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July
25

Best Trails for a Sunrise Hike in Portland

Portland Hiking

Few sights can match the awe-inspiring experience of a sunrise over the spectacular natural scenery around Portland homes for sale, and there are plenty of great trails in the area that allow you to get a front-row seat for one of nature's most amazing displays. As an added bonus, hitting the trails early allows you to beat the crowds and leaves you plenty of time to tackle everything else you need to do in your busy day. Our brokers appreciate the natural beauty of Portland, and we've got all of the key details on some of the best trails for a sunrise hike around the city.

  • Kelley Point Park – N. Kelly Point Rd., Portland, OR 97203
    Located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Kelly Point Park has a long, interesting history. In the early days of Oregon's settlement, this land was viewed as a place to start a city. Instead, it eventually became a city park, where you can watch the sunrise over the rivers with a pleasant breeze at your back. The Kelley Point Loop trail makes it easy to traverse the park with a short, scenic 1.7-mile hike.

  • Powell Butte Nature Park – 16160 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97236
    If you're in the mood for a hike with some elevation, Powell Butte Nature Park is an excellent choice. The park is located on an extinct cinder cone volcano, with about 600 feet of elevation to hike before you reach the highest point. There are a variety of trails here to choose from, and watching the sunrise from the top of an extinct volcano is one Portland experience that you won't want to miss.

  • Mt. Tabor Park – SE 60th Ave. & SE Salmon St., Portland, OR 97215
    Why settle for one hike on a cinder cone volcano when you can have two? Mt. Tabor Park is also located on a volcanic cinder cone, with paved trails that help you travel the 636 feet of elevation until you reach the top. This park offers some of the best views of the Portland skyline that you'll find anywhere, making it a great place to capture some sunrise photos during your hike.

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – SE Sellwood Blvd. & SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
    For a sunrise hike with a side of bird watching, try a trip to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The refuge features a 2.3-mile loop trail that offers excellent views of the blue herons that like to congregate here and allows you to watch the sunrise over the marsh. There are dozens of other species of birds to spot as you hike, with different species to see depending on what time of year you visit.

  • Forest Park – Portland, OR 97231
    With more than 40 access points located around Portland, 80 miles of trails, and over 5,200 acres to explore, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. There's a trail here for hikers of every experience level, and the Trail Map makes it easy to find an access point to Forest Park near your home. With hilly, occasionally steep terrain, this park rewards your hiking effort with some of the best sunrise views in Portland. The longest trail at Forest Park is the 30-mile Wildwood Trail, which is recognized as a National Recreation Trail and connects with many of the park's access points.

  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park – 98 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    Located in the heart of downtown Portland along the Willamette River, Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a dog-friendly park ideal for a quick morning hike with your furry friend. While the scenery here is more urban than the other larger parks on our list, the waterfront views are still fantastic. There are also interactive fountains and splash pads perfect for keeping the kids entertained if you bring them along for your hike.

  • Hoyt Arboretum – 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221
    Speaking of kid-friendly hiking destinations, Hoyt Arboretum offers a number of advantages if you're going for a sunrise hike with the whole family. The trails here are expansive, well-marked, and easy to traverse, making them ideal for young hikers. Hoyt Arboretum is home to more than 2,000 species of shrubs and trees, with educational signs that make it easy to teach your kids about each species. Watching the sunrise above the towering trees and lush green scenery is something that visitors of all ages can appreciate.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy the natural beauty of Portland? Our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.

July
18

Furniture Arranging Tips for Every Room

Furniture Tips

No matter your style, arranging your furniture in just the right way can turn a house into a home. When you use furniture arranging tricks from top designers, your rooms will look more spacious and inviting. Our brokers know a thing or two about presenting your space to look its best!

We know: Sometimes, nothing less than more space will do. Most of the time, though, you can give any room in your home a new lease on life by applying the techniques of interior decorating. It's easier than you might think – and if you have an afternoon to spend, it can be a lot of fun.

Let's take a closer look at furniture arranging insights that make a difference:

  • Choose a Focal Point
    Every room should have a single focal point. The focal point is where attention naturally flows. It helps to put the rest of the room in the right context. Sometimes, the focal point is obvious, such as a large window or fireplace. Otherwise, you can create one yourself and arrange other items around it.

  • Create Conversation Areas
    Think about how the space is intended to be used and how you can make social engagement easier. This is especially important in shared areas like the living room and dining room. Seating should be planned so everyone can participate comfortably and easily without raising one's voice or moving around.

  • Look for Balance and Harmony
    Balance is a key element that helps determine whether, when all is said and done, the pieces you put in a space will look "right." It can be hard to see balance while you're working on it, so be sure to examine each furniture item in terms of its size and placement. This way, a room won't be "lopsided."

  • Consider the Flow of Foot Traffic
    A thoughtful approach to traffic flow is essential for enabling a space to be "lived in" in an organic way. There must be enough room between items for people to pass between them, and this becomes even more critical in areas with high traffic. Leave a couple of feet between tables and chairs, too.

  • Roll Out Rugs for Emphasis
    The unspoken rule of area rugs is that when a rug is used in a space, it should be large enough so all the seating in that space fits comfortably on the rug. There's some leeway here for larger pieces, where the back legs can sit on the room's flooring if necessary to balance the load.

