Attached vs Condo, What’s the Difference?

I think that most people think that the word attached (also commonly called townhouse) is based upon the design of the property.  Either one or two story with no neighbor above or below. That is not the case. Attached does mean that you don’t have a neighor above or below, but, more importantly, it means that you own the dirt underneath.  Because you own the dirt, you are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the crawl space.

There is a huge advantage to purchasing an attached home. Besides not having someone living above you, it is much  easier to finance, which makes it easier to sell. Lenders treat attached houses just like any other house.


With a condo you own the interior walls and everything inside of those walls. The exterior walls, crawlspace, and roof are all part of the limited common areas of the home owners association.

Condos can be a little bit problamatic when it comes to financing.  Federal lending guidelines requre that at least 50% of the units be owner occupied, and one individual or entity can not own more than 10% of the units. Additionally, to be FHA financeable, the HOA must apply for and maintain their FHA eligibility. This is often neglected by the HOA and so it is not always availble. Because condos tend to be more affordable, they are often purchased by first time home buyers. With out FHA financing, it can be too hard for first ime buyers to come up with enough of a down payment to purchase in communities that don’t have FHA approval.

When Linda and I do the Market Activity Report, we always indicate if a property is Detached, Attached, or a Condo. I thought it would be helpful if you understood the differences.

As always, thanks for reading the Blotter,


Radon and Granite Countertops

At Oregon First we have a gmail group called Haves and Wants. A recent discussion happened about the topic of radon and granite countertops.

Radon comes from granite. When you purchase a home, you should alway do a radon test to see if the radon levels in the house are higher than the EPA limit of 4.0 picocuries. (The World Health Organization recommends a level of not more than 2.7 picocuries.) Generally speaking the granite is in the form of boulders underneath the house, in the ground. You just don’t know whether the house is built over granite boulders or not, so you always test the radon levels.

So if radon comes from granite, what about granite countertops?

This subject came to my attention about 15 years ago. So I dialed up my favorite radon mitigation company and asked if I should be concerned. I was told that, generally speaking, the radon given off by granite countertops was not at a level high enough to be concerned.

Here is the offical EPA information. Click here.

White kitchen design features large bar style kitchen island with granite countertop illuminated by modern pendant lights. Northwest, USA

The bottom line is that you should be concerned about the possibility of radon in a house. Always get it measured. Even if you aren’t buying a house. If you live in a home where you have never measured it, get it measured. You can buy a do-it-yourself test at your local home improvement store, and there are numerous companies who perform this service. The cost to test is $60-$150. Cheap for the peace of mind. If radon is found, the cost to mitigate it is $1500-$3000, generally speaking. Again, cheap for the piece of mind.

I also think that when planning a remodel, don’t assume that just because it is available for purchase it has no issues. Do your research. There are alternatives to granite that are also gorgeous.

I hope that you find this useful. Thank you for reading the blotter.


Market Activity Feb 7-13, 2022

I once had a client who had statistically figured out the the prime weekend of the entire year to put your house on the market is the weekend following the super bowl. With 19 pending sales in Lake Oswego last week, that certainly feels like good advice. We also had 6 new listings and 10 properties that were closed sales.

See below for further RMLS data.

New on the Market Feb 7-13, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
4 Touchstone Dr #150Condo$225,90022984
4631 Lakeview BlvdCondo$250,00011753
45 Eagle Crest Dr #513Condo$253,50021.51056
48 Eagle Crest Dr 4ACondo$475,000221489
668 McVey Ave #10Condo$540,00031992
16758 Graef CircleDetached$669,000311295
5353 Lakeview BlvdAttached$1,119,00043.52900
2650 Overlook DrDetached$1,250,00042.53030
21 D Ave GPHCondo$3,269,20032.53399
807 Ellis aveDetached$3,600,00044.54964

Pending Sales Feb 7-13, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
89 Galen StCondo$199,000115523
45 Eagle Crest Dr #312Condo$229,0001178016
200 Burnham Rd #206Condo$349,00021119962
3974 Carman DrAttached$380,00022.511070
34 Condolea DrCondo$475,0002214203
750 1st St E27Condo$479,900221350162
5062 Foothills Dr GCondo$485,00022125298
2806 SW Orchard Hill PlDetached$649,00032.523245
18561 Kristi WayDetached$649,95032.5145068
48 Hillshire DrDetached$795,5004330345
93 Tanglewood DrDetached$799,90032.5+.5311121
6 Grouse TerDetached$850,0003336534
2777 Evergreen RdCondo$895,00033.519502
2719 Greentree RdDetached$985,00053.538865
14711 Uplands DrDetached$1,695,00044.533273
21 D Ave #13Condo$1,993,20022.523048
21 D Ave #4Condo$2,067,00022.5243186
2305 Glen Haven RdDetached$2,275,00054363282
1845 Highlands LoopDetached$2,995,00043.5+.553063

