2217 NE Ainsworth

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It’s hard to talk about 2217 NE Ainsworth without resorting to certain clichés. It is the type of home that inspires froofy descriptions like “dreamy”, “cozy”, “cute” and “Portlandesque”. While those are accurate, they are not enough to describe this fantastic home. It is quirky and functional, romantic and well appointed, charming and practical.

The dining room effortlessly flows into the refreshed kitchen, which has been upgraded with stainless steel appliances, white subway tile backsplash and a large walk-in pantry.

One bedroom offers French door access to the rear yard and the second bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and a closet with custom organizers. The updated bathroom boasts beautiful hex tile floors, pedestal sink, new shower fixtures and subway tiled walls.

The lower level features a large family room/bonus room with built-in storage, wood-paneled ceilings & recessed lighting and also has a separate utility area/laundry room with washer & dryer included.

The private backyard is the perfect place to entertain with its hot tub, raised garden beds and a recently added wooden deck perfect for barbecuing and summer al fresco dining.

Parking is easy in the long driveway or in the detached garage that can be accessed either through the automatic roll-up door in the front or through the sliding barn door on the side, making it a perfect contender for an ADU, artist’s studio or a She Shed.

Alberta Park is across the street and offers basketball & tennis courts, dog off-leash area, playground, soccer field, softball field and picnic tables.

With close proximity to New Seasons Market and all the fine dining, shops, bars, cafes & entertainment on Alberta Street and Killingsworth, this location is hard to beat. Enjoy a movie and dinner at McMenamins Kennedy School and free neighborhood access to their soaking pool. Walk down to P’s & Q’s Market for a locally farmed weekend brunch. Watch a show at Alberta Rose Venue and stop at Expatriate on your way home for arguably the best cocktail in town. Or why not spend an evening sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine while the rain showers you? You can only call that “dreamy”.

-Calle Holmgren

Victor & Barbara – Happily Ever After!

While moving is usually stressful, it is on a completely different level when you are 80+ years of age and downsizing after a decade of living and loving in a beautiful Mt Tabor home. Sorting through a lifetime of stuff; deciding what should stay and what should go. Plus all the standard logistics of the actual move. This is where we do our best to help guide our clients through the process.

The homeowners, Barbara and Victor, interviewed several agents. I was very happy they chose me to represent them in this important transaction. Once hired, Nicole and I immediately went to work! We prepared a schedule to help guide Barbara and Victor through all the many steps involved in this life change: sorting, packing, garage sales, house cleaning, staging, photo shoot, printing of marketing material, activation and open houses. Barbara & Victor, with the help of their fantastic children, worked very hard and diligently followed the schedule. The house was ready for Nicole and I to stage on the day we had agreed to.

Our goal was to keep the furniture light and airy with no big, heavy pieces. I think we achieved just that.

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After a successful online marketing campaign, both online and print, that included catered open houses and broker previews, we ended up with three solid offers after only one week. Barbara, Victor and their three children selected the offer they felt most comfortable with, and the home was sold!

Now it is 4 weeks later and we are closing after a very smooth transaction with no hiccups and with a repair negotiation that left both parties satisfied.

Sometimes real estate is about just that – real estate. More times than not, however, it is about people and relationships, and this was one of those cases. Nicole and I are so glad to have been selected to work with Barbara, Victor and their children. We are honored to have played a role in this life event and wish Barbara and Victor much happiness in this new chapter of life.

-Calle Holmgren

Welcome to the Williams District, Ross!

When my good friend Ross contacted me and said he wanted to buy a house I could not be more excited. Ross had been renting in the Hawthorne District since moving to Portland but was now ready to become a homeowner.

After meeting with Ross to discuss his wants and needs I realized he knew exactly what type of house he wanted, where he wanted to be, and what he wanted to do with the home. Moreover, Ross thoroughly understood real estate and the market, and knew what it would take to get an offer accepted in this fierce market. In other words, my only job would be to find him the home he wanted.

It turned out that Ross knew how to find homes too... One day I received a text message from him saying he found The House and wanted to make an offer. Finally, it was my turn to go to work! 

After successfully beating out several other buyers our offer was accepted by the seller. We quickly had our inspections done and found out that there were some issues with the home. I got several contractors out to provide repair estimates and we used those bids to re-negotiate the price down to a number that made both Ross and the seller happy. After just a few weeks we closed and Ross got to move in.

Ross - thank you for letting me represent you and for being the easiest client I have ever worked with!

-Calle Holmgren

Barbara Moves to Bend

A while back, when Barbara turned 80, she decided that Portland was not the city for her anymore and that she wanted to move to Bend. She called me to get an idea of what her home was worth, what she would need to do to it to maximize the sales price, and to get an idea of how long it would take to sell it.

After having consulted with her financial advisor, Barbara drove out to Bend, purchased a home, and then called me back and told me she was ready. I immediately got a painter in there to paint some walls and do some miscellaneous touchups, and also had a stager move some furniture around.

After less than 48 hours on the market we had generated multiple offers and leveraged those to get an all cash offer up to $20,000 over the asking price – a record setting price for an attached home in Mt Tabor. The transaction went very smoothly and we closed less than a month after putting the home on the market. Barbara is now perfectly settled in in her new home in Bend and could not be happier, and neither could I. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you, Barbara, and best of luck in your future endeavors!

-Calle Holmgren