Bike on over to Clinton Street Theater for bike-themed films

Got wheels and a love for indie films? A bike-themed independent film festival will take place at the Clinton Street Theater April 19 to 22. The Filmed by Bike festival will return to Portland for its 12th year, bringing independent bike-themed movies from around the world. Festival Director...

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Portland coffee shops rank in top 50 in USA

The Daily Meal – known for its extensive online culinary content – highlighted four Portland coffee shops today as part of its list of America’s 50 Best Coffee shops. To create the list, a handful of coffee experts “scoured the nation from Portland to Florida looking for truly remarkable spots to...

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Sharing “SweetStory” in Sherwood

When you step into SweetStory, you know you’ve entered someplace special. This bakery in Old Town Sherwood sets the scene to delight not only your taste buds, but also your imagination. I stopped in one Friday on my way to the Renaissance Homes community at Rychlick Farm in Sherwood. The darling...

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Construction Corner: Blower Door Testing

Air flowing in and out of a home can cause lots of problems. Air leakage can account for 30 to 50 percent of the heat loss in some homes. This is one reason why Renaissance Homes conducts a blower door test through a professional energy auditor upon completion of every home. It helps to determine...

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Lots of activities this weekend – Design studio open house, egg hunt and metro-area open houses

Our Renaissance team is going to be out and about this weekend (April 12 and 13). With a high of 72-degrees in our near future, it’s the perfect weekend to get out and explore what we’ve been up to. Visit us at our Design Studio open house in Lake Oswego on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m....

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Attend the April 12 Design Studio Open House

You’re invited to a Design Studio Open House Saturday April 12 from noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and light bites as you preview the Renaissance Homes Design Studio featuring all interior and exterior finishes that complete a Renaissance home. From lighting and plumbing fixtures, tile details,...

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Attend Saturday’s Egg Hunt for Hope with Renaissance

The Renaissance Homes team is sponsoring Egg Hunt for Hope on Sat. April 12 at 12:30 at Laurel Ridge Middle School’s track and field in Sherwood. The eighth annual benefit includes four egg hunts – for children under 2 year old, those age 3 through kindergarden, those in first through fifth grade...

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Neighborhood profile: Reed

The Reed neighborhood of Portland is in the southeast section of the city, just north of the Reed College campus. Bounded on the west by railroad tracks, on the north by SE Holgate Ave., on the east by SE 39th Ave. and to the south by SE Eedway, SE Steele and a line south of SE Insley and SE...

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Neighborhood profile: Brooklyn

Home to the Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn Park, True Brew Coffeehouse and plenty of recreational opportunities, Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood hugs the east side of the Willamette River. Founded as a neighborhood in the 1860s, the area is comprised of many single-family homes, interspersed with...

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We’ll see you at the Spring Fling in West Linn

Welcome in the season with our Spring Fling event at 1388 Rosemont Road in West Linn.   Taking place April 8 from noon to 2 p.m., we welcome you to tour this beautiful move-in ready home and enjoy sweet treats. Make sure to linger in the large, flat backyard with a wrap-around deck — the...

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Visit us at an open house this weekend — Lake Oswego, West Linn, Portland, Sherwood

We can’t wait to show you around this weekend at one of our move-in ready homes throughout the metro area. Enjoy the warmer temperatures when out and about. Here’s where you can find us: Renaissance at Rychlick Farm –  You will fall in love with this lovely new Renaissance community in...

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Enjoy the lifestyle at Rychlick Farm this summer

Want to spend the summer living in style, surrounded by recreational opportunities and be settled before the school year? Welcome home to Renaissance at Rychlick Farm – a neighborhood of new homes in Sherwood that cater to those who appreciate a sustainably-built home, living an active lifestyle...

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Baird’s on B opens in Lake Oswego

The energy at Baird’s on B Friday night was infectious. Downtown Lake Oswego’s newest restaurant at the corner of Second Street and B Avenue was packed with families, girlfriends having a night out, couples and others, like myself, who were curious after seeing the new signs brightly lit atop...

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Visit an open house in Portland, Sherwood, West Linn and Lake Oswego

It’s set to be a great weekend in Portland. Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari plays the Keller Auditorium Friday night; Rolling Stone magazine named him the “funniest man under 30.” The Portland State Farmers’ Market is open and the Portland Better Living Show takes over the...

