Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018: The Suburbs

Welcome to our annual reference guide to 125 Portland neighborhoods and suburbs. Last year, two-thirds of Portland metro area markets clocked double-digit one-year median price changes. That hotness still holds in 2018. (Even as the fever breaks, just a bit, in the city of Portland, where prices rose just a median five percent.) From Cornelius to Wood Village, Beaverton to Scappoose, we crunch the numbers on 30 cities.

Methodology

Neighborhoods

Boundaries represent records maintained by the city as of January 2018. Boundary conflicts were resolved for statistical purposes only. Due to overlap between certain neighborhoods, boundary definitions may vary occasionally across categories. With the exception of the area unofficially (but universally) known as Dunthorpe, unclaimed sections of Multnomah County were excluded.

Real Estate

2017 data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service with analysis by the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research at Portland State University’s Department of Geography. Figures were rounded for legibility.

People

Data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, released December 2017. The ACS data are estimates only and accuracy varies by attribute.

Rent Costs

Calculated from all renter-occupied units, estimated median rent is not adjusted for unit size or number of occupants. Figure includes estimated monthly utility costs.

Median Income

The Census defines household as including “all the persons who occupy a housing unit as their usual place of residence.” Thus this estimate includes living situations ranging from individuals to large households.

Crime

Portland neighborhood crime data reflects 2017 data provided by the Portland Police Bureau. For cities, crime data reflects 2016 and was sourced from the FBI. As of press time, 2016 crime data was not available for the cities of Maywood Park, Troutdale, West Linn, Wood Village, and unincorporated Sauvie Island. Nonviolent crime includes burglary, larceny (theft), and vehicle theft. Violent crime is defined as aggravated assault, arson, homicide, rape, and robbery. Crimes per 1,000 figures are based on reported incidents of both nonviolent and violent crime. Many factors can influence the crimes-per-1,000 figure and can sometimes complicate meaningful neighborhood comparisons (e.g., commercial districts, or neighborhoods with high traffic and low population density).

Read the full article here at Portland Monthly.

The Incredible Shrinking Home

HomeWorld’s annual Generational Marketing Report in the August 6 issue examines how the downsizing of American homes across generations is reshaping housewares design, development and marketing.

Among the indicators of this small space living and design convergence is escalating demand for and creation of space-conserving, multi-functional and convertible housewares— from countertop cooking appliances to task furniture to tableware.

This year’s report looks at overall housing trends influencing the market; and how small space living is impacting design trends in home goods.

NEW YORK— The small space living trend has been hailed by the industry as the Millennial/Baby Boomer tie that binds. One is aging into homeownership looking for starter homes and access to urban markets while the other is experiencing “empty nesting” and looking to downsize.

This small space living trend has impacted product development across a number of housewares categories, and trends within the housing market over the past two years have pointed towards an uptick in smaller housing after years of decline.

According to the Census Bureau, new single-family houses less than 1,400 square feet that were sold in 2017 rose from 17,000 to 21,000. In addition, single-family homes between 1,400 and 1,799 square feet that were sold in 2017 rose from 79,000 to 90,000.

Rose Quint, avp/survey research at the National Association of Home Builders, added that about 12% of single-family starts in the last year and a half are townhouses.

“The share of townhouses declined substantially during the recession, but it has come back up because they are a good bridge between renting and buying. That is part of the reason that the overall average home size has declined over the last two years, because we see more construction of these kinds of homes,” she told HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.

However, while demand for smaller spaces is on the rise, housing trends have revealed somewhat unexpected demographic preferences within that market.

Millennials remain a powerhouse in terms of buying potential within the housing market due to their sheer size and age range, but the group overall has not settled into smaller apartments and the urban centers that build them as readily as was previously expected.

“We are seeing that Millennials and first time homebuyers are actually both being pushed to the suburbs because they offer more affordable properties. We do see first time home buyers are typically purchasing a single family detached home. It might be a little smaller, but it is a very traditional home,” said Jessica Lautz, director of demographics and behavioral insights, National Association of Realtors.

According to market research firm The AIMsights Group, 54% of all buyers purchase homes in the suburbs. Of those, 57% are Millennials, ages 36 and younger.

“The stereotype of Millennials as urban hipsters does not match up when it comes to home ownership and this new life stage,” said Marsha Everton, principle, The AIMsights Group.

