Featured Property: 45 Eagle Crest #212

I am super excited to tell you about this wonderful condo in the Eagles Crest Condominiums. It is 780 square feet with 1 bedroom and 1 bath. It has a 26 foot deck for outdoor entertainment and relaxation. OK, those are the basics, but there are two features that make this property a stand out.

First, it has sweeping Easterly views. You look out across the metro area to the East where you can see the Willamette River and twinkling lights of the city. The owner will get to wake to sunrises and have serenity of the sky from the main rooms of the home.

Second, this Home Owner’s Association is pretty great. I’ve sold lots and lots of condos. It just isn’t very often that an HOA impresses me. This one impresses me because with all of the features it offers, the monthly fee is relatively low. For $333 a month you get a pool, sauna, party room, game room, exercise room, sauna, on-sight management, water, sewer and garbage. Then, and this is unusual, the HOA owns half a dozen guest suites. They are basically hotel rooms that you can rent if you have house guests. The rent is $50 for the first night and $20 for each subsequent night. That is a deal! Suddenly the one bedroom condo is bigger than 780 square feet.

This sweet condo is priced at just $189,900. The price makes it ideal as an investment (there is no rental cap), or for someone wanting to live in LO for under $200,000. It’s also ideal for an older person who needs easy living with no stairs. Entry into the building is on the same level as the condo. So for basic coming and going there are zero stairs. But if you do need to go downstairs to get your mail or to retrieve something from your storage unit, there is an elevator.

Please give me a call if you have any questions. I’d love to show it to you. -Dianne, 503-803-6298.

Featured Property: 26075 SW Mountain Rd

I am pretty excited to tell you about a new listing. Located just South of Lake Oswego in a rural area known as Stafford, this house sits on 30+ acres. 26075 SW Mountain Rd was built in 1977 and this is the first time it has ever been offered for sale. It says a lot about a house when it is enjoyed by the same family for 43 years.

The house has 6297 square feet that includes 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. A great room addition was ut on about 15 years ago that features a 21’x20′ gourmet kitchen. This kitchen has 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, and 3 sinks. It’s the sort of kitchen that avid cooks dream of. There are expansive windows that let in Southern light and look out across the land.

The land has 2 lots. 6.46 acres contains the house and a 90’x35′ barn. The second lot is 24.7 acres and it is approved for 2 building sights. There are extensive raised beds, a fruit orchard, and gorgeous landscaping. The 24.7 acres was used for many years as a deciduous tree nursery. It has a well that has not been tapped as well as drainage tiles.

The asking price for this gorgeous property is $3,500,000. If you have questions or would like to see this property, please give Dianne a call at 503-803-6298.

AS always, thanks for reading the blotter!

Featured Property: 26 Acre Estate

One of the things that Linda and I like to do is introduce you to really interesting houses for sale here in Lake Oswego. One of special significance came onto the market this week, a 26 acre estate.
It’s just so rare to find a large piece of property like this anywhere in the Portland metro area, but especially here in Lake Oswego. Land is just so valuable that most of it has been divided up and turned into neighborhoods. Sure, you can find houses on acreage if you go South down to Stafford, but to find something that is literally walking distance to a coffee shop, that is special.
What it takes for something like this to occur are home owners who want the lifestyle of living on what is basically a small farm. This land has a barn, stables, an orchard, a pond, an arena and a caretaker’s cottage.
The house itself is also very special. Designed by Roscoe Hemmenway and built in 1951, it has 5114 square feet, 6 bedrooms, and 4.5 bathrooms. The list price is $7,999,000.
Hemmenway was a very well-known Oregon architect. He was a class mate of Richard Sundeleaf and graduated from the U of O school of Architecture in 1922. He had a highly respected career and designed over 300 homes. The largest concentration of Hemmenway houses are in Dunthorpe. He is best known for the Colonial Revival style and took great pride is maintaining the historic details of the design.
Yes, Lake Oswego has lots of multi-million dollar homes, so the price is not what is significant. What is significant is that now is one of the few opportunities that a property of this nature is available.
My thanks to the listing agent, Diana Harrell with Premiere Property Group, LLC. (503-890-2738, dianah@premierepropertygroup.com) for allowing me to feature her listing.
If you would like more information, please give Linda or me a call. We’d love to be of help.

Remarkable Rummer

There are two elements of being a Realtor that I really love: working with people and looking at houses. Neither ever gets old. It’s super dynamic and interesting.

I get to look at lots and lots of houses. When a house is “architecturally interesting” it perks me up and I literally feel the excitement and energy of the brilliance of design. The houses of Bob Rummer do this to me.

