Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!



We are so thankful for all your referrals and support this past year. We are excited for what's in store for 2017 and look forward to working with you to sell your house or find the perfect homestead for your family. Wishing you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Make the Most of Your Snow Day!



It looks like snow may be heading our way to the Portland Metro once again so why not make the best of it?  From building a hipster snowman to skiing down your street, there's no shortage of fun things to do in the snow. One of our favorite ways to celebrate fresh snow is by making snow ice cream. Head over to our 
Hasson Blog today to find a delicious recipe for snow ice cream! 
Happy Snow Days!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Winter Hikes and Holiday Fun!



Are you having cabin fever? Now that the snow and ice are melting, here's five things to get out and do this next week to keep you in the holiday spirit!

1. Winter Hikes
Various Locations

From majestic frozen waterfalls to snowy forest trails, there are many spectacular winter hikes in Oregon. Just be careful to check weather conditions before you go exploring.

2. The Trail Band Holiday Concert
December 9-11 at the Aladdin Theater

To commemorate 25 years of this classic holiday concert and its 100th Aladdin Theater show, The Trail Band is welcoming back original member Lex Browning for all five shows this year.


3. Christmas Ships
The ships run through December 18th
Ships decked out with colorful lights sparkle brightly and will delight the kids as they float down the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Check the website for various times and weather delays.



4. Green Festival
Dec 10-11 from 10am-5pm at the Oregon Convention Center

See the newest trends in green products and "eco-friendly lifestyles" from more than 250 exhibitors. Sample lots of foods at this year's festival and see cooking demos from vegan chefs. 

5. Peacock Lane
6-11 pm daily, December 15-31

Families have strolled down Peacock Lane for generations, gazing in the delight at an entire street of cute houses decked out in amazing lights and decorations.  The neighborhood is working to become a National Historic District this year.  Don't miss this fun tradition! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Modern Farmhouse w/ Separate Art Studio or Guest Home - $945,000!

921 SW 57th Avenue Portland, OR 97221


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Welcome to this extraordinary property where modern form meets function! The indoor and out meld together with walls of windows and french doors opening onto lush lawn and exquisite terraces at nearly every turn.  With an open flowing floor plan, the livability for both everyday living & extensive entertaining is realized in a serene way.  The master suite is a quiet sanctuary to luxuriate in while enjoying territorial views on the pebble terrace.  Fresh air easily flows throughout the home with multiple sets of open french doors. With three levels of living, everyone has their own space.  The landscape includes exquisite patios and pathways, a hot tub area with custom brick terrace, mature hedges, and exotic plantings.  The orchard below is an open canvas to create what you wish. Envision a multitude of possibilities in the separate studio- guests, art, yoga, office, rental or nanny.  This additional guest quarters affords that extra space that is often needed! Truly a special place to call home in the close in and tucked away hills of SW Portland!



Main House:
  • Originally Built in 1902, major remodel 2008
  • Joe Petrina Construction Remodel in 2008
  • 3356 Square feet, 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths
  • Spacious bonus room w/ full bath & wet bar
  • Cherry hardwoods and travertine tile floor
  • Five star gas range, sub zero fridge/freezer
  • Cooking island with seating for up to 5
  • High ceilings/skylights allow natural light in! 
  • Private master suite w/ french doors leading to       
  • a patio/courtyard
  • Master bath dressing room with built-ins
  • Second bedroom w/ own full bath
  • Exquisite living room w/ designer fireplace floor to ceiling wall
  • Charming windows with lead detail
  • Modern glass staircase
  • Welcoming family room w/ hardwood floors leading to covered original exterior porch. 
  • Chapman, West Sylvan and Lincoln 
  • Low Property Taxes; $7292




















  • Guest House/Artist Studio/Au Pair Suite 
    • 550 Square feet, built in 1996
    • Full kitchen and bath
    • High ceilings, picture windows, southern exposure with loads of light!
    • Separate laundry facility
    • Above detached garage



















    Grounds
    • Private 1/2 acre of Mature landscaping w/ lush level lawn and meandering stone pathways.
    • Custom pebble mosaic hardscape
    • Custom Brick/Stone/Concrete entry patio
    • Separate orchard area w/apple and pear trees
    • 2 Car Detached Garage
    • Gated, private entry w/ circular drive
    • Hot tub area w/ custom brick patio near original covered porch. 

