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May
25

Mini Golf Courses in Portland the Kids Will Love

Portland mini golf

The weather is warming up, and the kids are bouncing off the walls. Wondering what to do with them? How about a fun, family-friendly round of miniature golf? 

There are many great indoor and outdoor courses in the Portland area to enjoy a round of mini golf! To help you prepare for summer, we asked our brokers which courses their families enjoy the most. Here are their recommendations. 

  1. Glowing Greens: 509 SW Taylor St., Portland, OR 97204
    Want to get out of the house right now? You don't have to wait for great weather to enjoy a round of mini golf at Glowing Greens. This indoor blacklight course is conveniently located in downtown Portland, not far from some of the best Portland homes for sale. The 13-hole course is appropriate for all ages and features 3D artwork, moving pirates, and more! It takes about 45-minutes to play through the course, making it the perfect family adventure or a great way to start off date night. If you're looking for a fun night out for the adults, you'll be glad to know the facility also has ax throwing, escape rooms, and a beer and wine pub!

  2. Laser Blasters: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 172 Vancouver, WA 98662
    While you're in the area looking at Vancouver homes for sale, you're sure to notice the Vancouver Mall where you'll find Laser Blasters. This fun location offers laser tag, virtual reality, escape rooms, and mini golf. Both adults and kids are sure to love the cool blacklight effects of this safari-themed, 14-hole mini golf course. You can also purchase combination tickets that allow you to play both mini golf and laser tag for one affordable price. 

  3. Chipper's Woods Miniature Golf: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
    The Oaks Park Amusement Park offers locals and visitors various rides, midway games, and mini golf. While it's a ton of fun to visit the entire park, you can also enjoy the Chipper's Woods miniature golf course on its own. The whole family is sure to enjoy playing an 18-hole round of mini golf under the oak trees. The course also offers incredible views of Portland's West Hills and the Willametter River. 

  4. Clutch Putt: 700 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97233
    Adults and families alike enjoy visiting Clutch Putt Mini Golf. This 18-hole mini golf course is quite simple, yet each hole is unique enough to keep things interesting. It offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for players of all ages. Since the course is covered, you can play rain or shine. They also serve beer, wine, and hard cider and have a food cart. 

  5. Hollywood Mini Golf: 1510 Northeast 37th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
    Part mini golf course and part art gallery, Hollywood Mini Golf provides an exciting experience you're sure to love! This course "challenges guests to see things through a different lens." You never know what you're going to find when you visit this super-unique indoor course. In addition to mini golf, they also have games like ping pong, pinball, foosball, cornhole, and more. This is the perfect location for a rainy-day adventure that's sure to keep everyone entertained!

  6. Eagle's Landing: 10220 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley, OR 97086
    Whether you're looking for a great mini golf course or 27 holes of the real thing, you'll find it at Eagle's Landing. This golfing facility is geared towards players of all skill levels. The 36-hole mini golf course is equal parts fun and challenging. You'll love the scenic views and the holes that strategically curve in and out of mountains, trees, waterfalls, fountains, and more. The facility also offers a par-three course that's modeled after a European pitch and put course and a 9-hole soccer golf course. When you're done playing, we suggest taking the scenic route home. There are many beautiful Happy Valley homes for sale nearby, and you may find the perfect one for you and your family. 

          If you're looking for a family-friendly place to call home, the Portland area is perfect for you! There are many great homes for sale, and our experienced brokers would love to help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

          May
          17

          What You Need to Know Before Adding a Fireplace

          Adding a FireplaceWhen you love your home, it's only natural to want to make it even better. Life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest almost demands the comfort only a fireplace can provide, but how do you know it's a good investment for your home? You don't hesitate to make simple changes, like a fresh coat of paint. When it comes to something as significant as adding a fireplace, however, there are several factors to consider before making a final decision. 

          1. Can it be done?
            Local building codes are full of restrictions relating to construction. Ceiling height and fireplace emissions will all impact the cost and plausibility of adding a fireplace to an existing structure. Fuel source also needs to be considered. Will you be using natural gas, propane, or wood? Wood must be stored safely away from the exterior wall of the house and must be kept dry. Is the house already equipped for gas or propane? A general contractor can best advise a homeowner on the feasibility of adding a fireplace and provide estimates of both cost and time for execution.
             
          2. What are you willing to spend?
            Your options run from about $1,400 for a ventless gas unit to a traditional wood-burning fireplace for $20,000 or more. The former requires a unit for about $400 and installation costs of about $1,000. The latter required extensive materials, a mason skilled in the specific work required, and other skilled laborers to complete the changes to the surrounding walls. Wood and natural gas are the most common fuel sources. When determining which is most economically sound, consider not only the cost of wood but also the cost of maintenance. An annual inspection service is not expensive but critical to safe operation. A gas fireplace may be the best decision, financially speaking, if it is an option. It's also much kinder to the environment and requires less maintenance than its wood-burning counterpart.
             
          3. What can you expect as a return on investment?
            Much depends on other homes in the area. The National Association of REALTORS® tells us that about 46% of homebuyers nationwide are willing to pay extra for a fireplace. But the median amount they are willing to pay is $1,200. That's not good news to a homeowner that spends $10,000 to $20,000 to add a fireplace. Another consideration is the cost of the fireplace relative to the value of the house. In a million-dollar home, a $10,000 feature is a far more acceptable price increase than in a less expensive model.

          4. Where will you locate the fireplace?
            You have a lot of options! Your first thought might be the traditional living room or den, but you may prefer a cozy space in your bedroom where you can curl up with a pillow and a good book. If you have a "dead" zone in your home, far from the central heat source that is uncomfortably cold, a fireplace can be a great solution. The current trend of outdoor living spaces creates a wealth of luxury opportunities. Even though the unit won't provide additional comfort to the house itself, it means extending entertainment options to an exciting new level. You can, however, expect the total installed cost to be comparable to an indoor fireplace. 