Closed/Sold Feb 7-13, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
4 Touchstone #94Condo$248,000$238,00013517
30 Crestfield CtCondo$290,000$300,0009891
16200 Pacific Hwy #9Condo$524,900$500,00011900
1118 StDetached$650,000$650,000132012
8 Da Vinci StDetached$779,000$845,5002,9064
16538 Maple CircleDetached$1,550,000$1,750,00028544

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

The Importance of a Great Backyard

Backyards are truly something to be enjoyed. They expand the living area of a house and are the location for making memories in solitude, as well as with friends and family. When I show houses and we walk outside to find a really great backyard, it is the cherry that tops the cake of a great house. Here are 8 ideas for creating that great backyard.

  1. Connect the indoors to the outdoors with big windows and easy access doors. From inside, you’ll enjoy looking out and having the opportunity to enjoy the yard every day of the year.
  2. Create an outdoor workspace. Trees and landscaping make a wonderful backdrop to Zoom meetings. In addition, working outside on a nice day is a bit of a gift that you can give to yourself. To do this, you’ll need strong wifi, an exterior electrical outlet, and a sturdy table.
  3. Let’s talk al fresco. I reguarly do large dinners for my family in my yard. When we gather there usually about 15 people. I put tables end to end to create one large dining table. I then use linens and my good china. It feels so luxurious! A covered area in which to dine, along with an outdoor heater, makes this possible any month of the year.
  4. Add some entertainment potential. Again, a good table for board games, and perhaps a mounted television to watch football and movies.
  5. Establish a wildlife habitat. I no longer feed the birds (there was a certain squirrel incident), but I do put out water. I have 5 birdbaths. If they go empty, the birds will literally sit on the rim and squack at me. Landscaping is also a great idea for attracting birds.
  6. Make your yard pet friendly by fencing it. Today the fencing choices are plentiful, including fences that barely obstruct your viewing of the entire yard.
  7. Just like the rest of the house, clutter is a big no no. Store the clutter elsewhere. Particularly when selling the house, it needs to be tidy.
  8. Privacy is super important. If you have a house that looks into your yard, plant a tree or a hedge. In my case, my husband built a privacy screen that goes about 20 feet. Just enough to block my neighbors windows.

I hope that you have found this helpful. Thanks again for reading the blotter!


Market Activity Nov 8-15, 2021

The market is moving right along. I feel like the 12 new listings, 19 pending sales, and 16 closed sales is actually pretty active for the holiday season. People buying or selling this week are hoping to be moved before Christmas. Timing is pretty motivating.

See below for RMLS data

New on the Market Nov-15, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
58 Galen StCondo$224,90011689
7155 Childs RdCondo$278,00021916
572 S State St 8CCondo$324,90021914
1400 Bonniebrae DrCondo$425,00021890
1695 Meadows DrDetached$698,000432219
3777 Rivers Edge DrDetached$1,095,00042.52875
18168 Westminster DrDetached$1,099,00053.54220
17908 Blue Heron DrDetached$1,799,000344172
752 8th StDetached$1,877,00053.54032
2245 Glen Haven RdDetached$1,950,000443830
17367 Lake Haven DrDetached$2,849,000434225
14655 Uplands DrDetached$3,300,00054.55000

Pending Sales Nov 8-14, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
4 Touchstone #78Condo$216,99932.5135130
204 CervantesCondo$305,00031.511383
4000 Carman Dr B23Condo$307,500228663
4429 Thunder Vista LnCondo$459,90022.5200281
17347 Ashley CtAttached$650,00042.521175
5352 Kenny StDetached$665,0003215966
3225 Tempest DrDetached$799,00032.5223112
1638 Pine StDetached$800,0004331054
14145 Redwood CtDetached$825,0004325195
755 Ellis AveDetached$829,0005222485
507 Ash StDetached$849,0005446663
6073 Carman DrDetached$899,90032.5275154
890 Devon LnDetached$999,90043.528267
1844 Oak Knoll CtDetached$1,125,00032.5302825
5492 Yorkshire PlDetached$1,130,00042.524624
19317 Lorna LnDetached$1,599,00054.54634186
1155 Crestline CtDetached$2,095,00054.5743817
2101 Wembley Park RdDetached$2,750,00054.5471019
736 Southview RdDetached$4,195,00043.5+.546396

