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Portland Realtor Guide: Portland Ranks #3 Among National Energy Efficiency Leaders

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Portland Real EstateEvery year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases their rankings of the most energy efficient states in America, and Oregon stepped up from last year’s fourth place ranking to nab the third place slot. It’s no secret that Oregon ranks among the best in therms of Sustainable Energy technology and alternative energy resources, but it’s heartening to see that Oregonians are also topping the list of efficient use of traditional energy sources. While solar, wind, and hydro electric technologies might change the direction of energy use in the future, smart use of existing resources is an immediate and significant way to proceed and preserve what we have. Many homeowners and business owners in Oregon are responsible for scaling back energy use, a move which saves money, resources, and creates a more efficient economy. The Portland Real Estate Market is loaded with homes for sale, and the most competitive homes for sale in Portland are those with energy efficient and green upgrades.

Oregon’s high ranking reflects a smart use of government programs to educate and promote energy efficiency efforts. Three percent of Oregon’s utility bills and a stable supply of funding from the state government goes towards Energy Trust of Oregon’s programs supporting energy efficiency statewide.These efforts include weatherization support for Oregon utility customers, tax benefits for efficient lighting upgrades of Oregon businesses, and ENERGY STAR® home appraisals that save customers up to 50% on their utility bills.

The first and second spots were grabbed by California and Massachusetts, respectively, and we’re sure Oregon can work its way to number one in the coming years. Want to help make that happen? Energy Trust of Oregon has a multitude of tips, support, and products to help you make your home or business more energy efficient. Looking for a place to start? Request a free energy efficient starter kit, complete with compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy-saving showerhead and faucet aerator. Interested in replace your old energy-guzzling appliances? You can turn those old dinosaurs into cash – and help reduce your energy bills drastically. If you need more help, you can schedule a free review of your home’s energy use from Energy Trust of Oregon – up to 60 percent of energy used to heat and cool homes can be lost due to leaky ducts, inefficient equipment, poor insulation and air leaks – and get started saving money and the environment.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Kerns Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Portland Real EstateCheck out the new Kerns real estate neighborhood guide detailing the neighborhood of Kerns in Northeast Portland, filled with quirky culture, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The Kerns neighborhood is classic and proud, and provides easy commuting access to all of Portland via the Banfield Freeway and the Burnside Bridge. Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, Kerns is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Kerns or other Portland neighborhoods, check out this Kerns Real Estate information page filled with the best restaurants in Kerns, top restaurants, green spaces and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Kerns!

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Fairview Real Estate Guide at Your Road Map to Home

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Portland Real EstateCheck out the new Fairview Real Estate guide and neighborhood profile detailing the city of Fairview, Oregon, located just east of Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility and small town atmosphere, it’s a fantastic place to live. Check out some of the charming and quirky shops and cafes at Fairview Village, catch some sun at a music festival at Edgefield, or ride your bike down the charming neighborhood streets. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or condos for sale around Fairview, Fairview Village, or other Portland Suburbs, check out this the new Fairview Real Estate guide and neighborhood profile filled with the best restaurants in Fairview, the top neighborhood events, and Fairview history. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Fairview.

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Portland Realtor Guide: UPDATED Laurelhurst Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Laurelhurst Neighborhood GuideCheck out the newly updated Laurelhurst neighborhood profile detailing the “comfortable luxury” of Southeast Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods. Located just south of Interstate-84, Laurelhurst is the best of all worlds. Check out some of the charming and quirky boutiques like Noun, grab a delicious lunch at the Laurelhurst market, catch some sun at Laurelhurst Park, or sit in your sprawling backyard enjoying your view of the natural world around you. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or other real estate in Laurelhurst or other Portland neighborhoods, check out this Laurelhurst information page filled with the best restaurants in Laurelhurst, the top shopping, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Laurelhurst, or Search for Homes in Laurelhurst.

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Portland Real Estate Insider: Hayden Island Condo Auction

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

McDonald Group Real Estate BlogThis weekend, the McDonald Group Realtors are taking part in an amazing auction opportunity – 30 choice homes in a community of 84 condos in Hayden Island are up on the block and we’re throwing our hat in. The Waterside condominiums are amazing – combining helpful amenities, like a private marina and a beautifully landscaped courtyard, with all the comforts of single-family home living, including 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, custom finishes and state-of-the-art appliances. If you’re looking for a room with a view, we want to help you find your perfect Portland river-front home.

