Entries by altpdx

Ahoy, Neighbor! What It’s Really Like Living in a Floating Home—From Boating to Dinner to Strange Animal Visitors

If the water is calling and you can’t resist, you might consider trading in your ho-hum, land-based house for a floating home. Floating homes, which get their name from being built upon wooden, concrete, or steel “floats,” are a popular lifestyle choice in several coastal U.S. cities. Unlike houseboats—which they’re often confused for—floating homes are […]

Must-Visit Portland Indie Bookstores

Our list of more than 20 shops spotlighting the African diaspora and children’s books, sci-fi and fantasy, artist monographs, comics, and…yarn? Up Up Books IMAGE: COURTESY UP UP BOOKS IF YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT DAY is an endless meander through tall stacks of books, you’re in the right place. Portland is loaded with great bookstores, more […]

6 Surprising Home-Selling Habits To Ditch—Before They Sabotage Your Sale

Even when houses get offers within days of hitting the listing pages, selling a home is a long, complex, and stressful process. It’s easy to get confused, overwhelmed, or too attached to how you imagine your home sale should go. The many moving parts of a real estate transaction might even have you unwittingly using […]

A Portland photographer documented Black cowboys across the US for a new book

Riders pass a baton during a Pony Express relay race in Okmulgee, Okla. Ivan McClellan As a child growing up in Kansas City, Ivan McClellan would sing the national anthem at the American Royal rodeo with a youth choir. Those performances are some of his fondest memories, but they’re also bittersweet. That’s because just about everybody else […]

Tips for Reducing Window Strikes at Home

Nearly half of all window strikes happen at residential houses, which is why it’s so important for renters and homeowners to take steps to make their homes bird safe. See below for tips that fit every budget, from DIY solutions for your yard and windows to installing professional screens and films. For those who live in […]

A Centuries-Old Design Movement Is the Season’s Most Exciting Trend

While the Internet was busy talking about the emergence of red as the latest “it” color and bookshelf wealth, a centuries-old design movement has been quietly making its way back into the conversation. Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t, but there’s no denying it: Blue-and-white porcelain, ceramics, and tilework are quietly everywhere. The trend first started popping up […]

10 Crucial Questions To Ask a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

The up and down roller coaster ride of the real estate market and continued fluctations in interest rates can leave sellers scratching their heads, wondering how to price their homes correctly. To begin with, you should hire a fantastic listing real estate agent. These professionals will have the tools and background needed to help you sell […]

Common Moving Company Scams and How To Protect Yourself (2024)

Adobe – Royalty Free Moving company scams are on the rise. In 2023, customers filed 12% more complaints about moving scams than in the previous year, according to Better Business Bureau and HireAHelper data. While hiring a top-rated moving company can help ensure you won’t fall prey to a scam, raising awareness about moving scams is important for consumer […]

Oregon Shakespeare Festival returns for first full season since pandemic

Actors perform “The Three Musketeers” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., in this 2023 photo provided by the festival. Joe Sofranko / Oregon Shakespeare Festival The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland returns for another season starting on Tuesday. With new leadership and stable financial footing after the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater is ready […]