When it comes to Millennials, a number of factors have impacted housing purchases and preferences. Affordability, for example, for this demographic is the name of the game, Lautz said, and has impacted the group’s ability to purchase high-priced urban housing.

Some experts have also noted that Millennial homebuyers, many aged over 30, may be looking to have children in the near future. Millennial first-time homebuyers would be remiss not to consider more traditional suburban housing that could accommodate a larger household a few years down the road at a similar or even lower pricepoint than urban housing offers.

At the same time, Baby Boomers are also disproving assumptions made of them within the housing market. According to Everton, this group is showing more enthusiasm for “aging in place” rather than selling suburban homes and moving into urban communities.

“They look at downsizing, but the costs are more than they want to pay, particularly when it comes to cash flow,” Everton said.

While 15% of Millennials and 15% of Generation X are purchasing in urban centers, Lautz noted that the Silent Generation, ages 72 to 92, are in fact the demographic to watch. “What I find interesting is that the oldest generation is purchasing single-family detached homes at lower rates and they are purchasing condos and townhouses at higher rates. They want a smaller space and are not wanting the upkeep of a larger home,” she said.

However, while these demographics may not be purchasing the apartments expected of them, purchases of smaller single-family homes still open up opportunities for the industry where renovations can be a key instigator for housewares purchases.

According to Everton, 42% of all homebuyers are Millennials, 31% of homebuyers are Generation X and Baby Boomers account for 16% of homebuyers. And, homebuyers are also home renovators, with 73% of buyers renovating.

“And we make purchases of items that work and fit in our renovated space,” she said.

Another key change in the housing market that could have positive implications for the housewares industry is the growth of U.S. households over rental demand.

According to the Joint Center For Housing Studies at Harvard (JCHS), after a decade of soaring rental demand, growth in the number of renter households slowed from 850,000 annually on average in 2005 to 2015 to just 220,000 in 2015 to 2017. And, the number of owner households rose 710,000 annually on average in the past two years.

As renters become homeowners, an opportunity for the industry arises. Most consumers are more inclined to purchase housewares when they feel their surroundings are permanent. In addition, new homeowners are more likely to be gifted a wide range of housewares for the home and kitchen.

When it comes to designing housewares for smaller spaces regardless of housing type, the Millennial and Baby Boomer generations currently lead household growth, and are two of the current generations to watch especially as their housing preferences continue to evolve.

Read full article here at Home World Business

We Asked: How Is The Homeownership Crisis Affecting You?

People from nearly every state in the country responded to a request from NPR on social media to tell us about their experience trying to buy a home. From urban metro areas to distant suburbs, there were common themes of rising home prices coupled with limited options.

In a series of stories NPR has reported on a variety of factors that are contributing to this new housing crisis: a construction labor shortage, rising costs of building materials, a shortage of undeveloped land, and an increasing amount of regulation that limits housing development.

Among the many responses we received to our questions, the vast majority reported being unable to find a home that was affordable. Some had been searching for the right home for years. Others had given up the search, or moved to a new state to find the exact same housing market they’d tried to escape from.

While a six-figure household income might appear to make homeownership a guarantee, the rising cost of homes kept many in that income bracket shut out of the market.

That’s not so surprising when you consider that the median price for a new home in the U.S. is above $300,000.

With a lack of new, affordable homes, respondents said they looked for lower-priced, older homes. But those homes often need renovations or upgrades that add to the total cost of the home.

It was common to hear that homes without updates for decades were selling for the same prices as homes that had already been renovated. Many people could not justify paying the high prices asked for outdated homes.

Many respondents from all over the country described bidding wars against other prospective buyers. This led to homes selling above asking price, oftentimes to buyers who had the cash to buy the homes in full.

Respondents who had to finance their new home simply couldn’t compete with cash buyers. Many described having homes literally bought out from under them as they toured homes with Realtors.

The suburb, long the place where more affordable homes could be found, is making way for housing that is even more remote. But buyers had to decide whether housing affordability was worth spending hours a day driving to and from their jobs.

For those who did end up buying a home, there was a universal sense of luck and relief. Unless prices begin to drop, from increased housing supply or some other cause, many respondents were unsure how they would be able to get into homeownership.

Wallpaper for the Fifth Wall: A Modern Fix for Popcorn Ceilings?

Some home designers want to make a bigger statement with the ceiling, and they’re turning to wallpaper to do it. Wallpaper is once again growing in popularity for walls, and some designers are now experimenting with it to dress up the ceiling too.