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    A Wine Country Thanksgiving


    Thanksgiving weekend in Willamette wine country brings many out to visit their favorite Oregon winemakers. Check out the Guide to Wine Country Thanksgiving to browse participating wineries this year. For those wishing to avoid the crowds next weekend and load up on delicious wine before Thanksgiving, come out to the pre-thanksgiving tastings on November 19-20. Enjoy! 


    18405 N.E. Calkins Lane, Newberg
    503-554-6802

    Nov. 19–20 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Be one of the first to taste the New Releases: 2015 Anderson Chardonnay and 2015 La Sorella Pinot Noir. Enjoy a private, unique, behind-the-scenes wine tasting experience and a full spread of salumi e formaggio prepared by our in-house culinary specialist. Only a few spots left so call to reserve your spot! $40 per person. 



    Wine & Art Festival at Rain Dance Vineyards
    26355 NE Bell Rd, Newberg

    503-538-0197
    Nov. 19 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Join us at Rain Dance the weekend before Thanksgiving for our Wine & Art Festival. Taste through our newest releases while you view and shop the talented works of local artists. We will have Artisan Peacock Food Truck on site, in addition to live music! $15 Members, $30 non-Members.


    For more events, visit Pre-Thanksgiving Wine Tasting.

    Saturday, November 12, 2016

    5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start this Year!


     
    ‘Tis the season for turkey and traditions. What makes holidays like Thanksgiving so memorable? Long after the food is gone, the memories that families cling to are the special traditions you share together. If you’re looking for some new traditions to begin, try one of these this year.


    1. VOLUNTEER AT A FOOD BANK OR HOMELESS SHELTER

    Go together as a family to serve those less fortunately in your community. After your shift is over, take some time to sit and talk with a few of the people you have served.  You are likely to hear some incredible stories. Check with the Portland Rescue Mission or Oregon Food Bank to see how you can help.  


    2. DISPLAY A THANKFUL TREE IN YOUR HOME 


    Set up your Thankful Tree just for November or keep it up all year round! Cut out paper leaves to add to your tree each day. On Thanksgiving, provide each guest with a leaf and a pen to write down what he or she is thankful for and then read the leaves aloud as they are taped or pinned to the tree. Read more about how to create a Thankful Tree for your home! 


    3. CONTRIBUTE TO SOMEONE ELSE'S THANKSGIVING DINNER

    There are many low-income families who can't afford an entire Thanksgiving dinner.  Ask your friends, family and neighbors, whether they know about any struggling families who you could help. Then, take your whole family shopping for food, festive decorations, or table settings. Try to involve other families and friends to share the cost or to adopt more families in need. Go together to deliver the food to your chosen families the day before Thanksgiving.


    4. DECORATE YOUR TABLE WITH THANKFUL PUMPKINS

    Paint a couple of faux pumpkins white and write on them with a black sharpie the things you are thankful for. Ask everyone at your gathering to add to the thankful pumpkins and then decorate your dinner table with these pumpkins. For your guests, give them small pumpkins of their own to take home for their families to do the same thing.  Find out more about how to create Thankful Pumpkins for your holiday gathering.


    5. WALK OR RUN IN A TURKEY TROT ON THANKSGIVING

    Work off your Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time by taking your whole family to a Thanksgiving Day walk or run! Check out Sherwood's Give n' Gobble the The Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo. You might even want to dress up in fun Thanksgiving related costumes! If a crowded run isn't your thing, try finding a nice hike nearby to enjoy the fall foliage together before dinner.  


