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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Neighborhood Profile: Artsy & fun in Alberta Arts District

Alberta Arts, a neighborhood with beautiful homes and a thriving arts community. Everywhere you look, from coffee shops and restaurants to clothing boutiques are filled with local artists showcasing their work. For the most part, art is displayed in stores, rather than in galleries for artists to...

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10 neighborhood homebuyer magnets

John Donne wrote that “No man is an island.” If he had been a real-estate broker, rather than a 17th-century English poet, he might have added that no house is, either. Context is everything, and neighborhoods matter. According to a National Association of Realtors survey released in...

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Portland Ranked 8th Best City to Trick or Treat

Kids love it – the candy, the costumes, the laughter and the fun. It’s Halloween! Zillow recently announced its top Trick or Treat Towns for 2012 and Portland made the Top 10! San Francisco Boston Honolulu Seattle San Jose Chicago Los Angeles Portland Philadelphia Washington These...

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First ever non-profit bar opening in Woodlawn

When construction started for our new Ainsworth on NE Dean, we were excited to become a part of such a unique, up-and-coming neighborhood. We couldn’t have picked a better time to do so either, as the neighborhood is about to make history with the opening of the first ever non-profit bar. Although...

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Pearl District Named To Top Public Spaces Around World

Every community needs a commons where people can gather as friends, neighbors and citizens. This can be a grand public square, a humbleMain Streetor a vacant lot with a few handmade benches where locals sit down for conversation. Or even a bridge, beach or bus station, as the examples below....

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Lake Oswego Named To 10 Best Towns For Families

Lake Oswego is one of Family Circle’s 10 Best Towns for Families. The communities featured in the magazine’s annual roundup of perfect places to call home combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits. The results of the comprehensive...

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Portland: #2 City to Live Car Free

Several factors make a city easy to live in without a car. The most important one is a widely available and efficient public transportation system. Another is having daily amenities, such as groceries, shopping, schools and entertainment, nearby and within easy reach on foot or by bicycling. The...

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Neighborhood Profile: Lively eateries in Buckman

The location, the nature, as well as the local businesses and schools make Buckman one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Portland area. The quiet residential streets, with the close proximity to an abundance of local shops, gives this neighborhood the best of both worlds. The Buckman...

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Piedmont Neighborhood Profile: Friendly & Rosey

Piedmont is known as a friendly neighborhood. The locals say that in this neighborhood, people are more inclined to talk to one another at their local coffee shop and greet their neighbors by name. The age difference also encompasses the friendly feel of the neighborhood.  There is not a distinct...

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Neighborhood Profile: Fun and funky Hawthorne

Hawthorne is well known as a fun and funky neighborhood in the Portland area. It has also become a hot spot for entertainment. The district is filled with unique coffee shops, bars and antique shops that one would be unable to find anywhere else. With the great nightlife in this neighborhood,...

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University Park Neighborhood Profile: Close-in and quiet

University Park is known as a quiet area with residents who love to get out and enjoy the outdoors. University Park has a few coffee shops and other local businesses, but is mainly a small town with most of its area covered with parks and residential areas. The 13 minute drive to downtown Portland...

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Alameda Neighborhood Profile: A Promenade of Trees

The name “Alameda” stems from the Spanish word for cottonwood tree: “Alamo.” It specifically means a public walk or promenade lined with poplar trees. To this day, Alameda lives up to its name as a neighborhood with streets lined with trees. The Alameda neighborhood was established in 1859 when...

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Sellwood Neighborhood Profile: Eclectic & Historical

Sellwood was established in May 1882 when 321 acres was purchased from a pioneer named John Sellwood. Five years later, Sellwood had almost 100 homes, three stores, a church and a school. Eleven years later in 1893, Sellwood was annexed into the city of Portland. Street cars were a major part of...

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