Life in Portland

Agent Andy's House of the Week: 5913 NE 11th Ave

A Charmingly Historic Home in NE

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. 


Wow! Another hot week and another hot new listing! This week I headed up to the Vernon neighborhood to check out an amazing 1907 Bungalow just a short walk to everything on Alberta and Killingsworth, like La Taq, Handsome Pizza, Tea Bar (again!), and one of my favorite places - Hat Yai. And, more so, it’s just a short walk to Alberta Park and the Woodlawn Triangle (talk about a great location).

Entering the front sidewalk to the house, which sits far back off the street, you feel as if you’ve entered a sort of magical retreat. The yard is lush and the front porch invites you in to stay for a while. When I finally made it in through the front door, I couldn't even believe my eyes.

I haven’t seen a house that is so rich with details like this in a long time, especially for a price like this. There is woodwork across the entire ceiling, built-ins, moldings, beams, and walls. And, to find such a large open floor plan in home this age is really rare. The main level consists of two seating areas, one with a fireplace, a dining area, and a kitchen boasting original charm. 

Heading upstairs there are three bedrooms and a full bathroom. Each room continues with this feeling of a magical woodsy retreat, and the detailed woodwork continues (literally there is so much woodwork in this house it’s crazy!) And the floors throughout the home are aged Douglas fir, and for anyone who has been following my home blog knows that this is my absolute favorite. 

“It's a really unique house with the open layout and box beam ceilings,” Ashley Shabo, the listing agent, told me. “The whole house is tongue-and-groove wood, which I’ve never seen. It definitely feels like it takes you back in time.” I couldn’t agree more. 

My favorite part? Besides all the details and extreme woodwork? Besides the beautiful main level? The history! Check out this postcard that Ashley found in the wall. I’m not sure who Mrs. Young is, but I bet they threw a fabulous dance party.

Take a look at the full listing here.

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