  • Don't Underestimate the Coffee Table
    Unlike so many other items you might want to introduce into a space, bigger really is better when it comes to a coffee table. The coffee table is both aesthetic and functional. It acts as the natural focal point of the room and also serves as a social oasis, particularly when visitors drop in.

  • Space Your Tables Appropriately
    Wherever you have coffee tables or side tables, you should have seating and vice versa. No seat should be without access to a table. Tables should be placed at approximately arm's length. With side tables, a height comparable to nearby chair arms is best; for coffee tables, a bit lower than the nearest seating.

  • Use Light to Your Advantage
    Natural lighting has a stupendous ability to make a room seem larger. Trade heavy window coverings for lighter ones, and you'll not only get more light but make the room appear warmer and more calming. Mix up overhead lighting, floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces to avoid pools of darkness in a room.

  • Introduce Art into Your Space
    Artwork, mirrors, and sculptural items can all go on your walls. Of these, the special reflective qualities of mirrors are best for enlarging a space. Every item you hang on the wall should be in proportion to the furniture item it hangs over or near, with selections of wall space chosen strategically for best effect.

  • Avoid Furniture Against the Wall
    When you desire to make the most of every inch of space in your home, it's only natural you might feel the temptation to move furniture items up against the wall. Even in a smaller room, the overall effect of furnishings is enhanced by leaving a few inches between their feet and the nearest wall or walls.

  • Bring it All Together
    As you coordinate your space, work with one small part of the room at a time. Step back frequently to assess how things are coming together, but try not to worry. You may not be totally sure about what's going well (or not) until you are done. Once you have the full picture, always feel free to change your mind. It's your space, so enjoy it your way.

Contact us to learn more about your local real estate opportunities.

July
11

Explore Portland: Get to Know the Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

Get to know the glittering jewel of Portland's incredible neighborhoods. Our brokers share their favorite must-see places in the chic and historic Pearl District.

History of the Pearl District

While the word "pearl" conjures up images of a shiny, polished gem, Portland's Pearl District was originally a gritty area that was home to railroads, warehouses, and industrial buildings. In the mid-1980s, urban renewal began transforming the neighborhood into a popular district known for art galleries, charming boutiques, and trendy restaurants.

At one time, the district was known simply as the Triangle, but a search began for a more satisfying name. The Rose Arts Magazine presented a list of suggestions, and the Pearl District ended up gaining favor as a reference to the artists who were setting up studios in warehouses being converted to lofts.

Activities

  • Jamison Square - 810 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Green spaces were a major part of the plan for the Pearl District, and the best-known may be Jamison Square. This pocket-sized park, just under one acre, is a favorite of families because of its centerpiece fountain. Designed to replicate a tidal pool, the fountain features a waterfall that cascades into a continually refilling basin. Park hours are 5 a.m. -  midnight daily. 

  • First Thursday - NW 13th Ave. & NW Irving St., Portland, OR 97210
    First Thursday
    is one of three monthly art walks held in Portland. Artists are on hand at Pearl District galleries to discuss their work, as well as selling their pieces at street stands. Live music and refreshments complete the picture. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.

Shops

  • Powell's City of Books - 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
    Founded in 1971, Powell's City of Books is a true Portland landmark. The store takes up an entire city block with nine color-coded rooms that encompass more than 3,500 different sections. Book lovers from around the country flock to the Rare Book Room, which includes autographed first editions and other items of interest. Powell's is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Recycled Chic Boutique - 239 NW 13th Ave., Suite 209, Portland, OR 97209
    It's no surprise that Portland residents want to look stylish while still observing their commitment to the environment. Recycled Chic Boutique offers a thoughtfully curated selection of gently-used designer clothing and accessories, from casual streetwear to high fashion. You're likely to find brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Jimmy Choo represented. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Dining

  • Fuller's Coffee Shop - 136 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Tradition is alive and well in the Pearl District at Fuller's Coffee Shop. This old-school diner opened in 1947 and still retains the delightful retro ambiance. Instead of booths or tables, take a seat at the classic U-shaped counters with swivel stools. Breakfast is served all day, as well as comfort food favorites such as BLTs, burgers, and egg salad sandwiches. Fuller's is open 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily except Sunday when starting time is 8 a.m. 

  • Oven and Shaker - 1134 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Pizza may be considered casual food, but it's serious business at Oven and Shaker. Chef Cathy Whims, a multiple James Beard award nominee, was inspired by numerous trips to Italy. Oven and Shaker's pizza begins with their signature 70-year-old sourdough starter and features fresh local ingredients for the toppings. Pies are hand-tossed and fired in a Milanese wood-burning oven that was transported brick-by-brick from Europe. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Entertainment

  • Portland Center Stage - 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    From its origins as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage has grown to become one of the top 20 regional theaters in the country. In addition to plays, Center Stage hosts events such as art exhibits, improv shows, and live music. 

  • The Big Legrowlski - 812 NW Couch St., Portland, Or 97209
    At The Big Legrowlski shows are on every night, featuring the best local musicians, open jams, and dance parties with top DJs. Hours are 7 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. - midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover charge runs $5-$10, with no cover for open jams.

No one knows Portland homes for sale like our cheerful and experienced brokers. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.

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