled cottage- ranchalow 3 beds 2.5 baths with all new floors and tasteful updates throughout! Across from Stringfield family park this is the ideal place to live close enough to the city for shopping and restaurants, yet quiet and tucked away enough to garden and take your zoom and conference calls in peace!

Price: $409,000

Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2.5
Sq. ft.: 1373
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!

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.