West Linn, OR Real Estate News

By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
The Sweater Shoppe, Etc., answer to Where is it Wednesday...somewhere in West Linn, OR 2/8/12   Congrats to John McCarthy & Rob D. Shepard, ( a tie) for correctly guessing last week's Where is it Wednesday titled: Paul Bunyan Statue, answer to Where is it Wednesday...somewhere in Portland, OR 2/1/12 Check out their blogs if you haven't! Each week I'll be posting a new picture on Wednesday morning(ish). The title of the blog will have the City where the picture is taken and I'll post the answer Wednesday evening...not only here on my blog, but on facebook business page (please click like and add yourself there) as well as tweetin it on my Twitter page and posting on Google+. Remember, you're free to google or use whatever there is on hand. Hint: This is obviously a Clothing Shoppe... ~~~...
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By Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
 Great condo in private location within development. Kitchen has been updated With newer cabinets. Inside laundry area, fireplace and private enclosed patio, community pool, hot tub and weight room are some of the nice features of this home. Could be a good investor opportunity. Buyer to verify all information-schools,lines,utility
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By Kasey Saito
(Soldera Properties, Inc.)
Recently the West Linn/Wilsonville School Board approved adding a language immersion program in two of its West Linn Willsonville Schools. The two newest schools in the the district, Lowrie and Trillium Creek primary schools, will add the immersion program for one of their Kindergarten classes. The addition was unanimously approved by the board. This time around the board is convinced that having the immersion programs at the new schools solves many of the shortfalls of the initial program that was cut after only 1 year. As some of you may remember, this was a very controversial decision and created quite a "buzz" in the district. I think this only helps and supports the case that most of us (who live in the district) already know - the West Linn/Wilsonville schools are among the best i...
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By Kasey Saito
(Soldera Properties, Inc.)
My favorite places to grab dinner in West Linn are those that are local, fast and serve quality food. Some of my favorite places are Thai Linn, Bj Willies, Pine Garden and Sushi Boat. For me and my family, dinner can be an after thought. It can be 7:30 and we have no idea of what to do, this is usually when you find us at one of these places. They all have food that both my kids will eat (that is should be enough to get you all there) that both my wife and I enjoy. Being a vegetarian family makes our dining options more limited. But we can find something on all of their menus that we love, whether it is the "mac & cheese pizza" or the "Salad Rolls" the food is always good. Some of our favorites at BJ Willies are the Mac & Cheese Pizza, salads and humus plate. Sushi Boat offers my kids t...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
One Level Homes in West Linn, Oregon 97068 If you're looking for one or single level homes in West Linn, Oregon, you might just have a harder time than you thought. To date, there are only 30 single level homes out of the 235 homes on the market in the City of West Linn.  Why aren't there so many single level homes? A huge part is due to Portland's Urban Growth Boundary. It's put in place to prevent urban sprawl, and thus builders have a harder time aquiring land inside the UBG. Of course wanting to get as much bang for their buck,  most builders have built up and on smaller lots. It's not uncommon for homes to be 3,000 square feet and sitting on a 5,000 sq. foot lot. If you're looking for a home that has no stairs, you'll need to make sure that there are no stairs leading to the entry....
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
 How's the real estate market in West Linn? According to the news not bad! Last night I was sitting at my desk working at seeing some of the wood that I know is under the piles when I heard it. I have the TV on so I can watch or listen while I do my thing and I swear I almost clutched my chest Fred Sanford style and shouted out that "This is the big one" cuz wow.....the news was actually saying something POSITIVE about the real estate market....and West Linn to be specific.  West Linn, was singled out for its climbing numbers in sales and new construction. This from the KGW article: "This time of year the real estate market is in limbo. But, this November and December in West Linn, several home builders are busy again with new construction. Some are building on spec. That hasn't happen...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
December Blooms in my West Linn Oregon yard Oh baby it's getting cold outside....but yet taking a stroll around my yard, I was actually amazed at some of the blooms that are still hanging in there in mid December! One of the great things about living in Portland is the fairly mild climate that is great for gardening. I love a really nice mixture of evergreens, perrenials and annuals to have something to look at through the year. It's one of life's wonders that even the most fragile looking flower has such strength to hold up to the elements. Here are some photos of some very hardy plants! This azalea is a new one that is not only everygreen but blooms all season. It did live up to what it said...although..I think it's finally giving in to the cold...sigh. I can never remember what the ...
