Portland Oregon Homes Very Best Friend- Energy Trust is Totally Amazing -

Cameron pulled up to  my house right on time . I met him at the door he in his getup bib and satchel with all the goods. He was  ready to  a lot of crawling and peaking in my attic, crawl spaces and peak into the wall for insulation levels in my 1958 One Level + Ranch home.  R-38, 11 and 30 all blend into one number that spoke clearly the need to increase the R’s – big time. Energy Trust, Oregon and the Feds offer a  huge cash incentive program on a wide array of energy saving moves. Federal tax credits of 30% or up to $1,500 per year.

 Cameron’s  complimentary Home Energy Review  objectives are to create a priority money saving  list. A whole house approach can save a home up to 30% in energy costs each year.

 Ca my furnace  already  be 20 years old, ugh. Although regularly cleaned and serviced  I  may be ready to save $350 or 25% from  Oregon if I replace it  with a  sealed combustion condensing furnace.  

The average household spends 400-600 per year on water heating making it the 2nd largest energy cost . I was most interested in long endless guiltless showers  and a $200.00 break on a gas tank less  hot water . 

My 1958 home most certainly may have some draft issues, especially since my wife and I are hardly North westerners and tend to keep windows open for fresh air even during the winter months.  So Cameron  didn’t  go  to deep into  details on  the benefits of performing air leakage  or duct  sealing.  We are also  a ductless family.

To my surprise , new windows are not the highest priority energy saving investment

 Windows just don’t have as high an insulation factor as walls.    New windows  definitely do increase  Real Estate Values  and curb appeal.   

By far the  most impressive incentives  $5200 are for Solar electric. But our Real Estate  is particularly un-solar, surrounded by one of the densest  oldest forest s in the Portland Suburbs. 

If you have been thinking of a  new appliance or two Potential Oregon Tax Credits  are available for energy star rated  $90.00 for refrigerators,  $180- clothes  washer $80.00 dishwasher .

A  nice bonus  of the energy audit for your Portland  Urban or Suburban Home is  free replacement  of  to cfl  bulbs ,  replacement  to  more efficient  water faucet aerators and showerheads.

Call me for a list of trusted local contractors and Energy Trust  long list of trade allies.  I can’t wait for my Earth Advantage Institute Real Estate Star training at the end of the month.

What is your ecological Footprint – Sustainability Portland Urban Suburban Village

I just completed  a  S.T.A.R.  Sustainability Training   Certificate  for my Real Estate Practice.   During the next couple of weeks  I  have made the intention to integrate through my blog  and continued classes some  core values  passed on by the dedicated  folks at Earth Advantage into my  personal and business lifestyle and  with my trusted clients . 

 One of the Values that was most compelling -

‘We thrive and survive on planet earth as a single human family. And one of our main responsibilities is to leave to successor generations a sustainable future” 

 Kofi Anna n former  Un Secretary

What is Sustainability?

 ’Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Is it good for society? Is it good for the environment? Is it good for the economy?

 Find out what  your own ecological footprint is.   Go to www.footprintnetwork.org

With a wife that hangs our clothes outside to dry and is totally organic, the results   totally surprised me. 

Let me know your earth score is.

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Portland Walks Oswego – Waterway Birthed Communities

 Waterways birthed modern day Oswego.  During the early days of our Statehood  when rivers were our major I.5 arteries,  the intersection of the Willamette and Sucker creek (in George Rogers Park) was our  main transit stop. Plied by riverboats purchased from the proceeds of  first successful mill at South end district (below east of the Lake Corp) that was dammed & expanded  natural Sucker Lake into the much larger Lake Oswego .

I began my weekly  Sunday pilgrimage in a hard rain shower at the end of maple street.  It was a first time for me to view an attractive  hillside of water falls draining Lake Oswego.  Rushing by in a torrent,  I followed  a small path that traverses through a deep green jungle along Sucker creek  running under the old Three Nation Highway bridge( Canada to Mexico)  out past the familiar sandbar beach we have fished from so many times.  A historic spot once home to massive piers engaging  Mark Twain like  Riverboats carrying passengers and Iron Ore from the Iron Smelter furnace perked on the hill above.   And just upstream a  small Clackamas Native American Tribal settlement  recently resided in the Glenmorrie area on the Willamette.

