Non-Alternative Real Estate Facts


Regardless of where you stand on our colorful political spectrum these days, the term “alternative facts” has likely been a recent invader your personal media stream. As an antidote to that concept, here’s a handful of non-alternative facts about real estate. That is to say, they’re not arguably not true. They are, in fact, just fun facts that (hopefully) few people will spend their time arguing.

  • The most expensive Portland home sold last year carried the final price tag of a mere $5,441,294.
  • If you happen to be on the prowl for a trophy home, don’t despair… the most expensive property on the market, a 16,359 square foot villa in West Linn listed at a cool $18,000,000, is still very much available.
  • While January 2017 bedecked Portland with 8.39 inches of snow, it was nothing compared to our record winter wonderland of January 1893 that blanketed the City of Roses with 31.8 inches of snow.
  • January 21st, 1943 still holds the record for most snowfall in Portland in a single day at 15.5 freezing inches.
  • Portland’s more traditional precipitation, warm liquid snow, led to the Willamette River flood of June 1894, where it reached its highest recorded mark at 33.5 feet. Flooding was so bad that downtown businesses sold their wares to boat traffic from their second floor windows.
  • 122 short years later, in 2016, Money Magazine named Portland the “Best City in the West” due subjective things like our undeniable charm, as well as more concrete numbers like our median home price of $349k and unemployment rate of 4.7%.
  • Several large tech companies agree with Money Magazine’s assessment, planting their own roots in our tree-studded home. Portland has recently earned the nickname the “Silicon Forest.” Feel free to use that when you’re traveling and people ask you where you’re from.


If you’ve got some non-alternative facts of your own to share, I’d love to hear them!

As always, it would be my honor to help you formulate your property plans. Please consider me your resident expert for all things real estate. I’m always happy to be of service, even if it’s for something not necessarily sale related, like answering questions about testing for radon levels or finding a trusted vendor to make repairs on your property. All my contacts and experience are at your disposal!