The Best Playground, Ever

The playground at Hallinan Elementary School is, in my opinion, the best playground that I have experienced with both my kids and with my grand kids. It’s HUGE with so many slides, things to climb on, and a vast array of simple to complex physical challenges for kids.

Before I moved to Lake Oswego, over 20 years ago, I lived in SE Portland. I must have discovered this playground while showing houses in the neighborhood. After I found it, I began driving to Lake Oswego with my children to enjoy it with them.

Along with the playground, there is a huge field that has a walking path around it. When my kids got older, I could bring them there and take a walk while having a visual on them as they played.

Bear in mind that it’s only available when school is not in session. The school is located at 16800 Hawthorne Dr in the Hallinan neighborhood of Lake Oswego.

Get out there and enjoy the fresh air with your kids and your grand kids! And, as always, thanks for reading the blotter.

Dianne

Market Activity January 10-16, 2022

We are still in the slowness of winter with just 4 new listings, 9 pending sales, and 7 sold/closed properties in Lake Oswego last week. Having said that, it’s a hot market. Inventory is just so low and when a house comes onto the market, bidding wars are common. As we move into February, I expect the inventory to improve. It is a great time to list your house for sale!

See below for RMLS data.

New on the Market January 10-16, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
959 Lee StDetached$719,000322340
17763 Mardee AveDetached$741,900532110
566 4th StAttached$1,549,00044.5+.53376
5001 Park Bluff PlDetached$2,200,000444022

Pending Sales January 10-16, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
4632 Lower Dr B2Condo$320,00021.5117029
19 Britten CtAttached$535,0002213945
4 Preakness CtAttached$550,00032198532
17617 Sydni CtCondo$799,90052.5263435
13522 Provencial Hill WayDetached$899,00032.532441
17154 Lowenberg TerrDetached$1,295,00053.5341240
180 Iron Mountain BlvdDetached$1,495,000543378124
16538 Maple CircleDetached$1,550,00043.528544
567 10th StDetached$1,800,00043.5470685

Sold/Closed January 10-16, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
58 Galen StCondo$224,900$215,00068725
156 Ridgeway RdCondo$450,000$420,0001758174
2320 Glen Haven RdDetached$649,000$680,00013461
326 Lake Bay CtDetached$820,000$820,00014273
1500 Morning Sky CtDetached$1,178,000$1,098,0004,402107
769 4th StDetached$1,965,000$1,965,000392229
2643 Southshore BlvdDetached$3,300,000$2,750,0004543146

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Market Activity Dec 20, 2021-Jan 2, 2022

The winter break is such a breath of fresh air. We all get to slow down a bit and enjoy our home hearth with our family and our friends. Thank you all for being readers of the blotter, and for allowing Linda and I to take a break for a couple of weeks. But now we are back at it. The market is healthy and strong and we are gearing up for the late winter and spring housing market.

I don’t think that there has ever been a better time to put a house on the market. Truly, list now if you are planning to sell. The inventory is very, very low. The Federal Reserve has announced that they intend to impliement several interest rate increases in the coming year and there are hordes of buyers wanting to buy before that happens. This is a GREAT time to list a house!

Looking at the numbers in real estate for Lake Oswego in the last two weeks we saw just 3 new listings, 10 houses go into pending status, and 25 sold/closed properties.

See below for more RMLS data.

New Listings Dec 20, 2021-Jan 2, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
45 Eagle Crest Dr #311Condo$285,000221046
1247 Cedar StDetached$550,000322022
302 Laurel StDetached$679,000321907

Pending Dec 20, 2021-Jan 2, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
572 S State St 8CCondo$319,9002191447
4000 Carman Dr #92Condo$349,0002299912
16191 Lake Forest BlvdDetached$500,0003186414
6317 Carman DrDetached$599,00031.5134478
4966 Galen StDetached$600,0003216995
2320 Glen Haven RdDetached$649,00031.513461
52 Northview CtAttached$649,90032.5219854
6472 Dawn StDetached$650,000321032110
1118 Oak StDetached$650,00031.5132012
115 Touchstone TerrAttached$670,00043.5256079