From the sandy beach, I climbed the beautiful cobblestone switchback stairways up to modern times and a viewpoint sharing a massive trillium flower sculpture with three green seats  overlooking a majestic timeless panorama view of the Willamette. Salmon fisherman lolled in the middle of river with white flumes from water skiers zooming by . Behind me, for many years our family picnicked and played Frisbee on the magnificent green obelesque in the shadow of the massive Smelter. Now restored in its finest matching oval brick trim, wrought iron gates with an unbelievably  humongous black lock. The raw power of this imposing out of time structure can best be imagined by viewing it from the inside out. Looking up thru its parched rust grey and black scoured throat which witnessed  the metamorphass and consumption of the heart of Iron Mtn and whole neighborhoods of ancient timber into steel for the Steamships that carted it down the rivers to create the foundations of our cities.  From north, south, east and west, identical oval entrances to this monolithic forge a perfect spot for one to imagine H.B.Wells time machine appearing from the future to discover  Oswego’s beginnings.

  Old town

Just up the hill past George Rodger Park,  the current alleyways behind homes in Old Town at junction of Ladd and Furnace street where the first school was built,  reflect what it might have looked like in 1929.

Just down the street the home of George Rogers reflecting his Mediterrean heritage and vintage Arts and Crafts . George was honored by his vision of rehabing the furnace property, beside the creek with his name on the park sanctifying this whole historic area .  None of the oldest homes survive , but current old town is dotted with  an eclectic  mix of   vintage and classic 90’s remakes,  the brilliantly crafted Simms Modern Classic Townhouses on Wilbur,  another Oddfellows lodge with their mysteriouse eye shaped logo  turned into apartments and one of L. O’s original wonderfully  designed coop apartment complex.  see LUXURY ONE LEVEL RIVERFRONT CONDO

Grey turned to Oregon sunshine a bright pale grey as I strolled down the brick path behind the upper Lakeview Village professional office reaching  State street where by 1920’s river transportation was  replaced by an electric streetcar line that provided 60 morning noon and night  rides a day going and coming from Portland to Oswego’s Old Town, New Town(first addition) and the South end.

 

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Bridging the brisk Sunday afternoon traffic,  I entered the lovely LakeWood Bay neighborhoods and Northshore, which weaves through an exclusive mix of neighborhoods of classic homes bordering the previously  swampy stump ridden duck pond to the west.  Northshore rises up a hill and intersects a hidden peninsula jutting out into the lake and loops back winding along the basalt bluffs along the north side of the lake.  As  I reached  the bridge at the Northshore Boating Easement a large great boat roared up the bay silhouetted against  the hulk of the Sundeleaf designed theatre, docksides with dining tables across the north side of the lake up to the Lakeside Café.  Avoiding the traffic at this bridge bottleneck I proceeded up an undulating northshore winding through outcroppings , more eclectic and exclusive of the 700  luxury homes that border the Lake.  This  rich stretch of fine homes and grand firs  remind one of an idyllic setting  feeling like a NW version  of Carmel and Pebble beach without the wind and celebrities .  Lakeview vistas open, when reaching one of the favorite boat swim easements Forest Hills, where parents were teaching their kids to fish behind a dozen moored boats , next an enclosed swimming area and playground.

 I opted to turn up into Forest Hills at the Oswego Country Club entrance onto Iron Mtn and Pine Valley with its large vintage homes set back on expansive front lawns.  Pine Valley, Westward Ho and Berwick provide a unique glimpse into the north side of the lake as it probably  was, rolling, undulating folds  rising from the bowl of the Lake,  full of giant boulders thrown around, with ancient doug firs harboring little sacred dry spots and grassy knolls.  Westward Ho sports a number of  original historical stone and huge timbered homes hidden behind massive limbs as the Berwick reverses itself and climbs up to the 10th and A.

I stood on top the flag stand on the tip of the Historical Society grounds trying to imagine a rusty train of iron Ore carts streaming down A street coming down Iron Mtn rd back past the Country Club towards the Hunt Club down Fairview skirting  the Golf course and on an ancient native American path that once was the Narrow Gauge Railroad leading up to the top of Iron Mtn.  A wonderful path now hidden from below  stretching across  the mtn side. You can still see the train turnaround just behind the Boy Scouts view platform. Much of the vegetation on both sides of this path is not native and has an eerie and  completely different feeling.  As I crossed 10th st

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So with one foot in the past watching the rocky railed A st  I crossed what a huge divider across A street into New Town with its small worker homes still seeing what must have ben a gutted charcoal pitted forest  lining the sides as the iron ore moved down toward the riverfront foundry.   1st addition as we know it today has an admirable High Walkability rating with great cultural and community activities that has become  a model for many Suburban Villages.  A more perfect model if our City found the courage and vision to add ATTAINABLE sized housing to the our zoning bringing a more healthy diversity that opens the way for more  young and aging populations to migrate to and about Oswego 