Sold/Closed Nov 8-14, 2021

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
210 S State St #9Condo$525,000$526,000164219
7 St Helens CircleDetached$599,000$600,000127515
4455 Chapman WayDetached$726,000$718,000226215
15450 Partridge DrDetached$800,000$795,00026244
1631 Ash StDetached$750,000$795,0002,2273
12751 Sierra Vista DrDetached$799,900$865,00020974
2915 Dellwood DrDetached$899,900$890,00036908
6413 McDuff CtDetached$1,035,000$1,055,000309137
5532 Bay Creek DrDetached$995,000$1,100,00028693
13280 Sandalwood CtDetached$1,050,000$1,101,00030805
16645 Fir LnDetached$1,100,000$1,290,00030666
17975 Ridge Lake DrDetached$1,199,000$1,350,00028352
18365 SW 65th AveDetached$1,290,000$1,375,000333122
3411 Lake Grove AveDetached$1,675,000$1,590,680443447
3330 Cedar CtDetached$1,649,000$1,625,000446712
1051 Forest Meadows WayDetached$4,149,000$3,850,000559763

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Market Activity August 30-September 5, 2021

This is the time of year, as school starts, when the market typically starts to let off the gas a bit. I just don’t see that happening. Last week in LO we had 10 new listings, 32 properties (!) move into pending status, and 32 closed/sold. We are winding down the summer in an all steam ahead fashion.

See below for RMLS data.

New Listings Aug 30-Sept 5, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
4 Touchstone #157Condo$224,90022984
200 Burnham Rd #402Condo$355,000221305
750 1st St E27Condo$615,900221350
6472 Dawn StDetached$695,000321032
4848 Lower DrDetached$822,000432531
658 Boca Ratan DrDetached$967,00043.53593
17001 Westview DrDetached$968,500322005
16164 Parker Rd #1Detached$1,395,000543257
548 4th StAttached$1,524,90034.53186
1913 Cheryl CtDetached$1,895,00044.55341

Pending Sales Aug 30-Sept 5, 2021

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
100 Kerr Pkwy #31Condo$185,000116175
100 Kerr Pkwy #43Condo$214,9002282341
96 Cervantes CircleCondo$230,00021.59127
36 Crestfield CtCondo$279,900219213
4000 Carman Dr E70Condo$299,900229743
4652 Lower DrCondo$350,00021.511704
5101 Jean RdCondo$475,0003110125
16691 Bonaire AveDetached$499,9003111103
4528 Lower DrCondo$525,00032.517869
8 Bolivar StDetached$640,0002221492
16 Walking Woods DrDetached$649,00032.5289711
14 Preakness CtAttached$669,00022.521906
3065 Royce WayDetached$750,00042.5272646
15509 Partridge DrDetached$789,9004322993
4545 Black Forest CtDetached$799,00042.521682
759 Timberline DrDetached$835,00043292870
19431 Kokanee CtDetached$849,90042.522144
17994 Saint Clair DrDetached$900,00052.539163
920 York RdDetached$985,0004320262
2936 SW Orchard Hill PlDetached$989,00042.5408961
4261 Cobb WayDetached$1,089,0004323621
13536 Streamside DrDetached$1,150,00043.530337
15776 Inverurie RdDetached$1,299,00032235249
14495 Pfeifer DrDetached$1,299,90043394421
1687 Village Park LnDetached$1,399,00043336274
4721 Firwood RdDetached$1,425,0004332360
4531 West RdDetached$1,429,00033.5392654
16650 Fir LnDetached$1,898,00043.538608
940 Upper Devon LnDetached$1,945,00043.5484859
929 Cumberland RdDetached$2,495,00056.551293
1199 Fairway RdDetached$3,498,00044.5+.5552733
259 Pine Valley RdDetached$4,000,00044.546400

