Resizing into One Level Homes in Portland Oregon

Resizing into One Level Homes in Portland Oregon

    What is your dream floor plan?  

                 What communities reflect your values ?

 Find Your Perfect One Level Home in Your Preferred Community.

Design Your Own Custom One Level Home & Identify a Trusted Local Architect & Builder Construct it

Summerplace  over 55 community with it all

Wonderful home is bright, open & spacious w/ windows/skylights. A MUST see w/ 2 BR,2 BA & FABULOUS sunroom for entertaining. Gourmet kitchen has new S/S appl., extended storage. New A/C, 96.5% efficient furnace, window coverings, carpet/hardwoods in kitchen/dining rm. HOA: commons, mtg rm, rec center, library, wt room, sauna & pool. Located in cul-de-sac and has lovely landscaping.

Raleigh Hills   great floor plan . easy care yard. close to everything

Wonderful ranch style home in a very quiet part of SW Portland. Close to Washington Sq, freeways  and other shopping yet has a private feel. Clean, bright open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings give a spacious feel. Formal living/dining. Great room island kitchen/family room/breakfast nook. Add a beautiful EZ care yard that has room for entertaining/gardening and you have a place to call home.

Clairemont  over 55 golf course community

This is a A+ and priced to sell. Located  on the very desirable Claremont Golf Course.  New roof in 2007, new carpet, 12 foot ceilings throughout. Two large bedrooms, Master over looking two fairways.  Patio overlooking two fairways, a pond and a private patio off the kitchen. This is a “Must See”. HOA’S $503/person/year. One Time $1,000 transfer fee.

Cedar mill   fabulous greatroom floorplan, close to everything

Large level,  private lot, close-in w/WA CO Schools and taxes.  One-level great room, 3-car garage. All finish specs may be made by purchaser.  Very well-known  and experienced custom builder. Extensive hardwoods & tile floors, granite, SS appliances, front landscaping.  Central Vacuum  pre-plumb, alarm & sound pre-wire. Rare one-level new home in great location!

Tigard   Quality You Can Feel & Just The Right Size!

“The Laurel wood” Cottage Home.  Charming  1-level cottage style home. Boast energy-efficient , stainless steel appliances, 5″ hand scraped hardwoods, vaulted master suite, covered entry, & 2nd bedroom den option. A new definition of luxury, top quality, natural materials, and careful attention to architectural details -

Charboneau  over 55 golf course community

Premier  Fairway Estate Home in Charbonneau. Ideal  active and retirement living home. One level, great room, low maintenance  home, wood floors, very bright, southern exp/ large kitchen with granite, large pantry. This home was rebuilt in 2002. Walk in closet, newly tiled extra large shower.

Resizing into Portland Oregon’s one level homes

Find Your Perfect One Level Home in Your Preferred Community.

Design Your Own Custom One Level Home & Identify a Trusted Local Architect & Builder Construct it

Resizing into One Level Homes in Portland Oregon




How long have you been musing about moving into less square footage, into a more manageable floor plan with lovely updated modern amenities?  Looking forward to living with all  your longed for features on one level, surrounded by tons of light and easy to care for surroundings.

Are you ready to re-size your home and simplify your life?

How do I begin?

What are the steps needed to plan a successful a re-size/lifestyle change?

The Place/Location

Where do you really want to live?

Water, mtns, desert

The Dwelling

What kind of home living environment and investment works best for you now. Who are your Seniors Real Estate Specialist Partners   The Valuable resources you need to help you negotiate through this process?

Where do I begin? 

Create a Timeline – 6 months to a Couple of Years

Move backward from the time you walk into the front door your new Abode/Home.

  • It could take up to 180 days to complete the transaction of selling your home.
  •  Find a SRES professional to help you start preparing and dressing your home for sale.
  • Hold a couple of spring summer garage sales, start packing & giving away to family and charities.
  • Finding our place. Start visiting the neighborhoods, the places you have long been considering. .
  •  Find a professional SRES counselor to function as a sounding board to help you visualize the kind of living spaces that suit you best and the places you may want to live at this time of your life?
  • Honestly Plan your Long Term finances
  • Work with your financial planner and an able mortgage broker to create a realistic financial plan to  create your capacity to make changes to resize your home and a simplify your life.



