Blog Stories From dark bar to big backyard

From dark bar to big backyard

By Shannon Baird, August 22, 2018

Recently I had the pleasure of helping Lindsey purchase her first home. She is the sister of one of my closest friends in Portland and it meant a lot to me that this family feels a deep sense of trust in me, not only as a friend but also as their realtor. Being an agent for a first time homebuyer is quite an honor with a lots of responsibility to help educate, navigate and assure the buyer through their first transaction. Lindsey came into the process knowing what her priorities were – location in a familiar neighborhood, ability to be close to work and a fenced-in backyard for her pup.

Lindsey is a successful bartender at a local tiki bar.  However, this bar has tinted windows, to assist in setting a thematic mood inside. It was important to her that her home have good natural lighting as well, to really make home feel like a retreat away from work. We found a great home for her in the NE 42nd st neighborhood. Walkable, hip and a bit lowkey, this neighborhood afforded Lindsey all that she needed. While she makes a big show of preparing flaming drinks at work, Lindsey is looking forward to the quiet practice of stoking the fire in the wood burning fireplace of her new home. The house features some vaulted ceilings and full glass doors to the backyard, both helping to make the space feel larger and brighter. The backyard is an ideal size – big enough for her dog and small enough to be manageable. It is a blank canvas and allows the perfect opportunity for Lindey to add her own style and touch. The big question is – will it be tiki themed?

Shannon Baird

Earth Advantage Broker

About Shannon As a native of Portland, Shannon is well acquainted with all areas of the city, the surrounding suburbs, and what the various neighborhoods have to offer. Her 14 years of experience working in the real estate industry has helped to develop a true understanding of how a house has to function to become a home and knowledge of architecture and design, which can help in the evaluation and potential enjoyment of a home. Shannon has the ability to provide solid counsel. Her knowledge of real estate matters and absolute trustworthiness are invaluable in the process of any transaction. Having worked for 15 years as a manager of assets for executives living locally and in Europe, Shannon has developed and maintained the trust, organization, professionalism, and effective negotiating skills inherent to the business of real estate. Recipient of the Elizabeth Potter award from the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office for work in restoration, remodeling and design in residential homes and commercial buildings in Oregon. The award provided for the attendance to a week long historic preservation conference in Mobile, Alabama where the art of preservation was taught by national and internationally renowned craftsman. A member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Oregon Association of Realtors (OAR) and the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR), Shannon also holds a Diamond-Platinum designation in the Million Dollar Club of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Other designations include: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
For a look into the history of Shannon's real estate business before she joined Living Room Realty, you can view her blog that documented her sales, press exposure, testimonials and insights as an agent from 2009-2016. Arts + Culture New involvement in the arts, along with music projects completed this year. My 25 years of experience and knowledge in design and project management were directly related to the following. Founder and Principal of SBaird Design - A locally based boutique design firm with a global soul. Serving clients locally + internationally in a diverse range of projects: smaller and large residential remodels, commercial design, furniture design, home staging consultation, color consultations and branding. One of the founding members of YU Contemporary – A visionary art center empowering artistic imagination and cultural life, destined to become the most provocative supporter of the arts that the region has ever seen. Co – Executive producer – From the Land of Ice and Snow, a compilation CD, 6 years in the making. Led Zeppelin covered by eminent NW musicians. I co-produced the live show ( it sold out ) and the release of the album at Doug Fir Lounge. Press from National Public Radio and all of the local print media. Websites/blogs wrote stories on an  international level. Co-producer – of the final  live concert held at the venerable Berbati’s Pan, venue opened in 1994, closing show on New Years Eve 2010. Hired publicity, managing band necessities, managed merchandise sales, venue and supporting staff’s expectations.
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