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Swiss Family Robinson, 21st Century Style

By Judy Chapman, May 13, 2018

Who among us has not at some point in time wished to just “chuck it all” and sail off in a new direction?  Meet my adventurous buyers known by friends and family as the “Rascals”, whose favorite refrigerator magnet would read, “Never give up your Dreams”; – and they boldly set forth living them……

Changed jobs, sold the comfortable suburban home with all its’ expected amenities, goodbye cars, packed up the three kids and headed out to the north of France!  Central heating was now from the cavernous fireplace in their 17th century, country stone house. The dishwasher was now the hands of whomever drew the task that evening. Television? New Seasons? Starbucks?  Culture shock on so many levels. New schools filled with strangers who speak an even stranger language. Strange days, indeed.  Soon it’s another year, time for a new quest and it’s off for the vitality of city life in the south of France.  So the wonderful, enriching and unforgettable adventure continued…..

When the time came to return home to family and friends, this unusual family was not going to be satisfied with the “usual” new home. And I had the privilege of sharing their next exploration, helping to find the unique home that will keep the adventure alive.  Securing that special prize was a fascinating and exciting search, with all the twists and turns one could hope for.

This modern-day “Swiss Family Robinson” landed not a desert island, but a “Treasure Island”, in just the right area of the city.  A distinctive, individually crafted home,  on a large, private lot creating the best of both worlds: an embracing woods begging for tree houses and rope bridges, and a river flowing out front which will be an endless source of future odysseys.

I am so pleased that this amazing family has found the perfect home from which to continue their intrepid adventures……Oh, the places they’ll go!



Judy Chapman


For 15 plus years Judy Chapman has provided personal, practiced and professional service to first time and returning buyers, sellers in transition and investors. Most importantly, while sharing with her clients the tools and knowledge to be successful partners in achieving their real estate dreams and goals, her friendly manner and quick wit have a way of converting past clients into steady friends. It's said the real estate market can be as changeable as the weather. No matter the weather or the season, Judy teases that elusive ideal flower out of the ever changing thicket. Multiple offers, no offers, financing conundrums, condition concerns, investor questions, bank owned, HUD, VA, FHA, whatever---Judy's focused and accomplished hand clears out the weeds and creates a winning arrangement. Oh, did we mention that Judy is crazy about gardening? With her husband, three awesome sons and assorted pets, Judy has owned, lived in, gardened in, remodeled and celebrated homes in every quadrant of the Portland metro area. She and her family also spent several wonderful years on a small acreage outside the city, gaining valuable insight into some of the unique issues with rural and small town properties. Currently Judy is transforming the landscape around her mid-century modern home in the Hillsdale/Multnomah Village area and living life to its fullest—hiking! kayaking!!  brewpubs!!!—in this city and state that she loves. An Oregon native and enthusiast, Judy would delight in the opportunity to share in your real estate explorations, and the life changes to your living room.
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