Friday, August 26, 2016

5 Tips for a Low-Stress School Year

Start the school year off right! Try these 5 home organization tips for keeping track of all those school papers, organizing supplies, and getting off to school on time.

1. Set up a Family Bulletin Board. Set up a family bulletin board to keep things organized throughout the week. Post important events, save documents or leave notes for each other. Most importantly, having a central place to track activities is a great visual way to keep the family connected and communicating.

2. Use School Cubbies. Use cubes or sturdy boxes to make cubbies for the kids. This is a great place to keep items they need to get out the door in the morning including backpacks, homework, lunch money, socks, shoes, gloves, etc. 



3. Organize Papers Daily. Keep on top of the never-ending windfall of school papers by creating files in a cabinet or storage tub to save special work and projects during the year. Consider taking photos to archive special papers digitally instead. Also, keep a recycle bin or shredder nearby to immediately discard unneeded papers daily.

4. Manage Home Supplies. Try a shoe organizer with many pockets to organize pencils, pens, highlighters, scissors, erasers, sticky pads, paper clips, etc. Hang it behind a door close to where your kids do their homework.

5. Try a Borrowed Basket. Keep forgetting to return stuff? Keep a basket by the door to keep things the kids have borrowed from friends, the library, etc.

Starting the school year organized at home will help the whole family to feel more prepared for fall. Happy new school year!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lake Oswego True Custom Estate! $2,275,000

14733 Uplands Drive Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Take the Virtual Tour!

Welcome to this True Estate located in the heart of the Uplands District in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Custom built by Monogram Homes, every detail was thoughtfully designed. From the chef’s kitchen with double refrigerators, double dishwashers, double warming drawers and double ranges, to the extensive outdoor living room with room for gatherings easily up to 100 friends.  Bring all the kids! With six true bedrooms (master on the main plus nursery or inlaw on the main), five full and three 1/2 baths, the floor plan is at once efficient and welcoming. Host winemakers dinners in the luxurious wine cellar and dining room complete with fireplace and one of the most stunning case display rooms you will find.  Click on the link above for a tour through this exquisite home, then call to view!

Kendall Bergstrom-deLancellotti
Licensed Oregon Principal Broker 

Direct: 503-799-2596

Platinum and Diamond Club Member PMAR
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
Hasson Company Realtors Top Producer

Friday, August 19, 2016

Feels like a Sunriver Home! $639,900

485 NW 170th Beaverton, OR 97006

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This family has recently sold with all inspections, sewer and radon complete, and all repairs completed. but an unexpected relocation places this beauty back on the market!  Five true bedrooms, vaulted dramatic ceilings, wide open spaces with one of the biggest kitchens you will find! Room for the whole family.  Centrally located in the high tech corridor between NIKE and INTEL, this home shines. Great Beaverton schools, low taxes and an exquisite yard for backyard entertaining and spacious lawn for running around in the sprinkler! Come home and enjoy! 

  • Built in 1980. 3680 Square feet
  • 5 Bedrooms, 3 full baths
  • 3 Car attached garage
  • 3 Gas fireplaces
  • Expansive and level front and back yards
  • Upper and Lower brick patios
  • Vaulted great room and entry with exposed beams
  • Meticulously maintained
  • Bedroom on the main could be used for den/office
  • 3 Bedrooms on upper level share a full bath
  • Upper level master suite with french door entry, fireplace and sliding doors to exterior deck
  • Master bath with double sinks, jetted tub and walk-in shower
  • Dramatic vaulted ceiling in the living room/dining room with soft carpet and fireplace
  • Stone flooring leads you through the main entry to the spacious kitchen, nook and family room
  • Welcoming large kitchen with spacious storage, stainless steel appliances, beautiful backsplash and a dining island.  This is a winner!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Best Value and Quality in Forest Heights! $775,000

3023 NW Spencer Portland, OR 97229

Welcome to this beautifully maintained Forest Heights beauty! This home was thoughtfully designed for easy family living with 3 bedrooms upstairs, there is a nice separation for guests and/or in-laws (or older teen) on the lower level. The main floor has an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen open to the spacious living room and dining room. The main floor office is conveniently located just off the kitchen with glass french doors for privacy. 

The lower level is a world unto it's own with bedroom, full bath, family room with wet bar and flex room for storage or workout space and access to lower deck. Tucked away off the the main street, this home offers a sense of privacy and quiet. Walk to the elementary school or down to the local Starbucks or a family meal at Pizzicato! 

Forest Heights is one of Portland's Premier communities. Equal distance to downtown Portland, the Pearl district, 23rd avenue and key employers such as Nike and Intel! 
  • 4 Bedroom + flex room, 3.5 bath, 3584 sq. ft.
  • 3 Car tandem garage
  • Living room with vaulted ceilings, slate tiled fireplace, and rich hardwoods
  • Main floor office with french door entry and natural light flooding in through wall of windows
  • Kitchen with alder cabinets, granite, gourmet 6 burner gas range,  sub-zero built-in refrigerator, stainless steel appliances, and eating bar
  • Dining area surrounded by wall of windows
  • Entertainment deck right off the kitchen is perfect for barbecues and family gatherings
  • Master suite with vaulted ceilings, balcony, walk-in closet, jetted spa tub, and beautifully tiled shower
  • 2 additional bedrooms and full bath on upper level with built-in storage
  • Lower level family room with wet bar and access to exterior deck
  • 4th bedroom with full bath on lower level perfect for an in-law suite or guest quarters
  • Bonus/Flex room for storage or workout room
  • Outstanding schools! Forest Park Elementary, West Sylvan Middle, Lincoln High School

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Top 5 New Home Trends

The modern home is always changing and evolving.  Check out these home trends as seen at the 2016 Street of Dreams!

Although modern homes are certainly filled with the latest home and energy efficient technologies, more families are opting to keep living rooms unplugged for a more peaceful environment. Instead of a television looming above the fireplace, the focal point of room becomes the fireplace.  


For homeowners who love to entertain, keeping a formal dining space is preferable to turning it into an office or media room. Family dinners are coming back with beautiful built-in seating options for today's modern kitchen.

High tech microwaves with convection cooking, steam ovens, which promise to cook food more thoroughly, and warming drawers are popular kitchen additions. Other kitchen trends include mismatched cabinets, mixed tiles, deep kitchen drawers, lighted countertops, and marble accents.

From grass walls to wood slabs, bold accent walls are showing up everywhere. Although accents walls are nothing new, the myriad of options for textures, custom graphics and prints, and new types of wallpaper make for some unique design choices.

Beautiful mirrors can make the bathroom. From large wood-framed marvels to unique ornate shapes, different home styles determine the designer's mirror choices. You can even choose a high-tech mirror with television!