Some designers are using it to transform a ceiling’s living space with wallpaper in minimalist designs or in metallic. It can add texture and certainly some drama to a space.

Some designers are using floor-to-ceiling wallpaper all in the same print. Others may have the walls all painted white or a light color and then use a wallpapered ceiling to jazz up the room. Faux tin on the ceilings can be a way to create a statement ceiling too.

Use with caution, however: A dark or bold of wallpaper could make a ceiling appear lower.

But for spaces that can pull it off, a wallpapered ceiling can look chic. Plus, if you have a listing with dreaded popcorn ceilings, this can be a way to give the ceiling a modern, yet less expensive update. Check out some of these examples from designers at Houzz.

View the full article here at National Realtors Association

Study Says: It’s Easy to Get a Mortgage Again

For many, the path to becoming a first-time homeowner is an uphill climb. Student debt, low wages, high housing prices, and massive down payments can mean putting home-owning dreams on the back burner. But a new report provides a flicker of light for wannabe home buyers: It’s getting pretty easy to land a mortgage again, regardless of these hurdles.

People with higher levels of debt are getting approved for mortgages—and with lower down payments, too, says a new analysis from Core Logic, a real estate data and analytics firm. The study states that 20 percent of all conventional conforming mortgage loans (aka the ones that can be purchased and guaranteed by the federally-owned mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) are now going to traditionally “risky” borrowers (or those with large income-to-debt ratios of 50 percent). Additionally, conventional purchase loans with a down payment of less than 5 percent (compared to the standard 20 percent down) are now making up 9 percent of all these loans, compared to just 2 percent in 2014.

Now, if you’ve already paused at the word “easy mortgage,” don’t necessarily think we’re gearing up for another great economic disaster (thought experts have said there could be a new recession coming in the next couple of years). If you remember the Great Recession of 2008 (or you’ve recently streamed “The Big Short” on Netflix), you know these easy mortgages were one major cause in millions of people losing their jobs, banks needing bailouts, and stock markets across the globe crashing.

Unlike the time leading up the to 2008 recession, today’s borrowers must provide full documentation of their income and ability to repay the loan. The study also states that the average credit score for homebuyers to get a mortgage remains at 755—unchanged in the past year. This means that they’re fiscally responsible candidates, they just might have a little more risk than the banks have previously been comfortable with.

This may have something to do with the overall housing market slowing, too. It seems to be that the banks are realizing that there aren’t that many viable mortgage candidates left that can hit all the marks. So if they want to keep selling mortgages (and profiting off of them), they’re going to loosen up their restrictions. Still confused? Think of it this way, with a Tinder metaphor: For the past decade or so, banks have been mostly swiping right on objective hotties. But they’ve done that for so long that their Tinder feeds are now only showing still conventionally attractive, very date-abe people (the horror). Now, while they’ve usually swiped left on these people, they’re all of a sudden DTF (down to finance, that is).

Now, before you jump into a big bank’s king-sized bed, you need to ask whether this is financially beneficial for you, too. Easier mortgages are still fraught with risk, so it’s important to look at your financial situation before you decide to go out and apply for a mortgage.

For those who can afford the monthly mortgage, but not so much a 20 percent down payment, these smaller down payment mortgages might not be worth it, regardless if it’s “easy” or not. “It does call into question how much of a safety buffer exists,” says Douglas Boneparth, president of Bone Fide Wealth, a financial advisor firm geared towards millennials. If the mortgage you can now be approved for would max out your monthly budget or come at risk of adding money to your long term savings, you should probably keep renting.

Whitney Morrison, a certified financial planner in Austin, Texas, echoes this statement, noting that even if your monthly mortgage payment is lower than rent in your area (and you have a low down payment), it will still take, on average, between two and four years (and more than 18 years in places like New York City) to break even on a home. That means when you factor in the down payment, closing costs, taxes, and other fees, your overall monthly cost, coupled with the equity you’ve appreciated, only actually becomes equal to renting after a couple of years (or maybe even decades). In short, if you’re looking for a way to save money on housing, these easy mortgages aren’t exactly an easy way to save cash.

