I don’t know why but I’m a house junkie. At least weekly I search listings on RMLS to see what is for sale in my neighborhood and what housing in and around Portland is selling for. And, I always look forward to my monthly issue of Dwell (despite it being kind of weak this past year). I don’t know why. I just LOVE LOOKING AT HOUSES!
My favorite houses are modern. Tall ceilings, natural materials, open spaces and lots and lots of light and windows. If I could afford it, I’d buy a piece of property and build something of a cross between a Frank Lloyd Wright and Michelle Kaufmann. As it is, I’ll probably have to settle on just doing an addition to our tiny 1950’s ranch and hope it will tide me over until I can find an affordable Rummer home (which may be never).
Another website I check fairly often is Portland Modern. It’s the most reliable site for locating modern homes, especially Rummers (Eichlers), that come up for sale. Rummers are sprinkled around all over, some even fairly close to our current neighborhood. Unfortunately they’ve become increasingly popular and their prices are through the roof. I guess that is one of the downfalls of living in a town that is so educated on design – we all tend to be after similar, sought after works.
I think Portland Modern may be how I originally found out about Street of Eames last year, but I can’t remember for sure. Both last year’s and this year’s were AWESOME. Talk about feeding my love of modern architecture. For the mere price of a ticket you get to explore the selected homes and jealously dream about how great it would be to live in those incredible dwellings. Modern home have such a unique feeling of spaciousness and livability. They just feel so right.
I think I must have been an architect in a past life, because this obsession is just not natural.