Living in Community Simplify Your Life in a One Level Home

Living in Community Simplify Your Life in a One Level Home

Are you searching for and curious about  ONE LEVEL HOMES/ Great Spaces – New,  Updated or Under Construction in The Portland Oregon Region


Rare custom single level by popular builder pick your colors and finishes. Vaulted,  hand scraped flooring   1 block to bus walk bike to New Seasons or  Lake Grove Village  1475 sqft    

Open great room design, gourmet kitchen master suite, outdoor living space flat level lot walk to river and West Linn shopping . 2750 sqft

One level custom masterpiece with Oswego lake views. Private lovely  neighborhood. Ready fall 2012  2330 sqft

Better than new. One of kind Forest Hills one level with great room styling and high end finishes. 2600 sqft

Explore these One Level Properties and be in the loop with new ONE LEVEL HOMES being planning in our Urban and Suburban Villages throughout the city.


Living in Community Simplify Your Life in a One Level Home

Perfection for Empty Nesters Downsizing into One Levels and Aging in Place Homes.

It has been a long while since our market was deemed a Sellers market. Recently l had the pleasure to facilitate a speedy an lovely transaction of a Custom One Level Home near the West Linn Central Village. And I confirmed  one niche that is definitely in huge demand ‘ custom homes on one level’.

This Aging in Place model is a home designed for all of life’s stages grounded in health and wellness.  Targeting active adults cherishing their health and vitality featuring a custom Universal Design accommodating aging in place.

The features that made this property are an appealing  Architectural Prairie Modern Design with  Leeds Gold amenities. Its location close to a Suburban Village uniquely surrounded by (10) acres of extraordinary pristine forest and river privacy by Burnside Park and Maddox Woods.

The   Modern Elegance and compelling aspects of the functional design are  its spaceship sized Great Room Living Space illuminated by through high galleries of clerestory windows.  Perfect for entertaining and quiet meditative moments beside the Ultra modern gas fireplace.  A huge 15’ wall was designed especially for large art pieces.  Magnificent Custom 8’ doors lead to two private patios’ surrounded by absolutely magnificent  preservation forest, river areas and nurturing Bioswale landscaping.New and Remodeled One Level Homes in the Portland Area

Since we had quite a number of requests to write backup offer I made contacts with a several  brilliant  local builders  I have worked with that have an interest in building Custom Aging in Place one level + homes.  Several of these builders already own lots that may accommodate a one level + footprint. I also

Have deep roots in the city discovering building sites.

If you and yours are planning to downsize and have an interest in exploring creating a custom retirement home that incorporates many of your own special features , please contact me for more information and useful resources.  Wolfgang RE/MAX Equity Group cell/text 503-969-6262


Lost Cures for a Humanity on a Slippery Slope?

    After a week of nurturing our spirits at the feet of South Sister, Broken To p and Mt .Bachelor in the high Oregon Cascades we took a break to clean up, get online  and find some healthy food in the big city. 

    Taking turns getting online and showering we looked up the ten best eating spots in Bend. The the list I found has since mysterious ly disappeared . I was attracted to the healthiest sounding one. My wife poo pooed  the likely  vegan fair and we chose an Asian which was  extraordinarily better than our gourmet camp food.  Several days later on our way back through Bend  I convinced my wife to have lunch at the vegan sounding place, The Common Table.  It was one of the highlights of our entire trip.

    The moment  we walked into the Common Table it was clear this was not your usual healthy food place.  The light , the  energy was  almost golden.   The unique  décor is a mix of a bookstore, a grill, a lounge, and an English fish and chips house. But there was also something else very different that permeated the place.   We sat ourselves a t a burlwood table  and wanted to order everything on the menu  finally choosing  something like  Grilled Eggplant on a  tower of portobello  and Seafood Pasta Baked with a citrus Salmon and mango salsa . After choosing  the perfect  not your usual vacation type books like the ‘Dragons of Eden’ to delve into while waiting for our food,  I couldn’t help myself finally asking the counter person what was this restaurant really about.  Of course, it was then I noticed  various  artistic wall arrangements and statements about what and who Common Table is.

    Common Table exists to feed all people, cherish the Earth, and pursue awareness.

    1) We feed all people through non-profit Common Table, using profits to provide subsidized meals at our Common Table, as well as supporting hunger initiatives and sustainable farming practices around the world.

    2) We cherish the Earth and one another by heeding the advice of Kentucky farmer and poet Wendell Berry, “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

    3) We pursue awareness by recognizing and respecting all people; recognizing the appropriate human relationship with the Earth; recognizing the health of our physical, intellectual, and spiritual selves.

    So it was the humanity of this place , the  people that glowed and provided its substance.  Many of the employees are volunteers. Volunteering time, food, service, good cheer giving back to the community..  Many are also gratefully paid employees .

    At my feet was a sign I missed .. Everyone who walks in the door will be served. Whether they

    Have the resources or not are served with an open armed welcome ,  acceptance, respect and wholesome food.


    A community creates a safe space for its members  each holding  a space of dignity and respect.