Sold/Closed Aug 30-Sept 5, 2021

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FtCDOM
4 Toushstone #69Condo$220,000$220,000135133
3433 McNary Pkwy #302Condo$285,000$265,0001,20812
5058 Foothills Dr ACondo$420,000$418,00012528
1 Peacock PlDetached$529,000$500,000133630
17500 Pilkington RdDetached$460,000$500,00010508
17 Aquinas StDetached$599,900$660,00021396
13198 Peters RdDetached$695,000$677,750263029
605 7th StDetached$775,000$750,00020353
4 Sherwood CtDetached$825,000$757,000287016
16901 Lakeridge DrDetached$724,000$762,50020803
1033 Spruce STDetached$765,000$775,0001,6634
18260 Indian Creek DrDetached$759,000$790,000208211
17730 Marylbrook DrDetached$850,000$840,000295114
17211 Robb PlDetached$790,000$840,00020855
491 Country Club RdDetached$865,000$850,000248697
14121 Redwood CtDetached$696,900$867,500282724
4987 Bilford LnDetached$799,900$890,00023025
19531 River Run DrDetached$899,900$975,00024405
13060 SW Elk Rock RdDetached$1,178,000$1,100,00036819
13207 Deerfield CtDetached$1,175,000$1,125,000380135
17543 Lake Haven DrDetached$1,185,000$1,125,00023339
12730 Adrian CtDetached$1,295,000$1,178,000301424
5428 Royal Oaks DrDetached$1,200,000$1,200,00049947
151 3rd St #1Condo$1,499,000$1,475,000327837
2805 Southshore BlvdDetached$1,300,000$1,553,05026233
3155 Upper DrDetached$1,599,900$1,720,00032971
2165 Ridge Point DrDetached$2,100,000$1,828,000474929
2572 Glen Eagles PlDetached$2,595,000$2,300,0006532107
18000 Eastridge LnDetached$2,495,000$2,495,00056106
17575 S Crestline DrDetached$3,500,000$2,925,000749648
3328 Lakeview BlvdDetached$6,398,000$6,175,000667518
4210 Virginia WayDetached$1,549,000$1,365,000350858

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

3D Printed Houses

This is a bit of a divergence from the usual posts that Linda and I write where we try to focus on Lake Oswego Real Estate. Instead I decided to share something that I find just fascinating: 3D printed houses.

A company in Texas, ICON, is 3D printing houses. The company set a goal of finding a way to build houses that are more affordable, resilient, and that can be built faster. Their first house was built in 2018. it was 350 square feet and took 48 hours to print out. It was built in Austin, Texas, a place with very strict building codes. The house was fully permitted.

The printer is quite large, as you can imagine. It’s called a Vulcan II. It extrudes a cement compound called Lavacrete. It pours out 5-7 inches per second. Today, a 400-500 square foot house can be built in 24 hours.

Today, houses can be built up to 2000 square feet.

I say “built”, but I think that is a rather a loose term in this enstance. Once the shell of the house has been “printed”, it is set on a foundation and the components, like windows, doors, plumbing, etc., are added.

The printer can do more than build square boxes. It can be programed for things like curved walls and vaulted ceilings.

The cost savings is approximately half of a traditional stick built home. Partnering with Mobile Loaves and Fishes, ICON is working to build housing for the homeless.

I just love the inovation and found this entire concept intriquing. For more information, click here.

I hope you found this as fascinating as I did, and, as always, thanks for reading the blotter.


Featured Home – 4447 Golden Lane

This week, we’re pleased to highlight a new listing in Lake Oswego’s Mountain Park neighborhood.

There are certainly great deals to be found in the current real estate inventory, and this new listing is one of them.

Located in Mt. Park, this townhouse is an end unit with expansive, South-facing windows.  The outlook is to trees and landscaping and it is surprisingly private.  The walls of windows flood the interior with light so that the entire house is bright and pleasant.

Recent updates include new granite counters, laminate floors and carpeting.

There are 2 large bedrooms with vaulted ceilings.  The master has a walk-in closet and a full bath.  The second bedroom has a loft that could be used as additional living area.  There is a 2-car garage, a large storage closet, and an indoor utility room.  You will have plenty of space for your hobbies and your collections.  The house also has central air to keep you cool on those hot summer days.  There are 2 1/2 bathrooms.  The main living area is a greatroom with a large dining area and kitchen that are all open to the living room.

Mt. Park is a fabulous planned community with 15 miles of walking paths, a large rec center with weight rooms and sauna, tennis courts, and great community activities.  It is conveniently located with easy access to both Interstate 5 and Highway 217.

The townhouse will be held open on September 7th, 2008 from 2pm to 5pm.  Please come by and see this great property.

4447 Golden Lane., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
ML# 8079838 | Map
2 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bathrooms, 1,616 sq. ft.
Listed at $284,900

For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact us with an email.

Listing courtesy of Dianne Gregoire at Advanced Real Estate Services.