Archive for the ‘Real Estate’ Category

My posts have been sporadic lately because we have spent every spare moment packing, painting, and moving to our new (old) house in Portland’s Irvington neighborhood. Yes, Portland is not the beautiful wine country of Dundee (we’ll get there someday!), but our craftsman bungalow, built in 1908, still has that old-world rustic charm.

I spent a couple of hours a few weeks ago, wandering the neighborhood with a friend, admiring all of the old houses. While our 1,400 sq ft bungalow is pretty modest, there are many grand old homes (mansions) nearby. The neighborhood streets are lined with large old trees that, when full of leaves, create a tunnel of green enveloping the road. Squirrels scurry about stashing their food for winter, and homeowners tend to their perfectly manicured gardens. We walked for hours admiring the old homes, stopped into my favorite nursery Garden Fever, and grabbed a bite at Petisco. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be living in this beautiful, vibrant, thriving old neighborhood with so much history and character. As I’ve said previously, there’s something about old homes that can’t be found in new construction. Yes, they have their creaky floors and energy inefficiencies, but new construction can’t replicate the stories and history these homes have. If only these 100-year-old walls could talk!

Is this not the most gorgeous entryway you’ve ever seen?!

This stately home, the Stuart House, is actually FOR SALE! Click on the link to the listing for some gorgeous interior pictures. Here is a blog post about its amazing history as the home of Scottish royalty.


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Next week marks the end of two years that Chris and I have lived on the 19th floor of the Ardea tower in the South Waterfront district of downtown Portland. It also marks two years that we have lived together! We’ve both survived so far so that must be a good sign right? Although we have enjoyed our river and downtown views, the access to public transit, concierge service, and friendly neighbors, both of us are excited to come back down to earth and into a house. Gone will be the floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views, but those will be replaced with a porch swing and a small back yard to grow our own vegetables. Join us in saying goodbye to the high-life as we reflect on our home in the sky. Although our next home in the Irvington neighborhood of NE Portland is still not the rolling hills of Dundee, it’s at least one step closer!

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We have been searching for homes in and around Dundee, Oregon for a few months now and have seen everything from dilapidated barns about to fall over to million dollar villas with endless views. Our ideal home in the country is an old farmhouse on the outside with the conveniences of modern living on the inside. There’s something about the quality and worn beauty of old homes that can’t be found in most new construction. The feeling of knowing you’re walking on the same floors families have walked on for over a hundred years, the sense of history, of permanence.

Dundee, Newberg, and McMinnville, Oregon were all founded in the late 1800’s and have many beautiful old homes. However, there are also thousands of homes built in the 1960’s – 1990’s to sort through. I’m not opposed to newer construction, in fact I happen to be a huge fan of mid-century modern design. But for us, wine country is about country style, Palm Springs is for mid-century modern.

Our search for the ideal home in the country continues, and here are some of the promising finds so far. I’ve included homes in every price range from $200,000 to $3 million. Although our budget is nowhere near the millions, it’s always fun to look at right? Let’s start on the low end first…

Dundee – $199,000
2 bed, 1 bath

Carlton – $211,000
3 bed, 1.5 bath

Newberg – $220,000
3 bed, 1 bath

Newberg – $274,900
4 bed, 2 bath

Yamhill – $279,900
3 bed, 2.5 bath

Carlton – $295,000
4 bed, 2 bath

Newberg – $325,000
5 bed, 3 bath

McMinnville – $349,900
4 bed, 2.5 bath

McMinnville – $365,000
4 bed, 2 bath

Newberg – $439,000
3 bed, 2 bath

McMinnville – $450,000
3 bed, 1.5 bath, 4 acres

Newberg – $469,000
3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1.15 acres

Gaston – $495,000
3 bed, 3 bath, 2.18 acres

Newberg – $600,000
3 bed, 2 bath, 3.77 acres

McMinnville – $625,000
4 bed, 3 bath, 13.63 acres

Dundee – $895,000
4 bed, 2.5 bath, 1 acre

Newberg – $999,900
3 bed, 2.5 bath, 24.9 acres

Newberg – $1,175,000
4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2.07 acres

Willamina – $2,200,000
6 bed, 1 bath, 243.57 acres

Carlton – $3,000,000
2 bed, 1.5 bath, 338 acres

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