    Friday, November 4, 2016

    Office Exclusive - True Country Close-in Estate! $2,199,900

    29989 SW 35th Drive Wilsonville, Oregon 97070


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    This is what Oregon is all about! Exquisite custom home with private gated entrance, circular drive, guest home, (with four car garage) and an athletic barn for lacrosse, tennis, basketball, or just a fun space for indoor dances or parties for kids and adults alike! Nestled on four beautifully landscaped and level acres, this estate is just 10 minutes to the Oregon Golf Club, or 15 minutes to Meridian Park Hospital, I-5, Tualatin, or Bridgeport. An exclusive office listing that can be shown during the holidays by appointment!

    Main House

    Built in 1997
    4.09 Acres

    Main House
    7150 Sq. Ft.
    6 Bedroom, 6.5 Baths
    3 Car Garage
    Circular Driveway

    Main House living room

    Guest House












    Guest House Kitchen
    Athletic Barn

    Inside Athletic Barn












    Guest House
    1800 Sq. Ft.
    4 Car Garage


























    Athletic Barn
    Indoor Tennis Court
    Indoor Basketball
    Auto/Boat Storage

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Halloween Haunts!

    Haunted Mansion on SW Scary Way - $ Priceless


    Are you ready for the spookiest home tour ever? Check out the best Halloween haunts and places to trick or treat around town this weekend!

    FOR KIDS

    Haunted Forest in West Linn (October 28-29)
    Get ready for a scary hike on the West Linn Haunted Trail for age 8+ or the less scary Enchanted Trail for younger children. Outdoors at Mary S. Young Park.

    Howloween at the Zoo (October 29)
    Kids 3 to 11 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during this fun events at the Oregon Zoo. 

    EEK Week! (October 28-31)
    Eek Week is five days of spooky fun for kids at the Portland Children's Museum. See the schedule. 

    FOR ADULTS

    FEARlandia
    Visitor or victim? Choose your fate at the FEARlandia Hospital or Clown Chaos in Tigard. General admission gets you into both haunted attractions. 13 and up.




    Davis Graveyard (October 28-31)
    The David Graveyard is not a haunted house but is a scary sight from the street! Special effects on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Free. 

    Thriller Dance (October 29)
    Practice dancing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill of the World Portland. 

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    2016 Green Home Tour in Lake Oswego

    208 Durham Street in Old Town Lake Oswego

    Interested in solar panels, backyard habitats, energy efficient heating systems, or on-demand water heaters? Learn about all this and more at the 2016 Green Home Tour in Lake Oswego's Old Town and Uplands areas on Saturday, October 29th. This tour is presented by the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN) and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board.

    2016 Green Home Tour Schedule:

    OLD TOWN AREA

    1. Heritage Tree and home deconstruction. 208 Durham Street (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Photo above. This small house could have been a “tear down” but instead of smashing it to smithereens and sending the debris to a landfi ll, Bob and Corinna contracted with the Portland Rebuilding Center to deconstruct it, board by board.  They created an inventory of the rescued and donated materials, and received a tax deduction.  Their lovely reconstructed home also features A “Gold-rated” Certified Backyard Habitat, cork fl oors, on-demand water heater, a Heritage Tree, and an electric-assist bicycle in the garage.  



    2.  Adaptive Reuse and resource conservation. 111 Ladd St. (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
    In 2014, Jon and Michael purchased a dilapidated duplex that was destined for demolition. Rather than tear-down the duplex in order to build their new home, the couple reconfigured the structure into a single-family residence.  The home includes materials sourced from the Portland Rebuilding Center and features LED lighting, energy-star appliances, an energy efficient heating system, dual-flush toilets and an electric vehicle charging station for their BMW i3. Their yard is also “Gold-rated” and certafied.




