What do you call it?

Here is a great video about ADU's, granny flats, accessory dwelling units, laneway housing or mother in law studio?

I call it SMART! Watch it here and than decide what you call small housing!

 

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Aging in Place, architecture, downsizing, interior design, Portland Love, Real Estate, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rent vs Buy??

Check out this interactive map – it looks like buying is cheaper than renting- how long will this last?

 

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Apartments, Real Estate, Renting | Tagged , , , ,

Family Learns to Love Discomfort – LifeEdited

Family Learns to Love Discomfort – LifeEdited.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, Community, downsizing, interior design, Lifestyle, Real Estate, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , ,

The time has COME!

After assisting so many people downsize the past 5 years- it is now MY TURN!

I have sold the 4,000 sq ft home in suburbia – and I am heading URBAN- to a small 900 sq ft rental cottage I own.

This is a side step since the dream is to build a new modern urban home- stay tune for some more downsize ideas!

I am be taking a break from the blog- getting settled-have a great summer and see you in September with lots of fresh ideas!

Let me know how your downsizing is going and where you are moving!

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, Real Estate, stories | Tagged , , , , , ,

I love this smart savvy Lady!

I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder for a vibrant downtown for Lake Oswego, marketing two condo projects, Stafford Commons and 555 2nd st Condos for the last five years.

Foothills Park

Foothills Park

Michele is an urban strategist with extensive background in commercial real estate, development consulting, project management, and retail leasing. She founded Civilis Consultants to help cities improve their downtowns by teaching the building blocks found in successful commercial districts. Working together with stakeholders, she takes those essential elements and uses them to help communities construct detailed and achievable plans for revival.

Who would not love this savvy consultant and her fast paced informative presentation- she is known nation wide!

 

Lakeview Village

Lakeview Village

The next series of workshops will included the following-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Analysis and Recommendations Presentation- short term goals and concrete steps

Field Trip of “Do’s and Don’ts” in the City

Marketing and PR workshop “every downtown should have a clear idea of the experience it wants to provide”

Be sure to connect with Michele at www.civilisconsultants.com and www.cityoflakeoswego.com for more information.

See you downtown at the Saturday market for all the Turkey fixins! Cheers ck

George Rogers Park

 

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Aging in Place, architecture, Community, downsizing, education, Events, Lifestyle, Local News, Parks, Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Skinny Homes around the World

With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)!  But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around the world.

Amsterdam is no stranger to skinny housing and these homes are common through out the city. At one time, there was a tax based on the width of a property – thus inspiring a lot of folks to go up instead of out! To read more about each home, click the city name.

{Amsterdam}

{Philadelphia}

{Boston}

{Scotland}

{Seattle}

So could you live in one of these Skinny Homes?

Images via here.

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, Real Estate, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bring your Antiques!

Just because you are downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favorite antique pieces! With a little creative thinking and good space planning those beloved hutches, chests, secretaries and bookcases can come along with you. They often provide ample storage, which is key in a downsized home and they almost certainly hold memories and special meaning – so bring them along! Let’s peek into the home one of my own “downsizers” and see how she incorporates her much loved, large scale pieces into her 1,800 sq. ft. abode.

Oozing with European style and opulence, this client plays with scale and challenges her space by not being shy about large pieces. Balancing light and dark prevents the room from feeling heavy. High ceilings and ample natural light makes the space appear larger.

An antique silver tray adds sparkle to this tufted leather ottoman…

By creating stylish vignettes, she tells a story and creates layers of personal interest with her collections.

This majestic hutch is right at home in this open floor plan.

And who would have guessed that this painted bookshelf would fit perfectly into this hallway! A great place to grab a good book and smile at family photos on the way to bed.

An eclectic sitting room is full of antique finds. The different styles blend effortlessly, resulting in a room full of character and warmth.

So, don’t get rid of all your favorite pieces, thinking you must go buy a complete set of small-scale furniture for your new downsized home. Mix it up, keep what you love, get rid of what doesn’t work, play with scale and create balance within your new rightsized lifestyle.

Need help? I’m here for you!