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Choose your Cascadia: Only three homes remain in West Linn’s Rosemont Pointe

Only three new homes remain at Rosemont Pointe in West Linn and they all happen to be the popular Cascadia floorplan. Completing in May and June, the homes will be move-in ready at a beautiful time at the beginning of the summer. Enjoy the Rosemont Pointe neighborhood pool and pool house this...

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EPS offers a clear view of home energy performance

In the market for a home that saves? Say hello to EPSTM. Brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, EPS is an energy performance score that helps smart homebuyers find equally smart homes – the kind that offer superior efficiency, comfort and savings. EPS lets you look behind the walls to see the...

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Tour a move-in ready home this weekend — Portland, Sherwood, West Linn, Lake Oswego

Happy spring. The weather is beautiful and it is supposed to be 62 degrees on Saturday and 65 degrees on Sunday. We can’t wait to see you out and about and share what we’ve been up to this weekend (March 22 and 23). Below is our open house schedule for this weekend. Have fun exploring your...

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Announcing new Renaissance Vintage locations!

Renaissance Homes announces upcoming vintage home locations. 2 spectacular new locations in Alameda. Alameda, Beaumont MS and Grant HS . Alameda has many local parks and a community garden open for the public to use and enjoy. A major park located just outside the neighborhood is Wilshire Park....

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Join us at a weekend open house

We can’t wait to see you and share what we’ve been up to this weekend (March 15 and 16). Below is our open house schedule for this weekend. Have fun exploring your favorite neighborhoods and touring our available, green-built homes. Renaissance at Rychlick Farm –  You will fall in love with this...

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Tualatin’s Stono 93 caters to active lifestyles

You can have it all. Looking for a new energy-efficient home in a family-friendly, flat neighborhood? Need extra storage capabilities and desire the finest interior finishes? Like a fenced yard and low monthly utility bills? Welcome home to Stono 93 in Tualatin. Named after the intersection of SW...

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How to Know If a Neighborhood Is Gentrifying

Bargains may be few and far between in the current real estate market, but buyers can get a deal if they are willing to purchase a home in an up-and-coming neighborhood. But discovering a neighborhood with potential can be tricky. “When you buy in an up-and-coming neighborhood, you are able...

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Join us at a weekend open house | Portland, Sherwood, West Linn, Lake Oswego

We can’t wait to see you and share what we’ve been up to. Below is our open house schedule for this weekend. Have fun exploring your favorite neighborhoods and touring our available, green-built homes. Renaissance at Rychlick Farm –  You will fall in love with this lovely new Renaissance community...

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We’ll see you at Sunday Parkways

Renaissance Homes is thrilled to sponsor Sunday Parkways this year. Grab some friends and take to the streets. Beginning in May, five neighborhoods in Portland will be a playground for athletic opportunities. Presented by Kaiser Permanente, Sunday Parkways fosters the community through five events...

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Biking the Springwater Corridor in SE Portland

Bike the equivalent of a half marathon on the first 13.2 miles  of 21.5 of the Springwater Corridor Trail. The trail starts at SE 4th Avenue and SE Ivon Street and ends on in Boring on Clackamas-Boring Hwy. No. 174 and Se Richey Rd. You needn’t worry about cars, the Springwater Trail is closed to...

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Your perfect day in Clinton/Division

Your new Renaissance home at 3926 SE Clinton is in the heart of all the action. Located in Southeast Portland, the area thrives thanks to its strong community spirit. Passionate mom-and-pop shop owners are up early rearranging window displays and adjusting daily specials on the menu. From...

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Weekend open house schedule | Cartathlon IV participation

We can’t wait to see you and share what we’ve been up to. Below is our open house schedule for this weekend. And, if you haven’t yet signed up, now is the time. Renaissance is participating in Cartathlon IV on Sunday so grab those wacky costumes and take to Portland’s streets. You may...

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Oregon snares #6 spot among nation’s LEED-savvy states

Oregon’s green-building prowess continues to pack a mighty punch. So says the U.S. Green Building Council, which reported Tuesday that the state ranks sixth in terms of per-capita Leadership in Environment and Energy Design projects. The list recognizes states with myriad projects that use less...