    Common Tables holds this space without a hierarchy by the volunteers who are nourished by serving

    each other.

    “We endeavor to serve extraordinary food regardless of ability to pay”.

    One Table. One People. Be Fed.

    “We are an experimental volunteer-driven non-profit café”.

    The impact of the Common Tables Community culture  provides  me with a  powerful inspiration and provocative answer to turning around the increasingly insane and negative world we live in.

    Nurturing  no less  than the wild beauty of our snow clad mtns and clear flowing rivers -

    The goodness in our world is found within you and me.

    All the doom and gloom that devours us  driven by our media,  politics and economics  can never negate the values  that arise from the Goodness that is within in each of us.   This is  a potent hope for our humanity and for our world. You can’t buy it , it’s free. It’s  by choice and by intention.

Want to SERVE a few world bowls of food at the Common Table?



Oregon Circles for Japan and Christchurch

I  had the opportunity to be immersed in two remarkable community circles the past two weeks.  A local group dedication by my spiritual association to the survivors in the Christchurch and Japan  and a Oregon Community Mercy Corp benefit for Japan.

 Within the safety of these two amazing circles, I  was acutely aware how  our culture often de-sensitizes us  by the brutality of our politics, the exhausting pace , responsibilities and impossible goals that our northern hemisphere culture sets for us.

 In times of  great personal tragedy  all of this is transcended by a sublime opportunity to  open our feelings, reclaim our  connections to our fellow human beings , as one human family .  A stage we don’t often perform on.  But where we have the chance to allow  our highest personal selves , the  very best in us to emerge and demonstrate what the human race is really capable of.

 It is clear and almost palatable from discussions with loved ones living through the destruction and loss in Christchurch and those representing the Japanese community in Portland a profound and overwhelming  gratitude  knowing they are loved,  cared for and  nurtured by the power of the human spirit. 

 $250,000 was raised during the past two weeks to continue the heroic work of Mercy Corp and their partner organization in Japan Peace Winds . Please go to and contribute.

Portlands Urban & Suburban Villages- healthy personal and community spaces to invite the Sacred into

 Many of us have become fans of vintage homes. Their classic craftsman features  a symbol of home , hearth and belonging.  Artistic rhythm across gabled, steeply pitched roofs and rough textures of brick, stucco and clapboard. Dressed in decorative fascia and winged porches. Hiding secrets in their  alcoves, intimate nooks and crannies. Often the spaces within our classic homes offer limited openness and good light. 

My current mid-century home offers  warm interior lodge style spaces with thick massive cedar beams supporting vaulted wooden ceilings. Illuminated by floor to ceiling windows.  The 50’s moved us a giant step forward toward offering more functional livable interior spaces.   

Today’s newer architectural home styles often fuse a mix of  popular vintage exterior elements with contemporary multifunctional interior living spaces. Combining kitchens, eating areas, dining,  living  family rooms into open great room spaces. Our architects and builders have brilliantly extended these great rooms out into outdoor covered living spaces with dining and lounging areas warmed by gas fireplaces and outdoor heaters, soothed by water features, and the full compliment of technological comforts. Interior living spaces further extended into the life and beauty of the vista’s surrounding our dwellings.   

Each year my spiritual family meets in a sacred retreat in the Columbia River Gorge called Menucha -“ever-changing, renewing stillness .   The historic main lodge constructed in the  20’s embodies a superb example of a functional great/great room concept reminiscent of  Mt Hoods Timberline or  Ahwahnee at Yosemite.

Menucha captures an ambiance felt only in special dwellings. Upon entering the great hall one is embraced by a truly sacred feeling in the massive community space. Ballroom sized it offers a feeling of great intimacy and function with carved creatures staring from far overhead. A Massive wooden balcony balustrades frames a hall dominated by a grey cathedral sized walk in stone fireplace.  The 100’ veranda has been enclosed uniting the warm soothing interior spaces with the beauty of greenery, ancient trees and the inspiring vistas of the Columbia Gorge.     

 Classic or Modern, the dwellings we inhabit are like our personal roots , spaces filled with our adopted traditions and values that shape and flavor our lives.

About One Level and Master on the Main Homes ~ Gen X, Echo Boomers, Baby Boomers, what are your dozen choices for the Top Dozen Qualities and Features in your next Home? Things that contribute most to toward making your home and life healthy inwardly and outwardly?

