Entries by AltPDX

Eugene moves forward with plans for “innovation district”

The college town has become the latest Oregon city to embrace the economic development strategy. This week local leaders in Eugene are meeting to discuss the concept of building an innovation district, and in late spring or summer the plan will start to come together in a more formal way. The discussions build on several years […]

Found: A Historic Trolley Hidden Inside a House

When Trenton’s streetcars came to a halt in the 1930s, one literally found a home. WHEN BRANDON BREZA AND MARC Manfredi, buddies since high school, started a real estate venture together, they didn’t expect to find themselves on an adventure in historic preservation. In August 2018, they purchased a foreclosed house at 31 Smith Avenue in […]

The Untold History Behind Why Most Real Estate Agents Are Women

A little over a year ago, Dani Rosenthal was at a crossroads. After spending more than 10 years working for homeware and apparel companies, she was looking to leave city-life and spend more time in Lake Arrowhead, California, where her family had decades-long roots. She loved architecture and historic renovations, and wanted to nurture these […]

E-Commerce, Changing Demographics Boost Storage, Warehouse Demand

Portland had one of the highest rates of development of self-storage facilities in the country in 2018. It is well-known how Amazon has transformed the retail sector as millions of Americans turn to the e-commerce website to buy products at the click of a button. Less known is the broad-reaching effect Amazon is having on […]

Add a Steamy Sauna to Your Backyard

Betsy Cross wanted a hot tub. Her husband, Will Cervarich, did not. “I’m not a big hot tub guy. Like, at all,” says Cervarich. “I was like, ‘Just for the record, I will never use it.’ So we started talking about it, and we were like, ‘Well, what about a sauna?’” The compromise turned out […]

Where to See Wildflowers This Season

The best places to catch the West’s stunning blooms this spring This winter may have been drier than last year’s, when record-breaking snow and rainfall brought wildflower superblooms to national parks and fields across the West, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to spot gorgeous blossoms this spring. As temperatures continue to rise, wildflower season […]

13 Extraordinary Women in Design and Architecture You Need to Know

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the work of 13 inspiring designers whose contributions to architecture, interior design, industrial design, and beyond are changing the game. March may be Women’s History Month in the United States, but the work of women in all fields of design surrounds us every day of the year. From textile design […]

Are you a homeowner? Here’s how much richer you are now

Strong demand for housing last year kept home prices surging, and that means more homeowners are now sitting on more cash in the form of home equity. Collectively, homeowners with mortgages saw their equity increase by just over 8 percent in 2018, according to CoreLogic. That is from a combination of home value gains and […]