But, as with anything financial, there is no one-size-fits-all answer: A lower down payment mortgage could be a great thing for you, especially if owning a home is a priority. If you have enough money in the bank and would prefer not to fork over more of your cash to the bank for a low-rate mortgage, then it would make sense to take advantage of one of these easier mortgages, says Boneparth. If homeownership is not your main priority—but you’re interested in a long-term investment that will pay dividends, there might be better options for you out there.

So what’s the final answer to the question, “Easy Mortgages: Good or Bad?” TLDR: It largely depends on your particular situation and priorities, and you may want to talk to a financial planner about your options.

 

View the full article here at Apartment Therapy

Can’t afford a bigger home? Try renting out the one you have

Today’s housing market is so competitive and pricey that even those homeowners who might want to move up to a larger home are staying put. They either can’t find or can’t afford what they want. A new strategy, however, is becoming increasingly popular — in order to afford that new home, keep the old one.

The number of investor-owned properties continues to rise, but the “investors” are not all big companies or landlords with multiple properties. More and more, they are just current owners using today’s very lucrative rental rates to pay for a bigger home.

Liz and Kevin Chamberlain, both in their mid-30s, needed more space than their Washington, D.C., home could offer, after the birth of their first child. They thought about renovating, but the cost to expand was incredibly high, and the footprint of their Capitol Hill row house was limited anyway. Their neighborhood, however, is commanding very high rents.

“We ran the numbers. I literally made a spreadsheet and ran all the different options,” said Liz, who purchased the Capitol Hill home several years ago, before she was married. “It made the most financial sense for us to keep our house in D.C., rent it out and buy here.”

Liz and Kevin bought a larger home with a big yard just outside D.C. in Cheverly, Maryland. She says many of their friends are doing the same thing as their families expand.

“It was great for us because we were going to be happier here in a bigger space,” she added.

Liz and Kevin had already saved money for a potential renovation, so they just used that for the down payment on the second home, and lenders today are becoming increasingly flexible with investment home mortgages. They have to be, because higher interest rates have left them with much less refinancing business. They need to make that up somewhere.

“They’re looking at the possibility of making more loans,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors. “Several years ago, during the depths of the housing crisis, they would have been extremely strict, but now they are looking at the rental income as a mitigating factor for carrying two mortgages.”

Strategy offers dual benefits

Some Realtors are actually recommending the strategy to their clients, as the housing market becomes increasingly competitive and more and more potential move-up buyers feel priced out.

Not only do homeowners like Liz and Kevin get the rental income to help cover both mortgages, they will also continue to see price appreciation on their old home, which they would have lost had they sold it. Demand for rental homes is so strong in their neighborhood, and in most urban areas today, that they were not at all concerned with finding a renter.

The median price of a home sold in June hit another new high, according to the National Association of Realtors, and the supply of listings available continues to hover near record lows. Demand for housing, both owned and rented, is extremely high, given the improvement in the economy and the job market. That means both rents and home values are unlikely to falter.

Millennials, the largest generation, are finally forming households at an ever-increasing rate, moving out of their parents’ basements or out of shared living situations. Because they were delayed by the recession, many looking for single-family homes are older and married, but there are precious few starter homes for sale. Single-family rentals are therefore a hot commodity.

Of course, for current homeowners, becoming a landlord does add both liability, risk and potential headaches. Some may opt to use a rental company to handle the management of the property, including collecting rent and doing repairs, but that cuts into monthly profits.

“Certainly having an umbrella policy is a really good idea to make sure you’re covered insurance-wise,” advised Liz. “And then I do think living in the house, and really knowing it and making sure it’s in good shape before you leave and rent it out, is probably one of the best things you can do.

View the full article here at CNBC

An Intro to Architecture Styles (Explained Through The Zodiac Signs Because It’s 2018)

When it comes to architecture, there seems to be endless styles to choose from. Have you ever wondered which type is right for you? Interested in your horoscope? Well, what could be more fun than meshing the two? Here, 12 types of homes and their corresponding star match, for millennials’ sake.

Key West = Aquarius

The free-spirited, unconventional Aquarius would mesh with a Key West-style home. Named for the eccentric beach town in Florida, these unique homes feature bold, playful colors and decorative wooden elements.

French Provincial = Pisces

Pisces tends to hover somewhere between fantasy and reality, and so does French Provincial architecture. The style, inspired by estates in the French countryside, is full of romantic touches but is practical enough to be replicated in suburban housing.

Mediterranean = Aries

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Bold, ambitious, and full of joie de vivre, Aries will feel right at home in a colorful Mediterranean home. The style channels the buildings of its namesake region with balconies, porticos, and ornate details like multicolored tiles.