Sold/Closed Dec 20, 2021-Jan 2, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
9 Oswego SummitCondo$218,000$218,0007646
44 Eagle Crest DR #36Condo$250,000$248,5009033
4000 Carman Dr G108Condo$249,000$271,5007673
59 Oswego SummitCondo$295,000$295,00011402
7155 Childs RdCondo$278,000$300,0009164
86 Kingsgate Rd E103Condo$355,000$355,00092466
17347 Ashley CtAttached$650,000$645,946211734
16989 Tualatin StDetached$690,000$650,000149150
4104 Lakeview BlvdDetached$849,000$722,000224487
13470 Peters RdAttached$799,500$827,00023244
1407 Greentree CircleDetached$835,000$876,00022013
4080 Coltsfoot LnDetached$899,900$884,900288411
365 3rd StAttached$899,000$910,00021543
17288 Blue Heron RdDetached$1,775,000$1,050,0004128405
755 Ellis AveDetached$829,000$1,100,00022485
3777 Rivers Edge DrDetached$1,095,000$1,100,00028756
18168 Westminster DrDetached$1,099,000$1,150,00042205
14405 Pfeifer DrDetached$1,250,000$1,250,00038534
828 7th StDetached$1,250,000$1,400,00024184
1300 Tyndall CtDetached$1,299,950$1,400,88824184
5918 Seville AveDetached$1,289,800$1,405,345177624
2245 Glen Haven RdDetached$1,950,000$1,950,00038309
637 Englewood DrDetached$2,825,000$2,695,000423119
2101 Wembley Park RdDetached$2,750,000$2,700,000471019
1101 Crestline CtDetached$3,695,000$2,775,0007226415

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings

Notary Services at the Library

Did you know that the Lake Oswego Library offers free notary services the first and third Saturdays of each month? It does, including today. Volunteers provide the notary as a community service. It’s free.

The library is located at 706 4th St in First Addition. For more information click here.

I’ll have the market activity report up shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Dianne

Choosing a Home Inspector

There is a tendancy to shop for good value. It’s bread into us by the reality that making our dollars go further enhances our ability to invest and plan for the future. This is a good trait in people, but when it comes to home inspectors, you really do get what you pay for.

You can get a home inspection done for around $300-$400. The inspectors that I recommend charge twice that. So what’s the difference? Time, my friend. The difference is time.

The good inspectors book 1 or 2 inspections a day. The cheap inspectors book 3-4 a day. This means that in saving money you are probably hiring someone who is checking their watch and thinking that they need time to drive to the next appointment to get there on time.

You just don’t know what is going to turn up in a home inspection. Your inspector needs time to dwell on details and figure the house out. The two companies I recommend most highly are Associated Master Inspectors and Inspectek West. Both have mulitiple employees and anyone of them is terrific. In addition, AMI maintains a contractor list that is long and well vetted. Painters, asbestos abatement, electricians, you name it, they have it. For the AMI contractor list click here.

I want to assure you that I am not in kahoots with either company. I have attended many, many home inspections. I know what a good inspection looks like. In my entire career, I’ve never had a client come back to me after the sale with a horror story of something missed in the home inspection.

I also had a client a few years ago that was certain that I must be recommending people who would go easy on the house so that the sale would be more likely to happen. She hired an inspector who inspected the roof from the driveway. He did not even walk on the roof.

I want my clients to know what they are buying. If something so bad turns up that makes them change their mind about buying the house, I am happy it happened early in the process and that they didn’t buy a problem.

As always, thanks for reading the blotter,

Dianne

Market Activity Dec 6-12, 2021

While a bit slower than the market when we are not in the Holiday Season, real estate continues to chug along. Last week in Lake Oswego there were 8 new listings, 17 pending sales, and 13 sold/closed transactions. That is strong activity for this time of year.

See below for RMLS data.