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Clackamas County Neighborhood Parks: North Willamette Neighborhood Park in West Linn, Oregon is a great neighborhood park.  One thing I love about visiting these parks for review is that I get to spend time with my family. When I used to do these reviews I would tell you how my kids felt about parks like North Willamette Neighborhood Park, but this time I wanted to do something different. I really wanted you my audience to get a feel of the park from the kid’s point of view. So, I’ve handed over my camera to my youngest and let her tell you what she likes about the park. You get to see it from her point of view and then a few shots from me as an adult that let you know what I feel are important about a park, like bathrooms and picnic tables. So, enjoy a child’s perspective on North Will...
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
Sometimes when homes have large rooms or awkward room shapes, it can be challenging to help home buyers overcome their typical question, "How can we use this space?"  In order for buyers to make that important emotional connection to a home they're viewing, as professional home stagers we need to show them how they might use the space, so that they can imagine themselves living there. Our Portland-based home staging company was recently selected to stage a vacant home in the upscale Portland suburb of West Linn.  This home has some very large rooms which buyers might feel overwhelmed in if the rooms were vacant.  You might think that the more square footage your home has, the better -- but making a large room feel cozy can be challenging for buyers, especially if the home has no furnish...
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By Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"
(Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR)
 Renaissance Ridge ~ 6456 Evergreen Dr, West Linn, Oregon ~ SOLD in 15 Days!   No expense was spared on this stunning custom built home in Renaissance Ridge, one of West Linn's best neighborhoods.  Incredible vaulted ceilings, oversized rooms, wainscoting, hardwood floors, slab granite counters, massive great room. This home boasts the largest master suite you will find with two walk-in closets, a fireplace, and a huge spa bathroom. Outdoor entertaining area features an indoor-outdoor fireplace.  Private and quiet cul-de-sac location. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with 4184 sq ft;  RMLS #11142815   ~ Staging and Interior Photos by Room Solutions Staging ~
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
From my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a very wet nasty couple of days here in the Portland area, so when I opened my eyes and saw the clouds hanging low in Pete's Mountain from my bedroom window, the sun peeking out, it gave me just another thing to be thankful about today. May the sun shine for you and those you love today as well as you enjoy this day of thanks.
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
Grapevine Brides awaiting...or spookie ghosts in West Linn Oregon One of the things I love about living in West Linn, Oregon is that I can take the back country roads to drive to Tualatin, my other fave City in the suburbs of Portland. Living here I'm close to all shopping, less than a mile from Historic Downtown Willamette, and depending on the time of day a 20 minute drive to downtown Portland. Along with that I'm also less than a mile away from some really gorgeous farm country. To me the best of both worlds! On most days I can always count on passing horses,  geese, llamas and donkeys..and every now and again sheep or lambs. Today I took a road I haven't been down a while to turn around to go back and get some fresh eggs from the Ek Family farm when I passed these grapevines covered...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
Historic Willamette General Store, West Linn, OR 10/26/11   I was excited when I saw that huge for rent banner removed that once covered the front of the old Willamette General Store..and in it's place was a newly fixed up and remodeled interior that has now revitalized this once run down space. New owner Ryan Dato and family took this place and transformed it into a space that just calls you to come inside. In a time where those big stores are prevelant, it's so nice to see a store like this open up. The outside was spiffed up but still maintains the 96 year old  historic charm while the inside has a mixture of old time charm and coffee house feel. Walking in the front door your eyes take in the nice hardwood floors, the huge humidor and cigar selection as well as wine. The other side ...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
Let me tell ya bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees...in West Linn Oregon Today was a gorgeous day in West Linn Oregon, with the sun shining and the weather in the mid 60's. A perfect kind of day to get out and about enjoying the fall festivities around town or for fall gardening. Both of which I was really itching to do...but with a torn calf muscle, I'm supposed to stay off of my leg for a bit. I did however "hobble" out to my deck to lay on my lounge chair and soak up the sun. I didn't last long before I reached for my camera and took a few pictures. By next week, these flowers will be all pulled out, the bees will disappear until the spring. The birds however enjoy my food all year long so I put some peanuts out on a table and watched the show.
