Life in Portland Blog

Urban Nest Home Tour with Agent Andy: 82 N Emerson St

In this series, Agent Andy Barlow tours listings by other Urban Nest agents. As he visits properties across the city you’ll get the inside scoop on our listings and pick up valuable insight from one of Portland's most discerning real estate professionals.

Stunning Modern Rowhouse


Do you dream of urban living, open spaces full of light, modern architecture, and plenty of room to spread out? We’ve got the house for you!  Located in the bustling Williams/Vancouver corridor in North Portland, the townhouse at 82 N. Emerson (known as the Hayashi) is your dream come true.

Designed by Corey Martin of Hacker Architecture, this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home is just under 2,000 square feet. The design maximizes natural light with multiple skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and open stairwells.  The color palette inside is cool and crisp, with white walls and polished concrete floors on the main level, yet the place still feels warm and inviting with wood stairs and architectural elements.  Everything about the home is perfectly styled, and the high-end finishes throughout make this place a showstopper. (It’s worthy of a magazine spread!)

The main level consists of a large living area connected to an open kitchen, a half bathroom, and plenty of storage, including space for bikes. The multi-story windows in the living area bring light into the entire space and make it feel large and expansive.

On the second level, you’ll find a large bedroom/office space with a giant window, a full bathroom, and a lofted living space that overlooks the main-level living room. There’s a fireplace in the loft, and I was ready to put on a movie and stay for a while.

On the third and final floor, there is another bedroom, another full bathroom, and the stunning master suite. The hallway leading into the space features two skylights and opens into the bedroom through a pocket door. Unlike the rest of the ultra-bright and white-walled house, the bedroom is painted black and has a dark floral wallpaper, for a dramatically romantic statement.

Other perks you should know about: over $30k in upgrades, including closets, floors, window treatments, lighting, a custom table, landscaping, and an air intake unit. Also, equally exciting - NO HOA and an Energy Score of 10!

If you aren’t already running out your door to see this place today, you probably should be. If nothing else, take a moment to admire the seller’s style and get your daily dose of inspiration.  It’s obvious they’ve cared for it, and not only chosen stylish upgrades, but done things to improve usability and efficiency.

After talking to the listing agent, Howard Greenfield, it appears their thoughtfulness extends beyond their home as well. “They are avid volunteers, devoting time to the arts and the less fortunate in Portland,” Howard told me. If you’re wondering why anyone would ever leave such a beautiful place, Howard says they are moving back to the east coast to be closer to family.

If you’d like to tour this place for yourself, or want to know more about the buying process, please feel free to reach out today. I’d love any opportunity to tour this place again!