Prairie = Taurus

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Taurus enjoys relaxing in serene, rural settings, so Prairie architecture is a perfect fit. Made famous by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, the style comprises windows to let the outside in and plenty of horizontal lines to mimic the endless prairie horizon.

Mid-Century Modern = Gemini

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Gemini is intellectually curious and never afraid to try something new—and so were the pioneers of mid-century modern, a forward-thinking style that utilized new materials for a new age. Think large windows, open spaces, flat planes, and clean lines.

Cottage = Cancer

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Sensitive Cancer thrives in cozy spaces that feel safe and comfortable, and the adorable cottage style is sure to do just that. Inspired by the dwellings of European peasant farmers, these homes are quaint and inviting, with curving front walkways and lush florals.

Tudor = Leo

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Leos are natural leaders who enjoy the spotlight, and the dramatic Tudor style, which originated in England, is sure to draw just enough attention. These homes boast contrasting facades and steeply-pitched, multi-gabled roofs.

Ranch = Virgo

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Logical and practical Virgo is an ideal fit for a ranch home. Originating in the 1930s and made popular post-World War II, the design was created with practicality in mind, typically comprising of attached garages, open-floor plans, and easy-outdoor access.

Colonial = Libra

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The symmetry-obsessed Libra will thrive in a traditional Colonial home. This style is recognizable for its perfect symmetry, featuring evenly-spaced windows and evenly-proportioned chimneys, columns, and dormers.

Greek Revival = Scorpio

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Passionate and powerful Scorpio should appreciate the imposing form of Greek Revival architecture, which gives the impression of wealth with tall columns and pediments, as well as bold embellishments and moldings.

Spanish = Sagittarius

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Sagittarius is adventurous and loves to travel, so a home inspired by far-off lands, like Spanish design, is just the ticket. The hallmarks of this style are clay roof tiles, arched corridors, arcaded porches, and bell towers.

Contemporary = Capricorn

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Sometimes perceived as cold and unemotional, Capricorn will appreciate the no-frills appeal of contemporary architecture. At the same time, many homes of this type champion eco-friendly practices, which makes sense with Capricorn being an earth sign.

 

Read the full article here at Apartment Therapy

NAR: Using an agent to sell your home could bring you in an extra $60,000

The concept of “buyer’s remorse” is fairly well known, but those who think they can save a few bucks by selling their home without the aid of a real estate agent could well find themselves experiencing an alternative feeling – seller’s regret.

That’s according to the National Association of Realtors, which published data from its 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey this week which shows that homes sold without the aid of a real estate pro often sell for considerably less money. According to the study, for sale by owner transactions earn an average of $60,000 to $90,000 less than those that involved a real estate agent.

The NAR says that agent-assisted home sales pull in an average of $250,000, which is the national median selling price. FSBO homes however, pull in just $190,000 on average, and it gets even worse when the seller knows the buyer personally, with the average price falling to just $160,300.

The NAR says the discrepancy should cause sellers to question the wisdom of going it alone, without a real estate agent. Sellers usually think they can save money on agent commissions, but the NAR says this is a small price to pay if it means getting a better price on their home.

“Talk to an agent and find out what they suggest for the commission, and then do the math yourself,” researchers wrote on the NAR’s Economists’ Outlook blog. “The closing price for the agent-assisted seller is likely going to be way above a FSBO. [But] in reality, homes sold by the owner make less money overall.”

The NAR seems to be getting its message across, as just 8 percent of sales last year were FSBO, a new all-time low, the researchers said.

We should of course note that the data comes from the NAR itself, which has a clear interest in protecting its members by convincing consumers to use the services of an agent.

View the full article here at Realty Biz News

Famous designer flips Dunthorpe estate: The Emily Henderson House is for sale at $2.6 million

If only your smart, witty best friend were a talented designer. Imagine the fun you’d have making your living space into something personal and pretty, and that works for you too? Plush rugs for bare feet. A soaking tub that doesn’t make your back stiff. A laundry room that hides the cat box.

Followers of HGTV’s Design Star and author Emily Henderson’s blogfeel as if they’re getting solid advice from a friend, along with observations served with humor.

According to Henderson, before you install a rain-like shower head, consider if having “water in your eyes for 20 minutes is annoying.” She then suggests other options.

