Blog Stories Urban Farming in Grand Dame 1911 Farm House

Urban Farming in Grand Dame 1911 Farm House

By Kristin Winter, December 1, 2018

I would say wanting the “big city” walkability but the “small town” big yard feel is a pretty popular dream for most people moving to Portland.  Coming from the beautiful town of Hood River where this already exists and artists by trade, my buyers were more attuned to this than most.  We scoured the market and wrote a few offers on ones that were very close and definitely could have worked.  But Portland is still a competitive market with multiple offers on homes like this because it’s such a driver for people moving here.  “Buyer fatigue” was definitely starting to set in for these guys.

We were out on a weekend tour of the new homes on the market and had just been disappointed by one that we had high hopes for.  Next on our list was a 1911 farmhouse close to the Foster/Powell ne

ighborhood and an easy pleasant bike ride to the Woodstock restaurants and groceries.  My buyers were contemplating skipping this one, but I had been in it before and suggested that we should keep it on the list.  Sure enough, this 2652 sq ft farmhouse with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a basement with some serious potential hit the right note.  The huge, private yard (almost a double lot) further encouraged them.  It was perhaps more of a fixer than they wanted to take on, but the future potential outweighed that in the end.  Again we submitted our offer among many,  again

we held our breath and hoped for the best.  Well, I guess the rest is history, and I am so excited to see what this beautiful Grand Dame with so much potential becomes in the future years!



Kristin Winter

Earth Advantage Broker

The short(ish) story:  Growing up, I had two parents with an obsession with “fixers.” My mom was an artist and my dad was an engineer. They would find a house and make it a home. Then, my dad would be transferred for work, making them inadvertent flippers. The first time they tried this I was 9 ~ I cried when I saw the house. But by the time we moved, the 200 year old farm house in rural Pennsylvania had been transformed to it’s former splendor with things such as a walk-in fireplace with a bread oven in the kitchen, a restored spring-house, an attic redesigned as a “kids only” playhouse, and a working barn. It was pretty magical. This childhood has given me a passion for homes and a deep understanding of what makes a house a home. I pull from both my father’s “logical” engineer’s brain and my mother’s ability to turn whimsical dreams into reality. I love immersing myself in homes and getting to know my clients as unique people in order to make their dreams come true, whether they are buying or selling.
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