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Exploring Thai cuisine in Woodstock

Relative to the Thai population in Portland, there are a good number of Thai restaurants in the city. In the SE Portland neighborhood of Woodstock, known for the prestigious Reed College and innovative Woodstock Elementary, there sits a quaint Thai restaurant. Bai Mint, nestled between Radio Shack...

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We’ll see you at Cartathlon IV

How does free food from a food cart for a whole year sound? Pretty good to the 500 or so Cartathlon IV participants this year. Renaissance Homes is excited to participate in Cartathlon IV, presented by Willamette Week, on Sunday, March 2 from noon to 4 p.m. Known as Portland’s food cart scavenger...

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Revisiting “Splendor in the Grass”

About the Street of Dreams home “Splendor in the Grass” Address: 2415 Remington Drive, West Linn Price: $525,000 Square feet: 4,155 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Color scheme: Teal, burgundy, royal blue with taupe carpeting and walls Highlights: Curved staircase, library, open floorplan...

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Weekend open house schedule – homes and the Design Studio

It’s set to be a great weekend in Portland. Comedian and actor Richard Lewis will bring the laughs at the Helium Comedy Club, an “’80s Uprise” video dance party will take place at the Bossanova Ballroom and the Hillsdale Brewfest will showcase 22 of McMenamins’ finest bears at the Hillsdale...

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Spotlight on Lance Dunning Construction

Lance Dunning and his team with Lance Dunning Construction from Milwaukie has framed Renaissance homes since 1990. “We go back even farther,” Renaissance Homes President Randy Sebastian said of the framing contractor. “Lance and I went to elementary school together at Cedaroak Park in West Linn.”...

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Revisiting Randy’s first house | Renaissance beginnings

With more than 2,500 homes under his tool belt, Renaissance Homes President Randy Sebastian took a drive recently to view the first home he built in 1984. As his company celebrates 30 years in business this year, it’s a unique story to learn how the business got started – with one house. “We all...

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Sckavone’s brunch in Clinton is a best kept secret

The counter at Sckavone’s restaurant has been a gathering spot since the 1930s. Before becoming one of the best kept breakfast spots in Portland, it was the Eveready Drugstore and the long counter with built-in bar stools was where locals would gather for an ice cream cone or soda pop and discuss...

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Yoga in Sherwood is the perfect escape

New Year’s resolutions can come and go – possibly just as easily as forgetting what presents you gave for Christmas this year. According to a usa.gov poll, losing weight is the top resolution for Americans every year. This doesn’t come as a surprise, rather a statement, that obtaining better...

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Renaissance celebrates 30 years in business

2014 marks Renaissance Homes’ 30th year in business. Thank you for being a part of our journey. While a lot has changed in 30 years, one constant drives every member of our team – a passion for homebuilding. We find this industry inspiring, innovative and rewarding. We’re excited to make 2014 a...

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Your perfect day in John’s Landing

Your new move-in ready Renaissance home at 5923 SW Hood Ave. is in the heart of all the action. Located in Southwest Portland, the area is a hot spot filled with restaurants, coffee shops, shopping opportunities, gourmet grocery stores, great transportation and riverfront access. Enjoy living...

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Why You’re Not Losing Money On Your Home

Data shows consistent home price appreciation since 1975. To say homeownership is a consistent barometer of personal wealth is an overstatement. In reality, the past several years have been hard on homeowners in certain states, with prices dropping and values ascending at a slower pace — at...

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Home of the Week – 1388 Rosemont Road

Experience the splendor of living atop beautiful West Linn. Located at 1388 Rosemont Road in West Linn, this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home lives large. With a five car garage and expansive laundry room with four additional large closets, everything will have its place in this large 4,053 sq. ft....

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Homebuilding for a gingerbread family

In honor of the holidays we wanted to share some impressive homebuilding skills from those making gingerbread houses. As featured in This Old House magazine, enjoy these photos of amazingly crafted gingerbread houses. Are you crafting a gingerbread house this weekend? Feel free to share it with us...

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Indulge this holiday season

‘Tis the season to indulge. Whether its extra time with friends and family, trying out a new homemade hot chocolate recipe or wrapping up one more gift “just because,” enjoy this season as the year winds down. Just for fun, enjoy this delicious holiday recipe which gives added...