These aren’t your typical small-living beach front boxes – each condo sprawls over 1,750 square feet, some are almost 3,000 – and come in a variety of layouts, with one and two bedroom options. The Waterside is located on the Northeast side of Hayden Island with wonderful views of the Columbia River and the beautiful Vancouver skyline. These new construction condos have Green-certified building specifications and energy-efficient designs, so you can live the dream life without sacrificing natural resources.

If you’re interested in Hayden Island homes for sale, these should definitely be on your radar, so stay tuned to the McDonald Group Real Estate blog for more information about the auction results, or contact us with any questions. The auction will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, and we’ll be there with exclusive access to some of the best in Hayden Island and North Portland river-view real estate. For more information about Hayden Island, including the top restaurants, recreation, and history of the area, check out the McDonald Group Reators Hayden Island Real Estate Guide.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Hayden Island Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Hayden Island Neighborhood GuideCheck out the new Hayden Island neighborhood guide detailing the popular island of the “fifth quadrant,” North Portland. Combining the best of urban accessibility and small town atmosphere, it’s a fantastic place to live. Walk your dog in one of the beautiful, lush parks, grab a meal at one of the dock-side restuarants, enjoy a boat ride from your private marina, or take a trip to the Portland International Raceway for a NASCAR Night. If you’re looking for homes, apartments, or condos for sale around Hayden Island, check out this Hayden Island information page filled with tons of interesting historical facts, the best restaurants in North Portland, and the top parks, shopping, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes and condos for sale in North Portland and on Hayden Island, or Click here for more information!

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Portland Realtor Guide: Portland International Airport Voted Best in America

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Portland International Airport, known as PDX by locals and savvy travelers, was voted Best Domestic Airport by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Picked by business travelers – the people who know airports better than anyone – the top airports rankings reflect ratings of convenience, attractiveness, amenities, number of delays, ease of baggage pick-up and drop-off, helpfulness of airport staff, and other factors important to travelers. PDX is no stranger to such awards. In fact, the airport has earned the top spot in Conde Nast’s rankings four out of the last five years! How’s that for consistency?

Here at the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog, we know that whenever we’re traveling, it’s a joy to touch down in Portland. The sleek, modern, and eco-friendly terminal, complete with elements of Oregon history, kids’ play areas, and clean, well-maintained moving walkways, make PDX a world-class place to begin or end your journey. Portland’s airport has THREE of its own Powell’s Bookstores (a hip used bookstore in an airport? Make that 3. Only in Portland.), cool boutiques with local products more varied than key chains and shot glasses, and plenty of restaurants you’d actually want to eat at (unlike some other American airports that seem to have a repeating maze of McDonald’s, Cinnabon’s, and Sbarro Pizza spots). If you’ve got a layover in PDX or are waiting for that flight to Los Angeles, check out local-brew favorites Laurelwood Brewing Company and Rogue Ales Public House, stop by Good Dog-Bad Dog for great sausages, cruise into Flying Elephants Deli or Capers Cafe et Le Bar for some seriously gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads fast, or try Beaches Restaurant and Bar for a great happy hour drink.

Parking is a breeze, now that the new ultra-modern and eco-friendly long-term parking garage (it’s got an ecoroof and other green features) is complete, and passenger pick-up and drop-offs are easily some of the smoothest and most convenient in the country. You never get caught in airport traffic jams, but there are direct flights to most places you’d want to go. (more…)

Portland Realtor Insider: Iconic “Made in Oregon” Sign Purchased by City will be Changing

Monday, September 13th, 2010

In news that spread across the icon-obsessed City of Roses like wildfire, the city of Portland is working on a deal to purchase the iconic White Stag sign. Located near the Western end of the Burnside Bridge, the sign currently reads “Made in Oregon”, an advertisement for a former Portland, Oregon store, but will be changes to read “Portland, Oregon” as soon as Thanksgiving if the deal goes through. The sign has been an iconic image of the city for many years, and serves as a greeting to visitors entering downtown.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams has said that the sign is an icon of Portland and will remain a symbol of the city under the new contract. The plan to purchase the city began when the University of Oregon purchased the White Stag building and announced plans to change the sign to read “University of Oregon.”

The sign has read many different things over the years, many of which were advertisements for Portland businesses, including “White Satin Sugar,” “Home of White Stag Sportswear,” “Made in Oregon,” and the bottom of the sign has read “Sportswear” and “Old Town.”