In a Portland home remodel, she installed three types of nozzles, including a handheld one. “I want this shower so badly,” she coos in her blog, Style by Emily Henderson.

For a year, her fans have been reading about her ambitious project to transform a serviceable 1980s daylight ranch in Dunthorpe into a three-story showstopper. The property at 02008 SW Military Road, which Henderson’s brother Ken Starke and his wife bought as an investment in January 2017, is now back on the market at $2.6 million.

But don’t call this a flip, instructs Henderson, who grew up in Coos Bay and Lake Oswego, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

“I mean, who buys an $850,000 flip?” she wonders, and then who invests in high-end doors and other custom features to create a larger, upscale and livable house on a newly landscaped property.

“Traditionally, flips feel more big box, not custom,” says Henderson, who wrote the New York Times bestselling book, “Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves.”

She wanted the remodel, for a yet-unknown client, to be timeless, classic and worthy of the neighborhood. There would be “splurge-y finishes,” typically beyond her budget, but the end result would be “still ‘me,'” she says.

Henderson specializes in coaxing a fresh flavor from formal elements — from edgy marble mosaic tile to lantern sconces. She describes the style that guided her in this project as a combination of simplified traditional and California casual.

A quicker way to say it: Traditional in a modern way.

Walls have been taken away to open up chopped-up interior spaces that now ease into the outdoors. Large, black-framed windows allow people to peer out to lounge chairs near the lawn and sleek glass French doors open to a deck warmed by a fireplace.

Dramatic changes were made on every level: The dreary daylight basement has been updated and integrated into the entire house, prompting it to be renamed the “ground floor” by Henderson and her design team.

Here, people enjoying the media room and wet bar can easily step outside to the new patio. Or they can wander around inside to see two light-filled bedrooms, a white-tile bathroom and a huge, attractive laundry room that Henderson has long fantasized about.

The second floor, which sits at street level, now has a wide covered front porch. Open the double front doors to an enlarged entry. Walls have been removed to step down to the updated living room and a large office has been reconfigured to accommodate stairs to the top floor addition.

The main floor’s most used space — the scrunched-up family room, kitchen and breakfast area — has been granted breathing room. A fireplace wall between the family room and the original master suite is gone and the master suite is now an elegant, but not stuffy, dining room with views of the yard.

The third-floor addition has a new master suite with romantic open trusses and a private deck. A sitting area faces a fireplace, one of four in the house.

In the master bathroom, there is a free-standing, Victorian-inspired claw-foot tub with built-in back support. The floor is Ann Sacks‘ mosaic marble tile designed by Kelly Wearstler, whom Henderson affectionately calls a “crazy genius.”

Although most of the walls in the almost 5,000-square-foot house are painted a warm white, Henderson selected charcoal Dark Cyberspace by Sherwin-Williams for accent walls here. It’s a cool backdrop to the large glass shower and two vanities: “No more sharing, folks!,” she writes. Keep going to find the handsome walk-in closet with plenty of built-in storage.

Faucets and some fixtures are not classic chrome or brass. “I’m currently having a love affair with polished nickel,” she confesses. “Don’t tell brass. She can be very jealous and scary.”

Two more bedrooms also benefit from the view on the top level. For convenience — a big consideration for Henderson — there is also a small laundry room.

Towering trees shade the 0.7-acre lot, which also has a bocce court.

Real estate agents Alex Sand, Christy MacColl and Carrie Gross of Windermere Realty Trust said this was the first time one of their listings was covered in social media while under construction.

“Normally when we help clients with a remodel project it’s all happening behind the scenes and not in such a public forum,” says Sand. “This has truly been a front and center project with Emily’s followers weighing in on every little detail of the remodel. It’s been exciting to get valuable feedback in real time.”

Although the project has her brand name attached to it, Henderson credits product sponsors and the remodel team, including Portland-based general contractor JP Macy of Sierra Custom Construction and architect Annie Usher.

The new owner, writes Henderson, will be buying a well-designed, basically brand new house that can be purchased fully furnished, an idea the busy working mom covets.

“Can you imagine no furniture assembly,” she writes. “No hours shopping to then realize that the piece doesn’t fit. No returns. No indecision. No arguments with your partner…. The towels will be perfectly folded and the beds will already be made.”

View the full article here at Oregon Live

Lofty Starridge condos capture views from their Portland Heights perch

 
 
 
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