 Gen X, Echo Boomers, Baby Boomers,what are your  Dozen Top choices for the  Qualities  and Features in your next Home?  Things  that contribute most  to toward making your home and life healthy inwardly and outwardly? One Baby Boomers  Values

    •  Simplicity in size and design making it possible to vacation and travel
    • Must have Views , sunrises and sunsets
    • Bright , open ,  airy spaces
    • Dual Multifunctional  Great Room Living Spaces
    • Multiple  Covered Outdoor Living Spaces off of the primary  living spaces
    • Built in Niche Spaces for Art , Organization, Storage
    • Using Materials that have texture, warmth that  creates an earthiness and  intimacy
    •  Invisible Green and Sustainable features

 What would you add to this list?

1. Dual sinks in the master bath
2. Jacuzzi tub made for two
3. His and Hers closets
4. A “man” room for his stuff
5. A large kitchen island
6. A bedroom big enough for a king size bed
7. Water views for sunrises and sunsets
8. Bright and airy spaces
9. Storage, storage, storage
10. Fireplace

What did they miss?


Have you ideas for and are interested in finding your next abode?  Visit the  Best One Level and Master on the Main Homes For Sale this week in Oswego & W.Linn

 Palisades Heights   (479,000)  2300 sqft 4/2.5  -   Hidden location pindrop quiet,  like model home , separate bonus, easy to care yard, great walking area . Traditional separation living , sleeping wings, Extensive woodwork and crown molding  ,  refinished hardwoods, 2 gas fp, lots of natural lighting

 Palisades Heights  (534,500)  Pending in 2 days  1900 sqft  3/2.1 – Super easy to care yard, elegant  u shaped layout  with livingroom in back of house,  gleaming  remodel , Heated travertine, granite, hardwood bonus and den

Old Town Spectacular Willamette ($595,000) river luxury condo    1885  2/2.1 -  Floorplan based on huge great room living area viewing spectacular a protected natural riverfront setting,  upgraded stone, tile, hardwoods.  Elevator, Underground parking . Stafford Lowland Mini- Estate  French Farmhouse( 1,595,000)  7 car garage   3300 sqft  4/3  5 view acres. 3800 sqft on one level ,  popular designer remodel+ guest cottage, barn  

Summit Splendor   ( 715,000) top end remodeling 175,000 reduction 2500 sqft  4/2 – Contemporary Styled one level very open and light  with High impact materials and amenities. With elegant entry to  outdoor super private easy living  yard 

Stafford Lowland Mini- Estate  French Farmhouse( 1,595,000)  7 car garage   3300 sqft  4/3  5 view ac 3800 sqft on one level ,  popular designer remodel+ guest cottage, barn


 ’Next Generation  of  One Level Living’ in  this  New Home Design  by Curt Ohlsen beaming  us  from  the past/present into the future  of Master on the Main layouts  in  Stoneridge Custom Developments iconic  NW Vista Lodge Craftsman /style Home. 

 This Vista Lodge has  one of the  most attractive Master on the Main designs  for  Empty Nesters , in market deficient in good one level + homes. . 

 Located on the Top of Mountain with Lake Views , this home is  a portrait of unsurpassed beauty & quality w/gorgeous natural stone surfaces. Rough hewn exposed beams integrated into Palatial Interior Spaces.  Perfectly manicured into  a  hilltop where  each passing moment is   perfection. Lake Oswego shimmering below as a pure precious silver platter,   clouds wrapped  over  the  soft volcanic shoulders of Cook Butte with  Century old oaks swaying like curtains across  mists rising over the dome of the Hunt Club far below.  

  The Palatial Interior Spaces  offer an open, light filled , intimate feeling, high quality of living potential.  Rooms that inspire and are great places to vision A True  Great Room  1-level  living home with  a variety of  adaptable His and Hers and home business  bonus spaces on the main level with the potential for an elevator.

 Main Level Living (3500 SQFT) 

 Massive Mountain Lodge Style Great Room

State of Art – A Gathering  Gourmet Country Kitchen

 Open Entertaining  Dining Space

Intimate Private Mini-Cathedral Sized Master Suite

Master Bath with laundry

 Meditative Study/Library

 Main Floor Guest En-suite

 Sewing/Crafts/Hobby Room

 Flex Three car (stackable 4th)  with a shop area

 Highly Durable Natural materials and finishes for EASY CARE

 Sumptuous  Fully Functional Covered Outdoor Living Space

 Adaptable Bonus Area Up  (2000 + sq up)

2 Bonus Room flex spaces 

 for media, library, billiards, trophy room,  crafts, exercise

  2nd Mini Master

  Additional Bedroom

View these one level or master on the main homes.

South Lake Oswego, First Addition Craftsman, Dunthorpe,Willamette Village , Westlake Oswego

 Call or email for a list of potential one level or master on the main properties in the Portland metro. Or the perfect location to build your own one level abode.   I  would be happy to offer  referrals  for great resources to  redesign  your current home or a new custom home.

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