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Lake Oswego Real Estate Insider: Lake Oswego Drain Project (LOIS)

Friday, September 10th, 2010

We’ve been hearing a lot abut the Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer Project (LOIS) that began to drain 24 feet of water from the lake on September 5, and thought we’d share the plans with you here on the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog. Seventeen Godwin pumps, located on a barge near the lake marina, are now at work sucking water out of the lake, and the draining will increase next week when a gate is opened in the dam at Oswego Creek.

Over the past few weeks, over 400 boats have been removed from the lake and will be unable to return until Spring next year. The lake is managed by a private group, Lake Oswego Corp., which authorized and has orchestrated the draining of the lake so city workers can install a new sewer interceptor. The sewer interceptor is the main line of transport for Lake Oswego waste, and the existing line is too fragile, leaving the potential for environmental damage. By the end of the month, the lake will be a lot smaller than it is now, but the change is not permanent and the sewer work will greatly improve the environmental safety of the Lake Oswego infrastructure and protect the line from damage in the future. Environmental concerns have also required the slow drainage of the lake, which will be too slow for the naked eye to see, and also too slow to erode banks and sediment deposits.

This isn’t the first time residents have seen their beloved lake drop to such low levels. The previous sewer interceptor was installed in the 1960′s, and repaired in 1979 and once in the 1980′s, each time requiring the drainage of the water. Lake Oswego Real Estate values around the lake will most likely not be affected by the temporary change, and the system update will no doubt secure the continued value of the Lake Oswego homes and commercial areas. In fact, the company controlling the lake has made many efforts to ensure the project has the least impact on Lake Oswego homes and businesses, including changing the drainage plan and work schedule from two years to one.

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Southeast Portland Real Estate Guide: NEW Brentwood Darlington Area Neighborhood Guide

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Check out the new neighborhood profile detailing the Brentwood Darlington area of Southeast Portland, filled with gorgeous parks and nature trails, authentic restaurants, classic – and affordable! – Old Portland homes, and some of the best neighborhood pride in town. The Brentwood Darlington neighborhood is full of charm and community, featuring the fantastic Brentwood Community Garden.Brentwood Darlington is close to the I-205 freeway, providing easy access for commuters.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood, rural atmosphere, the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood is quintessential Southeast Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Brentwood Darlington or other southeast Portland real estate neighborhoods, check out this information page filled with the best restaurants in Brentwood Darlington, top parks, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Brentwood Darlington, or Click here for more information!

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Gresham Real Estate Insider: Downtown Gresham Striving for Local Success

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

It’s not a secret that Portland suburbs have been hit harder than the city in these economic times. Foreclosed homes for sale and low sale prices on suburban real estate have taken their toll on the communities around Portland, but residents of the great Northwest are also known for taking a challenge and creatively moving forward into a booming future. The city of Gresham has been crafting a creative response to the economic down-turn, and they’re trying very hard to make sure Portland businesses know about the benefits of opening shop in Gresham.

In order to attract home buyers to the Gresham real estate market, developers and city legislators know that the local small business sector needs to thrive as well – people are looking for homes for sale in areas with high walkability, accessible restaurants and shopping, and local businesses worth supporting and feeling good about. This isn’t a problem in Portland proper, where many chain stores are beat out by locally-owned establishments and almost every area in town has access to good food and entertainment, but in the suburbs like Gresham, local governments have started to change policy and take a hit in order to get local small businesses to set up shop and boost the regional and local economies.

In April of this year, Gresham officials began a program offering thousands of dollars of incentives to new small businesses and existing Portland businesses willing to open up shop in Gresham. Initial business license fees, fees related to Gresham real estate development, and all system development charges, all for a whole year, which can total savings of more than $3000, will be waived. That could make a big difference for local businesses looking to expand to the Portland suburbs, and it may even convince companies who had not yet considered expansion to consider Gresham as a catalyst for economic growth. The economic incentives apply to small businesses moving into Gresham commercial real estate smaller than 5000 square feet in several Gresham neighborhoods, including the historic downtown, Civic district, and Rockwood neighborhood. Businesses are also encouraged to consider the drastic reduction in real estate leasing costs compared to Portland.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Clinton Area Neighborhood Guide at Your Road Map to Home

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Check out the new neighborhood profile detailing the Clinton area in Southeast Portland, filled with quirky boutiques and restaurants, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The Clinton neighborhood is full of charm and community, featuring the fun Clinton Street Theater. Clinton is close to several bridges, providing easy access for commuters to downtown Portland, and is also near the popular Division Street area.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, the Clinton District is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Clinton or other southeast Portland real estate neighborhoods, check out this information page filled with the best restaurants in Clinton, top shopping tips, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Clinton, or Click here for more information!