 

 

 

 


 

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, furniture, interior design, Real Estate, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bath Design: Wall mounted Vanities

In many downsized homes, bathrooms inevitably get smaller too…so how can you make them appear more spacious? The answer : get that vanity up off the floor. Wall mounted sinks and storage not only make the bathroom easier to clean they visually trick the eye by revealing more floor space – instantly the room feels more open! The vanities at our 555 townhouses are all like this and people always wonder why…it’s smart design!

For more inspiration, check out this fabulous round-up of “floating” vanities…

Zenbath contemporary bathroom
Cary Bernstein Architect Choy 1 Residence modern bathroom
MODERN modern bathroom
XStyles Bath Design Studio contemporary bathroom
bathroom modern bathroom
Pretty cool right? Would you consider one for your downsized bathroom? If so, you might want to take a peek at Ronbow – they carry  a wonderful line of these space-saving vanities.
Have  a wonderful Monday!

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: bathroom design, downsizing, interior design, Real Estate, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Home Tour : London Style

Hi all,

My name is Ivette and I’m guest posting on Candace’s blog today.

She sent me out on assignment yesterday! Where? On a huge, red, London-esque double-decker bus, of course! Yup, at 10 am me and a gaggle of Windemere real estate agents boarded the cherry red bus for a royal real estate tour. Like most places, Lake Oswego is aflutter with talk of the upcoming Royal Wedding, so why not view homes via a Brit approved bus! We sipped mimosas and watched the gorgeous scenery of West Linn, Oregon City and Lake Oswego whizz by.

Our first stop was Candace’s listing…a lovely home in West Linn…click here for the listing info and more pics.

From house to house we traveled, up winding hills and over bridges, laughing at the crazy hair pin turns and gasping as our big red bus careened down hills and narrow passes. The sun finally made an appearance and brightened the experience. Each home offered something different – a beautiful view, a glamorous bathroom, a slice of history. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours and I felt lucky to get the chance to go!

Here’s a little slide show of the tour…

 

Here is a list of the homes we toured with corresponding links…

1. 1494 Skye Parkway, West Linn MLS# 11184239

2. 4145 Horton Rd. West Linn MLS# 11333578

3. 2510 Oregon City Blvd. West Linn MLS# 10075196

4. 812 John Adams St., Oregon City MLS# 11591359

5. 3520 Riverknoll Way, West Linn MLS# 11482902

6. 1956 Cheryl Ct. Lake Oswego MLS# 11437047

7. 2070 Ridge Point Dr. Lake Oswego MLS# 11665122

8. 1196 Fairway Rd. Lake Oswego MLS# 11086534

Go take a peek at these gorgeous homes! Thank you Candace, for sending me on this adventure.

I had a blast!

xo,

p.s. Looks like the bus was spotted around town (it’s kinda hard to miss) and was featured on KATU…see here!

 

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Community, Real Estate, stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Downsized Dwellings # 1

Touring homes that have just hit the market allows real estate brokers to have the first look and get a jump on properties that might suit their client’s needs. In this market, homes have to be TOP NOTCH – clean as a whistle, updated, edited of personal photos, great lighting, fresh flowers and the outside needs to be just as inviting as the interior!

So as I’m touring homes and using my keen designer eye – I wanted to start featuring listings that are perfect for anyone who’s downsizing! Ready for the first one? Let’s go!

Check out this Mid-century Modern home in West Linn, OR with lovely natural setting.  A nice, modest footprint at 1503 sq ft, with 2 bedrooms  and 1 bath.

This lot is large and private. Gotta love that!

Great modern kitchen with open floor plan – love the built-in refrigerator with vertical storage!

Good for entertaining…the kitchen flows effortlessly into the generous dining room…

The large slate patio out back has a zen like quality sets a great foundation for an outdoor retreat.

Exploring the garden reveals meandering trails and a beautiful water feature complete with pond and waterfall.


A little oasis but still close enough to town and fabulous amenities. At just over 1500 sq ft. this peaceful home would be perfect for someone looking to downsize their space and rightsize their lifestyle!

Look for another featured Downsized Dwellings next week! If you would like more information on this listing, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm
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