Blog Stories Life is like a Box of Chocolates. Only this Time, Better.

Life is like a Box of Chocolates. Only this Time, Better.

By Gabrielle Enfield, February 15, 2018

My clients Paul and Kristin, like pretty much every client I am honored to partner with, are simply put wonderful people. They met in church choir and share a love for making music, creating community, and having fun. When we saw this gorgeous home in Northeast Portland’s Alameda neighborhood, they knew it was the one for them to begin their lives together in.

The home was originally built in 1915 and maintained so much of its original charm. High ceilings, rich and warm hardwoods with inlays, a sunny front room with a perfect gathering space and a private garden in back. The bonus? A view of the Portland skyline and Fremont bridge from the elegant upstairs master.

Right away, Kristin started wondering where they’d put the piano for their regular family jam sessions. Paul had visions of an ADU in the spacious basement. Both appreciated the friendly neighborhood and all Alameda has to offer. We got to work and put together a strong offer, knowing it was competitive.

Courtesy Paul B.

Because of the pride of ownership – and the fact the seller had called it home for more than 20 years – I knew it was going to be a tough decision for the sellers to make. Paul and Kristin took my advice and wrote wonderful letters explaining why this was the home for them.

Paul pointed out that the living room was perfect for his heirloom rocking chairs passed down from his parents, and he could see himself and Kristin sharing stories and making memories there. He also shared his father was born in 1925 – the street address – so he considered it a meaningful sign. In the response, the seller shared his father was also born in 1925 and appreciated getting to know Paul and Kristin to aide his decision to sell. Pro tip: It may feel corny, but a real estate transaction is not just about big financial decisions. Often, they are deeply emotional. Take the time to craft a well-written intro letter. Better yet, give me a call and I’ll put my journalism background to work and help you write your story.

This Valentine’s Day, Paul and Kristin got the sweetest treat — a beautiful home to call their own (that lasts a lot longer than a box of chocolates!). Congratulations, and many happy returns! 

Till the next one – high fives,




Gabrielle Enfield


After spending 20 years in marketing and communications – ranging from anchoring the local TV news to leading teams for some of the world’s beloved brands, including Xbox and Dave’s Killer Bread – I finally listened to the universe’s prompts to become a real estate broker. Since, I've consistently delivered results and happiness and according to my clients, a 5-star experience along the way. Working in real estate in one of the nation's hottest markets, I understand the important decision of choosing an agent. My goal is to apply my myriad experiences, both personally and professionally, to help guide my clients through a thoughtful, strategic, seamless and fun journey. Need staging help? I can do that. Looking to purchase a vacation property and need it to generate rental income? Roger. Are you a first-time buyer who needs a steady hand to help guide you through the real estate process? I've got you covered. Moving to PDX and need a proxy to get to know Rose City? Let's do this. I'm a PacNW native and proud resident of North Portland, where I'm raising my family. I was practically born with a tool belt on: my Dad is a retired custom designer and builder, my uncle is an architect and my Grandpa was a Realtor and developer. I am an active listener, have a keen eye for "good bones",  and solving my client's real estate needs in a creative and often unexpected way brings me joy. Plus, the lasting relationships formed are cherries on the sundae! Please give me a call - I'd love to see what it would be like to partner with you.
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