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Gresham Realtor Insider: Solar-Powered Crosswalk Signals Coming to Gresham

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

One thing most drivers comment on when coming to Portland for the first time is how accommodating the streets are for pedestrians. All along busy streets like Division, Hawthorne, and Belmont, striped crosswalks mark places where a dog-walker, skateboarder, or baby-stroller-pushing mom can simply step off the curb and get the right-of-way, with cars stopping almost instantaneously on both sides of traffic. This system works pretty well, but studies have shown that lighted signals and flashing crosswalk signs really make a difference when it comes to driver comfort and awareness and pedestrian safety. A popular crossing point in Gresham, near the city’s new skate park on West Powell Boulevard, will soon feature a solar powered crosswalk signal, the city’s first, to aid traffic flow.

Set to be up and running as soon as the second week of September, the signal is one of four planned installations of solar-powered crosswalks in Gresham. While many crosswalks in Portland have signal lights, reflective markers, or are on busy-enough streets that drivers are slowed down enough to see the pedestrians attempting to cross, most Gresham crossings are not as well-equipped.

The solar-powered lights will better alert drivers to the crossing of pedestrians by flashing a rectangular yellow LED beacon activated by pedestrians on either side of the street as well as on the traffic median. The lights can be seen in daylight up to 1,000 feet away, and at night can be seen for up to a mile! The solar lights are water resistant, effective to 176 degrees, will charge in 3 hours time and will stay lit up to 16 hours. Plus, they don’t require any construction, wiring, or digging, so they are cost effective and energy-efficient. Way to go, Gresham!

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Portland Realtor Insider: New Sellwood Bridge Design Update

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Here in Portland, we’re so well known for the many bridges crisscrossing the Willamette and Columbia Rivers that our unofficial nickname is Bridgetown, and one bridge in particular remains infamous. The Sellwood Bridge, connecting the southernmost regions of east Portland with the southern West Hills, has been derided as one of the worst bridges in America. Though it’s location is important, conveniently connecting areas like the South Waterfront real estate and OHSU homes and commutes, many people take the long way around, using the Marquam Bridge or Ross Island Bridge to avoid the unsafe Sellwood Bridge altogether. Luckily, committees have been working diligently to come up with a viable replacement bridge, and some final designs were looked over and rated last night.

For the first time, members of the Portland community got a glimpse of the proposed designs, their budgets, and the features that will make the new bridge Portland-appropriate, including wide bike lanes and pedestrian shoulders, as well as space set aside for the new streetcar line.

The favorite design overall, based on aesthetics, was a Steel Decked Tied Arch design. Other considerations to come include price, maintenance, and construction schedule. You can check out all of the designs here. We can see why the Steel Decked Tied Arch design won out of the designs that we proposed, but we’re also a bit surprised that there weren’t more innovative designs in the bunch. Portland is full of creative, talented designers and architects, and it really seems like we could have come up with some more iconic, beautiful, modern designs instead of falling back on what we already have. Bridges last for hundreds of years – i.e. the Hawthorne Bridge that celebrated her 100th birthday this year – and it seems to us that it’d be worth the extra time and money to make a bridge that represents Portland’s unique character a bit better. We’re not suggesting that the new bridge needs to be as wacky as the Badrick Bridge proposition, but it should reflect our identity more than a simple cookie-cutter bridge would.

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Estacada Real Estate Insider: Bagby Hot Springs Undergoing Repairs

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
According to the Estacada, Oregon newspaper Estacada News, the popular Estacada-area retreat, Bagby Hot Springs, will experience temporary closures for several months as Mt. Hood National Forest service workers repair bath shacks, hot tubs, and other infrastructure. Workers began last week and are expected to be finished with their renovation in October. Bagby Hot Springs is located 40 miles south of Estacada via Highway 224 and Forest Road No. 70.
The McDonald Group, your Estacada real estate experts, has access to the best homes for sale in Estacada and surrounding areas. The hot Springs are one of the most popular recreation spots for residents of Estacada, and the popular public recreation area with remain open through the repairs, and three of the bath houses will remain open at all times. If you come to visit our new development in Estacada, Cascadia Ridge, we’ll be sure to point out the direction to Bagby. You can see the trees and hills surrounding the natural areas of the springs as part of the amazing views of the ridge – call us today to schedule an appointment for a viewing!

