The Rose City Has Great Restaurants….

One of my favorite things about living on the Westside is that when my husband and I are looking to go out for a date night we can stay on the Westside or we can head into Downtown Portland and enjoy the city.  I honestly have to say there is something special about Downtown Portland and the uniqueness of all of the bridges, waterfront and the feel of the older buildings.

Sometimes when we go out for a date night it’s because my husband is looking for a good steak.  Thankfully there are so many amazing places to choose from.  Here are a few:

Ringside Steakhouse on West Burnside

El Gaucho on SW Broadway

Urban Farmer on SW Morrison

Laurelhurst Market on E Burnside

And if you aren’t feeling like venturing into Downtown Portland here are a few great places right here in our own Westside backyard:

Broadway Saloon and Steakhouse on SW Broadway in Beaverton

Grill 68 on SW Barrows Rd in Beaverton

Orenco Station Grill on NE Cornell

I Love a Good Kitchen Gadget!

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5Friends I am a self-proclaimed gadget guru.  If it’s a gadget, be it kitchen or technology, I love it.  Which is where Kitchen Kaboodle comes in.  They have got so many unique kitchen gadgets that are meant to make your life easier.  One of the things I love to do is bake and frost sugar cookies and they’ve got so many amazing goodies to help me make my cookies look awesome.  Oh, and they’ve got so many amazing cookie cutters.  I mean who doesn’t need a corgi cookie cutter right?

They have been in the Portland metro area since 1975 with five different locations, and if you don’t live in the Portland metro area be sure to check out their website because YES, they do offer online shopping.  Don’t forget to check out their gadget of the month.  It might just be something you didn’t know you needed.

Let’s Move to the ‘Burbs

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Many people across the United States have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, today though some who live in more populated city limits are beginning to rethink their current neighborhoods. Being in close proximity to everything from the grocery store to local entertainment is  a perk, especially if you can also walk to some of these hot spots and have a short commute to work. The trade-off, however, is that highly populated cities can lack access to open space, a yard, and other desirable features. These are the kinds of things you might miss when spending so much of your time at home. When it comes to social distancing the newest trend seems to be centered around re-evaluating a once-desired city lifestyle and trading it for suburban or rural living.

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com notes:

“With the re-opening of the economy scheduled to be cautious, the impact on consumer preferences will likely shift buying behavior…consumers are already looking for larger homes, bigger yards, access to the outdoors and more separation from neighbors. As we move into the recovery stage, these preferences will play an important role in the type of homes consumers will want to buy. They will also play a role in the coming discussions on zoning and urban planning. While higher density has been a hallmark of urban development over the past decade, the pandemic may lead to a re-thinking of space allocation.”

The Harris Poll recently surveyed 2,000 Americans, and 39% of the respondents who live in urban areas indicated the COVID-19 crisis has caused them to consider moving to a less populated area.A Surprising Shift to the ‘Burbs May Be on the Rise | MyKCMThe good news is that if you are considering moving outside the city limits it has become more feasible, especially as Americans have quickly become more accustomed to – and more accepting of – remote work. According to the Pew Research Center, access to the Internet has increased significantly in rural and suburban areas, making working from home easier. Even before the pandemic came into play this year the number of people working from home has spiked considerably.

The take away here is that if you have a home in the suburbs or a rural area, you may start to see an increasing number of buyers looking for a property like yours. If you’re thinking of buying and don’t mind a commute to work for the well-being of your family, you may want to consider looking at homes for sale outside the city. If you are interested in learning about the different suburbs in the Portland metro area message me.  I would love to talk to you about them.