They’ve always been interesting. I truly have loved them from the first time that I laid eyes on one. Today they are experiencing a resurgence of popularity. They share common elements with the modern homes being built today. They feature an open floor plan and well thought out design. Remember these homes were being built in the 1960’s when the common ranch style floor plan was being widely built. The layout is a U shape with the open end of the U facing the street. Typically there is a wall with a front door facing the street. While they do have curb appeal, they are understated. When you go through the entry you find yourself in a central courtyard that is walled with windows, and often sliding doors, that take you into the various elements of the floor plan. One side of the U is the noisy area of the house: the kitchen, the laundry, the garage and utilities. The opposite side of the U is the quiet area: bedrooms and baths. In the middle is a huge open living room with walls of windows that look both out to the back yard and into the courtyard.

I recently read that Bob Rummer is still alive. He’s 91 years old and still owns Rummer Homes Inc. He estimates that he’s built about 1000 houses. Rummers are scattered all over the Portland Metro area, including here in Lake Oswego. Most of the houses are about 1800-2000 square feet. They were built for modern middle-class families and originally sold for about $35,000. Today they fetch far more than that. Several have sold recently. They sell within days. Everyone wants a Rummmer! Recent sales range from $564,000 to close to $800,000. There is currently a Rummer for sale here in Lake Oswego for $699,900.

If you’d like more information, please give Linda or myself a call. We’d love to be of help.

Featured Property: 19 Juarez St

This is just a stunning house. I am super excited to be representing it’s owners as it is sold. Full disclosure, the house received an accepted offer the day it was put up for sale. I think this speaks to two things. First, contemporary homes are super popular right now. I’ve been in this business long enough to remember a time when traditional homes was what was hot and the contemporaries were slow to sell. That is not the case in 2018. Contemporary homes are hot, hot, hot. Second, it pays to take good care of your property. The owners of this house have really enjoyed it and done improvements over the entire time that they have owned it and it shows.

The house is in Lake Oswego but just across the county line into Multnomah County. It is part of the Mountain Park Home Owner’s Association. This means it has access to the wonderful rec facility with swimming, weightroom, basketball, a big reception room, and 15 miles of walking paths.

It was built in 1982 and has 3584 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 bonus rooms, a living room, and a family room. It’s a 2 car garage. There are valley views to the South and 6 big decks take advantage of those views. The asking price was $739,900. We are in escrow and going through the home inspection process. I am confident of the solidness of the current buyer, but I am also keeping a list of people who want to be contacted if it comes back onto the market. Please let me know if you want to be added to that list.

Enjoy the weekend!

Featured Property: 2990 Glen Eagles Rd

If there was an encyclopedia for real estate, under “beautiful house” would be 2990 Glen Eagles Rd. I think there are two reasons that this house is a stand-out property. First is the location. The neighborhood is very quiet with very little traffic. Yet it is in the Northwest area of Lake Oswego that is close to Boones Ferry Rd, Kruse Way, Hwy 217 and I-5. Shopping, restaurants and schools are all nearby. Second, it’s on .38 of an acre that backs to a green space. Most newer homes are in newer neighborhoods on lots that are dictated to be small by the zoning. This house is not just one more newer house in a newer neighborhood. It is located in an established older neighborhood of large lots and custom homes.

The house features 4 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a great room floor plan, a huge den, and a family room. It’s a total of 3787 square feet. There is a 200 square foot covered deck off of the great room that looks out to the trees and is usable year around. Built in 2010, it is that perfect age where it is still so new and yet the yard is established and the blinds have been put in. The kitchen is amazing! There is a huge cooking island but the real feature is the Jennaire stove. It’s gas with 6 burners plus a pancake griddle. It also has a double oven and a commercial-grade hood. The price is $1,190,000. This house has 4, count them with me, 4 lake easements.

I’ll be holding the house open this Sunday from noon to 2pm. Please come and see it!

Featured Property: 9 Becket

I am excited to introduce to you my new listing at 9 Becket. This is one of those “opportunity houses”. In other words, it needs a total remodel.

Located in Mt. Park, it is 3115 square feet (does not include 518 square feet of unfinished basement) for just $489,900. It’s the largest, cheapest house on the market in Lake Oswego right now. It was built in 1981 and the current owner has owned it since 1985. That says a lot about how great a house is because the current owner simply had no reason to leave. According to the current owner, it was also a part of the Street of Dreams in 1981. It comes with features that today are expected in high-end homes. Things like double sinks in the bathrooms and a master bath with both a soaking tub and a custom tile shower. The floor plan is wonderful and is suitable to today’s standards with a very large kitchen and 2 family rooms. Today they call it a family room and a bonus room, but you get the idea.

What this house needs is a new owner to love it. The interior finishes are pretty much all original with brown tile from the 80’s, lots of wall paper, and, yes, even some pink carpet. It is being sold “as is” and will require either cash or rehab financing. It will take money to re-do what is needed and that is why it is priced the way that it is.

