Life in Portland

Agent Andy's House of the Week: 507 NW 22nd Ave #107

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Updated Alphabet District Condo With Superb Walkability and Style to Spare

In this series, Urban Nest's very own Agent Andy Barlow shares his favorite Portland home of the week. See stunning properties from all across town and pick up valuable insight from one of Portland's most discerning real estate professionals. 


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We’re heading to into the Alphabet District this week to check out a super charming condo that literally couldn’t be in a better location. Situated right on the corner of NW Glisan and NW 22nd Avenue, it’s a walker’s paradise. Bars, restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, even a hospital are all just steps away.

Entering the building it’s just a quick hop up one set of stairs to get to the unit. Just inside the unit door there is a giant walk-in closet (with some cool vintage built-ins) and plenty of storage for winter coats, the vacuum, shoes, whatever. Next up you pass the bathroom, which was remodeled in 2010 and updated with new plumbing in 2016.

From the bathroom I’m immediately drawn into the large living room. There is space to entertain and fit pretty much any furniture you could want.  The large windows let in lots of natural light and the room is boasting character with the vintage light fixture, wood floors, and picture rail molding along the ceiling.  

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I continue my tour into the dining room, which isn’t huge, but is cute and fits a small table and chairs. The kitchen is bright and stylish with original cabinetry and a glass-door display case. Again, this space isn’t huge, but it’s honestly the perfect size for a single person or couple.  

The final bit of the tour takes me to the bedroom, which is one of the main selling points of this unit. For only being 781 square feet you’d expect a pretty cramped bedroom, but that is not the case here. You’ve got room for a king bed and a dresser and nightstands, and the best part: TWO large closets.

“For a historic condo it’s hard to find that much storage,” Sarah Burns, the listing agent, told me. She also explained that when the building was converted to condos, this was the very first unit that sold because its ease of location in the building and all that storage. Oh, and it’s got its own off-street parking spot! Now that’s a perk.

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My favorite part? I think for this one I’d have to say the overall layout and size. I’ve seen a lot of these NW vintage condos and this one really lives large. The amount of storage here is better than any I’ve seen, and this location is so good – close enough to all the action, but not on the busiest road. Want to see it for yourself? Give me a call – I’d love to go back!

Take a look at the full listing here.

Click here to learn more about working with us to find the PDX home of your dreams today.

Urban Nest Design Tip of the Week: Machine Washable Eco Rugs from Hook & Loom

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Machine Washable Rugs That Don't Compromise on Style

In this series, we share simple DIY solutions for maximum design impact, brought to you by our very own Agent Andy Barlow.


I've got another rug tip this week. I recently was doing some shopping for a rug for a client to put in their cat room, and you could imagine the concern on the rugs longevity. And then I came across Hook & Loom's machine washable, and eco friendly, rugs! These rugs are made to be put in the washer and dryer and won't bleed or fade. In fact, they are supposed to get softer over time! These are the perfect rugs for pet rooms, hallways, entry ways, kitchens, bathrooms, kid rooms, or anywhere that tends to get dirty. Plus, they ship within a day (for free) and have a 30-day return policy! What are you waiting for?!

Images courtesy of Hook and Loom

Agent Andy's House of the Week: 5641 N Delaware

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Updated and Centrally Located Cape Cod in North Portland

In this series, Urban Nest's very own Agent Andy Barlow shares his favorite Portland home of the week. See stunning properties from all across town and pick up valuable insight from one of Portland's most discerning real estate professionals. 


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We’re heading up to Overlook this week to check out my favorite listing. This house is centrally located to everything North Portland. If you’re a runner, you’d be just six blocks from the Willamette Blvd bluff (an almost 2 mile path that takes you all the way to PSU with views of the river, industrial area, and downtown). If you work at Adidas, you’d be able to walk to the office in just 8 minutes. And for after work, you’d be able to walk (in less than 8 minutes) to great neighborhood spots like Backyard Social, The Old Gold, Milk Glass Mrkt, and Spitz (delicious Mediterranean street food). Location Location Location! 

The house itself, located at 5641 N. Delaware, is an updated Cape Cod with 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and just over 2,300 square feet. Walking in the front door you are immediately greeted by a stylish and spacious living room that is flooded with natural light. Heading past the living room (once you’re ready to leave - it’s so cozy you may not want to) you’ll find a short hallway to the left with a full bathroom and master bedroom (complete with a huge walk-in closet and it’s own private bathroom with dual sinks and a giant shower). 

The rest of the main floor consists of a large eat-in kitchen and a small dining room. Heading through the dining room slider you find the second best thing about this house: the backyard! This space is ready to entertain, and, had I been smart, I would have brought some wine and hung out under the string lights and patio for a while (maybe next time).

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Back inside, I head to the basement, and this is no ordinary basement. It’s probably one of the nicest basements I’ve been in lately - wainscoting on the walls, a large office space, two large bedrooms (with egress), a full bathroom, a giant laundry area, space for a bar, storage, external entrance, the list goes on and on. And, as if I didn’t already feel like the house was much larger than 2,300 square feet, I head to the top floor to find what could be the 4th bedroom/movie room/playroom, whatever!