    UPLANDS AREA

    3.  Solar panel charging LEAF and TESLA electric vehicles. 1960 Egan Way (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Tom built his mountain-view home in 1992, with an orientation toward passive solar.  He carved into the hill to create a layered vegetable and flower garden. When Lisa moved in after their wedding in 2009, they bought two electric vehicles:  a LEAF and a TESLA. Solar panels provide around 90% of the electric energy for their home and cars. They enjoy monitoring their solar production online and comparing it to their use.


    4.  Expert composting reduced energy costs and one of Lake Oswego's best views!
    2090 Crest Dr. (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) In 1987 Janet inherited a lovely mid century modern home with a breathtaking view overlooking the lake and Mt. Hood. Janet has spent 30 years lightening the heavy footprint of this non-insulated house. She maintains a large yard and vegetable garden and she changed all her bulbs to LED’s. She became an expert on home composting and water efficiency and leases an all-electric Chevy. 

    Special Feature! Relax at 3pm here as your last tour destination for refreshments on the deck followed by a one time composting demo in Janet's two compost piles and how to use kitchen scrap compost on the vegetable beds.

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    Art in the Burbs!


    Are you looking for a one-of-kind piece of art for your home? From fine art to custom wooden creations to ceramic wall hangings, you are sure to find many treasures at the annual Art in the Burbs event this weekend at Tigard High School. 



    Art in the Burbs is purposefully and creatively designed to bring local artists and student artists together to feature hanging art, exterior art, ceramics, cards, glass, jewelry, wood, and alternative mediums. Take a look at this year's Juried Artists and Student Art Gallery to explore the diverse range of art before you go.  


    A portion of funds raised from this event go to support performing and fine art programs in all Tigard-Tualatin schools.  The event runs October 14-16 but be sure to the check the 2016 Schedule for times and more information.

    Friday, October 7, 2016

    Weekend Events!

     


    Portland Home & Garden Show:  The Portland Home & Garden Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants. October 8-9 starting at 11am.  $10 general admission. 




    Pumpkin Festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm:  Head to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn to find the perfect pumpkin! Try the pumpkin cannon, archery, take a hayride, or navigate a corn maze. Duck races, hay piles and tunnels, and horse swings make it a fun time for the kids.

    Annual Apple Tasting Event: About the time the leaves begin to change color, it's time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. Enjoy tasting all the different varieties. Don't miss the activity tent for the kids and the scarecrow contest! October 8th from 10am to 5pm at the Portland Nursery.


    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    Fall Into Fun!

    Fall is here! Don’t miss these fun weekend activities! 




    Grab a sausage and Bavarian pretzel and head over to the Oktoberfest at Oaks Park! The event features live German music, dancing, art, contests, food, drinks, Kinderplatz for kids, and Saturday dachshund races at Oaks Amusement Park. 






    Wind your way through the Portland Timbers Corn Maze at Bella Organic Farms on Sauvie Island! You don’t want to miss this 2.7 mile maze at Sauvie Island. It takes intrepid visitors an average of one hour to figure their way out. Also enjoy a cow train, hay maze, duck races, and hay rides while you are visiting. 





    Best Pumpkin Hunting!

    Head over to Lee Farms in Tualatin from 9am-6pm for the Fall Pumpkin Harvest happening now through October 31st.  With 15 varieties of pumpkins, a country store, hayrides, games, slides, fresh cider, and kettle corn, there is something for everyone.  




    Up for a day trip? Head down the beautiful Columbia Gorge to check out the Hood River Hops Fest. Enjoy beer from microbreweries, local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, and live music! Over 50 breweries represented with more than 75 different beers to taste.

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    Exceptional Quality in Coveted LO Location! - $1,199,900

    12819 Alto Park Road Lake Oswego, OR 97034


    Welcome to this hard to find 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with level yard and exquisite outdoor entertaining area.  This home captures the look, location and floor plan sought after in today’s marketplace!  Enjoy the living room with beautiful fireplace, a formal dining room for special occasions, and a spacious kitchen with fantastic entertaining island open to both the family room and eating nook.  Soaring ceilings with westerly exposure allows the sunlight to pour in through wall of windows!  The main floor office has French doors and is off the front entry.  A spacious bonus room upstairs is perfect for the kids to play!  Need room for an in-law or nanny?  There is a true guest suite with a full bath upstairs away from the children’s rooms offering tremendous privacy.  The master suite leads out to a large 16x14’ balcony overlooking the lush landscaping.  Truly a must see! 