          5. Can you expect energy efficiency?
            The decisions you make regarding the type and location of the fireplace will affect the level of energy efficiency. The outdoor fireplace will do nothing to heat the home itself, for example. A well-placed unit will allow you to focus the energy to heat the home in the space being used instead of heating the entire house at once. The traditional fireplace sends more of its heat up the chimney than into the room. But a sealed unit uses outside air to heat and transfer warm air into the room. This reduces the energy demands made of the central furnace or heating system. The question would then be whether the decrease in utility bills for the central air system is greater than the cost of managing the fireplace. 

          While chilly fall and winter nights are quite a ways away, if you plan on adding a fireplace, now is the time to start doing your research.

          And if you're looking for a new home with a fireplace or getting your house ready to list, contact us for professional assistance. Our brokers are always ready to help. 

          May
          10

          Walkability: About Portland's Walkable Neighborhoods

          Portland Walkable Neighborhoods

          Portland maintains an impressive Walk Score year after year, meaning it's convenient for residents to ditch the car when it's time to run errands or head out the park. Portland is full of quirky-cool neighborhoods that are just steps away from shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. The streets are lined with pristine sidewalks and flourishing trees that make it easy to explore on foot the sights, sounds, and tastes available in Portland. To get a sense of which Portland neighborhoods offer the best pedestrian experience, our brokers have rounded up the ones with the highest ratings on Walk Score.

          1. Peal District – Walk Score 98
            Once an area occupied by railroad yards, industrial buildings, and warehouses, the Peal District has been transformed into an award-winning example of urban renewal. This upscale neighborhood boasts the highest walk score in Portland. The area is full of crosswalks and bustling streets lined with locally owned boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, and unique home stores. The Pearl District is also home to Powell's Books, the largest used book store in the country. You'll find various living spaces, from newly constructed condos to funky warehouses that have been renovated to accommodate modern living.

          2. Downtown – Walk Score 97
            The second most walkable neighborhood is Downtown Portland, the center of the city and home to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Portland State University. Downtown has an energetic vibe with an abundance of places to explore. In fact, many residents live just steps from their workplaces. You won't find many single-family homes in Downtown Portland. It's mostly loft-style condos, traditional apartments, and new construction condos.

          3. Old Town – Walk Score 96
            Also known as Chinatown, Old Town is the Downtown neighborhood's next-door neighbor and the oldest neighborhood in Portland. It's home to the lovely Lan Su Chinese Garden and the first location of the popular Voodoo Doughnut. It also has an array of beautiful historical architecture and hosts the iconic Portland Oregon sign. And there's plenty to do, with shopping, dining, and entertainment options, either directly in the neighborhood or a few blocks away. When you include a Bike Score of 98, a Walk Score of 95, and a Transit Score of 92, Old Chinatown offers many ways to explore the city.

          4. Hollywood – Walk Score 94
            This well-established Portland neighborhood is known for having all your necessary conveniences just a few steps away. It was named after the Hollywood Theatre, which is located in the center of the neighborhood. Bungalows and craftsman homes surround the many businesses, including grocery stores, shops, restaurants, and boutiques grouped together in the center of the neighborhood. Residents enjoy convenient access to Hollywood Farmer's Market, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's, located just off Sandy Boulevard, the district's main arterial road.

          5. Goose Hollow –Walk Score 93
            Located on the east side of Downtown, Goose Hollow boasts a unique mix of historic and modern. It's filled with turn-of-the-century architecture and is one of Portland's best communities for a tour of history. In addition to great dining and shopping options, this neighborhood also has scenic spots and entertainment for the whole family, including the Oregon Zoo and Washington Park. Goose Hollow is a great place for first-time buyers looking for a more affordable alternative to neighborhoods like Downtown and the Pearl.

          6. Northwest District – Walk Score 93
            This popular Portland neighborhood provides an ideal location for commuters. Situated northwest of downtown, the vibrant Northwest District has an abundance of attractions, including shops, restaurants, a renowned ice cream chain, and an urban forest reserve, within walking distance. All year long, locals and visitors line up at Salt & Straw for a taste of some local homemade ice cream. There's a slew of fantastic shopping options along 23rd Street, but if you want to escape city life, head to Forrest Park for verdant views. 

          7. Boise – Walk Score 92
            This quaint neighborhood in North Portland has become an in-demand area. Activity in Boise centers on Mississippi Street, a trendy tree-lined street with local eateries, shops, breweries, bars, boutiques, and more. Close to Williams Avenue, you'll find a combination of new condominiums, sparkling apartments, and historic homes boasting character and attractive curb appeal. Boise has the Portland funky vibe, but the streets are lined with beautiful trees, sidewalks, and well-maintained landscaping that provide a picturesque setting for your stroll.

          8. Sunnyside – Walk Score 91
            Sunnyside is essentially comprised of two smaller neighborhoods: Belmont and Hawthorne. Belmont is known for its hipster, boutique-y vibe, while Hawthorne, also known as Funky Hawthorne, has various vintage stores. Hawthorne Street and Belmont Street get lots of traffic as residents and visitors pop in and out of local coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, markets, and other specialty stores, which are within walking distance from anywhere in Sunnyside. The neighborhood is also close to Mt. Tabor Park, featuring miles of hiking trails.

          Looking for Portland homes for sale? We would love to help you find your dream home among Portland's walkable neighborhoods. Contact us for more information on real estate in Portland.

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