"The house definitely lives large," the listing agent, Jennifer Beach, told me. And when asked what her favorite thing was, she too mentioned the location. "There is such an ease to the neighborhood. You can walk to so many hip restaurants in a matter of minutes." 

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My favorite part? The living room. Maybe I’m biased because I helped decorate it, but it’s such a cozy and airy space that beckons anyone who steps through the door to hang out for a while. Also, I love all the plants inside the basement bedroom egress windows - this is one of my favorite ways to bring life into basements. 

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Take a look at the full listing here.

Click here to learn more about working with us to find the PDX home of your dreams today.

Urban Nest Design Tip of the Week: Cozy & Stylish Bedding in NW Portland

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Environmentally-Conscious Bedding That's Sure to Elevate Your Bedroom Style

In this series, we share simple DIY solutions for maximum design impact, brought to you by our very own Agent Andy Barlow.


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This week my design tip takes us over to NW 23rd to see the new Parachute bedding shop. This is Parachute’s first brick and mortar store outside their headquarters in California and I must say we are very lucky to have them here. Tucked inside an old house, this store isn’t huge, but it’s cozy and filled with soft linens, pillows, robes, and towels, and once you’re in there it’s not easy to leave (especially with the inviting corner sofa just begging for you to sit and hang out for a while). 

Parachute offers a selection of timeless bedding and towels, along with some cute toss pillows. I chatted with Sam Lang, the store’s assistant manager, and she told me what makes this brand so special. 

Q: What makes Parachute bedding worth checking out, and what makes it unique? 

Sam: The biggest thing that sets us apart is our Oeko-Tex certification, meaning our manufacturing process surpasses the highest standards in quality and environmental protection. We don't use toxic chemicals or synthetic dyes on any of our products so our customer is getting pure fibers that actually get better and better over time. You'd be surprised how many chemicals are used in the bedding world, even when things are labeled “organic." We use 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton for our Percale and Sateen, pure European flax for our Linen, and 100% Turkish cotton for our Towels. We really just keep things simple and focus on quality! Our products come in neutral colors and are easy to care for so there's no fuss. 

Q: Is there any benefit to shopping at the brick and mortar vs going online?

Sam: Obviously being able to see and feel the product in person is a huge benefit. Our showroom managers here in Portland have Interior Design backgrounds so we are able to help customers work with existing elements in their home and create the look they want. We have multiple fabrications and colors so we are able to point people in the right direction. Plus who doesn't love that instant gratification! 

Q: Is there anything special about the Portland store specifically? 

Sam: Well, the space is absolutely beautiful! Our Interior Designers Jessica Helgerson and Kayti Huffman were able to achieve the same vibe as our Venice [California] location while making it unique to Portland by sourcing locally. We really want people to spend time interacting and enjoying the space. (And we usually have wine & snacks so there's really no reason not to!) We also have a great backyard space where we host a variety of events ranging from barre classes to dinner parties. We post all of our events on our store Instagram @parachuteportland. 

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Q: You're a pretty new brand - what do you see happening in the future?

Sam: The Portland Showroom is our first location outside of our headquarters in Venice, CA. We started out as an E-commerce company but we love the idea of our customers getting to interact with the product in person. So with that in mind, we definitely could see ourselves opening showrooms in other cities. We want to do it in the right way for our brand and our customers so it’s something that will take time. We've had a great response so far in Portland and it’s been really fun introducing new people to the brand as well as seeing the excitement from those who have owned Parachute for years. 

So, what are you waiting for?! Head over to Parachute and check it out, and give them a follow on Instagram so you can be sure to be aware of the next movie night or dinner party they host. This is such a unique store that loves to be involved with the community, so think of them first next time you decide to buy new bedding (or towels, or robes). 

Parachute Portland is located at 820 NW 23rd Avenue. 

Monthly Picks | September 2017

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

PORTLAND MINI MAKER FAIRE
September 16th - 17th, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM | OMSI
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.   
portland.makerfaire.com

BREW KOMBUCHA WITH LION HEART
September 17th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | The Jasmine Pearl
Learn how to brew kombucha at home with Jared Englund, Co-founder of Lion Heart Kombucha. In this class, you will learn the history and science of kombucha, how to make an easy one-gallon batch at home, how to scale up to larger batches, flavor and carbonate your brew.  
thejasminepearl.com

MID-CENTURY MODERN TOUR
September 23rd, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Various Locations
Restore Oregon’s 2017 Mid-Century Modern Tour, features six residences designed by celebrated Northwest Modernist architect William Fletcher. Drawing inspiration from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Oregon’s NW Regional Modernism, the homes are both modern and appropriate for the landscape.  
restoreoregon.org

FLOCK & FIVER FESTIVAL
September 22nd - 24th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Clackamas County Event Center
The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival celebrates the full spectrum of natural fibers, from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product. The event includes three days of workshops, fiber craft demonstrations, a goat obstacle course, livestock shows, a crafting and spinning circle, seminars, and kids’ activities.  
flockandfiberfestival.com

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
September 30th - October 1st | Clinton Street Theater
Join over 100,000 film lovers as they gather in over 250 cities in cinemas, museums, and universities to view and vote on the finalist’s films in the 20th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. With screenings in Sydney, Mumbai, Vienna, Cape Town, and all fifty states the festival brings great films to great venues and allows the audiences to select their favorites. cstpdx.com