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors in West Linn, Oregon 9/17/11 It was that time of year again when Neighbors Helping Neighbors coordinator Bridget Saladino rounded up and coordinated the volunteers to go out and help local homeowners that can't tend to their yards either physically or financially. No sooner did I walk up to sign in, I felt raindrops sprinkle my face..but hey..this is Portland, so a few drops of water deters no one! I checked in and went over to greet my fellow volunteers in "group 27". Most if not all but me were at this house last year, so knew it well. I can tell you that the highlight of my day was when the owner came out and asked me to help her walk around the yard so she could see the things done. I enjoyed her talking wistfully about how her husband..long past now.. we...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
(Cindy's Blog about Portland Real Estate & Stuff) Willamette Primary School, answer to Where is it Wednesday...somewhere in West Linn, OR 9/7/11 Congrats to Kat Palmiotti (Moriarty) for correctly guessing last weeks post OMSI the USS Blueback (SS-581) submarine, answer to Where is it Wednesday...somewhere in Portland, OR 8/31/11 Each week I'll be posting a new picture on Wednesday morning. The title of the blog will have the City where the picture is taken and I'll post the answer Wednesday evening...not only here on my blog, but on facebook business page (please click like and add yourself there) as well as tweetin it on my Twitter page. Do you know where it is? Care to guess? Comments are welcome! I'll post the answer tonight. Hint: Lots of Black and Yellow are seen here. It's Willame...
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
West Linn, OR ranks in Money Magazines top 100 Best Places to Live I've known that West Linn is a great place to live, because I've been living and enjoying it for two years now. According to Money Magazines 2011 list of best small towns to live, West Linn came in at # 69 . Now..I will however admit that when living in and loving Tualatin for many years, I initially didn't have West Linn on my radar as a place I would eventually live. Circumstances had us looking for a home with a possible seperate living quarters should my Mother in Law ever need to move in with us, and we fell in love with our current home from the first moment we walked in the door.  We live in the Willamette section of West Linn which is within walking distance to three parks, the tualatin river, and of course one o...
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By Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
A view worth sitting down and enjoying! McLean House and Park in West Linn, Oregon is certainly that! While my family was out Geocaching the other day we came across this great home and park in West Linn and this amazing view. We enjoyed the view so much that my family decided to take a sit and enjoy the view for awhile. This park is located just off Interstate 205 and actually you have to pass under the interstate on trails to get to the water, but the very little hike was well worth it! If you are looking to enjoy the view of the river on a nice sunny day, head to the McLean House and Park in West Linn, Oregon and find out for yourself why the view is worth sitting down and enjoying.
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By Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon)
  Swiftshore Park, answer to Where is it Wednesday...somewhere in West Linn, OR 8/3/11 Congrats to John McCarthy for correctly guessing last week's Tualatin Artsplash, Farmer's Market & Concert on the Commons, answer to Where is it Wednesday...Somewhere in Tualatin, OR 7/27/11. I don't think he's missed one yet..AND he lives in New Hampshire!! Each week I'll be posting a new picture on Wednesday morning. The title of the blog will have the City where the picture is taken and I'll post the answer Wednesday evening...not only here on my blog, but on facebook business page (please click like and add yourself there) as well as tweetin it on my Twitter page. Do you know where it is? Care to guess? Comments are welcome! I'll post the answer tonight. Hint: I'm giving TWO pictures this week..cu...
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