The flat  ‘New Town’ landscape flows into a grid of pleasant streets just as another stronger rainstorm forced me under a monster Douglas fir, which seemed to  be owned by a small feisty grey squirrel.  A perfect dry place to scout out my maps and chart my way through back alleys separating the 6000 sqft lots and  my favorite  mix of  Capecods, One level ranches. Two historical homes dating back to the 1870’s  bookcase my 2nd Oswego home the  award winning library.  After a short break I waded into deep pools past

Other walkers enjoying the sparkling steaming streets after a good rain.  I managed to checkin at half a dozen new homes being built nearby many with solds and  pending signs. Things are finallylooking up for our beleagered local builders. see luxury   CUSTOM ONE LEVEL LIFESTYLE

Village Core  

I delivered a letter renewing my passport while passing by the local resident sea serpent sculpture. Leading  down  A street into the heart of Oswego’s downtown Suburban Village Oswego’s east side Village.  Which offers  an attractive and  a vibrant lifestyle, with  a responsive citizen driven town hall,  a superb library, a hugely attended  local farmers market, great summer concerts and Theatre and Arts and Crafts Fairs.

Oswego is at the beginning of a maturation process  diversifying its  inner village housing mix ,with our first live work residences , a one level condo development albeit a very high end one,  some new mixed use and new attached townhouses .  The piece de resistance will be  finding the vision and wisdom to incorporate new zoning for attainable one level housing for a significant chunk of our population  wishing to  downsize and simplify their lives. And for those who will need more care and changes from independent into a community lifestyles.  And young families that want to enjoy our great schools, our tight nit strong community and close proximity to all the parts of our metro area. Perhaps adding a street car and riverboat service like we once had, connecting us to the Portland Urban center will head our Suburban Village in the right direction towards meeting and finding solutions for our changing needs and a  green and sustainable future. visit   CUSTOM NEW EVERGREEN TOWNHOUSES

Back to the beginning

After a hot chocolat and feeding my Viennese weakness,  a choc croissant pastry,  I stepped out on to the littlest roundabout in town  , watching the mists rise off of Lake wood bay and blow across the cobblestones to greet our  Tuscan Host standing atop  his stone perch with his dripping wet apron waiting  for next Saturday market.   I secretly explored the new massive  stone rampart ramp leading down to the freight  rails and past our $15,000 Cattail sculptures onto State st.   Pushing the signal changer,  I  held on to Oswego circa 1850/1920 hoping to find some  sidewalk evidence  of  past electric street car tracks, horse rings , troughs , an iron spike.  Instead ,  I discovered the huge dock front dining area behind Sundeleaf designed Twin Theatres and  a sign for Musical Chairs playing at the old school Lakewood Theatre.

Turning the corner at  McVey , walking up the hill to the Lake Corp building,  I searched for the old dam only to find an area looking more like the staging for the a military adventure.  The only evidence of the past lies down below the bridge on the east side. Once one of the busiest footprints in 1857 Oswego,  now a tranquil lovely gentle series of falls and pools  leading back to the origins of Sucker creek.

COMMUNITY, CONCENSUS, VISION, PERSONAL HOPE, POSSIBILITIIES FOR HUMANITY

 

It might be a push  for me to imagine  6 members of my family or 25 in my Spiritual community trying to come to consensus on a number of important family issues?

 I just completed an amazing two day Turning Point Real Estate and Homes Retreat at the Portland amazing Convention center.  The core of the experience was empowering  a Self Employed Business person to  discover a whole healthy approach to our lives without putting business looking down at the top of the pyramid.

 Buffini and Co. employs a 5 clover shaped logo with five open spaces to representing Spirituality, Family, Personal, Financial and Business  the areas we center in our lives.  The facilitator asked us to grade ourselves and create goals in each area.  Followed by fifteen  powerful minutes of  quiet envisioning the place in each area we would aspire to  be in five years.      

 Imagine asking the same question to 500,000 people envisioning their future over the next 25 years.

Here’s the question the City of Portland asked-   Achieving great things takes guts. As we work through the process of building the Portland Plan, we need to look at the tough issues the City faces now and the problems that impact our day-to-day lives. But we also need to imagine the future we want 25 years down the road. What do we want to achieve? What kinds of big, ambitious changes will we need to make Portland a better place?

 This is a 25-year plan so thinking big is important. But we know its not just about setting goals. At the community workshops kicking off on April 26th, we’ll discuss the obstacles in our way and start generating ideas that bring us closer to what our community really wants for the future.

