Blog Stories Then and Now: A Pictorial History of a Portland Home.

Then and Now: A Pictorial History of a Portland Home.

By Becca Barron, August 28, 2018

Our homes carry history. Especially when they are something that has been passed down through generations, like this one did. Bought in 1936 for $3,700, this home has seen the city grow and change from a small town into the boisterous city it it now. It’s been standing through presidents, wars, fashion trends, and neighborhood transformations.

After housing 4 generations of the Kefsky family, it was time to let this gem take on a new life. The sellers were kind enough to share some family photos of the home throughout the years.

Originally the owners had an extra lot next to them that they used as a giant garden. They were famous for having the best corn and cucumbers and squash around, and the neighbors would come by and purchase their veggies from the family. One of the most distinctive things about their garden was that it was ringed with the biggest, brightest dahlias. When they eventually downsized the garden, the neighborhood certainly felt the loss of their private farmers market.

In 1968 or 1969 there was a particularly massive snowstorm that blanketed the area. The first two photos here are from earlier years before a storm on Columbus Day in 1962 took out the pergola in the front of the house.

And just for fun, here are a couple extra cute shots of the family inside the home. The style has changed but the bones are still there!

This home was an joy to sell, and I am so honored to have been part of the transition of this well-loved and well-lived house.

Becca Barron

Earth Advantage Broker

Becca Barron has been fascinated with real estate, architecture and design since she first discovered Frank Lloyd Wright. Her father is a Master Craftsman who instilled a passion for investing in one’s environment at a young age. With a degree in art education and three years teaching in the Portland school district combined with over a decade of experience as a local small business owner, Becca developed an extensive knowledge of the varied neighborhoods of Portland and the sub-pockets of communities and culture that are popping up within a ten-mile radius. In these hidden neighborhoods, you’ll find great schools, little dive bars, and farmers markets with close access to all of the beautiful Pacific Northwest nature we know and love. Becca is your key to discovering the next great place to live. For those of you ready to sell, her goal is to market your home to the largest pool of buyers possible. Utilizing creative staging, and her own background in contracting, Becca can make sure your home is ready to shine in a competitive market. Whether you’re an experienced investor, new homebuyer, or have questions about the process, Becca can be your guide to a smooth and successful real estate experience. When not real estating like a boss, she enjoys spending her time renovating her mid-century ranch in Milwaukie, hanging out with her partner and their herd of cats, watching both trashy and quality tv, and hunting for secret swimming holes in the summer.
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