New on the Market Dec 6-12, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
4000 Carman Dr #92Condo$349,00022999
16250 Pacific Hwy #75Condo$355,000321593
200 Burnham Rd #206Condo$358,000211199
4 Preakness CtAttached$550,000321985
8 Pheasant RunDetached$649,95042.51845
1720 Kilkenny DrDetached$685,00032.51348
17617 Sydni CtCondo$799,90052.52634
18000 Sarah Hill LnDetached$1,999,90042.53280

Pending Sales Dec 6-12, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
100 Kerr Pkwy #19Condo$170,0001161752
100 Kerr Pkwy #51Condo$179,000116177
58 Galen StCondo$209,9002168925
9 Oswego SummitCondo$218,000117646
44 Eagle Crest Dr #36Condo$250,000219033
4000 Carman Dr #81Condo$289,0002211294
86 Kingsgate Rd E-203Condo$325,000229243
4429 Thunder Vista LnCondo$459,90022.52002111
1455 Hallinan StDetached$639,90032.513255
52 Northview CtAttached$649,90032.521983
17347 Ashley CtAttached$650,00042.5211734
13470 Peters RdAttached$799,50022.523244
5756 Ridgetop CtDetached$935,0004331625
1011 Spruce StDetached$1,049,00032.521014
425 Kenwood RdDetached$1,090,00032.535276
1500 Morning Sky CtDetached$1,148,00053.54402107
1155 Crestline CtDetached$1,995,000`54.5743873

Sold/Closed Dec 6-12, 2021

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
4 Touchstone #78Condo$224,999$212,000135130
324 Cervantes CircleCondo$229,000$241,0008323
204 Cervantes CircleCondo$305,000$332,00011383
5077 W Sunset DrAttached$500,000$500,000172047
4301 Lakeview BlvdDetached$635,000$617,0001,22319
1335 Laurel StDetached$850,000$699,000189862
3225 Tempest DrDetached$799,000$800,000223112
3795 Tempest DrDetached$815,000$860,000275319
6810 Childs RdDetached$950,000$935,00032822
14145 Redwood CtDetached$825,000$975,00025195
18 TouchstoneDetached$998,000$1,055,000437818
17561 Lake Haven DrDetached$500,000$1,720,00038790
456 Lake Bay CtDetached$1,600,000$1,725,00023932

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Tinseltown Trolley

The Lake Oswego Trolley is a favorite of mine. The trolley runs from State Street, along the Willamette River to the South waterfront in Portland. It’s a blast! One year, I packed a picnic and took my Mom for a trolley ride for her birthday.

The scenery is lovely. It meanders along through Dunthorpe ( a gorgeous neighborhood!) and has expansive views of the river. There is also a long tunnel that is pitch dark inside, except for the lights of the trolley.

This year the trolley is offering a Tinseltown experience. The event is December 10, 11, and 12. Departure times vary with 3 rides on Friday the 10th, 6 on Saturday the 11th. and 6 on Sunday the 12th. The cost is $20 for adults and $17 for youth (0-17). The trolley is decorated for the season and there is a special guest on board from the North Pole. For more details, click here.

What a fun holiday event for everyone!

Seasons greetings, and, as always, thanks for reading the blotter.

Dianne

Market Activity Nov 20-26, 2021

Real estate took a back seat to Thanksgiving last week with only 4 new listings, 13 pending sales and 8 closed/sold properties.

See below for RMLS details.

New on the Market Nov 20-26, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
4083 Jefferson PkwyCondo$366,900221202
871 Country Club RdDetached$625,00031.51449
4080 Coltsfoot LnDetached$899,90042.52884
312 9th StDetached$1,650,00032.52686

Pending Sales Nov 20-26, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
156 Ridgeway RdCondo$429,00032.51758174
5077 W Sunset DrAttached$500,00022.5172047
5020 Jean RdDetached$599,0003218373
16989 Tualatin StDetached$650,00032.5149129
1407 Greentree CircleDetached$835,00042.522013
5431 Bonita RdDetached$859,00043278415
4939 Hampton CtDetached$875,00042.5297162
365 3rd StAttached$899,00033.521543
770 5th StDetached$975,00033.531805
17288 Blue Heron RdDetached$1,200,00042.54128405
14405 Pfeifer DrDetached$1,250,0005338534
1300 Tyndall CtDetached$1,299,95054.538667
4247 Lords LnDetached$2,275,00043.5378557

Sold/Closed Nov 20-26, 2021

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
5051 Foothills Dr DCondo$340,000$330,39599114
3433 McNary Pkwy #804Condo$329,000$337,00011363
239 CervantesCondo$399,000$367,500110048
14798 Davis LnAttached$590,000$595,10016983
32 Aquinas StDetached$600,000$657,0101,5962
18470 Ray Ridge DrDetached$1,350,000$1,295,0004329136
18939 Palisades Lake CtDetached$1,499,000$1,535,000457034

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Worshipping options in and near Lake Oswego

I once worked with a family who was being transferred from another part of the country. One of the first questions that I was asked was, does it matter what church you belong to? It was the one and only time that I’ve ever gotten that question. And it’s a fair question.