Here’s some brief stats:
9 Becket
Built in 1981
3115 square feet
4 bedrooms
2 1/2 baths
Shake roof that is only 10 years old
Gas furnace that is only 5 years old
Gas hot water
Stephenson Elementary School
Wilson High School
2-car attached garage
Mt Park Home Owners Association is $80/month for the rec facility with swimming, basketball, fitness classes, and exercise equipment. Also about 8 miles of walking paths.
Taxes are $7985/year

Did I mention that this house is surrounded by homes of much greater value? This truly is an opportunity.

I will be holding this house open October 3rd from 11 to 1, and then again October 7th from 12 to 3. If you have questions or would like to see it sooner, please give me a call at 503-803-6298.
Happy house hunting,

151 Oswego Summit Open Today!

034I am excited to introduce you to my new listing in Oswego Summit. I’ll be holding it open today from noon to 3pm.

Oswego Summit is at the very top of Mountain Park. It is a large condominium complex with many amenities including an indoor swimming pool, and outdoor swimming pool, a exercise room, and a meeting room for parties and larger gatherings.

005This condo is one of the larger in the complex with 1506 square feet. There are 2 large bedrooms and 2 full baths. The living room has a gorgeous fireplace and crown moldings. There is a utility room and a pantry off of the kitchen, and the square footage does not include a 24′ long sun room with Southern exposure. There is a single car, detached garage as well as a storage closet.

007Because it is located in Mountain Park, it is also part of the Mountain Park Home Owner’s Association. The features of this association include one of the metro area’s nicest pools that has an area designed for lap swimming as well as an area for kids and families with a huge slide and water play area. There is a basketball court and more exercise facilities. Along with the rec center, there are 15 miles of walking paths. This condominium affords not just a home, but a lifestyle.

14305243-14-sThe asking price is $199,900, a true value in Lake Oswego.

Please come by and say hello. I’d love to meet you!

Featured Property: 2 Walking Woods

2 Walking Woods
2 Walking Woods
You likely do what I do as you drive around town: look at houses and enjoy the changing decorations and landscaping through the seasons. For me, there are always houses that stand out. There is just something about them. Well, this is one of those houses.

Located at 2 Walking Woods, this house sits on a very prominent lot that looks out over the neighborhood. It’s at the corner of 2 streets that are the focus of your attention as you drive the curves of the road in Mountain Park. The style of the house is classic Cape Cod. It’s a style that you’ve seen in movies and in magazines and is just really attractive. The curb appeal of this house is a 10+.

Beveled and leaded entry doors
Beveled and leaded entry doors
With 4116 square feet, there are 4 bedrooms, a den with a closet that could be a 5th bedroom, living, dining, family rooms and an amazing vaulted bonus room with a wet bar. There are 3 fireplaces. The master is huge! The house was built with quality in 1979. The doors are solid core and the insulated windows are wood, not vinyl. The entry has stunning leaded glass doors and a sweeping curved staircase that is ideal for family photos. Over the years the house has been updated with a newer kitchen that features a cooking island, cherry cabinets and granite counters. There are shining hardwood floors throughout most of the main level.

Then there is the yard. The landscaping is superb. Attractively designed with a large covered deck, there a paths through arbors to water features and an abundance of blue berries, peach trees and pineapple guavas. The lot is 13,410 square feet.

This home is located in Mountain Park. Super convenient to both I-5 and 217, you are just minutes to shopping and dining. Mountain Park has one of the finest recreation centers in the metro area with swimming pools for exercise and for families, a gym, and over 15 miles of walking paths.

Chef's Kitchen
Chef’s Kitchen
Priced at $629,000, this house is a delight. I think subconsciously most people want to live in a house that when their friends come over they say “Wow”. This is that kind of a house. She is a grand lady.

Please call me today if you would like more information or if you would like to make an appointment to see her for yourself.

Featured Property: 16998 Greentree Ave

I am excited to tell you about a new listing in the Palisades neighborhood. This house is unique in a couple of ways.

Greentree 003First, it’s a mid-century modern home with a stunning floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and open-beamed wood ceilings. Retro details include period door knobs and clean lines, all reflective of having been built in 1968.

Greentree 012Second, it’s a tremendous value for the area. With 2392 square feet, there are 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a big living room + a big family room, all for $409,900. On the same block of homes there is a house that is slightly larger for $499,000 and a recently remodeled home that is slightly smaller for $549,000. So the price on this house is a real value. The price reflects the fact that some remodeling has been done, but more is needed. The house has new exterior paint, a certified roof, and an updated kitchen. But it still needs updates to the baths and new windows.

Third, this house has a second kitchen in the lower level. The lot has a gentle slope with the carport and a separate entry downstairs. This makes the home ideal for in-law quarters, 2 separate living areas for house sharing, and any number of combinations. It is extremely flexible space.

Greentree 011The house has a big sunny lot that is fully fenced. It is adjacent to the Greentree pool. The new owner can continue the membership at the pool for $525 a year.

I would love to answer your questions and have the opportunity to show you this home. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dianne, 503-803-6298