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Little pink houses – You’ve got to love the personality

Sometimes you just have to love the personality of people and how they express that personality. I have to say, when I met these people while door knocking, I had to find out the story behind this little pink house and who was behind it.

After we met the owners who happened to be home, we found out they built the garage from the ground up and still have the model that the designer originally built to show what it was going to look like. It was really awesome!

Homes like this are all around Portland. They all give Portland personality, but this one just stood out for me. This home is one of those homes that make you realize why we have bumper stickers around town that say "Keep Portland Weird".

From the pink flamingos, to the hand chair and tub in the front yard, this yard just makes this neighborhood what it is. Talking to the neighbors, they too love what they have done with the house, because it was just the plain Jane house of the neighborhood when they moved there in 2001.

But, as you can see from the pictures this home has some personality and so do the people who own it!


Thanks Sandy and Tim for making Portland such great place to live!


This second portion is written by Seraina Aguayo my walking partner and mentee! Thanks Seraina!

Minutes from the N St. Johns shops and restaurants; In the midst of manicured lawns, old growth trees, quaint little bungalows and cottages resides a vibrant Flamingo Pink bungalow that screams expressions of creativity and individuality.   Todd and I were pleasantly greeted by owners Tim & Sandy outside of their artsy abode.  Todd and I couldn't help but admire the extravagant foliage that surrounds the outside front and left side of the pink home.  To the side of the garage rests a perfectly designed pink with red and white trim office/shop with metallic red garage door.  "I grew up in San Francisco, CA and wanted the home to show that flair.  Hence the pink flamingos in the yard and yes "Pink Flamingo" paint."

Sandy , who used to have an act as "Betty Boop" in California, and Tim who is a talented mechanic reveal much of their personality in the décor that adorns the shop and home.  Betty Boop memorabilia and chrome mechanic artifacts are made decorative art pieces within and without the shop and home.

It is always a joy and wonder to see and investigate the history and motivation for these unique properties that help to make Portland known for its' irresistible character and charm. 

My Kudos this week go to Tim and Sandy of N Portland!


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Comment balloon 16 commentsRespect Realty LLC • June 29 2008 10:03AM


Hi Todd, OMG what a great's nice to see the people's expressions are appreciated there in Portland..If someone did that here on Cape Cod it would be sure to start some controversy..Have a great day!  Loved seeing the pictures!

Posted by Tara Stone, NJ Estates and Stables (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I love your blog and how you presented this I need to train myself to pump up the volume for a blog posting what a house got to love pink does a guy live there? or just the wife you he supports good luck with all you do.

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Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) over 10 years ago

what a great post.  good way to put yourself permanently in the minds of the people you meet.  i have to say - don't think I'd buy the house... but I sure would enjoy knowing the people who lived there, I can tell.

And, you make a great point - especially with unique properties... sell the personality, sell the story of the house; this house will never compete with "brick front, granite counters, appliances, inlaw suite... Why even try?  They're not in the same realm.  One sounds like it comes with a big mortgage (oh, impressive)... the other sounds like it comes with a happy life.  Which would you want?

Posted by Vicky Chrisner (Fieldstone Real Estate) over 10 years ago

LOL!  Thanks for sharing, what a wonderfully unique place.  I was wondering, how did you meet them through door knocking?  Were they an expired listings?



Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) over 10 years ago

TODD:  That hand chair reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of The Odd Couple, when they redesigned the apartment to be more "modern."

Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 10 years ago

They sound like fun people! The house reminds me of an Almond Roca can.

Posted by Chris Dowd (Windermere Gig Harbor) over 10 years ago

This neighborhood has its very own valentine!  I love the unique home and gorgeous yard.  It made me happy just to see the pictures.  How fortunate to live in such a welcoming neighborhood. 

Nice writing by Seraina, too.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) over 10 years ago

Todd - Beautiful article/beautiful home - you should send the link to Sunset Magazine - this post outshines some of their featured property articles.  Did I say that out loud?  :)

I used to walk my neighborhoods in California - and enjoyed it.  In Mesquite, door knocking is not allowed!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Todd:  What a unique house.  In our area it would stick out like a sore thumb.  Northern Virginia is the land of the HOA covenants control.  It's nice to see something different once in a while.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Todd - I love the pictures and your presentation of a this fun unique home. Seraina did a great job with her description.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

I used to live in a pink house. I was always being asked about it. Funny thing is that it was pink when I bought it and I didn't have cash at the time to paint it another color.

When I did end up painting it, I painted it yellow. It just seemed to fit. Of course then everyone wanted to know why I chose that color! Sometimes you just can't win.

Posted by Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington (Realty One Group Cascadia) over 10 years ago


It actually looks kind of hip Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Hey Todd....I love this pink house.....and this is different having someone else write on your post ....nice job.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago


Do you have anything in a 'baby blue'...! :) Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Tara - That is what is cool about this neighborhood, they actually embrace it and love the house. They think the home was an eye sore before they bought it!

Lynn - Yes, a guy lives there and he loves here very much, but the garage is certainly his with Ford parts everywhere!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Todd, I'm thinking we could put some tunes with those words and maybe have a song, not sure who we could have sing it for us? grin

Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 10 years ago

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