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Portland Real Estate Insider: PDX Picked for Electric Vehicle Tour

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Portlanders driving around Downtown will already be familiar with a few electric car charging stations, and we’ve all seen those tiny smart cars zipping around town, but we’d wager those few are going to turn into hundreds in the coming years. Ford and PGE announced today that Portland will be the site of a electric vehicle tour, where residents will be able to test drive new models and ask questions about the cars, the technology, and the city’s plans for increasing charging stations and public awareness.

Ford has made agreements with the local Portland government and Portland General Electric to increase the availability of charging in public spaces, and to fund tax incentives for electric vehicles, joining Nissan and Mitsubishi in focusing on Oregon as a hot-bed of interest in the future of electric vehicles.

Ford is launching a national tour in Portland today, debuting the Ford Focus plug-in electric at Portland State University. The vehicles will be available for test drives at 1:30 p.m. in the plaza at the corner of Southwest Mill Street and Fifth Avenue.

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Estacada Real Estate: Local Senior Housing Gets Grant to Go Green

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Green home renovations are now benefiting the silver set as well as Portland’s young, hip, urban crowd. A federally-funded set of renovations of a local senior-housing complex will leave apartments bigger, brighter, cleaner, and greener. Thanks to HUD Green Retrofit, many people who might not have the means or capability to improve the sustainability and safety of their homes will receive money and assistance to go the extra green mile, including seniors and assisted living facilities.

Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Rose City Park Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Check out the new neighborhood profile detailing the neighborhood of Rose City Park in Northeast Portland, filled with quirky culture, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The Rose City Park neighborhood is classic and proud, and provides easy commuting access to all of Portland via the Banfield Freeway and Sandy Boulevard. Rose City Park lies next to Rose City Golf Course, an expansive green lined with trees and wildflowers.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, Rose City Park is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Rose City Park or other Portland neighborhoods, check out this information page filled with the best restaurants in Rose City Park, top hikes and green spaces, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Rose City Park, or Click here for more information!

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Buckman Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Check out the new neighborhood profile detailing the neighborhood of Buckman in Southeast Portland, filled with quirky culture, classic Old Portland homes, and some of the best dining and shopping in town. The Buckman neighborhood is progressive and proud, and provides easy commuting access downtown via the Burnside, Hawthorne, and Morrison bridges. Buckman includes parts of two of the most popular retail districts in town, Hawthorn and Belmont Streets, complete with vintage stores, great brunch spots, and open parks.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, small-neighborhood atmosphere, Buckman is quintessential Portland.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Buckman or other Portland neighborhoods, check out this information page filled with the best restaurants nearby Buckman, top hikes and green spaces, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Buckman, or Click here for more information!

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Portland Real Estate Insider: World’s Largest Wind Turbine Maker Moves to Town!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Vestas, the world’s largest sustainable energy wind turbine manufacturer, said yesterday that it’s going to be staying put in Portland and investing $66 million in a new sales and service building in town. As of now, Vestas owns four buildings in Portland, but this addition will help make Portland the world capital of sustainable wind energy. Though Vesta is Danish, it won’t be long before people associate the idea of wind power with the City of Bridges. Imagine capturing energy from the same wind that blows through the Columbia Gorge, up in Hood River, or high above the buildings downtown. In response to the good news, Governor Ted Kulongoski said: “Our collective investments in this project will pay off now and in the future in the form of more green jobs in Portland. It also will establish a stronger renewable energy foundation for Oregon as a whole.”

“We are making a long-term commitment to Portland,” Martha Wyrsch, president of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. said yesterday. “We are intent on growing. Our new headquarters gives us the flexibility to accommodate up to 600 employees.”

The new building will be a renovation of the historic Meier & Frank Depot Building in the Pearl District, a huge (172,000 sqaure feet!!!) 82-year-old warehouse which has been vacant for nearly a decade. Renovations are set to include a full LEED Platinum certification, using energy efficient rooftop solar and wind power, while maintaining the historic look of the block-sized buildings. There’s even talk of having retail and residential space on the building’s first floor. Watch out for new beautiful condos and art galleries! Construction is scheduled to begin in October and completion is projected in early 2012.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Garthwick Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Check out the new neighborhood profile detailing the neighborhood of Garthwick in Southeast Portland, filled with lush greenery and luxury homes. The neighborhood is arranged around the Waverly Country Club near Sellwood, providing easy commuting access across the Sellwood Bridge. Garthwick is private and serene but within easy walking distance to the dining and shopping paradise of Sellwood.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, luxury country atmosphere, Garthwick is truly exceptional.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Garthwick or other Portland neighborhoods, check out this information page filled with the best restaurants nearby Garthwick, top hikes and green spaces, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Garthwick,  or Click here for more information!