My answer was then, and still is today, no. There is no social pressure to be affliated with an organized faith group. However, there are quite a few worship options should you be inclined to want to join one.

Lake Oswego has 25 christian churches, including a Mormon Temple. There is also a Jewish Synagogue. 2 miles South of Lake Oswego is the Cambodian Buddhist Society. Within 5 miles of Lake Oswego there is a Hindu Temple and 3 more Jewish Synagogues.

I hope you find this information helpful, and, as always, thank you for reading the blotter.

Dianne

Market Activity Nov 8-15, 2021

The market is moving right along. I feel like the 12 new listings, 19 pending sales, and 16 closed sales is actually pretty active for the holiday season. People buying or selling this week are hoping to be moved before Christmas. Timing is pretty motivating.

See below for RMLS data

New on the Market Nov-15, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
58 Galen StCondo$224,90011689
7155 Childs RdCondo$278,00021916
572 S State St 8CCondo$324,90021914
1400 Bonniebrae DrCondo$425,00021890
1695 Meadows DrDetached$698,000432219
3777 Rivers Edge DrDetached$1,095,00042.52875
18168 Westminster DrDetached$1,099,00053.54220
17908 Blue Heron DrDetached$1,799,000344172
752 8th StDetached$1,877,00053.54032
2245 Glen Haven RdDetached$1,950,000443830
17367 Lake Haven DrDetached$2,849,000434225
14655 Uplands DrDetached$3,300,00054.55000

Pending Sales Nov 8-14, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
4 Touchstone #78Condo$216,99932.5135130
204 CervantesCondo$305,00031.511383
4000 Carman Dr B23Condo$307,500228663
4429 Thunder Vista LnCondo$459,90022.5200281
17347 Ashley CtAttached$650,00042.521175
5352 Kenny StDetached$665,0003215966
3225 Tempest DrDetached$799,00032.5223112
1638 Pine StDetached$800,0004331054
14145 Redwood CtDetached$825,0004325195
755 Ellis AveDetached$829,0005222485
507 Ash StDetached$849,0005446663
6073 Carman DrDetached$899,90032.5275154
890 Devon LnDetached$999,90043.528267
1844 Oak Knoll CtDetached$1,125,00032.5302825
5492 Yorkshire PlDetached$1,130,00042.524624
19317 Lorna LnDetached$1,599,00054.54634186
1155 Crestline CtDetached$2,095,00054.5743817
2101 Wembley Park RdDetached$2,750,00054.5471019
736 Southview RdDetached$4,195,00043.5+.546396

Sold/Closed Nov 8-14, 2021

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
210 S State St #9Condo$525,000$526,000164219
7 St Helens CircleDetached$599,000$600,000127515
4455 Chapman WayDetached$726,000$718,000226215
15450 Partridge DrDetached$800,000$795,00026244
1631 Ash StDetached$750,000$795,0002,2273
12751 Sierra Vista DrDetached$799,900$865,00020974
2915 Dellwood DrDetached$899,900$890,00036908
6413 McDuff CtDetached$1,035,000$1,055,000309137
5532 Bay Creek DrDetached$995,000$1,100,00028693
13280 Sandalwood CtDetached$1,050,000$1,101,00030805
16645 Fir LnDetached$1,100,000$1,290,00030666
17975 Ridge Lake DrDetached$1,199,000$1,350,00028352
18365 SW 65th AveDetached$1,290,000$1,375,000333122
3411 Lake Grove AveDetached$1,675,000$1,590,680443447
3330 Cedar CtDetached$1,649,000$1,625,000446712
1051 Forest Meadows WayDetached$4,149,000$3,850,000559763

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.