Portland Adapts to the Sixties – Our Home History
By all accounts, the 1960s were a tumultuous time in Portland and the world at large. The relative peace and prosperity of the 1950s gave way to challenge and change and the looming threat of another war. While the previous decade’s improvisation with home design continued, strolling through a neighborhood of homes constructed in the 1960s will present several key indicators of the decade’s emotional landscape.
Ultimately, we became more private. Energy was still relatively inexpensive so cavernous living rooms with vaulted ceilings made staying indoors feel less claustrophobic. Windows continued to expand, inviting the outside in, but the focus shifted to the back yard. Foundations crept closer to the front of the lot, concealing the activities of the neighborhood. Streets once alive with children playing together out front became more subdued. Two-car garages hid automobiles entirely, making it difficult for passersby to tell at a glance if residents were even home.
But out back, the homes were full of life. The daylight ranch found its stride in the 1960s, taking split-level living to new heights. The sliding glass doors transformed what would have merely been daylight basements into sun-splashed downstairs dens, complete with their own portal to a private backyard. This usually meant a patio ideal for social gatherings and a deck with a safely elevated view of the happenings below. Inside, the advent and increasing popularity of the range hood allowed modern designs to join the kitchen with the dining room, giving birth to the community-friendly cooking space.
Homes became sanctuaries amidst the social and political turmoil of a nation experiencing its growing pains on the world stage. While we still prize our privacy, the 1960s marked the turning point for several hallmarks of the home styles we still embrace today.
1. Volunteer & Donate:
Donate gifts, food and your valuable time to others in need through numerous non-profits.
2. Zoo Lights:
Every year the Oregon Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland from November 29th to January 5th. Boasting more than a million LED lights, walk through Zoo Lights as glowing forests, rainbow-lit tunnels and animal sculptures are brought to life.
3. Peacock Lane:
Searching for that good, old-fashioned holiday spirit? Look no further than the lights on Peacock Lane –located between SE Stark St and Belmont St. Walk, drive or even take a horse-drawn carriage through the neighborhood December 15-31, and enjoy each delightfully decorated home.
4. The Christmas Ship Parade:
Watch over 50 ships parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers December 6-21. The fleets will light up the waters each night for a dazzling holiday performance. The free event is on its 59th year, and supported by donations from the restaurants and hotels situated along the waterfront.
Columbia River Schedule
Willamette River Schedule
5. Festival of Lights at The Grotto:
500,000 lights, 160 choral performances, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows and hot chocolate are waiting for you at The Grotto’s Festival of Lights. One of the largest Christmas choral festivals in the world, explore the brilliant walk-through event November 29th to December 30th. This year’s theme, “Angels on High”, offers a blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, featuring five indoor concerts each evening in the 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics.
6. Winter Wonderland at the Portland International Raceway:
Enjoy the largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi from the comfort of your own vehicle! The 21st annual Winter Wonderland lights up from November 28th to December 25th on the Portland International Raceway, with over 250 colorful light set pieces and fully animated scenes to enjoy.
7. Holiday Exercise:
Feeling a bit bloated this holiday season? Want to shed some winter weight? Looking to donate to a good cause or volunteer? The Portland area offers a wonderful variety of marathons and fun runs that will keep you in shape and motivated. Be sure to sign up early because registration fills up fast… if you miss a race this year, mark your calendars for next year!
December 7: Reindeer Run
December 8: Portland Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 8: Ho Ho 5K
December 14: Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash
December 15: Holiday Half Marathon & 5K
January 1: Commitment Day 5K
8. Santa House on the Bricks:
Visit Santa Tom and Santa Phil at the “Santa House” on Pioneer Courthouse Square December 12-24. The 27 year old Portland tradition features the highest rated natural bearded santas, along with chestnuts on the fire, fresh roasted almonds and hot cocoa.
9. The Theatre:
In the mood for some sweet holiday tunes or delightful theatrical tales? These events are sure to please any avid theatre-goer. If you miss any this year, there is always next year!
Tuba Christmas –Listen to more than 225 tuba and euphonium players perform holiday music at Pioneer Courthouse Square on December 14th. Free.
