Zidells Latest Design for the South Waterfront

"It's of course just a vision at this point, but what the Zidell family and its team of designers and planners have conjured up for their 33 acres of property is, to say the least, expansive, sweeping and head-turning.

Renderings that are part of a recently completed master plan — all conceptual at this point — show a bustling riverfront in the shadow of gleaming new office and residential towers. Public plazas and restaurants teem with people, OHSU's tram soars overhead and elements of the property's former use as a barge-building and ship-dismantling facility tie in with the new development all around." PBJ

Modernism Week in Palm Springs Feb 16 - 26

"Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 16-26, 2017, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. For the twelfth year, the annual 11-day festival will feature a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends, architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class series of film screenings and informative talks, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for John Lautner, the Modernism Week Show House: Christopher Kennedy Compound at Villa Golightly, classic cars, garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, nightly parties and a special series of talks about Mexico City Modern.  All events are open to the public and, as of this writing, tickets are still available at modernismweek.com. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week, a non profit organization, and other local preservation, neighborhood and community groups." via PalmSprings.com

Portland's ADU Craze

"Mother-in-law studio. Man shack. Rentable pied-à-terre. Granny flat. Whatever one calls the accessory dwelling unit, the twee bungalettes are blooming across town—wedged between homes, squatting in backyards, and perched atop garages. If you’ve got space, a modest ADU (800 square feet or smaller, generally around $150,000 to build) might seem a no-brainer—even a civic good, given that density is practically a Portland byword. But then, there’s the City of Portland’s daunting thicket of codes, permits, and taxes to navigate, all growing faster than your backyard blackberries. We prune back a few layers so you can budget and build your bliss." Portland Monthly.  To learn more about design, permitting, development charges and taxes click the link below.
Photo : Micro House via Field Work Design & Architecture 

Dwell Modern Home Tour 8.27.16

"The always-popular Dwell Home Tours explores Portland for the first time this summer.  This home tour provides an opportunity for design seekers to immerse themselves in “Dwell-like” domestic spaces found within the city of Portland.  These unique homes are specially selected by Dwell to reflect the rich diversity of livable, innovative modern architecture and design in the Portland area.  

Dwell Home Tours is a self-guided tour of five homes in the Portland area.  Tour attendees will pick up their Home Tours "Maplet", ticket booklet the morning of the tour between 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.  The "Maplet" provides information about each home, address, neighborhood and includes transit information to help plan your tour route. A reminder email will be sent to all attendees the week of the tour with the location, address and telephone number of the ticket pick-up location. 

Included in your home tour purchase is a complimentary ticket to "Meet the Architects" night. 

The Dwell Portland Home Tour kicks off with "Meet the Architects" night, an evening in which Portland's award-winning architects and designers preview the projects featured on your tour.  Join us for cocktails, light bites and a dynamic conversation moderated by Dwell editors!  Meet the Architects night location is Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Enjoy more art and design at the Portland Museum. Admission from 5pm – 8pm on Friday is just $5. Exhibitions include Native Fashion Now, and Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture.

"Meet the Architects" night is held on Friday, August 26th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. A reminder email will be sent to all attendees the week of the tour with a RSVP request.

*No Refunds on Ticket Purchase*


Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar


Ticket Pick UP is from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Location TBD, Portland, OR"

NW 10th & Glisan

"The Design Commission has reviewed Framework, a Cross Laminated Timber building that is likely to become the tallest mass timber building in the USA. The 11 story, 142′-2″ tall building by Lever Architecture will include 31,260 sq ft of office space on levels 2 to 6, and 60 apartments on levels 7-11. The apartment units, operated by Home Forward, will all be reserved for those earning less than 60% of area median family income. The developer for the building is Project^, acting for the owner Beneficial State Bank. 69 bicycle parking spaces will be provided on the ground floor of the building, and 40 in the studio apartments above. No vehicular parking spaces are proposed."

FOR RENT - New Construction in NW

Available July 1, 2016 - Conveniently located in NW Portland, The Wildwood Apartments is a great place to call home.  With it's wide range of amenities and central location, you will never have to go far to find what you need.  It is surrounded by great shops, restaurants, parks and trails.  19 luxury 1-2 bedroom units.  Some with terraces and views!  WalkScore 96 BikeScore 98

$1,300/month to $2,500/month - $500 deposit plus first months rent.  Pet deposit $300. Pet rent $40/month.  Tenant to pay electricity/gas, water and cable.

Pending Home Sales Surge

"A gauge of pending home sales jumped 5.1% in April, rising to the highest since February 2006.

The National Association of Realtors’ pending home sales index hit 116.3 in April, its third straight monthly climb, the group said Thursday. The index is 4.6% higher than it was a year ago. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast an 0.8% increase for the month.

The index forecasts future sales by tracking real estate transactions in which a contract has been signed, but the deal has not yet closed.

The Midwest was the only regional index to decline in March, but it was still 2.0% higher than year-ago levels. The index for the Northeast rose 1.2%, while the index for the South jumped 6.8%. In the West, the only region to notch a decline in March, sales roared back 11.4%."

Join me for lunch! May 24th 11am - 1pm

Open house Tuesday May 24th 11am - 1pm.  Top floor Gregory Penthouse with an expansive terrace approx. 400 square feet is an extension of the living space. This one of kind unit has amazing eastern views, a wall of windows, 2 french doors, spacious living area, custom built-ins and large master suite. Including 2 parking spaces and a HUGE storage room 13.5'x17'. Come take in the spectacular Mt. Hood & Mt. St. Helens views!

Retirees are Moing to Portland

Coming in at N0. 7 Oregon - Oregon was a surprise on this list, said A.J. Smith, vice president of content for SmartAsset. The Pacific Northwest state’s cool climate is “not traditionally thought of as retiree weather,” Smith said. Oregon also has some of the highest personal income taxes in the country. But the state’s scenery and its wine country are draws, and Smith said that the state’s popularity among retirees shows they “are looking for places to be active.” This is despite the fact that other West Coast states, Washington and California, are losing retirement-age residents. There is one significant tax perk to living in Oregon, however: no sales tax. In 2014, the net migration of people over 60 moving to Oregon was 6,740.