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Portland Home for Sale: Gorgeous Listing in the Terwilliger Trees

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

If you’re thinking of taking advantage of low home prices and historically low interest rates and finding your perfect Portland home, be sure to check out this amazing listing filled with natural light, nestled in private woods with a private drive on Marquam hill off Terwilliger Parkway. You’re sure to fall in love with this stately family home and all of its amazing features, from the 17 foot high ceiling and walls of windows in the grand entry room, to the sweet white tile kitchen and lush backyard. This house is the deal of a century, truly a luxury house without the luxury price tag! In fact, the price was just reduced further, so hurry up and schedule a viewing before its gone. With unbelievably easy access to OHSU and downtown, this is the perfect home for commuters and anyone who desires a bit of the mountains in the heart of the city.

You’ll feel worlds away in this 2354 square foot paradise, with views of the river and surrounding quarter acre of trees. With three large bedrooms, each with a beautiful private bath with skylights, the whole family will have a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous home in the Homestead Neighborhood. This peaceful area features a vibrant community organization and hundreds of acres of family- and pet-friendly parks, forests, and trails.

You’ll find something to love in every room of this majestic house. The master bedroom features extra high ceilings, a private balcony, tons of natural light, and a serene spa-inspired bathroom, complete with a jetted bathtub overlooking the completely private backyard. Enjoy the look of rich maple hardwoods illuminated by the setting sun on the main level, and experience the pleasure of an open gourmet kitchen with new appliances and sparkling white tile. Enjoy private dinner parties on the large front and back cedar decks surrounded by your own Oregon forest,and feel the peaceful retreat of a shady backyard. This house is delightfully cool and shaded in the summer and perfectly cozy in the winter, complete with a gorgeous fireplace in the main room.

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Portland Realtor Guide: NEW Homestead Neighborhood Profile at Your Road Map to Home

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Check out the new neighborhood profile detailing the neighborhood of Homestead on Marquam Hill in Southwest Portland, filled with lush greenery and luxury homes. The neighborhood is home to OHSU, the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and Terwilliger Plaza, providing easy commuting access and fun opportunities to ride the Portland aerial tram down the hillside to the dining and shopping paradise of Portland’s South Waterfront.  Combining the best of urban accessibility and comfortable, luxury country atmosphere, Homestead is truly exceptional.

If you’re looking for homes, condos, or other real estate in Homestead or other Portland neighborhoods, check out this information page filled with the best restaurants nearby Homestead, top hikes and green spaces, and neighborhood resources. Relocating to a new area can be hard, but it’s a lot easier when you’ve got the best real estate agents in Portland on your side.

Contact the McDonald Group realtors to find out about homes for sale in Homestead,  or Click here for more information!

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Portland Realtor Insider: New Cafe Opens in Vintage Bus Stop Downtown

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Locals and visitors to Portland have likely seen the new transit mall on 5th and 6th avenues downtown, complete with modern glass and metal bus stops lit with LED lights, but a new cafe is highlighting the older incarnations of TriMet bus shelters. Taking the space of a 1970′s bus shelter, Caffe Viale opens its new location on Southwest Fifth Avenue between Salmon and Main streets. The small space is less than 100 square feet, and will offer walk-up service only.

TriMet tore down 42 old bus shelters along Southwest Fifth and Sixth avenues to complete the MAX Green Line light-rail project, but the city decided to preserve one and donated it to Viale owner Nicole McClelland. Mary Fetsch, spokeswoman for TriMet said:

“We thought it was a great way to remember the history of the original transit mall. We like the added activity on the sidewalk; it makes the area more vibrant and adds more security to the area with more eyes and ears.”

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Portland Bank Owned Homes: 101 Foreclosures listed today in the Portland, surrounding areas… amazing.

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

During the week I see 65 ish just listed foreclosures on a heavy day, but the weekend? Usually the listings are low… I am shocked. 101 REOs today! CLICK HERE Seemed there were excess listings in Tigard & Beaverton…. the west side of Portland is definitely not immune.  The gradual increase in foreclosures is a reminder that if you are selling your home and NEED to sell, you need to be competitive. There are plenty of home buyers out there but they are looking for a deal so your home has to be at it’s peak and priced ahead of the market. Make sure your listing agent is watching the inventory around your home regularly! -Kristie McDonald, your Portland Realtor

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