The Nutcracker –Enjoy this classic tale, performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre at the Keller Auditorium.
Twist Your Dickens — Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with anachronistic characters, uproarious improv and an ever-changing stable of drop-in local celebrity guests.
Handel’s Messiah –Portland Baroque Orchestra and Cappella Romana perform Handel’s masterpiece oratorio at First Baptist Church.
A PLU Christmas –Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West, the University Chorale and members of the University Symphony Orchestra perform awe inspiring holiday music at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
The Christmas Revels –Experience winter time in Old Europe at the Scottish Rite Center Theater. The performance is complete with gorgeous costumes and set, fabulous choral music and instrumental music from the Portland Brass Quintet.
Christmas Unplugged at Artists Repertory Theatre –Spend an outrageous Christmas Eve with a churlish Santa, a kidnapped elf and a handful of hapless souls in need of some holiday spirit. Amid the shrapnel of yuletide yearning, broken dreams and poignant revelations, can the magic of the season spark hope in their hearts? A holiday debauchery double-bill for mature audiences.
10. New Year’s Eve Festivities:
Pa’Lante & Jujuba Jam for the Philippines: A New Years Eve Dance Party
Join in the fun at the Red Rose Ballroom on NE Alberta for a New Year’s Eve Dance Party! Hosted by Laurie Sonnenfeld, this benefit for the Philippines is sponsored by Mercy Corps. Featuring the musical groups Jujuba and Pa’Lante, boogie down to afro-beat, salsa, latin jazz and afro-cuban inspired tunes. Purchase tickets here.
Karaoke From Hell at Uptown Billiards
Become a karaoke superstar with the backing of a full live band, while enjoying delicious food and beverages at Uptown Billiards on NW 23rd. A fun, down-to-earth atmosphere and elegant decor are the perfect combination to ring in the New Year!
6342 NE Hassalo St: approx. $200,000
Situated in a quiet Northeast Portland neighborhood, this ranch style home features an open, single-level floor plan that provides a connected living experience. In the fully fenced backyard, mature trees and foliage create a private sanctuary –excellent for relaxing or entertaining. Inside, the living spaces flow pleasantly into one another, amply lit by an abundance of windows, while both bedrooms are tucked away for privacy. In the living area, an array of built-in shelves offer room to elegantly display your belongings. Conveniently located near Mt. Tabor Park and local dining, this home captures an ideal blend of comfort and practicality.
Total Square Feet: 780
View more photos & videos here: 6342 NE Hassalo St Website
4449 SW Twombly Ave: mid-$600,000 range
Situated in an established Southwest Portland neighborhood, this fantastically updated 1959 mid-century modern home is the perfect union of period charm and contemporary amenities, while offering distant territorial views. Wonderful architectural detail and clean lines can be seen in the exposed-beam vaulted ceiling, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows. While the home’s original design remains beautifully intact, the recent remodel has also integrated new stone, wood and tile finishes. This unforgettable daylight ranch will soon be ready for the market – you will love living here!
Total Square Feet: 2,975
- 1410 SE 30th Ave -
Splendid TrueView presentation and a fantastic location excited numerous buyers about this home. With five offers on the table, the 1907 bungalow sold for a whopping $12k over asking price. Combining the guidance of an experienced agent with the beauty of TrueView marketing is a recipe for success!
This light-filled bungalow maintains the allure of its 1907 construction, while boasting a multitude of updates including a remodeled kitchen. With over 15k in Clean Energy Works updates, enjoy a newer boiler furnace and insulation. Located in the desirable Hawthorne neighborhood, delight in the abundance of local shops, cafes and restaurants in close proximity.
The front of the home is decorated by easily-maintained landscaping. On the porch, a hanging swing provides a pleasant area for relaxing. Around back, follow the beautiful custom-built backyard landscaping, where a raised wooden boardwalk follows lush greenery.
Inside, hardwood floors, built-ins, arched doorways and classic architectural details emanate from every corner of the home, capturing an ideal blend of Old World Charm and style.