 We invite you to share your thoughts on some of the key goals we can set for our city.

 HERE IS ONE WAY TO CAPTURE WHAT PORTLANDERS VOICED

As I muse over the myriad array of key values our greater community holds, I find what is most amazing about this quintessential  democratic experience is  the huge blessing  a simple invitation to envision can bring. Opening ourselves to receive our highest values and aspirations  for our own lives, our families and community.  And perhaps what  unites , creates connection and ownership of  the goals and values listed is the work we each do each day to make our own personal visions become a reality. And how we can support each other in this life fulfilling process!

I sincerely invite your comments and experience with personal and community visioning.

I have added a core value an essential piece of my business model.  5% of any profit earned from referrals go to empower Mothers and Children at a non-profit Charity of your choice or  Susila Dharma.org a 501c3 i work closely with. 

 So, when you hear  of friends  talking about Real Estate,  your connections can provide a hand in transforming lives and communities in your city and around the world.  Search for vintage, new, custom,one level homes 

Perfectly executed Custom Builder One Level Home floor plan integrating creative indoor and outdoor spaces .

I showed an absolute gem of a single level home yesterday to clients searching for the perfect main level home.  This is one of my favorites,   designed by Curt Olson Architects  and lovingly built and executed inch by inch by master builder Simms Fine Homes of Lake Oswego.

Located in the whisper quiet historic  Hunt Club neighborhood embraced by  quiet of the Springbrook Creek  corridor and in the meadows and forests beneath Iron Mountain.

This hidden  handsome functional masterpiece and decorative jewel  exudes strength and sanctuary from it’s triple cathedral design ,  hand molded brick,  cast cement bases and arched lintels, dual copper  awnings and select circular inlaid crests that gracefully  invite a  visitor into five huge open,  warm and intimate spaces integrated   by an outstanding  barrel vaulted entrance and wide luscious black walnut hardwood hallways 

 Space 1

A Grand Winged Great Living Space (approx 30×30)  with its center illuminated by a huge sky lite,   a  massive decorative stone fireplace centerpiece  shouldered  by breathtaking floor to ceiling rich craftsman  American Cherry  cabinetry ,   a  glistening granite conversation bar for (8) ringing an elegant  gourmet kitchen with an excellent  cove shaped  kitchen eating  area,  pulled together by rich multi-hued enduring  black walnut floors.

 Space 2

An expansive outdoor covered living area  with (3) skylites,  room for a full dining room table,  a full living, sitting area,  outdoor pre-cast cement hearth for a wood and fireplace, luxury grill with granite shoulder counters showered by the sounds of a pond , waterfall  and a private green backyard sanctuary.

 Space 3

A private  entrance leads from the outdoor living space into  a cathedral shaped Master suite,  with luscious heated floors,  luxurious roman style travertine,  granite and brass,  and a walk in closet ample room for dressing chair and twin drawers. 

 Space 4

A Commodious  private Study/Den/Parlour with huge cathedral windows filtering  earthy tones on a rich wool carpet, warmed by granite gas fireplace with mantel and twin builtin bookcases surrounded by wainscoat.

 Space 5

The separate left wing accommodates  an ornate powder room with two large bedrooms with 10′ ceilings,  a huge wall of windows with large walk in closets.   

Elegance ,  quality that will last a century , exceptional  care was envisioned  into all the 3600 sqft of this super functional  indoor and outdoor, one floor living space from the super cool vintage arched entry and coved handmade front door to the hand chosen woods, granite, stone and glass.  See a current version of this floorplan  real estate for salesearch for one level . master on the main homes by area, city, zip, schools 

Great Portland Walks Sense of Mystery in Historic Urban Original Eastside -

Portland Urban Neighborhood Walks  – SE   Original Historic East Portland . Reclaimed East Bank Riverwalk  through  Central Eastside Urban Renewal District. , Kerns, Sullivan’s Gulch, Buckman,  Abernathy,  Ladds  Addition  approx  2 .5 hours and 3 miles.

 Forgo a walk in  Portland Forest Park for an inner city stroll through the fascinating historic  and architectural treasured homes,  apartment and  industrial buildings   along the edge of the historic Willamette. 

 On a quiet Sunday afternoon, while my wife was finishing up her first  Ceramics Showcase, I meandered down se Pine  , from  11th down to se Grand .  I have driven by and through this seemingly dull drab industrial district a thousand times on the way to church and work.  This ramble  immediately became like a visit to a great treasured outdoor museum turning into an exciting engaging  timeless adventure. 

