The Love of Portland Architecture.

There are many reasons to love Portland real estate. One of the most exciting parts, at least in my humble opinion, has to be the immense diversity that exists between homes. Not just home in different quadrants or different neighborhoods, but between homes on the same street.

Case in point: these two homes right across the street from each other in the Richmond neighborhood in SE Portland. One, a modern box with straight lines; the other, a mix of four different sections merged into one impressive structure. While completely different, they both have their own charm and certainly add to the exciting architectural landscape of this fantastic city. 

Sellwood Charmer gets a Makeover

As soon as I first set foot in this charming Sellwood home I knew it had potential. A large living room, but with furniture that was misplaced, art that was hung too high, and oversized blinds that blocked natural light from coming in. The dining room had beautiful built-ins that needed to be showcased. The original crown molding disappeared against the ceiling, and the three bedrooms needed some new furniture. A few paint brushes later, and with the help of my fantastic wife and business partner Nicole, we turned this home into a real stunner. Design on a dime implemented to perfection!

Check out the BEFORE and AFTER photos!

Move some dirt around!

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion. Or as my parents say, “When in doubt, move some dirt around!”

And tending to the garden is all that and more- it’s good for the soul and the environment and I love spending warm, dry days in the yard with my friends and family, enjoying the fruits of our labor and the peace nature brings us all.

Which brings me to a very happy, important announcement……I connected my dear friend (and fellow MPH graduate-what what!!) with her first home - a mid-century home in town with a killer yard – veggie beds, compost bin and all!

Congratulations on your new home Rachelle and happy gardening!


Two Portland-area chefs cooked to win!

Two Top Chef Finalists are from Portland

Will Portland’s next claim to fame be the home of Bravo TV's Top Chef (Season 12) winner?

In last night's episode, two out of three Top Chef Finalists are from Portland - Gregory Gourdet and Doug Adams! You may know Gregory Gourdet’s Asian influenced menu from Departure, the 15th-floor restaurant in downtown Portland's the Nines hotel; Or Doug Adams, the Chef de Cuisine of Paley's Imperial restaurant and Portland Penny Diner. The third finalist is Mei Lin, a female chef from West Hollywood's Ink. Culinary Arts is a male dominated industry. There has only been one female winner in Top Chef history!

Check out the Oregonian’s Kristi Turnquist’s recap of last night's episode to find out which Top Chef finalists advanced to next week's season finale showdown! 

Starr Gartner