We have a beautiful, 100-year-old home that was fully remodeled in 2010 but still preserves much of its old charm. There are three bedrooms upstairs (we use one as an office) and a fourth room that used to be a sleeping porch, which we use as a second office. Downstairs is a big, sunny living room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves, and formal dining room with beautiful built-in cabinets.
The kitchen is also quite big and has marble countertops and all new stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher. There are bathrooms on both floors, and the upstairs bathroom has marble tile and a claw-foot bathtub. In the semi-finished basement you'll find a new, high-efficiency washer/dryer.
We have a detached garage behind the house, and a nice grassy yard (with a wood fence) where we love to cook out in the summer. One of our favorite features of the house is the big covered porch in the front. It's fun to have dinner out here on warm nights, and you'll often see some of our friendly neighbors doing the same on their porches!
Our house is on a quiet residential street with lots of trees and a peaceful atmosphere, yet it's right around the corner from some great bars, coffee shops and restaurants. The historic Mississippi district--one of the hippest streets in Portland--is about a 15 minute walk from us. We're also close to Williams Avenue, where you'll find even more trendy and artistic coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries and boutiques.
We live just a few blocks away from Peninsula Park, one of the prettiest parks in Portland. The walk to the park--past lovely old homes--is very pleasant, and the park itself has everything you could want, including a huge rose garden, a public swimming pool, and tennis courts. We are both tennis fanatics so we spend a LOT of time here, and we just love it.
Our neighborhood is super accessible, with several bus lines just around the corner and a MAX (light rail) line a short walk away. You can reach downtown Portland in 15-20 minutes by public transportation, or in about 10 minutes by car. No matter where we go in the city, it never seems to take us more than about 15 minutes to drive there, and we often choose to bike instead, as Portland is a very bike-friendly city.
We know all of our immediate neighbors; they are nice, open people whom you'll likely see gardening or sitting on their porches on a sunny day. Everyone looks out for one another and it's a safe, friendly area.
Finally, there are two grocery stores within less than a mile of our house (including the local chain New Seasons, where you can find great organic produce and all the specialty foodie items you could want, in addition to the basics), as well as a small, local produce market just a few blocks away.
We'd be happy to provide you with more specific tips and recommendations on places to go in the neighborhood if you want to exchange with us!
We are a young couple who just got married last year. We're both writers; my husband (Cheston) is also an editor and I (Alexis) teach writing and literature at a university. We don't have any children yet, and we really want to spend some time traveling and experiencing life in different places while we still have plenty of time and freedom to do so! We love to read, listen to records, play tennis, and explore new places. Je parle francais aussi!!