Blog Stories NE, NW, SE , SW...What Does it Mean?

NE, NW, SE , SW…What Does it Mean?

By Tracy Dau, April 4, 2018

Moving to Portland?  Stuck on which neighborhood might be your fit?

First, Portland is split down the middle by the Willamette River (pronounced “will-AAAH-met”).  On the west side you will find the downtown area, the part with buildings.  It looks like a normal city. Most Portlanders describe the west side as more traditional. It’s where you’ll find most of the city’s art galleries, public transportation, and public art. Southwest Portland has Portland State University and some really cool homes above it called “the West Hills”, none of which I can afford.  NW Portland is pretty hip, but the parking sucks.  There is a GIANT park in NW called Forest Park where you can see owls in trees and run trails till you feel dizzy.  If your looking for a swank condo then the Pearl District might be just right for you.


The east side is everything east of the river: Northeast, Southeast, and North Portland. Most east side locals will be quick to tell you it’s the quirkier and more eclectic half of Portland. The east side is very bike-friendly and more affordable on average than the west side. It’s also home to many Victorian era homes, people with chickens in their back yards, and there are pockets of shops, restaurants, funky movie theaters and parks.  There’s also lots and lots and lots of coffee shops.

My advice-  Hire a Realtor to show you around when you book your visit to PDX..  You could almost throw a dart at a map and end up happy in Portland.  The “almost” part is important though.  Listen up – this is when you should pick up the phone or send us an email to be your guide. Let us help you find your correct fit so you don’t throw that dart with your eyes closed.  Let’s throw the dart with EYES OPEN.  Plus, Chris and I are pretty fun guides.


Tracy Dau

Earth Advantage Broker

When you meet Tracy Dau, it doesn’t take long to realize where her true passions lie.  She loves houses and loves matching her clients with the place that’s perfect for them.  Ask her clients and they’ll tell you she’s a whirlwind of energy, a juggler of projects, a creative force, a good listener and a tireless advocate.  She comes to the job with a vision for what’s possible and the background to make that happen. Maybe it’s because she grew up in the breathtaking town of Juneau Alaska, where it rains 250 days a year.  It’s the kind of place where you either give into gloomy weather or dig deep and find the will to preserve. Maybe it’s because her folks instilled in her the drive to succeed. For the past sixteen years she has gutted and restored many houses, using any opportunity to work with her hands. Blending her formal training as a fine artist and designer with her experience as a builder, these old-house remodels have become her creative canvas. Her time as a product developer and architectural consultant at Rejuvenation House Parts introduced her to a community of like-minded folks who encouraged her to become a Realtor. She is drawn to vintage homes. The artist in her is drawn to their detail, the builder in her to their craftsmanship. Their charm and imperfections make them all the more fascinating and soulful. That’s what drew her to her first home. Stripped of all her painted-lady features, she sat sadly on a corner lot in SE Portland waiting to be loved and cared for. She had a yard full of shopping carts, a tree that had grown through her facade, motor-oil soaked mattresses and a basement full of the neighbor’s missing car parts, and yet, in spite of this her husband Nate and Tracy bought and fixed her up. This renovation lead to the next house-love-affair, followed by another and another. It only made sense to apply this knowledge and the valuable lessons learned along the way to help others looking to buy or improve their own homes. Which brings me to why she became a Realtor. Tracy chose this job because she is passionate about houses and loves the chance to develop relationships with her clients. When you choose to work with Tracy, she will advocate for your best interests, guide you through the home buying process and protect you from the stressful moments as they inevitably arise. She will advise you every step of the way to enable you to make good decisions, stay centered and reach your goals. Even after your  transaction has come to an end, Tracy is still available to answer your questions and help with your home projects. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her hobbies include teaching her children, Lander and Olivia, about nature, hunting for sea creatures, spotting birds, drinking bourbon in the winter and gin in the summer, eating chocolate and traveling to warm destinations.
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