    • Custom home thoughtfully planned and built in 2008 with over 4100 square ft.
    • 1/3 acre lot with rare, private, flat backyard
    • 4 Bedroom, 4.5 baths
    • Elegant two-story entry w/open staircase
    • Hardwood floors throughout main hallways
    • Custom, trayed ceilings throughout
    • Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, eating island, tons of cabinets and custom tilework.
    • Separate casual dining areas of the kitchen.
    • Formal dining room w/ views to the covered patio
    • Living room and family rooms on the main level with beautiful gas fireplaces.
    • Master Suite with double sinks, shower room, jet tub and spacious walk in closet.
    • Private balcony leading off the master bedroom
    • 19’x15’Bonus room upstairs
    • Study with french doors off the entry
    • 3 Car attached garage
    • Covered and uncovered patios for entertaining.
    • Forest Hills Elementary, LOJH, LOHS


    Friday, September 9, 2016

    Lake Oswego Beauty! $749,000

    14102 Kimberly Circle Lake Oswego, OR 97035


    Walk to Starbucks, Oswego Grill and the Temple.  Excellent location and total quality in this beautifully maintained home in Lake Oswego.  The sunny front porch welcomes you upon arrival! Casual front room and formal dining leads way to the open kitchen and family room. Extensive hardwood floors on the main level, hallways, and office as well as custom hardwoods up the stairwell for an elegant finish. 


    This home has a traditional floor plan with a master suite, two additional bedrooms which share a full bath and a huge bonus room with river rock fireplace, plus a main floor office/den with french doors.  Currently, the home’s bonus room above the garage is used as a second master bedroom.  There is a  spacious triple car garage with loads of storage!  


    Enjoy the wide level lawn for play and lovely privacy in the backyard for quiet evenings.  If you wish to add additional lawn area there is a wide level area easily available to do so.  Located in a private and sophisticated enclave of homes, Kimberly woods, this home is centrally convenient to nearby restaurants, shopping, and Trader Joes with quick access to I-5 and Hwy 217 for easy commutes to NIKE, Intel and OHSU.  Come home and relax!!

    • 4 Bedrooms/3.5 baths, Built in 1997 
    • 3103 Sq. Ft.
    • Light Hardwoods throughout main level 
    • Arched passages lead from foyer to dining and living rooms. 
    • Kitchen with eat-in island, Dacor double ovens and refrigerator, Kitchen-aid dishwasher and microwave.
    • Tons of cabinets with Shelf Genie pantry space. 
    • Wine shelving/butler’s pantry. 
    • Access back deck from kitchen for entertaining. 
    • Open family room with brick fireplace w/wood mantle and hearth frames by hardwood in-lay
    • Dining room with decorative wainscoting. 
    • Master suite with jacuzzi jet tub, his & hers closets. 
    • Custom, white plantation shutters throughout.
    • Bonus room, currently staged as second master, could be used for in-law suite, workout space or media room.
    • Garage with tons of storage cabinets, peg board and work bench
    • Backs to green space with opportunity to level side yard shadow garden
    • Front porch with pillars and sprayer for hanging plants

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Designing in the Pacific Northwest

     
    The Pacific Northwest’s unique design aesthetic has certainly been getting a lot of attention across the country over the last few years. Our special mix of contemporary forms, rustic textures, reclaimed wood, and geometric shapes come together in a refreshing new way that’s getting a lot of well-deserved praise. 
    But what exactly makes a Pacific Northwest design? Head over to our Hasson Homecare and Lifestyle blog to find great tips for anyone looking to incorporate more Pacific Northwest design into their home.