- 11841 SW 23rd Ave -
The success of this home is a story of fantastic teamwork; the agent and seller worked together closely, making sure to invest a great deal of effort into perfecting the home for the market. Renovations included resurfacing the ceilings and undergoing a delightful kitchen makeover. This attention to detail enhanced the effectiveness of the TrueView presentation that captured and highlighted the home’s beauty.
The buyers, a family from Alaska, quickly realized it was the home for them –the home was on the market for less than a day when they bought it! Preparing this home for the market and refining its details made this sale a true success.
While the front porch is an inviting portal, the backdoor is the true magnet for it leads to the home’s heart, its spacious country kitchen.
This magnificent home retains much of its original personality but has been updated by stewards respectful of its era. Besides the country kitchen, the main floor includes an intimate living room, formal dining room, mudroom and a half-bath. An attractive open staircase leads to the second floor where there are two large, sun filled bedrooms and a full bath. The master bedroom and bath are another level up. The home’s basement, also remodeled offers an inviting, flexible space.
The gorgeous 3/4 acre, completely level lot feels more rural than urban but it’s just 15 minutes from Portland’s vibrant city center.
12510 SW Summer Crest Dr – $399,000
Situated on a coveted lakefront lot beside Tigard’s Summerlake Park, this 1966 remodeled daylight ranch will soon be ready for the market! Featuring an expansive backyard sprinkled with trees, this home claims its very own service station for the hobbyist in your life. Inside, enjoy a gorgeously updated kitchen with granite countertops, a glass tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.
Total Square Feet: 2,910
The rainy season is here in the Northwest, and “Oregon Sunshine” is drizzling and pouring on our lives and our homes. Now is the time to enjoy beautiful waterfalls at full force and cozy up during a storm or downpour. Some may dread the damp blanket of moisture that covers the sky, but here in Oregon, locals have learned to embrace the rain and positively harness its power. Rain barrels and rain gardens are excellent ways to utilize the 40 inches of fresh precipitation we receive each year; saving resources, money and energy is sure to put a smile on any Oregonian’s face.
Rain barrels allow homeowners to collect water for their house plants, gardens and lawns. For every inch of rain that falls on a 1000 sqft roof, a whopping 600 gallons of water can be collected. Simply utilizing this free resource can save a significant amount of money in a season, and will help conserve water usage during the drier months. Rain barrels are easy to make, and readily available to buy, so embrace the rain and start collecting that good ol’ “Oregon Sunshine” –after all, it’s free!
Rain gardens are another excellent way to make use of the drizzle. Planting native trees, shrubs, flowers and other vegetation in a natural or landscaped basin positioned near a runoff source will collect rain water like a sponge. These gardens are a beautiful way to conserve h2o, reduce stagnant water in your yard and create a wonderful habitat for wildlife. The water slowly filters into the ground before becoming stormwater runoff –that means healthier urban waterways and habitats.
However you choose to welcome the wet weather, remember all the positive ways you can embrace the rain.
Check out this helpful guide for creating your own rain garden: PDF
Also, here’s an excellent rain garden How-To Video.
And for creating your very own rain barrel, there’s a comprehensive Do-It-Yourself Guide.
Behind the Scenes – TrueView
Employing the same instruments as Hollywood, our in-house team of media professionals crafts a TrueView motion picture for each listing. These adept video presentations essentially serve as private showings, transporting the viewer through a distinctive tour of what makes the home stand out.
A fiery orange van filled with the latest camera technology arrives on the scene and deploys a diverse team of filmmakers and photographers. Collaborating with the agent to capture the emotional elements of the property, they present the best portrayal of the home to the buying community.
For most of us, our homes represent the most substantial purchase we make. TrueView honors the human element of that investment by creating marketing with artistic value, inviting buyers to imagine their lives in every home we list.
3235 SW Gale Ave – low to mid $500,000 range
Total Square Feet: 2,266
Backing up to forest land that grants the property a private aesthetic, this charming daylight ranch boasts oversize back decks providing elevated views of of the lush greenery. Featuring a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and robust granite, a breakfast nook and hardwood floors, this 1958 remodeled masterpiece is the perfect fusion of modern amenities and Old World charm!