13 thoughts on “NE Oregon Street, 1962

  1. According to several current Realtors’ sites, the house is not on the market but valued upwards of $370,000 now. The Oregonian ran an ad for it on November 30, 1958 (p. 53): 7808 NE Oregon St. OPEN 2:30-4, $6500, $500 dn, bal $65 mo, incl. Int and taxes. About 10 yrs old, 2 bedrms, lrg attach garg, Improved level cor lot. Real value! ERICKSON RLTY, PR 5-3505. Two years later (May 22, 1960, p. 50) it was advertised again for the same price, but with $75 monthly payments, and the seller would take a car as part of the down payment. A month after that (June 27, 1960, p. 24) it was offered as a rental with “Drapery, rugs, appliances, $80, $75 without.”

  2. I enjoyed reading (LizC) real estate history of this house.
    The patio cover is a nice addition but it looks like the house will soon
    need a new roof and possibly a new garage door; those old-style spring
    action doors worked fine usually, but eventually, the wood doors would start to
    sag in the middle (from moisture and heat) and need replacement.

    As a boy growing up in San Diego, I don’t remember ever seeing houses with
    unwatered lawns like this, nor did I see it much when we moved to the San
    Francisco peninsula in 1964. My first encounter with it was years later when I bought my first home in Eureka, CA – it was a very widespread practice there (I never wanted to do it).

    When I moved to Portland, the thing that was the most different for me in terms of housing, was the large number of older houses that didn’t have garages.

    Nostalgic comments about newspaper tubes I find interesting. I’d never ran across them in Southern California and I didn’t see my first one until I lived in the Bay Area (usually dilapidated and unused), my folks never had them and I’ve not either because I’ve never had a newspaper subscription or home delivery.

  3. Looks like the garage is part of the house now. Really cool seeing random older shots into NE neighborhoods. Great pic!

  4. I remember those Lombardy Poplar trees on the left were popular back then. They are very insect and disease prone and notorious for having brittle wood. Those two are just a few months away from the Columbus Day Storm.

  5. Not sure why Friends of Trees is not more active in some of these older middle class neighborhoods that lost trees to disease or never had them in the first place. A dearth of street trees can be remedied so easily.

  6. Liz– Her is one more piece of info on the house on NE Oregon, perhaps we could call it the birth certificate.
    Oregonian October 19, 1948 page 28
    Building Permit Richard and Helen Schrier– Residence 7808 NE Oregon street — Builder Lock-Wood Inc. $4,000

  7. Lou–

    At my current house, we had to replace a wooden garage door after 20 years. It faced south and west. At my previous house, the wooden garage door faces north and is still fine after 70 years.

    We’re happier with a brown lawn than we would be having to mow all summer!

  8. In the early fifties they were on my Journal paper route. They had a really big dog that really liked me, and would knock me off my bike if I didn’t stop to pet him.

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