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7 top housing trends for 2013

“In 2012 we saw the housing market recover and, going into 2013, we expected continuing recovery,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors. “Instead, the recovery accelerated a lot faster than we anticipated, which was great for sellers and for the 75 million...

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Enjoy festive Portland events this holiday season

There is a reason this time of year is called the holiday season. With all of Portland’s festivities on tap – such as the Christmas ships and themed trivia and dance parties – we’re excited to celebrate the holidays all month long. Here is a sampling of upcoming events to keep you in the spirit:...

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New-home sales show biggest monthly increase since May 1980

Americans ramped up purchases of new homes in October after three months of soft sales, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully. Sales of new homes grew 25.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 444,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was the largest...

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Renaissance partners with HBF to build at-risk youth housing facility

Announcing the next HBF project: New Meadows  The Home Builders Foundation is pleased to announce its next project: New Meadows. The HBF will partner with Bridge Meadows, a multi-generation housing facility, to provide safe haven for at-risk youth aging out of the foster care system. New Meadows...

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Giving thanks

At Renaissance Homes, we are thankful to have the privilege to come to work each day energized about what’s ahead. We’re proud of our strong relationships with our trade partners and our clients. We are passionate about homebuilding and take green building very seriously. Thankfully, we know you...

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Save on Energy Costs This Winter

Whether you’re hoping to ease your impact on the planet or just want to save a few dollars, reducing your energy use can help you get there. In fact, 10 percent of renters in a recent Rent.com survey said that utilities are their biggest monthly expense, coming in third after monthly rent...

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Portland #1 City on Bike Score

Walkscore.com gives Portland big kudos. Overall the city ranks with a Walk Score of 63, a Transit Score of 50 and a Bike Score of 70. The Bike Score of 70 ranks Portland the #1 city for bikers. No surprise for Portlanders. Portland might be the most walking, biking, and public transit friendly...

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Introducing new cottage-inspired floorplans

The Morrison Bungalow and Cottage deliver countryside charm. Experience Renaissance Homes’ two new cottage-inspired floorplans – the Morrison Bungalow and the Morrison Cottage. Currently being built at 5521 and 5517 SE Steele in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood, these homes will boast the...

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Portland Monthly shares scary movies on the screen

In anticipation of the Halloween holiday, check out your favorite Halloween movies on the silver screen, as compiled by Roxanne Davis with Portland Monthly magazine. Maybe you’re too old to go door-to-door begging for candy this Halloween, but you can still celebrate! We’ve rounded up...

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Renaissance earns two Excellence Awards

Renaissance Homes has always built cutting-edge homes and its marketing department is reaping rewards for its homebuilding outreach that is a cut above. Renaissance Homes took home two award wins – Best Media Production Piece and Best App — at the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan...

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QR Codes Popping Up In Real Estate

What are those rows of lines and square dots? It’s a QR Code and it’s starting to pop up everywhere from manufacturing to retail and now real estate. QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode. The system has become popular due to its fast...

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Renaissance Style: Top 10 Staging Tips

Just like in life, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. If you are selling your home, make sure when prospective home buyers come see your home, it is ready! 1. Declutter Clutter makes homes seem small and disorganized. Pack-up now…you have to do it anyway. Everything in the...

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Renaissance at the Home & Garden Show!

It’s the premier Home & Garden Show of the year at the Portland Expo Center! Stop by and visit the Renaissance Homes booth, 712! We’ll be at the show talking about the Renaissance Homes custom home division. From building on your lot, to helping you find a lot, we can make your...

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7 Reasons to Buy a House Before 2014

If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and buying a home, the last quarter of 2013 might just be the time to do it. Rates on fixed-rate loans are still appealing, and experts say it’s still cheaper to buy than rent. Some financial institutions are also a little more lax with...

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Experts Comment on the Housing Market

National experts weigh in with their thoughts on real estate, the housing market and how we’re recovering. Rick Judson, chairman of NAHB Responding to the report that over 80% of housing markets are improving: “While there is still plenty of room for growth, this is an excellent indication...