 Incredible historical landmarks  project  powerful  rich memories of the past into the present and connect a diverse  pattern of commercial ,  live work and  apartment dwellers perfumed by garlic , sweet spices , teas  and all too human reminders and cigarette smoke,  amidst  an  eclectic mix of  30 ‘s style bars, small sidewalk cafes, ethnic restaurants,  tattoo parlors and funeral homes . 

 This area is home to several  current prominent social services headquarters and fascinating 19th century  fraternal  and cultural organizations.

 A sense of  mystery pervades the seemly mundane industrial area that  is woven through  the Order of the Odd Fellows (IOOF) that aided others in needs and projects for the common  good  (In the 17th century, such behavior was deemed odd ) to the  huge presence of VOA Volunteers of America inhabiting  several Historic  Vintage Homes,  Old Commercial  and the old East Side Mortuary its  deco style cousin  the Bagdad Theatre all seem to resurrect society in these buildings society through a   multitude of programs in these buildings for  folks emerging from corrections re-engaging with society , homelessness, addiction, parent and child services. T o the current day work of the PDC and Central Eastside Urban Renewal area pulling  open the curtain of history bringing a changing landscape of old wharfs, warehouses an extensive networks of trestles into  a hope and renewal for the future.

 The walk culminates where the Eastside meets the West on an waterfront esplanade stretching from the Broadway bridge past the Ross Island and pathways down to Sellwood.  If you peek down below at the beautifully reconstructed banks you can see ancient wharf pilings slowing rotting into oblivion and huge interesting outcroppings creating little caves and coves and look like limestone but is a century of discarded cement. 

 Across the river life the west side waterfront park rotated on ferris wheels and crowded carnivals blinked its lights across the choppy waters  to the feeling I had stationed on top of  floating metal walkways.  Almost suspended between two cultures witnessing a type of bridging of our post modern society in the possibilities of one we have the opportunity to paint in with our own feelings and values.

Continued walks in this inner East side will provide a  curious reflection of the  pilgrimage path we all walk in a time of powerful forces at work in our world..  Click here for great closin Southeast Properties  Hawthorne  Townhouse, Commercial Live Up Work down,  Sellwood Townhouse, Clinton Attached

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Portland Oregon Homes Very Best Friend – Energy Trust is Totally Amazing -

Cameron pulled up to  my house right on time . I met him at the door, he in his getup bib and satchel with all the goods. He was  ready to  a lot of crawling, peaking in my attic, crawl spaces and walls for insulation levels in my 1958 One Level + Ranch home.  R-38, 11 and 30 all blended into one number that spoke clearly the need to increase the R’s – big time. Energy Trust, Oregon and the Feds offer a  huge cash incentive program on a wide array of energy saving moves. Federal tax credits of 30% or up to $1,500 per year.

 Cameron’s  complimentary Home Energy Review objective is to create a priority money saving  list of savings.   A whole house approach can save a home up to 30% in energy costs each year.

 Can my furnace  already  be 20 years old, ugh. Although regularly cleaned and serviced  I  may be ready to save $350 or 25% from  Oregon if I replace it  with a  sealed combustion condensing furnace.  

The average household spends 400-600 per year on water heating making it the 2nd largest energy cost . I was most interested in long endless guiltless showers  and a $200.00 break on a gas tank less  hot water . 

My 1958 home most certainly may have some draft issues, especially since my wife and I are hardly North westerners and tend to keep windows open for fresh air even during the winter months.  So Cameron  didn’t  go  to deep into  details on  the benefits of performing air leakage  or duct  sealing.  We are also  a ductless family.

 

To my surprise , new windows are not the highest priority energy saving investment . Windows just don’t have as high an insulation factor as walls.    New windows  definitely do increase  Real Estate Values  and curb appeal.   

 By far the  most impressive incentives  $5200 are for Solar electric. But our Real Estate  is particularly un-solar, surrounded by one of the densest  oldest forest s in the Portland Suburbs. 

If you have been thinking of a  new appliance or two Potential Oregon Tax Credits  are available for energy star rated  $90.00 for refrigerators,  $180- clothes  washer $80.00 dishwasher .

 

A  nice bonus  of the energy audit for your Portland  Urban or Suburban Home is  free replacement  of  to cfl  bulbs ,  replacement  to  more efficient  water faucet aerators and showerheads.

 

Call me for a list of trusted local contractors and Energy Trust  long list of trade allies.  click here for amazing one level  homes  Sylvan CharmerHallinan Contemporary,  Iron Mtn Luxury

I can’t wait for my Earth Advantage Institute Real Estate Star training at the end of the month.