Blog Stories IT'S MILLER TIME!!!


By Jennifer Johnston, August 22, 2018

Welcome to Miller Time!

Three year old Miller and his dad Nate have a new home. Located in Arbor Lodge area of North Portland, their 1911 home is located one house off Arbor Lodge Park.

Mr. Miller is beyond excited to be able to play hard at Harper’s Playground in Arbor Lodge Park. Nate is just as excited. There is so much potential in this cute bungalow fixer that Nate purchased for just under $300,000. It may be a little quirky little two bedroom handyman special. Fixing stuff is right up Nate’s alley. Having worked in the commercial and residential construction trade, Nate is planning a big remodel. With only 6’5″ ceilings on the main level, super steep stairs and other strange spaces, Nate has big plans to blow the ceiling out to the rafters and create an airy environment.

As the photos show, the kitchen was “remodeled” with IKEA cabinets and the fridge is in the living room. It is a super head scratcher as to why they did not integrate it into the kitchen. Super quirky, right?!

Nate is very excited his “man cave”, aka the garage, has roll up doors on both sides. Super sweet and rare.  Makes his plans to include an ADU in the big backyard waaaaaay easier. Nate is already mapping, planning and plotting out the ADU. His plan is to complete it in the next few years and then rent the house out.

I can’t wait to see this remodel and ADU!  Stay tuned for updates!

If you would like to find your own “fixer upper” with or without ADU potential, there are plenty around Portland and Vancouver.  Just reach out let me know what areas you are interested in and we can set up a curated home search for you.  Or feel free to search for homes yourself at

Jennifer Johnston

Principal Broker licensed in OR & WA

Jennifer Johnston has been a Real Estate Broker since 2001, and is a proud resident of Portland’s University Park, living in the house that her mother grew up in. She understands the power of home and putting down roots. Being a native of the Portland metro area, she received the benefits of learning about great neighborhoods, trends and hot spots. She is a 5 star rated agent on Zillow, Trulia and Yelp and multiple years 5 star award winner with Portland Monthly Magazine and is a recipient of 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Portland award. Jennifer’s goal is to have synergy with her clients. She wants you feel like you are house hunting or house selling with a trusted and experienced friend, and that your journey will be stress-free and as agreeable as possible. Jennifer believes in spending quality time with her clients and really getting to know how they love to live, so she can help serve them and find them their new home. In addition to providing residential real estate services to her clients, Jennifer’s background experiences are artistic and entrepreneurial. She started and ran a restaurant guide for several years after leaving a Program Manager position at NIKE. She developed and organized the International Gourmet Dinner Club, a dinner club which consists of individuals expanding their culinary palette and cooking skills while making new friends who are also passionate about food through monthly theme dinners. When time allows, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music from the 70’s and 80’s and doing something that releases some creative energy. Her paintings have been shown in galleries, commissioned by local collectors and she is a major donor for Cascade Aids Project. Certified Relocation Specialist
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