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Learn about Woodstock’s Mandarin language program

Renaissance Homes is nearly complete with two Vintage Collection homes in the Woodstock neighborhood, located at 5521 and 5517 SE Steele in Portland. Not only are the bungalow-style homes charming, but the location is just a few blocks from colorful learning opportunities. Nearby Woodstock School,...

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Higher Interest Rates Haven’t Spooked High-End Buyers

Borrowers needing a jumbo mortgage are still snapping up homes priced at $1 million or more. Mortgage rates have risen. Home prices are up. But high-end home buyers are still on a spending spree. Purchases of existing homes priced above $1 million are up 25% from a year ago, said Walter Molony, a...

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Metro | Grand Opening Event! Food, Music & Northwest Wines

Join Renaissance President Randy Sebastian and the Renaissance team as we celebrate the opening of our newest collection – metro! Grand Opening Party at 3305 SE 11th in Brooklyn! Thursday, September 5th, 6-9pm. We’ll be throwing a neighborhood party. Join us for tasty bites from...

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Metro | Introducing Sleek Modern Architecture

Bright green doors, blue walls and European look kitchens? What is that? It’s the new metro collection from Renaissance Homes. Practical, open floor plans, sleek modern designs and energy efficient. “For me, building homes is about innovation and creating a space that people want to call home,”...

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Randy’s Blog | Talking Recovery Numbers

As the final weeks of summer are winding down, kids are headed back to school soon and our local economy is picking up some steam. I read in the Oregonian today that Portland had its 8th straight month of creating more jobs, unemployment is heading down and interest rates are remaining at historic...

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Renaissance welcomes new Director of Design

Renaissance Homes is pleased to announce that Lynnette Sandgren was hired as its Director of Design. She will work out of the company’s Lake Oswego headquarters and Design Studio. Sandgren’s background includes operating a full service interior design firm specializing in complex space planning...

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Neighborhood Profile: Thriving in Multnomah Village

When buying a home, most homebuyers look for the perfect location: a blend of a serene neighborhood, with easy access to restaurants and other essential businesses.  Multnomah has the perfect mix of these two standards. Multnomah Village is a business center with a variety of thriving local...

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Money Magazine | Sherwood #5 Best Small Towns in America

America’s top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community. Money Magazine recently ranked the Top 50 small towns in America and Sherwood, OR made the...

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Renaissance collects 595 pounds of food for Oregon Food Bank

Renaissance Homes collected 595 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank during The Vintage Home Show in late July. The tour highlighted four sustainably built Renaissance properties in the Multnomah Village neighborhood of Portland and each featured a food donation barrel. “The response was...

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Sherwood Grand Opening | Sat, Aug 3rd

Renaissance Homes is proud to announce our return to Sherwood with our newest neighborhood opening: Renaissance at Rychlick Farm. This gorgeous new neighborhood features 26 generously sized homesites, all built green with the latest technology and personalized through our exclusive Design Studio....

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Renaissance Homes Launches iPad App

Renaissance Homes is now available on your iPad. The iPad has become a necessary business tool for many of us and now you can access Renaissance Homes quickly and easily, all with a few clicks. “I carry my iPad with me everywhere I go,” says Randy Sebastian, President of Renaissance Homes. “I can...

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Home of the Week – 3610 SE Haig

Everything about the Renaissance home at 3610 SE Haig in Portland is unique. Located in the Richmond area of SE Portland, the neighborhood hugs Mt. Tabor and features Sewallcrest Park and the Ivon Community Garden. The neighborhood is also home to Richmond Elementary School which comprises the...

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Guest Blog | Are home prices headed for a cliff again?

When a fellow mortgage professional shared with me that one of his customers had recently lost in a bidding war to purchase an older home when a competing buyer offered $35,000 above the $340,000 list price and waived the right to an inspection, I thought I had been transported back to 2006-2007,...

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Attend The Vintage Home Show

Join us for The Vintage Home Show and help Oregon Food Bank. Taking place over two weekends (July 19 to 21 and July 26 to 28 from noon to 5 p.m. daily), the free home tour presented by Renaissance Homes and Directors Mortgage showcases four LEED-certified Renaissance homes from its Vintage...

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Multnomah Village Twilight Open House | Tues, July 16th | 4-7pm

The lazy days of summer are upon us. Warm nights with lots of sunlight are the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the weather, walk the dog and stop in for a Renaissance Homes open house. Join us for local wines and tasty cheeses in Multnomah Village, Tuesday July 16th from 4-7 pm....

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Neighborhood Profile: Movie Madness in Belmont

Movie buffs around Portland are aware of this fabulous little gem in Belmont called Movie Madness. The Renaissance team stopped in to find a hard to find video for President Randy Sebastian, and lo and behold – they had it! We became members and spent an hour perusing the store and all its movie...

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Outdoor Summer Concert Guide

Nothing says summer like live music under a gorgeous sky. Here in Portland we are surrounded by amazing options for live tunes, dancing, frolic and merriment – and all with food, drink and people-watching galore thrown in. Some of our family-faves are on farms and others are in the thick of...

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Home of the Week – 2728 Ridge Lane, West Linn

Stroll the farmers’ market in West Linn’s Historic Willamette District before enjoying a leisurely dip in your private, neighborhood pool. Meet a friend for coffee or picnic at one of the city’s many meticulously maintained parks. Welcome to Rosemont Pointe in West Linn by Renaissance Homes. With...

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Happy Fourth of July

Renaissance Homes wishes you and your family a happy Fourth of July. And, in honor of the occasion, our staff wanted to share some delicious red, white and blue dessert recipes. Have fun celebrating our great nation with some great noshing. We’re proud to be your local homebuilder and are excited...

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Home of the Week: 3430 SW Canby St., Portland

You like a house with a little character, but don’t want to forego closet space. When you entertain, you like to mingle with your guests. And when working from home, you like your own space. You still read books, collect antique sewing machines but can’t go an hour without checking your Facebook...

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Top 5 things to do in West Linn this July

It’s July – one of our favorite months to live in beautiful West Linn. With so many activities in full swing, this city knows how to celebrate in style. And this year marks the city’s 100th year so there’s even more to celebrate with the centennial. Here are some inexpensive ideas to keep you busy...

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More lots just released at Rychlick Farm in Sherwood

Renaissance Homes is pleased to announce the release of several more lots at Renaissance at Rychlick Farm in Sherwood. Several back to green space and all are generously sized. The 26-lot housing development located of SW Edy Road is the company’s fifth in Sherwood. Several homes are currently...

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Portland ParkScore #7 in National Tests!

Take that, #10 Seattle! For us in Portland, appreciating our parks is second nature. Admittedly, it’s a bit silly to try to compare cities by ranking them on a list of this or that. But who can resist? The lists have their limitations, but they are informative. In Portland, we tend to do pretty...

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Portland attractions offer something for everyone

Renaissance Homes welcomes you home to the Rose City. It’s a blast building environmentally friendly homes with the latest technologies and the charm of yester-year in Portland, Oregon — and its surrounding suburbs. Courtesy of TravelPortland.com, enjoy this list of fine attractions in...

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Randy’s Blog | Trends in the Portland market

My favorite time of the year is summer in Oregon and this summer is shaping up to be one of the best in the last five years. We’ve weathered many years of a tough recession and as the recovery is now in full swing across the country, I wanted to give you a few insights into what I am seeing...

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Improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner

Be ready for the summer months and improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner at the same time. To get the most out of your air conditioner during the peak summer months, Dave Teller, Renaissance Homes’ Quality Assurance Field Specialist, recommends that homeowners run air...

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Newly completed Upper Drive home had Renaissance coming to the rescue

Recently completed, this new custom built home on Upper Drive in Lake Oswego showcases the expertise of Renaissance Homes and the value of working with the award-winning homebuilding company from the get-go. Situated on three-fourths of an acre, the 4,937 sq. ft. Nantucket style home is three...

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How the Housing Recovery Is Juicing Job Numbers

Home building was responsible for 20 percent of GDP growth in the last six quarters. An important reason why the economy has not recovered from the Great Recession as quickly as in prior economic downturns is that a traditional leader of economic growth – housing – has been stifled. In recent...

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Neighborhood Profile: Historic Alphabet District in NW Portland

The Northwest District is a unique blend of retail and residential in the Northwest section of Portland. Craftsman and Old Portland-style houses co-mingle with grand old apartment buildings and sleek new condominiums, within walking distance of an extensive array of restaurants, bars, and shops....

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Home prices take biggest jump in 7 years

Oregon’s gain of 15.5 percent from a year ago places it among the top 5 states nationally. WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes. Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices...

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Move-In Process

Video #18 in our ongoing series of Renaissance Homes quality construction. President Randy Sebastian talks about the home move-in process. He shows off a finished home and goes over the warranty. Then, Randy introduces Dave Teller from customer service. Dave explains the walk through process and...

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NE 36th has it all

Looking for a sense of community and want to feel a part of all the action? Our recently completed home for sale at 4901 NE 36th in Portland in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood is situated on a corner lot on a tree-lined street yet just around the corner from New Seasons, Walgreen’s, Rose’s Ice...

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Top 10 things to do in Lake Oswego this June

It’s June and summertime has arrived to the beautiful city hugging Oswego Lake. It’s time to get out and celebrate and there are plenty of activities on tap this month. Renaissance Homes enjoys building homes in the vibrant city filled with culture. Our headquarters is also located here. Here are...

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Top “Must Have” Features For Home Buyers

You are out shopping for a home. What are the top features you should be looking for? The National Association of REALTORS, (NAR) recently released their annual 2013 Home Features Survey. The survey asked 2,000 home buyers their preferences on 33 home features. What feature did home shoppers...

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Explore Sherwood this summer

We think Robin Hood himself would agree – Sherwood is full of adventure. Explore the city this summer and learn why Renaissance Homes continues to build environmentally friendly homes in the family-friendly city. The 26-lot Renaissance at Rychlick Farm neighborhood recently opened off SW Edy Road...

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Exterior Flatwork & Landscaping

Video #17 in our ongoing series of Renaissance Homes quality construction. President Randy Sebastian talks about exterior concrete flatwork and landscaping. In front of a new home, Randy shows our process for building quality concrete walkways and driveways while also discussing the quality...

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Carpet

Video #16 in our ongoing series of Renaissance Homes quality construction. President Randy Sebastian talks about carpet installation. Randy discusses the 8lb carpet padding used in our homes and why that provides a superior experience for homeowners. Also mentioned is the material used for our...

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Acclaimed green building consultant gives Renaissance two thumbs up

Mark LaLiberte refers to Renaissance Homes as “one of the finest builders in the country.” LaLiberte, a highly regarded green building consultant, met with Renaissance’s director of production, Clark Dunning, and marketing coordinator, Nicole DeCosta, May 17 to swap building stories, share trends...

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Hardwoods

Video #15 in our ongoing series of Renaissance Homes quality construction. President Randy Sebastian talks about hardwood flooring – how we install it, the products we use and the choices we make on finishes. Randy also goes over in detail why our hardwood flooring is very resistant to damage, and...

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Let mom choose your new home

Grab mom and enjoy a fun home tour. Renaissance Homes will have several properties on display this Mother’s Day weekend. So, whether your family is looking for a new, green built home in urban Portland, perched in John’s Landing with the mother of all views or in our family-friendly...

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Granite & Tile Install

Video #14 in our ongoing series of Renaissance Homes quality construction. President Randy Sebastian talks about kitchen granite install and bathroom tile installs. In the kitchen, Randy shows off the granite used for the countertops and why Renaissance Homes uses a thicker slab than most. Moving...

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Sharing the potential — The Cleary Custom

Renaissance Homes shares the home built on a once overlooked lot through the Ultimate Open House tour   With a little intuition, imagination and gusto, Renaissance Homes is proud to unveil a Portland showhome that blends streamlined finishes and expansive views with the comfort of today’s green...

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Randy’s Blog | Housing and the economy

It’s been a tough 5 years for the economy, we all know that. This Spring we are seeing signs of life coming back to the Portland housing market. housing inventory is down, significantly in some pockets of our city, residents are feeling confident again with their employment situation and low rates...

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Interior & Exterior Painting

Video #13 in our ongoing series of Renaissance Homes quality construction. President Randy Sebastian talks about the quality of our low VOC paint. First, Randy explains our exterior painting process, why our homes always start off yellow, and the longevity of our exterior paint...

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